Having finished school at the Australian Institute of Sport, Dante Exum “is setting up meetings with several prominent agents over the next month in Australia to discuss representation for the 2014 NBA Draft,” sources told Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
The reports says the 6-foot-6 Exum is expected to come to the U.S. in February to begin training for the Draft.
“I want to make a decision by February,” Exum told the Sydney Morning Herald on Monday. “It shouldn’t be too hard [a decision] to make.”
Exum has previously indicated he may take some visits to American colleges in the coming months, with Indiana, North Carolina, Kentucky, Michigan and Oregon making his list of finalists. To read more of this story, click here
By BEN BASKIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
NEW YORK – First it was Anthony Davis. Then came Nerlens Noel. Now it seems that sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein is taking the defensive reins for the third-ranked Kentucky Wildcats and is continuing the lineage of great shot-blockers that John Calipari has coached.
On a night when Davis fractured his left hand at Madison Square Garden, the 7-foot Cauley-Stein had a career high nine blocks on Sunday night in a 79-65 win over Providence at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. In a game where the Wildcats led by only four at halftime, Cauley-Stein was the difference maker.
“To have nine blocks in a game like this, that’s big-time, big-time,” Calipari said. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jabari Parker sat stoically at the podium at Madison Square Garden following Duke’s 72-66 loss to Arizona Friday night in the NIT Season Tip-off championship.
Above all else, Parker is a competitor and a winner and he wasn’t happy with this latest loss that dropped Duke to 6-2 on the season, and him to 0-2 against fellow super-frosh Andrew Wiggins and Aaron Gordon.
“I need to get experience against big guys,” said the 6-foot-8 Parker, who faced an Arizona frontline that goes 6-9, 6-8, 7-foot.
Despite the loss, Parker’s stock with NBA personnel continues to soar.
“Jabari could leave Duke now and help any playoff team in the East from the 4th through 8th spots in the playoffs,” one NBA assistant coach told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
A new Mock Draft from our friend Jason McIntyre at The Big Lead has five Kentucky players going in the first round and the Knicks and the Nets (predictably) watching from the sidelines.
None of the Kentucky first-rounders is named Aaron Harrison.
J-Mac has the Kentucky players thusly:
No. 2 – Julius Randle, Fr., PF, Milwaukee Bucks
No. 12 – James Young, Fr. SG, Denver Nuggets
No. 15 - Willie Cauley-Stein, So., C, Cleveland Cavaliers To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Jabari Parker is 0-1 this year in meetings against his fellow super-freshmen.
Now comes Round 2.
After losing to Andrew Wiggins and Kansas at the Champions Classic Nov. 12 in Chicago, Parker and No. 6 Duke will now face Aaron Gordon and No. 4 Arizona Friday in the Preseason NIT Championship at Madison Square Garden.
Coach K wonders whether the freshmen are being overhyped by ESPN, but everyone agrees this group is special. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t think it’s right that the “Big 4″ college freshmen are getting non-stop media attention and he’s pointing the blame squarely at ESPN for overhyping them.
“Nationally I’m a little bit worried that that is always becoming the thing,” Coach K said Tuesday at a press conference in midtown Manhattan in advance of the Preseason NIT this week at Madison Square Garden.
“I think part of it is that the people who show our games, show NBA, too, so they’re constant thought is cross-promoting.”
ESPN shows both NBA and college games and Coach K believes that the constant hype of his own star freshman, Jabari Parker, along with Kansas’ Andrew Wiggins, Kentucky’s Julius Randle and Arizona’s Aaron Gordon, is done to cross-promote college basketball and the NBA on The Worldwide Leader. The quartet are all projected to go among the top 5 picks in the 2014 NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — During the first half of Indiana’s 102-84 blowout of Washington Thursday night at Madison Square Garden, one Hoosiers fan seated behind the Indiana basket yelled out a message for freshman forward Noah Vonleh.
“Hey, Noah, stay one more year,” the fan implored. “Noah, one more year.”
The way the 6-foot-10, 240-pound Vonleh has shot out of the gate in his freshman season, you can understand why the Hoosier faithful are already concerned that he might be one-and-done.
Vonleh finished with 18 points and 9 rebounds in just 24 minutes in the rout of Washington in the 2K Sports Classic, one rebound shy of what would have been his fifth straight double-double for the Hoosiers (5-0). To read more of this story, click here
How much did Jabari Parker impress the NBA scouts on Tuesday night in Chicago when he went off for 27 points in a loss to Kansas?
“That dude could play right now [in the NBA], like today,” one NBA assistant coach who sat courtside told SNY.tv.
“Like if he left Duke right now and said, ‘I’m leaving,’ he would be Utah’s best player. He would be a lot of teams’ best player.” To read more of this story, click here
On a night when fellow superfrosh Julius Randle, Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker all wowed the NBA scouts, the Harrison twins did not.
The 6-foot-5 Kentucky twins combined to go 4-for-13 for 14 points, with six turnovers and five assists in No. 1 Kentucky’s 78-74 loss to No. 2 Michigan State Tuesday night in Chicago.
Perhaps more concerning, they displayed some of the negative body language that was perceived as an issue during high school.
One NBA GM told SNY.tv that Andrew Harrison “is a mid-first-round pick” while expressing concerns about Aaron Harrison’s NBA future altogether.
Still, the good news for the twins is that the season is young and they still have plenty of time to prove themselves against elite competition. To read more of this story, click here
CHICAGO – Former NBA stars Magic Johnson and Jalen Rose said in exclusive interviews with SNY.tv that Julius Randle should be the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
“I don’t know about [Andrew] Wiggins being No. 1, I might’ve saw No. 1 just then,” Johnson told SNY.tv after his alma mater, No. 2 Michigan State, outlasted No. 1 Kentucky, 78-74, in the Champions Classic at the United Center. “Yeah, cause he is talented.”
“I agree,” added Rose, working here as an ESPN analyst. “[Randle's] aggression level, the way he scores the basketball on both blocks, his abilty to rebound. He consistently plays hard and that’s what I really like about him, so I agree with that.” To read more of this story, click here