NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • 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 ESPN.com. 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 SI.com 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 SonicsRising.com. 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

  • Adam Silver optimistic NBA can avoid lockout

    USA Today "From the start of discussions about a new collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and players, NBA commissioner Adam Silver has pledged optimism that the two sides can avoid a lockout. That scenario becomes more and more plausible following Silver’s comments during a trip to China for..." October 09

  • Cal Prospect Ivan Rabb 'Has the Chance to Be like a LaMarcus Aldridge'

    Bleacher Report "Sixteen Division I freshmen left school early last year to declare for the 2016 NBA draft. Ivan Rabb wasn't one of them despite having flashed traditional one-and-done talent. Instead, he'll take another season at California to continue building up his value—like a rebellious blackjack player..." September 20

  • Who Will Teams Be Tanking for in 2017?

    The Ringer "Roughly a month and a half separates us from the start of the 2016–17 NBA season, which means we’re roughly a month and a half out from being eight months away from the 2017 NBA draft, the most important sports event of the year. Look, it’s never too early to start thinking about the NBA prospects..." September 15

  • NBA players are on deck to spread protests as baseball shies away

    Sporting News "Someone finally thought to ask the obvious question about Colin Kaepernick and other football players using the games as protest platforms: why only football? Isn’t there another major American sport going on right now where players can follow his lead? The Orioles’ Adam Jones answered it,..." September 13

  • Should the Minnesota Timberwolves Shop Ricky Rubio After Drafting Kris Dunn?

    Bleacher Report "In 2009, point guard Ricky Rubio was drafted fifth overall to the Minnesota Timberwolves and has been playing with the team since the 2011-12 season. The Barcelona native, however, may not be a part of the T-Wolves' long-term plans as they are looking to rebuild their team. This year, Tom..." August 31

  • NBA rookies love Kris Dunn, Ben Simmons – not so much

    Pro Basketball Talk "Rookie of the Year, best playmaker, best defender and funniest. Kris Dunn even received a vote for best shooter despite his jumper holding him back in pre-draft evaluations. Dunn – the Timberwolves’ No. 5 pick – cleaned up in the NBA’s annual rookie survey. But when it came to the most..." August 30

  • 76ers' Ben Simmons says he and Joel Embiid are "like brothers" off court

    Metro "If their relationship on the court is anything like it is off, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid could be something special together for the Sixers. The duo’s budding friendship has been well-documented on social media over the past few weeks. During the team’s 17th annual Beach Bash at Jack’s Place..." August 29

  • Heurtel thinking about the NBA: “If I have the opportunity…”

    EuroHoops.net "Thomas Heurtel had his best game ever with the French national team against USA with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists. So can the NBA be the next step for the teammate of Dario Saric in Anadolu Efes? Speaking after the game Heurtel, who has one more year in his contract with Anadolu Efes..." August 15

  • FIBA pushing for 3-on-3 in 2020 Olympics

    The Score "The International Basketball Federation (FIBA) is pushing for the inclusion of three-on-three basketball in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, FIBA secretary-general Patrick Baumann told USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt on Thursday. The request is under consideration by the International Olympic..." August 11

  • David Stern to give speech in support of legalized sports gambling

    The Comeback "New NBA commissioner Adam Silver has been outspoken in his support for legalized gambling across the United States, and that fight has received an unlikely ally – Silver’s predecessor, David Stern. At the Global Gaming Expo, held in Las Vegas near the end of September, Stern will be a featured..." August 11

  • Adidas Signs 6 Of Top-10 2016 Draft Picks

    Real GM Basketball "Adidas signed six of the top-10 draft picks of 2016 to endorsement deals with Brandon Ingram, Jaylen Brown, Dragan Bender, Kris Dunn, Jamal Murray and Thon Maker on deals." August 09

  • Brett Brown On Whether He’ll Play Ben Simmons At PG

    Tha Cover 2 "Ben Simmons is going to be at the center of everything the Philadelphia 76ers want to do next season — but will he start his rookie campaign off with the ball — running the point? Sixers head coach Brett Brown, was noncommittal on the topic while visiting the Nova Care Complex to catch the..." August 09

  • NBA Chief Adam Silver Isn’t Expecting Another Lockout in 2017

    Bloomberg "I’m going to abuse my privilege here to lodge a complaint, which is that basketball is a great flow sport, but NBA games stop too much. If it were me, I’d try to take most of the timeouts away from coaches. I know you have to have them for commercials and for rest, but if they were just programmed..." August 06

  • Ben Simmons says he plans to work on shooting, handles, getting stronger before camp

    CSN Philly "Ben Simmons repeatedly emphasized at summer league he wanted to work on “everything” leading up to training camp. As a point-forward who plays multiple positions, he has more than just one role to address this offseason. But what does “everything” entail? With a wide range of responsibilities..." July 30

  • NBA to Fund Health Care for Former Players with at Least 3 Seasons of Experience

    Bleacher Report "The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) announced Wednesday it will fund health care for the league's retired players who racked up at least three years of experience, per Howard Beck of Bleacher Report. The statement noted player representatives passed the vote to fund the health..." July 27

  • ESPN projects Ben Simmons as 2016-17 Rookie of the Year favorite

    Liberty Ballers "Ben Simmons is who we thought he was going to be in the Summer League. The No. 1 pick flashed phenomenal vision, the ability to effectively set up teammates for high percentage looks and tendencies that could be beneficial when he's asked to run the point in the regular season. He also left an..." July 27

  • Lakers' Brandon Ingram Claims to Have Never Missed a Free Throw in High School

    Bleacher Report "Brandon Ingram excelled at many things while wearing a Duke Blue Devils uniform, ultimately working his way into becoming the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. While there is a lot to love about his game, free throws aren't exactly a strong point for the 6'9" forward. It's not like he..." July 21

  • Celtics’ Guerschon Yabusele to play in China next season

    Boston Globe "Celtics forward Guerschon Yabusele, the 16th overall pick of last month’s NBA Draft, has agreed to a one-year deal with the Shanghai Sharks of the Chinese Basketball Association, according to a league source. With bonuses, Yabusele could make up to $1.5 million next season, the source said. The..." July 21

  • Kevin Durant saying Brandon Ingram 'further along' than him is a stretch

    Sporting News "Kevin Durant reportedly made a comment to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters Tuesday about how Brandon Ingram is “even farther along than he was at that age.” That’s super nice of Kevin to say, but no. Well, if you want to frame the comment as “Ingram is much farther along to being a poor..." July 20

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.