James Young to the NBA Draft

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James Young became the first Kentucky domino to fall as the school announced on Thursday afternoon that the freshman wing would enter the NBA Draft after just one season in Lexington.

A 6-foot-7 native of Rochester Hills, Mich., Young is the first Wildcat underclassman to declare for the draft. Fellow-freshman Julius Randle has not officially declared, but is expected to, while sophomore big man Willie Cauley-Stein announced he will return to school for his junior season. 

“He is one of the best shooters in the draft,” a veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He is To read more of this story, click here

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

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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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