Marquette Power Forward Henry Ellenson in NBA Draft Top 5 Mix

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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.

How about Marquette Power Forward Henry Ellenson? Where does he fit?

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Ben Simmons: Likely #1 overall pick to the Philadelphia 76ers

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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. He’s the next big thing in basketball; the next Anthony Davis, Andrew Wiggins, Jahlil Okafor style 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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Boston Celtics Taking Dragan Bender at #3? Next Kristaps Porzingis?

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

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and Here are transcripts of some of the highlights of the Dragan Bender and Kristaps Porzingus discussion below, via an ESPN release.

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A.J. Hammons a Mid-First Rounder Says Fran Frischilla

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The much discussed, and very often scrutinized, Purdue Boilermakers Center A.J. Hammons will finally be drafted into the NBA in a little over a month. A four year guy, this seems like it’s been a very long time coming as there was chatter the last two seasons about whether or not Hammons would or should make an early entry into the professional ranks.

ESPN College Hoops and International Draft expert Fran Fraschilla discussed the 2016 NBA Draft on a media conference call, and he was asked about a handful of prospects from the state of Indiana.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (5/20/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday evening so the draft order will be official then.  Here is a look at the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2016 NBA Mock Draft. [Read more…]

2016 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (5/20/16)

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The 2016 NBA Draft Lottery went chalk Tuesday evening so the draft order is official.  Here is a look at The Sports Bank’s latest 2016 NBA Mock Draft. 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 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft. [Read more…]

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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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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Cliff Alexander isn’t evil, but he’s also not a sympathetic character

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Perhaps John Groce and Illinois lucked out when Cliff Alexander rejected them? Had Alexander picked the Illini instead of just trolling them on signing day, maybe his freshman year would have gone differently?

Or maybe not. Kansas didn’t have a whole of positives with their Cliff Alexander experience either. Yet here we are, still talking about a guy who went un-drafted, and didn’t accomplish anything on the college level either.

Alexander had a disastrous rookie season, lost his eligibility due to his mother allegedly taking money from an agent, supposedly bad-mouthed KU on his way out, and did not get picked in the NBA Draft Thursday night. A year ago at this time he was rated the #2 prospect in the entire NBA Draft class.

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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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About those Trey Lyles to the New York Knicks rumors

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With picks one, two and three locked and loaded, #4, with New York, is where this Draft truly begins. There’s talk of Cauley-Stein’s former teammate Trey Lyles going to Madison Square Garden, as the Knicks worked him out. I don’t get this either as Lyles is slotted go around 14 or 15; and NYK is obviously up fourth. But here’s more on that.

The Knicks are very unpredictable, because the Knicks are the NBA’s…..well, I think the NBA on TNT summed it up best with their “Gone Fishin” segment on the Inside the NBA:

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