Conor O’Neill: A quick blurb from these interviews: Danny Manning expects Jaylen Hoard to enter the NBA Draft process.
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Tyus Battle will leave Syracuse after his junior season and enter the NBA Draft, a source said Friday. The 6-foot-6 Edison, N.J., native averaged 17.2 points, 3.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists for Syracuse, which lost to Baylor in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.
Nick Schultz: Marques Townes announces he intends to sign with an agent and go for the NBA Draft. #MVCHoops
Canisius College guard Isaiah Reese, who was suspended by the program Feb. 1, has declared for the NBA draft, he wrote on Twitter on Thursday.
Samir Sehic will leave the Tulane basketball program with one season of college eligibility remaining, he said in a Twitter message posted Wednesday (March 20). The decision came after the school fired former coach Mike Dunleavy Sr. after three seasons. The 6-foot-9 forward from Cypress, Texas, ranked second on the team in scoring with 12.4 points per game and first in rebounds with 7.7 per game. “After discussing my options with my family and the recent change that has happened with our program, I have decided to test the waters and enter my name in the draft to pursue a professional career here or abroad,” he wrote. “I am excited for the journey and process ahead. Thank you!”
Jon Rothestein: Sources: UCLA’s Kris Wilkes will sign with an agent and enter the 2019 NBA Draft.
“I can’t thank Coach Anderson and the Razorback coaching staff enough for two great years in my development both as a player and person,” Gafford said. “It has been a fun ride, but the time has come for me to move on to the next stage of my career and declare for the NBA Draft.”
Just a day removed from Selection Sunday, SMU’s roster for next season has taken a major hit. Junior point guard Jimmy Whitt announced on Twitter that he will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. The junior guard is not gone for good just yet, however. He can still return to SMU for his senior season; as long as he refrains from hiring an agent while testing the NBA waters.
Andrew Scaglione: BREAKING: “Daniel Gafford is gonna declare for the NBA draft, and will hire an agent.” Coach Anderson confirms Gafford won’t play in the NIT.
Jim Reamer: Derrik Smits is transferring from Valparaiso University as a post grad w/ one year of eligibility remaining. The 7’1″ center (12.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 59.4 FG%) also plans to enter the NBA Draft process.
Joey Kaufman: Kevin Porter Jr. on his upcoming NBA draft decision: “I got time, a couple weeks. I’m just focusing on spending time with my guys, depending on what decision I make to stay or go.”
All along the expectation was this would be Shamorie Ponds’ final season in Queens, and with his junior year nearing its conclusion, it doesn’t appear like anything has changed. In a phone interview Monday, his father, Shawn, told The Post the family will make a decision when the season is over, but they do not plan to have him test the NBA draft waters as he did last year. Ponds will either sign with an agent and go pro or return to St. John’s for his senior season.
A source within the program said the expectation is the 6-foot-1 Ponds will go pro, which is why the coaching staff signed junior college point guard Cam Mack.
Division II Shaw University junior Amir Hinton will declare for the 2019 NBA draft, according to ESPN. Hinton will forgo his last season of collegiate eligibility and hire an agent. He is aiming to become the first Division II player selected at the NBA draft since 2005, when Robert Whaley was selected by the Utah Jazz with the 51st pick out of Walsh University.
Shams Charania: Vanderbilt freshman Darius Garland, a projected lottery pick, has declared for the 2019 NBA draft. Garland’s season ended with meniscus injury, but he’s expected to fully recover and be one of draft’s top point guard prospects.
Jordan Ray of the JBA’s Atlanta Ballers will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, he told Amico Hoops on Monday. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged more than 30 points per game on the recent JBA international tour. He was recruited out of high school by Michigan State, Michigan, Arizona, Texas and many others coming out of high school.
In the meantime Ray is staying at the infamous Ball Estate (the mansion in California owned by LaVar Ball and his family) and he believes he is a sure-fire NBA Draft Pick. “I don’t see any guards capable of what I’m doing at my size as in putting up points and assists,” Ray said. “I believe I’m a lottery pick.”
Forty-three international players who had declared as early entry candidates for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm® have withdrawn their names from consideration. Three collegiate players who previously had declared as early entry candidates have also withdrawn. There are 79 collegiate and 12 international prospects that remain early entry candidates. The NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm will be held on Thursday, June 21 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Here is the list of international players who have withdrawn their names from consideration for the NBA Draft 2018 presented by State Farm: Berke Atar (Bandirma Kirmizi, Turkey). Romaric Belemene (Oviedo, Spain). Laurynas Beliauskas (Neptunas, Lithuania). Rihards Berzins (Liepaja, Latvia).
Adam Zagoria: Brian Bowen withdraws from NBA Draft
Adam Zagoria: South Carolina coach Frank Martin told me he believes Brian Bowen will withdraw from the NBA Draft so he has the option of going back next year. Could potentially go to the G League or Australia.
Misko Raznatovic: BeoBasket draft update: Stay – Dzanan Musa. Withdraw – Vanja Marinkovic, Blaz Mesicek, Goga Bitadze. Auto eligible – Aleksandar Lazic, Aleksa Ilic!
Kansas shooting guard Lagerald Vick, who announced plans to enter the 2018 NBA draft on April 6, removed his name from the draft pool prior to Wednesday’s deadline, his mom, La La Vick, told The Star on Friday.
“He’s looking into the G-League (where he could play a year then enter the draft),” she told The Star, indicating playing overseas would not be an option as Vick wants to help raise his daughter in the U.S.
On Friday afternoon, the NBA released a list of 100 early-entry candidates that have withdrawn from the NBA Draft. Micah Seaborn’s name was not on it, bringing an end to the mystery that engulfed the situation throughout Wednesday, not to mention his college career.
Adrian Wojnarowski: Kentucky’s Jarred Vanderbilt will remain in the NBA Draft, league sources tell ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: Iowa’s Tyler Cook told ESPN he will return to school for his junior season.
Robert Franks is coming back to Washington State for his senior season. The 6-7, 240-pound forward just announced on Instagram he’s withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will play the 2018-19 season in Pullman.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen: Cody Riley has withdrawn from the NBA draft. #UCLA gets all three of its freshmen back from the draft.
Sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday he will begin his professional career instead of returning to school for his junior season.
Jeff Goodman: Tyus Battle will return to Syracuse, source told ESPN.
Jeff Goodman: South Carolina forward and former Louisville signee Brian Bowen is expected to remain in the NBA Draft after being informed by the NCAA that he will have to sit next season (at a minimum), source told ESPN. Final ruling hasn’t even been made by NCAA, and could miss even more time
Jeff Goodman: Kentucky’s PJ Washington will withdraw and return to UK.
Nathan Baird: BREAKING: At JPC “Boilermakers on the Road” event in Jeffersonville, #Purdue coach Matt Painter said Carsen Edwards will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return for his junior season. Nojel Eastern to announce tomorrow.
Jeff Goodman: Michigan State’s Nick Ward told ESPN he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. Will return to school.
Jeff Goodman: Iowa announced Isaiah Moss will withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school.
Jeff Goodman: Utah’s Sedrick Barefield will withdraw from the draft and return to school.
Fletcher Magee of Wofford has pulled his name out of the NBA draft pool and will return for his senior season. He didn’t hire an agent, so his NCAA eligibility remains intact.
Jeff Goodman: Texas A&M guard Admon Gilder told ESPN he has withdrawn from the NBA draft.
Jeff Goodman: Georgetown big man Jessie Govan told ESPN that he will withdraw from the NBA draft and return to school.
Texas A&M junior center Tyler Davis is expected to remain in the NBA Draft even though he’s not projected to get drafted. Sources say he will sign with an agent and attempt to make an NBA team if he’s not drafted. Otherwise, he could land overseas. Davis met last week with agents in Chicago during the NBA Draft Combine.
Adam Zagoria: Texas A&M Forward Tyler Davis is expected to stay in the NBA Deaft and will not return to Texas A&M even though he is not expected to get drafted. Sources say he will sign with an agent and play in Europe this fall. Davis met last week with agents in Chicago.
Jeff Goodman: Western Kentucky’s Lamonte Bearden told ESPN he intends to sign with an agent and remain in the NBA Draft. Averaged 11.8 points and 3.4 assists this past season.
Jeff Goodman: San Diego State’s Max Montana told ESPN he will remain in the NBA Draft and plans to play overseas. Has dual citizenship. Began his college career at Indiana.
Jeff Goodman: Florida Gulf Coast transfer Zach Johnson confirms he is withdrawing from the NBA Draft. Will finish his college career at Miami.
Jeff Goodman: Utah State junior guard DeAngelo Isby told ESPN he will remain in the NBA Draft. Has signed with Darren White of Future Sports Management. Played first two years in juco ranks.
Jeff Goodman: NJIT big man Abdul Lewis told ESPN he will withdraw from the NBA Draft.
Jeff Goodman: Go ahead and remove Western Carolina’s Mike Amius from the “testing the waters” section. He’s signed with an agent, will play professionally. I know you were unable to sleep without knowing this info.
Khyri Thomas: After consulting with my family and Coach Mac, I have made the decision to remain in the NBA Draft. I would like to thank everyone at Creighton for their incredible support the last 3 yrs. It was an honor to play in my hometown in front of the best fans in the country! #GoJays
Cincinnati junior Jacob Evans has decided to remain in the 2018 NBA draft and forgo his collegiate eligibility, Evans told Yahoo Sports. Evans will participate in the draft combine in Chicago from May 16-20. He declared for the draft last month and went through a process of training and receiving feedback from NBA teams, which believe he is a top-25 selection.
Jeff Goodman: Chattanooga’s Makinde London has signed with an agent, source told ESPN. Declared for draft, no invite to the combine. Former Xavier forward.
Lamar Peters: Excited to announce that I’ll be returning for my junior campaign#hailstate#THISDAYEAR#✍🏽
Shams Charania: Sources: Boston College junior Jerome Robinson has decided to stay in the 2018 NBA draft, signing with CAA Sports. Robinson, a 6-foot-6 scorer, averaged 24 points in ACC this past season.
Xavier’s Kaiser Gates will test the waters of the NBA, declaring himself for the upcoming Draft in June. Gates averaged 7 points in 34 games for the Musketeers in 2017-18.
LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters has entered his name but has not signed with an agent. Waters has until May 30 to withdraw his name and retain his NCAA eligibility.
Cody Riley could give new meaning to being one and done. The UCLA freshman forward who played in one exhibition game before a shoplifting scandal led to a season-long suspension was on a list of 236 players who filed as early entry candidates for the NBA draft. The 6-foot-10 Riley is not believed to have hired an agent, preserving his ability to return for what would be a redshirt freshman season.
Lamonte Bearden is the lone Hilltopper who played for the team during the 2017-18 season that applied for early entry into the draft. The rising redshirt senior didn’t hire an agent
LSU freshman guard Tremont Waters will test the NBA waters, as his name appeared on the NBA’s early entrant list released Tuesday. Waters, a Freshman All-SEC performer who led LSU in scoring and assists with 15.9 points and 6.0 assists per game, has not hired an agent. He can retain his eligibility and return to LSU if he withdraws by May 30.
North Carolina junior forward Luke Maye will enter the NBA draft process, the school announced on Monday. He will not hire an agent.
Jalen Adams, UConn’s leader in scoring and assists the past two seasons, will not test the NBA’s draft process. He announced in a video posted on social media Sunday that he is returning to UConn for his senior season.
Jeff Goodman: The last unofficial count for college underclassmen who have declared for the NBA Draft is 150 — 53 have signed with an agent and 97 have said they are testing the NBA waters without an agent. Deadline for kids to declare is tomorrow night.
After two seasons and 47 games as a Kansas Jayhawk, sophomore center Udoka Azubuike is at least curious to hear what NBA evaluators have to say about his game. Azubuike, who started 34 of KU’s 39 games this season and improved his numbers across the board from his 11-game injury-shortened freshman season, has decided to test the NBA waters by entering the draft process. Azubuike will not hire an agent, leaving open the possibility that he could still return to Kansas for his junior season the way Svi Mykhailiuk did one year ago.
Mike Daum, the South Dakota State standout from Kimball, Nebraska, has declared for the NBA draft. Daum, who has one season left of eligibility, won’t hire an agent, leaving the option open for him to return to college if he withdraws from the draft by June 11.
Adam Zagoria: Why not, everybody’s doing it. UConn sophomore guard Christian Vital will declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent.
Jeff Goodman: Kent State junior guard Jaylin Walker has declared for the NBA Draft, but won’t hire an agent, school announced.
Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo will enter the 2018 NBA Draft without hiring an agent in order to maintain his college eligibility, the school announced Thursday. DiVincenzo is permitted to work out for teams and attend the NBA’s Draft Combine in Florida without committing to enter the league. Once players sign with an agent, they are not allowed to return to college.
Ajdin Penava has decided to sign with an agent and not return to Marshall for his senior year of basketball. The 6-foot-10 native of Bosnia had applied for the 2018 NBA Draft, seemingly to test the waters and obtain feedback. But that course seriously changed recently.
Villanova redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo (Wilmington, Del.) will enter his name into the 2018 National Basketball Association Draft process but won’t hire an agent, it was announced today. In his second full season as a Wildcats guard, DiVincenzo enjoyed a breakout 2017-18 campaign, earning BIG EAST Sixth Man of the Year and NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player honors. He averaged 13.4 points and 4.8 rebounds over the course of the campaign and moved into the starting lineup for eight games during Phil Booth’s absence in January and February (broken bone in left hand).
Kansas seniors Devonte Graham and Svi Mykhailiuk have signed with agents well in advance of the June 21 NBA Draft. Graham, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Raleigh, N.C., on Wednesday told The Star he had signed with CAA (Creative Arts Agency), which has U.S. offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Moorestown, N.J., and Jacksonville Beach, Fla.
BYU’s basketball program is losing one of its best players before the player’s college eligibility is exhausted for the second straight year. Leading scorer Elijah Bryant, who just completed his junior season but will graduate next week, announced on his YouTube channel that he is turning professional.
Misko Raznatovic: Blaz Mesicek, 97 born Slovenian guard and player of Brindisi, declared for the Nba draft 2018! #BeoBasket
Kentucky sophomore forward Wenyen Gabriel announced Wednesday that he will test the NBA Draft waters but will not hire an agent. So long as Gabriel does not hire an agent, he will have until May 30 (10 days after the NBA Draft Combine) to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return to Kentucky.
Xabi Lopez-Arostegui has declared for the 2018 NBA Draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. The 6’8, 20-year old Spanish national team veteran wing is playing in the Liga ACB for Joventut, averaging 5.7 points in 15 minutes per game, shooting 37% for 3.
Michael Scotto: Texas Tech freshman guard Zhaire Smith will remain in the NBA draft and will hire an agent, league sources told The Athletic.
Zhaire Smith: After careful consideration I’ve decided to forgo my collegiate career and sign with Roc Nation. Again I want to thank my family, friends , coaches, teammates, and TT fans. Your support has been great . I know this is the best decision for me and I hope to make y’all proud!
South Carolina center Chris Silva declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday, but is not hiring an agent so he can retain his eligibility for next season.
Pedja Materic: Amine Noua @NouAmine_12 of Asvel Villeurbanne declares for the 2018 NBA draft #BeoBasket
Pedja Materic: Adam Mokoka of Gravelines officialy declared for the 2018 NBA draft ! #BeoBasket
Misko Raznatovic: Vanja Marinkovic, sg of Partizan Belgrade, 97 born, officially declared for NBA draft 2018! #BeoBasket
Kentucky men’s basketball freshman guard Hamidou Diallo announced Monday that he plans to submit his name for the 2018 NBA Draft and hire an agent, which would effectively end his collegiate career.
Moritz Wagner announced that he will enter the 2018 NBA draft and hire an agent in a piece on the Players’ Tribune. Wagner will forego his senior year with Michigan. Wagner averaged 14.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in NCAA.
Marc J. Spears: Duke center @wendellcarter34 is expected to announce his 2018 NBA Draft decision on Monday on his 19th Birthday at 12 PM EST, sources told @TheUndefeated.
Canisius College sophomore Isaiah Reese announced late Wednesday he will test the waters by placing his name in for consideration for this summer’s NBA draft, but will not hire an agent to keep his college eligibility.
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March 25, 2019 | 9:08 pm EDT Update
David Baumann: Cannot say enough about Michael Carter-Williams… when the Magic needed it most! 15 points. 6 Reb. 3 ast. 2 stl. 1 blk. Nice ovation from the crowd and even Markelle Fultz wants to show some love for MCW! #PureMagic pic.twitter.com/McZIeOLdih
Kyle Goon: Josh Hart is already listed as OUT for tomorrow’s game against the Wizards. Reggie Bullock and Mike Muscala are QUESTIONABLE. LeBron James is PROBABLE.
Listen up, Bulls fans. There’s a song you should hear. You won’t understand it unless you’re among the five million people in the world fluent in Finnish. But that’s OK. The beat bangs and the chorus is canny. “The chorus is fire,” Bulls center Wendell Carter Jr. said. It’s a song about Lauri Markkanen. The song is titled “Lauri.” It’s a spirited three-minute Finnish rap track composed as an ode to the second-year Bulls forward and Finland native. Just know the chorus will soon be stuck in your head. “Lauri, Lauri, Lauri Markkanen!”
“I don’t understand anything else,” Carter said, smiling. “But the beat’s decent. It just caught me off guard. I started dancing and stuff.” Bulls guard Zach LaVine also likes the track despite being unable to make out the lyrics. “I don’t know what they’re saying, but it sounds good,” LaVine said.
March 25, 2019 | 8:26 pm EDT Update
Of the four, Ball and Ingram are done for the season, and Hart might be on the way there dealing with knee tendinitis that has refused to go away. All that’s left is Kuzma, soldiering on in what is already a lost campaign, trying to glean the fringe benefits in these final games. “Those are my guys,” Kuzma said. “We all have great chemistry with each other, we all play well together. It’s kind of just tough.”