HoopsHype Draft rumors

April 17, 2014 Updates

University of Kentucky freshman All-Southeastern Conference selection James Young will forego his sophomore season and enter his name in this year's NBA Draft. “My time at Kentucky has been special to me, something I’ll always treasure, but I feel that I’m ready to take the next step to the NBA,” Young said. “I’ve learned more this year, on and off the court, about life from Coach Cal and the staff and appreciate all of their guidance and support. I can’t say enough about my teammates; the journey helped us build a bond that we will always share for the rest of our lives. I would like to thank the best fans in the country, the Big Blue Nation, and I hope you guys will continue to support me as I move on. I will always bleed blue. Succeed and Proceed!” University of Kentucky Official Athletic Site

UCLA men’s basketball sophomore Jordan Adams will remain in Westwood for his junior season in 2014-15 and will not enter the 2014 NBA Draft, it was announced today. Adams earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2013-14, leading the Bruins in scoring with 17.4 points per game. He finished his sophomore campaign as the team’s second-leading rebounder (5.3 rpg) and set the school’s single-season steals record, compiling 95 steals in 36 games. uclabruins.com

Jabari Parker: Today I sent my letter of intent to the NBA. That makes it official -- my days as a Duke basketball player are over. But my days as a Duke student are not. I intend to graduate from Duke while I'm in the NBA. I was an honor student when I arrived at Duke, and I'd like to graduate as one. SI.com

Sophomore Caris LeVert, whose scoring average jumped 10.6 points to 12.9 this season, said that he submitted his name to the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Council to evaluate his potential in the NBA draft. But LeVert said that he was only getting information and will not leave Michigan after his sophomore season. “We did do the process,” LeVert said Wednesday night after the team banquet at Crisler Center. “That’s 100 percent, I’m coming back.” Detroit News

Steve Kyler: adidas today announced a partnership with Australian NBA Draft prospect Danté Exum. “I’m really excited to join the adidas family,” said Exum. “I’ve had the opportunity to play in adidas Nations in the past. I’ve always liked their shoes and gear. I look forward to what’s to come for me and adidas,” Exum said. Twitter @stevekylerNBA

UCLA guards Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine are leaving early for the NBA draft. Anderson, a sophomore from Fairview, N.J., and LaVine, a freshman from Seattle, each said Wednesday that they will forgo their remaining eligibility with the Bruins to start pro careers. ESPN.com

Olivier Hanlan wasn’t going to make a decision about his future until getting to know new Boston College head coach Jim Christian. Christian heading to Canada to meet Hanlan’s family is a major reason why the Eagles leading scorer this past season made the decision yesterday he will return to the Heights. Hanlan told the Herald yesterday that he will be back at BC for his junior season, foregoing a chance to enter his name into the NBA Draft. Christian met with Hanlan’s family earlier this week, securing what could be his biggest get just over a week into his tenure, even though Hanlan was already an Eagle. “That definitely helped a lot,” Hanlan said of Christian’s trip. “I was pretty comfortable with Jim after doing a few workouts with him and after having a few good conversations with him, too, on campus. The next step was for my family, my brother and my dad and Dave Smart (coach of the University of Carleton in Ontario) to be on the same page. That just made me more comfortable.” Boston Herald

April 16, 2014 Updates

Arizona State guard and two-time All-Pac-12 First Team selection Jahii Carson as expected will forgo his final two years of NCAA eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. The 2013 Pac-12 Co-Freshman of the Year averaged 18.6 points, 4.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds in his sophomore season, leading the Sun Devils to a 21-12 mark and its first NCAA appearance since 2009, as well as its best home record (16-1) in 40 seasons. Carson averaged 18.5 points and 5.1 assists in 2012-13, the first freshman to do that since Chris McGuthrie of Mount St. Mary's in 1992-93 (19.8/.5.1). Arizona State Sun Devils

UCLA men’s basketball sophomore Kyle Anderson has elected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. Anderson secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named a third-team Associated Press All-America selection as a sophomore in 2013-14. He averaged closer to a triple-double than any player in the nation, registering 14.6 points, 8.8 rebounds and 6.5 assists per game. Anderson helped lead UCLA to a 28-9 overall record and the program’s first Pac-12 Tournament title and NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance since 2008. uclabruins.com

UCLA men’s basketball freshman Zach LaVine has elected to forego his remaining collegiate eligibility and enter the 2014 NBA Draft. LaVine captured Pac-12 All-Freshman Team honors in 2013-14, helping lead UCLA to a 28-9 overall record and the program’s first Sweet 16 appearance and Pac-12 Tournament title since 2008. The 6-foot-5 guard from Seattle averaged 9.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for the Bruins. uclabruins.com

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