NBA rumors: No. 1 pick candidate Paolo Banchero entering draft

With a spectacular freshman season in the books, Paolo Banchero has become the newest member of the Blue Devils’ one-and-done club by declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft. The Seattle native announced his decision Wednesday via social media, and is the second member of this year’s roster to announce their departure from the program.

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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.
Former Peabody graduate and current Ohio State guard Cedric Russell has declared for the 2022 NBA draft. Russell made that announcement on his social media.
Anthony Gharib: As expected @Isaiah Mobley declares for the NBA Draft, according to a post on his Instagram. Mobley led the Trojans in points, rebounds and blocks per game last season.
Indiana forward Trayce Jackson-Davis has put his name in the 2022 NBA Draft, he announced on his social media pages Saturday. The 6-foot-9 All-Big Ten performer will leave the door open for a return to Indiana.
On Thursday, former Duquesne guard Sincere Carry declared for the NBA draft after winning MAC Player of the Year with the Kent State Golden Flashes this year.
The VCU Rams Men’s Basketball team’s greatest scoring threat this year hopes to take his talents to the next level on the biggest stage in basketball. In a tweet posted Thursday afternoon, senior forward Vince Williams, Jr., who led the Rams in scoring last season, announced that he plans to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft.
Shams Charania: Toledo sophomore Ryan Rollins – a rising prospect – is declaring for the 2022 NBA Draft and hiring an agent: “I look up to CJ McCollum…guys who come from mid-majors.”
Jeff Borzello: UTEP guard Souley Boum announces he’s entering the transfer portal (and the NBA draft). Averaged 19.8 points and shot 36.8% from 3. 6-foot-3 Oakland native.
Arkansas wing Au'Diese Toney has announced his decision to declare for the NBA Draft and sign with an agency. He announced the decision on his Twitter account Tuesday afternoon.
After claiming the Atlantic 10 tournament championship and an impressive NCAA tournament first-round win against the Iowa Hawkeyes, Richmond Spiders’ Tyler Burton has announced he will be declaring for the 2022 NBA draft.
Chattanooga Mocs men’s basketball star point guard Malachi Smith will enter his name in the 2022 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining eligibility after announcing his intentions on Tuesday.
Stanford graduate transfer Jaiden Delaire has declared for the NBA Draft while maintaining his college eligibility, he tells On3. The 6-foot-9 forward entered the transfer portal last month after spending four seasons with the Cardinal.
Kentucky men's basketball junior forward Keion Brooks Jr. plans to submit his name for the 2022 NBA Draft and go through the NBA's evaluation process, he announced Monday. Brooks does not plan to hire an agent at this time, although he can sign with an NCAA-certified agent, receive feedback and still return to school.
Arkansas senior guard JD Notae will sign with an agent and enter the NBA Draft, bringing an end to his terrific career as a Razorback. He announced his intentions via his personal Instagram Sunday morning.
Drew Tineo: UTA F Kaodirichi Akobundu-Ehiogu has decided to enter his name into the 2022 NBA Draft. He is the second player from UTA to enter his name, along David Azore. If he is out, the rangy 6-9 forward will finish third all-time in school history in blocks, with 74 this past season.
Spartans freshman Max Christie will enter his name into the 2022 NBA Draft, he announced on Friday on his Instagram. He will maintain his college eligibility while doing so, he said.
Memphis basketball guard Lester Quinones has declared for the NBA Draft, a source with direct knowledge of his decision confirmed to The Commercial Appeal on Friday.
Sean Paul: Wake Forest guard Daivien Williamson will test the NBA Draft waters while maintaining his eligibility for his super senior season, per source. He averaged 11.8 points, and shot 44% from deep in ACC play.
Xavier Sanchez: Javon Freeman-Liberty (Whitney Young/DePaul) is declaring for the NBA Draft. In 24 games for the 2021-22 Blue Demons, he averaged 21.7 points on 43 percent, 7.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, and 1.7 steals in 34.9 minutes per game. Also, shot 36.8 percent from three-points range.
TCU basketball standout Mike Miles made his decision to declare for the 2022 NBA Draft on Wednesday. The 6-foot-2 sophomore will forego the remainder of his eligibility and depart as the team’s leading scorer from the 2021-22 season.
Jeff Borzello: Morehead State star Johni Broome declares for the NBA draft, but is not signing with an agent. Averaged 16.8 points, 10.5 rebounds and 3.9 blocks this season, had 32 points in the OVC title game vs. Murray State.
Baylor guard James Akinjo will enter the 2022 NBA draft. Akinjo made the announcement on social media on Wednesday evening. Akinjo stated he plans to hire an agent, but will continue working toward earning a Baylor degree.
After a standout freshman year at Georgetown, one of the best players in southwest Missouri basketball history is declaring for the NBA Draft. Former Greenwood star Aminu Mohammed will declare for the 2022 NBA Draft, according to a report by Stockrisers' Jake Weingarten. Mohammed's guardian re-shared the news on his personal social media account.
David Roddy is dipping his toes into the NBA draft pool. Colorado State’s star forward on Wednesday declared for the NBA draft via Twitter but added he will retain his eligibility to return to the school next year if he decides to not go pro.
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Tyler Herro: Trade rumors don't bother me

Another offseason, another summer of trade rumors. That had Tyler Herro offering a resigned smile Tuesday at a Miami Heat back-to-school event at Target at Dadeland Station. “I mean, every summer, that’s just what it is,” Herro said after helping a group of youths fill their back-to-school carts. “I mean, ever since I’ve been here, my name’s been in rumors. So rumors, like I said last summer, they don’t bother me. I’m just getting ready for this season and whether I’m on the Heat or somewhere else, I’m getting ready for the season.”
“As you get older and more years in the league,” said Herro, who was named last season’s NBA Sixth Man of the Year, “you realize this is what comes with the business. You could be in one city one day, the next city the next day. But at the end of the day, it’s about me and getting better every single day in the summer. Like I said, what team I’m on, I’m ready to play.”