March 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Zeke Nnaji Leaving Arizona For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2020 2:53 PM

Zeke Nnaji is entering the 2020 NBA Draft, leaving Arizona after his freshman season.

Nnaji is ranked No. 34 by ESPN for the draft class. Nnaji was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and also received All-Pac-12 first-team honors.

"Ever since 4th grade I have had the dream of playing professional basketball in the NBA. After consulting with my family and praying about it, we have submitted the required paperwork to the league office. I'm officially making myself available for the draft," Nnaji told ESPN in an email.

Nnaji averaged 16.1 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

"It still feels like I'm dreaming because I have never heard of anything like this pandemic happening," Nnaji told ESPN. "Now I'm back at home in Minnesota. I just started doing some light workouts, and I'll continue to ramp things up in the coming weeks. Every now and again, I still go back mentally to Wednesday, March 11th, going through my process of getting ready to play USC before the season was canceled. Now it's time to move forward to the next level, so I'm doing everything possible to maximize this process.

"This is all new to me but I have continued to pray for all the health workers on the front line of this pandemic," Nnaji added. "I can't imagine what their families are going through. I'm continuing to take precautions and do my part through social distancing, but I'm also finding ways to get my work in as much as possible."

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Remy Martin Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2020 1:17 AM

Arizona State point guard Remy Martin announced that he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

"Starting from a young age, I have worked towards the opportunity to play in the NBA and I have now decided to take another step into making my dream a reality. I will forever cherish the time I have spent at ASU," said Martin in a statement.

Martin averaged 19.1 points, 4.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds last season, and was named first team all-Pac-12 by The AP.

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Mac McClung Leaving Georgetown For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 29, 2020 4:39 PM

Mac McClung will enter the 2020 NBA draft, leaving Georgetown after his sophomore season.

"I have declared for the 2020 NBA Draft while also maintaining eligibility," McClung told ESPN in a text message. "I have submitted my form to the Undergraduate Advisory Committee, and sent in paperwork to the league office. I have also signed with an NBA/NCAA certified agent which gives me an opportunity to go through this process while also maintaining eligibility."

McClung has a big social media following due to his explosive dunks and deep pull-up three-pointers.

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DePaul Junior Paul Reed Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 28, 2020 6:52 PM

DePaul junior Paul Reed has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft, sources told Shams Charania of The Athletic.

Reed averaged 15.1 points and 10.7 rebounds last season.

Reed is a projected first-round pick. 

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Killian Hayes Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2020 1:45 PM

Killian Hayes has submitted paperwork to declare himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"I am officially declaring for the NBA draft," Hayes wrote via email. "I have sent in paperwork to the league office and I'm very excited."

Hayes is the No. 10 rated prospect by ESPN.

Hayes is averaging 12.0 points and 5.6 assists per game for Ratiopharm Ulm.

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Vanderbilt Forward Aaron Nesmith Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2020 1:43 AM

Vanderbilt forward Aaron Nesmith announced that he will enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

"I have decided to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and intend to hire an agent. I am so grateful for what life has brought me so far and I cannot wait for this next step in my journey," Nesmith announced on Instagram.

Nesmith averaged 23 points and 4.9 rebounds last season, while shooting 52% from 3.

He is the 17th-ranked prospect in the draft according to ESPN.

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Florida State Freshman Patrick Williams Enters 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 27, 2020 1:17 AM

Florida State University freshman Patrick Williams declared for the 2020 NBA Draft.

Williams, who averaged 9.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per game, is the 20th-ranked prospect according to ESPN.

Williams is the second FSU player to declare for the draft, after Devin Vassell.

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Onyeka Okongwu Leaving USC For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 25, 2020 3:50 PM

Onyeka Okongwu is declaring for the 2020 NBA Draft, leaving USC after his freshman season.

“I’m going to forgo my last three years,” Okongwu said.

Okongwu is widely expected to be a lottery pick.

“I honestly have a lot of confidence in myself and I think I established my name this freshman year and I’ve shown that I can play with anyone,” he said. “It gives me more confidence in this decision because I feel like I can develop my game on the next level and really be successful."

“I feel like I can go anywhere in the first round if I keep working during this pre-draft stuff and never lose focus,” he added.


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Obi Toppin Leaving Dayton For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 25, 2020 2:43 PM

Obi Toppin is leaving Dayton after his sophomore season for the 2020 NBA Draft.

"I hope everyone is safe and healthy during the current situation going on in the world, the COVID-19. I would like to share the news with you guys that I will be signing with an agent and foregoing my college eligibility by entering the 2020 NBA Draft," Toppin said.

Toppin is currently the ninth ranked prospect by ESPN.

Toppin grew from 6'2 as a high school junior to a 6'9 now.

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Kira Lewis Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

Mar 25, 2020 1:31 AM

University of Alabama teammates Kira Lewis and John Petty declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. 

Lewis, who averaged 18.5 points and 5.2 assists, is ranked as the No. 25 overall prospect in ESPN's top 100.

Petty is ranked No. 75 in the top 100.

"They're both All-SEC players. But I think they both need to have some good workouts to get themselves where they want to be, and we just don't know when those [workouts] are going to be. Once I think we get through this initial social distancing and knowing when anything can start back up, I think we'll have a better idea on some of that type of stuff," said Alabama coach Nate Oats. 

 

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Kenyon Martin Jr. Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Cole Anthony Delays Decision On Draft Declaration

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Tyrese Haliburton Leaves Iowa State For 2020 NBA Draft

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Devin Vassell Declares For NBA Draft

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Daniel Oturu To Leave Minnesota For 2020 NBA Draft

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Elijah Hughes To Enter 2020 NBA Draft Process

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Cavs Have Done 'Extensive Work' Scouting Deni Avdija For 2020 NBA Draft

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NBA Executives Expect Reduced Pre-Draft Process

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Isaac Okoro Declares For NBA Draft

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Tre Jones To Leave Duke For 2020 NBA Draft

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2020 NBA Draft

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Anthony Edwards Declares For 2020 NBA Draft

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Bob Myers: Warriors Shut Down Facilities, Klay Thompson Rehabbing 'By Himself'

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NBA Still Seeking Applications To Provide Feedback To Early Draft Entrants

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Obi Toppin Expected To Declare For NBA Draft

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NCAA Considered Playing 16-Game Tournament Over One Weekend In Atlanta

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Portsmouth Invitational Canceled Due to COVID-19

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NCAA Men's/Women's Basketball Tournaments Canceled Due To Coronavirus

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NCAA Men's/Women's Basketball Tournament To Be Played Without Fans In Attendance

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Nico Mannion To Declare For 2020 NBA Draft

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