HoopsHype Draft rumors

April 23, 2014 Updates

Notre Dame guard Jerian Grant will not follow his brother to the NBA draft and intends to return to South Bend. The 6-foot-4 Grant averaged 19 points in 12 games last season before withdrawing from school for an "academic matter" in late-December. "Jerian is not in the NBA draft," Irish coach Mike Brey told ESPN.com. "He's returning to Notre Dame in June for summer school and we look forward to having him next season." Grant's brother, Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant, declared for the draft earlier in the month. Grant's father is former NBA big man Harvey Grant. ESPN.com

Former Louisville forward Chane Behanan has hired an agent and will declare this week for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv. “Yeah, sometime this week,” the source said. “He signed, he’s got an agent already.” ZagsBlog.com

The 6-foot-6 Behanan was dismissed from Louisville in December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Cardinals. He had been a huge part of Louisville’s NCAA championship run in 2012-13, averaging 12.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in the national semifinals and final. After spending some time with John Lucas at his facility in Houston for a reported drug issue, Behanan transferred to Colorado State. Now it looks like he will never suit up there. ZagsBlog.com

Sophomore forward Alex Poythresswill return to the Kentucky men's basketball program for the 2014-15 season, he announced Wednesday. "Playing in the NBA has always been a dream of mine, but I want to make sure that I'm NBA-ready before I make that jump," Poythress said. "By coming back, I'll be so much closer to earning my degree in business and it will give me another year to prepare my game and my body for the next level." University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

Jones was drafted No. 28 and Miller No. 38 in 2012, and it’s unlikely Austin fares much better in 2014, but he’s giving it a shot. Baylor team release: Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft and forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility, head coach Scott Drew announced Tuesday. NBCSports.com

Clint Capela officially declared for the 2014 NBA Draft. The Swiss forward is averaging 9.6 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.8 blocks in Pro A while in Eurocup he scored 11.2 points with 6.5 rebounds per game. Sportando

(There’s also a guerrilla scenario haunting GMs around the NBA: Australian point guard Dante Exum, ranked by some as the second best player in the draft, falls to the Lakers at No. 6 or 7 after agent Rob Pelinka–yes, the one who reps Kobe–keeps him from working out for other teams. Exum looks like he’s on board, calling the Lakers his “best option.”) Forbes.com

April 22, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: French forward @DamienINGLIS said he applied for the NBA Draft today. Inglis played in the Hoop Summit and NBA scouts love his defense. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

Baylor sophomore center Isaiah Austin will declare for the 2014 NBA Draft and forgo his final two years of collegiate eligibility, head coach Scott Drew announced Tuesday. Austin led the Big 12 Conference with 119 blocked shots in 2013-14, which ranked as the second-most in Baylor single-season history. He finishes his BU career with 177 blocks, which ties current NBA players Quincy Acy for second on the Bears’ all-time list. BaylorBears.com

Clemson junior K.J. McDaniels plans to announce this week that he is entering the 2014 NBA draft, a source told Yahoo Sports. McDaniels averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 2.8 blocks and 1.2 assists last season. The 2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Defensive Player of the Year was the only player in NCAA Division I to lead his team in points, rebounds, blocks, steals and 3-pointers. The athletic 6-foot-6, 198-pound small forward had a difficult time deciding whether to enter the draft, but sources say family reasons were a strong factor in his decision to leave Clemson. Yahoo! Sports

The dream scenarios are hitting the lottery for a healthy Joel Embiid, or trading their No. 1 pick to Minnesota for Kevin Love. The Lakers will certainly make the offer; the Timberwolves might even go for it if Love, who’s widely suspected of wanting to join the Lakes, tells the Wolves that he’ll walk when his contract runs out in 2015, otherwise. Forbes.com

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