HoopsHype Draft rumors

April 12, 2014 Updates

Parker, who refuted a report that he already has applied for student housing at Duke for next school year, doesn't view a potential return to Durham as risky. "I think there's no risk," Parker said. "I think the community at Duke has really done a good job of taking care of my safety and they make sure that everything is done by the playbook. "My parents, they come from different backgrounds. They don't even value money. My situation isn't the best, but they're not complaining and I've been going on this long so why can't I wait another year? That's the mindset in my head that keeps me moving." ESPN.com

Which brings me to Andrew and Aaron Harrison. Sources have told CBSSports.com that both are leaning toward entering the NBA Draft but that it's nowhere close to a done deal, and I really do think their decisions are the most important to Kentucky's future because, assuming Johnson, Poythress and Marcus Lee return, the Wildcats will again be loaded in the frontcourt thanks to that trio and the enrollment of five-star bigs Trey Lyles and Karl Towns. CBSSports.com

Arizona's Nick Johnson has one year left of eligibility and a decision to make. If he remains in school, the Wildcats would most likely be a preseason favorite heading into next year. If he declares for the draft, Johnson would join the majority of his fellow Wooden Award finalists in moving to the NBA. In Los Angeles for the Wooden Award Gala Friday, Johnson doesn't know what is next for his playing career. "I'm not sure yet," Johnson told Mark Willard of ESPN LA 710 AM. "The season just ended a few weeks ago. I'm still trying to get over that. I'm talking to my family, my support system and coach Miller. He's been through it a few times with some guys and I'm just talking to him and trying to get the right information." Arizona's Sports Page

April 11, 2014 Updates

New Mexico center Alex Kirk has declared announced Friday that he will forego his senior season and enter the NBA Draft. Kirk averaged 10 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.7 blocks through 101 games for the Lobos, helping them to two straight Mountain West Conference Tournament crowns. Permian Basin 360

New Mexico center Alex Kirk will forgo his senior season and declare for the NBA Draft, sources told CBSSports.com. Kirk, a 7-foot center, averaged 13.3 points and 8.7 rebounds this past season for the Lobos. He had a couple of monster games throughout the season, including a 32-point, 11-rebound, five-block performance against Massachusetts. However, he did struggle offensively late in the season, scoring in single-digits in his final three games. CBSSports.com

Celtics co-owner Wyc Grousbeck suggested last month that the Celtics had potential for fireworks this offseason given Boston's pile of assets (draft picks, tradable contracts, trade exceptions) and Ainge has said he hopes the team can light up the summer sky with moves to restore Boston to contender status. "I’m going to try to blow off some fireworks, but I have to be patient as well and we have to make sure that we don’t do deals just to do deals," Ainge said Thursday during his weekly call to Boston sports radio 98.5 the Sports Hub. "We have to do the right deals. Those are a lot harder than most people think or believe or understand. I’m not making any promises, we have a busy summer ahead of us, and there's a lot of different directions we could go." ESPN.com

In transition situations alone, Wiggins is finishing at a rate of 62 percent with a 1.30 points per possession. The same video game efficiency is true on the other athlete stat – offensive rebound put-backs. Wiggins is converting 63 percent of the time at a 1.24 points per possession. The stats don’t lie: Wiggins not only is a superior athlete, but he also knows how to translate his athleticism to efficient production on the court, a skill that isn’t as easy as it may seem. HoopsHype

I’ve watched many Larry Bird games where he absolutely dominated the game and only ended up with 11-15 points. And I’ve watched many Carmelo Anthony games where he went for 35 and had next to no true impact on the game and his team lost by 15. Those are what I call empty points. Right now, Wiggins weighs heavily on the side of being an “Anthony” as opposed to a “Bird.” As the primary ballhandler in an offensive situation, Wiggins is only converting at a 0.79 points per possession and shooting a less than efficient 33.3 percent. HoopsHype

April 10, 2014 Updates

Tennessee junior Jarnell Stokes has scheduled a press conference on campus for Friday afternoon, at which point he's planning to announce that he'll enter the 2014 NBA Draft, multiple sources told CBSSports.com on Thursday night. Stokes averaged 15.1 points and 10.6 rebounds this season while earning First Team All-SEC honors and leading the Vols to the Sweet 16. The 6-foot-8 forward is expected to be drafted late in the first round or somewhere in the second round. He'll likely be the first Tennessee player selected since Tobias Harris went 19th overall in the 2011 NBA Draft. CBSSports.com

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