Basketball Wiretap

Brendan Bailey To Leave Marquette To Pursue Pro Career

May 23, 2020 4:38 PM

Brendan Bailey announced that he will forgo the final two years of eligibility at Marquette and turn pro.

Bailey entered the upcoming NBA Draft, but had the option to return to college.

"This has always been a dream of mine, and Marquette has helped prepare me to make this dream a reality," said Bailey in a statement issued by Marquette.

Bailey averaged 7.1 points and 5.2 rebounds last year. 


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LaMelo Ball Is Top-Rated Point Guard On Knicks' Draft Board

May 23, 2020 12:09 PM

LaMelo Ball is currently the top-rated point guard on the New York Knicks' draft board, sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Knicks executives believe that Ball has one of the higher-upsides in the draft.

Leon Rose briefly worked with the Ball's older brothers when they were signed to Creative Artists Agency.

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No Changes Expected In NBA Draft Lottery Process For This Season

May 19, 2020 1:33 AM

The NBA draft lottery process is expected to look the same as last year even if the season were to end in an incomplete manner. 

"I wouldn't expect changes," an executive told Tim Bontemps of ESPN.

League executives brought up several reasons as to why there would be no changes to the draft lottery this season, including that every team has played more than 75% of its season.

Under the new lottery system, implemented last year, teams with the worst three records have a 14% chance at getting the top pick. The percentages also give teams from the fourth through 13th pick an increased chance of moving up in the draft. 

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Knicks Have 'Done Their Homework' On Cole Anthony

May 14, 2020 1:18 AM

Cole Anthony has been "scouted extensively" by the New York Knicks, an NCAA source told Ian Begley of SNY.

"New York has done their homework on Cole," according to the source.

Anthony, the son of former Knicks guard Greg Anthony, averaged 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game at UNC last season.

Anthony previously stated that he was a fan of the Knicks, and that "it would be pretty cool" to get drafted by the team. 

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Mac McClung Withdraws From Draft, Will Transfer From Georgetown

May 13, 2020 4:13 PM

Mac McClung has requested to enter the transfer portal to leave Georgetown. McClung also withdrew his name from the NBA Draft. McClung will file a waiver to play immediately. 

"It was a number of different events that made me feel I had no choice but to transfer from Georgetown," McClung told ESPN. "I really wanted to stay, but things throughout my career made me realize that I couldn't.

"I'm looking for a place I can call home. A place I can be a part of a family and help them succeed."

McClung was in the midst of a breakout sophomore season, averaging 15.7 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 steals in 27 minutes per game, before a foot injury derailed his season after just 21 games.

Patrick Ewing, appearing on a podcast with Andy Katz on May 5, said McClung would be returning to Georgetown for his junior year. Hazan said McClung never informed Ewing of such and was blindsided to see reports of him withdrawing from the NBA draft made public while he was in the midst of navigating the pre-draft process.

"The podcast with Andy Katz was not the deciding factor to my decision to transfer," McClung said. "I think it affected my pre-draft process, and seemed to confuse a lot of teams."

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Jayson Tatum Preferred Joining Suns Over Celtics Leading To Draft

May 12, 2020 1:24 PM

Leading up to the 2017 NBA Draft, Jayson Tatum wanted to be drafted by the Phoenix Suns.

Tatum knew Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball would be the first two picks, and he hoped he'd fall to the Suns at No. 4 after the Boston Celtics traded down from No. 1 to No. 3. Earl Watson was pushing for the Suns to do whatever was necessary to draft Tatum while Robert Sarver preferred Josh Jackson.

“Earl is my guy,” Tatum said. “I called my mom, I’m like, ‘Yo, I think I want to go to Phoenix.’”

Tatum's agent, Jeff Wechsler, called him about setting up a second workout with the Celtics. Tatum wasn't budging when Wechsler tried to sell him on Boston.

“We hang up,” Tatum said. “I’m like, ‘I’m not going to this workout. I’m cool.’”

It took Mike Krzyzewski to sell Tatum on Brad Stevens and the Celtics before he agreed to the workout. 

“When I finally heard my name called it was by far the best day of my life because it was what I’d been working for, for 16 years,” Tatum said. “But there was a part of me that didn’t really want to go to Boston because they just were the No. 1 team in the East. They had Isaiah Thomas, Al Horford, (Marcus) Smart, (Jaylen Brown), Jae Crowder. I was like, man, I’m not going to play. I’m trying to get buckets. But everything worked out.”

“I was pushing Tatum,” Watson said. “Like, we had to move up for Tatum, we had to get Tatum. And ownership chose Josh Jackson. … I knew the two players were dynamically different, but my vision was what’s the best fit for Devin Booker. Booker and Tatum, I think a combination like that right now would have been completely different than anything in the NBA at that age.”

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NBA Sends Ballots To Teams To Vote On Players For Indefinitely Suspended Draft Combine

May 11, 2020 5:55 PM

The NBA has sent ballots to teams to vote on the prospects who will receive invites for the 2020 Draft Combine. The combine, however, has been postponed indefinitely.

The league office is evaluating possible dates for the Combine as well as the potential for a virtual version.

Prospects are measured at the combine in a number of categories and also meet with teams for interviews.

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Draft Could Take Place In Late August Or Early September, With 'Small Scale' Combine In August

May 10, 2020 7:37 PM

The 2020 NBA Draft could take place sometime in late August or early September, league sources told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Agents are also being told that there could be a small scale combine in August, complete with a live interview process.

The draft lottery currently remains postponed, with the league keeping their options on how to proceed with the season open into June

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Killian Hayes Won't Play In German League Tournament Ahead Of Draft

May 8, 2020 3:42 PM

Killian Hayes won't play in a three-week tournament the German league plans to hold in June to finish its season.

Hayes is a projected top-10 pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.

Several German teams have given their players final say in deciding whether to participate in the tournament.

Hayes is a French national preparing in his hometown of Lakeland, Florida for the draft.

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Rati Andronikashvili Commits To Creighton

May 7, 2020 5:23 PM

Rati Andronikashvili has committed to Creighton.

Andronikashvili is considered one of the top European prospects in the 2020 class.

"I knew Creighton way before they called me," Andronikashvili told ESPN. "I've always liked how they play. Their basketball program is amazing. They know me better than anyone, and they really understand me as a player. [Assistant] coach [Alan] Huss was at a lot of my games. Coach [Greg McDermott] has seen me at my best and at my worst. Being with a coach who really knows your game inside and out and how to improve your strengths and weaknesses is what I was looking for.

"They've been calling me every day, not just about basketball, but also asking about my family. That means they really care."

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Olivier Sarr Transfers From Wake Forest To Kentucky

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RJ Hampton Reportedly 'Under Consideration' By Knicks In Upcoming Draft

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Chris Brickley: Cole Anthony 'Would Love To Play In New York'

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NBA Postpones Lottery, Draft Combine Indefinitely

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NBA Draft Expected To Take Place In Either August Or September

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Daishen Nix Decommits From UCLA, Will Sign With G League Select Team

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