2016 NBA Mock Draft (6/29/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/25/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/25/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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UCLA’s Kevon Looney: NBA Draft stock free fall


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UCLA Center Kevon Looney was a consensus NBA Draft lottery pick during the regular season, but that’s gone by the wayside now. He’s the Tom Petty of this draft…”and I’m free. Free Falling.” 

“Free falling now I’m free falling now I’m…..”

Looney was once talked about in the top five; now he’s down into the late teens, early 20s. The people close to Kentucky Coach John Calipari were telling him this back in December.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Top Four Iowa State Head Coaching Candidates


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Who’s going to replace Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State? The Mayor leaves behind really big shoes to fill. Here with me to inform you on who will step up and fill those shoes is KCCI-TV (CBS Des Moines) Sports Director Andy Garman.

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2015 NBA Draft Early Entrants 4-24-15


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The 2015 NBA Draft class is starting to shape up. Here is an updated list of underclassmen who have declared for the 2015 NBA Draft and where they could end up being selected, or those who have announced their intentions to return to school.

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Ivan Rabb: likely 3rd pick in ’16 NBA Draft, picks California


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The latest 24/7 Sports.com (the recruiting service partnered with CBS Sports) Crystal Ball shows 68% California for Ivan Rabb; who we have as the the 3rd overall pick in our 2016 NBA mock Draft. The crystal ball projections aren’t always correct, but they’re accurate a high percentage of the time. They’re more often right than they are wrong, and they are a HELLUVA lot more accurate than your average local television or newspaper reporter.

24/7 projections poll a group of national experts, so they’re more non-partisan. Juxtaposed against your local television station or newspaper reporter who 99% of the acts like a fanboy blogger with these types of things. So I’d feel confident in saying Ivan Rabb is going to Cal.

The same projection says Arizona 29% 

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Michigan among 6 non-NCAA Tournament teams likely dancing next year


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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2015 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers so far this off-season.)   Here are five teams who missed the 2015 NCAA Tournament this season but should be dancing next year.

Here are five teams who made the tourney this year but are likely to regress in 2015-16.  Also, check out my insanely early 2015-16 preseason Top 25 rankings. [Read more…]

2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


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Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Ben Simmons: the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft


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The #1 pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, according to most of the experts in this field, will hail from…..LSU? Yes, really. We have Ben Simmons first in our 2016 NBA Mock Draft. We have Jaylen Brown second (more on him here) and Ivan Rabb third (more on him here). However, it’s Simmons who is the next big thing in college basketball. He’s the next Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jahlil Okafor style one-and-done player who has NBA scouts salivating.

Part of what makes Simmons special is that he’s a leader, not a follower. His individualistic streak is a big reason he choose Louisiana State.

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Sad Decline of DePaul Basketball to continue under Leitao


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The last time we published a DePaul basketball story was October. That’s not an accident; we have many reasons for ignoring DPU Hoops.

1.) If you don’t have anything nice to say…..

2.) DePaul basketball material is usually page views death, and The Sports Bank is a results-oriented, bottom line driven business.

3.) The Oliver Purnell “resignation”/ DePaul basketball head coaching search/Dave Leitao hire was an underwhelming story to begin with, and I was out of the country on vacation when it all went down.

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