NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • 162 players declare early for NBA Draft

    College Spun "We expected a surge of early entrants to the NBA Draft after the NCAA changed its rules, allowing players to withdraw and return to school after the combine following every collegiate season. With the new rule, there is little risk for the players to enter the draft and receive real feedback from..." April 27

  • 2016 NBA Mock Draft: Marquette's Henry Ellenson rises into Top 10

    CBS Sports "ROUND 1 1. PHILADELPHIA 76ERS Ben Simmons, F, LSU: This isn't an easy call between Simmons and Duke forward Brandon Ingram. Ingram is younger, longer, and can shoot, whereas Simmons just simply has unbelievable, preternatural basketball sense to go with more power and a better overall frame...." April 18

  • Thon Maker will become the first player to jump from high school to the NBA in a decade

    SB Nation "High school phenom Thon Maker has been officially cleared by the NBA to enter the 2016 draft, according to ESPN's Chad Ford. Maker will become the first player to jump straight from high school to the NBA since 2005, when the league established the one-and-done rule. Maker's case is unique, so..." April 15

  • Ben Simmons to 'postpone' playing for Australia, will forgo 2016 Rio

    The Score "The Australians won't have star prospect Ben Simmons in the lineup for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Simmons informed the team Friday in a statement obtained by ESPN's Chris Broussard. "Ben Simmons will postpone playing with the Australian Olympic team this summer in order to..." April 09

  • Gonzaga F/C Domantas Sabonis To Enter Draft

    Hoops Rumors "Gonzaga sophomore forward/center Domantas Sabonis will enter this year’s draft, sources told Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com (Twitter link). The son of Hall-of-Famer Arvydas Sabonis is likely to sign with an agent, Goodman adds. If he does so, he’ll be unable to withdraw from the draft and retain his..." April 06

  • Kentucky's Tyler Ulis to Declare for NBA Draft

    SNY TV "Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis will declare for the NBA Draft at a press conference this afternoon, reports Evan Daniels of Scout.com. The 5-foot-9 Ulis is projected as the No. 20 pick by DraftExpress.com. His Kentucky teammates Jamal Murray (No. 6) and Skal Labissiere (No. 10)..." April 06

  • Skal Labissiere made the only sensible move and entered the 2016 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "I'm not posting that tweet to bring any attention to Mike, who seems like a nice guy. I'm only posting it because it's the most common question I get any time I mention an underwhelming college player is entering the NBA Draft. And I genuinely never understand the question. So I guess I'll respond..." April 06

  • Dragan Bender Enters Draft

    Hoops Rumors "The buyout in Bender’s Israel deal is in excess of $1MM, a source told Pick, who nonetheless adds that he still won’t become a draft-and-stash prospect (Twitter link). 8:46am: Elite European prospect Dragan Bender officially entered the draft this morning, agent Doug Neustadt says, according to..." April 06

  • Diamond Stone’s father denies report that Maryland freshman center is entering NBA draft

    Washington Post "The father of Maryland freshman center Diamond Stone refuted a report Monday night that his son will declare for the NBA draft but retain the possibility to return to school by not hiring an agent. The report, from Cleveland.com’s Chris Haynes, cites NBA sources. CBS Sports national college..." April 05

  • Duke’s Brandon Ingram declares for NBA Draft

    Raleigh News & Observer "Duke freshman Brandon Ingram announced Monday on The Players’ Tribune website that he plans to declare for the NBA Draft. Ingram averaged 17.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game this season. He was second-team All-ACC and the ACC Freshman of the Year. He scored 634..." April 04

  • Thon Maker to declare for 2016 NBA draft, but is he eligible?

    Fox Sports "Thon Maker is an intriguing seven-footer who has been making the rounds as a top high school prospect for the last few years. But instead of going to college for a season or playing professionally overseas to bide his time until the NBA comes calling, Maker's situation is one that he hopes will..." April 04

  • USC’s Julian Jacobs to declare for NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "USC junior guard Julian Jacobs will declare for the 2016 NBA draft and is contemplating his representation decision, league sources told The Vertical. Jacobs informed USC coach Andy Enfield of his decision to leave school on Wednesday, sources said. The 6-foot-4 Jacobs is one of the top..." March 31

  • Ben Simmons couldn’t meet LeBron hype — now he’s out $40M

    New York Post "Ben Simmons’ decision to play basketball at LSU could end up costing him more than $40 million when he steps up to the NBA. The LSU freshman began his college career as a certain future No. 1 NBA draft pick after an eye-catching high school career at Montverde Academy in Florida. Now, it’s..." March 30

  • Is Buddy Hield's draft stock skyrocketing?

    Yahoo! Sports "NBA teams have watched the best NCAA players and NBA prospects see their college careers end in disappointing fashion in the NCAA tournament. Big Ten Player of the Year Denzel Valentine of Michigan State lost in the first round, scoring 13 points on 13 shots in a shocking loss to No. 15 seed..." March 29

  • NBA Draft Stock Watch: Which Stars Helped Themselves the Most Heading Into NCAA's Final Four?

    Forbes.com "And then there were four. As exciting as the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four will be, special thanks to Syracuse for throwing a huge wrench into our brackets, there won’t be a ton of NBA talent on the floor. Consensus top two talents Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons are either eliminated or..." March 29

  • NBA scouts see A.J. Hammons' potential

    Lafayette Journal & Courier "Prior to the final NCAA Tournament of his career, Purdue center A.J. Hammons wasn’t thinking about the future. If the Boilermakers had made a push into the tournament, it would have meant more exposure for the the 7-foot senior and NBA Draft hopeful. Yet among the many things Hammons learned..." March 29

  • Buddy Hield NBA Draft: Teams see him going in top five

    Larry Brown Sports "Buddy Hield has been lighting it up for Oklahoma throughout the college basketball season, and apparently his performance during the NCAA Tournament has only helped his NBA Draft stock. Hield was on fire during Oklahoma’s Elite Eight match-up with Oregon, hitting most of his outside shots,..." March 27

  • Kobe Bryant 'very impressed' with Duke's Brandon Ingram

    The Score "'Tis the season to be giving out endorsements, and Kobe Bryant has a pretty big one for Duke forward Brandon Ingram. "I think he plays with a lot of poise," Bryant told reporters Friday night, one day after the Blue Devils fell to Oregon in the Sweet 16. "He can shoot the long ball, he can go..." March 26

  • NBA Continues To Prefer Two Years Of College Before Draft Eligibility

    Real GM Basketball "Adam Silver was asked on Tuesday where he currently stands on the rule that American-born high school players must go to college for at least one year before becoming eligible for the NBA Draft. "I’m a big fan of college basketball," said Silver. "I’ve been watching the tournament. It’s been..." March 23

  • Providence guard Kris Dunn will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft

    CBS Sports "Providence's Kris Dunn will declare for the 2016 NBA Draft, sources told CBS Sports. The junior guard is expected to be a top-five pick. The 6-foot-4 Dunn averaged 16.4 points, 6.2 assists, and 5.3 rebounds this past season. The Friars went 23-10 this past season and lost to North..." March 22

  • Fixing the NBA age minimum is hard, but it must be done

    SB Nation "We're officially in NBA draft season as underclassmen declare and fans of lottery teams begin taking a shine to certain prospects. We're also a decade into the NBA age minimum. In the wake of the publication of Jonathan Abrams' book on the one-and-done era, Paul Flannery and Tom Ziller assess the..." March 22

  • Ben Simmons to Enter NBA Draft

    ABC7 "LSU freshman Ben Simmons told ESPN that he will hire an agent and declare for the NBA draft. "I'm making it official," Simmons told ESPN late Sunday night. The 6-foot-10 Australian averaged 19.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this past season for the Tigers, who finished a..." March 21

  • Brandon Ingram Supplants Ben Simmons as No. 1 Pick on Draft Express

    SNY TV "Duke's Brandon Ingram has supplanted LSU's Ben Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick on the Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released Monday. Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com wrote a piece for The Vertical detailing his explanation for the move, citing issues from his "lack of..." March 16

  • Why Ben Simmons isn't the top prospect in the 2016 NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Long before some of the loudest but most uninformed voices anointed Ben Simmons the next LeBron James or Magic Johnson, there was already a significant debate within NBA front offices about whether Simmons was even the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft. As the flaws in Simmons’..." March 15

  • Here's how Buddy Hield compares to recent Naismith Trophy winners

    NCAA "Five weeks remain in what’s been a ridiculously unpredictable regular season to this point. Through all the uncertain team results we’ve been able to rely on Buddy Hield, who has been dependably consistent regardless of the opponent or venue. His back-to-back 3s around the four-minute mark..." March 14

  • Oklahoma's Buddy Hield dazzles his way to Sporting News Player of the Year

    Sporting News - NCAAB "The game was out of hand when Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger signaled to Buddy Hield he should go back in and play a little more. Hield didn’t understand why at the time. All these months later, Kruger doesn’t recall if there was any particular design to it. The Sooners still were playing Oral..." March 14

  • Oklahoma's Buddy Hield gives Sooners a great shot

    Denver Post "Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield was considered a 3-point specialist last season when he shot 35.9 percent behind the arc. But this season Hield improved — tremendously. He shot a head-scratching 47.3 percent on 3-pointers en route to being the nation's second-leading scorer. Hield is a front-runner..." March 14

  • Kris Dunn wins BIG EAST Player of the Year

    Big East Coast Bias "The 2015-16 BIG EAST Player of the Year is Providence Friars guard Kris Dunn. The preseason pick to win the award, Dunn is now a back-to-back winner of the award after splitting it with Villanova Wildcats guard Ryan Arcidiacono a season ago. In doing so, the New London, Connecticut native joins..." March 14

  • The Friars' Kris Dunn: On way to NBA, last crack at March Madness

    Providence Journal "Kris Dunn can see the end. But before he ponders his million-dollar future, the basketball star still has some unfinished business at Providence College. Dunn was at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday to pick up his second straight Big East Player of the Year award. He’ll return to the..." March 14

  • Jaylen Brown would be a worthy third-overall pick for the Lakers

    Silver Screen And Roll "In UC Berkeley's last home game, the crowd's desperation for likely one-and-done freshman Jaylen Brown to give them one final show was palpable. Brown delivered, scoring 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with his eight rebounds and two blocks in 32 minutes against USC, powering the Bears to..." March 14

  • Cal’s Jaylen Brown Pac-12’s top freshman, is 1st-team selection

    San Francisco Chronicle "Cal forward Jaylen Brown was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year by the conference’s coaches, the Pac-12 announced Monday night. Brown said the individual accolade follows his team’s success. “I think we’re playing some really good basketball as of late, so shout out to my teammates and..." March 14

  • Cal freshman Jaylen Brown coming into his own

    San Francisco Chronicle "Early in Pac-12 play this season, during warm-ups at Haas Pavilion, Bill Walton introduced himself to Jaylen Brown. That the two-time NBA champion used his first and last name made Brown smile. “He acted like I didn’t know who he was,” the Cal forward said Tuesday. “I thought that was..." March 14

  • Cal’s Jaylen Brown has scholarly ambitions

    San Francisco Chronicle "In mid-December, between practices and games, Cal’s most recognizable freshman wrote a 20-page paper for a graduate-level course. The assignment was complex: Weave class readings into a narrative on how institutionalized sports impact America’s education system. Jaylen Brown pulled from his own..." March 14

  • Duke's Brandon Ingram replaces LSU's Ben Simmons atop mock draft

    247 Sports "There’s been talk for about a month that the No. 1 spot in the upcoming NBA Draft wasn’t sealed for LSU wunderkind Ben Simmons. Monday, DraftExpress.com put its money where its mouth is, picking a new No. 1 in Duke forward Brandon Ingram. The No. 3 player in the 2015 247Sports Composite, Ingram..." March 14

  • Brandon Ingram Settles Into Duke’s Potent Small Lineup

    New York Times "In Duke’s first game of the season, with the defending champion Blue Devils hosting Siena in a tuneup game, the freshman Brandon Ingram shot a dismal 1 for 9 from behind the 3-point line. A few games later, in Duke’s 74-63 loss to Kentucky in Chicago, he shot 1 for 6 from the field. The early..." March 14

  • Possible No. 1 pick Ben Simmons to hire LeBron James' agent

    Yahoo! Sports "LSU freshman star Ben Simmons, a possible No. 1 overall NBA draft pick, plans to sign with the LeBron James-funded Klutch Sports agency for his pro representation, league sources told The Vertical. Rich Paul of Klutch Sports will serve as Simmons' agent. Simmons' college career ended when LSU..." March 14

  • Dark-Horse 2016 NBA Draft Prospects Who Could Be a Steal

    Bleacher Report "Every year, we see NBA assets slip through the cracks during predraft evaluations. Bobby Portis, Rodney Hood and Giannis Antetokounmpo are just a few recent steals or value picks selected by teams outside the lottery. Questions surrounding a prospect's background, college role, projected..." March 02

  • The case for drafting Brandon Ingram over Ben Simmons No. 1 overall

    SB Nation "For as long as 2016 NBA mock drafts have existed, Ben Simmons has been the overwhelming favorite to be the No. 1 overall pick. Simmons is the player who's had a camera crew following him around since high school for an upcoming documentary, the player at the center of an LSU marketing campaign..." February 17

  • NBA Draft Big Board: Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram vie for No. 1

    CBS Sports "Ben Simmons has company at the top of the 2016 NBA Draft. Last time around, I noted that the race for the No. 1 overall pick was heating up as Duke's Brandon Ingram had been making a bit of a leap forward by the time mid-December rolled around. Well, that race is on in earnest, folks. Folks..." February 04

  • Breaking Down Pro Future of Duke's Brandon Ingram

    Bleacher Report "The emergence of Duke freshman Brandon Ingram has become one of the more exciting talking points of the 2016 NBA draft discussion. A consensus top-five recruit (ESPN, Rivals, 247Sports), Ingram, who told the Charlotte Observer's Langston Wertz Jr. last March he would likely have gone to North..." January 25

  • The NCAA is actually considering new NBA Draft rules more favorable for student athletes

    SB Nation "The NCAA will consider a proposal that would push back the date for when men's college basketball players must declare for the NBA Draft, according to NCAA Associate Director of Public and Media Relations Michelle Brutlag Hosick. The current declaration date is the day before the start of the..." January 12

  • Don't Write Off Skal Labissiere as a Top NBA Draft Prospect Just Yet

    Bleacher Report "A slow start from Kentucky's Skal Labissiere has led to some early panic and criticism. We haven't witnessed what the NBA mock draft boards and recruiting rankings suggested we would. Labissiere, who'd been viewed as a potential top pick in June, has come off the bench to average just 9.2 points..." January 05

  • All Eyes on Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at CBS Sports Classic

    Sheridan Hoops "Several teams in the NBA cellar had representatives on hand to watch Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere and Jamal Murray at the CBS Sports Classic. Suffice to say it was Murray whose stock rose the most despite Kentucky’s loss to Ohio State. 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Pelicans GM Dell Demps and other NBA..." December 21

  • Kristaps Porzingis is legitimizing a Knicks’ starting 5 swap

    New York Post "Dirk Nowitzki was the first one to point it out Monday, saying how dangerous the Knicks are offensively when starting center Robin Lopez is out and 7-foot-3 rookie phenom Kristaps Porzingis is moved to the “5” position. Nowitzki said it stretches the floor and makes the Knicks harder to..." December 12

  • Jahlil Okafor Tried Using a Fake I.D.

    CSN Philly "It’s been a rough week for Jahlil Okafor and the Sixers. With each report concerning the conduct of the Sixers’ rookie and his teammates, questions abound about the way the organization has handled a roster full of young players. In late October, Okafor allegedly presented a fake I.D. at..." November 30

  • Jahlil Okafor tweets that he 'owns my choices,' focused on team

    ESPN "Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor took to Twitter on Sunday to say he "owns my choices" and said he "doesn't want to be a distraction for his team" going forward. His tweets come after he was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The..." November 29

  • Report: Okafor stopped for 108 mph on bridge

    ESPN "Off-the-court incidents continue to mount for Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was stopped by police on the Ben Franklin Bridge about three weeks ago for going 108 mph, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Going over 40 mph on the bridge, which spans the Delaware River and connects..." November 29

  • Boston police investigating fight involving 76ers’ Jahlil Okafor

    Washington Post "The Boston Police Department announced Friday that it will investigate a street fight that took place early Thanksgiving morning involving Philadelphia 76ers center Jahlil Okafor, and according to a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer, the incident wasn’t the rookie’s first. The third overall..." November 29

  • Jahlil Okafor had gun pulled on him in another altercation in October

    Pro Basketball Talk "Apparently Sixers’ star rookie Jahlil Okafor‘s altercation outside a nightclub in Boston earlier this week — one for which he apologized, and there will be no law enforcement action — was not his only altercation since training camp opened. Okafor had a gun pulled on him back in October,..." November 28

  • Byron Scott and D'Angelo Russell disagree on his 4th quarter playing time, development

    Silver Screen And Roll "The Los Angeles Lakers received a royal beatdown from the defending champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, losing 111-77 in a game that did not even feel that close as Golden State extended their season opening win streak to an NBA record 16 games. Lakers rookie point guard D'Angelo..." November 25

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 76ers Ben Simmons Louisiana State
2 Lakers Brandon Ingram Duke
3 Suns Jaylen Brown California
4 Celtics Kris Dunn Providence
5 Timberwolves Buddy Hield Oklahoma
6 Pelicans Jamal Murray Kentucky
7 Kings Dejounte Murray Washington
8 Nuggets Jakob Poeltl Utah
9 Raptors Ivan Rabb California
10 Bucks Skal Labissiere Kentucky

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