Should Phoenix Suns Draft Buddy Hield or Kris Dunn at #4?

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The 2016 NBA Draft is stating to take shape, at least on paper- LSU’s Ben Simmons #1 to the Philadelphia 76ers, Duke’s Brandon Ingram #2 to the L.A. Lakers, and International prospect Dragan Bender, possibly the next Kristaps Porzingis, #3 to the Boston Celtics.

So who goes #4 to the Phoenix Suns? Oklahoma scoring Buddy Hield, the consensus national player of the year? Or Providence‘s Kris Dunn, the draft’s best point guard?

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Gonzaga C Domantas Sabonis Likely Lottery Pick Thursday Night

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Former Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis declared for the NBA draft after completing his sophomore year and tomorrow night, like the title of the Ernest Hemingway novel, “The son also rises.” Yes, the son of legendary former Portland Trail Blazer Arvydas Sabonis is an aggressive rebounder and multi-skilled offensive threat. Thursday night he’ll parlay those KSAs, knowledge, skills abilities, into an NBA contract.

He has many of the same qualities as his Dad, as we saw in the Zags final game, the nail-biting Sweet 16 loss to Syracuse. Like father, like son, even right down to the flopping, and then trying to sell the phantom foul to the officials.

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2016 College Basketball Transfers List

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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 2016-17 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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2016 NBA Draft Early Entrants

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The NCAA passed a new rule for the 2016 NBA Draft class that gives any early entries until ten days after the NBA Draft Combine to announce their intention to return to school, as long as they haven’t already hired an agent. This is a change from previous years in which college players had to decide if they were staying in the draft prior to the combine. Anyone who declares for the draft this year will have until May 25th to pull out and return to college. Therefore, expect to see a ton of non-seniors “test the waters” only to ultimately return to school.

Here is a list of college basketball players who have already declared for the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Rico Gathers: Baylor Hoops Star as Future as NFL Tight End

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With the 2016 NFL Draft starting up tomorrow all 32 teams are making their final preparations, hoping to find the right players to to propel them up the NFL power rankings next season. While most teams have their draft boards ready, they might have to make room for one more name as representatives from 24 teams have made a trip down to scout former Baylor basketball player Rico Gathers.
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Kyle Guy Looks to Help Fill Malcolm Brogdon Void at Virginia

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Over a three day span, Chicago’s United Center was host to the past, present and future of Virginia Cavaliers basketball.

UVA suffered a heart-breaking defeat in the Elite 8 at the House that Michael Built on March 27th. That was the final collegiate game for Malcolm Brogdon, the reigning ACC Player of the Year and consensus All-American.

March 30th brought the McDonald’s All-American Game, and incoming Virginia freshman Kyle Guy, who scored seven points in 12 minutes. Yes, the UC, a building adorned by a statue of the greatest shooting guard in history, hosted the Wahoos’ changing of the shooting guard.

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Lonzo Ball, TJ Leaf Make UCLA Basketball Top 15 Next Year

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Lonzo Ball, winner of the Morgan Wootten Player of the Year, headlines a block-buster freshmen class heading to Westwood. ESPNU ranks the UCLA Bruins incoming class fourth nationally.

Ball joined the ranks of Jahlil Okafor (2014), Jabari Parker (2013), LeBron James (2003) as winners of the Wootten Award. The 6-5 point guard from Chino Hills, CA has the perfect running mate going to UCLA along with him in Power Forward T.J. Leaf.

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Zach Collins Looks to Fill Damontas Sabonis Void at Gonzaga

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For the Gonzaga Bulldogs, it’s now enter Zach Collins; as Damontas Sabonis exits. Today, we found out that Sabonis the Younger has entered the draft for good (by declaring an agent), and he’s looking like a lottery selection (more on him here). Some mock drafts have Domantas Sabonis as high as #8 overall and no one seems to have him lower than #19. So he could be on his way to beginning a storied NBA career like his father Arvydas Sabonis.

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Early 2016-17 Big Ten Basketball Power Rankings

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Looking at the very early Big Ten basketball power rankings for next year, MSU is the unquestioned. David Kmiecik, via his top 25 for next season, which you can view here, collaborated with Paul M. Banks on this listing. Dave did the entries for the nationally ranked Big Ten basketball teams, and Banks had to do the teams that aren’t as good. (of course! always!)

Enjoy! We also linked the three early season previews that we already did for three Big Ten basketball teams.

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How Josh Jackson Would Fit in at Michigan State

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The latest Josh Jackson crystal ball prediction on 24/7 Sports shows Kansas 68%, Michigan State 18%, Arizona 14%. So all is lost for MSU and Zona, right?

Well, what about that famous video with “future member of the Arizona Wildcats…Josh Jackson..”

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2016-17 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings

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Yes, I know the college basketball season is just ending but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2016-17 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 a few 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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Virginia’s Malcolm Brogdon: Storied Career Ends, NBA Next?

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Malcolm Brogdon, Buddy Hield, Tyler Ulis, and Denzel Valentine are your four finalists for the Naismith Award. It, along with the Wooden Award, are essentially your college basketball Heisman trophy. Brogdon, Virginia‘s 6-5 senior two guard, and ACC Player of the Year (the first since Ralph Sampson in 1984), is both a shooter and a scorer, and you’ll see his name in the early second round of many a NBA mock draft. He can bring it on the other end of the court too; having won ACC Defender of the Year this season.

Brogdon has got a lot of size for a two guard at the college level, but he’s not really big for a NBA two, it will be interesting to see how he can find a way to compensate for his lack of size in order to try and fit in at the next level.  He also finished his college basketball career in the worst way possible.

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