Basketball Wiretap

Anfernee Simons Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 22, 2018 11:04 AM

Anfernee Simons will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility. 

Simons is one year removed from high school graduation and turns 19 in June, making him eligible for the draft without spending one season in college.

Simons was a top-10 high school recruit and spent his fifth year at IMG.

Simons was recently named to the prestigious Nike Hoop Summit and Jordan Brand Classic events.

"After discussing the matter with my parents, I have decided to forgo the opportunity to play in the NCAA and to instead enter the NBA draft," Simons said. "I am very thankful for the support I received at IMG Academy and from the NCAA coaches who recruited me. I am ready and excited to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA."

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Mohamed Bamba Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 20, 2018 3:44 PM

Mohamed Bamba has announced he will leave Texas for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Bamba is expected to be a top-5 in the draft.

Bamba averaged 12.9 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. Bamba also set a Texas season record for blocks with 111 in 30 games.

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Trae Young Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 20, 2018 9:32 AM

Trae Young will leave Oklahoma to declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

Young is projected to be selected in the top-10.

Young and his family, including his father Ray, will soon start meeting with prospective agents for representation. 

Young averaged 27.4 points and 8.7 assists.

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Jalen McDaniels Declares For NBA Draft

Mar 19, 2018 6:21 PM

Jalen McDaniels will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft. McDaniels won't hire an agent at this time.

McDaniels is a 6-10 redshirt freshman out of San Diego State.

McDaniels averaged 10.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

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Penny Hardaway Hired As Head Coach At University Of Memphis

Mar 19, 2018 12:18 PM

Penny Hardaway has agreed to become head coach of the Memphis Tigers.

Hardaway attended Memphis before he was the third overall pick in the 1993 draft.

Hardaway has coached AAU and won his third straight state title as head coach of Memphis East High.

Hardaway retired from his playing career in 2008.

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Deandre Ayton Declares For 2018 NBA Draft

Mar 16, 2018 11:03 AM

Deandre Ayton announced he will leave Arizona for the 2018 NBA Draft.

"I learned a lot and built relationships on this team," Ayton said. "This is the only team that I actually loved. Being a Wildcat is amazing.

"I think it's the right thing to do, right now. I think I'm ready for the NBA. ... I just have to finish off school right and just work this summer and play for the draft."

Ayton is projected to be the first or second pick in the draft.

Ayton said he made his decision to turn pro with his family during the summer after his senior year of high school. 

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RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The NCAA Tournament

Mar 14, 2018 4:29 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and NBA Draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down the NCAA Tournament and the NBA prospects involved in it.

They discuss players who NBA fans should watch early, prospects with the best opportunity to elevate their stock, DeAndre Ayton’s place in the conversation for first overall pick and much more.

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RealGM Radio: 2018 Mascot Bracket

Mar 14, 2018 4:26 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and his biologist sister go through the full NCAA Tournament bracket as if the school’s mascots were fighting to continue a family tradition.

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Zion Williamson Headlines 2018 USA Nike Hoop Summit Roster

Mar 13, 2018 1:16 PM

The United States' roster for the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit in Portland has been announced.

The USA will be led by 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup bronze medalists Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.) and Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.) and 2015 FIBA Americas U16 gold medalist Tre Jones (Apple Valley H.S./Apple Valley, Minn.).

Suiting up for the USA with prior training camp experience will be Darius Bazley (Princeton H.S./Cincinnati, Ohio); Bol Bol (Findlay College Prep, Nev./Olathe, Kan.); Darius Garland (Brentwood Academy/Brentwood, Tenn.); Tyler Herro (Whitnall H.S./Greenfield, Wis.); Keldon Johnson (Oak Hill Academy/Sterling, Va.); Anfernee Simons (IMG Academy/Altamonte Springs, Fla.); and Zion Williamson (Spartanburg Day School/Spartanburg, S.C.).

David McCormack (Oak Hill Academy/Norfolk, Va.) will be taking part in his first event with USA Basketball.

Additionally, Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.), who was a member of the bronze medal winning 2017 USA U19 World Cup Team, will attend the 2018 Nike Hoop Summit as a member of the U.S. team but is unable to participate due to injury.

DeMatha Catholic High School (Md.) head coach Mike Jones was selected head coach of the 2018 USA team for the Nike Hoop Summit, while 1996 Olympic gold medalist Anfernee "Penny" Hardaway , head coach at Memphis East H.S. (Tenn.), will serve as the USA's assistant coach.

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Scout: Mohamed BambaHas Abnormal Length

Mar 10, 2018 4:04 PM

Mohamed Bamba is expected to be one of the top selections in the NBA with his combination of elite shotblocking and how he projects as a potential floor spacer.

Bamba has a 7'9 wingspan.

“I think he’s the best shot blocker I’ve ever seen," said one Big 12 assistant coach. "He’ll be able to protect the rim like very few have in the NBA. He can control a whole portion of the court. I think he has to get better footwork to guard ball screens. He’s very capable. His length, once he gets the footwork down, is going to allow him to be a real presence.”

“It’s just abnormal,” a scout said. “He can grab the rim without jumping. Stuff you can’t teach.”

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UConn Fires Kevin Ollie As Head Coach
Kevin Ollie became a candidate for an NBA head coaching job after winning the national title in 2014.

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DeAndre Ayton Gaining Momentum As Top Overall Pick
One scout said the chances of DeAndre Ayton being picked first overall is approximately 95 percent.

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R.J. Barrett Named 2018 Naismith High School Player Of The Year
R.J. Barrett becomes just the second Canadian to win the prestigious award.

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DeAndre Ayton Takes Top Spot In ESPN's 2018 Draft Rankings From Luka Doncic
DeAndre Ayton has arguably had his best two games of the season over the past 10 days.

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Australian NBL Creates Rule To Attract U.S. One-And-Dones
Terrance Ferguson spent one season in Australia before he was a first round pick.

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Scouts Concerned With How Trae Young Will Hold Up Physically
Trae Young has had issues physically since mid-January.

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LeBron James: NBA Needs To Expand G League As Alternative To 'Corrupt' NCAA
LeBron James has two sons who are expected to be high level recruits and he also aspires to someday own an NBA team.

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Barack Obama Suggests NBA Create Junior League Due To Issues With NCAA Structure
Barack Obama spoke for an hour at the MIT Sloan Analytics Conference last Friday.

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Stan Van Gundy: One-And-Done Rule Has Racist Element
Stan Van Gundy was critical of both the NCAA and the NBA's one-and-done rule.

Vincent Ellis/Detroit Free Press

Sean Miller Taped By FBI Discussing $100,000 Payment To Land DeAndre Ayton
Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins allegedly had multiple conversations about Ayton.

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Dennis Smith Jr., Bam Adebayo, Markelle Fultz Received Payments From ASM Sports
ASM Sports is under federal investigation and they have seized expense reports and balance sheets that list cash advances.

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Michael Porter Jr. Fully Cleared For Return To Basketball Activities
Michael Porter Jr. has been out since November following back surgery.

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