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Porter, Bagley, Ayton, Doncic Comprise Top-4 Of ESPN's First 2018 Mock Draft

Aug 16, 2017 10:19 AM

Michael Porter, Marvin Bagley, DeAndre Ayton and Luka Doncic comprise the top-4 of the first mock draft from Jonathan Givony of ESPN for 2018.

Porter is a multi-talented, highly athletic combo forward.

Bagley reclassified to the incoming freshman class of 2017 and will attend Duke.

Doncic has been widely considered a potential top overall pick but scouts have concerns on whether he is athletic enough to defend his position as well as create his own shot.

1. Michael Porter
2. Marvin Bagley
3. DeAndre Ayton
4. Luka Doncic
5. Robert Williams
6. Miles Bridges
7. Mohamed Bamba
8. Collin Sexton
9. Jaren Jackson
10. Wendell Carter
11. Trevon Duval
12. Bruce Brown
13. Lonnie Walker
14. Mitchell Robinson
15. Justin Jackson
16. Dzanan Musa
17. Troy Brown
18. Hamidou Diallo
19. Mikal Bridges
20. Chimezie Metu
21. Rodions Kurucs
22. Nick Richards
23. Shake Milton
24. Grayson Allen
25. Isaac Bonga
26. De'Anthony Melton
27. Austin Wiley
28. Tyus Battle
29. Brandon McCoy
30. Andrew Jones

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Tags: Michael Porter, Jr., Luka Doncic, Marvin Bagley III, DeAndre Ayton, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Marvin Bagley Commits to Duke

Aug 14, 2017 11:35 PM

Marvin Bagley has announced he will attend Duke.

Bagley was the top player in the incoming class of 2018 before reclassifying for 2017.

The Blue Devils already had Trevon Duval, Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr. as part of their incoming class.

Bagley is expected to be one of the top selections in the 2018 NBA Draft.

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Tags: Marvin Bagley III, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Commitment

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Jontay Porter Reclassifies To Join Missouri For 17-18

Aug 10, 2017 12:10 AM

Jontay Porter will reclassify for the class of 2018 to join his brother, Michael Porter Jr., at Missouri.

The Porters' father, Michael Porter Sr., is an assistant coach at Missouri.

"This is going to be a special year for Mizzou basketball, and I couldn't pass up on this opportunity to be a part of it," Jontay Porter told ESPN on Wednesday. "Playing with Michael was definitely one of the most attractive things about reclassifying. Every team we've played on together has had major success, so hopefully that trend continues."

There is little more than a year in age difference between the brothers.

Jontay Porter was the 10th ranked player in the incoming class of 2018.

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NBA Could Create New Rule Restricting Pick Swaps

Aug 3, 2017 7:20 PM

The NBA has considered banning pick swaps between drafts in which a team already owes its pick to other teams.

The change in rules has been on the agenda of the competition committee but it has not yet been debated at length.

The Brooklyn Nets included a 2017 pick swap in their trade with the Boston Celtics that essentially saw them trade three consecutive first rounders.

The Stepien Rule prohibits teams from trading away first round picks in consecutive years.

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R.J. Barrett Reclassifies For Class Of 2018

Jul 31, 2017 12:39 PM

R.J. Barrett has reclassified for the class of 2018. Barrett was previously the top-ranked player in the class of 2018.

"After playing this summer I felt good where I am from a basketball standpoint," Barrett told ESPN.

Barrett is accelerating his college search.

"The schools that are have been on me the hardest are Arizona, Duke, Oregon, Kentucky, Michigan, Texas, UCLA and Kansas," Barrett said.

Recently Illinois, Indiana, Connecticut, USC and Michigan State have begun showing interest in Barrett.

Barrett will be in the draft class of 2019 if he stays one year in college.

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John Collins Used Summer League To Prove He Should Have Been Picked Higher

Jul 17, 2017 1:44 PM

John Collins fell to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 19 in the 2017 NBA Draft and he had an excellent Summer League.

Collins ranks second in Summer League in PER at 32.5.

“I wanted to prove that I should have went higher,” Collins said. “Not to say that I’m not happy with the spot I’ve fallen. I’ve fallen to great spot, a great organization, the fans love me. I have a great opportunity here, which I’m blessed for. But I want to show everybody, I feel like I should have gone number one. Maybe that isn’t realistic. But I want to prove to everybody that I should have went higher. I’ve been overlooked most of my career. So I’m kind of happy, because it gives me that same energy, that same fear and drive.”

Collins was a first-team All-ACC selection in 2017 as well as the conference's Most Improved Player.

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