NCAA WiretapMarch 2018 NCAA Wiretap

Darius Bazley Will Enter G League Directly From High School

Mar 29, 2018 3:42 PM

Darius Bazley has decommitted from Syracuse and will play in the G League directly from high school.

Unlike other recent top prospects that decided against going to college, Bazley will go to the G League instead of playing overseas.

Bazley is a projected top-10 selection in the 2019 NBA Draft.

“This is a life-changing decision,” Bazley, one of the top players in the Class of 2018, told Yahoo Sports. “I put a lot of thinking into this with my mom and close circle, especially sitting down with her. It’s just like making the decision to which college you want to go to. Me and her did some talking, and I prayed on it. I talked to my high school coach, Steve, who played overseas, and then I talked to a couple of guys in the G League who have experience. Ultimately, playing professional basketball has always been my dream. It’s always going to be the dream goal, always going to be the goal until I achieve it. This is going to put me one step closer to doing so.

“The G League will have the most to offer, considering that is the development league for the NBA,” he continued. “I will get more out of that than going overseas. The G League is the closest thing to the NBA. I see most guys now are spending time in the G League even after they went to school and the draft, so this gives me the chance to accelerate the process. There have been a lot of successful guys who have been brought up in the G League, and I’m confident that I will be one of them.

“I’m self-motivated because I know this is what I want to do for the rest of my life. This is how I want to make a living. This is how I want to provide for my family, and provide for my love of basketball. I’m not playing any games with this. I’m attacking this straight forward. I’m not maneuvering around this, take any side steps. I’m taking this head on. This is the decision that I made, and I know it will work. I know what I’m capable of doing, and I’m going to do just that.”

Bazley turns 18 in June and will then be eligible to formally sign a G League contract in September and enter the league’s annual draft in October.

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Tyler Davis Testing Draft Waters

Mar 29, 2018 10:39 AM

Tyler Davis will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft but won't hire an agent at this time.

Davis averaged 14.9 points and 8.9 rebounds during his junior season at Texas A&M. Davis was a First Team All-SEC selection.

Davis was a Second Team All-SEC selection in 2017 and an All-Freshman Team selection in 2016.

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Marvin Bagley Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2018 6:22 PM

Marvin Bagley Jr. has announced his decision to leave Duke to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I can’t believe the time has come for me to say this but I would like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2018 NBA Draft," wrote Bagley on Instagram. "First off I want to thank Jesus for putting me here and allowing me to show my gifts that he has given me. I want to thank my family and everyone who has been in my corner since day one, the support has meant a lot to me. I also want to thank those who doubted me and continue to doubt me, it only pushes me to get better every single day. I learned a lot this year on and off of the court and I’m thankful for the opportunity. Thank you Duke!!!"

Bagley is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

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Miles Bridges Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2018 10:28 AM

Miles Bridges will leave Michigan State to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bridges will sign with Rich Paul of Klutch Sports.

Bridges averaged 17.1 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 31.4 minutes per game for Michigan State as a sophomore. 

Bridges was also a Second Team All-American.

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LiAngelo Ball Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2018 9:38 AM

LiAngelo Ball has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Ball has played professionally with Lithuanian team Vytautas Prienu since parting with UCLA in December.

Ball is expected to work out for several NBA teams when he returns from playing for Vytautas and will participate in the Pro Basketball Combine at IMG Academy (Florida) in May in front of team executives.

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Tags: LiAngelo Ball, UCLA Bruins, Vytautas Prienu, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, International, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations, International Teams

Michael Porter Jr. Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2018 5:49 PM

Michael Porter Jr. has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft and will sign with an agent.

Porter missed most of his freshman season at Missouri with a back injury.

Porter is expected to be one of the top picks in the draft.

Porter has signed with Mark Bartelstein's Priority Sports.

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Keita Bates-Diop Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 26, 2018 10:25 AM

Keita Bates-Diop will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bates-Diop was the Big Ten Player of the Year as a redshirt junior this season.

Bates-Diop is currently ranked 19th on ESPN's Top 100 NBA prospects. Bates-Diop averaged 19.8 points and 8.7 rebounds a game for the Ohio State Buckeyes.

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Kostas Antetokounmpo To Declare For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2018 4:37 PM

Kostas Antetokounmpo will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, though he won't hire an agent at this time.

Antetokounmpo is a redshirt freshman at Dayton as he was forced to sit out last season as a nonqualifier.

Antetokounmpo is the younger brother of Giannis Antetokounmpo and Thanasis Antetokounmpo.

Antetokounmpo played just 15 minutes per game this season. 

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Walter McCarty Hired By Evansville As Head Coach

Mar 22, 2018 11:56 AM

Walter McCarty has been named head coach at the University of Evansville.

McCarty has been on the coaching staff of Brad Stevens with the Celtics since 2013.

“It became very evident that Walter McCarty was 100 percent the right man for the job,’’ Evansville athletic director Mark Spencer said. “His personality, experience and infectious energy really set him apart. Nobody would have been able to sell Evansville to recruits like Walter McCarty.’’

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Anfernee Simons Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2018 11:04 AM

Anfernee Simons will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility. 

Simons is one year removed from high school graduation and turns 19 in June, making him eligible for the draft without spending one season in college.

Simons was a top-10 high school recruit and spent his fifth year at IMG.

Simons was recently named to the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic events.

"After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft," Simons said. "I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."

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Mohamed Bamba Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Mohamed Bamba is expected to be a top-5 in the draft.

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Trae Young Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Trae Young is projected to be selected in the top-10.

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Jalen McDaniels Declares For NBA Draft
Jalen McDaniels averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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Penny Hardaway Hired As Head Coach At University Of Memphis
Penny Hardaway retired from his playing career in 2008.

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Deandre Ayton Declares For 2018 NBA Draft
Deandre Ayton is projected to be the first or second pick in the draft.

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

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RealGM Radio: 2018 Mascot Bracket
Host Danny Leroux and his biologist sister go through the full NCAA Tournament bracket as if the school’s mascots were fighting to continue a family tradition.

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Zion Williamson Headlines 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Roster
Mike Jones and Penny Hardaway will coach the United States.

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Scout: Mohamed BambaHas Abnormal Length
Mohamed Bamba can grab the rim without jumping.

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UConn Fires Kevin Ollie As Head Coach
Kevin Ollie became a candidate for an NBA head coaching job after winning the national title in 2014.

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DeAndre Ayton Gaining Momentum As Top Overall Pick
One scout said the chances of DeAndre Ayton being picked first overall is approximately 95 percent.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year
R.J. Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award.

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DeAndre Ayton Takes Top Spot In ESPN's 2018 Draft Rankings From Luka Doncic
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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones
Terrance Ferguson spent one season in Australia before he was a first round pick.

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Scouts Concerned With How Trae Young Will Hold Up Physically
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