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Zach Norvell Jr. To Test 2019 NBA Draft Waters

Apr 22, 2019 3:40 PM

Zach Norvell Jr. will test the 2019 NBA Draft waters.

Norvell averaged 14.9 points and 3.1 assists as a redshirt sophomore for Gonzaga.

Norvell could sign with an agent and stay in the draft.

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Five-Star Prospect Matthew Hurt Announces Commitment To Duke

Apr 21, 2019 11:43 AM

Five-star prospect Matthew Hurt announced his commitment to Duke. Hurt represents the third 5-star prospect in Duke's 2019 class.

"I'll be attending Duke University," Hurt said in a ceremony at his high school.

The 6'8" Hurt is ranked as the #2 power forward in the ESPN 100. Duke is on track to have their third straight #1 recruiting class.

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Jarrett Culver To Leave Texas Tech For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 18, 2019 3:34 PM

Jarrett Culver will announce he is declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Culver is expected to be a top-10 pick in the June draft. Culver helped lead Texas Tech to the National Championship Game this season.

Culver has been meeting with agents this week.

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Brandon Clarke Leaves Gonzaga For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 17, 2019 4:15 PM

Brandon Clarke has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Clarke was named Wooden All-American, and third team All-American by the Associated Press.

"First, I would like to thank my family for their continued support of my basketball career," Clarke said. "I would also like to thank Coach (Mark) Few and the entire Gonzaga coaching staff for sharing their knowledge of the game. I transferred to GU to develop my game and learn as much as I could from the top coaching staff in the country. With their help, I am confident in the player I have become and I'm ready for the next step. My teammates, my brothers, I cannot thank them enough. These have been the best two years of my life. Lastly, I want to thank the best fans in the country, Zag Nation. I will always be proud to be a Zag!
 
"With the support from our coaching staff and my family, I have decided to chase my dream of playing in the NBA."

Clarke is expected to be a lottery pick.

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Tyler Herro Leaves Kentucky For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 16, 2019 6:57 PM

Tyler Herro will leave Kentucky for the 2019 NBA Draft. Herro is a projected first round pick.

Herro thanked Kentucky fans and said his lone season with the Wildcats was everything he had hoped for.

John Calipari said Herro was "wired and driven like few other players" he has coached.

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Zion Williamson Declares For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2019 5:50 PM

Zion Williamson has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Williamson is expected to the be the No. 1 overall pick.

Williamson won the Wooden and Naismith awards for best player in college basketball. Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

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Rui Hachimura Leaves Gonzaga For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2019 4:55 PM

Rui Hachimura has left Gonzaga for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Hachimura is expected to be a mid-first round pick.

"The last three years at Gonzaga have been a dream come true, and now I'd like to pursue my next dream of playing in the NBA," Hachimura wrote.

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Ty Jerome Leaves Virginia For 2019 NBA Draft

Apr 15, 2019 12:17 PM

Ty Jerome will hire an agent and leave Virginia for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Jerome is a projected late first round or early second round pick.

"After talking to my family, coaching staff and thinking about it a lot, I've decided to forgo my senior year of college and declare for the 2019 NBA draft," Jerome said in the video. "From Day 1, I always dreamed about playing at this level since I picked up a basketball, playing in the ACC, playing against Duke and [North] Carolina. This program was everything I could have possibly dreamed of."

"He's gone," said one source close to the program.

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Tags: Ty Jerome, Virginia Cavaliers, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NBA Draft Declarations

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Mark Madsen Hired As Head Coach At Utah Valley

Apr 14, 2019 1:33 PM

Mark Madsen has been hired as the next head coach at Utah Valley.

Madsen was most recently an assistant on Luke Walton's staff with the Lakers, where he's coached for the last 6 years. 

Madsen replaces Mark Pope as head coach.

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Tags: Los Angeles Lakers, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

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Duke Had Higher ESPN Ratings Than NBA During 18-19 Season

Apr 14, 2019 9:50 AM

Duke had a higher rating for their 26 games on ESPN this season than the network's 101 telecasts for the NBA.

Duke averaged 2.23 million viewers per telecast compared to 1.99 million for the NBA.

The statistics were featured in a Tweet by the Duke basketball program with an image of Zion Williamson attached and the hashtag #TheDukeEffect.

Williamson is expected to be the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and became one of college basketball's most celebrated players in several years.

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KZ Okpala Declares For 2019 NBA Draft
KZ Okpala is a projected first round pick.

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Cam Reddish Declares For 2019 NBA Draft
Cam Reddish made the announcement on Instagram.

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Jaxson Hayes Leaves Texas For 2019 NBA Draft
Jaxon Hayes was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

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NBA, NBPA Holding Discussions On Ending One-And-Done Rule
The NBA's pursuit of NBPA concessions in the areas of mandating that draft prospects furnish teams with medical information.

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RJ Barrett Leaves Duke For 2019 NBA Draft
RJ Barrett is a projected top-5 pick.

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PJ Washington Leaves Kentucky For 2019 NBA Draft
PJ Washington averaged 15.2 points and 7.5 rebounds.

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Tre Jones Will Stay At Duke For Sophomore Season
Tre Jones was rated by ESPN as the No. 4 point guard and No. 29 overall in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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Rick Barnes To Stay At Tennessee, Turns Down $5 Million Contract Offer From UCLA
Barnes reportedly turned down a $5 million offer from UCLA.

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Virginia Favored To Repeat As NCAA Men's Basketball Champions In 2020
Caesars Palace and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook each posted Virginia as favorites to repeat next season.

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Sabrina Ionescu To Return To Ducks For Senior Season
Ionescu currently holds the NCAA record with 18 career triple-doubles.

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D'Angelo Russell On Nets' Playoff Push: 'We Can't Get Too Comfortable'
The Nets would make the playoffs with a home win over the Heat in their final game.

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Duke 'Looking Into' Bribery Allegations Involving Nike And Zion Williamson's Mother
The accusation alleges that Nike influenced Williamson to attend Duke through payments to his mother's consulting service.

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Vanderbilt Hires Jerry Stackhouse As Head Coach
Jerry Stackhouse spent this season as an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.

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Coby White Leaves North Carolina To Declare For 2019 NBA Draft
Coby White is currently a projected lottery pick.

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Romeo Langford To Declare For 2019 NBA Draft
Romeo Langford is currently No. 11 on ESPN's rankings for the draft.

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Final Four Ticket Prices Remain High Even Without Zion Williamson
The median starting price climbed from $205 on March 30th to $242 on March 31st and $347 on April 1st.

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Ja Morant To Declare For 2019 NBA Draft
Ja Morant is currently a projected top-2 pick in the draft.

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John Calipari Agrees To Lifetime Extension With Kentucky
John Calipari had been in contact with UCLA and was offered a six-year, $48 million deal.

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Jerry Stackhouse In Talks To Become Head Coach Of Vanderbilt
Jerry Stackhouse was head coach of Raptors 905 for two seasons before becoming an assistant coach with the Grizzlies.

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Nassir Little Leaves North Carolina For 2019 NBA Draft
Nassir Little is currently No. 16 on ESPN's best prospects for the 2019 NBA Draft.

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