NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Florida State sophomore Dwayne Bacon declares for NBA draft

    Orlando Sentinel "Florida State sophomore guard Dwayne Bacon is entering the NBA draft. Bacon, who helped the Seminoles reach their first NCAA tournament appearance since 2012, announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday afternoon. “I am, and forever will be a Seminole,” Bacon wrote. Bacon, FSU’s..." March 22

  • Jayson Tatum Declares for 2017 NBA Draft, Won't Return to Duke

    Bleacher Report "Duke forward Jayson Tatum declared for the 2017 NBA draft Wednesday after just one season with the Blue Devils. "It's extremely exciting," Tatum said to Evan Daniels of "It's just another step closer to a lifelong dream that I've always had and it's the next step and I'm happy to be..." March 22

  • Projected 1st-round pick Ivan Rabb declares for NBA draft

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cal power forward Ivan Rabb announced Wednesday morning that he will forego his final two seasons of eligibility in Berkeley and enter the NBA Draft, managing, as maybe only the sophomore could, to find a way to make the personal accomplishment about everybody else. The generally introspective,..." March 22

  • LaVar Ball stands by comments he made about LeBron James’ kids

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball has made a new enemy in four-time NBA MVP LeBron James, and you won’t be surprised to hear how concerned the patriarch of the Ball family is about it. Not at all. Just hours after LeBron warned Ball to “keep my family out of your mouth,” Ball was a guest on FOX Sport Radio’s JT..." March 22

  • LeBron to LaVar Ball: Keep my family out of it

    ESPN "LeBron James directed a cease-and-desist order of sorts Tuesday to LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of three boys -- including star UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball -- who said earlier this month that his children are set up better for future success than those of the Cleveland Cavaliers' star. "Keep..." March 21

  • NBA executives mostly say LaVar Ball won’t impact Lonzo Ball’s draft stock

    Pro Basketball Talk "Lonzo Ball is leading UCLA in the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, his dad, LaVar Ball, keeps saying ridiculous things. The latest: Lonzo Ball is better than LeBron James and Russell Westbrook. Warriors coach Steve Kerr said LaVar Ball is making it harder on his kids, but Golden State has no..." March 19

  • LaVar Ball finally said it: Lonzo, not LeBron, is the best player in the world

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball has had quite a week. His home was burglarized , he appeared on ESPN and schooled Marcellus Wiley in a game of 1-on-1, and he’s now preparing for his oldest son, Lonzo, to play his first NCAA Tournament game on Friday night. But he’s apparently not so busy that he can’t make another..." March 18

  • LaVar Ball Says Markelle Fultz Sucks as #1 Overall Pick ... My Son Is Better

    TMZ "LaVar Ball is now taking aim at the OTHER big college hoops star projected to go #1 in the NBA Draft ... saying Markelle Fultz ain't worthy of the top spot -- because he's not a winner. Draft experts have been debating whether it'll be LaVar's kid Lonzo Ball or University of Washington star..." March 18

  • Bill Self Sat In On Police Interview With Josh Jackson

    Deadspin "A police affidavit has been released giving more details about what police have found in the investigation into what part forward Josh Jackson played in damaging the car of McKenzie Calvert, a guard on the women’s basketball team. The document has two witnesses, both members of the women’s..." March 18

  • Could LaVar Ball scare NBA teams from drafting Lonzo Ball?

    USA Today "When Lonzo Ball takes the floor at the Golden One Center in Sacramento on Friday night, his UCLA Bruins (No. 3) set to face Kent State (No. 14) in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, the NBA world will be watching the 19-year-old point guard as they have for so long now. Yet it’s who they..." March 17

  • Steve Kerr: Don't think LaVar Ball's remarks are 'helping' his kids

    ESPN "Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr says he doesn't think LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, is doing Lonzo or his brothers any favors with the "outlandish" remarks he has made in recent weeks. Appearing on Waddle & Silvy on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Thursday,..." March 17

  • LaVar Ball Family Home Burglarized During High School Game

    TMZ "The family home of LaVar Ball -- and his 3 superstar sons -- was hit by burglars in Chino Hills Tuesday night while LiAngelo and LaMelo were playing in a televised high school playoff game. TMZ Sports has learned ... neighbors heard a suspicious crash sound at the Ball home around 8 PM and..." March 15

  • LaVar Ball and his boys are here to change the world

    USA Today "If you thought LaVar Ball sounded outrageous when he said his son Lonzo, a freshman point guard at UCLA, is better than Steph Curry, well, you haven't heard anything yet. “Back in my heyday, I would kill Michael Jordan one-on-one,’’ said Ball, the 49-year-old basketball dad who is 6-6 and 270..." March 14

  • LaVar Ball thinks he's better at parenting than Barkley

    Barstool Sports Chicago "I love this stupid ass LaVar Ball quote for one reason: It gets personal with Charles Barkley. Nothing beats the Chuck Wagon when he is slinging mud and bringing family business into the mix is like putting a bucket of dirt and water in front of him and mixing it yourself. Just look at Spags and..." March 13

  • UCLA’s Lonzo Ball won’t face NCAA discipline for apparel website

    Fanrag Sports "UCLA Bruinw’ guard Lonzo Ball won’t face NCAA sanctions for his connection to a family apparel website that was using his image, Josh Peter of USA Today reported on Sunday. The Bruins’ program asked Ball’s family to remove the photos of the guard from the website,, upon..." March 12

  • LaVar Ball Thinks His Sons Could Be Better Than Michael Jordan

    Complex "LaVar Ball has become a household name among sports fans in the past few months because his oldest son, Lonzo Ball, has been tearing it up as a freshman guard at UCLA. LaVar has three sons—his other two sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, are both in high school and have both committed to attend..." March 12

  • Washington’s Markelle Fultz Declares For 2017 NBA Draft

    SLAM Online "Washington freshman guard Markelle Fultz announced his decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft on Friday. The potential No. 1 pick tweeted a video, saying, “Although the season hasn’t gone as planned, it’s really truly been a blessing to be [a Washington Husky], and I learned plenty of life..." March 10

  • Dennis Smith Jr. will declare for NBA Draft after NC State career comes to a close

    Fanrag Sports "Wearing a gray sweatsuit and a black hoodie pulled over his head, Dennis Smith Jr. sat in the corner of the N.C. State locker room at Barclays Center. His college career had just come to an end via a 75-61 loss to Clemson in the first round of the ACC Tournament, a game in which Smith Jr. had..." March 10

  • KU’s Josh Jackson suspended for Big 12 Tournament opener following traffic citation

    Kansas City Star "Kansas freshman basketball player Josh Jackson will miss the Jayhawks’ Big 12 Tournament opener, KU coach Bill Self announced Wednesday. The one-game suspension stems from a Feb. 2 traffic incident that Jackson told Self about Monday. Jackson is scheduled to appear in Lawrence Municipal Court..." March 08

  • Is Lonzo Ball's dad hurting his draft stock? NBA execs weigh in

    Sporting News "TNT’s Charles Barkley, as is his wont, was talking about one of the more recent causes of consternation among the old-school folks in the NBA, the flamboyant comments of Lavar Ball, father of UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball. In recent weeks, the senior Ball has said that his son will be better than..." March 08

  • Charles Barkley Wants LaVar Ball To Stop With The ‘Stupidity’

    Uproxx "LaVar Ball has not been shy about speaking out about his son Lonzo’s star status. Lonzo, who is expected to be a top-3 pick in the NBA Draft this June, is averaging 15.0 points, 7.6 assists and 6.3 rebounds for UCLA this season and his passing acumen has scouts drooling. As if there weren’t..." March 07

  • Boston Celtics' Isaiah Thomas believes Markelle Fultz will be No. 1 pick -- and that the two could coexist

    Mass Live "Boston Celtics star Isaiah Thomas realized very quickly the difference between Markelle Fultz and most other teenage basketball players. During a pickup game at the University of Washington last summer, Thomas saw Fultz, now a Washington freshman, operate with a different feel than most point..." March 04

  • Lonzo Ball's father says his son should be the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman star point guard Lonzo Ball’s father LaVar is back in headlines after confidently stating Wednesday night that his son should be the No. 1 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft. “Lonzo should be No. 1 because he’s the only player in the draft that can make everybody else around him..." March 02

  • ‘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

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.