March 2021 Basketball Wiretap

Austin Reaves Leaves Oklahoma For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 31, 2021 11:04 AM

Austin Reaves will leave Oklahoma to declare for the 2021 NBA draft and will forgo his remaining college eligibility.

"I have decided to declare for the NBA draft and will be hiring an agent in the near future," Reaves told ESPN. "My family and I believe this is best decision for my future and I'm super excited for the next part of my journey."

Reaves is currently the No. 40 prospect in the ESPN 100 draft rankings.

Reaves averaged 18.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.6 assists for Oklahoma

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Jaden Springer Declares For NBA Draft, Will Sign With Agent

Mar 30, 2021 1:18 AM

Tennessee freshman Jaden Springer declared for the 2021 NBA Draft, and said he will sign with an agent.

Springer is currently ranked No. 27 in ESPN's draft rankings.

Springer averaged 12.5 points per game on 43.5% from three last season.

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2021 NBA Draft Scheduled For July 29th, Lottery For June 22nd

Mar 29, 2021 2:58 PM

The 2021 NBA Draft will be held on July 29th, sources tell The Athletic. The lottery will be held on June 22nd.

The draft will take place exactly one week after a potential Game 7 of The Finals on July 22nd.

The league will conduct a Draft Combine from June 21st through June 27th.

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Kai Jones Leaves Texas For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2021 10:24 PM

Kai Jones is leaving Texas for the 2021 NBA Draft and intends to sign with an agent.

"It was truly an honor to represent the Texas Longhorns for the past two seasons and suit up with my brothers night in and night out," Jones said. "... My time here has set me up to be successful as I take the next steps in my career."

Jones is expected to be selected in the later half of the lottery or the middle of the first round. 

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Tre Mann Leaves Florida For 2021 NBA Draft

Mar 24, 2021 11:12 AM

Tre Mann has left Florida for the 2021 NBA draft.

"After much consideration, I have decided to take the next step in my basketball career and will declare for the 2021 NBA draft," Mann told ESPN. "To Gator nation, your love and support will always hold a special place in my heart. I will be hiring an agent to help guide me through this process."

Mann is currently the 15th rated prospect by ESPN.

Growing to 6-foot-5 over the course of his college career, Mann is considered one of the most talented ball handlers and shot creators in this draft class, featuring NBA range on his jump shot and impressive shiftiness changing speeds out of the pick-and-roll.

"I think that NBA teams were able to see my ability to play on and off the ball as well as my improved stats across the board," Mann said. "I was able to showcase my leadership skills, efficiency shooting the ball, defensive versatility and ability to rebound."

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Brandon Boston Jr. Declares For NBA Draft

Mar 21, 2021 12:57 PM

Brandon Boston Jr. declared for the NBA Draft on Saturday, becoming the third Kentucky Wildcat to declare for the draft this week. 

Isaiah Jackson and Terrence Clarke also announced their decisions to turn pro, though Jackson is the only one out of the group to not hire an agent.

Boston Jr. is ranked No. 34 in ESPN's draft rankings.

Jackson is ranked No. 12 in the rankings, with Clarke at No. 67.

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2021 NCAA Tournament + Mascot Bracket

Mar 18, 2021 9:04 PM

In a two-part NCAA Tournament preview host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down 2021 NBA Draft prospects then his sister joins for the 2021 Mascot Bracket.

Danny and Sam talk about the key opening round prospect matchups, which teams and players to watch early, the NBA trade deadline and much more. After (at 1:22:00 on the recording), Danny’s biologist sister picks the winners of the tournament based solely on which mascot would win in a fight.

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Kentucky Freshman Isaiah Jackson To Enter Draft, Will Not Hire Agent

Mar 18, 2021 1:01 AM

Kentucky freshman Isaiah Jackson will enter the NBA Draft but will not hire an agent.

The 6-foot-10 forward averaged 8.4 points and 6.6 rebounds per game this season.

Jackson is ranked No. 12 in ESPN's Top 100 prospects for the 2021 NBA draft class. 

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Most NBA Executives Will Skip Scouting NCAA Tournament In-Person Due To Poor Seating

Mar 17, 2021 12:52 PM

The majority of NBA executives and scouts will watch the NCAA Tournament on television rather than attempt to scout in person despite the fact that the entire three-week tournament will be held in the Indianapolis area.

The NCAA is allowing the league office to reserve one or two tickets per NBA team in two of the six venues: Lucas Oil Stadium and Bankers Life Fieldhouse. But most NBA executives have been told to expect poor seating that makes being in the arena to scout a drawback as opposed to watching on television.

Teams also will not be able to live-scout any games at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Indiana, which is not allowing entry for the general public.

Teams could seek upper deck tickets available on the secondary market from the pool available for the general public in three of the other venues. 

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Warriors Would Have Taken Anthony Edwards Over LaMelo Ball At No. 2

Mar 16, 2021 4:01 PM

The Golden State Warriors selected James Wiseman at No. 2, which has already become a scrutinized due to the emergence of LaMelo Ball. But the Warriors could have even selected Anthony Edwards over Ball. All three rookies have shown glimpses of star potential though Ball has separated himself this season.

"They really believe in James Wiseman," said Ramona Shelburne on The Hoop Collective Podcast. "They think he's going to become a future All-Star. They think he's going to be a future pillar of the franchise.

"I checked... there was a storyline out there that LaMelo Ball thought they were going to pick him at two. Everything I've been told is that that's a miscommunication or something was wrong there."

"As far as I know, they were laser focused [on Wiseman]," replied Brian Windhorst.

"A very good source told me they would have picked James Wiseman No. 1 if they had the pick. He was the highest on their board. They never wavered on that. If Minnesota would have taken Wiseman one, the Warriors would have taken Anthony Edwards at No. 2.

"I think some of the issue with LaMelo is... They really liked LaMelo. They were really high on him. I don't know if they were as bullish on the fit with Stephen Curry. And at the time, remember, most of the time they were seeing him Klay Thompson was still okay."

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NBA Draft Now 'More Meaningful In Origin Markets', 'Never Meant Less In Destination Markets'

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Karl-Anthony Towns: Anthony Edwards Was Right Decision For Wolves

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Cade Cunningham, Luke Garza Headline Wooden Award Late Season Top 15

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Emoni Bates Widley Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

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