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March 19, 2015 Updates

That puts Russell on the NBA's doorstep. But he swears that he has no idea what he's going to do, and he becomes frustrated when people don't believe him. "Its not like I'm only telling a selective group of people what I'm going to do after the season," Russell said. "I haven't spoken on it. I am giving everyone the same answer. It's the truth. I'm not trying to shy away from any publicity or any of that. My answer is always the same because it's the truth. When you're telling the truth all of your answers are always the same. Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Everybody has a dream. You're always going to do what's right for you. Me and my family will make a decision of what's right for me and what's right for us as a family. I know it will all happen when the time comes. At this time in my life when people ask me about it, I just don't know. And it's like it's not good enough. But I really don't know. So when I tell people that, I just don't know man." Cleveland Plain Dealer

March 18, 2015 Updates

As has been noted before, Mudiay’s injury-plagued season in China has kept him off the NBA radar. It hasn’t created skeptics—scouts are still enamored with his scoring point guard potential—so much as curiosity. He returned from China this week and plans to begin his workouts to prepare for the draft next week. A strong combine will likely cement Mudiay’s place as the first point guard off the board. Sports Illustrated

D'Angelo Russell is a pure playmaker. Buckeyes coach Thad Matta told me he wasn’t sure what position Russell would settle into entering the season; there isn’t much debate now. Though Russell shares the backcourt with Shannon Scott, he is the team’s most accomplished passer. He has a phenomenal ability to read defenses coming off a screen, and fires passes with impressive velocity. He is an assist-producing machine; one NBA executive told me Russell could become a consistent double-digit assist man at the next level. ​He can shoot it, too. NBA executives love to scrutinize shooting form, and by all accounts, Russell’s is solid. Some scouts suggested a few tweaks, but none thought any kind of overhaul was needed for a player who has made 41.5% of his threes this season. Is he athletic enough? This was likely the most consistent criticism. Russell has good size (6’5”) for an NBA point guard, but scouts wonder if he has enough athleticism to regularly defend playmakers that seem to become more dynamic by the year. Sports Illustrated

Hey, look, another Wildcat. Like most Kentucky players, Trey Lyles’s numbers (8.4 points, 5.1 rebounds) are not eye-popping, which is a product of limited playing time. But scouts love his soft touch from the perimeter and his rebounding potential. Multiple execs cited Trey Lyles as a potential steal in the back half of the first round. Sports Illustrated

Q: Would D'Angelo Russell be able to play SG in the NBA? Most people are calling him a PG. For a team like the Wolves (already set at PG), could he be successful playing shooting guard with Rubio running the point? Chad Ford: Yes. In fact some teams, don't really believe he's a point guard. More like a James Harden type two guard who also can really pass the ball. I think it's one of the reasons Russell is so coveted. He can play a lot of different ways. ESPN.com

Q: Seems to me that Willie C Stein is underrated by many -- do you think he might move up to 5 on draft boards? Seems like a great fit for the Knicks. Chad Ford: He's ranked at No. 7 -- not sure how that's underrated for a guy without much of an offensive game. Teams are banking on the fact that he'll be a perennial DPOY candidate. But it's unusual for players that lack this much offensive polish to go this high. And here's the irony. Kevon Looney is 19 averages 11.8 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 1.4 spg 7 shoots 46 percent from three and teams are reaching. Cauley-Stein is 21 averages 9.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.7 bpg and teams are underrating him. It's all about context. ESPN.com

Wyoming Cowboys forward Larry Nance Jr. enters an infusion center and takes a seat. He is able to walk right in without an appointment – one of the perks of living in Wyoming – and receive his Crohn’s Disease medication. A nurse comes over with a needle, starting an IV in his arm. As she prepares the IV bag containing the medicine, which is called Remicade, he must take Benadryl and Tylenol to ensure that he doesn’t have an allergic reaction to the biologic. After 30 minutes, the nurse attaches the bag of Remicade to his IV and he will remain sitting in his chair for approximately three hours as the medication enters his vein. Basketball Insiders

Because Nance Jr. is a senior, these NCAA Tournament games will be his final contests as a college basketball player. He hopes that his strong play can lead to him getting drafted by an NBA team, not only so he can live out a dream but also because so he can reach even more people and become a face of Crohn’s Disease, just as Garrard did. “It would be a dream come true, and at the same time it would also be, for me, a tremendous victory,” Nance Jr. said. “There were a lot of times when I first got the disease when I was like, ‘Uh oh, can I still play even? Is that possible?’ There were questions and concerns there and to be able to answer those by getting drafted would be a tremendous victory for myself and the entire Crohn’s community.” Basketball Insiders

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And what if the Sixers end up with Duke center Jahlil Okafor or Kentucky big man Karl-Anthony Towns in the draft? They already have a core center in 7-footer Joel Embiid, who is sitting out his rookie season with a foot stress fracture. “I really hope nothing happens,” Noel said last week. “I like this team. I like what we're building. I hope we can stick together and continue to grow.” Noel is confident that he and Embiid — with Embiid likely playing power forward on offense and center at the defensive end — will turn out to be a terrific tandem. “Jo is going to get more and more healthy and more active,” Noel said. “I see things really taking shape (next season).” Still, Noel gets that “at the end of the day, it is a business. You always have to keep that in mind. You've just got to do what you've got to do, work on your thing.” The Intelligencer

March 13, 2015 Updates

Charles Barkley and Reggie Miller both say that Andrew and Aaron Harrison should remain at Kentucky for their junior seasons instead of entering the NBA Draft. “I think they should stay,” Miller told SNY.tv at at the NCAA Tournament Media Day Tuesday in New York. “I think Aaron’s probably a little bit more ready than Andrew, but if they want to be a package deal and come out together, then they both should wait.” ZagsBlog.com

March 12, 2015 Updates

Whether they'll have him next season is still up in the air, but LeVert shed some light on his recovery and his decision process about whether he'll forego his senior season at UM or declare for the NBA draft on Thursday following the Wolverines' 73-55 win over Illinois. "Just coming back next year would be very fun for me and very beneficial for me and the team," LeVert said Thursday. "Going to the NBA would also be fun — that's a lifetime dream. It's definitely going to be a tough decision." Detroit News

Alessandro Gentile talked with La Gazzetta dello Sport also about his future. Gentile has a contract beyond this season with Olimpia Milano with whom he has won the Serie A Championship last June as captain. Alessandro Gentile was selected by the Houston Rockets in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft and he did not rule out jumping overseas very soon. “The Rockets make me feel like one of their family even if I never went to Houston yet. They came to Europe very often to watch me and the contacts are frequent. The NBA is a challenge that fascinates me more and more and could come vert soon. But now I am just focused on winning a back-to-back title with Olimpia Milano. But the final results of this season won’t affect my future decisions” said Gentile. Sportando

"It doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able to see what it takes," Riley said, running through his experience playing with West and Baylor and Wilt Chamberlain, coaching against Larry Bird and Kevin McHale and Robert Parish and so on. "If you can get three of those kinds of players and fill it out with some other good guys, then you might be ahead of the curve....So there are a lot of ways to skin a cat. "For me, it's not through the draft, because lottery picks are living a life of misery. That season is miserable. And if you do three or four years in a row to get lottery picks, then I'm in an insane asylum. And the fans will be, too. So who wants to do that?" Bleacher Report

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