25 NBA Teams Expected for Duke-UConn

Thirty-nine NBA personnel from 25 teams will be represented Thursday night at the Izod Center when Duke meets UConn, sources told SNY.tv.

The game is expected to feature a showdown of true centers when Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, the presumed No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, takes on UConn’s Amida Brimah, projected as the No. 16 pick in 2016 by DraftExpress.com.

Asked if Okafor’s stock could take a hit if Brimah is able to contain him, one NBA scout said: “It will make no difference if he has any type of success against Okafor. It may help Brimah’s [stock].”

The game will also feature Duke freshman wing Justise Winslow, the projected No. 6 pick in 2015, and Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones the projected No. 20 pick.

Duke’s Rasheed Suliamon and UConn’s Ryan Boatright and Daniel Hamilton are also considered NBA prospects.

Duke practiced Wednesday at the Nets facility in New Jersey, but the Nets must swap their first-round pick in 2015 with Atlanta if the Nets have a higher pick.

The Knicks (5-22), of course, have the second-worst record in the NBA and currently have a 56 percent chance at a top-3 pick and a 20 percent chance at No. 1.

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Stock Climbing: NBA Scouts Weigh in on Willie Cauley-Stein, Jakob Poeltl, Kevon Looney, D’Angelo Russell

After asking several NBA scouts their thoughts on Kentucky’s Tyler Ulis, Syracuse’s Chris McCullough, Kansas’ Kelly Oubre, St. John’s Rysheed Jordan, Texas’ Jonathan Holmes and Iowa’s Aaron White, we now have an update on several other NBA prospects.

Kentucky’s Willie-Cauley Stein, Utah’s Jakob Poeltl, Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and UCLA’s Kevon Looney have all seen their stock rise.

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2016 Point Guard Ty Graves to Boston College

Ty Graves, a 5-foot-11, 165-pound 2016 point guard from Montverde (FL) Academy, verbally committed to Boston College on Wednesday.

“Yeah, he did a verbal commit this morning,” his father, Kevin, told SNY.tv.

“The campus is beautiful, the facilities are great. [He liked] the academics, they have their own law school, the coaching staff. Coach Scott Spinelli started recruiting Ty at Maryland. He was at Maryland with Coach [Mark] Turgeon. When he got the job at BC for the first year, he just never stopped recruiting Ty. He came to see us in Vegas. He came to see us in Myrtle Beach, he came to see us in Pittsburgh, he was just always there. To read more of this story, click here

Kentucky Staying Involved With Rawle Alkins

RawleKentucky continues to track 2016 Christ the King guard Rawle Alkins after SNY.tv reported they first reached out in July.

“Slice called my coach [Joe Arbitello],” Alkins told SNY.tv.

Alkins said Arbitello told him Kentucky assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen said, “Rawle is the real deal, I see” after Alkins’ recent performance against Kentucky signee Charles Matthews.

In that Dec. 6 game against Chicago (IL) St. Rita, Alkins went for 28 points, including 4-of-6 from 3-point range, in an 87-56 rout at the Chicago Elite Classic. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Parker Done for the Year With Torn ACL

JabariAdd Jabari Parker to the growing list of high-profile NBA rookies who has suffered a major injury.

Parker has a torn ACL in his left knee and is done for the season, the Milwaukee Bucks announced on Twitter after it was reported by ESPN and Yahoo! Sports.

“[Parker] returned to Milwaukee [Tuesday] afternoon to undergo an MRI that revealed a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee,” the Bucks said on Twitter.

“Parker will undergo surgery to repair the injury and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2014-15 season.”

Typical ACL recovery takes 6-8 months, putting Parker back sometime next summer. To read more of this story, click here

Poll: Will Kentucky Go Undefeated?

NCAA Basketball: North Carolina at KentuckyBy CHRIS RUSSELL

What Kentucky is trying to accomplish hasn’t been done since Bob Knight’s Indiana club went 32-0 in 1976: go undefeated.

After dismantling their first 11 opponents by double-digits, the idea of finishing the season unbeaten is starting to gain support.

“Okay folks, start lining up to tell me why it’s ridiculous to say Kentucky can go undefeated,” Seth Davis said on CBS during halftime of No. 1 Kentucky’s 84-70 win over North Carolina on Saturday. “If Kentucky loses, it will come against a lesser team it overlooks. When the Cats are dialed in like this, only Duke can hang with them.”

We’ll throw Arizona and Gonzaga into that conversation, too. And we’ll know a lot more about the Cats on the night of Dec. 27, after they face fellow Bluegrass rival Louisville — also unbeaten — at the KFC Yum! Center. To read more of this story, click here

Frank Jackson Decommits from BYU

By JACK LeGWIN

Frank Jackson has decommitted from BYU, and will open up his recruitment.

The 6-foot-3 combo guard from Lone Peak will still reportedly consider BYU along with UCLA, Duke, Arizona, Arizona State and Stanford, per The Salt Lake Tribune.

According to Scout.com’s Evan Daniels, Jackson will take a visit to Arizona.

Jackson had offers from Arizona State, Utah and BYU when he committed originally.

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Canadian Point Guard Jamal Murray Adds Offers from Maryland, Wake Forest

Orangeville Prep point guard Jamal Murray picked up two more high-majors, his father told SNY.tv.

“Wake Forest and Maryland offered J,” Roger Murray said.

They also took an unofficial visit to Maryland this past weekend while in the D.C. area.

“We just stopped by to see the game,” Roger said.

Murray is a 6-foot-4 combo guard from Orangeville Prep in Ontario ranked No. 30 in the Class of 2016 by Scout and No. 19 by Rivals. As previously reported here, he is considering reclassifying to 2015.

“We’re thinking about it but we haven’t decided yet,” Roger Murray said. “It’s on the table but we haven’t decided yet.”

Ohio State, Syracuse, Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana, Illinois, Louisville and Oregon were among the schools recruiting Murray previously.

Wake Forest also offered 2016 Thon Maker and 2017 Matur Maker, according to Orangeville Prep head coach Larry Blunt.

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Brandon Ingram Goes for 20 With Coach Cal, UCLA & N.C. State Watching

"2014 Under Armour Elite 24"Brandon Ingram had an impressive night Tuesday.

The 6-foot-8 Kinston (N.C.) High forward went for 20 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 blocks and a steal in a game attended by Kentucky head coach John Calipari, UCLA assistant David Grace and N.C. State assistant Rob Moxley.

The stats were reported by Jessika Morgan of Kinston.com.

“I played with Ralph Peterson, who played at Kinston back in the day,” Calipari told her of his ties to the school.

Ingram is considering Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA, North Carolina, Duke and N.C. State and is expected to commit in the spring.

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