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Austin Reaves Leaves Oklahoma For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2021 11:04 AM

Austin Reaves will leave Oklahoma to declare for the 2021 NBA draft and will forgo his remaining college eligibility.

"I have decided to declare for the NBA draft and will be hiring an agent in the near future," Reaves told ESPN. "My family and I believe this is best decision for my future and I'm super excited for the next part of my journey."

Reaves is currently the No. 40 prospect in the ESPN 100 draft rankings.

Reaves averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists for Oklahoma

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Tags: Austin Reaves, Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Nets Assistant Royal Ivey Interviews For Texas Job

Mar 28, 2021 10:23 PM

Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Royal Ivey interviewed for the vacant head coaching position at the University of Texas, sources told Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. 

Ivey played on the Longhorns' 2003 team that went to the Final Four.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard is considered the favorite to replace Shaka Smart, who was hired at Marquette University. 

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Tags: Texas Longhorns, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Mike Woodson Finalizing Six-Year Deal To Become Next Head Coach At Indiana University

Mar 28, 2021 3:40 PM

Mike Woodson is expected to be named the next head coach of Indiana University, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Woodson's contract will run for six years, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

Woodson is currently an assistant with the Knicks.

Woodson would replace Archie Miller, who was fired in March.

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Tags: Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA

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Shaka Smart Hired At Marquette, Longhorns Target Chris Beard As Replacement

Mar 27, 2021 12:17 PM

Shaka Smart has been hired as the new head basketball coach at Marquette.

Smart replaces Steve Wojciechowski, who was fired last week.

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard is expected to be a candidate to replace Smart at Texas.

The 44-year-old Smart lead Texas to three NCAA tournament appearances, but did not win a game. 

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Kai Jones Leaves Texas For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2021 10:24 PM

Kai Jones is leaving Texas for the 2021 NBA Draft and intends to sign with an agent.

"It was truly an honor to represent the Texas Longhorns for the past two seasons and suit up with my brothers night in and night out," Jones said. "... My time here has set me up to be successful as I take the next steps in my career."

Jones is expected to be selected in the later half of the lottery or the middle of the first round. 

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Tre Mann Leaves Florida For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2021 11:12 AM

Tre Mann has left Florida for the 2021 NBA draft.

"After much consideration, I have decided to take the next step in my basketball career and will declare for the 2021 NBA draft," Mann told ESPN. "To Gator nation, your love and support will always hold a special place in my heart. I will be hiring an agent to help guide me through this process."

Mann is currently the 15th rated prospect by ESPN.

Growing to 6-foot-5 over the course of his college career, Mann is considered one of the most talented ball handlers and shot creators in this draft class, featuring NBA range on his jump shot and impressive shiftiness changing speeds out of the pick-and-roll.

"I think that NBA teams were able to see my ability to play on and off the ball as well as my improved stats across the board," Mann said. "I was able to showcase my leadership skills, efficiency shooting the ball, defensive versatility and ability to rebound."

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Brandon Boston Jr. Declares For NBA Draft

Mar 21, 2021 12:57 PM

Brandon Boston Jr. declared for the NBA Draft on Saturday, becoming the third Kentucky Wildcat to declare for the draft this week. 

Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke also announced their decisions to turn pro, though Jackson is the only one out of the group to not hire an agent.

Boston Jr. is ranked No. 34 in ESPN's draft rankings.

Jackson is ranked No. 12 in the rankings, with Clarke at No. 67.

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Tags: B.J. Boston, Jr., Terrence Clarke, Isaiah Jackson, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Declarations

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Jason Kidd Emerges As Candidate With UNLV

Mar 20, 2021 12:36 PM

UNLV are "intrigued" by the idea of hiring Jason Kidd as head coach, sources told Sam Gordon of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

There is belief that Kidd, currently an assistant with the Lakers, would be interested in the job. 

Kidd was previously interested in the job in 2019, though he did not have a bachelor's degree required to take over the role.

Kidd now has a bachelor's degree, according to sources.

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Tags: UNLV Runnin' Rebels, NCAA

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Brad Stevens Reiterates He's Not Considering Leaving Celtics For Indiana University

Mar 19, 2021 10:47 PM

Brad Stevens issued a strong denial linking him to the head coaching vacancy of the Indiana Hoosiers.

The Hoosiers are searching for a new head coach and Stevens has ties to the area as a native of Indiana.

"I said it the other day: I'm not (considering it)," Stevens said. "And I tried to say it as clearly as I could and also make sure that people understand that that place to me is special. Because I don't want to make it sound like it's not. But, like I said the other day, I'm so grateful to this organization, and to the people here, and for all that they've done for us. I've got unbelievable leadership in Danny (Ainge) and Wyc (Grousbeck) and Pags (Steve Pagliuca), and what they've done for us, the way we've been supported ... we're going through a tough season, and I think that it's not my job to not go through it. It's not my job to not make sure I'm doing everything I can to help find a better version of ourselves this year. "

Stevens left Butler for the Celtics in 2013 to replace Doc Rivers.

"I love coming to work every day. I love this area," Stevens continued. "People have been great to us. My family is so happy. And, at the same time, home is home. And that's why I wanted to make sure everybody understood that means a lot. But no. Just like I said on Tuesday, I'm not. So, I don't know if I will have to answer that again on Monday, but I hope that people understand that. And people can hopefully appreciate that it still means a lot to me and I hope they hire whoever they hire and they are there for 20 years and kids feel like I did. But I'm not a kid anymore. I'm a 44-year-old Ma--hole. I swerve around others when I'm driving, I eat Dunkin Donuts and I root for the Patriots. I'm, unfortunately, skewed in a lot of ways, I guess." 

 

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Tags: Boston Celtics, Indiana Hoosiers, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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Juwan Howard Calls Michigan 'Dream Job', Won't Leave For NBA

Mar 19, 2021 2:01 PM

During an appearance on ESPN's Jalen & Jacoby, Juwan Howard said he has no interest in leaving Michigan for the NBA. ESPN reported Howard will be a leading candidate for several NBA head coaching vacancies this offseason.

"I'm in Ann Arbor to stay, baby," Howard said. "I love Michigan, I love my job and I'm enjoying it and this experience. I'm also looking forward to growing each and every year and developing these young men to become the best versions of themselves as a student-athlete.

"This is a dream job for me. I think my passion last year showed how much I appreciate being in this position.

"The NBA, it's a beautiful game. They have great coaches there, amazing, talented players, a beautiful brand. But I enjoyed that experience for 25 years, 19 as a player and six as a coach. I'm going to stay and keep growing with Michigan. Go Blue."

Howard was an assistant coach with the Miami Heat from 2013 until he was hired by Michigan in 2019.

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Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2021 NCAA Tournament + Mascot Bracket

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Kentucky Freshman Isaiah Jackson To Enter Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

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Most NBA Executives Will Skip Scouting NCAA Tournament In-Person Due To Poor Seating

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Juwan Howard Expected To Be In 'High Demand' For NBA Job

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Brad Stevens Finds Indiana Hoosiers Interest 'Flattering'

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Gonzaga, Baylor, Illinois, Michigan Receive Top Seeds In NCAA Tournament

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Freshman Earl Timberlake To Transfer From Miami

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Rick Pitino Leads Iona To NCAA Tournament

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Kentucky Freshman Cam'Ron Fletcher Enters Transfer Portal

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Duke Could Still Play In NCAA Tournament If Selected

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Duke Out Of ACC Tournament With Positive COVID-19 Test

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Cade Cunningham, Luke Garza Headline Wooden Award Late Season Top 15

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Emoni Bates Widely Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

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