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Makur Maker Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

May 28, 2021 6:45 PM

Makur Maker is declaring for the 2021 NBA Draft but won't hire an agent.

Maker could return to Howard for his sophomore season. Maker played only two games for the Bison last season because of a groin injury. In those two games, Maker averaged 11.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists. Howard played in just five games before the university shut down the season in January due to COVID-19 issues.

Maker was the No. 16 recruit in the ESPN 100.

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Isaiah Jackson Decides To Stay In Draft

May 28, 2021 12:59 PM

Isaiah Jackson has decided to stay in the 2021 NBA Draft and hire an agent.

Jackson is currently the No. 11 prospect in the ESPN 100 after his freshman season at Kentucky. Jackson averaged 8.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 21 minutes while shooting 55 percent from the field. 

"This is going to be a big burden off my shoulders," he said. "That's all anyone wants to know. A lot of Kentucky fans are telling me to stay every day. I just want to be able to do what I want instead of being restricted. I want to do camps and autograph signings to get some money in my pocket. In order to set that up I need to be fully declared."

Jackson's 12.7 shot-block percentage rivaled the output of Anthony Davis and Nerlens Noel in their time at Kentucky

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

May 21, 2021 1:52 PM

Scoot Henderson is skipping his senior year of high school and will sign a contract with the G League Ignite team.

Henderson's contract will be worth $1 million. 

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

May 21, 2021 11:05 AM

Matt Bewley and Ryan Bewley have become the first prep underclassmen to sign contracts with the Overtime Elite professional league. 

Matt Bewley is ranked No. 3 by ESPN for the Class of 2023 while Ryan Bewley is ranked No. 12.

OTE is a well-funded start-up for high school players who want to use the league as an alternative training program to traditional high school and college basketball before entering the NBA draft.

OTE has hired Kevin Ollie, a 13-year NBA veteran and national-championship-winning coach at UConn, to run the team.

The Bewley twins are expected to be eligible for the 2024 NBA draft.

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Mac McClung To Stay In 2021 NBA Draft

May 17, 2021 10:52 AM

Mac McClung has elected to forgo his remaining college eligibility and will keep his name in the 2021 NBA draft. 

"I just felt the timing was right for me to go all in," McClung said. "I looked at multiple factors and decided the best time for me to take this step was now. I feel the NBA game and spacing is suited for my play style and I can't wait to start this chapter of my life. I'm very blessed to be able to chase my dreams."

McClung spent his first two collegiate seasons at Georgetown, electing to transfer to Texas Tech.

"I decided to go all in now, rather than just testing the waters, so teams know that I'm fully committed to staying in draft and that I am not just one foot in, one foot out."

McClung has one of the largest followings of any player in the college game, with over 730,000 followers on Instagram alone.

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TyTy Washington Commits To Kentucky

May 14, 2021 1:29 AM

Five-star guard TyTy Washington announced his commitment to Kentucky on Thursday.

Washington, who decommitted from Creighton on March 11, chose Kentucky over ArizonaBaylorKansasLSU and Oregon.

"Coach Cal has passion to develop me. He was confident and straightforward on how I would fit and his plan for me. I could play both the point guard and also slide over to the wing because of my scoring ability. I watched a lot of film of Kentucky and they play a three-guard attack," said Washington.

Washington is ranked No. 12 overall in the ESPN 100. 

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Patrick Baldwin Jr. Commits To Milwaukee

May 12, 2021 5:54 PM

Patrick Baldwin Jr. has committed to play for his father at Milwaukee. Baldwin turned down offers from the likes of Duke, Georgetown and Virginia.

Baldwin is the No. 4 recruit in the incoming class of 2021 and the No. 8 ranked prospect in the 2022 NBA mock draft.

Baldwin recalled the moment he told his parents he was staying home and playing for Milwaukee.

"I walked in the room and said, 'I have something to share with you. I want to play for you.' He gave me a hug, started crying and left the room," Baldwin said. "My mom and dad left the decision up to me. They gave me insight during the process but left the decision up to me."

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International Prospect Adama Bal Commits To Arizona

May 12, 2021 1:17 AM

Top international prospect Adama Bal announced his commitment to Arizona.

The 17-year-old Bal is considered to be one of the top prospects in Europe going the college route. 

"It came down to opportunity. I had no clear intention of going to college and really considered going pro, but offers were fairly limited in France. So when the Arizona offer came around late, with the level of facilities, staff and the development plan for me there, it was really difficult to pass up," said Bal.

Currently playing in France's third division, Bal helped France win the U16 European Championship in 2019.

Bal represents the third international commit headed to Arizona next season. 

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Lindsay Gottlieb Leaves Cavs To Become Head Coach Of USC

May 10, 2021 1:30 PM

Lindsay Gottlieb has agreed to become head coach of USC's women's basketball team on a six-year deal.

Gottlieb left her job as head coach of the University of California to become an assistant coach with the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2019. Gottlieb became a front bench assistant under JB Bickerstaff.

Gottlieb will remain with the Cavaliers for the final four games of the regular season before leaving for USC.

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Franz Wagner Leaves Michigan For 2021 NBA Draft

May 4, 2021 10:45 AM

Franz Wagner has left Michigan for the 2021 NBA draft.

Wagner plans to hire an agent and was the highest rated player on ESPN's board still unannounced on his draft intentions. Wagner is currently No. 9 on ESPN's board.

Wagner is the younger brother of another former Michigan first-round pick, the Orlando Magic's Moe Wagner.

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International Prospect Igor Milicic Commits To Virginia

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Emoni Bates Decommits From Michigan State, Reopens Recruitment

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