Despite being projected as a top-3 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, Duke freshman Jabari Parker says he hasn’t decided yet if he will come out.
“If I feel like there are things I could improve on or things I left, like during the season, then I will probably come back,” Parker said on the eve of tonight’s North Carolina-Duke game, according to the AP.
“A deciding factor is where I’m going to grow the most, whether it’s in the NBA or even in college, the learning experiences that I need as far as [growing as] a basketball player.” To read more of this story, click here
Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas has impressed NBA scouts this season, and he is widely regarded as a first-round pick who may go just beyond the lottery should he opt to come out.
Chad Ford has Stauskas at No. 15 to the Boston Celtics on his Big Board, while Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com has Stauskas at No. 20 to the Toronto Raptors.
Along with fellow Canadians Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Canada could have three of the top 15 or 20 picks come June.
A strong candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year honors, Stauskas is averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the Big Ten regular-season champion Wolverines. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc.
“Stauskas is one of the top five shooters in college basketball,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “A player who can score in a variety of ways whether it be catch-and-shoot, coming off a screen, mid-range game as well as a game off of the dribble. He has demonstrated the ability to handle the ball and make plays either for himself or his teammates. To read more of this story, click here
Charles Barkley says he has a solution for tanking in the NBA.
Don’t reward teams who tank.
Give every team in the lottery one ping pong ball, instead of rewarding teams based on who has the worst record.
“My suggestion — the NBA is too stupid to listen to me — I said just give teams one ball,” Barkley said Tuesday on ESPN’s Mike & Mike Show. “Don’t give teams extra ping polls by the more they lose. I think only twice in the 20 years has the team with the worst record and the most balls got the No. 1 pick. Only twice in like 25 years [it's actually four times in the last 29 years]. So don’t give teams extra balls because they’re losing games. Just give every team in the lottery one ball. That would be the easiest way to handle it.” To read more of this story, click here
Together, the media (myself included) and NBA types hyped up this current group of freshmen — including those at Kentucky, Kansas, Duke and elsewhere — to the point where expectations were bound to outstrip reality.
So after Kentucky lost to Arkansas, 71-67 in overtime last night at Rupp Arena, it wasn’t that surprising that a veteran NBA scout texted me, “A media creation, and the media eats its young.”
Yes, reality has long settled in and it’s apparent that none of these Diaper Dandies are what we thought they might be — not Andrew Wiggins, not Julius Randle and certainly not the Harrison twins. To read more of this story, click here
Can Chane Behanan be a 3-man in the NBA?
At least one veteran NBA scout is doubtful.
“He has never shown any 3 skills in two years at Louisville,” the scout told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
Jerry West isn’t impressed with the current state of the NBA or the 2014 NBA Draft class.
Not at all.
“Just look at the league, this is the weakest I’ve ever seen this league,” the NBA legend told Scott Van Pelt and Ryen Rusillo on ESPN Radio. “The weakest. And we are depending on people who go to school for a year to come in and change the fortunes of franchises, rarely does that ever happen. To read more of this story, click here
John Calipari made an off-handed joke Friday about potential one-and-done changes to college basketball.
“They’re talking about it going to two, and I’ve called to see if we could have that immediately,” the Kentucky coach said according to Brett Dawson of Rivals.com.
New NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is in favor of changing the one-and-done rule to two-and-done, but it likely couldn’t happen before at least 2017, when there is an opt-out for either side in the new collective bargaining agreement.
The NBA rule would have to be collectively bargained and there’s no reason to think the Player’s Association would give in on such a change.
“The owners are going to have to give the players something before the players agree to the two-year deal,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv. To read more of this story, click here
Freshman point guard Tyler Ennis hit the game-winning 3-pointer in Syracuse’s 58-56 win at Pittsburgh Wednesday night and is now projected as a Top-10 pick in the NBA Draft, but Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim doesn’t think he’ll jump to the pros.
“I don’t think so,” Boeheim told Seth Davis of Sports Illustrated before Ennis’ epic shot kept No. 1 Syracuse unbeaten at 24-0. “I think he knows and his father knows that he’s a really good college player. He has to become a better shooter and get stronger to go to the next level. He’d go in the first round, but look at the number of first-round picks who are already out of the league in the last two years. It’s a huge number.”
DraftExpress.com has Ennis as the No. 10 pick, while ESPN’s Chad Ford has the Canadian at No.9. To read more of this story, click here
Marcus Smart’s draft stock is unlikely to be impacted much by Saturday night’s incident in which Texas Tech booster Jeff Orr allegedly used the N word, but says he called Smart a “piece of crap.”
Smart, who was suspended three games for the incident, could have been the No. 2 pick had he come out last season but opted to return for his sophomore season. Both DraftExpress.com and Chad Ford have him at No. 6.
“I really do not think so if he handles the suspension in the proper way,” one former NBA executive told SNY.tv. “He is frustrated with the season and I believe that had a lot to do with his outburst. To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — Count former Kansas big man Cole Aldrich among those who think it’s not a bad idea for Joel Embiid to remain at Kansas for another season.
“I don’t knock a guy that wants to stay,” Aldrich told SNY.tv before Friday’s Knicks game against the Denver Nuggets at Madison Square Garden. “He’s so young and when you get to the NBA there’s no going back. You can’t go back to college and get those years back. They’re done, they’re over with.”
The 7-foot Embiid is widely projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft, but recently told ESPN he’s “strongly considering” returning for his sophomore season. To read more of this story, click here