Ohio State Football: the Kentucky Wildcats of the NFL Draft

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Ohio State football has become the Kentucky Wildcats of the gridiron– a class of 5-star prospects enter the program every year while another class of blue chips leaves school early for the professional ranks.

In both Lexington and Columbus, it’s “succeed and proceed,” “plug n play,” “rinse and repeat” each season.

The NBA allows “one and done,” but in football you need to be out of high school for at least three years. As a junior you can “three and flee,” or as a redshirt sophomore you’re eligible for a “two and tutelo.” As Stephen Colbert told John Calipari when he had him on his show, it must rhyme in order for it to be valid.

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2017 NFL Mock Draft 4-25-17

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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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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.

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UPDATED: 4/22/17

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2017 College Basketball Transfers List

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College basketball transfers continue be a growing trend as college hoops has seen it’s own off-season form of free agency.  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 2017-18 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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Future Arizona Wildcats C DeAndre Layton: 2018 NBA Draft #1 Pick?

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Who says the true center is becoming an endangered species? The next crop of elite freshmen to enter into college basketball is brimming with blue chip big men. DeAndre Layton might be the most promising prospect of all. He might end up the top pick in the 2018 NBA Draft when all is said and done.

He’s projected to go #3 overall in both the Draft Express and also NBA Draft Room mock drafts.

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Kentucky 5-Star Nick Richards is a Huge Cristiano Ronaldo, Real Madrid Fan

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Nick Richards will be the second player in the John Calipari era to ball for the Kentucky Wildcats from the Patrick School in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

The other one certainly did pretty well for himself. He won a national title became the No. 2 overall NBA Draft selection; that would be Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.

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

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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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Kentucky Signee Jarred Vanderbilt Articulates UK’s NBA Draft, McDAAG “Mecca,” “Dynasty”

Regardless of how good or bad Kentucky basketball performs in a given NCAA Tournament, there are still two nights on the calendar that the program always owns.

Both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the NBA Draft belong to Lexington, and there’s no better time to revisit this phenomenon than today, with the premiere of the John Calipari ESPN Films 30 for 30 entitled “One and Not Done.

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ESPN 30 for 30: Top 20 of All Time List

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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

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“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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Illini Basketball Community Shouldn’t Worry About New Assistant Orlando Antigua

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(UPDATE: Illini basketball announces two more additions to Brad Underwood’s staff, including one with impressive Chicago recruiting chops, as he’s the former head coach of AAU powerhouse Mac Irvin Fire)

We often fear what we don’t know, as knowledge is the opposite of fear.

Quite often attack mode is the primary instinct we take in response to what we do not know and hence don’t understand. The backlash against the hiring of new Illini basketball assistant Orlando Antigua fits this motif as those bashing him, don’t even know him.

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Coach Cal 30 for 30 Director Jonathan Hock Breaks Down “One and Not Done” (Exclusive)

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Whether you deify or demonize John Calipari, you’ll find corroboration of your view point in the next installment of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 series, “One and Not Done.” You’ll also find plenty of evidence to make you possibly re-think your position, as the movie is very informative for the fence sitters too.

The documentary takes an intimate look at Coach Cal, and having screened it three times, I can tell you there’s something here for Coach Cal acolytes, detractors and also for those with ambivalence. In fact, you’re likely to find Calipari admirable at certain times in the film, and repugnant at other times.

You may even emerge unsure of how to feel about him once you’ve finished viewing it.
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