2017 NBA Draft Early Entrants, Returning to School List

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The NCAA passed a new rule last year that gives any early entries until ten days after the 2017 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. 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 2017 NBA Draft or announced they are returning to school.


UPDATED: 4/22/17

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Rajon Rondo Instagram Implosion Wasn’t the Chicago Bulls Death Knell After All

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The 2016-17 Chicago Bulls are probably the first team in NBA history to endure a total meltdown on Instagram, and later emerge stronger from it. Back on January 26th, Bulls point guard Rajon Rondo made comments that at the time seemed like they would effectively seal his exit from club.

Rondo went thermonuclear on his official Instagram account, making comments in response to Jimmy Butler and Dwyane Wade that, back then, seemed utterly impossible to walk back.

Sure, we all saw the friction with Rondo coming before the season began, given his past history, but no one really expected a scorched Earth action like what occurred that day.

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Chicago Bulls vs Boston Celtics NBA Playoffs Preview, TV Schedule Prediction


Hey, at least it’s not Chicago Bulls versus a Lebron James led team in the NBA playoffs! That’s a story we’ve seen re-hashed more than Fast and Furious and Batman combined. The ending is just as entirely predictable too. The best thing you can say about #1 seed Boston Celtics versus #8 seed Chicago Bulls is that it’s not Bull-Cleveland Cavaliers.

This series might be slightly more interesting than Bulls-Cavs would be in 2017, but it won’t be as good as the legendary Bulls-Celtics first round series in 2009 which set an NBA Playoff record for the most overtime games (4) and periods (7) played.

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Kentucky Signee P.J. Washington on UK Critics: “they think we’re just a one-and-done school”


Kentucky Wildcats signee and five-star prospect P.J. Washington is considered the top power forward in the 2017 class by Scout. Depending on how the upcoming college basketball season goes for him, and how the power forward class looks as the 2018 NBA Draft draws closer, he could be a “one-and-done.”

With tonight the premiere of the John Calipari ESPN Films 30 for 30 entitled “One and Not Done,” today seems like the perfect time to initially publish our exclusive interview with P.J. Washington, one that we conducted at McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List


Rating the best films in the ESPN 30 for 30 series is a highly debatable endeavor, as there are so many great documentaries to choose from. Click the title where highlighted for a review/feature on that specific film.

A year ago, I would have told you that there’s Hillsborough, the college football docs, and then there’s everything else. Still true, except now there’s Laettner, which towers above everything else.

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Derrick Rose SAT Scandal at Memphis Revisited in Coach Cal 30 for 30


“It’s kind of like they were searching for something that wasn’t there,” Derrick Rose says as he appears in “One and Not Done,” the latest edition of the ESPN Films 30 for 30 series which debuts tomorrow night at 8 PM central.

“And Cal, we talked numerous times about it, and he was telling me, just focus on your career, and I’ll take care of the rest and that was that.”

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Jeremiah Tilmon and a Brief History of Illini Basketball Five Star Recruiting Drama


You’re in. You’re out.

You’re in. You’re out.

You’re in. You’re out.

That’s a brief, but extremely accurate synopsis of Illini basketball recruiting five star prospects this past decade. Jeremiah Tilmon, who Scout ranks as the #18 overall player in the nation, just yesterday re-tweeted his original tweet committing his future to Illini basketball. That’s a very teachable moment, as it strongly reminds us never to read too much into Tweets.

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Duke Signee Gary Trent Jr. Has Advantage of “Uncles” Kevin Garnett, Sam Cassell

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Lots of people learn the “family business” growing up, but most don’t have one as exciting as the NBA. Incoming Duke Blue Devils Frosh Gary Trent Jr. has been around the National Basketball Association his whole life, as the son of former player Gary Trent.

Like the title of the Ernest Hemingway novel, the son also rises, as Trent is consensus five star shooting guard. Scout ranks him the 12th best prospect in the entire nation, while ESPN has him #8 and 24/7 sports has him #10.

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The John Calipari 30 for 30 “One and Not Done” is Going to Be Epic

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(UPDATE: we’ll have an exclusive with Director Jonathan Hock on Friday, the audio and transcript of which will be posted Monday morning, alongside our review of the film)

John Calipari is one of the most polarizing figures in all of sport, and the reasons for this go well above and beyond the garden variety envy that always accompanies the highest standards of success.

Yes, the Kentucky Wildcats dominate the NBA Draft and the McDonald’s All-American Game. They win a lot of championships, regular season, conference tournament and NCAA Tournament games too.

However, the hatred for UK men’s basketball, and Calipari, runs so much deeper than simple “they hate us cuz they ain’t us,” and if you claim it’s as simple as that, then you are being either egregiously ignorant or intentionally evasive.

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


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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NBA Mock Draft Second Round 3/25/17

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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.

(Updated: 3/23/17)

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NBA Mock Draft First Round 3/25/17

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

(Updated: 3/23/17) Here is the link to the NFL mock draft

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