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March 26, 2015 Updates

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

One source said Martin has informed LSU coach Johnny Jones, who was unavailable for comment Tuesday night. The second source didn't know if Jones had been informed but confirmed that Martin has decided to leave. New Orleans Times-Picayune

March 24, 2015 Updates

Karlito has become a bit of a celebrity in Lexington — despite his imaginary status. After the Wildcats beat Florida to complete their 31-0 regular season, Towns was asked what size celebratory T-shirt Karlito would wear. "Baby small," Towns said. There's even a @LittleKarlito Twitter account, featuring photoshopped images, with more than 3,000 followers. USA Today Sports

Monday’s game wasn’t carried by FSN back in the Twin Cities, so interested fans needed to catch the Jazz broadcast on the NBA’s League Pass. Jazz announcers said, to paraphrase, that teams purposely losing games to improve draft lottery odds by dressing only seven available players is bad for the league, bad for fans who pay good money to see Kevin Garnett and the league needs to do something about it. Utah fans didn’t see Garnett, Ricky Rubio, Kevin Martin, Gary Neal or four other injured Wolves players Monday. They did see newly signed D League guard Sean Kilpatrick make three three-pointers in a fourth-quarter comeback, and they also saw Zach LaVine ignore a mental mistake with the game on the line and make two clutch threes in the final 21 seconds of regulation to force overtime anyway. “That’s totally irresponsible, we’re not tanking games,” Saunders said. “If that’s so, then [Utah] got beat by a team who was tanking. … We’re playing to win. Our guys are out there: We won two games ago at New York, we lost in the fourth quarter against Charlotte last night. We’re not tanking games. It is irresponsible for them to go on TV saying that. If you work at ESPN, you get fired for saying stuff like that.” Minneapolis Star-Tribune

Croatian prospect Mario Hezonja, currently playing for Barcelona, said in an interview to Sportske Novosti that he should be the first pick in the next NBA draft. Hezonja is expected to be a top-10 pick in the draft. The croatian guard also said that he repeated the three winning dunks of LaVine during the Slam Dunk Contest without any problem. Sportando

Shelburne: “Karl [Anthony Towns]. I’m telling you half the league would pick Karl first. Yes. He has the much higher ceiling. [Jahlil] Okafor is the more ready to play guy right now. He’s the guy that’ll help you sooner, faster. Like if Phil [Jackson] gets the number one pick, he’s probably taking Okafor in New York because he can’t wait around.” Lakers Nation

March 23, 2015 Updates

But teams in need of a point guard are still hopeful that Mudiay will play in Chicago at the pre-Draft camp, which will feature 5-on-5 play this year again for the first time since 2009. "You really would like to see a game or a practice to see if his shot has improved," a longtime scout said. "He's got the body, he's got the athleticism. He's got the ability to probably be a better defender than he's shown." NBA.com

But it's Russell who's been a YouTube sensation with his collection of incredible passes to teammates. When someone has that kind of court vision and the size Russell has, NBA scouts begin salivating. "The one thing he can do is pass the (bleep) out of the ball," one GM said. "He was playing against double teams, and I'm talking about putting it right on the money. He can shoot it okay, but he's a great passer. He's got it." NBA.com

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