NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • NBA GMs not hesitant to draft Lonzo Ball due to father LaVar

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball is reportedly not causing problems for son Lonzo’s draft stock. According to ESPN’s Jeff Goodman, no NBA general manager he’s spoken with would hesitate to draft Lonzo on account of his controversial father LaVar. Lonzo Ball is such a huge talent that teams are generally going to..." April 22

  • French international Jonathan Jeanne entering, staying in 2017 NBA draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "College basketball players essentially reveal their intent to stay in the NBA draft by hiring an agent, which renders the player ineligible for college basketball. At that point, there’s no reason to withdraw from the draft. International players don’t have the same way to show their plans. As..." April 22

  • LaVar Ball Fires Back at Nike Exec ... Watch Your Ass!

    TMZ "Thought LaVar Ball was just gonna stay quiet after he was verbally attacked by a Nike exec???? Hell no!! Lonzo Ball's father is hitting back hard at George Raveling -- Nike's global basketball sports marketing director who said this week that LaVar was the worst thing to happen to basketball in..." April 21

  • Michigan's Derrick Walton Jr. signs with Bartelstein's Priority Sports

    Detroit Free Press "Former Michigan guard Derrick Walton Jr. will start his professional career with familiar agency. Priority Sports in Chicago announced he will be their client. Founded and run by Mark Bartelstein, whose son Josh played for U-M under John Beilein, Priority has a strong relationship with..." April 20

  • UCLA's Ike Anigbogu picks an agent and is headed for the NBA draft

    Los Angeles Times "Ike Anigbogu presumably wasn’t trying to be ironic when he wore a UCLA basketball shirt in a photo that was posted on Twitter on Thursday. The Bruins center smiled as he stood next to NBA agent Jason Glushon, whose agency, Glushon Sports Management, welcomed Anigbogu into its clientele with the..." April 20

  • LaVar Ball is 'worst thing to happen to basketball in last 100 years,' ex-coach says

    CBS Sports "LaVar Ball is of the belief that his three sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo and LaMelo, are worth $1 billion. More than that, actually. He thinks he can squeeze $1 billion out of a shoe deal alone for his trio of talented hoops stars eventually. But that type of money might not come from Nike. In a..." April 20

  • Jordan Bell Declares For Draft, Signs With Agent

    Real GM Basketball "Jordan Bell has announced his decision to declare for the 2017 NBA Draft and sign with an agent. Bell is projected to be the No. 38 overall pick in the latest mock draft by Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress." April 18

  • Williams-Goss declares for NBA Draft, intends to sign with agent

    The Spokesman Review "Gonzaga junior guard Nigel Williams-Goss said Tuesday will declare for the NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent. Signing with an agent eliminates the possibility of Williams-Goss returning to GU for his senior season. Williams-Goss’ decision isn’t considered a surprise, even though he’s..." April 18

  • Markelle Fultz hopes to be No. 1 pick, expects rivalry with Lonzo Ball in NBA

    ESPN "Potential No. 1 overall pick Markelle Fultz says he found Lonzo Ball's boast that he's the better player "funny" and that he expects his rivalry with the UCLA point guard to continue in the NBA. Last month, Ball told ESPN 710 LA that he considers himself a better player than Fultz, citing his..." April 18

  • This Is The NBA Draft Order And Lottery Odds After Tiebreakers Were Decided

    Dime Magazine "The NBA Draft Lottery isn’t until May 16, but the ping-pong ball fun got started on Tuesday when the league broke all the necessary tiebreakers for the lottery odds and 16 non-lottery spots in the draft. In total, there were five ties broken on Tuesday by way of the all powerful ping-pong ball..." April 18

  • Could Swaggy P and the Ball family coexist on the Lakers? Nick Young isn't sure

    Los Angeles Times "Nick Young knows if he picks up his player option and returns to the Lakers, he’ll be signing up for another year of the Lakers rebuild, taking a backseat to that goal. He also knows it’s possible another bombastic personality will become part of the franchise. “If we get the top-three pick, we..." April 13

  • Zach Collins Declares For Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Gonzaga’s Zach Collins has declared for the draft and will hire an agent, according to Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (ESPN Now link). Goodman tweets that numerous NBA executives feel Collins will be selected in the 8-20 range. The center helped lead the Bulldogs to their first national championship..." April 12

  • Dillon Brooks' Oregon career is over as he declares for NBA draft, hires agent

    Oregonian "Pac-12 Conference player of the year Dillon Brooks will forgo his senior season at Oregon after entering the NBA draft and hiring an agent. Brooks announced his intention Wednesday morning on social media but did not say whether he had hired an agent. Later, an Oregon spokesman confirmed..." April 12

  • Indiana’s Thomas Bryant will enter the 2017 NBA Draft

    Fanrag Sports "Indiana Hoosiers talent Thomas Bryant will enter the 2017 NBA Draft, a source told FanRag Sports on Tuesday. He will not sign with an agent, which makes him eligible to later withdraw from the process and return to school. After averaging 11.9 points and 5.8 rebounds per game as a freshman,..." April 11

  • LaVar Ball: 'Who cares about LeBron James? I don't care about LeBron'

    CBS Sports "When LaVar Ball joined 92.3 The Fan’s “Bull & Fox” on Monday, the first thing he said was that he regrets none of his previous public comments. Some context: This is the man who claimed he could have killed Michael Jordan one-on-one and said on many occasions that his son Lonzo Ball is better than..." April 11

  • DeMarcus Cousins on Lonzo Ball: ‘Never heard of him,’ but ‘dad is a legend’

    Sportsnaut "DeMarcus Cousins isn’t shy about throwing shade, and he threw a truck full of it in the direction of Lonzo Ball when asked about the soon-to-be NBA rookie. Cousins was asked by TMZ Sports about his thoughts about the best prospects coming out of March Madness. He listed off a few, including..." April 10

  • Markelle Fultz: Being drafted by Knicks ‘would be amazing’

    Sportsnaut "If there’s ever been a year to rig the lottery, this is it. Each of the top-two picks know exactly where they want to be: former Washington point guard Markelle Fultz with the New York Knicks and former UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the Los Angeles Lakers. Fultz made his wishes known Sunday,..." April 10

  • LeBron wasn't mocking Lonzo Ball, says he can play

    NESN "The college basketball season is over, but the Ball family still is dominating headlines. Since the start of his freshman season at UCLA, Lonzo Ball’s father, LaVar, has taken the sports world by storm with his loud-mouthed ways and over-the-top claims. The Balls have managed to engage in..." April 08

  • Lonzo Ball says he'd rather be a Laker than a No. 1 NBA draft pick

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman point guard Lonzo Ball is going to be one of the top picks in the upcoming NBA draft. That much we know. What we don’t know is where he’ll land. Ball is considered to be one of the top point guard prospects in a draft loaded with them, and has a resume that features..." April 07

  • Lonzo Ball Reportedly Files Paperwork for 2017 NBA Draft, Hires Harrison Gaines

    Bleacher Report "UCLA Bruins star Lonzo Ball will enter the 2017 NBA draft and hire agent Harrison Gaines, The Vertical's Shams Charania reported Thursday. By hiring an agent, Ball will be unable to return to college and retain his eligibility. In addition to sorting out his NBA future, Charania reported..." April 06

  • Lonzo Ball's agent to pursue shoe deal for family brand

    Real GM Basketball "Lonzo Ball has signed with Harrison Gaines to be his agent. Ball will be Gaines' first NBA client. Gaines will be responsible for Ball’s future NBA contracts and team negotiations as a member of the Ball Sports Group. Ball could complete a unique shoe deal in the coming months because his..." April 06

  • Josh Jackson gaining buzz as potential No. 1 overall pick

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 NBA Draft may have to prepare for a third-party run at the very top. Sean Deveney of Sporting News reports on Wednesday that Kansas freshman Josh Jackson “has been getting a lot of buzz as a potential No. 1 [overall pick] lately,” particularly if a team without a need at point guard..." April 06

  • Markelle Fultz: “I believe I’m going to be the No. 1 pick”

    CSN Philly "No Joel Embiid. No Ben Simmons. Barely any Dario Saric. Still, Markelle Fultz loved what he saw in Philadelphia on Tuesday night. The NBA prospect out of Washington unexpectedly took in the Sixers-Nets game at the Wells Fargo Center and enjoyed the scene. Fultz, a projected top-five pick..." April 05

  • Please, Lonzo Ball, don't let your overbearing father be your NBA agent

    USA Today "This had to happen, with LaVar Ball’s master plan being so convoluted and multifaceted. As much as a patriarch and coach, Ball was the CEO of Big Baller Brand. He wasn’t about to trust anyone else with his chief product. Sporting News reports that Ball likely will be the NBA agent for his son,..." April 05

  • Malik Monk declares for the NBA Draft

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Kentucky’s all-time leading freshman scorer Malik Monk declared for the NBA Draft Tuesday by thanking the Big Blue Nation and publishing a letter. “After taking some time with my family and reflecting on this season, I have decided to enter my name into the 2017 NBA Draft,” Monk said in a press..." April 04

  • Wizards' Marcin Gortat gives an honest NBA assessment of 'brother' Przemek Karnowski

    USA Today "Gonzaga’s Przemek Karnowski has been the biggest presence in the 2017 NCAA tournament. His 7-foot, 300-pound frame has helped lift Gonzaga to Monday’s national championship game against North Carolina. But back home in Poland, he’s overshadowed on the hardwood. Marcin Gortat, the Washington..." April 04

  • Nike Thinks A $1 Billion Shoe Deal For The Ball Brothers Is A Tad Pricy

    Uproxx "Do you know what it takes to ask Nike for a $1 billion endorsement contract for your three basketball-playing sons? A lot of Balls. Three, to be exact. That’s what infamous sports dad Lavar Ball wants for his sons, Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LiMelo: a [Dr. Evil voice] $1 billion shoe deal. It’s..." April 04

  • Most Teams Giving 'Very Slight Edge' To Markelle Fultz Over Lonzo Ball

    Real GM Basketball "When it comes to the draft board of NBA teams, Markelle Fultz "has a very slight edge" over Lonzo Ball at the top for most teams. Fultz and Ball are widely expected to be the first two players selected in June's draft. Fultz's ability to play multiple positions is considered an added benefit..." April 04

  • Kentucky's De'Aaron Fox will go pro, sign with an agent

    CBS Sports "“First of all, I’m grateful for the unbelievable season we had,” Fox said. “Although the ending didn’t turn out how we wanted it to, this team came together as a family and we achieved things that a lot of people didn’t think we could because we were so young. I want to thank my teammates for..." April 03

  • T.J. Leaf To Enter 2017 NBA Draft

    Hoops Rumors "UCLA power forward T.J. Leaf has elected to enter the 2017 NBA draft and will hire an agent, forgoing his remaining NCAA eligibility, he tells Adam Zagoria of ZagsBlog.com (Twitter link). Leaf, who confirmed his decision on his Twitter account, is coming off his freshman year, so he’ll go pro..." March 30

  • LaVar Ball wants Celtics to pass on Lonzo in draft

    CSN New England "LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of UCLA point guard and top NBA prospect Lonzo Ball, said Thursday on WEEI that he hopes the Celtics don’t draft his son if they get the first overall pick in the 2017 draft. Asked whether he would “prefer they not select” his son, Ball was clear. “Yes. I..." March 30

  • LaVar Ball Is a Genius

    Complex "Aren’t you supposed to ball 'til you fall? That’s what we’ve been taught by every rapper since the beginning of the Jiggy Era. LaVar Ball is taking that saying as serious as a newly signed rapper at a strip club. The leader of basketball's most talked about family has been out here acting a fool,..." March 30

  • Arizona's Lauri Markkanen declares for 2017 NBA Draft

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "The 2017 NBA Draft is loaded with potential superstar guards, but a very talented big man just threw his name in the hat. Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen plans to declare for the draft, according to Evan Daniels of Scout.com. Markkanen, a seven-footer, hails from Finald. He averaged 15.6..." March 30

  • Melo Trimble Declaring for NBA Draft, Signing with Agent

    247 Sports "Melo Trimble is leaving Maryland. The Terps' junior point guard has decided to forego his final year of college eligibility and declare for the NBA Draft, multiple sources confirmed to InsideMDSports. Unlike last year, when he tested the waters before withdrawing his name and returning to..." March 29

  • Lonzo Ball says he isn’t worried about being targeted by NBA players

    Fox Sports "Just a few days after UCLA’s season came to an end against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament and star point guard Lonzo Ball declared for the 2017 NBA Draft, the Ball family visited Undisputed to talk about the Bruins’ loss, the pressure LaVar Ball has heaped upon his children, and whether LaVar..." March 29

  • Lonzo Ball tells Chris Broussard why his shooting form isn’t an issue

    Fox Sports "Lonzo Ball had a busy day with FOX Sports on Wednesday. First, the former UCLA standout and potential No. 1 overall NBA Draft pick joined Undisputed to break down why he’s not concerned about his father, LaVar, putting a target on his back. Then, he and LaVar sat down with Colin Cowherd on The..." March 29

  • NC State’s Dennis Smith Jr. to enter NBA draft

    Durham Herald-Sun "Next stop, Dreamville. N.C. State guard Dennis Smith Jr. announced he will enter the NBA draft on Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter.” Smith called it his dream to play in the NBA. A projected top 10 pick, Smith led the ACC in assists (6.2 per game) in his lone college season. He was N.C...." March 28

  • Harry Giles joins Jayson Tatum in declaring for NBA Draft

    The Duke Chronicle "Almost a week after losing swingman Jayson Tatum when he declared for the NBA Draft, the Blue Devils will now say good-bye to his close friend Harry Giles. Giles announced his decision to join Tatum in June's NBA Draft Tuesday afternoon. He is currently projected as a mid-to late first-round..." March 28

  • Lonzo Ball Says He's a Better NBA Draft Prospect than Markelle Fultz

    Bleacher Report "Markelle Fultz and Lonzo Ball are both widely considered top talents in the 2017 NBA draft, with both likely to be top-three picks June 22. According to Ball, however, he's the better prospect between the two. "Markelle's a great player, but I feel I'm better than him," Ball told ESPN 710 LA on..." March 28

  • LaVar Ball reportedly shopping reality TV projects

    Larry Brown Sports "LaVar Ball has made headlines countless times in the past several months for his outlandish remarks, but perhaps the father of UCLA basketball star Lonzo Ball is simply angling for his next business venture. According to TMZ, Ball is “actively shopping” numerous television projects around Los..." March 28

  • To parent, push or promote: The LaVar Ball dilemma

    Sportsnet "LaVar Ball might be annoying, but he isn’t new. Papa Bear of the “Big Baller Brand” isn’t that different from the pageant style sports parents that we’ve seen for generations. The “super parent” in professional sports has been around for some time. See Richard Williams, Earl Woods, Archie..." March 25

  • Josh Jackson Should Be in the Discussion For #1 Overall Pick in the NBA Draft

    The Big Lead "Nobody has had a better NCAA Tournament than Kansas freshman Josh Jackson. Offensively he’s showed the entire arsenal – step-back 3-pointers, post-up moves, taking people off the dribble – and defensively he’s been just as impressive, between his skywalking blocks and his smart, one-man-zone..." March 25

  • Lonzo Ball announces he's played final game at UCLA

    CBS Sports "UCLA freshman Lonzo Ball has played his final game in a Bruins uniform. After the Bruins lost to No. 2 seed Kentucky 86-75 in the Sweet 16 on Friday night, Ball announced that he is headed to the professional ranks. “That was my final game for UCLA,” he said. “I appreciate the fans.” Ball is..." March 25

  • March Madness Beat 2016 NBA Playoffs In Ad Revenue By $200M

    Real GM Basketball "March Madness generated $1.24 billion in advertising revenue for CBS and Turner in 2016. The two networks pay a combined $800 million per year to broadcast the NCAA tournament and that figure will increase to more than $1 billion beginning in 2024. The advertising revenue generated for CBS and..." March 23

  • LaVar Ball Dismisses LeBron’s Warning About His Kids: ‘What’s it Going To Do? NOTHING’

    Total Pro Sports "If it was an apology or some type of understanding LeBron James was looking for, he isn’t going to get one anytime soon. On Tuesday, LeBron responded back to LaVar Ball’s comments about his kids possibly being wack at basketball and giving examples of past NBA greats and their children not..." March 23

  • 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 Scout.com. "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

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.