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NBA Trying To Add Two Conditions To Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule

Oct 20, 2018 3:03 PM

The NBA and National Basketball Players Association are struggling to reach an agreement on lowering the league's minimum age to 18.

The NBA is attempting to attach two conditions: requiring player-agents furnish all teams with medical information on draft prospects and also mandating players' attendance and some level of participation in the pre-draft combine.

The NBA hopes to have a deal with the NBPA to remove the one-and-done rule in time for the 2022 NBA Draft.

The league and union must collectively bargain any changes to a CBA that was ratified in 2016.

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G League To Offer $125k Salaries To Elite One-And-Done Prospects

Oct 18, 2018 12:15 PM

The G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the current one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects.

As part of a newly formed "professional path" starting in the summer of 2019, the G League will offer "Select Contracts" worth $125,000 to elite prospects who are at least 18 years old but not yet eligible for the NBA draft.

The rule will target recent or would-be high school graduates who would otherwise likely spend just one season playing college basketball. They will receive a six-figure salary and benefit from the NBA's infrastructure. 

Without the restrictions of the NCAA's amateurism rules, players will also be free to hire agents, profit off their likeness and pursue marketing deals from sneaker companies.

While changes to the NBA's age limit likely won't be implemented until the 2022 draft, the league considers this an immediate response.

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USA Basketball Appoints Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan, Jay Wright As Assistant Coaches

Oct 11, 2018 9:28 AM

The USA Basketball Men’s National Team coaching staff today was finalized with the announcement that NBA head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors) and Nate McMillan and Villanova University head coach Jay Wright have been selected as assistant coaches for the 2019-20 USA Basketball Men’s National Team.

Kerr, McMillan and Wright join USA and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich to complete USA National Team coaching staff. The coaches will lead the USA National Team in 2019-20, which, if the USA qualifies, could include the 2019 FIBA World Cup in China (Aug. 31-Sept. 15, 2019) and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan (July 24-Aug. 9).

"Led by coach Popovich, we have assembled an incredible coaching staff for the USA National Team, and we are excited to have Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright join the team as assistant coaches," said Jerry Colangelo, who has served as the managing director of USA Basketball Men’s National Team program since 2005. "It’s special that each coach has prior USA Basketball experience as either a player or coach, and each coach has compiled a successful and impressive resume. I’m very confident that the USA Basketball National Team is in excellent hands the next two years."

"I am honored and fortunate to have such gifted coaches share this USA Basketball responsibility with me," said Popovich, a 1970 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy. "Steve Kerr, Nate McMillan and Jay Wright are not just knowledgeable, dedicated individuals, but they exhibit the creativity, tenacity and respect for the game needed to compete in the international arena.

"I look forward to joining them as USA Basketball attempts to extend the stellar success they've enjoyed over the past 12 years."

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Shareef O'Neal Out For 18-19 Season With Heart Ailment

Sep 28, 2018 10:40 AM

Shareef O'Neal will miss the entire 2018-19 season for UCLA after doctors discovered a heart ailment that will require surgery.

O'Neal is a four-star recruit.

"So, the other day during routine checkup, we found a medical issue dealing with my heart," O'Neal said in the video. "And thank God UCLA medical staff found it early, but causing this I will not be playing this season and I will be a medical redshirt. But during this time off, I'll be off for a while, I'll be focusing on academics, my health, of course, and I'll just be observing to be the best player I can be next year."

In the TMZ Sports video, O'Neal stressed that he will return.

"I know it's an injury that requires surgery, so I'll be having heart surgery and I'll be out a couple months and after that I'll be back," he said in the video. "A lot of people are asking if it's career-ending. The answer is absolutely not. Just a little bump in the road. ... During my rehab, I'll be attending my classes and being a normal student. But that's what's going on, and I'd like to thank UCLA, my family, my teammates and everyone who supports me in this decision."

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LSU's Wayde Sims Killed In Shooting Near Southern University Campus

Sep 28, 2018 10:10 AM

Wayde Sims was killed in a shooting early Friday morning near the campus of Southern University.

Sims was entering his junior season at LSU.

Sims averaged 5.6 points and 2.6 rebounds per game this past season with 10 starts in 32 games.

Wayde Sims' father, Wayne, also played forward on the LSU basketball team coach Dale Brown from 1987-91.

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USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

Aug 29, 2018 12:19 PM

USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional training camps and year-round player development programming, with focuses on health and wellness and life skills. 

Through the expansion, USA Basketball’s Junior National Team will build on its existing basketball development program to provide unprecedented on- and off-court player development opportunities for more than 80 top U.S. high school players. 

Life-skills education and off-court development also will be major focus areas for the expanded program, with player education sessions on a variety of topics, including positive decision making, healthy relationships, cultural understanding and diversity, leadership and character development, collegiate eligibility and recruiting. 

The expansion will also introduce a first-of-its-kind parent education program to provide families with resources and information designed to help them support their athlete’s development on and off the court. 

Approximately 20 athletes from each high school class will participate in six training camps and competitions throughout the 2018-19 calendar year, including the first Junior National Team minicamp for players from all high school grades from Oct. 5-7 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The 2018-19 schedule of USA Basketball Junior National Team training camps and competitions is as follows: 

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   October 2018              Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   April 2019                   Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Nike Hoop Summit:                                        April 2019                   Portland, Ore.
  • USA Basketball Training Camp:                    June 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.
  • FIBA Americas U16 Championship:             June/July 2019            TBD

      FIBA U19 World Cup:                                   July 2019                    TBD

  • Junior National Team Minicamp:                   July 2019                   Colorado Springs, Colo.

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NBA, USA Basketball Blindsided By NCAA's Proposed 'Elite' Prospect Rule

Aug 8, 2018 11:17 PM

The NCAA's new rules allowing "elite" prospects to hire agents has blindsided top officials from the NBA and USA Basketball.

The NCAA assigned responsibility to identifying which prospects qualify as "elite" to USA Basketball, but the organization doesn't have the infrastructure or interest in accepting that role.

USA Basketball prefers that the NBA make those decisions, sources said. The NBA already oversees the invitation process to the Chicago pre-draft combine and Portsmouth Invitational camps every spring. 

"We will review the NCAA's planned reforms and continue to assess, along with our Players' Association, the potential for any related NBA rules changes," NBA spokesman Tim Frank said.

John Calipari, talking about the NCAA rules changes on SportsCenter, said "None of this goes into effect until the NBA and the Players Association come up with something, and I'm hearing it won't be until 2022 so we're probably wasting our breath dealing with the ins and outs of this.

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NCAA To Allow 'Elite' Prospects To Hire Agents

Aug 8, 2018 12:19 PM

The NCAA will allow "elite" high school and college players to be represented by agents. The initial proposal indicates USA Basketball would determine the "elite" criteria.

Players can be eligible for the NBA Draft and return to school if they go undrafted.

The move comes as the NBA is expected to eliminate the one-and-done rule within the next five years.

Jeff Goodman/ESPN

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Brian Bowen Becomes First Player Signed To Australia's Next Stars Program

Aug 7, 2018 3:13 PM

Brian Bowen has signed a professional contract with the Sydney Kings in Australia.

Bowen, the No. 14 ranked recruit in ESPN's Top 100 in 2017, is the first player signed to the NBL's Next Stars program, which was launched in March.

Bowen was one of the main figures identified in the FBI's sweeping investigation into corruption in college basketball, as his family was accused of being paid $100,000 by Adidas to commit to Louisville. Bowen subsequently transferred to South Carolina and practiced with the team, but he was ruled ineligible for the 18-19 season as well.

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Tags: Brian Bowen II, Louisville Cardinals, South Carolina Gamecocks, Sydney, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, International Teams

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LeBron James Jr. To Attend Crossroads In Santa Monica

Aug 6, 2018 5:37 PM

LeBron James Jr. has enrolled at Crossroads in Santa Monica an incoming eighth grader.

James recently helped North Coast Blue Chips win the 13U title at the Las Vegas Classic.

James had also been linked to Sierra Canyon.

Baron Davis, Austin Croshere and Shareef O'Neal attended Crossroads.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie Reviews The 2018 NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic review an eventful 2018 NBA Draft.

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NBA Sends Memo Suggesting Possible Elimination Of One-And-Done Rule By 2021
The first draft in which the rule is changed will surely be loaded with the best prospects from two straight high school classes.

Deandre Ayton: My Life Became A Job Upon Moving To USA
Deandre Ayton moved to San Diego as a 6'5" 12-year-old and was 6'10" less than two years late

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John Beilein Withdraws From Consideration For Pistons' Head Coaching Job
John Beilein has never worked in the NBA.

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100 Early Entry Candidates Withdraw From 2018 NBA Draft
One hundred players have notified the NBA that they wish to be removed from the list of "early entry" players eligible for selection in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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John Beilein Interviews For Pistons' Head Coaching Vacancy
John Beilein has been head coach of Michigan since 2007.

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NBA Announces 40 Players To Attend Global Camp 2018
The camp will include team interview sessions, five-on-five games, shooting drills, and strength and agility testing in front of representatives from all 30 NBA teams.

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Donte DiVincenzo Will Hire Agent, Remain In Draft
Donte DiVincenzo could be a first round pick in the draft.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic catch up on the draft process after the lottery and Combine.

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Wendell Carter Jr.'s Mother Compares NCAA System To Slavery, Prison System
Kylia Carter's comments came at a meeting of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.

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NBA Announces List Of 69 Players Attending 2018 Draft Combine
The NBA combine will be held on Thursday, May 17 and Friday, May 18.

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Mohamed Bamba Would Have Preferred Going Straight To NBA
Mohamed Bamba said that it would have "taken my game to the next level."

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NBA, NBPA Could End One-And-Done Rule For 2020 Draft
The NBA and NBPA have held conversations centered on the elimination of the rule.

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Tyus Battle Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Tony Battle is a projected first round pick.

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Zhaire Smith Hires Agent, Will Remain In 2018 NBA Draft
Zhaire Smith averaged 11.3 points and 5.0 rebounds in his lone season at Texas Tech.

Matthew Cardenas/Dallas Morning News

Hamidou Diallo Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
ESPN ranks Hamidou Diallo as the No. 35 prospect in the 2018 draft class.

Jon Hales/Louisville Courier Journal

Wendell Carter Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Wendell Carter Jr. needed more time to make his decision than most other projected lottery picks.

Steve Wiseman, Jonathan M. Alexander/News And Observer

Moe Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2018 NBA Draft
Moe Wagner could be picked late in the first round this year.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2018 NBA Draft
Host Danny Leroux and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic break down how prospects fared in the NCAA Tournament.

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Dan Majerle Not Interested In Suns' Job
Dan Majerle rejected an opportunity to interview for the Suns' head coaching vacancy.

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