NBA scouts weigh in on 7-foot-4 Purdue star Zach Edey
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by Adam Zagoria
2M ago
By ADAM ZAGORIA In what they are calling “The Year of the Big Man,” Purdue’s Zach Edey has been as dominant as any big man in the country so far. The 7-foot-4 native of Toronto is averaging 21.7 points and 12.0 rebounds for a Purdue team that is 6-0, ranked No. 5 in the latest AP Poll and just won the PK Legacy bracket by beating West Virginia, Gonzaga and Duke by a combined 49 points. Edey was named MVP of the Legacy bracket. “One of the things that differentiates him from other players his size is the overlap of coordination, balance and power, not to mention his interior skill,” Adam Finkel ..read more
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Emoni Bates rewinds the clock by dropping 30 on No. 22 Michigan
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by Adam Zagoria
2M ago
In his season debut for Eastern Michigan, Emoni Bates showed flashes of the player who was once compared to Kevin Durant. The 6-foot-9 Bates went for a career-high 30 points with 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in an 88-83 loss to No. 22 Michigan Friday night. NBA personnel from seven teams were on hand last night. Eastern Michigan coach Stan Heath did not play Bates in the team’s season-opening game on Monday and the former Michigan State assistant would not say why he sat the sophomore, who transferred last summer from Memphis. Emoni Bates just dropped 30 against No. 22 Michigan pic.twitter.com/xCM ..read more
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More than 75 NBA scouts expected at Champions Classic
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by Adam Zagoria
2M ago
By ADAM ZAGORIA More than 75 NBA personnel from all 30 NBA teams are expected on Tuesday for the Champions Classic in Indianapolis, a source close to the event told ZAGSBLOG. No. 4 Kentucky faces Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by No. 5 Kansas against No. 7 Duke in a game that won’t include Bill Self, who is serving a 4-game suspension in the wake of self-imposed penalties following the school’s involvement in the 2017 FBI investigation into bribery in college basketball. Both games will air live on ESPN. According to the latest ESPN.com NBA mock draft, Duke freshmen Derrick Lively II an ..read more
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Elite 2024 Recruits React to Potential Draft Eligibility Changes
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by Jacob Polacheck
2M ago
By JACOB POLACHECK The NBA Draft could be in for a big change. The NBA and NBPA are expected to agree on moving the age eligiblity for the NBA Draft from 19 years old to 18, Shams Charania of the Athletic reported Monday, which would clear the way for high school players to once again make the leap straight to the NBA. This is especially significant for the high school class of 2024, which features players such as top-rated prospects Tre Johnson, Isaiah Elohim and Ian Jackson who would be able to enter the NBA Draft a year early. However, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Monday that “nothing ..read more
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Big 12 head coaches react to potential change to one-and-done rule
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by Sam Lance
3M ago
By SAM LANCE KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Potential changes could be coming to the NBA Draft. It was reported about a month ago by Shams Charania of the Athletic that the NBA and NBPA are expected to agree on moving the draft age from 19 years old back to 18.  This would be a significant change in the basketball world, and we caught up with several top-tier 2024 prospects to talk about the potential rule adjustment. But, what do college coaches think of the change?  At Big 12 media day in Kansas City, I was able to get the thoughts of several of the conference’s coaches. Here is what they said ..read more
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Elite Class of 2025 recruits share mixed reaction to potential NBA Draft age change
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by Adam Zagoria
3M ago
By MATT WHITFIELD COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. — Numerous NBA scouts and personal were in attendance at Team USA Junior Mini Camp this past weekend. And per a Shams Charania report last month, the NBA and NBAPA are looking to change the draft requirements to allow prospects to enter the Draft at 18 instead of 19. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that “nothing has advanced on the elimination of the ‘One-and-Done’ rule,” but it’s still a topic of conversation for some elite Class of 2025 prospects. “I think it’s good,” said Class of 2025 consensus top 10 recruit Isiah Harwell on a potential NBA Dra ..read more
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Top 2 projected NBA picks Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson to face off on ESPN2
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by Adam Zagoria
4M ago
Scoot Henderson and Victor Wembanyama, the top two projected picks in next year’s NBA Draft, will face off twice next week in Las Vegas and the games will air live on ESPN2 and the new NBA App. The action begins at Ignite’s new home, The Dollar Loan Center, on Tuesday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m. PT/10 p.m. ET. The second game will be played on Thursday, Oct. 6 at noon PT/3 p.m. ET. The pair of preseason games will feature potential top 2023 NBA Draft prospects Wembanyama of Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 and Henderson, who headlines an NBA G League Ignite roster that also includes Canadian standout ..read more
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Elite 2024 Recruits React to Potential Draft Eligibility Changes
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by Jacob Polacheck
4M ago
By JACOB POLACHECK The NBA Draft could be in for a big change. The NBA and NBPA are expected to agree on moving the age eligiblity for the NBA Draft from 19 years old to 18, Shams Charania of the Athletic reported Monday, which would clear the way for high school players to once again make the leap straight to the NBA. This is especially significant for the high school class of 2024, which features players such as top-rated prospects Tre Johnson, Isaiah Elohim and Ian Jackson who would be able to enter the NBA Draft a year early. “I never thought that they would allow kids to go out of high sc ..read more
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Reigning National Champion Kansas has 2 First Round Picks for the First Time Since 2014
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by Jacob Polacheck
7M ago
By JACOB POLACHECK For the first time since 2014, the Kansas Jayhawks had two players selected in the first round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night. First, it was 6-foot-5 guard Ochai Agbaji, who went No. 14 overall to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Agbaji averaged 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists on 47.5 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from three during the 2021-22 season. He was a crucial piece in the Jayhawks’ 2022 national title run, earning NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. “First off, I just want to thank the organization and Cleveland for drafting me, believing ..read more
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An Inside Look at Overtime’s Draft House Film Shoot with Jabari Smith, TyTy Washington and JD Davison
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by Jacob Polacheck
7M ago
By JACOB POLACHECK ATLANTA – Ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft, a trio of SEC stars joined forces to film an exclusive “Draft House” segment presented by State Farm. Here's the Exclusive Trailer for the @Overtime “Draft House” segment presented by State Farm. The show is set to premiere on Sunday, July 2 and features 2022 draft prospects Jabari Smith (Auburn), TyTy Washington (Kentucky) and JD Davison (Alabama). pic.twitter.com/6IIioGqTl1 — Jacob Polacheck (@JacobPolacheck) June 23, 2022 Auburn forward Jabari Smith, Kentucky guard TyTy Washington and Alabama guard JD Davison met up in Atlanta on ..read more
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