NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Willie Cauley-Stein's name change is official

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein's hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name. Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to..." May 04

  • Kentucky’s Willie Cauley-Stein Changed His Middle Name To ‘Trill’

    Lexington Herald-Leader "Former University of Kentucky basketball star Willie Cauley-Stein's hyphenated last name is official now, as is a change in his middle name. Cauley-Stein, 21, was born Willie Durmond Cauley Jr. He filed a name-change order Friday with the Probate Division of the Fayette District Court to..." May 04

  • Karl-Anthony Towns raves about Phil Jackson: ‘Knows how to win’

    New York Post "Kentucky center Karl-Anthony Towns won’t admit if he is rooting for a specific ping-pong ball to come up for his childhood team, the Knicks, in the May 19 NBA Draft lottery. But he does admit Knicks president Phil Jackson is exactly the kind of “presence’’ he would like to be around in the..." May 03

  • Knicks would be ‘very open’ to trading their first-round pick if it falls outside the top two

    ESPN.com "With the NBA draft less than two months away, the New York Knicks continue to be very high on Karl Anthony-Towns, Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay. But, according to ESPN Insider Chad Ford, Towns is currently the Knicks' top choice if they wind up with the No. 1 pick. New York ranks Towns at..." May 01

  • Brazilian point guard Marcelo Huertas planning move to NBA

    Yahoo! Sports "After years of playing significant roles in the Euroleague and on the Brazilian national team, point guard Marcelo Huertas is planning a move to the NBA next season, Yahoo Sports has learned. Huertas, 31, a savvy, athletic 6-foot-3 playmaker and a deft shooter, is expected to be aggressively..." April 28

  • Full list of NBA draft-eligible underclassmen, international players released

    Pro Basketball Talk "There are the names you know — the one-and-done players, the guys who will go high in this June’s NBA Draft. Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell and the like. But then there are the countless guys whose names you don’t know, players who likely never set foot on an NBA court. All..." April 28

  • Word is Sixers want D'Angelo Russell

    Philly.com "The thought around the NBA is that the 76ers hope to select D'Angelo Russell in the NBA draft, according to a league executive. "He's the guy they want," the executive, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Saturday. "That's the word around the league. You know the Sixers. They won't come..." April 26

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    Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

    Barcelona SG Mario Hezona will enter the draft, according to his agency @Wasserman. Potential top-5 pick. DX Profile: http://t.co/zbvMjY6rcV

  • Buckeyes freshman D'Angelo Russell declares for NBA draft

    ESPN.com "Ohio State freshman D'Angelo Russell has decided to go pro, declaring for the NBA draft Wednesday. "This was a hard decision because I knew I could come back and play with my teammates who I love, and to be coached by coach Thad Matta again would have been awesome, but at the same time I wanted..." April 22

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    Jerry Zgoda @JerryZgoda

    Drafting anywhere from 1 to 4, Flip said they'll have to take best player there regardless of position. You make mistakes drafting for need

  • Roc Nation Sports Signs Willie Cauley-Stein

    Sports Agent Blog "Roc Nation Sports signs University of Kentucky center Willie Cauley-Stein. The University of Kentucky standout is the 2015 SEC Defensive Player of the Year, was named to the 2015 All-SEC team, 2015 All-SEC Defensive Team, and to the 2015 USA Today All-American Team. On April 9, 2015, Cauley-Stein..." April 21

  • Roc Nation Sports Signs Duke Forward Justise Winslow

    Sports Agent Blog "Roc Nation Sports has signed Duke Forward Justise Winslow. Winslow averaged 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 2.1 assists a game this season; he finished his career at Duke with 492 points and 252 rebounds, including 11 points and 9 rebounds in the Championship game against the Wisconsin Badgers. He..." April 21

  • Indian prodigy Satnam Singh Bhamara exploring NBA Draft

    SI.com "Satnam Singh Bhamara, a 7’1” 290-pound Indian basketball prodigy, is exploring the possibility of declaring for the NBA Draft and will become a professional. Singh has little chance of being drafted this year, but plans to embark on his professional career after not being able to qualify for a..." April 21

  • Marbury glows about draft stud in China, calls Jackson ‘visionary’

    New York Post "Fresh off a third Chinese Basketball Association title, Stephon Marbury weighed in on the Knicks’ potential draft pick, fellow CBA point guard Emmanuel Mudiay, calling the mystery prospect a player who is “going to be really good.’’ In a phone interview from Beijing, the ex-Knicks point guard..." April 21

  • As draft decision creeps closer, NBA scouts place Caris LeVert on edge of first round

    Michigan Live "Caris LeVert's future centers on a million-dollar question: Where will the Michigan junior be selected in the NBA draft if he leaves early. The keyword is if. Having spent the last three months recovering from foot surgery and reviewing his options, LeVert is five days away from the NBA..." April 21

  • Latvian power forward Kristaps Porzingis to enter draft

    ESPN.com "Latvian big man Kristaps Porzingis will declare for the 2015 NBA draft, his agent, Andy Miller, told ESPN.com. Porzingis is averaging 10.3 points per game, 4.5 rebounds and is shooting 33 percent from 3 in 21 minutes for his team Baloncesto Sevilla in the Spanish ACB. His numbers have been even..." April 16

  • D'Angelo Russell To Declare For Draft, Deciding Upon Representation

    Real GM Basketball "D'Angelo Russell plans to declare for the 2015 NBA Draft within the next two days, sources tell RealGM. Russell is deciding upon an agency. Russell averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in his freshman season at Ohio State." April 13

  • An early look at the possible No. 1 pick of the 2016 NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Ben Simmons is 18 years old, and his age is probably the only thing keeping him from playing in the NBA next season, one long-time professional scout believes. "He can play on any NBA team right now," the NBA scout told Yahoo Sports. "He's big and sees the game like a point guard. He can guard..." April 09

  • Time is now for Tyus Jones to move to NBA

    ESPN.com "It’s a nickname that was coined by teammate Amile Jefferson on Jan. 31, after a win over Virginia in which Duke freshman point guard Tyus Jones made yet another clutch shot, that one a 3-pointer with 11 seconds left. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jones delivered yet again in the national championship..." April 07

  • Jay Williams lays out Jahlil Okafor or Karl-Anthony Towns argument perfectly

    Pro Basketball Talk "People — many, but not all of them, Duke fans — have come at me on twitter when I wrote this, but it’s the truth: Many teams likely near the top of the draft board are leaning toward Karl-Anthony Town over Jahlil Okafor if they get the top pick. It’s not universal, and it’s no set in stone,..." April 06

  • NBA Draft 2015 Early Entry list: Who's staying and who is going?

    CBSSports.com "Every year, college players have to make a choice as to whether or no they want to stay or go for the NBA. For some it's easy, but other decisions are much more complicated. Here is a full list of every player that has announced his intentions regarding the NBA Draft." April 02

  • Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey to turn pro, has not hired agent

    CBSSports.com "Eastern Washington's Tyler Harvey , the nation's leading scorer this season, will explore his draft options this season by declaring for the NBA Draft. He has not signed with an agent, meaning he can pull out if he does not get the information that he wants. However, in a release by Eastern..." April 01

  • McDonald's All-Americans decide who should be the No. 1 NBA draft pick in 2015

    SB Nation "There's an elephant in the room at the McDonald's All-American game, but no one wants to acknowledge it. The scouts are a visible presence as players work throughout practice and the idea hangs over every question about their future at media day. College is the next step for the best young..." April 01

  • How Towns has turned No. 1 pick debate into a ‘coin flip’

    New York Post "Karl-Anthony Towns hasn’t necessarily surpassed Jahlil Okafor in the race for the top spot in June’s NBA draft, but Kentucky’s abundantly talented freshman is on even footing it seems with the Duke phenom entering the final week of the college basketball season, multiple NBA scouts and analysts..." April 01

  • March Madness is exposing Jahlil Okafor's flaws

    SB Nation "Duke's Jahlil Okafor played poorly against two teams with the size to match up with him. This makes one wonder: What if he's been overrated all along? Jahlil Okafor was considered the undisputed top prospect in the 2015 NBA Draft for most of the season, but March Madness has magnified the Duke..." March 31

  • Phil Jackson pal: Knicks need ‘bigger butt’ than Kentucky’s Towns

    New York Post "As Charley Rosen observes his buddy Phil Jackson’s first full year as Knicks team president, he can’t stop wondering what a wide-bodied low-post center could have done for the Knicks’ triangle offense. Rosen, Jackson’s confidant and his former longtime Albany Patroons assistant coach, believes..." March 30

  • Texas freshman Myles Turner declares for the NBA Draft

    College Basketball Talk "Texas freshman Myles Turner will be entering his name in the 2015 NBA Draft. “My name is Myles Turner, UT alum, and I’ve decided to forgo my education and enter my name in the 2015 NBA Draft,” Turner announced in a video posted on youtube on Monday morning. Turner was the No. 9 player in the..." March 30

  • Georgia State's R.J. Hunter to enter NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "Georgia State junior guard R.J. Hunter will enter the 2015 NBA draft, sources told Yahoo Sports. Hunter finalized a decision with his family, including his father, Georgia State coach Ron Hunter, over the weekend, sources said. Hunter elevated his national status with a spectacular..." March 30

  • Michael Frazier declares for draft despite uncertain prospect status

    CBSSports.com "Florida's Michael Frazier II has officially declared for the 2015 NBA Draft, and signed with Andy Miller's ASM Sports agency. This news was reported yesterday by CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, but Frazier posted a note on Twitter to confirm the decision this afternoon. Frazier is currently..." March 27

  • Why Okafor is no lock for No. 1

    New York Post "From about the time the Knicks ended their first double-digit losing streak — the 10-game one, not to be confused with the later 16-game skid — their diehard followers have plotted a lottery plan of action. Lottery aficionados produce three prominent names: Duke center Jahil Okafor, Kentucky..." March 25

  • Meet the mystery French pick set to crash Knicks’ summer league

    New York Post "Knicks owner James Dolan never spent $1.5 million so quietly. It was past midnight, after Phil Jackson had made his first two draft picks as team president last June 26, having already taken Cleanthony Early at No. 34 and Thanasis Antetokounmpo at 51. Suddenly came the announcement the Pacers..." March 17

  • Proposal Would Move Early Entry Withdrawal Date To Late May

    Real GM Basketball "The NBA, NCAA and National Association of Basketball Coaches have joined forces to offer a proposed solution to prevent underclassmen from leaving early for the draft if they aren't assured of being a high pick. The withdrawal date would be moved to late May, which is nearly five weeks later..." March 11

  • Emmanuel Mudiay China Comeback Summary

    NBADraft.net "Not many would have predicted that Emmanuel Mudiay would come back to play again. But he made a playoff comeback and was even the hero in Game 3. Down 0-2 to the Beijing Ducks, the Guangdong Tigers felt like they needed to make a change. Bringing back Mudiay to replace a disappointing Jeff Adrian..." March 10

  • Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns or Willie Cauley-Stein may be answer for Knicks

    New York Daily News "The scouting report on Kentucky freshman Karl-Anthony Towns reads like this; young, athletic big man with considerable skills and great vision. So how can the possible top overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, a player with all that talent and court awareness, not notice Phil Jackson watching his..." March 07

  • Top NBA draft prospect Emmanuel Mudiay shifts focus after Chinese season ends

    Sporting News "Emmanuel Mudiay's season in the Chinese Basketball Association is over. The Guangdong Southern Tigers lost to the Beijing Ducks on Tuesday, 107-105. Led by NBA journeyman Stephon Marbury, the Ducks' 3-1 series victory punched their ticket back to the CBA Finals. Mudiay finished the game with..." March 03

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    Jonathan Givony @DraftExpress

    Says something about Emmanuel Mudiay's professionalism that he didn't sulk and just steal money for the past 2 1/2 months. Stayed ready.

  • Willie Cauley-Stein’s Jumper Could Help Skyrocket Draft Stock

    Zagsblog "Kentucky big man Willie Cauley-Stein has recently added a mid-range jumper to his offensive arsenal, and that hasn’t escaped NBA scouts. One veteran scout told SNY.tv that the 7-foot junior could go as high as No. 2 in the NBA Draft if he can consistently make that shot. “He’s always been a..." February 23

  • Emmanuel Mudiay: Why the Potential No. 1 Pick is Riding the Bench in China

    Complex "Within hours of his October announcement that he was skipping college and signing a professional deal in the Chinese Basketball Association, Emmanuel Mudiay found himself becoming one of the biggest news stories on two different continents. America wanted to know everything it could about the..." February 18

  • NBA players reject salary cap smoothing, raising projected 2016 cap to more than $90M

    SB Nation "NBA players have rejected a proposal that would "smooth" the projected windfall from the new television deal that the league signed last October, setting up a substantial increase of the salary cap in 2016, according to reports. Per Tim Bontemps of the New York Post, the salary cap is expected..." February 14

  • Jahlil Okafor says he’d be comfortable bypassing NBA draft, staying at Duke

    Pro Basketball Talk "Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski called Jahlil Okafor a one-and-done player before the season even began. The center has been hyped for years as the No. 1 pick pick in the 2015 NBA draft. Sure, other players – like Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell and Kentucky’s Karl Towns – have worked there way into..." February 13

  • Report: Jahlil Okafor and Emmanuel Mudiay top Lakers’ 2015 NBA draft board

    Pro Basketball Talk "The Lakers didn’t trade for Rajon Rondo. Not Greg Monroe, either. But as the 13-38 Lakers head toward their worst season in franchise history, they’ll continue to try distracting their fans from the mess on the court. Hey, the NBA draft is around the corner, and the Lakers could have a..." February 10

  • How D'Angelo Russell blossomed into the NBA Draft's hottest prospect

    SB Nation "The Ohio State guard grew into one of the best players in the country once he finally got the opportunity to run the show. The headliners at the McDonald's All-American Game have a way of possessing their own magnetic pull. Two years ago, the swarm was focused on Andrew Wiggins, then an..." February 10

  • Knicks-76ers loser bowl is really all about this one phenom

    New York Post "Bouncing basketballs and ping-pong balls are in play Wednesday when the tanking Knicks face the tanking Sixers at Wachovia Center in the Okafor Bowl. The Sixers, who started 0-17, were once thought a lock to capture the No. 1 lottery seed and get the best chance at projected No. 1 pick, Duke..." January 21

  • ‘Lose more for Okafor': Knicks vie for potential next Tim Duncan

    New York Post "The Pistons are at the Garden on Friday and that means one thing: The joust for Jahlil is on. With the 5-29 Knicks having lost nine straight and 19-of-20, their chances of finishing with more lottery ping-pong balls than the Pistons have risen dramatically. The Knicks are on their way to..." January 03

  • Knicks likely to whiff on Marc Gasol — is Okafor new hope?

    New York Post "The Knicks are closer to landing Duke center Jahlil Okafor in the draft than they are to landing Memphis center Marc Gasol in free agency, according to an NBA source. As the Knicks plummet to the bottom of the league, a source told The Post the club doesn’t believe its chances are too good of..." December 06

  • Sources: Emmanuel Mudiay's future in China unclear

    Yahoo! Sports "After bypassing college for a $1.2 million deal in China, guard Emmanuel Mudiay's future with the Guangdong Southern Tigers has grown unclear. Mudiay, a potential No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft, has missed four consecutive games with an ankle sprain and will be replaced – at minimally..." December 05

  • Jahlil Okafor Considered By NBA Teams As Consensus Top Prospect In 2015

    Real GM Basketball "Jahlil Okafor is No. 1 on the big boards of Chad Ford and Jonathan Givony and figures to remain there throughout the season. Okafor is one of the best low post scorer prospects in many years. "I was sitting with a number of GMs and scouts last night during the Duke-Michigan State game,"..." November 20

  • Emmanuel Mudiay’s second game in China goes much better than his first

    College Basketball Talk "Emmanuel Mudiay played his second official game with the Guangdong Southern Dragons on Wednesday, and it went much better than his first outing. He finished with 29 points, nine boards, seven assists and four steals while shooting 12-for-17 from the floor and 3-for-5 from beyond the arc. The..." November 05

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    Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

    The NBA draft lottery reform has been voted down at Board of Governors meeting, league sources tell Yahoo Sports. System stays.

  • Why the NBA's draft lottery reform is a slippery slope

    Yahoo! Sports "Everyone understands the reasons the Philadelphia 76ers want the NBA to wait on implementing a plan to reform the draft lottery: They need one more season to complete a most brazen two-year tanking cycle. The Sixers didn't invent the idea of gutting a roster to short-circuit a path to the No. 1..." October 21

2014 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Knicks Karl-Anthony Towns Kentucky
2 Timberwolves Jahlil Okafor Duke
3 76ers D'Angelo Russell Ohio St.
4 Lakers Emmanuel Mudiay Guangdong Southern Tigers
5 Magic Justise Winslow Duke
6 Kings Stanley Johnson Arizona
7 Nuggets Kristaps Porzingis Baloncesto Sevilla
8 Pistons Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky
9 Hornets Trey Lyles Kentucky
10 Heat Kelly Oubre Kansas

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