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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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