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April 14, 2014 Updates

In addition, freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and sophomore 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski have been contemplating whether to return to school. However, sources close to the situation told ESPN.com that both players are leaning toward returning to Tucson. ESPN.com

University of Arizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon will announce this week he's entering the 2014 NBA draft, source told Yahoo Sports. Yahoo! Sports

SMU coach Larry Brown says incoming point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and will be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “It ain’t even close,” Brown told SNY.tv Friday at the Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound. “He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.” ZagsBlog.com

Sophomore center Chris Obekpa has had a change of heart and wants to return to St. John's, a source close to the program told ESPNNewYork.com. Coach Steve Lavin is currently on the road recruiting, but is expected to meet with Obekpa later this week. ESPN.com

April 13, 2014 Updates

SMU coach Larry Brown says incoming point guard Emmanuel Mudiay is “the best player in the country” and will be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. “It ain’t even close,” Brown told SNY.tv Friday at the Coaches’ Clinic at Roselle Catholic High School. “He’s 6-5, he can just play. He makes people better, he can defend, he can rebound. “He’s going to be a lottery pick if I don’t screw up.” ZagsBlog.com

“He was the best player,” Brown said. “And I love [Jahlil] Okafor, [Stanley] Johnson and Justin Jackson. There are a lot of great players, but in my mind he’s the best player. And that’s not taking anything away from any of those other kids.” Mudiay will represent the Congo on the International team in the Nike Hoop Summit on Saturday. ZagsBlog.com

The Celtics and Magic could tie for the third-worst record in the league. According to an NBA spokesman, if the teams are tied at season’s end, the NBA will split the number of lottery chances for the third-worst and fourth-worst records, which is 275. A coin flip will determine which team receives 138 chances (or lottery balls) and which gets (137). Essentially, if the Celtics and Magic are tied for the third-worst record, each team would have about the same chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick . . Boston Globe

Orlando Magic fans have kept a close eye on the Knicks' performance throughout the 2013/14 season, and for good reason: as a result of the Dwight Howard trade in August 2012, the Magic will receive a first-round Draft choice in 2014 from either the Knicks or the Denver Nuggets, whichever selection is less favorable. Around OPP, we've termed that selection the WoNK pick. In conjunction with Orlando's own first-rounder, which will likely land among the top seven, the WoNK gives the Magic another asset as they look to rebuild. Orlandoinstripedpost.com

While many assume that Kentucky freshman James Young is already set to put his name into the NBA Draft, his godfather insists that is not accurate. “If you go through all this, I think you have been through every emotion possible and I am sure Kentucky fans feel the same way. Then if you have player on the team, it is just magnified even more,” said Sean Mahone, Young’s godfather. “But I love all the tradition, and experiencing that run this team made was fantastic. “We feel blessed. Everybody wants to be part of the championship game experience. That means you might not be on the right end of the final game, but who wouldn’t rather be there with a chance than not even being in the game. Honestly for us, right now it has been such an emotional roller coaster ride and we are seeing so much through James’ eyes. We are not rushing to make any decisions.” Central Kentucky News

April 12, 2014 Updates

DarrenWolfson: Heard James Young (Kentucky) is a name that intrigues them, @cosmicatomic @HeHateMN. But I do like Gary Harris like you. #twolves Twitter @DarrenWolfson

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