NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • ‘Several NBA executives’ have concerns about Lonzo Ball’s father

    Sportsnaut "Lonzo Ball is one exceptionally talented young player, and he’s taken to the big stage at UCLA without any ill effects. The freshman guard is almost certainly headed directly for the 2017 NBA Draft after spending one year with the Bruins, but trouble could be brewing on that front. According to..." February 26

  • Lonzo Ball Will Be Better Than Steph Curry ... Says Dad

    TMZ "Comparing Steph Curry to UCLA star Lonzo Ball is insulting ... to Lonzo anyway ... that's according to Ball's dad, LaVar, who says his son is going to be BETTER THAN CURRY ... the 2 time NBA MVP. A lot of NBA analysts say Lonzo's ability to shoot from deep, pass and finish make him a 6'6"..." February 15

  • NBA Draft: NC State's Dennis Smith No. 3 in our top 20 point guard prospects

    CBS Sports "The NBA is a point guard league these days, and there are plenty of good, potentially great, ones set to come into the league from both the college ranks and overseas. In fact, this is probably themes leaded point guard class in recent memory. So how do these floor generals rank? Here are my..." February 08

  • Report: NBA also reduces projected 2018-19 salary cap to $103 million

    Pro Basketball Talk "Adam Silver said he dislikes the 1+1 contracts signed by players like LeBron James and Kevin Durant. The NBA commissioner might soon see players lock into longer deals more often and switch teams less often. Not only does it now project the 2017-18 salary cap to reach just $102 million, the..." February 07

  • Luka Doncic Receiving Buzz To Go First Overall In 2018

    Real GM Basketball "Luka Doncic of Real Madrid is receiving attention as a possible first overall pick in the 2018 NBA Draft. Doncic is 17 but already producing in the Euroleague. Doncic can play point guard, shooting guard and small forward at 6'8." February 01

  • Josh Jackson proves not all great basketball players need a position

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Incoming freshman, during this day and age of college basketball, play with a heavier weight resting on their shoulders than ever before. Especially if they entered as the No. 1 recruit coming out of high school. That's exactly where Josh Jackson was coming out of Prolific Prep in..." January 29

  • Kiki Vandeweghe Confirms NBA Will Not Get Rid of Last-2-Minute Reports

    Bleacher Report "Kiki Vandeweghe, the NBA's executive vice president of basketball operations, confirmed the league will continue to produce the last-two-minute officiating reports despite recent criticism. Zach Lowe of reported Thursday that Vandeweghe said there's been no discussion about removing..." January 05

  • Frank Ntilikina, a Top N.B.A. Prospect, Is Learning to Play With Fire

    New York Times "Frank Ntilikina bent forward, angled his face to the ground and unleashed an extended scream. Then he fell to the floor and did five push-ups. It was a self-imposed punishment of sorts for missing an open layup during SIG Strasbourg’s practice Monday morning, and after he completed the..." January 05

  • The top 20 prospects for the 2017 NBA Draft

    Fox Sports "The NBA Draft isn’t for another five and a half months, but scouting departments across the league have been in full swing evaluating prospects for what could be the best and deepest draft in recent memory. Last year, Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram headlined the draft, but the class lacked..." January 04

  • Josh Jackson’s Missing Ingredient

    The Ringer "If basketball doesn’t work out for Kansas freshman Josh Jackson, he probably has a future in track and field. Even among a loaded freshman class composed of nearly a dozen players projected to go in this year’s lottery, Jackson’s athleticism is on a level all its own. Not only does he run faster,..." January 03

  • Adam Silver says NBA players boycotting Trump White House would be 'lost opportunity'

    Sporting News "While there have been hints — and even overt statements — that players on NBA championship teams over the next four years will forgo the traditional visit to the White House because of President-elect Donald Trump, NBA commissioner Adam Silver is imploring players not to go through with any such..." December 28

  • GMs Calling 2017 NBA Draft 'Strongest In A Decade'

    Real GM Basketball "The 2017 NBA Draft will be the "strongest in a decade", according to multiple NBA scouts and general managers. Chad Ford projects 10-15 potential All-Stars in the class, headlined by Markelle Fultz. Ford elevated Fultz up from No. 3 in his previous big board to No. 1, while Lonzo Ball jumped..." December 22

  • The NBA's New "Kevin Durant Rule" Will Incentivize Young Superstars To Stay Put

    Deadspin "We knew the new CBA made life a little sweeter for the NBA’s superstars, but it’s a dense thing to parse, and explanations have been dribbling out slowly. ESPN’s new Q&A with salary cap expert Larry Coon argues that the most noteworthy development is the owners’ new weapon to keep their superstar..." December 20

  • Report: NBA salary cap to rise to $120 million by 2020 season

    Fanrag Sports "Details of the new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and NBPA came out last week, but nothing was reported about the projected salary cap escalation. However, on Tuesday afternoon, he Vertical reported that the NBA’s salary cap will rise to $120 million by the 2020 season. That..." December 20

  • New CBA prohibits players from using hoverboards, guns

    Pro Basketball Talk "J.R. Smith bummed around with a beer on hoverboard after the Cavaliers lost to the Warriors in the 2015 NBA Finals. Cleveland then banned hoverboards from its locker room and won the 2016 championship. Coincidence? If there’s good fortune in ridding hoverboards from the picture, the..." December 20

  • Lavar Ball says son Lonzo, and both UCLA-bound brothers, will be one-and-done

    CBS Sports "Lavar Ball, at this point, is known for his bold predictions almost as much as his oldest son, Lonzo, is known for his unique gifts that have transformed UCLA's program and pushed the Bruins near the top of most polls and rankings. And, to his credit, he's been right way more than wrong. So..." December 15

  • 'Kevin Love Rule' in CBA allows teams to keep 2 designated first-time free agents

    ESPN "A rule that contributed to the Minnesota Timberwolves losing Kevin Love is being adjusted in the new collective bargaining agreement and could help the team keep both Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins long term, sources told ESPN on Thursday. In the previous CBA, teams could only give one..." December 15

  • Duke freshman Jayson Tatum headlines early list of Top 30 NBA Draft prospects

    CBS Sports "The 2017 NBA Draft is still six months away. But, already, I can promise this: it's going to be dominated at the top by college freshmen. In fact, I think the fist nine picks -- and 11 of the 14 lottery picks -- will be college freshmen, and I currently have Duke's Jayson Tatum projected to go..." December 13

  • NBA, NBPA Remain Close On New CBA, Discussing Group Licensing

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA and NBPA continue to work towards completing a new collective bargaining agreement. The final sticking point of the talks has been their group licensing arrangement. The union would like to have control over the licensing of player likenesses." December 13

  • Report: NBA opening night to be 7-10 days earlier in 2017-18

    ESPN "Major League Baseball had all the labor negotiating fun this week, coming to terms on a new five-year pact to avert a lockout just before its own buzzer to get a deal done, but fear not. The NBA remains on course to announce its highly anticipated agreement with the National Basketball Players..." December 02

  • NBA Scouts Mull UCLA's Lonzo Ball as Potential Top 2017 NBA Draft Pick

    Bleacher Report "UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball has officially hijacked the 2017 NBA draft discussion. His captivating style and compelling potential have emerged as one of its primary talking points early on. Though we're just two weeks into the season, he's on pace to join Jason Kidd as the only college..." November 30

  • Shaquille O'Neal on son Shareef: He doesn't need to train with Kobe

    CBS Sports "The product of good genes, Shareef O'Neal, the son of Hall-of-Famer Shaquille O'Neal, is one of the best high school prospects in the country. O'Neal has been starring in a plethora of high school mixtape videos for quite some time now, and he is being recruited by several top Division-I schools..." November 29

  • Amazon is pushing for sports rights, but NBA turned them down for League Pass

    Awful Announcing "The Amazon buildup towards trying to gain live sports rights continues. They quietly hired SI/120 Sports veteran James DeLorenzo in March to head a new sports group, and they’ve since hired content-acquisition people and made attempts to land particular sports rights. According to The Wall Street..." November 23

  • Josh Jackson must stand tall for Kansas to become NCAA title challenger

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The game clock at Madison Square Garden read 5:08 when freshman Josh Jackson walked toward the Kansas bench for the final time Tuesday night, but more important was that the scoreboard showed KU holding a 10-point lead on Duke, the nation’s No. 1 team. Whether that would be enough would be..." November 17

  • KU basketball’s Josh Jackson a can’t-miss prospect, high school coaching legend Ken Darting says

    The Topeka Capital-Journal "A trek halfway across the country and a lengthy flight delay along the way weren’t going to stop Ken Darting from seeing Josh Jackson play on basketball’s biggest stage. Darting, the Kansas high school coaching legend and family friend of the heralded KU freshman, made the journey Tuesday..." November 17

  • N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. Primed to Become the Face of College Basketball

    Bleacher Report "If Dennis Smith Jr. impresses on the court as much as he does in interviews, North Carolina State is going to have the best player in the country. It's the year of the freshmen in the ACC. According to Scout, 23 of this year's top 100 recruits are joining what most believe will be the nation's..." November 17

  • N.C. State's Dennis Smith Jr. ready to show ACC, nation what he can do

    Fay Observer "For Dennis Smith’s closest friends, the story of his comeback ended at a pickup game in Greensboro. After growing up with Smith in Fayetteville, four of his oldest pals migrated to Greensboro to attend North Carolina A&T. One weekend late this spring, Smith, who had enrolled early at N.C...." November 17

  • NC State must wait longer to see the real Dennis Smith

    Fanrag Sports "North Carolina State fans waited the past year for the debut of freshman point guard Dennis Smith Jr., a player projected as high as the first pick of the 2017 NBA Draft. They’ll have to wait at least a couple more days to see what Smith really has to offer the program. He was underwhelming in..." November 17

  • Markelle Fultz is thinking big at Washington

    ESPN "His story says Jordan. His play screams LeBron. And when his playing career is all over, Washington's Markelle Fultz wants to be in a category all his own. Not just listed among the all-time greats, but above them. "My mindset is different from a lot of people," Fultz said. "You ask..." November 17

  • Markelle Fultz may choose to not be a 1-and-done

    Today's Fastbreak "Not many people saw so much success coming so quickly for Markelle Fultz. The talented combo guard and potential 2017 top-10 pick was playing JV basketball just two years ago after failing to make DeMatha’s varsity team as a sophomore. But Fultz spent the following summer putting in the work to..." November 17

  • Lonzo Ball belongs in top pick conversation

    Fanrag Sports "We’ve nearly completed the first week of the college basketball season, and while it might be early, something has been abundantly clear so far: Lonzo Ball is making a strong case for the top pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. Draft sites and gurus alike were unsure how his unorthodox game would..." November 17

  • Here We Go, 'Zo: Can Lonzo Ball bring UCLA back to the top?

    SI "As UCLA gathers for its sixth practice of the year, a midafternoon workout on Oct. 7, Lonzo Ball relaxes on a courtside folding chair. His black Beats Pill speaker occupies the seat to his right. The most intriguing freshman in college basketball pulls out his phone and scrolls to a song that..." November 17

  • ESPN’s Jay Williams thinks Harry Giles should sit for entire season

    Campus Sports "Harry Giles is currently rehabbing from a knee injury and is expected to return to action for Duke at some point this season. He is one of three Duke freshman playmakers that have started the season on the disabled list. While the other two, Marques Bolden and Jayson Tatum, are expected back..." November 17

  • NBA scouts are concerned about another knee surgery for Duke's Harry Giles

    CBS Sports "Harry Giles' third knee surgery since 2013 should prevent the Duke freshman from being seriously considered for the No. 1 overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, multiple NBA scouts have told CBS Sports. "It's a huge concern -- and I felt that way before this latest injury," said an NBA scout who..." November 17

  • Calipari’s long line of point guards advise — but don’t intimidate — Fox

    Lexington Herald-Leader "As the story goes, De’Aaron Fox was playing a video game called Need for Speed against his brother. His brother won and, as Fox saw it, celebrated excessively. Fox quickly had enough and threw his controller at his brother. It shattered against the metal chair his brother was sitting..." November 17

  • John Wall comparisons not slowing down for De'Aaron Fox

    247 Sports "The John Wall comparisons for Kentucky freshman point guard De'Aaron Fox aren't slowing down any time soon. In fact, after Fox scored 12 points and handed out six assists in the No. 2 UK's 69-48 win over (13) Michigan State in the Champions Classic Tuesday night, they're picking up steam. In..." November 17

  • Tatum's relationship with his mother led him to Duke

    ESPN "Brandy Cole's phone was plugged into an outlet across the room of the medical center. A nurse tended to her father, who was set to undergo cataract surgery, and gave Cole specifics on the procedure. Fifteen minutes worth of texts and missed calls awaited Cole when she retrieved the device...." November 17

  • Jayson Tatum reportedly hurts foot, injury concerns piling up for Duke

    Sporting News - NCAAB "Duke held a pro day for its college basketball players Tuesday and star recruit Jayson Tatum went down with an apparent foot injury, according to There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury to Tatum, a 6-8 small forward with the ability to put the ball on the floor and..." November 17

  • FSU hoops recruit Jonathan Isaac will not opt for 2016 NBA Draft

    Tallahassee Democrat "Florida State men’s basketball recruit Jonathan Isaac said Tuesday that he is going to enroll into school instead of opt for the 2016 NBA draft. Isaac, a five-star small forward who signed with FSU last November, told he wanted to test the NBA waters. He will turn 19 on Oct. 3,..." November 17

  • Scouting Potential Top-5 NBA Draft Pick Jonathan Isaac

    Bleacher Report "Everything about Florida State freshman Jonathan Isaac screams "NBA potential." Prepare for flashes of exciting athleticism, step-back jumpers and swoops to the rack that mirror star wings and forwards. But also bank on bricks, sloppy turnovers and other signs of underdevelopment. By June,..." November 17

  • Cal’s Ivan Rabb returns bigger and better

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cal’s Ivan Rabb was among 20 players named this week to the watch list for the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award, and now the Bears would like to see the sophomore play like the NBA’s second-leading scorer of all time. Cal head coach Cuonzo Martin said at Friday’s Pac-12 media day in..." November 17

  • Cal’s Ivan Rabb a game time decision for Wednesday

    Fanrag Sports "California Golden Bears big man Ivan Rabb is a game time decision for the team’s game against UC-Irvine on Wednesday night, Cuonzo Martin told FanRag Sports. A preseason All-American, Rabb was ruled out of Cal’s season-opening game against South Dakota State on Friday night, as he needed to..." November 17

  • DeSoto senior Marques Bolden, the No. 1 center in the country, surprises mom, commits to Duke over Kentucky

    Dallas Morning News "When five-star center Marques Bolden ended his long recruiting saga on Thursday in DeSoto's gym and announced he would attend Duke instead of Kentucky, his mom, Carolyn, let out a scream. "I didn't know!" she told the crowd as she got emotional. Carolyn had been a long-time supporter of..." November 17

  • Kansas phenom Josh Jackson not your typical freshman, on or off the court

    CBS Sports "Josh Jackson is not a rarity. Not at Kansas, which has had its share of high-profile recruits -- even No. 1 overall prodigies. It is a top-five program, a basketball factory of the highest order. So when the player who was labeled the top prep talent in the land committed to Kansas in April, it..." November 10

  • Top 5 2017 NBA Draft prospects at each position

    Fanrag Sports "The college hoops regular season is just days away. We’re tantalizingly close to seeing the top young prospects compete in a season-long audition for the NBA Draft. To get an idea of the talent at each position, here are rankings of the top players at every spot. The order is based on their..." November 08

  • NBA to host postseason awards show in June 2017

    Today's Fastbreak "The NBA announced on Tuesday that they will host the first-ever NBA awards show next June. The event will take place in New York City following the conclusion of the NBA Finals on June 26, 2017, and will be televised by TNT. The venue, host and award presenters will be announced at a later..." November 01

  • Coach K: Here's what Brandon Ingram needs to become an NBA star

    Fox Sports "The Los Angeles Lakers open their season on Wednesday night against the Rockets, and when they do, it will also be the debut of star rookie Brandon Ingram. The No. 2 overall pick is a guy that fans in L.A. can’t wait to get their eyes on, after he averaged 17 points per game in his one and only..." October 26

  • Report: New CBA deal “within sight,” one-and-done rule remians

    Pro Basketball Talk "Nobody likes the NBA’s one-and-done rule. Adam Silver and the owners want to extend that to two seasons out of high school, and they have colleges in their corner (while a couple of coaches know how to work the one-and-done system, none of them prefer it). The players want to be able to make the..." October 20

  • NBA Considering Possibility Of Expansion?

    Hoops Rumors "As the NBA and NBPA work toward finalizing a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league is also reportedly considering the possibility of expansion, according to Kevin Nesgoda of While no NBA teams are expected to relocate anytime soon, the league apparently hasn’t ruled out..." October 13

  • NBA uniform ad sales face complications

    ESPN "It's been almost five months since the NBA announced it would allow its 30 teams to sell small advertising patches on jerseys beginning in the 2017-18 season. So why has only one team -- the Philadelphia 76ers -- made a deal, one that was announced the very first day deals could be done? We..." October 09

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Josh Jackson Kansas
2 Magic Dennis Smith Jr. N.C. State
3 Suns Markelle Fultz Washington
4 Mavericks Lonzo Ball UCLA
5 Pelicans Harry Giles Duke
6 Timberwolves De'Aaron Fox Kentucky
7 Wizards Jayson Tatum Duke
8 Celtics Johnathan Isaac Florida St.
9 Lakers Ivan Rabb California
10 Jazz Marques Bolden Duke

Draft order yet to be confirmed. Pick order based on current standings.