Basketball Wiretap

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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Zion Williamson Headlines 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Roster

Mar 13, 2018 1:16 PM

The United States' roster for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland has been announced.

The USA will be led by 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup bronze medalists Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.) and Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.) and 2015 FIBA Americas U16 gold medalist Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.).

Suiting up for the USA with prior training camp experience will be Darius Bazley (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); Bol Bol (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.); Tyler Herro (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.); Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.); Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy/Altamonte Springs, Fla.); and Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.).

David McCormack (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) will be taking part in his first event with USA Basketball.

Additionally, Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.), who was a member of the bronze medal winning 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team, will attend the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the U.S. team but is unable to participate due to injury.

DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones was selected head coach of the 2018 USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit, while 1996 Olympic gold medalist Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway , head coach at Memphis East H.S. (Tenn.), will serve as the USA's assistant coach.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year

Mar 9, 2018 1:30 PM

R.J. Barrett has been named the 2018 Naismith High School Boys' Player of the Year.

Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award and first since Minnesota Timberwolves forward Andrew Wiggins captured the honour following his 2013 season at Huntington Prep. 

Last November, the ESPN No. 1 recruit committed to join Duke University next season.

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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones

Mar 2, 2018 1:11 PM

The Australian National Basketball League has formalized a rule that should make it much easier for future prospects to forgo college and develop in Australia instead.

Terrance Ferguson, the No. 11 high school recruit in 2016, signed with the Adelaide 36ers instead of being a one-and-done in college and was drafted by the Thunder in 2017 with the No. 21 overall pick.

Sources told ESPN those players will be paid 100,000 Australian dollars gross guaranteed (approximately $78,000 U.S.), funded directly by the league.

"Unlike other countries where players and agents deal with clubs, the NBL will directly contract the players," NBL owner and executive chairman Larry Kestelman said in a release provided exclusively to ESPN. "We will make sure the players get the development they need as part of the program with our clubs, giving them the best chance of success.

"The NBL provides strong visibility back to the U.S. Our league is closest to the NBA in terms of style of play and game day presentation. We will work to build a program to provide the right access to NBA teams and scouts alike."

Jonathan Givony/ESPN

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Barack Obama Suggests NBA Create Junior League Due To Issues With NCAA Structure

Feb 27, 2018 9:49 AM

Barack Obama spoke for an hour at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference last Friday. The talk was off-the-record but some of his comments have since leaked.

Obama stated he believes the NBA would benefit from a junior league "so that the NCAA is not serving as a farm system for the NBA with a bunch of kids who are unpaid but are under enormous financial pressure."

“It’s not solely the NBA, but—the need to create a well-structured D-league, so that the NCAA is not serving as a farm system for the NBA with a bunch of kids who are unpaid but are under enormous financial pressure," said Obama. "It’s just not a sustainable way of doing business. And then when everybody acts shocked that some kid from extraordinarily poor circumstances who’s got potentially 5 or 10 or 15 million dollars waiting for him is going to be circled by everybody, in a context in which people are making billions of dollars... That won’t solve all the problems, but what it will do is reduce the hypocrisy, and the likelihood of people being like Claude Rains in Casablanca walking in and saying “I’m shocked that there’s gambling going on in here!” and these kids who generally don’t have a lot of resources are able to help their families.”

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Stan Van Gundy: One-And-Done Rule Has Racist Element

Feb 26, 2018 9:25 AM

Stan Van Gundy was critical of both the NCAA and the NBA's one-and-done rule that prohibits American-born basketball players from entering the NBA directly from high school.

“People that were against (players) coming out (of high school) made a lot of excuses, but I think a lot of it was racist," said Van Gundy. "I’ve never heard anybody go up in arms about (minor-league baseball or hockey)."

Van Gundy's comments came in response to allegations that money was funneled to college basketball players with the assistance of several coaches.

“The NCAA is one of the worst organizations – maybe the worst organization – in sports. They certainly don’t care about the athlete.”

Vincent Ellis/Detroit Free Press

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