Source: Chane Behanan to Announce for NBA Draft

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Michigan vs LouisvilleFormer Louisville forward Chane Behanan has hired an agent and will declare this week for the NBA Draft, a source close to the situation told SNY.tv.

“Yeah, sometime this week,” the source said. “He signed, he’s got an agent already.”

One veteran NBA scout thinks it’s a bad move, calling it a “mistake.”

“Off the court issues will really affect his draft stock,” the scout told SNY.tv. “He goes undrafted. He is a small 4 with no NBA-type  3 skills.”

The 6-foot-6 Behanan was dismissed from Louisville in December for a violation of team rules. He averaged 7.6 points and 6.3 rebounds last season with the Cardinals. To read more of this story, click here

Pitino Says Donovan Would be ‘Terrific’ NBA Coach, but Doubts He’ll Jump to Pros

DonovanLouisville coach Rick Pitino thinks Billy Donovan would be a “terrific” NBA coach, but says he’ll likely get “cold feet” and won’t make the jump.

The Florida coach, who in 2007 took the Orlando Magic job only to have a change of heart that brought him back to Florida, is now being linked to the Minnesota Timberwolves position vacated by Rick Adelman’s retirement.

“Billy would be terrific because he’s a lot like Brad Stevens in his personality,” Pitino, who coached Donovan at Providence, said Wednesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike.

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Shayok to Virginia; Cavs Continue to Recruit Garden State

Marquette’s loss is Virginia’s gain.

Onetime Marquette commit Marial Shayok pulled the trigger for Virginia on Tuesday, heading to play for the Cavs after he decommitted from Marquette in the wake of the coaching change.

Shayok will now play against Buzz Williams, the man who recruited him to Marquette but is now coaching at Virginia Tech.

“Happy to announce I’ve committed to the University of Virginia!” Shayok Tweeted.

“It’s a great school, program and coaching staff and Marial will be able to have an impact on the team his freshman year,” his father, Makur, told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here

Keith Thomas Enjoys St. John’s Visit, Others Coming; McLean Visiting Oklahoma

Keith ThomasKeith Thomas of Westchester Community College enjoyed his visit to St. John’s and now has several more coming up, but the Johnnies appear to be positioned well for the 6-foot-8 forward.

Thomas will visit South Florida Wednesday-Thursday and then head to Miami May 1-2. He will have one official remaining after that and may trip to Arizona. He has also been to Loyola Chicago.

“He enjoyed it, he thinks [head coach Steve] Lavin was a genius on a lot of stuff,” WCC coach Tyrone Mushatt told SNY.tv.

Lavin surely pitched the appeal of playing in New York and at Madison Square Garden, which struck a chord. To read more of this story, click here

Strong Big Man Crop Could Headline 2015 NBA Draft

BigsBy JOSH NEWMAN and ADAM ZAGORIA

NEW YORK – When NBA Commissioner Adam Silver steps to the podium to open the 2015 NBA Draft, there is at least a fair chance he will read off the name of a big man.

After that, there could be another, and another, and yes, another. By the time the first round ends, Silver may have spent a good portion of his evening reading names of kids who will spend their NBA careers in the post.

The 2015 NBA Draft is still 14 months away, but the way things are shaping up right now, it may be dominated by post players. In its 2015 mock draft, DraftExpress.com has three of the first four picks, seven of the first 11 and 12 of the first 19 as players who stand 6-foot-9 or taller. Simply put, 2015 may prove to be one of the deepest years for big men in recent memory.

Leading this group is 6-foot-10 Duke-bound big man Jahlil Okafor, who scored 29 points to go with nine rebounds in picking up MVP honors as his East squad defeated the West, 158-147, at the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday evening at Barclays Center.

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Julius Randle Declares for NBA Draft

RandleKentucky forward Julius Randle became the latest freshman in this heralded class to announce for the NBA Draft when he held a press conference Tuesday.

The 6-foot-9 Randle is projected as the No. 4 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com. The three freshmen projected ahead of him — Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker — have all declared for the draft.

“I have decided to declare for the NBA Draft,” Randle said.

“Growing up as a kid it’s always been my dream to play in the NBA and there’s no better time to achieve that than now.”

Randle is the 12th one-and-done at Kentucky in five years, according to Kyle Tucker of the Courier-Journal.

“He is going to be a top-5 pick,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “Skilled offensively but needs to develop a consistent 15-17-foot jump shot to become even more of a threat at the offensive end.” To read more of this story, click here

2016 Forward Veer Singh Adds Temple, USF Offers; Coaches Flock to St. Peter’s Prep

St. Peter's quartetJERSEY CITY, N.J. — By 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, a group of coaches was already in the stands at St. Peter’s Prep to watch and recruit their group of talented young players.

Seton Hall was two-deep with head coach Kevin Willard and assistant Fred Hill. Temple head coach Fran Dunphy was on hand. And assistants from Cincinnati, Virginia, St. Peter’s College and Princeton were in the mix.

Assistants from Syracuse, South Florida, Oregon State, Creighton and Pace were in on Monday.

This figures to be the norm at the Jersey City school over the next couple of years since they are loaded with a 2016 class that includes Veer Singh, Kaleb Bishop and Najja Hunter and 2017 point guard Nate Pierre-Louis, who received his first scholarship offer from Seton Hall in the summer before seventh grade. To read more of this story, click here

ACC Announces Basketball Opponents for Next 2 Seasons

ACCThe ACC announced the 18-game conference matchups for each of its 15 men’s basketball teams for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons.

“It’s exciting to look ahead to our league’s basketball schedule, as there’s no shortage of quality conference games,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

The matchups released today designate the 18-game home and away opponents for each of the next two seasons. Specific game dates, times and networks have not yet been determined. To read more of this story, click here

Myles Turner Has Home Visit With Kansas, More Schools Coming

Myles Turner, the last big uncommitted name on the board in the Class of 2014, had a home visit Sunday night with Kansas coach Bill Self and more coaches are coming this week.

The 6-foot-11 Turner will announce April 30 on ESPNU.

“Great visit,” David Turner , the player’s father, told SNY.tv of the Kansas visit. “He plans on Myles being a key piece along with Cliff [Alexander] and Kelly [Oubre]. Great message, very intriguing.”

Alexander, Oubre and outgoing Kansas big man Joel Embiid met with Turner at the recent Jordan Brand Classic in New York and tried to get him to commit then and there. To read more of this story, click here

Jackson Davis Follows Alabama Trip With Busy Week of Home Visits

Fresh off an official visit to Alabama this past weekend, 2014 Lexington (Ky.) Lafayette forward Jackson Davis was set to have home visits this week with Rice, Butler and Florida.

Davis has visited Butler, Rice, Columbia and Alabama — officially or unofficially — and he has two official visits remaining, but is undecided on where to take them.

“We have two to go between Arizona State, Creighton and Florida” Johnathan Davis, Jackson’s father, told SNY.tv Monday.

“We have two more visits to take and at that point we’re going to have to sit down and make a final decision.” To read more of this story, click here

Thomas Visiting St. John’s, Cunningham Enjoys Visit

St. John’s continues to work to add frontcourt players for 2014.

Keith Thomas, a 6-foot-8 forward from Westchester (N.Y.) Community College, is on his official visit Monday-Tuesday and will then head to South Florida Wednesday-Thursday and Miami May 1-2.

WCC coach Tyrone Mushatt is an old friend of new USF coach Orlando Antigua.

Meantime, 6-7 Chicago Morgan Park forward Josh Cunningham enjoyed his weekend visit to the Queens school.

Nick Irvin, Cunningham’s coach, told Zach Braziller of the New York Post that the visit went “really good. He liked it.”

Cunningham is due to announce this week and is considering Bradley, among others.

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Poll: With Parker Declaring, Who Should be the No. 1 Pick in the NBA Draft?

Parker use thisJabari Parker officially declared for the NBA Draft on Thursday, ending any questions about whether he might return to Duke to join their loaded recruiting class for a run at the 2015 NCAA championship.

“I am now ready to take the leap to the NBA. It’s a dream come true,” Parker wrote in Sports Illustrated.

Some NBA personnel think the 6-foot-8 Parker is more prepared than fellow frosh superstars Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Julius Randle to contribute immediately at the NBA level.

“He is the most ready freshman to step in and help a team next year,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv Thursday. To read more of this story, click here

2014 NBA Draft Early Entry List

Below is a constantly fluid list of Early Entrant candidates for the 2014 NBA Draft based on various sources, interviews and media reports, including DraftExpress.com.

The NCAA Early Entry “Withdrawal” Deadline is April 15 and the NBA’s Early Entry eligibility deadline is April 27. The NBA will release its official list of Early Entry Draft candidates on May 2.

Click on the name of the player for a link to the related story. If you have tips on other players,

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Wisconsin Working Hard for 7-Footer Sharma, Harvard for 6-8 Falzon

A slew of schools are recruiting Northfield (MA) Mount Hermon big men Josh Sharma and Aaron Falzon, both in the Class of 2015.

Wisconsin, Georgetown, Duke, UConn, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, Virginia, Marquette and Boston College have all been through the prep school this spring, coach John Carroll told SNY.tv.

Carroll said Wisconsin is working especially hard for the 7-foot Sharma.

“Wisconsin was the first school to step up the recruiting for Sharma,” Carroll said. “Josh took an official visit to Madison on the first weekend in January for the Wisconsin-Iowa game. He had a great visit to Wisconsin. They have tracked him all season with Head Coach Bo Ryan and assistant coach Gary Close watching our playoff win vs South Kent and then again visiting with Josh on campus on Monday. To read more of this story, click here