June 2020 Basketball Wiretap

Emoni Bates Commits To Michigan State

Jun 29, 2020 2:28 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to Michicgan State as part of the incoming class of 2022.

Bates was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 2020 as a sophomore.

Bates is widely considered the best high school prospect in more than a decade. Michigan State was the only school to consistently recruit Bates during his high school career.

"Coach [Tom] Izzo and coach [Mike] Garland and that entire MSU staff has been showing love since his seventh grade year. They've been very consistent," Elgin Bates told ESPN. "They really have a genuine care for him and the family. They care for him, not only as a player, but as a person. That's really big for us as a family and for him as a player."

When asked what he likes about Michigan State, Emoni Bates responded: "Everything."

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Anthony Edwards Signs With Klutch Sports

Jun 29, 2020 10:56 AM

Anthony Edwards has signed with Klutch Sports.

Edwards is a projected top pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Georgia.

Klutch represents a number of former No. 1 overall picks in LeBron James, Ben Simmons, Anthony Davis and John Wall.

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Cade Cunningham To Remain At Oklahoma State Despite Postseason Ban

Jun 22, 2020 10:58 AM

Cade Cunningham has announced he will remain at Oklahoma State despite the school receiving a postseason ban for the 20-21 season.

Cunningham considered other options such as the G League and also playing professionally overseas. Cunningham was always unlikely to attend another college.

Cunningham is the No. 2 prospect in the incoming college class and currently the projected No. 1 pick in the 2021 draft.

Cunningham chose Oklahoma State after also taking official visits to North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky and Washington.

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Early-Entry Candidates Given August 17th Deadline To Declare For 2020 NBA Draft

Jun 20, 2020 1:54 PM

Early-entry candidates will be given until August 17th to declare for the 2020 NBA Draft, reported Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

This year's draft will take place on October 16th.

It is unclear whether players who previously declined to enter the draft will be able to re-enter the draft considering the new deadline and the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

Players will be allowed to withdraw from the draft as late as October 10th, though that deadline is mostly for international players and athletes who have forfeited their NCAA eligibility. 

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Draft To Take Place On October 16th, Free Agency To Open On October 18th

Jun 20, 2020 11:17 AM

NBA free agency will open on October 18th at 6 PM this year, league sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

The date also includes a moratorium period on deals from October 19-23.

Wojnarowski also reports that the NBA Draft will take place this year on October 16th.

The early entry withdrawal date will be on October 6th, 10 days before the draft. 

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Deni Avdija Will Finish Season With Maccabi Before Preparing For 2020 NBA Draft

Jun 19, 2020 3:09 PM

Deni Avdija will resume his season with Maccabi Tel Aviv when the Israeli basketball league returns Sunday.

Avdija is projected high lottery pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

"Before I go to the U.S., I have a job to finish here in Israel," Avdija wrote in an email to ESPN. "As a competitor I am committed to my organization and teammates to help bring a championship to Tel Aviv. We were having such a great season, so winning the title, even with the delay and without live fans, will give me a sense that the hard work paid off."

Avdija is averaging 12.3 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 27 minutes per game.

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Saddiq Bey To Remain In Draft, Hire Agent

Jun 9, 2020 10:55 AM

Saddiq Bey will remain in the 2020 NBA Draft and sign with Excel Sports Management.

Executives and scouts see Bey's potential as a 3-and-D player in the pros. Bey is currently the No. 18 ranked prospect in the draft.

"This has been a pivotal time in our country and honestly not how I imagined the last few months playing out," Bey told ESPN in a statement. "Between the pandemic and national outcry against racial injustice, it has given me a lot of time to think and gain perspective outside of basketball. I have thought a lot about my decision to enter the NBA draft and specifically how that would impact my teammates, coaching staff, and the pursuit of my degree.

"I am forever grateful to Villanova University."

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NBA Could Push Back October 15th Draft If COVID-19 Delays End Of Resumed Season

Jun 8, 2020 11:35 AM

The NBA draft lottery is scheduled for August 25th and the draft is tentatively set for October 15th.

Sources tell The Ringer that the draft could be pushed back if any games or other events need to be postponed due to COVID-19.

The NBA hopes to finish The Finals by October 12th.

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Draft Workouts Unlikely, Early Discussions Taking Place For Potentially Meeting Prospects In Orlando

Jun 7, 2020 2:56 PM

Player workouts leading up to the NBA Draft are unlikely due to liability issues, league sources told Jonathan Givony and Mike Schmitz of ESPN.

There are preliminary discussions for the possibility of a prospect gathering in Orlando that could include medical testing, player measurements, and interviews.

The league's preference is to see how the initial weeks in Orlando go before deciding on whether to bring prospects to Orlando.

The 2020 draft is tentatively scheduled for October 15th.

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Warriors Likely To Take Anthony Edwards If They Get First Pick

Jun 7, 2020 12:52 PM

The Golden State Warriors are likely to take Anthony Edwards if they get the first pick in the 2020 NBA Draft and do not trade it, according to Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle. 

The Warriors have other players on the board, including Tyrese Haliburton, Isaac Okoro, and Deni Avdija, should they land between picks No. 2 through No. 5.

"Sources have indicated to The Chronicle that if the Warriors land the No. 1 pick and decide not to trade down, they’ll likely take Georgia guard Anthony Edwards. If Golden State lands anywhere between Nos. 2 and No. 5, it’ll strongly consider Iowa State’s Tyrese Haliburton, Auburn’s Isaac Okoro and Israel’s Deni Avdija, among others," writes Letourneau.

The team reportedly has Haliburton rated above LaMelo Ball and Killian Hayes due to his positional versatility. 

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NCAA Sets Deadline For Players To Withdraw From Draft

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NBA Freezes Records For All 14 Eventual Lottery Teams

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NBA Sets Lottery For August 25th, Draft For October 15th

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Warriors Have Tyrese Haliburton Above LaMelo Ball, Killian Hayes On Draft Board

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2020 NBA Draft, Free Agency To Follow Finals In Sequential Order In October

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Aamir Simms Withdraws From Draft, Will Return To Clemson For Senior Year

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