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Jabari Smith Entering Conversation As Potential No. 1 Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

Dec 27, 2021 1:44 PM

Jabari Smith Jr. has entered the conversation as the potential top pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Smith is av​​eraging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in his freshman season at Auburn.

Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren entered the season as the two prospects most likely to be picked first and second overall.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer Smith has "even surpassed them in the eyes of many scouts and executives around the league."

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Juwan Howard Signs Five-Year Extension At Michigan

Nov 17, 2021 9:27 AM

University of Michigan head coach Juwan Howard has inked a five-year contract extension. That will keep Howard with the Wolverines through the 2025-26 season.

In two-plus seasons at his alma mater, Howard has gone 44-17. He guided the Michigan to the NCAA Tournament in 2021 with a 23-5 record.

Before taking over the Wolverines program, Howard had interviewed for head coach jobs with several NBA teams. He served as an assistant coach with the Miami Heat from 2013 to 2019. That followed a 19-year playing career in the NBA, that saw Howard play for eight different franchises.

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Tags: Michigan Wolverines, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

Paolo Banchero Charged With Aiding And Abetting DWI

Nov 16, 2021 2:53 PM

Paolo Banchero faces a DWI-related charges after Duke teammate Michael Savarino's arrest early Sunday morning.

Savarino is the grandson of Mike Krzyzewski. 

According to court records obtained by The (Raleigh) News & Observer, Savarino, 20, was arrested on DWI charges and Banchero, 19, was charged with aiding and abetting DWI.

Savarino had a blood alcohol content of 0.08.

"We are reviewing a legal matter involving two members of the men's basketball team," Krzyzewski said in a statement to the newspaper. "Any further actions as a result of this situation will ultimately be determined by the Vice President/Director of Athletics and University officials."

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Tags: Paolo Banchero, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

Wooden Award Announces Preseason Top-50 Watch List

Nov 9, 2021 2:09 PM

The Wooden Award announced its preseason top 50 watch list, headlined by trios from Gonzaga, UCLA and Kansas.

Max Abrams, Oral Roberts

Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Keve Aluma, Virginia Tech

Eric Ayala, Maryland

Armando Bacot, North Carolina

Patrick Baldwin Jr., UW-Milwaukee

Paolo Banchero, Duke

Emoni Bates, Memphis

Buddy Boeheim, Syracuse

Matt Bradley, San Diego State

Tyger Campbell, UCLA

Marcus Carr, Texas

Julian Champagnie, St. John's

Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Kofi Cockburn, Tennessee

Andre Curbelo, Illinois

Kendrick Davis, SMU

Hunter Dickinson, Michigan

Jalen Duren, Memphis

Tyson Etienne, Wichita State

Adam Flagler, Baylor

Dawson Garcia, North Carolina

Collin Gillespie, Villanova

Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers

Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Caleb Houston, Michigan

Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana

Jaime Jaquez Jr., UCLA

Johnny Juzang, UCLA

E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Kyle Lofton, St. Bonaventure

Remy Martin, Kansas

Matthew Mayer, Baylor

David McCormack, Kansas

Isaiah Mobley, USC

Iverson Molinar, Mississippi State

Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga

Scotty Pippen Jr., Vanderbilt

Jahvon Quinerly, Alabama

Will Richardson, Oregon

Marcus Sasser, Houston

Jaden Shackelford, Alabama

Terrence Shannon Jr., Texas Tech

Jabari Smith, Auburn

Drew Timme, Gonzaga

TyTy Washington Jr., Kentucky

Trevion Williams, Purdue

Mark Williams, Duke

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Fredrick King Commits To Louisville

Nov 9, 2021 11:18 AM

Fredrick King has committed to Louisville for the incoming class of 2022 where he will enroll as a 17-year-old.

King picked Louisville over a group of schools that included Creighton, Miami, Georgetown, Washington State.

King, who is from the Bahamas, was a complete unknown upon joining the NBA Academy in January, boasting zero division one scholarship offers prior to being seen at their event in Mexico for the first time. 

The NBA currently has six academies: two in China; one each in New Delhi, India, San Luis Potosi, Mexico and Thies, Senegal; and its Global Academy serving as the hub for elite prospects in Canberra, Australia.

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Tags: Fredrick King, Louisville Cardinals, NCAA, NBA, NCAA Commitment

Dereck Lively Commits To Duke

Sep 20, 2021 10:31 PM

Dereck Lively has committed to Duke for the incoming class of 2022. Lively is the No. 2 recruit in the class.

Lively chose Duke over Kentucky.

"I like the whole idea of the Brotherhood, Duke basketball and Duke University," Lively told ESPN. "I believe next year's team has a chance to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament and maybe a national championship. After my playing career, a Duke degree is important to me."

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Tags: Dereck Lively II, Duke Blue Devils, High School, NCAA, NBA

Chris Livingston Commits To Kentucky

Sep 15, 2021 9:12 PM

Chris Livingston has committed to Kentucky, giving them their third five-star prospect in the incoming class of 2022.

Livingston chose Kentucky over Georgetown and Tennessee State, after removing Memphis from his list earlier this month.

"The history of the school and the basketball program attracted me," Livingston told ESPN. "What coach Cal has done with past players has been impressive. He is a down-to-Earth guy. For a coaching legend, he is easy to talk to. I like how he stays connected with his former players."

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Tags: Chris Livingston, Kentucky Wildcats, NCAA, NBA, NCAA Commitment

Emoni Bates Commits To Memphis

Aug 25, 2021 9:18 PM

Emoni Bates has committed to the University of Memphis as part of the incoming class of 2021.

Bates originally committed to Michigan State last summer before reopening his recruitment in April.

Bates had been ranked as the No. 1 player in the 2022 class since he first emerged on the recruiting scene early in his high school career, but he had an inconsistent junior season at Ypsi Prep (Michigan).

Bates and Jalen Duren are two of the four ESPN 100 prospects to commit to Memphis in the 2021 class.

Bates doesn't turn 18 until January, so he is too young to enter the 2022 NBA draft.

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Tags: Emoni Bates, Memphis Tigers, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

No. 6 Prospect Shaedon Sharpe Narrows List To Four Colleges, Plus G League Ignire

Aug 9, 2021 3:41 PM

Shaedon Sharpe, the No. 6 prospect in the ESPN class of 2022, says he has narrowed his list of options to five: the G League Ignite, Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and Oklahoma State.

Almost a complete unknown a year ago, either unranked or on the fringes of the top 100 of most recruiting services, the Canadian-born Sharpe averaged 22.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.7 assists in 28 minutes over 12 games at the EYBL.

Sharpe says he will return to Dream City Christian in Glendale, Arizona, for his senior year of high school next week.

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No. 2 Recruit Keyonte George Commits To Baylor

Aug 9, 2021 3:39 PM

Keyonte George has announced his commitment to Baylor.

George, who cut his list back in May, chose the Bears over Texas, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Kentucky. He took official visits to four of his final five schools, with Kentucky the exception.

Texas had been the favorite for most of the spring, but a commitment from Arterio Morris in mid-July seemed to shift the chase to Baylor.

George is ranked No. 4 in the ESPN 100 for 2022 -- but will move up to No. 2 with the top two prospects, Emoni Bates and Jalen Duren, reclassifying into 2021.

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Emoni Bates Reclassifies For 2021 Incoming College Class

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Mikey Williams Signs With Excel For NIL

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Texas Lands No. 1 Transfer Marcus Carr

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Jalen Lewis Signs Multi-Year Deal With Overtime Elite

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Johnny Juzang Withdraws From Draft, Returns To UCLA

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Ohio's Jason Preston To Remain In Draft

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Reggie Theus Named Athletic Director, Head Coach At Bethune-Cookman University

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Penny Hardaway To Stay At Memphis, Adds Larry Brown As Assistant Coach

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Dior Johnson Announces Commitment To Oregon

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Augustas Marciulionis Commits To Saint Mary's

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Penny Hardaway Emerges As Head Coaching Candidate For NBA Job

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Juwan Howard Not Interested In Leaving Michigan For NBA

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No. 2 Ranked Jaden Hardy Signs With G League Ignite

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Mike Krzyzewski To Retire After 21-22 Season, Jon Scheyer To Become Coach-In-Waiting

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Makur Maker Declares For 2021 NBA Draft

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Isaiah Jackson Decides To Stay In Draft

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Scoot Henderson Signs $1M Contract With G League Ignite

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Matt Bewley, Ryan Bewley Become First Juniors To Join Overtime Elite League

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Mac McClung To Stay In 2021 NBA Draft

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TyTy Washington Commits To Kentucky

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