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Syracuse’s Tyus Battle to test NBA draft waters
Syracuse announced on Friday that sophomore guard Tyus Battle will declare for the NBA draft without signing with an agent, giving him until the NCAA’s May 30th deadline to withdraw from contention and return to school. Battle averaged 19.2 points as a sophomore for the Orange, who made a surprising run to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.
Villanova's Donte DiVincenzo to enter NBA draft, not hire an agent
As expected, redshirt sophomore guard Donte DiVincenzo has become the fourth player from Villanova’s national championship team to enter the NBA draft but the second one not to hire an agent, leaving his options open for a possible return to the Wildcats. The deadline for pulling out of the draft and returning to school is May 30.
Trae Young's entry into NBA Draft shows absurdity of 'baseball model' for college hoops
Trae Young surprised his coaches, NBA scouts and probably himself with his performance as a freshman in college basketball. He still will have challenges as a young professional player against the physicality of mature players, and in the 82-game season in which the league operates. It would be ludicrous, though, to require him to remain playing NCAA basketball.
Elite 11 QB Sam Howell commits to Florida State
Indian Trail Sun Valley quarterback Sam Howell will play his college football at Florida State. Howell is the No. 5 pro-style quarterback recruit nationally and is ranked No. 134 overall among all players in the class of 2019. He had nearly three dozen college offers, including Clemson, Duke, North Carolina, N.C. State, Wake Forest and several national powers.
Rampant, rapid change on tap for college basketball
Men’s college basketball and its Final Four should be exceedingly different next season, and not just because the sport’s decisive weekend shifts from balmy San Antonio to frigid Minneapolis. Indeed, the contrast in weather — mid-80s at the Alamo on Monday, high 20s and snow in the Twin Cities — may be tame compared to the upcoming months.
Kansas sophomore big man Udoka Azubuike will enter NBA Draft but not sign with an agent
Kansas sophomore Udoka Azubuike announced Friday that he will go through the pre-NBA draft process but will not sign with an agent. The 7-foot, 280-pound Azubuike is going to get feedback before making a decision. If he leaves, it will mean Kansas loses all its starters from last season. The Jayhawks are currently ranked No. 1 in the CBS Sports Way-Too-Early Top 25.
Q&A with Jay Bilas on FBI's college basketball case: 'The problem is the NCAA’s rules'
ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas provides his take on the FBI investigation into college basketball. It’s an investigation that a week ago revealed shoe company money allegedly exchanged hands to steer two players to Kansas. Among other things, Bilas told The Star he can “absolutely believe that coaches were not involved in those type of things.”
Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt enters NBA draft, will not sign agent
Kentucky freshman Jarred Vanderbilt entered his name in the NBA draft on Friday, but did not plan on signing with an agent. Vanderbilt played in just 14 games this past season; he suffered a left foot injury in September and missed the SEC and NCAA tournaments with an ankle injury. While on the court, Vanderbilt was one of the most efficient rebounders in the country.
UVa star sixth man De'Andre Hunter tweets that he'll be back for 2018-19 season
A possible concern for the Virginia men's basketball team was put to rest Friday when De'Andre Hunter revealed on Twitter that he plans to return for the 2018-19 season. There had been talk that Hunter might make himself available for the NBA Draft after averaging 9.2 points and 3.5 rebounds for a UVa team that finished 31-3. He also was an ACC All-Freshman selection.
Villanova's Omari Spellman to enter NBA draft but not hire an agent
Shortly after Omari Spellman arrived with his Villanova teammates Monday for the annual Big Five banquet, he reflected on the choices he was facing as a possible candidate for the NBA draft. Spellman announced his decision the next morning, that he will enter his name in the NBA draft but will not hire an agent, a scenario in which he could return to Villanova.
How Duke's Vic Bubas went from scorned newcomer to Blue Devils trailblazer
Lost amid the four ACC regular-season titles, four ACC tournament championships and three Final Four appearances during his highly successful decade at Duke was the unpopularity of Vic Bubas when he arrived as the Blue Devils head basketball coach in May of 1959. Cameron’s gamble in hiring Bubas came without conducting an interview with the 32-year-old coach.
Kentucky guard Hamidou Diallo officially declares for 2018 NBA Draft, will sign with agent
Hamidou Diallo officially made it three Kentucky freshmen entering the 2018 NBA Draft on Monday afternoon when he announced his plans to hire an agent like teammates Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. He shared the news — which was hardly unexpected — with a video thanking the Wildcats’ coaching staff and fan base.
South Carolina’s Brian Bowen, still ineligible, to declare for NBA draft
Former Louisville forward and current South Carolina Gamecock Brian Bowen will declare for the NBA draft without signing with an agent as a safety measure in case the NCAA does not clear him to play this season. Bowen was forced to leave Louisville after his family accepted the first payment of what was supposed to be a $100,000 fee to get him to be a Cardinal.
Wake Forest center Doral Moore to turn pro
Wake Forest center Doral Moore is forgoing his senior season of eligibility to explore his professional basketball options, sources tell Demon Deacon Digest. The 7-foot-1, 280 pound post player showed significant growth in his junior season for the Demon Deacons, averaging close to a double-double on the season at 11.1 points and 9.4 rebounds per game.
Pay raises coming to the G League makes early entry more appealing for borderline prospects
The amount of money that can be made by a player in the NBA’s G-League will increase next season, which is the culmination of something that has been in the works for a while. Beginning next season, players on G League contracts will earn $35,000 over the course of the league’s five-month season while also having housing and insurance provided to them.