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Zion Williamson Commits To Duke

Jan 20, 2018 8:22 PM

Zion Williamson has committed to Duke.

Williamson is widely considered the second best prospect in the incoming class of 2018.

Williamson will join top overall recruit R.J. Barrett at Duke.

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Billy Preston Signs With BC Igokea

Jan 20, 2018 9:51 AM

Billy Preston has signed with BC Igokea, a European club located in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Preston had not appeared in a regular season game this season for Kansas as the school investigates the "financial picture" of a car Preston was driving in a single-car accident from early November.

Preston was a top-20 recruit in the incoming 2017 class.

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R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson Headline 2018 McDonald's All-American Team

Jan 16, 2018 5:06 PM

The 2018 McDonald's All-American Teams have been announced, headlined by R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson.

East
R.J Barrett (No. 1, Duke)
Moses Brown (No. 17, uncommitted)
Darius Garland (No. 11, Vanderbilt)
Louis King (No. 21, Oregon)
Romeo Langford (No. 5, uncommitted)
David McCormack (No. 33, Kansas)
E.J. Montgomery (No. 31, uncommitted)
Immanuel Quickley (No. 12, Kentucky)
Nazreon Reid (No. 18, LSU)
Jalen Smith (No. 15, Maryland)
Coby White (No. 25, North Carolina)
Zion Williamson (No. 2, uncommitted)

West
Darius Bazley (No. 9, Syracuse)
Bol Bol (No. 4, Oregon)
Jordan Brown (No. 30, uncommitted)
Devon Dotson (No. 26, Kansas)
Quentin Grimes (No. 13, Kansas)
Keldon Johnson (No. 7, Kentucky)
Tre Jones (No. 10, Duke)
Nassir Little (No. 14, North Carolina)
Reggie Perry (No. 16, Mississippi State)
Jahvon Quinerly (No. 23, uncommitted)
Cameron Reddish (No. 3, Duke)
Simisola Shittu (No. 6, Vanderbilt)

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LaVar Ball Starting League For High School Graduates

Dec 20, 2017 7:29 PM

LaVar Ball has announced he will start a basketball league for high school prospects that want to bypass the NCAA.

The Junior Basketball Association will pay players as much as $10,000 per month.

The league would allow high school players to bypass the NCAA to prepare for the NBA.

Ball is looking for 80 players to fill 10 teams that will seek to play at NBA arenas in Los Angeles, Dallas, Brooklyn and Atlanta.

"Getting these players is going to be easy," Ball told ESPN. "This is giving guys a chance to get a jump start on their career, to be seen by pro scouts, and we're going to pay them because someone has to pay these kids."

Ball said he was partly motivated by the comments made earlier in the month by NCAA president Mark Emmert, who was asked at a SportsBusiness Journal conference whether Ball was good or bad for the college game.

"Is this about someone being part of a university and playing basketball or any other sport with that school's jersey on, representing that institution, or is it about preparing me for my career, my professional career as a ballplayer?" Emmert responded. "If it's the latter, you can do that inside a university and that might be a really good way to go. But if you don't want to and you don't think that it's right for your family, then don't come."

"He was right," Ball said. "Those kids who are one-and-done, they shouldn't be there with the NCAA trying to hold them hostage, not allowing them to keep the jersey they wear while selling replicas of them in stores. So our guy isn't going to go to Florida State for a year. He's going to come to our league."

Players will wear Big Baller Brand products.

The logo features a silhouette of Lonzo Ball.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

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LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball Agree To One-Year Deals With Vytautas Prienai

Dec 11, 2017 4:12 PM

LiAngelo Ball and LaMelo Ball have agreed upon one-year deals with Prienu Vytautas of Lithuania. Both players will report to the team in January.

LiAngelo Ball recently withdrew from UCLA following his indefinite suspension.

Over the past week, Harrison Gaines, the representative for LaMelo and LiAngelo, fielded multiple offers and worked to finalize the finer details of a unique contract situation. 

“We engaged in serious talks with several teams, and Vytautas made the most sense as LaMelo and LiAngelo work to develop as professionals and set a foundation for their careers,” Gaines said. “It was critical to find a situation in a competitive league that works with both of their short- and long-term goals.”

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Tags: LiAngelo Ball, LaMelo Ball, Vytautas Prienu, High School, NCAA, NBA, International, International Teams

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LaMelo Ball, LiAngelo Ball Considering Pro Deal Overseas

Dec 5, 2017 9:34 AM

LaMelo Ball and LiAngelo Ball have begun to explore their options in playing professional basketball overseas.

Harrison Gaines, the representative for LaMelo, 16, and LiAngelo, 19, started initial contact with overseas teams this week.

LaMelo Ball had previously committed to UCLA while LiAngelo Ball left the school this week in the wake of his indefinite suspension. 

LaMelo, who left Chino Hills before his junior season this year to be home-schooled, is considered a legitimate pro prospect and a consensus top-10 player in the class of 2019.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2018 NBA Draft

Dec 5, 2017 1:46 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) go in-depth on the 2018 Draft.

They discuss how the #1 pick contenders have changed in the first month-plus of the college season, Michael Porter Jr’s back injury, and many other college standouts including Collin Sexton, Kevin Knox, Trae Young and Jaren Jackson Jr.

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NBA Execs Expect Michael Porter Jr. To Remain Top-5 Pick Despite Injury

Nov 28, 2017 9:28 AM

Michael Porter Jr. will likely miss the rest of his freshman season following his microdiscectomy.

Porter is still expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA draft.

NBA executives are mixed on how Porter's injury will impact his future.

“If it’s a standard microdiscectomy, it shouldn’t be much of an issue (lots of those procedures on NBA players),” one general manager said Sunday via text. “If it’s more than that, the result could be of greater impact. If he can do a few draft workouts, he should be just fine. It may play out like the (Joel) Embiid draft where Joel was affected by a couple picks (because of the foot), but not much beyond that.”

Another executive was more pessimistic.

“No doubt it hurts him,” the exec said. “Obviously the medical evaluation will be more important and often times as we know, the agents with players at this level withhold information from most of the teams so it will be an interesting decision as to how they handle. Backs are like knees and serious foot/ankle injuries. Tough ones.”

Porter will compete with Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley Jr. and DeAndre Ayton for the top draft slots.

“It depends obviously on the outcome of the procedure and level of rehab success,” another GM said. “But it would take a real problematic situation to cause a big draft slip. He should stay well inside the Top 5.”

Said another longtime personnel man: “he will still be a top five pick but might not go number 1 now. Almost like Embiid. If he were healthy, he would have been number 1 but with injury went 3. It depends where the gap is from top tier to next tier. If teams see 5 guys at the top he goes 5. If they see 3 guys he goes 3.”

And another: “it’ll be hard to take him #1, but unlikely he drops out of top 5 IMO.”

David Aldridge/NBA.com

Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Michael Porter Jr. Likely Out For Season With Back Surgery

Nov 21, 2017 4:32 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will undergo a procedure called a microdiscectomy of the L3-L4 spinal discs, the team confirmed Tuesday.

The expected recovery time is three to four months.

Porter will likely miss the rest of his freshman season. Porter played only two minutes before suffering an injury.

Porter entered the season expected to be a top pick in the 2018 draft. 

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Missouri Tigers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Michael Porter Jr. Continues To Miss Time With Leg Injury

Nov 20, 2017 7:06 PM

Michael Porter Jr. will miss his third straight game on Monday as he continues to deal with a lingering leg injury. Missouri has been vague about the injury and Porter's status moving forward.

"Mizzou Men's Basketball freshman Michael Porter, Jr. will not be available for tonight's game vs. Emporia State," a team spokesperson confirmed. "His status remains unchanged from prior announcements.

"Porter will not be able to attend tonight's game as he has an appointment with a specialist. Mizzou will provide further updates on Porter's status when they become available, and have no additional information until that time."

Porter did not travel with the team to Utah on Thursday.

Porter is expected to be a top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Silver, Roberts Discuss One-And-Done With NCAA Commission
The NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league's early-entry rules.

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Michael Porter Jr. Tweaks Hip During Warmups
Michael Porter held ice on his left hip during the first half.

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R.J. Barrett Commits To Duke
R.J. Barrett is expected to be one of the top picks in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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NBA Scout: Top-4 Prospects In 2018 Would Have Each Gone No. 1 In 2017
While the 2017 NBA draft class has tremendous depth, the 2018 class has more franchise player potential prospects in Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr., Marvin Bagley and DeAndre Ayton.

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Doncic, Porter, Bagley In Top-3 Of ESPN's First 2018 NBA Draft Big Board
Jonathan Givony released his initial Top 100 for the 2018 NBA Draft, headlined by Luka Doncic, Michael Porter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III.

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Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic go in-depth on the 2018 Draft.

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Joel Embiid Planned To Stay At Kansas For Sophomore Season
Joel Embiid's season at Kansas was cut short due to a back injury.

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Louisville Fires Rick Pitino
A national "pay-for-play" scheme involved Louisville, which was the latest in a string of scandals involving Rick Pitino's program.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Chuck Person Amongst Four College Coaches Arrested On Corruption Charges
Four college basketball coaches have been arrested on a probe of fraud and corruption in the NCAA.

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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft
Michael Porter Jr. ranks No. 1 on ESPN's first mock draft for 2018.

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke
Marvin Bagley is the top player in the incoming class of 2018.

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18
Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the class of 2018.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018
R.J. Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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Marvin Bagley Considering Reclassifying For 2017 Freshman Class
Marvin Bagley is scheduled to visit Duke while he's also considering USC, Kentucky and Arizona.

Jerry Meyer/247 Sports

John Calipari Reached Out To Knicks About President Opening
John Calipari reached out to the Knicks to express interest in their president of basketball operations job.

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RealGM Radio: 2017 NBA Draft Breakdown With Sam Vecenie
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of the Sporting News break down the 2017 NBA Draft.

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Mike Brown Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job
The Buckeyes parted ways with Thad Matta this week.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Fred Hoiberg Considered Candidate For Ohio State Job
Fred Hoiberg recently completed his second season in the NBA with the Bulls.

Gary Parrish/CBS Sports

Ohio State Parts Ways With Thad Matta
Thad Matta is the all-time leader in wins (337) and games coached (460) in Ohio State history.

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Emmanuel Akot Reclassifies To Join Arizona One Year Early
Emmanuel Akot will join DeAndre Ayton, Brandon Randolph, Ira Lee and Alex Barcello as top 100 prospects for Arizona.

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