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April 24, 2015 Updates
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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

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Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told ESPN.com. Porzingis is averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is shooting 33 percent from 3 in 21 minutes for his team Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. His numbers have been even better in Eurocup play, averaging 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and shooting 46 percent from 3. Porzingis burst onto the NBA draft scene about this time last year when he declared for the 2014 NBA draft. As NBA teams scrambled to get to Spain to watch him play, they became enamored with his rare combination of size, athleticism, ability to protect the rim and shooting range. ESPN.com

"He's an athletic, super-skilled 7-footer who can do everything well," one GM said. "I was watching him warm up and had flashbacks to when I saw Pau Gasol take the floor for the first time in Spain, only this kid is much more athletic than Gasol but plays with that same fluidity. I've been asking my team since then: Are you sure he's not the No. 1 guy? Are these guys in college really better than him?" ESPN.com

April 14, 2015 Updates

Kristaps Porzingis of Baloncesto Seville has been named the winner of the 2014-15 Eurocup Rising Star Trophy. The 19-year-old Latvian big man comes off a strong season - his second in the competition - for Seville, which he led to the Eurocup Last 32. The Eurocup Rising Star Trophy recognizes the most outstanding player in the competition who was younger than 22 years of age on July 1 of the summer before the season started. RealGM

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Whether Russell ends up as the No. 2 pick or not, he’s certainly in the mix in the top five, where the Knicks will likely end up picking. “He is going to be a Top-5 pick,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “I still think today that [Karl-Anthony] Towns, [Kristaps] Porzingis and [Emmanuel] Mudiay are ahead of him in most NBA personnel Mock Drafts. He has risen higher than any player since the start of the college season. “He’s a very skilled player who can play both the 1 and the 2. He and Mudiay are the two best perimeter players in this year’s draft.” The Knicks Blog

December 9, 2014 Updates

Scouts from a dozen NBA teams attended Sunday's game between Spain Cajasol Sevilla and Barcelona. Most of their attention was directed at Kristaps Porzingis, a 7-foot-1 center whom some scouts think could challenge to be the top pick in the 2015 NBA draft. "Porzingis, or, as I call him, 'Zinger,' is a cross between Andrea Bargnani, Pau Gasol and Ersan Ilyasova," Sevilla coach Scott Roth wrote in an e-mail to Yahoo Sports. "He is 7-1 and still growing at 19 years old. He has the total package, and, really, this is his first year of really playing, getting quality minutes and being depended on game by game. "The only thing you can say negative about him is his body is not ready and is a work in progress, which will only get better over the years. When he is 22, 23 years old he will be very good and maybe great." Yahoo! Sports

"I haven't seen a European player with the skill combination he possesses," Sevilla swingman and former NBA player Derrick Byars said of Porzingis. "Kristaps has a [Dirk] Nowitzki-like offensive skill set. He's 7-1, can shoot, can put the ball on the floor, can block shots, he's mobile and athletic. There's not much he can't do on the floor." Porzingis was projected by some NBA scouts to be a late first-round pick in the 2014 draft before he withdrew his name. The Latvian was averaging 11 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in 21.1 minutes through eight games of Eurocup play this season while shooting 56.3 percent from 3-point range. Yahoo! Sports

1. Kristaps Porzingis, PF, 7-1, 220 pounds, Spain Cajasol Sevilla, 19: "He is a top-three prospect. He's a Dirk Nowitzki-type but more athletic. He runs the floor, plays above the rim and is a face-up guy. He has a shot at being the No. 1 pick and is definitely in the top three." 2. Emmanuel Mudiay, PG, 6-5, 190 pounds, China Guangdong, 18: "He is a new generation point guard with size, athleticism and speed. … He's not a score-first guard." 3. Mario Hezonja, SG, 6-8, 200 pounds, Spain Barcelona, 19: "A swingman with really good size and strength already at a young age. Good shooter who attacks the rim. Smaller Danilo Gallinari-type who will be a better NBA player than overseas player." Yahoo! Sports

December 7, 2014 Updates
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Latvia's Kristaps Porzingis. A number of international scouts I know swear he's the best prospect in the draft. Let's see what he does in Spain this year. He's averaging 8 ppg and 3.7 rpg in 21 mpg in ACB play this year. Those aren't huge numbers, but given the quality of the league and his age, it's not shabby either. ESPN.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

In August, former NBA player Scott Roth agreed to take a detour from the volatile world of assistant coaching in the NBA to serve as the head coach of Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. It sounded like a truly special opportunity, since only a select few Yanks had previously coached in Spain's top league, most notably ESPN's own George Karl. So Roth, who had multiple playing stints in Spain in the early 1990s after his brief NBA career with Utah, San Antonio and Minnesota, decided he couldn't refuse the opportunity to take charge of his own team at such a high level. Especially because serving as Sevilla's coach would also mean overseeing the development of Latvian 7-footer Kristaps Porzingis, who is widely projected to be a lottery pick in the 2015 NBA Draft with a skill set scouts say takes the best from both Ersan Ilyasova and Andrea Bargnani. On my ESPN.com colleague Chad Ford's latest Big Board, Porzingis is the No. 4-rated prospect. ESPN.com

June 17, 2014 Updates

The league announced today that 17 international prospects and one collegiate prospect are no longer taking part in the 2014 NBA Draft. There are now 44 collegiate and 13 international prospects that remain as early entry candidates. Players had until yesterday, June 16, before 5 pm ET to withdraw as early entry candidates. Below is the complete list of players who’ve taken their names out of consideration. Mychal Emmons - South Alabama; Eleftherios Bochoridis - Aris (Greece); Matías Bortolin - Regatas Corrientes (Argentina); Nedim Buza - Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia); Berkay Candan - TED Kolejliler (Turkey); Joonas Cavén - Joventut (Spain); Moussa Diagne - Fuenlabrada (Spain); Tomas Dimša - Zalgiris (Lithuania); Marcus Eriksson - Manresa (Spain); Ilja Gromovs - Ventspils (Latvia); Rasmus Larsen - Manresa (Spain); Mateusz Ponitka - Oostende (Belgium); Kristaps Porzingis - Cajasol (Spain); Marko Ramljak - Zadar (Croatia); Alejandro Suarez - Joventut (Spain); Devon Van Oostrum - Vitoria (Spain); Guillem Vives - Joventut (Spain); Adin Vrabac - Spars Sarajevo (Bosnia) Cowbell Kingdom

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