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Bronny James To Make NBA Draft Decision Based On Team Interest

Mar 3, 2024 1:30 AM

Bronny James will decide whether to enter the 2024 NBA Draft based on team interest as opposed to projected draft position, Rich Paul told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski.

"I don't value a young player getting into the lottery as much as I do getting him on the right team in the right developmental situation," said Paul.

Paul added that drafting Bronny James doesn't automatically mean landing LeBron James in free agency.

"LeBron wants Bronny to be his own man," added Paul.

Bronny James is averaging  5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds for USC this season.

 

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Tags: Bronny James, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Zach Edey To Leave Purdue After This Season

Feb 27, 2024 9:24 AM

Purdue star center Zach Edey will not return to school after this season. Edey is already a senior, but like all players in his situation, he was granted an additional year of eligibility due to the COVID-impacted season in 2020-21.

However, Purdue coach Matt Painter said his star big man will not return to campus next season. That means Edey will enter the 2024 NBA Draft, where he's consistently being mocked as a mid-first-round pick.

Edey was named the National Player of the Year last season and he's on target to repeat that honor this season. The 7-foot-4 center is averaging 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game this season.

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Bronny James Moves To 39th Pick In ESPN's 2025 NBA Mock Draft

Feb 26, 2024 3:29 PM

Bronny James is slotted as the 39th pick in ESPN's first NBA mock draft for 2025. A year ago when ESPN released its first mock for 2024, James was projected as a top-10 pick.

James suffered cardiac arrest in July during a USC practice session, but he was able to make his collegiate debut in December. In 19 games this season, James is averaging 5.5 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 20.2 minutes.

LeBron James has talked openly about wanting to play with Bronny James at some point before retiring. 

Cooper Flagg and Ace Bailey are the projected top-2 picks in 2025.

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Tags: Bronny James, USC Trojans, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Cooper Flagg, Ace Bailey Top Initial 2025 NBA Mock Draft

Feb 26, 2024 10:30 AM

Cooper Flagg of Montverde Academy is the projected first overall pick in the 2025 NBA Draft. Flagg will attend Duke University next season. Flagg is a 6-foot-9 combo forward. He reclassified to enroll at Duke a year early.

Airious "Ace" Bailey of McEachern High School is the projected second overall pick. Bailey will attend Rutgers University in the fall. Bailey has great size at the wing position, as he's listed at 6-foot-10.

The 2025 class is expected to be a deep one. Several potential one-and-done college players and international prospects are atop the rankings.

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Tags: Cooper Flagg, Ace Bailey, Duke Blue Devils, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft Mock Drafts

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Future Of G League Ignite To Be Reassessed

Feb 18, 2024 9:52 AM

The G League Ignite have struggled this season. After going 4-12 during the Showcase portion of the season, the Ignite are 2-19 in G League regular season. Those struggles, combined with a changing landscape for young players, has the NBA reassessing the future of the Ignite.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver said that the NBA is now looking at the Ignite differently than when the program was created in 2020. Silver noted that the idea was to give players an additional pathway to the NBA, other than going to college or overseas. With the advent of NIL, and other financial programs, players now have pathways open to making money while playing for NCAA teams.

Silver did note that basketball is now the most participated in youth sport in the United States. He also said that it's imperative that the NBA, NCAA and youth programs work together on how they develop players for the future.

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Tags: NBA G League Ignite, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams, D-League Misc Rumor

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Ron Holland Out For Remainder Of G League Ignite Season

Feb 17, 2024 6:06 PM

Forward Ron Holland will miss the remainder of the season for the G League Ignite. Holland is out to protect a right thumb injury ahead of the 2024 NBA Draft.

Holland finishes his season with the Ignite averaging 19.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 2.3 steals per game. The 6-foot-8 forward shot 46% from the field and 73% from the free throw line.

Holland will now turn to preparing for the draft. He's expected to make a full recovery and to be able to participate in pre-draft workouts. Holland is projected as a lottery pick.

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Tags: Ron Holland, NBA G League Ignite, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, D-League, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams, D-League Injury

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