Wendell Carter Jr. gets to fulfill lifelong ambition playing in NBA

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NEW YORK -- When Wendell Carter Jr. was a third-grader in Georgia, he was given a universal homework assignment: What do you want to be when you grow up?

In Carter's case, he was asked to make a poster. Wendell's mother, Kylia, remembered her son's answer: He aspired to be a "professional basketball player" rather than specifying the NBA. Kylia...Read more

Will John Calipari's epic run of lottery picks end in 2019 NBA draft?

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander became John Calipari's 18th and 19th NBA lottery picks in nine drafts as Kentucky's head coach Thursday, a total that nearly doubles the next-best college program in that timespan.

(Duke has had 10 lottery picks in the past nine years).

On six of the past nine NBA draft nights, Calipari ...Read more

Why the word 'lottery' will remain part of Duke's NBA draft forecast

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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke's run of stocking the NBA draft lottery continued Thursday night and it doesn't show any signs of abating.

When Marvin Bagley III and Wendell Carter Jr. were the No. 2 and No. 7 picks, Duke had produced multiple lottery selections for the third time in the last four seasons. At least one Blue Devil has been selected among ...Read more

Newest Clippers look to future

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NEW YORK -- Intuition tells Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson that they can grow into a prosperous duo for the Los Angeles Clippers.

They are two long and athletic guards who joined the Clippers during the NBA draft Thursday night, Robinson coming by way of the 13th selection and Gilgeous-Alexander via trade after Charlotte took him ...Read more

L.A. quickly sold on Moe

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LOS ANGELES--It was a three-on-three workout in early June, just a few hours before Game 2 of the NBA Finals. Moe Wagner shared a court with players from Texas Arlington, Missouri State, Connecticut, Western Michigan and Rhode Island.

The Lakers' coaching staff and front office watched. Players Kyle Kuzma and Josh Hart happened to be in the gym...Read more

Cavs take first step in trying to retain LeBron with selection of Sexton

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INDEPENDENCE, Ohio -- The messages to LeBron James came through clearly as the specter of the four-time league Most Valuable Player's possible departure hung over Cavaliers general manager Koby Altman's first NBA draft.

Altman praised James for his "historical year" and "probably one of the best postseason runs of all time," while pointing out ...Read more

What Missouri's Jontay Porter learned from his older brother's draft experience

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COLUMBIA, Mo. -- While Michael Porter Jr. slid to the No. 14 pick in the NBA draft on Thursday in New York, two men in attendance to support him, Missouri coach Cuonzo Martin and Porter's younger brother Jontay, felt at ease.

"Jontay and I were laughing," Martin said during a Friday conference call. "Talking about different things."

After all,...Read more

Brett Brown says of Markelle Fultz: 'The progress of his shot is looking great'

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PHILADELPHIA -- Brett Brown is heading back to California.

The 76ers coach and interim general manager will fly to Los Angeles on Saturday to check in on Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid and accompany Ben Simmons at Monday's NBA Awards Show. Brown was in L.A. last Monday to watch Fultz workout with shooting coach Drew Hanlen.

There's no doubt ...Read more

Miami coach Jim Larranaga feels NBA draft success could boost recruiting

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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami Hurricanes men's basketball coach Jim Larranaga has accomplished a lot in his career.

After 33 years on the sideline, though, he achieved a first when former Hurricanes Lonnie Walker IV and Bruce Brown were selected in Thursday's NBA draft.

"This is the first time in my coaching career that I've had two players ...Read more

Former UConn assistant makes serious accusations regarding Ollie in NCAA investigation testimony

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- During a nearly six-hour interview with NCAA investigators and UConn attorneys, former associate head basketball coach Glen Miller made numerous allegations regarding his former boss, Kevin Ollie.

Many of the claims remain unsubstantiated by both the school and the NCAA and the university has not faced any penalties. By far ...Read more

Pat Riley: Waiters uncertain for camp; fences mended with Whiteside; Wade talks coming

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MIAMI -- The most interesting part of Thursday night for the Miami Heat came after the NBA draft, when President Pat Riley touched on a variety of topics early Friday morning, including the possibility of guard Dion Waiters not being ready for training camp, how a seemingly fractured relationship with center Hassan Whiteside already is being ...Read more

Lakers draft Michigan big man with 25th pick, add two guards

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LOS ANGELES -- As the Los Angeles Lakers try to build their next championship team, general manager Rob Pelinka is learning something about opponents' willingness to help his team accomplish that.

"It's not like teams are saying, 'Oh, I'm not going to do a deal with the Lakers,' but I do think when you have 16 banners there's going to be a ...Read more

Clippers land a pair of 6-6 guards, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson, in NBA draft

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NEW YORK -- After Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Jerome Robinson each eased their way off the bus that ferried them from their hotel to the Barclays Center for the biggest night of their young lives, they wound up next to each other as they awaited the start of the NBA draft.

The two of them began to talk, two young men excited about the ...Read more

Kansas' Devonte Graham drafted in second round of NBA draft, traded to home-state Hornets

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For just the second time in the last nine years, Kansas has failed to land a first-round pick in the NBA draft.

The Jayhawks, who were shut out in selections 1 through 30 during Thursday night's proceedings in Brooklyn, N.Y., did represent in the second round.

Big 12 player of the year Devonte Graham, a consensus first-team All-American out of...Read more

Warriors select Jacob Evans with No. 28 pick

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Warriors selected Cincinnati junior forward Jacob Evans with their No. 28 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft on Thursday, adding a player that could provide wing depth with defense and outside shooting.

Although the Warriors had maintained they would follow the old adage in selecting the best player available, they entered the ...Read more

A memorable night for Villanova, a confusing one for Mikal Bridges

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NEW YORK -- The emotions on NBA draft night for Villanova's Mikal Bridges shifted dramatically from elation to confusion.

The Wildcats' All-America guard was selected No. 10 by the 76ers, the fourth lottery pick in the history of the Villanova program. But sometime near the end of his news conference when he talked about how "awesome" and "what...Read more

Timberwolves take Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie at No. 20

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The Timberwolves took Georgia Tech's Josh Okogie with their first-round pick (20th overall) in the NBA draft on Thursday night.

Okogie, a 6-4 guard, was third-team All-ACC in 2017-18 as a sophomore after making the league's all-freshman team in 2016-17.

He averaged 18.2 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game for the Yellow Jackets last ...Read more

Sixers select Landry Shamet; first Wichita State player in 33 years to be drafted in first-round

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Landry Shamet became just the first Wichita State player selected in first round of the NBA draft in the last 33 years when the Philadelphia 76ers selected the Kansas City native with the No. 26 overall pick in Thursday's draft in New York.

Shamet, who declared for the draft following his redshirt sophomore season with WSU, averaged 14.9 points...Read more

Bulls select Boise State's Chandler Hutchison with No. 22 pick in draft

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The Bulls fulfilled a promise after all.

Rumors of them drafting Boise State wing Chandler Hutchison persisted since he left the NBA draft combine last month, reportedly promised a first-round pick by the Bulls.

And indeed, they selected the 6-foot-7 Mountain West player of the year with the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA draft. Hutchison ...Read more

Kevin Huerter drafted 19th overall by Hawks

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Steve Dagostino had seen snippets of Kevin Huerter's burgeoning basketball skills as the former Division II All-American's business as a local trainer began to grow in upstate New York.

One afternoon, when Huerter was in 10th grade at Shenendehowa High, the skinny red-headed youngster did something that made Dagostino think the ceiling was a ...Read more