HoopsHype Draft rumors


April 23, 2015 Updates

Mario Hezonja declared for the 2015 NBA Draft. The Croatian star of Barcelona will be one of the top picks of the draft. Sportando

Jon Rothstein: BREAKING: Cal's Tyrone Wallace will return to school for his senior season, sources told @CBSSports.com. Story coming. Twitter

You pulled out of the draft last season when you were considered a Top 15 pick. What was the main reason? Kristaps Porzingis: As soon as I declared for the draft, I knew that I wanted I to stay one more year in Spain to get better. Now looking back I think we made the right decision. I had a bad start of the season – individually and as a team. I could have played much better, but I think I have improved my consistency and I have picked it up since the bad start of the season. This season has been tough, but I want to say thanks to coach (Scott) Roth for the work he did with me in Seville. I have a lot of respect for him as a coach and I wish him the best. HoopsHype

April 22, 2015 Updates

Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell has decided to go pro, declaring for the NBA draft Wednesday. "This was a hard decision because I knew I could come back and play with my teammates who I love, and to be coached by coach Thad Matta again would have been awesome, but at the same time I wanted to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA," Russell told ESPN.com on Wednesday. "I know what I am capable of and the sky's the limit with effort. I know I have a lot to work on." ESPN.com

Derek Bodner: Keep seeing people say Mudiay is in the "Derrick Rose mold" of ultra-athletic point guards. I think some people are going to be disappointed. Not necessarily disappointed in Mudiay as a prospect, but stylistically. He's not a Derrick Rose / Russell Westbrook level athlete. Twitter @DerekBodnerNBA

Providence guard Kris Dunn plans to return for his junior season and bypass the NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected soon, sources told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 7’1” 290-pound Indian basketball prodigy, is exploring the possibility of declaring for the NBA Draft and will become a professional. Singh has little chance of being drafted this year, but plans to embark on his professional career after not being able to qualify for a college scholarship. Singh's announcement will resonate more in India than in the United States. The 19-year-old hails from a small wheat farm in Punjab and is considered India's best chance for producing its first NBA player. He’s already a staple on the Indian national basketball team and has been cast as a potentially transformative figure for popularizing basketball in India. “I am doing great, workout out a lot,” Singh said. “I’m excited for a possible future in the NBA, and I know it would be good for India.” Sports Illustrated

His potential professional upside is evolving into a big NBA body off the bench similar to journeyman center Aaron Gray. Singh will be represented by both Relativity Sports and WME/IMG, and his team of advisors felt like the best course would be finding a professional path to develop and refine his skills instead of going to junior college. Those around Singh are tempering immediate expectations, but there’s still a belief he could someday end up in the NBA. Sports Illustrated

April 21, 2015 Updates

David Pick: Korean prospect Lee Jong-Hyun has declared for the NBA draft, I've been told. Lee Jong-Hyun led 2014 World Cup in blocks per game. Ranked ahead of Pau Gasol & Anthony Davis. Twitter @IAmDPick

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