UCLA’s Anderson and Lavine Declare for NBA Draft

Prairie View A&M at UCLAUCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson and freshman guard Zach LaVine both officially declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday.

Anderson’s plans to head to the NBA were previously reported by SNY.tv.

One veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv Anderson is “potentially” a lottery pick, while LaVine is considered “late first.”

DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-9 Anderson at No. 17 on its Mock Draft, and the 6-5 LaVine at No. 28.

A former star at St. Anthony and Paterson Catholic in New Jersey, Anderson secured first-team All-Pac-12 honors and was named a third-team Associated Press All-America selection as a sophomore in 2013-14. He averaged closer to a To read more of this story, click here

No Announcement Expected from Jabari Parker Wednesday

parkerJabari Parker will not announce his future plans on Wednesday, Duke basketball associate director of sports information Matt Plizga confirmed to SNY.tv Tuesday night.

The Chicago Tribune reported the development earlier in the day.

Plizga said reporters in Oklahoma City “misconstrued [Parker's] comments” Monday when he said he would meet this week with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and then decide whether or not to enter the NBA Draft. To read more of this story, click here

Arizona’s Gordon, Johnson to Announce for Draft

GordonArizona freshman forward Aaron Gordon and junior guard Nick Johnson will declare for the NBA Draft during a press conference Tuesday at the school, sources told SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-9 Gordon is projected as the No. 8 pick by DraftExpress.com, while the 6-2 Johnson is projected at 48.

Gordon averaged 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds, while Johnson led the team in scoring at 16.3 points per game.

“Gordon is a great athlete,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He’s not a 3, but an energy guy who needs to become a more skilled perimeter player. He has good upside and will be a backup to start his NBA career. To read more of this story, click here

Duke’s Jabari Parker to Make Decision Wednesday


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plans to “set up an appointment” with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA Draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

The Associated Press reported the news Monday. The 6-foot-8 Parker is currently in Oklahoma City to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball’s top freshman. To read more of this story, click here

Syracuse’s Grant, Michigan’s Robinson III Headed to NBA Draft

Syracuse sophomore forward Jerami Grant and Michigan sophomore forward Glenn Robinson III are both headed to the NBA Draft.

“After extensive discussions with my family and coaches, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball and enter the 2014 NBA Draft,” Grant announced. “I am so thankful to coach [Jim] Boeheim and the rest of the Orange coaching staff for guiding me throughout my college career, and am grateful to my teammates for two incredible seasons. I am excited to start my journey in the NBA, but I also look forward to finishing my college degree. I cannot thank my coaches, teammates and the entire Orange community enough for all of their support.”

“We’d like to thank Jerami for his tremendous contribution to Syracuse Basketball over the last two years,” said Boeheim. “We wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”

DraftExpress.com has the 6-foot-8 Grant going at No. 20 to the Toronto Raptors, and the 6-6 Robinson III going No. 27, also to the Raptors. To read more of this story, click here

Montrezl Harrell Will Return to Louisville

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By JOHN PAVIA

Special to ZAGSBLOG

In a bit of surprising news, Montrezl Harrell has decided that he will return to Louisville

He tweeted this message on Monday afternoon, “Been on my mind heavy but I love the feeling of being a Louisville cardinal and I will be wearing this for the next yr,” with a picture attached of him in his Louisville uniform.

Harrell, who is currently slotted as the 19th pick on Draft Express in a very deep 2014 NBA Draft class, averaged 14 points and 8.4 rebounds per game last year as a sophomore.

“Good decision by Harrell,” a veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He can improve his stock by staying and developing a consistent 15-17-foot face-up jumper this summer.”

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Calipari Says He Doesn’t Know How Many Cats Will Leave, Reveals ‘Tweak’; Source: ‘Slice’ to UK is ‘Done’

cal-randleJohn Calipari says he doesn’t know how many of his current players will head to the NBA Draft, but he hopes it’s fewer than five.

“I don’t know. I really don’t know right now,” Calipari said Monday on “The Dan Patrick Show,” according to Dan Bodner of KYSportsConnection.com.

According to Bodner, Calipari said he hopes fewer than five players go pro so he can coach them for another season.

Julius Randle, Willie Cauley-Stein and James Young are all projected as first-round picks, while twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison are projected as late-first or second-round picks should they decide to go. To read more of this story, click here

Jabari Parker to Decide Plans by Tuesday or Wednesday

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By JACK LeGWIN

Special to ZAGSBLOG

Jabari Parker will meet with Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski next week to make a decision about whether or not to enter the NBA Draft.

“I’m going to make it by either Tuesday or Wednesday of next week,” Parker said on ESPN SportsNation.

“It’s a very tough decision, especially potentially leaving behind my coach and the program that really helped me out this year, so I really have to keep them in consideration in this whole process,” Parker added to ESPNLA 710 Radio. To read more of this story, click here

Randle Denies Report He Has Decided to Enter NBA Draft

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Special to ZAGSBLOG

Kentucky freshman big man Julius Randle took to Twitter Wednesday evening to deny a report that he had already decided to enter the NBA Draft.

The tweet said, “Idk who reported what but I haven’t made up my mind about the draft yet. Haven’t even talked to my family about it. So it’s all false.

Randle’s tweet contradicts an earlier report from ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, who cited multiple sources in saying that Randle had already chosen to leave Lexington after one season. UK spokesman John Hayden could not confirm Goodman’s report to SNY.tv.

“No, he just sent a tweet to clear this up,” Randle’s mother, Carolyn Kyles, told SNY.tv via text message. “We are planning on talking about it this weekend.”

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Joel Embiid Declares for NBA Draft

embiid2As expected and as reported here Tuesday, Joel Embiid declared for the NBA Draft during a press conference at Kansas on Wednesday.

“After thinking a lot, I decided to declare for the NBA,” the 7-footer said.

DraftExpress.com has Embiid projected as the No. 2 pick behind fellow Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins, meaning Kansas could go 1-2 in the Draft just as Kentucky did in 2012 with Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

A native of Cameroon, Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this season en route to Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year honors, but didn’t play after March 1 due to a back injury. To read more of this story, click here