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March 27, 2015 Updates

Florida junior guard Michael Frazier II announced Friday that he will forgo his final season in Gainesville to declare for the NBA Draft. Frazier averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 rebounds in just under 30 minutes per game this past season. He missed seven games late in conference play with a high ankle sprain, returning on March 7. He appeared in three games after that, scoring just 10 total points on 2-for-16 shooting. Big Country

University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said. The 6-foot-6 Vaughn has a chance to ascend into a first-round draft choice with a good pre-draft process, but most teams see him currently as a second-round pick. Yahoo! Sports

As Khimki announced, Petteri Koponen extended his contract with the club for two more seasons. The Finn guard has the option to stay in Russia until the summer of 2017, however his deal includes also NBA out clauses. EuroHoops.net

Has it ever. In four months Russell, 19, has evolved from a highly touted prospect without a defined position—ranked No. 18 by Rivals.com last May—to the nation's best freshman point guard and one who has the tools to star at that spot in the pros. If you asked NBA general managers about D'Angelo in November, they might have thought you were talking about the R&B singer or the sub-shop chain; today they can't stop gushing about a likely top five pick who averaged 19.3 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.1 assists. "He's the total package," says a GM. "His court awareness is as sharp as any freshman's I have ever seen." Sports Illustrated

Last summer Russell reviewed most of Ohio State's games from 2013-14; in his free time he can often be found dissecting film. That studiousness paid off on Dec. 2, when the Buckeyes faced their first true test, at Louisville. Ohio State fell behind by 19 early in the second half, and with senior guard Shannon Scott struggling to run the offense, Matta turned the team over to Russell. The Buckeyes cut the deficit to three before losing by nine, but Russell had made a statement. "When he is out there, he owns the court," says Matta. "It's his gym." Adds an NBA scout, "When he speaks, everyone listens. He is their leader." Sports Illustrated

March 26, 2015 Updates

Steve Kyler: Brazilian point guard George Lucas has started his pre-draft training at IMG Academy and may have the largest hands ever measured there. The IMG coaches say George Lucas has been everything advertised as a player and is a far better NBA prospect than they expected. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

Emiliano Carchia: Alessandro Gentile: It’s too early to talk about the future. I’m a player of Olimpia Milano and I am giving everything for this team. Alessandro Gentile scored 29 points with 7 boards and 4 assists for 30 of evaluation in Milano’s victory 99-85 vs. Baskonia Twitter @sportando

Emiliano Carchia: It looks like that Davis Bertans tore his ACL according to Fox Sports journalist in Milano. Davis Bertans taken to the hospital for an MRI. But the knee injury is serious and he will miss a lot of time http://vine.co/v/O3pbAl6h6aZ Twitter @sportando

Do you feel like the physicality is going to prepare you more for the NBA? Emmanuel Mudiay: Actually Will Bynum was my teammate and Jeff Adrien, and they told me the NBA is actually easier physicality wise. We were getting fouls, but overseas you have to play through them. They said it wouldn’t be like this in the NBA, but it would still be physical. But they said I’m kind of a step ahead from going over there first and taking that beating, I guess. Scout.com

How do you think it prepared you for the Draft? Emmanuel Mudiay: Will Bynum, Jeff Adrien, Stephon Marbury, Al Harrington, Willie Warren, all of the players I was playing against told me what to expect in the league. They’ve been there and played there. I played against a lot of NBA players and it got the best out of me. The first game against Stephon Marbury was an eye opener. I had 18 or something like that, but it felt different. He talked to me after the game and he gave me advice on how to play over there. After he told me that, my game started going up and up. Then I got hurt. But everything he told me stayed in my mind. Then Will came after I got hurt so I was seeing him in practice everyday and going against him. That was helping me out and I got that call to come back and play and I was ready. Scout.com

March 25, 2015 Updates

Tyler Harvey, who has progressed from walk-on to national scoring leader at Eastern Washington, will explore his NBA options before deciding whether to return for his senior season with the Eagles. Eastern coach Jim Hayford told the Inlander on Wednesday afternoon that Harvey will seek an evaluation of his draft status from the NBA next month before making a decision. “His plans at this time are to return to Eastern,” Hayford said. Inlander

Alessandro Gentile's three-year contract with Olimpia Milano doesn't include an NBA out in 2015 and there's no buyout clause in his deal, source tells HoopsHype. A 53rd pick in the 2014 draft, Gentile is averaging 13.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 2.5 apg in the Euroleague this season. HoopsHype

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