NBA Prospects Rumors & News

  • Floyd Mayweather Gunning to Sign Zion Williamson to The Money Team

    TMZ "Sounds like Floyd Mayweather wants to be the next big sports agent -- and he's already making his pitch to sign future NBA superstar Zion Williamson.  Floyd already runs Mayweather Promotions -- and reps a bunch of young boxing stars. But, Floyd tells..." February 13

  • Lavar Ball: Championships coming for Suns if they play the three Ball boys together

    Bright Side Of The Sun "This interview on Doug and Wolf on 98.7 FM with Lonzo Ball’s dad, Lavar, was horrifying and highly entertaining interview all at the same time. Kudos to Doug and Wolf for asking the obvious (and tough) questions. Some choice quotes: “I gave..." February 05

  • LaVar Ball Has Clearly Ruined LaMelo Ball

    12 Up "LaVar Ball has drawn criticism for his brash style of personal marketing ever since he jumped onto the national scene thanks to Lonzo Ball's collegiate success. The elder Ball's constant use of his sons' basketball careers to further his Big Baller Brand company is well documented,..." February 05

  • Zion Williamson: “It Would Be Dope To Play With Kevin Durant And Kyrie Irving”

    Fadeaway World "Zion Williams is dreaming up some scenarios for his NBA entrance. The #1 NBA Draft prospect out of Duke says “it would be dope” to play with Durant and Irving. A scenario that he imagines can happen on the Knicks. The Knicks have the worst record in the NBA and will more..." February 04

  • Zion Williamson: Would Be Dope to Play with Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving on Knicks

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The noise surrounding Kyrie Irving, Kevin Durant and the Knicks doesn't seem like it's going to stop anytime soon.  After a 91-61 victory over St. Johns University, Duke University standout Zion Williamson answered draft questions in front of New York..." February 02

  • Zion Williamson or Anthony Davis? Why the No. 1 pick is more valuable to most NBA teams

    SB Nation "Anthony Davis wants out of New Orleans, and there’s an easy argument to be made that given his age (25) and status as one the five best players alive, he’s the biggest superstar to hit the NBA trade market in decades. The Pelicans have two options: deal Davis..." January 30

  • LaMelo Ball’s latest scouting report answers some NBA questions

    New York Post "LaMelo Ball’s NBA future remains murky thanks to the unusual path he has taken. ESPN draft consultant Mike Schmitz recently scouted the youngest Ball brother and saw some improvements from the guard, who now plays at Ohio’s Spire Institute. Ball, 17, started his high..." January 25

  • Who's Winning the Race for Zion?

    Bleacher Report "Zion Williamson is the ultimate prize.  Though RJ Barrett, Ja Morant and plenty other top-tier prospects will reward NBA teams for their losing endeavors in 2018-19, the spring-loaded Duke freshman is the obvious crown jewel of the class. Averaging 21.2..." January 17

  • Knicks' Dolan won't be fined for comments about Zion

    The Score "New York Knicks owner James Dolan won't be fined by the NBA for acknowledging that Knicks fans want Duke freshman Zion Williamson, league sources told Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News. Dolan told Newsday Sports' Colin Stephenson on Monday that he's against the..." January 08

  • Phenom on phenom: Vince Carter praises Zion Williamson

    ABC 11 "Atlanta Hawks veteran Vince Carter knows what it's like to be defined by a highlight reel and says he can relate toDukefreshman Zion Williamson. Once nicknamed "Vinsanity," the 41-year-old Carter starred at North Carolina in the mid-1990s and is a former NBA slam..." January 08

  • LaVar Ball went off on LaMelo in a profane locker-room rant after son's October brawl

    USA Today "LaMelo Ball's time in the JBA international tour went off the rails early when the 17-year-old was ejected for fighting in the team's third game on Oct. 1. By that time, LaVar had already pinned his dashed hopes of an undefeated tour on his son and told LaMelo that he was..." December 26

  • Zion after MSG debut: 'Playing 41 games here wouldn't be so bad'

    The Score "Duke sensation Zion Williamson isn't against the idea of calling the confines of Madison Square Garden his home after making his debut there Thursday night. "Forty-one games at the Garden, I mean, it would probably be incredible," Williamson said following the Blue..." December 21

  • Kevin Durant on Duke's Zion Williamson: 'He's a once-in-a-generation athlete'

    CBS Sports "Kevin Durant knows a thing or two about rare body types and producing on the basketball court at a high level, so he's qualified to weigh in on the prospects of Duke star Zion Williamson. And it's safe to say Durant is impressed with what he has seen from the 6-foot-8,..." December 14

  • LaVar Ball Says His 3 Sons Could One Day Team Up With LeBron and His Son

    Complex "LaVar Ball has been relatively mum since LeBron James joined the Lakers, and Lonzo Ball is probably thankful. But the brazen Ball patriarch wasn't able to keep LeBron's eldest son, LeBron James Jr. (Bronny), out of his mouth when TMZ caught up with him at LAX..." December 03

  • 6 NBA Teams in Desperate Need of Zion Williamson

    Bleacher Report "By June, it wouldn't be shocking if every NBA team had the same player at No. 1 on its draft board. Duke freshman Zion Williamson seems to be separating himself from teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish and every other prospect in the country.  Per 40..." December 03

  • LaVar Ball: LaMelo is better than LeBron was as a teenager

    Sportsnaut "There’s something to say about supporting your children. Helicopter father LaVar Ball knows this full well. He also knows how to inflate the ego of his children to the point that it’s not healthy. We’re pretty sure Ball crossed that rubicon recently in talking..." November 27

  • Nick Young Believes An NBA Team Should Tank For Zion Williamson This Year And LaMelo Ball In 2020

    Dime Magazine "The worst place for an NBA team to be is stuck in purgatory. Being a championship contender is always the ideal, but in a way, the best path to get to that point is to bottom out and build through the NBA Draft than it is to perpetually win between 38 and 44 games and get bounced in the first..." November 23

  • Zion Williamson Settling In As No. 1 Prospect Of 2019 NBA Draft Class

    Real GM Basketball "Zion Williamson is settling in as the No. 1 prospect in the 2019 NBA Draft class. Williamson's blend of skill, size, strength and athleticism makes him one of the most unique prospects in recent memory. "Don't overthink this one," said one high ranking..." November 23

  • How the projected top 2019 NBA prospects would fit with the Bulls

    NBC Sports Chicago "Best player available or need? In seven months the Bulls will begin Year 3 of their rebuild. They'll do so with a core that consists of Lauri Markkanen, Zach LaVine, Wendell Carter and Kris Dunn. It could include Bobby Portis. As far as the draft is concerned, the Bulls..." November 21

  • Why Opponents Of LaMelo Ball’s New High School Teams Cancel Games

    NESN "LaMelo Ball has too much seasoning for some of his would-be opponents’ tastes. SPIRE Prep Academy’s boys basketball team’s schedule has lightened recently after opposing teams cancelled games against the Ohio prep school due to the high-profile..." November 15

  • LaMelo Ball billboard goes up in downtown Cleveland

    Hot New Hip Hop "The city of Cleveland is welcoming LaMelo Ball with open arms, and an enormous billboard just minutes from the Cavs' home - Quicken Loans Arena. In case you missed it, earlier this week 17-year old LaMelo announced that he will be returning to high school for his..." November 10

  • LaMelo Ball Ineligible for McDonald's All-American Game ... Officials Say

    TMZ "LaMelo Ball's stint in Lithuania has made him INELIGIBLE for one of the biggest honors at the high school level -- the McDonald's All-American Game ... officials tell TMZ Sports. The All-American game features the top 24 players from around the country selected by a..." November 10

  • LaMelo Ball wants to play for Duke, Kentucky, or UNC. But is he eligible?

    SB Nation "LaMelo Ball is headed back to high school. The youngest of the Ball brothers has enrolled at Ohio prep school Spire Institute for what will be his senior season, ending his ill-fated professional career after stops in Lithuania and on his father’s fledgling Junior..." November 09

  • New LaMelo Ball billboard appears in downtown Cleveland

    WKYC "LaMelo Ball is coming to Northeast Ohio. And he's receiving a hero's welcome. Earlier this week, the former 5-star prospect and youngest brother of the famous Ball family revealed he'll spend the senior season of his high school career at the SPIRE Institute in..." November 09

  • Steve Kerr Compares Zion Williamson to LeBron James; Asks Not to Be Fined by NBA

    Bleacher Report "Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr set the bar high when he made an NBA comparison for Duke Blue Devils star Zion Williamson.  Kerr didn't reference Williamson by name in a likely attempt to avoid running afoul of NBA rules—referring to Williamson as "the..." November 08

  • LiAngelo Ball Intends to Play in G League; LaMelo to Return to High School

    Bleacher Report "LiAngelo Ball will enter the NBA G League player pool in hopes of signing with a G League team, Shams Charania of Stadium and The Athletic reported Tuesday. LaMelo Ball, meanwhile, announced on Twitter he'll enroll at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio, for his senior..." November 06

  • 5-star recruit Jalen Lecque considering spurning NC State for NBA

    ESPN "Jalen Lecque, a five-star recruit in the 2019 high school class who committed to NC State last month, will consider entering his name in the upcoming NBA draft, he told ESPN this weekend. Lecque is currently doing a fifth year of high school at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. The..." November 03

  • Rich Paul says Boeheim called to apologize about Bazley comments

    ESPN "NBA agent and Klutch Sports co-founder Rich Paul called the choice of top prospect Darius Bazley to forgo college and opt for a $1 million shoe-company internship the product of a broken system, saying Wednesday the on-court component of the next seven months was "the one thing that we..." October 24

  • LeBron hits back at Syracuse's Boeheim over Darius Bazley comments

    The Score "LeBron James was quick to respond to comments made by Jim Boeheim Wednesday after the Syracuse head basketball coach spoke about James and his agency, Klutch Sports. The matter centers around former recruit Darius Bazley, who decommitted from Syracuse in March to enter the G League...." October 24

  • Transgender Working on Reality TV Show To Expose LiAngelo Ball, Richard Sherman, Luol Deng & Many More

    Total Pro Sports "On Monday, a transgender completely rocked Big Baller Brand to its core when Marina Fuentes stated she had been hooking up LiAngelo Ball on the low for quite some time. Transgender Vegas girl/boy Marina Fuentes took to Instagram recently and blasted the Big Baller Brand middle child..." October 23

  • Report: Darius Bazley, who’s sitting out awaiting draft, receives $1 million guaranteed on shoe contract

    Pro Basketball Talk "Negotiations on lowering the NBA’s age limit have stalled, though there’s plenty of time to negotiate before the targeted allowance of high school players declaring for the draft in 2022. In the meantime, the NBA’s minor league will soon offer $125,000..." October 22

  • G League to offer $125K to elite prospects as alternative to college 1-and-done route

    ESPN "In a move that could challenge the NCAA's monopoly on elite talent, the NBA's G League is creating a new venture as an alternative to the one-and-done route for the best American basketball prospects, league president Malcolm Turner told ESPN. As part of a newly formed..." October 18

  • Woj Doubts G League Alternative, Says Players 'Get Paid' in NCAA Too

    Bleacher Report "ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski lobbed a shade bomb at the NCAA on Thursday, expressing his doubt that the G League's new alternative path to the NBA will work.   "I have doubts about how many top players will go this route. Some, yes. But G-League is full..." October 18

  • So many JBA players didn't get paid that league exec individually asked players about paychecks

    USA Today "LaVar Ball’s JBA league sold itself as a professional alternative to the NCAA. And in the first season, the league clearly had its struggles. Aside from being plagued with poor attendance, overpriced tickets and borderline unwatchable basketball, the JBA was..." October 15

  • LaMelo Ball Ejected for Slapping Opponent in Face During JBA Fight

    Bleacher Report "LaMelo Ball was ejected from a JBA international game Monday against Lithuanian side Alytaus Dzukija. In the third quarter, Ball appeared to take exception of a shot contest by Dzukija forward Mindaugas Susinskas. Susinskas tapped Ball on the back of the head,..." October 01

  • LiAngelo Ball thought Lakers or Suns would draft him

    12 Up "LiAngelo Ball had a brief but rough experience with the NBA. Footage was released of Ball shooting in a pre-draft workout and it was awful. 'Gelo even hit the side of the backboard on one of his threes.  Then, LaVar called LiAngelo the "best two-guard in the draft"..." September 05

  • LiAngelo Ball- 'Sh*t I Did' In China Might Have Cost Me NBA Draft Pick

    TMZ "LiAngelo Ball wondered if his stealing incident in China was the reason he didn't get selected in the NBA draft ... saying, "the sh*t I did off the court" might have cost him. It all went down in the latest episode of the family's Facebook docuseries, "Ball In..." September 04

  • USA Basketball, NBA, NBPA, NCAA Announce Partnership Focused On Elite Prospects

    Real GM Basketball "USA Basketball today announced plans to collaborate with the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the expansion of its Men’s Junior National Team program to include additional..." August 29

  • Bazley to forgo G League, taking year to prepare for NBA Draft

    The Score "In a surprise twist, former Syracuse recruit Darius Bazley has decided to forgo the G League to prepare for the 2019 NBA Draft on his own. Bazley is currently slotted in at No. 13 in ESPN's Top 100 recruits for 2018. The five-star forward withdrew his..." August 27

  • Lithuania’s Prienu Vytautas rips Ball family

    Yardbarker "Something tells us the Ball family isn’t going to go back to Lithuania anytime soon. Both LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball spent a part of a season with Lithuania’s BC Prienu Vytautas this past season. However, things didn’t exactly go well. Their father LaVar said they left..." August 25

  • BC Prienai: 'Big Baller Brand tried to destroy the club'

    The Score "It's safe to say Lithuanian basketball club BC Prienai, formerly known as BC Vytautas, is happy to have the Ball family off its hands. The team put LaVar Ball and his sons, LiAngelo and LaMelo, on blast Thursday in a press release titled, "BC Prienai-Skycop: Big Baller Brand..." August 23

  • Suns considered drafting LiAngelo Ball in second round?

    Larry Brown Sports "LiAngelo Ball famously went undrafted this year, but he may have been closer to making the NBA than most had thought. In Sunday’s latest episode of his family’s Facebook show “Ball In The Family,”the middle Ball brother was shown with father LaVar and..." August 20

  • Duke has the potential to produce three top-five picks in the same class

    Clutch Points "It’s an exciting time to be a Duke Blue Devils fan. Zion Williamson, R.J. Barret, and Cameron Redish are already turning heads and could be three of the first five picks in the 2019 NBA Draft, which would be the first time in NBA history. August 20

2018-2019 NBA Draft Projections

# Team Player School/Team
1 Knicks Zion Williamson Duke
2 Suns RJ Barrett Duke
3 Cavaliers Ja Morant Murray St.
4 Bulls Cam Reddish Duke
5 Hawks Rui Hachimura Gonzaga
6 Grizzlies KZ Okpala Stanford
7 Wizards Bruno Fernando Maryland
8 Magic Jarrett Culver Texas Tech
9 Pelicans Nickeil Alexander-Walker Virginia Tech
10 Pistons Keldon Johnson Kentucky

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