NBA Mock Draft Second Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.  Outstanding trades have not been taken into account with the second round. Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

(Updated: 5/15/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 5/16/17

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NBA Mock Draft.

(Updated: 5/15/17) Also, if you’re into NBA Draft Lottery conspiracy theories, you’ll want to read the feature piece linked here.

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Mark Smith a Huge Get for Illini Basketball, but Who Will Play Up Front?

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Last night, Mark Smith officially became the first state of Illinois prep Mr. Basketball to join Illini basketball since 2010 (Jereme Richmond). Let’s hope for the sake of everyone involved that Smith’s career, and life after college basketball, works out better than Richmond’s did.

Mark Smith is a four-star prospect is now ranked No. 52 by Rivals, No. 74 by 247 Sports Composite and No. 76 by Scout in the top 100 for the Class of 2017. He’s a 6-4 guard from Edwardsville who recorded a career-high 45 points in a sectional final win over Ottawa on March 10.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-27-17 FINAL Edition

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Time for another 2017 NFL mock draft update….and we’ve already updated our 2018 NFL mock draft twice!

The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NBA mock draft, (NBA round two), 2017 MLB mock draft and 2017 NHL mock draft coming soon.

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Will Brian Bowen Pick Michigan State Over Arizona? All Depends on Domino Theory

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Brian Bowen, colloquially known as “Tugs,” is one of the nation’s top uncommitted players and a perfect example of how college basketball recruiting is like a game of Tetris meets a crossword puzzle. You have certain pieces in place already, here comes the next piece, can you make it fit? If so, how do you make it fit?

You have some of the clues already, but how do you find the rest of the information to make it all fit together? It’s all a domino theory. Brian Bowen is rated #19 in Scout, #15 in 24/7 Sports, and #12 by ESPN, so he’s a consensus blue chip prospect.

Where he ends up depends on what slot he would see as the best fit for him.

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Michigan St. Target Brandon McCoy Considering Purdue? Center Himself Gives an Update

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Although interest in the 2017 McDonald’s All-American Game was far below that of previous events (the 40% off ticket sales promotions available yesterday truly says it all), there was still plenty of intrigue on the recruiting front.

During #McDAAG the real basketball is played behind closed doors in front of NBA scouts, what the media and general public see are just, as Ian Darke would put it, “indifferent editions.”

The real competition and news-worthiness lie in recruiting, and the top story on Wednesday surrounded uncommitted Center Brandon McCoy out of San Diego, California.

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Eight ANNOYING People Who Reside In EVERY Single Bracket Pool

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Dear reader, we’ve scouted your bracket pool. We know everybody who’s in it. Because there’s at least one of these stereotypes in EVERY single bracket pool imaginable.

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FULL LIST: NCAA Tournament First Round Tip Times, Announcers, Channel Assignments

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Full listing of channel assignments, tip off times and announcer pairings for the entire first weekend of the NCAA Tournament. Enjoy!

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2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology (Bracket Projection)

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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2017 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.  Check back for bi-weekly updates on our bracketology, which has been more accurate than Joe Lunardi’s entry.

Enjoy! If you have issues with something here, let it out in the comments section below.

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Michigan State Basketball Punches Tourney Ticket; Playing for #8 vs #9 Game Now

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Heading into a match-up against the league’s quasi-perennial penultimate in Penn State, Michigan State basketball was a bubble team. If the Spartans were to lose to PSU, they’d fall from around #10 seed line to #11 or #12 territory. In other words, Dayton land and nobody wants to go there.

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo obviously did a great job motivating his team because they came out and did exactly what they needed to do, and they OBLITERATED Penn State 78-51.

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What Michigan State Basketball is Playing for Against Illinois Tonight

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The 2016-17 Michigan State basketball team has a postseason resume that defies convention and defines distinction. If you look at their current not-even-receiving-votes in the national polls status and glance at their record, you just assume “bubble team.”

When you factor in how down the B1G is this season (well, it’s not, according to the in game announcers on BTN, but to the rest of us who do not live in the alternative facts universe, it’s reality), those numbers do scream “bubble watch.”

That it not the case.

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Michigan State Swingman Miles Bridges: NBA Draft Mocksourcing

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Miles Bridges is the headliner of #TheClass in Michigan State this season. He was rated the 9th best prospect in the nation by 24/7, 11th by Scout. ESPNU had him 6th.

Bridges comes from Huntington Prep in West Virginia, but he’s a Flint, MI native. Thus continuing the MSU legacy of the Flintstones (Mateen Cleaves, Antonio Smith, Morris Peterson, Charlie Bell). He’s having a monster season to the tune of 16.8 ppg, 8.4 rpg, .499% FG, six 20 point games and double figures in 16/19 games this season)

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