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What seemed inevitable over the past few weeks is now a reality — Jabari Walker’s time at Colorado is over. The sophomore forward signed with the agency WME Entertainment on Tuesday, signaling that he will be staying in the NBA Draft and confirming what his father, NBA veteran Samaki Walker, told ESPN earlier this month.
University of Kansas guard Christian Braun officially announced on social media that he will chose the NBA over returning for one more season as a Jayhawk. Braun, amongst other KU players participated in the NBA combine and evaluation process, felt that the time is now to take his talents to the next level.
Creighton guard Baylor Scheireman will withdraw from the NBA Draft and play in the BIg East during the 2022-23 season, his agent told ZAGSBLOG
Jeff Goodman: Louisiana Tech big man Kenneth Lofton staying in the NBA Draft. Houston was likely going to get him if he went back to college.
Jeff Goodman: Kentucky transfer Keion Brooks will withdraw from the NBA Draft, source told @Stadium. Brooks could have a big year next season, depending where he lands, and is a potential first-rounder.
Justin Lewis isn’t about to make a rash decision about his basketball future. Lewis, the Marquette University standout, is contemplating whether to return to college or pursue a career in the NBA. The 6-foot-7 forward is currently testing the NBA waters at this week’s NBA Combine in the Windy City.
Asked at the Combine on Thursday when he’ll make a determination of whether to stay or go, Lewis said, “June 1.’’ That is the NBA’s deadline for players to withdraw from the draft and maintain their college eligibility. Unlike the vast majority of players who are currently in the draft and have almost a concrete idea of where they’ll be drafted in the first or second round, there is considerable uncertainty of Lewis’ draft position.
Some NBA officials believe he could sneak into the first round and secure a guaranteed contract, but there are others who are convinced Lewis is a second-round prospect and wouldn’t receive a guaranteed contract. The latter folks contend Lewis would be better served if he honed his skills one more season at Marquette. As such, Lewis isn’t going to make a hasty decision after the combine wraps up this weekend. He still wants to work out for several teams, including the Milwaukee Buck who have the 24th overall election. “It’s going well,’’ Lewis said of the draft process, “but I want to explore all my options.’’
Adrian Wojnarowski: Michigan State freshman G Max Christie will stay in the 2022 NBA Draft and hire an agent, sources tell ESPN. Christie, an All-Big 10 freshman team selection, is participating at the Chicago Pre-Draft Combine this week.
Incoming transfer Johni Broome, who signed with Auburn on April 30, announced Thursday that he is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft pool. Broome, who spent the last two years at Morehead State, declared for the draft when he entered the transfer portal earlier this offseason and was still among its early entrants when he signed with Auburn at the end of last month.
Leonard Miller, a 6-foot-11 forward in the high school class of 2022, has been reportedly ruled eligible to enter the 2022 NBA draft, according to Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated. Miller, who was born in Canada, completed a postgraduate year at Fort Erie International Academy and is currently being recruited by Kentucky and Arizona. He is also considering signing with the NBA G League Ignite for next season.
Texas guard Andrew Jones, whose college basketball career was interrupted for nearly two years by leukemia, has announced he will skip a final season with the Longhorns and turn pro. Jones ranks ninth in scoring in program history with 1,620 points. He announced his decision to enter the NBA draft in a statement posted on social media.
The Colorado Buffaloes’ leading scorer and rebounder is “committed” to leaving the school and turning pro, according to a report. Jabari Walker will not return to the school following his sophomore season, his father and former NBA forward Samaki Walker told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony.
Another Michigan basketball player is going to test the waters of the NBA. Caleb Houstan, the freshman combo guard who started all 34 games for the Wolverines, has declared for the 2022 NBA draft, ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported Monday night.
Utah guard Both Gach will not take the Covid-year provided by the NCAA in 2023 and instead with pursue the NBA. This opens up another scholarship that head coach Craig Smith can use in his rebuild of the Runnin’ Utes.
Northwestern senior Pete Nance has declared for the NBA Draft, per an announcement posted to the forward’s Twitter account Monday afternoon:
DePaul center Nick Ongenda declared his intention to enter the 2022 NBA Draft this morning. Ongenda intends to still maintain his NCAA eligibility. He has two years of eligibility remaining and can withdraw from the draft to return for next season.
Rider senior Dwight Murray Jr. has declared for the NBA Draft, but will not hire agent, he said in an Instagram post on Sunday. By not hiring an agent, Murray can go through the evaluation process and retain his final season of college eligibility.
Jeremy Woo: Michigan’s Moussa Diabate has entered the 2022 draft while maintaining eligibility to return, a source tells me. The 6’10” Diabate showed flashes of promise as a freshman. His physical tools, motor and defensive versatility give him a chance to rise in the predraft process.
Baylor guard Matthew Mayer announced that he will enter the 2022 NBA Draft but will retain his eligibility for a possible return to Waco in 2022-23. In 2021, Mayer appeared and started in 33 games, averaging 22.8 minutes per appearance. He averaged 9.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.0 assists per game.
Brazilian forward Gui Santos will enter 2022 NBA draft. He averaged 9.5 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season with Minas.
Kansas junior guard Christian Braun has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. He announced his intent via social media. Braun will retain NCAA eligibility while testing the draft process.
Kane Pitman: Australian 6'9" forward Luke Travers of the Perth Wildcats in the NBL has entered his name in the 2022 NBA Draft, his agent Daniel Moldovan tells @ESPNAusNZ. Travers is a finalist for the Rookie of the Year after an impressive season with Perth.
Jeff Goodman: Duke guard Trevor Keels will declare for the NBA Draft and hire an agent. Will be interesting to see whether he goes in the first round.
Patrick Baldwin Jr. is moving on. The 6-foot-9 forward announced on social media Friday that he is declaring for the NBA draft after a disappointing freshman season at UW-Milwaukee. Baldwin played in just 11 games for the Panthers, who were coached by his father, averaging 12.1 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.5 assists. Patrick Baldwin Sr. was fired after UWM finished 10-21 and 8-14 in the Horizon League in his fifth season as coach.
Duke junior Wendell Moore has declared for the NBA Draft. The 2022 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year finishes his Blue Devils' career as a captain who helped lead his team to the Final Four in his last year in Durham.
NZ Breakers guard Hugo Besson has officially entered this year's NBA Draft. The 20-year-old will join teammate and fellow French 'Next Star' Ousmane Dieng, who last week declared himself available for selection by one of the 30 NBA teams at Brooklyn in June.
Gonzaga senior Andrew Nembhard on Thursday announced that he will declare for the 2022 NBA draft and forgo his final season of collegiate eligibility. Nembhard, who was named to the All-WCC first team, averaged 11.8 points, 5.8 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 32 games.
Kentucky freshman Shaedon Sharpe will declare for the 2022 NBA draft while maintaining his college eligibility. "Shaedon and his family told me that he intends to put his name in the draft while retaining his eligibility, and they have my full support to test the process just as every player does,” UK head coach John Calipari said.
UNI junior guard and Cedar Falls native AJ Green has announced that he will enter the NBA Draft and the transfer portal, but won't rule out a return to the Panthers' basketball program.
Illinois star big man Kofi Cockburn, a two-time consensus All-American with the Fighting Illini, announced Wednesday he will forgo his remaining college eligibility and is entering the 2022 NBA Draft. Cockburn, a dominant 7-footer, was one of only four players in college hoops last season to average a double-double in points and rebounds, with 20.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game.
BDA Sports International: Fedor Zugic, a 6'6", 18-year-old guard from Montenegro, has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft. @44_fex has played an important role for @ratiopharmulm this season and has had great performances in both the @EuroCup and the @easyCreditBBL.
Matteo Spagnolo has become an early candidate for the NBA draft per an announcement by the agency Sigma Sports, which represents him. The 19-years old Spagnolo plays for Vanoli Cremona on loan from Real Madrid and he is having a great season and is averaging 12.2 points (44% in threes), 3.5 rebounds, and 2.6 assists.
Brandon Simberg: Jaime Jaquez announces on Instagram he’ll be returning to UCLA for his senior season. Thought ankle injuries limited him a ton and he didn’t shoot it great. But I would have seriously looked at him in round one. If he gets healthy, he’ll be one of the best players in the NCAA.
Gonzaga Bulldogs sophomore winger Julian Strawther has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, he announced on social media today. Strawther has not announced whether or not he has hired an agent or is maintaining his eligibility.
Dyson Daniels of the G League Ignite has entered the 2022 NBA Draft as an Early Entry candidate. Daniels played one season for the Ignite after coming to the United States from Australia.
Adrian Wojnarowski: France’s 6-foot-10 Ousmane Dieng, an 18-year old projected lottery pick, will enter the 2022 NBA Draft, he tells ESPN:
After a magnificent season with the Baylor Bears, Jeremy Sochan had the decision to go back for his sophomore season or declare for the NBA Draft. The 18-year-old has now made his decision. According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Sochan will be declaring for the 2022 draft. He averaged 9.2 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 25.1 minutes off the bench for Baylor.
Samford Scoop: Samford PG Ques Glover declares for the NBA Draft while maintaining his collegiate eligibility. Ques averaged 19.2 PPG and 4.4 APG this past season. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is June 1.
A few weeks after Keegan Murray made his decision to enter the 2022 NBA Draft, his twin brother Kris Murray announced his next move on Thursday. The Cedar Rapids native also will enter the draft but will not hire an agent, keeping his college eligibility intact and leaving the door open for a likely return to Iowa for next season.
Arizona’s leading scorer, the Pac-12 Player of the Year and a consensus All-American, Bennedict Mathurin has declared for the 2022 NBA Draft after two seasons with the Wildcats. He is expected to go in the first round in June.
Saint Peter’s star KC Ndefo will declare for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he told NJ Advance Media. The 6-foot-7 Elmont, N.Y. native is also open to a potential transfer from Saint Peter’s, but will wait to see how the draft process plays out first.
Zvonimir Ivisic has declared for the 2022 NBA draft, his agent told ESPN. Ivisic, 18, after turning pro playing for GKK Sibenka during 2019-20 switched to SC Derby averaging 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds per AdmiralBet ABA League contest this season.
Memphis forward DeAndre Williams has officially declared for the NBA Draft, he announced via Instagram Wednesday. Williams, by not signing with an agent, will maintain his collegiate eligibility, giving him (and those players that do the same) some wiggle room should he decide to return to Memphis.
Jon Krawczynski: Efe Abogidi, 6-10 C from Washington State, is declaring for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, sources tell @TheAthletic. Efe was formerly part of NBA Academy and NBA Africa.
Matej Sis: Virginia Tech #Hokies F Justyn Mutts will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft while maintaining college eligibility. ACC Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year averaged 10.1 points, 7.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 steals and 0.9 blocks per game this season.
UAB star point guard Jordan “Jelly” Walker announced on social media that he will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft. In his first season with the Blazers, Walker led UAB with 20.3 points a game, which was 16th in the country.
North Carolina State freshman guard Terquavion Smith told ESPN Tuesday he will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft. "I plan on entering my name in the draft and getting feedback," he said. "I will be working out for teams and seeing how high I can get in the draft. I'm signing with a NCAA certified agent to maintain my eligibility. I want to be taken with a high pick -- Top-20. I want to be able to contribute effectively to an NBA team."
Virginia Tech starting center Keve Aluma said in a phone interview Monday that he recently entered the NBA draft but is maintaining his college eligibility, so he could return for a sixth year of college. "I'm still not really sure yet what I'm going to do," Aluma said. Aluma will display his talents for NBA scouts in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.
Morey Hershgordon: AJ Reeves is declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft and will forgo the remainder of his college eligibility. Four years at PC, helped Friars reached new heights. #pcbb @wpri12
Jacob Toppin is weighing his options. And keeping them open. The Kentucky forward will enter the NBA Draft, the school announced Tuesday, but won't hire an agent, retaining his eligibility to return to school for his senior season. The younger brother of former New York Knicks first-round pick Obi Toppin, Jacob showed significant progress from Year 1 to Year 2 at Kentucky.
Colin Post: BREAKING: @Mike Miles Jr has decided to return to TCU for a third year. Miles had previously declared for the 2022 NBA Draft, but he will now return to a Frog squad that is returning nearly everyone.
Daily Trojan Sports: #Breaking: @USC_Hoops senior guard Drew Peterson declares for the NBA Draft, he announced in a Twitter post. Peterson will maintain his college eligibility with the Trojans to possibly return next season. He averaged 12.4 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.
Serbian forward Nikola Jovic, French shooting guard Malcolm Cazalon and Croatian/Bosnian big man Karlo Matkovic have submitted paperwork to the NBA office to make themselves eligible for the 2022 draft, according to the agent Misko Raznatovic.
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Kevin Durant, James Harden back on good terms

ClutchPoints: “From what I’m told, the two former teammates are back on good terms now despite [James] Harden forcing his way out of Brooklyn.” @ramonashelburne on the Sixers’ reported interest in trading for Kevin Durant.

Grant Williams addresses Jaylen Brown trade rumors

After speaking with children during the Jr. Celtics camp, Grant Williams was asked how he felt about the trade rumors involving Brown. Williams responded by talking about the business side of the NBA while also praising Brown’s mindset and value as a player. “I feel like JB is mature in his mindset, and he knows that. I talk to him, texted him, reach out of as often as I can. It’s one of those things. It’s the league. It’s a business. It’s one of those things that you can’t be discouraged by because we love JB. It also shows how valuable he is.”
Obviously, Durant is one of the greatest players of all time. Williams explained that Brown having his name mentioned as the potential centerpiece in a deal for Durant just shows how great the Celtics star is. “It kind of shows how valuable he is. The fact that, top-10 player in the world, you’re the focal point. It’s one of those things, I remember, back in the day with Al Jefferson and KG [Kevin Garnett]. It’s one of those things where you’re like, ‘oh dang, Al Jefferson.’ It’s not even like a difference,” said Williams.
“I think he’s going to approach it even better. He’s going to take it with a competitive mindset, too. So, if it doesn’t work out, which, I don’t know what it is or not, I’m not involved in none of those processes,” stated Williams. “But I think that he’s going to come back with a chip on his shoulder, and I love that. Because I know how JB responds, and he’s going to be very, very, very, very secure because he’s secure of himself and he’s secure of what he’s going to be.”
Green then admitted that it’s usually him who takes the high road. Curry and Thompson don’t always clap back, so when they do, Dray knows that he has to take a step back in order to avoid an escalation: “That’s just not how we roll,” Green said. “So I usually do the majority of the talking most the time. It either leads to us having a conversation and discussing what I think and what they think and how we can figure it out. If it’s in a heated battle, a heat-of-the-moment situation and I’m like ‘Klay stop shooting the ball’ and he cuss and yell back, then we just keep it pushing and I run on and he run on. Or if I say something to Steph and he gets mad and snaps back every two blue moons then he says something back and I just run off and go about my day.”

Dwyane Wade on Heat Big 3: 'The hate was because of our skin color'

It was at this point where Wade decided to drop a shocking truth bomb about how the hatred for the Heat was racially motivated: “We knew that some of the hate was because of our skin color,” he claimed. “Because of being Black men and deciding to control the fate of our careers. … So, when we had the power, when we had the moment, we took it. But some of the hate came because we were three Black guys who decided and changed the way that the NBA probably would ever be because of that decision.”
Dwyane Wade recently made a guest appearance on JJ Redick’s The Old Man & The Three podcast, and it was an opportunity for the Heat icon to get brutally honest with his thoughts on why their Big 3 garnered so much hate. Wade was quick to point out that the way they teamed up to win a title wasn’t much different from how other iconic teams did it in the past (h/t ClutchPoints on Twitter): “If you think about it, no one gives backlash to any championships that Larry Bird won, that Magic Johnson won, that Michael Jordan won,” Wade said. “… You don’t win championships without playing with other guys that are great, first of all.”
Clutch Points: Brandon Jennings has some thoughts on the state of today’s NBA… 🤔 Jennings mentions that he feels Chris Paul and LeBron James were among those who contributed to turning the NBA into a “player’s league,” which has hurt the league. (via @Tuff__Crowd)