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2011 NBA Draft

  1. NBA draft update: Butler’s Mack Texas duo stay in draft

    May 9, 2011, 1:55 PM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Sunday night at midnight was the NCAA’s imposed deadline for when a player has to say he declare he will stay in college or lose his elegibility. The NBA says a player can wait until mid-June to decide, but the NCAA cares about its coaches and money making machine more than players getting good advice,…

  2. Terrence Jones spurns NBA draft, returns to Kentucky

    May 8, 2011, 11:16 AM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    Terrence Jones, a projected NBA draft lottery pick, has decided to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season, reports the Louisville Courier-Journal. Jones was the SEC freshman of the year, averaging 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. Jones joins Doron Lamb as sophomores who would have been drafted returning to what will be a…

  3. Minnesota’s draft conundrum: Nobody fits

    May 3, 2011, 2:01 PM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    Well done Timberwolves. You tanked the last few weeks of the season and were somehow able to end the season with a worse record than a team that went on a historic losing streak. You must be proud. Now for your reward you get the best chance at the top pick in this NBA draft.…

  4. Texas’ Thompson declares for NBA draft, does Canada proud

    Apr 22, 2011, 3:50 PM EDT

    Arizona v Texas

    Trivia time: Who was the last Canadian-born player drafted in the first round? No, not the shaggy-haired guy. If you answered Jamaal Magloire you are either Canadian or we should be worried about you. Or both. But you’d be right. For another few weeks anyway. Tristan Thompson, the freshman power forward out of Texas —…

  5. Kentucky’s Brandon Knight, Terrance Jones to enter draft

    Apr 20, 2011, 12:43 PM EDT

    NCAA Final Four Kentucky UConn Basketball

    Brandon Knight and Terrance Jones may be making the right move. In a season when a lot of other potential lottery picks — Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Jared Sullinger — are staying in college, this could be a chance to move up the board in a weaker year because next year will be a very…

  6. Harrison Barnes to return to North Carolina, not enter draft

    Apr 18, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    Kentucky v North Carolina

    The Tarheels are going to be stacked next season. After an up and down freshman season, Harrison Barnes was considered a sure-fire lottery pick, but he announced that he is going to head back to North Carolina for his sophomore season (via Draft Express on Twitter). “Opportunities, both beneficial and life changing, can seem to…

  7. NCAA wants to do away with testing NBA draft waters

    Apr 15, 2011, 10:29 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    For an organization that is supposed to look out for the best interest of student athletes, the NCAA really comes off as a money-grubbing pawn of school presidents and coaches, student-athletes be damned. Right now, there are a number of college basketball players testing the NBA waters — they declare for the NBA draft but…

  8. Arizona’s Derrick Williams declares for lockout, err, draft

    Apr 14, 2011, 5:14 PM EDT

    Derrick Williams

    For a lot of the country, people who didn’t get to see Derrick Williams before he started shredding Duke and others in the NCAA, the Arizona forward was a revelation. (Out here in Pac-10 country, we knew he was special. Of course, we didn’t know how good Landry Fields really was a year ago…) So…

  9. Report: Kemba Walker leaving Connecticut, entering draft

    Apr 12, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    Kemba Walker, who led Connecticut to the National Championship, has decided to leave college and enter the NBA draft. That according to Andy Katz of ESPN. UConn has a press conference called for Tuesday where that will beocome official. And it is the right move. (We should note, as was pointed out in the comments,…

  10. Likely top pick Kyrie Irving makes it official, enters draft

    Apr 6, 2011, 6:10 PM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Kryie Irving is leaving Duke after his freshman year to enter the NBA draft. It’s official. This wasn’t really a surprise to anyone except delusional, hard-core Duke fans who refuse to believe anyone is going to leave their heaven-on-earth campus, but reality intrudes once again. Irving likely will be the top overall pick. Start trying…

  11. Lockout has some top college prospects hesitant about NBA

    Apr 5, 2011, 10:12 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    If you’re an elite college basketball player thinking about the NBA, this is the advice you get from the sage people (not the dirty agents and others trying to be a parasite, but the people looking out for the students): If you are a guaranteed first-round pick in the NBA draft, you have to seriously…

  12. NBA Draft and the Final Four, here’s a few guys to watch

    Apr 1, 2011, 1:04 PM EDT

    Arizona v Connecticut

    Your bracket is toast. Don’t lie to me and say you had Butler in the Final Four, let alone VCU. You’re not winning any money in the office pool this year, that is going to the guy three cubicles over who hasn’t watched a college hoops game in years and made his picks based on…

  13. Report: Duke’s Kyrie Irving likely to enter NBA draft

    Apr 1, 2011, 11:29 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Duke’s Kyrie Irving missed most of the college season with a foot injury, came back in the NCAA Tournament and quickly established himself as the best player on the Blue Devil team again. That was good enough for scouts — he is pretty much the consensus No. 1. He’s the one guy in this draft…

  14. UCLA, USC stars among those declaring for NBA Draft

    Mar 29, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

    UCLA v Florida

    A number of college underclassmen are lining up to enter the NBA draft, lockout or no. Well, most are really testing the waters — if they don’t sign with an agent they do not lose eligibility and can return to college. But there are some names to watch and here are some of them. Tyler…

  15. UNC’s Barnes says he is not thinking about NBA. Sure kid.

    Mar 28, 2011, 10:53 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Third Round - Charlotte

    There is no worse time to ask a college player about his NBA future than right after his team was eliminated from the NCAA Tournament. Any player you would actually want to draft should be emotionally crushed because he was invested in the team. So we enter North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes. The Des Moines Register…

  16. Jared Sullinger won’t be available in 2011 draft, will return to Ohio State

    Mar 26, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kentucky v Ohio State

    Derrick Williams should be hearing cash register sounds in his head right about now. The 2011 NBA Draft is not slated to be terrific. It’s a weak class to begin with, shallow, with no “locks” at the top. Throw in the effect of a potential lockout on the process and you’re looking at a draft…

  17. NCAA Sweet 16 and the NBA Draft: Kyrie Irving still the man

    Mar 25, 2011, 10:13 AM EDT

    Kyrie Irving

    No scout, no NBA team is taking what they see in the NCAA Tournament as the whole picture of an NBA prospect. They’ve been following these players all season, they have a pretty complete picture before the tournament tips off. But the tournament brings more intense competition against better opponents, and that’s always a good…

  18. How did our Friday NCAA prospects to watch do?

    Mar 19, 2011, 9:30 AM EDT

    kyrie-irving

    Today you should check out our Thursday prospects column again, basically everyone on that list is playing again on Saturday. But here’s a quick recap of Friday, first. Kyrie Irving, 6’2” guard, Duke: Well, that was impressive. He played just 20 minutes in his first game in three months, and he scored 14 points on…

  19. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Friday

    Mar 18, 2011, 11:31 AM EDT

    Joevan Catron Kyle Irving Duke v Oregon

    Hope after one day your bracket is better than mine, which now should be used to line birdcages. The St. Johns and Louisville losses hurt me, got to stop picking teams from cities I like just because they’re from cities I like. And big favorites. Oh well…. We’re supposed to be watching for some NBA…

  20. NCAA to NBA: Prospects to watch Thursday

    Mar 17, 2011, 9:55 AM EDT

    Texas Christian University v Brigham Young University

    At 12: 15 Eastern, Clemson and West Virginia tip off the NCAA Tournament (I’m not counting those first four play in games, that’s just the NCAA trying to make a little extra cash on the backs of athletes they don’t pay). By 12:45, my bracket should be dead. So we’ll be watching the games checking…

  21. Expect Perry Jones to join shallow draft class

    Mar 12, 2011, 5:00 PM EDT

    Baylor Bears Perry Jones III Suspended

    No one’s really excited about the 2011 NBA Draft. It’s not a great class at its best, especially when compared to what the 2012 class of freshmen will look like, but the lockout is the real issue. Though there’s a small chance the drafted class may fall under the current rookie scale versus a revamped,…

  22. The Jimmer Fredette in the NBA debate rages on

    Feb 4, 2011, 5:05 PM EDT

    BYU v Kansas State

    Want to start a fight in a room full of NBA scouts? All you need are two words: Jimmer Fredette. The BYU scoring machine divides them (like it seems to divide the commenters on this site). There are those that think he can be another Stephen Curry at the NBA level. There are those that…

  23. Can Jimmer Fredette make it in the NBA?

    Jan 27, 2011, 2:12 PM EDT

    Jimmer Fredette

    Know this: Jimmer Fredette can shoot the rock. Don’t believe me? See what NBA leading scorer Kevin Durant (who has had workouts with Fredette) tweeted: Jimmer Fredette is the best scorer in the world!! Everyone loves BYU’s Jimmer the day after he dropped 43 on previously unbeaten San Diego State. But can he make it…

  24. In case you were curious, here's next year's No. 1 overall pick

    Aug 7, 2010, 4:31 PM EDT

    Most highly scouted. Most highly recruited. Most highly ranked. Most hyped. Harrison Barnes is widely considered next year’s No.1 overall pick in the NBA draft. The 6-8, 210 lb. freshman out of UNC announced his college of choice via Skype at a press conference last year and continues to be the most watched name among…

  25. The wayward Jeremy Tyler is changing continents

    Jul 29, 2010, 1:07 PM EDT

    Jeremy Tyler took the Brandon Jennings formula one step too far when he decided to leave high school after his junior season to play professionally in Israel. It would have taken a remarkably mature high school junior to succeed under the circumstances Tyler chose to embrace, but he apparently had enough faith in himself to…

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