Arizona's Nico Mannion declares for NBA draft Mannion, the No. 14 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, is considered one of the top point guards in this draft class, averaging 14 points and 5.3 assists per game for the Wildcats this season while being named to the All-Pac-12 second team.
Kansas' Devon Dotson decides to enter NBA draft He averaged 18.1 points, 4 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game for the Jayhawks, who finished the season ranked first in the AP Top 25 and were likely to receive the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
Nick Richards is fourth Kentucky player to enter NBA draft Richards, a 6-foot-11 junior averaged 14.0 points per game and was named a first-team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.
Five-star forward decommits from Michigan basketball, will look to play pro
Todd, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Virginia who attended Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, is ranked No. 13 in the ESPN 100 for the 2020 class. Todd is the latest to join a growing trend of high school stars skipping college and choosing to play overseas for a year before heading to the NBA. .
Sources: Top high school player Jalen Green to enter NBA/G League pathway
Jalen Green, the No. 1 prospect in the 2020 high school class, has started to inform college suitors that he plans to enter the NBA/G League's professional pathway program, sources told ESPN on Thursday. The G League professional pathway was launched in October 2018 as a program that paid $125,000 to prospects as an alternative to college basketball. Green will be joining an enhanced version of that program, sources said. Green, a native of Fresno, California, won gold medals with USA Basketball at the FIBA U17 and U19 World Championship in 2018 and 2019. He is expected to be one of the front-runners to become the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NBA draft. Auburn, Memohis, Oregon, Florida State, USC and Fresno State were some of the college programs vying for Green's commitment.
Potential top-five pick Deni Avdija seeks entry to 2020 NBA draft
Avdija, the No. 5 prospect in the ESPN Top 100, plays in the EuroLeague and Israeli league for Maccabi Tel Aviv, averaging 7 points, 4 rebounds and 1.6 assists in 19 minutes per game. He was named MVP of the FIBA U20 European Championship after leading Israel to a gold medal over the summer while averaging 18.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 5.3 assists, 2.4 blocks and 2.1 steals per game. The 6-foot-9 Avdija slides seamlessly between point guard and power forward, and improved considerably as a defender this season while playing a complementary role for Maccabi Tel Aviv as it contended for the EuroLeague final four. His team was in first place in the Israeli league at 18-1 and tied for fourth in the EuroLeague at 19-9 when its season was suspended last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.
No. 13-ranked basketball prospect Isaiah Todd signs with G League
Top high school basketball recruit Isaiah Todd signed Friday to play in the G League next season, and sources told ESPN's Jonathan Givony he will become the second top recruit to bypass college and join the NBA's professional pathway program. Players in the G League's yearlong developmental program will receive a salary up to $500,000, including financial incentives for playing in games, completing community events and attending life-skills programs coordinated by the G League's oversight of the program, sources said. Todd's salary will be about $250,000 if he reaches all the bonuses that are in the contract. Todd, a 6-foot-9 power forward from Virginia who attended Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, North Carolina, decommitted from Michlgan, where he had been the first top-15 recruit at Michigan for new coach Juwan Howard.
North Carolina's Cole Anthony declares for 2020 NBA draft
Anthony is ranked 11th in the ESPN Top 100 for the 2020 draft after averaging 18.5 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game for the Tar Heels last season. His scoring average was the highest by a North Carolina player since Tyler Hansbrough (20.7 PPG) in 2008-09 and the second highest by a freshman in school history (also behind Hansbrough, 18.9 PPG in 2005-06), according to ESPN Stats & Information. Anthony made the ACC All-Freshman team and finished third-team All-ACC.
Arkansas sophomore Isaiah Joe declares for NBA draft Joe, a 6-foot-5 sophomore, averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this past season and led the SEC in 3-point field goals. He missed five games after having surgery on his right knee, and the Razorbacks lost all of them. As a freshman, Joe averaged 13.9 points and 2.8 rebounds.
Makur Maker, a 6-foot-11 Kenyan-born Australian living in the United States is entering the 2020 NBA draft, sources told ESPN on Saturday. Agile at nearly 7-foot, Maker caught the attention of NBA teams with his ability to handle the ball in the open court and create shots for himself. The NBA agreed to allow Maker, 19, to be eligible for the 2020 draft class although he was two credits short of graduating with his original 2019 high school class in California. The NBA draft is currently set for June 25 in Brooklyn, but it's unclear if that date will stand based upon the NBA's shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.