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Dec 8, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney (20) goes up for a shot in front of Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Zach Auguste (30) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)
Dec 8, 2015; South Bend, IN, USA; Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney (20) goes up for a shot in front of Notre Dame Fighting Irish forward Zach Auguste (30) in the second half at the Purcell Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Matt Cashore-USA TODAY Sports (Matt Cashore)

Former Stony Brook big man Jameel Warney went undrafted on Thursday night but will play summer league with the Dallas Mavericks, he told SNY.tv.

Dallas will compete in the Orlando Summer League July 2-8.

The 6-foot-8 Plainfield, N.J., native averaged 19.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior while leading the Seawolves to their first NCAA Tournament appearance where they lost to Kentucky.

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(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK - Tom Thibodeau has his point guard.

Already armed with several of the best young, dynamic players in the NBA like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves added another, selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick of the NBA Draft Thursday evening at Barclays Center.

Dunn, a New London, Conn. native who was passed up at No. 3 by the Boston Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown, is the highest draft pick out of the Big East program since Otis Thorpe went ninth overall in 1984. Dunn is the first Friar to be drafted since Ricky Ledo in 2013.

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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

NEW YORK - There may have been drama at the NBA Draft regarding who would go at No. 3, but there was none at the very top.

As expected, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, while Duke freshman wing Brandon Ingram went No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Simmons going No. 1 makes it seven years in a row that a one-and-done college star was selected first overall (John Wall, 2010; Kyrie Irving, 2011; Anthony Davis, 2012; Anthony Bennett, 2013; Andrew Wiggins, 2014; Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015). Simmons joins Irving and Andrew Bogut as the only Australian players ever selected first overall.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- In an NBA Draft widely perceived as a two-player event, multiple reports have surfaced this week that the Philadelphia 76ers will select Ben Simmons No. 1, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

If that holds true when the scene shifts to Barclays Center on Thursday evening, then this draft truly starts at No. 3. At that spot, nearly a half-dozen players have been mentioned in recent weeks, so when the Boston Celtics go on the clock, things could get interesting.

"They talked to me, I came in for a second workout and obviously, if I'm coming on for a second workout, they have some heavy interest," said Cal wing Jaylen Brown, who was once projected as high as No. 1 while a senior at Marietta (Ga.) High School, and is now projected at No. 8 by DraftExpress. "I talked to them about that, and things went well. Boston has a great history, great tradition, and it's a great city. I wouldn't mind being there."

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NEW YORK -- Malachi Richardson and Wade Baldwin were seated at a pair of elevated tables about 20 feet apart on Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York.

It only seemed appropriate that the two Jersey Boys were addressing the media at the same time since their prep careers in the Garden State overlapped and intersected at critical moments.

Three years ago, Richardson and current Syracuse forward Tyler Roberson teamed to lead Roselle Catholic to its first New Jersey Tournament of Champions title with a 65-49 victory over a St. Joe's-Metuchen team that included Baldwin and Karl-Anthony Towns, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft out of Kentucky.

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

Projected top two picks Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram as well as former Kentucky players Jamal Murray and Skal Labissiere are among the 19 players so far invited to the NBA Draft Green Room on Thursday at Barclays Center.

Here's the list via Jonathan Givony of The Vertical:

Wade Baldwin, Vanderbilt

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 (Derick E. Hingle)
(Derick E. Hingle)

With the NBA Draft now less than a week away, the Philadelphia 76ers met face-to-face with projected No. 1 pick Ben Simmons ahead of Game 6 of the NBA Finals in Cleveland, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

Simmons, a 6-foot-10 forward who averaged 19.2 points and 11.8 rebounds at LSU last season, is expected to be the top pick in the draft by the Sixers, according to several mock drafts.

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Malachi Richardson and Cheick Diallo are among the players to move up on the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Monday.

The 6-foot-6 Richardson, who left Syracuse after his freshman season, is up to No. 16 to the Boston Celtics, while the 6-9 Diallo, who departed Kansas after one season, is now at No. 19 to the Denver Nuggets. Richardson was projected at No. 31 and Diallo at 23 before Monday.


 (Winslow Townson)
(Winslow Townson)

Brandon Ingram worked for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday and was the only player in the workout.

The 6-foot-9 Ingram is projected as a top-2 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft, with most draft sites projeciting the Sixers to take former LSU forward Ben Simmons at No. 1, leaving Ingram for the Lakers at No. 2.


Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis (3) was one of three Kentucky players invited to the NBA Draft Combine. (Randy Sartin)
Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis (3) was one of three Kentucky players invited to the NBA Draft Combine. (Randy Sartin)

Maryland (4), Kansas (3), Kentucky (3) and North Carolina (3) lead the way in terms of players being invited to the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago May 11-15.

The Maryland quartet of Robert Carter Jr., Diamond Stone, Jake Layman and Melo Trimble are the most from any school.

Stone is projected as the No. 22 pick by DraftExpress.com, with Trimble at No. 36, Layman at 45 and Carter Jr. at 51.

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The NBA Draft Combine runs May 11-15 in Chicago and invitations have begun to go out.

Below is a list of nearly 60 players invited. This will be continually updated and was combined via sources and media reports. The bolded names were confirmed by another source.

The NBA announced Monday that 162 players -- 117 players from colleges/post-graduate institutions and 45 international players - have filed as early entry candidates for the 2016 NBA Draft presented by State Farm.  

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Onetime Syracuse commit Moustapha Diagne will declare for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, Northwest Florida State coach Steve DeMeo told SNY.tv.

"Tapha has decided to explore the NBA Draft process," DeMeo said. "The rules are designed to allow college players to find out where they stand today. He is one of the most talented and skilled big men in the country and has extremely high character and grades."

The 6-foot-9 Diagne, 20. enrolled at Northwest Florida State after he was deemed ineligible at Syracuse entering the 2015-16 season. Since then, he had been recruited heavily by then-Pittsburgh coach Jamie Dixon and Cincinnati, among others.

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (00) celebrates after scoring in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky won 93-80. (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Marcus Lee (00) celebrates after scoring in the second half against the Georgia Bulldogs during the SEC conference tournament at Bridgestone Arena. Kentucky won 93-80. (Christopher Hanewinckel)

The University of Kentucky is losing another underclassman to the NBA Draft.

Marcus Lee, a 6-foot-9 junior forward who saw steady rotation minutes for the first time last season, told ESPN's Jeff Goodman that he is leaving Lexington for the NBA. Lee will not hire an agent, but he indicated he does not plan to return for his senior season.

"I haven't hired an agent," Lee told Goodman. "Because I want to keep my eligibility just in case I decide to come back, but my plan is to go to the NBA. That's the only goal."

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NEW YORK -- Jonathan Isaac -- and his fellow Jordan Brand Classic teammates -- worked out in front of about 40 NBA personnel on Thursday at Terminal 23, but the Florida State signee says he's focusing on future NBA Drafts and no longer the one in 2016.

The 6-foot-10, 205-pound forward originally from The Bronx is currently slotted at No. 13 in the 2017 Draft by DraftExpress.com.

"Yeah, I have seen that," Isaac told SNY.tv this week. "It just makes me feel good. It tells me I have a lot of work to do because I don't want to be Top 10, I want to be No. 1."

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Thon Maker is eligible for the 2016 NBA Draft.

"Thon is cleared," his guardian Ed Smith told SNY.tv.

The NBA had been investigating whether the 7-footer originally from the Sudan was eligible. Draft-eligible players need to be 19 and one year removed from high school graduation. Maker is spending a post-graduate year at Athlete Institute.

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Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (Aaron Doster)
Maryland Terrapins guard Melo Trimble (Aaron Doster)

Maryland guard Melo Trimble and center Diamond Stone will enter their names in this year's NBA Draft, the school announced.

Trimble will not hire an agent to preserve his NCAA eligibility, while Stone will officially declare for the draft and hire an agent. They are the projected 35th and 23rd picks, respectively, in the draft, according to Draft Express.

"I am looking forward to taking advantage of this opportunity and entering my name in the NBA draft," Trimble said in a press release. "I am excited that the new rules allow me the chance to go through this process."

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ROSELLE, N.J. -- Kansas coach Bill Self said he expects freshman forward Cheick Diallo to hire an agent and head to the NBA Draft.

On March 28, we reported via soures that Diallo would test the NBA Draft waters but wouldn't hire an agent.

"I expect that right now [that he will hire an agent], but that hasn't been 100 percent confirmed to me," Self told SNY.tv on Friday at the New Jersey coaches' clinic at Roselle Catholic, where he was joined by Kentucky coach John Calipari and SMU coach Larry Brown, among others, in speaking before 250 college and high school coaches. "But all indications were that that that was route they were going to take."

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Dec 22, 2015; Brooklyn , NY, USA; Saint Joseph's Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry (43) dunks during the first half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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Dec 22, 2015; Brooklyn , NY, USA; Saint Joseph's Hawks forward DeAndre Bembry (43) dunks during the first half against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports (Anthony Gruppuso)

Saint Joseph's junior forward DeAndre' Bembry has signed with an agent and declared for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-6 former Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick's star is projected as the No. 31 pick in the Draft by DraftExpress.com.

"DeAndre' and his family had serious contemplations and conversations," St. Joe's coach Phil Martelli said in a statement. "At the end of the day, it was imperative that they pursue his best interests. His mother and grandfather are tremendous people and I trust that the decision made was done with care and love. I will stand with DeAndre' forever. He is a truly remarkable young man and a great Hawk."

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 (Bill Streicher)
(Bill Streicher)

Indiana freshman big man Thomas Bryant will return to campus for his sophomore season and won't enter the NBA Draft, sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

The 6-foot-10 Bryant is currently projected as the No 8 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

"Late first-round at best right now," one NBA executive told SNY.tv of Bryant. "Young, not physically ready."

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Villanova guard Josh Hart (3) and forward Kris Jenkins (2) will test the NBA Draft waters. (Eric Hartline / USA Today)
Villanova guard Josh Hart (3) and forward Kris Jenkins (2) will test the NBA Draft waters. (Eric Hartline / USA Today)

Villanova won the NCAA championship on Monday night without a single player projected to be chosen in this year's NBA Draft, according to DraftExpress.com. according to DraftExpress.com.

Yet juniors Josh Hart and Kris Jenkins will test the NBA Draft waters, according to comments head coach Jay Wright gave to Joe Juliano of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

"The way the process is set up right now is really helpful to the players and to the coaches because you can really advise them properly," Wright said. "It's set up where they can go through the whole process. The NBA, if they invite them [to the combine], you have a good shot. After you go to the camp, they'll tell you where you are. I just think it's so beneficial to the players."

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From left to right McDonald's All-Americans De'Aaron Fox (5), Malik Monk (5) Bam Adebayo (13), and Sacha Killeya-Jones (1) who will all be attending the University of Kentucky pose for a group photo before the McDonald's High School All-American Game. (Brian Spurlock / USA Today)
From left to right McDonald's All-Americans De'Aaron Fox (5), Malik Monk (5) Bam Adebayo (13), and Sacha Killeya-Jones (1) who will all be attending the University of Kentucky pose for a group photo before the McDonald's High School All-American Game. (Brian Spurlock / USA Today)

With Kentucky point guard Tyler Ulis headed to the NBA Draft, incoming floor general De'Aaron Fox says he's ready to assume the mantle for the Wildcats.

"I'm happy for him of course," Fox, the 6-foot-3 guard out of Katy (TX) Cypress Lakes told Evan Daniels of Scout.com at the Nike Hoop Summit in Portland, Ore. "He had a fantastic year this year but other than that, with him leaving that's basically just giving me the keys to the program. If Isaiah [Briscoe] comes back, we'll be the point guards next year. Tyler's a great player and it's big shoes to fill."

Sources said Briscoe, the former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic star, is expected to go through the NBA Draft evaluation process and then make a decision from there.

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Nine of the projected top-10 picks in the June 23 NBA Draft are American college players. The tenth, Dragan Bender, made his intentions known on Wednesday morning.

ESPN's Fran Fraschilla reported on Wednesday that the 7-foot-1, 18-year-old Croatian has declared for the NBA Draft, according to his NBA agent, Doug Neustadt.

Bender, the projected No. 3 pick, according to DraftExpress, declaring for the draft comes as no surprise. He has played professionally since he was 15, and spent this season with Euroleague power Maccabi Tel Aviv.

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 (David Banks)
(David Banks)

Gonzaga sophomore center Domantas Sabonis has declared for the NBA Draft but won't hire an agent at this time, the school announced Thursday.

"After a great deal of thought and discussion with family, I have decided to forego my final two years of eligibility and declare for the 2016 NBA Draft," Sabonis said. "This has been a very difficult decision for me because of the amazing two years I have had at Gonzaga. I want to thank the coaching staff, my teammates, and all of our great fans for making this such an incredible experience for me. Zag Nation welcomed me with open arms and made me feel at home in Spokane and, for that, I could not be more grateful."

The Lithuanian big man is projected as the No. 19 pick by DraftExpress.com, but ESPN's Fran Fraschilla Tweeted he believes Sabonis will "end up in the lottery."

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

Vanderbilt sophomore guard Wade Baldwin IV has declared for the NBA Draft.

A two-time All-SEC selection who played with Karl-Anthony Towns at St. Joe's-Metuchen High School, the 6-foot-3 Baldwin is currently projected as the No. 16 pick by DraftExpress.com.

Baldwin is expected to sign with Priority Sports, sources told SNY.tv.

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Arizona State's apparent loss is going to be some NBA team's gain come the June 23 NBA Draft.

On Sunday evening, 7-foot Sudanese big man (by way of Australia) Thon Maker announced his intentions to declare for the NBA Draft, assuming the league rules him draft-eligible. Maker is 19 and reportedly graduated from high school last June. Draft-eligible players need to be 19 and one year removed from high school graduation. Maker is spending a post-graduate year at Athlete Institute.

Maker made this announcement despite the fact that his guardian, Ed Smith, had repeatedly told SNY.tv and other media outlets over the past several years that Maker planned to go to college.

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 (Jeffrey Becker)
(Jeffrey Becker)

UConn sophomore wing Daniel Hamilton will hire an agent and enter the NBA Draft, meaning he can't return to campus, according to the Hartford Courant.

The 6-foot-7 Hamilton is currently projected as the No. 53 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com.

"I'm not testing the waters or anything like that," Hamilton told The Courant. "I'm all in."

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Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) drives to the basket against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney (20) during the first half in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)
Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) drives to the basket against Stony Brook Seawolves forward Jameel Warney (20) during the first half in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)

Kentucky freshman forward Skal Labissiere has declared for the 2016 NBA Draft, he announced on Tuesday. Labissiere plans to sign with an agent, thus effectively ending his careeer at Kentucky.

"I want to thank my family, my coaches, teammates and most importantly I want to thank God for the opportunity that he gave me to represent and play for the University of Kentucky," Labissiere said on Tuesday. "I also want to thank the fans for their support through everything this season. I am excited to announce that I am entering the 2016 NBA Draft."

Labissiere played in all 36 games this season, starting 18 of them. The 6-foot-11, 225-pound forward averaged 6.6 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks in his only season at Kentucky. Labissiere won SEC Freshman of the Week twice, earning the honor in both the first and last weeks of the regular season. 

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 (Robert Hanashiro)
(Robert Hanashiro)

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram will enter the 2016 NBA draft, he announced in a goodbye letter posted on The Players' Tribune

Ingram played at Duke for only one season, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while being named the Atlantic Coast Conference's freshman of the year. Ingram was also named second-team All-ACC.

"My time is almost over here in Durham. Today as I declare for the NBA draft, I'm both excited and said about this moment," Ingram wrote. "On one hand, one year at Duke isn't a very long time. I know that. But I've done a lot of growing, and growing up, in that time. I know by leaving I'll miss out on a lot of friendships and opportunities. I'll really miss all the students who showed me so much love." 

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) leaves the court after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of game eleven of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) leaves the court after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of game eleven of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown)

To the surprise of no one, Canadian freshman sensation Jamal Murray announced Friday he will forego his final three years of eligibility at the University of Kentucky and enter the NBA Draft. 

Murray will hire an agent, meaning he cannot return to school. 

Murray, the projected No. 6 pick according to DraftExpress, averaged 20.0 points per game, which is the most by a player at the school under seventh-year head coach John Calipari. He is the 17th one-and-done under Calipari.

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 (Aaron Doster)
(Aaron Doster)

Kansas guard Wayne Selden has declared for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-6 junior is currently projected as the No. 41 pick by DraftExpress.com.

"The last three years have been a true blessing to experience as a Jayhawk, an opportunity I am so thankful for," Selden said. "That being said, I'd like to announce that I will be declaring for the 2016 NBA draft. It has always been our plan that my college experience would be three years. I plan to hire representation in the coming weeks.

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Kansas freshman forward Cheick Diallo will test the NBA Draft waters but won't hire an agent, multiple sources confirmed to SNY.tv.

The Mali native could return to campus if he doesn't hire an agent.

The 6-foot-9 Diallo is the projected No. 36 pick by DraftExpress.com.

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 (Bill Streicher / USA Today Sports)
(Bill Streicher / USA Today Sports)

Notre Dame junior point guard Demetrius Jackson declared for the NBA Draft on Tuesday night and is expected to sign with an agent.

The 6-foot-1 Jackson is the projected No. 11 pick according to DraftExpress.com.

In a statement he wrote:

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 (Kevin Jairaj)
(Kevin Jairaj)

Amid Oklahoma's run to its first Final Four since 2002, Buddy Hield continues to see his NBA Draft stock rise.

The 6-foot-4 shooting guard chimes in at No. 7 on the latest DraftExpress.com Mock Draft for 2016.

One NBA executive told SNY.tv that Hield is a Top-5 pick.

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 (Orlando Jorge Ramirez)
(Orlando Jorge Ramirez)

One day after it was first reported Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, UNLV freshman center Stephen Zimmerman announced he will enter the NBA Draft.

The 7-foot Zimmerman averaged 10.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 2.0 blocks this season for the Rebels, who are in the process of hiring a new coach for next season.

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Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari signals to his players in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)
Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari signals to his players in the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Tournament at Wells Fargo Arena. (Jeffrey Becker)

PHILADELPHIA -- Kentucky isn't in the Sweet 16 and John Calipari is done coaching for the season -- but that hasn't stopped him from making headlines.

Calipari on Wednesday Tweeted that all of his eligible players -- including walk-ons -- would test the NBA Draft waters.

And why not? Tons of players are doing it and will continue to do so to get feedback from NBA personnel on where they stand.

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Washington freshman Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray declared for the NBA Draft on Wednesday and Chriss immediately became a projected first-round pick in the latest Draft Express Mock Draft released Wednesday.

The 6-foot-9 Chriss appears as the No. 15 on the mock, while the 6-5 Murray ranks at No. 34.

Chriss averaged 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds for the Huskies (16-14), while the 6-5 Murray averaged 16.1 points, 6.0 reboundsa and 4.4 assists.

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 (Jeffrey Becker)
(Jeffrey Becker)

Whether or not you believe John Calipari is a genius or is making a mockery of the new NBA Draft process, he is certainly trying to be different.

Kentucky's head coach took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce that all -- yes all -- of his eligible players, including his walk-ons, will submit their names for the June 23 NBA Draft.

A new rule in place beginning this year states that any underclassman can enter the draft and attend the NBA Draft Combine while still maintaining his eligibility as long as he does not retain an agent. In order to remain eligible, players have to withdraw from the draft within 10 days of the combine, which runs May 11-15.

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 (Rob Kinnan / USA Today)
(Rob Kinnan / USA Today)

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina State junior Anthony ''Cat'' Barber is skipping his final season to pursue an NBA career.

Barber had previously indicated he would at least go through the draft evaluation process, which could allow him to potentially return to school. But team spokesman Josh Rattray said Tuesday evening that Barber has notified coach Mark Gottfried that he would remain in the draft.

''I enjoyed my time at N.C. State and want to thank my coaches for giving me the opportunity,'' Barber said in a statement released by the school Tuesday night. ''Most importantly I want to thank my teammates and the fans. I want everyone to know I gave it 100 percent every night and will forever be a part of (Wolfpack Nation).''

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 (Spruce Derden)
(Spruce Derden)

Mississippi State guard Malik Newman and Purdue power forward Caleb Swanigan will test the NBA Draft waters but won't hire agents.

"I would like to announce that I am pursuing my dream of trying to play in the NBA," Newman said. "I am keeping the option open that if I don't hear the news I would like, I will be returning to Mississippi State next year."

The 6-foot-4 Newman averaged 11.3 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

As widely expected, Kris Dunn will declare for the NBA Draft.

The news was first reported by Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.

Dunn is projected to go No. 5 in the 2016 NBA Draft by Draft Express.

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 (Randy Sartin / USA Today)
(Randy Sartin / USA Today)

Domantas Sabonis, Tyler Ulis, DeAndre' Bembry, Ben Bentil, Yogi Ferrell, Thomas Bryant and Isaiah Whitehead all moved up on the latest Draft Express Mock Drafts for 2016 and 2017 released Monday.

The 6-foot-10 Sabonis, who is in the Sweet 16 with Gonzaga, moved up to No. 18 in 2016, while the 5-9 Ulis, whose Kentucky team lost to Indiana in the second round, is now at No. 19. The SEC Player of the Year, Ulis had spent most of the year in the second round.

The 6-6 Bembry, the Atlantic 10 Player of the Year out of St. Joe's and St. Patrick's High School, cracked the first round at No. 30 after spending most of the year in the second round.

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 (Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)
(Derick E. Hingle / USA Today)

To the surprise of absolutely no one, LSU freshman forward Ben Simmons will hire an agent and declare for the NBA Draft.

"I'm making it official," Simmons told ESPN late Sunday night.

Simmons has withdrawn from school officially and is moving to Phoenix until the NBA Draft, a source told SNY.tv.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kris Dunn's career at Providence has come to a close.

The Friars' season ended late Saturday night with an 85-66 loss to No. 1 North Carolina in a second-round East Region game here. A projected NBA lottery pick, Dunn scored 29 points in 26 minutes in the loss, despite being in foul trouble for a majority of the first half.

Ben Bentil, a sophomore forward who may also test the NBA Draft waters, added 21 points.

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 (William Hauser)
(William Hauser)

NOTE: This post was updated on March 30 to reflect Isaiah Whitehead's Tweet.

 

Seton Hall sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead will test the NBA Draft waters, head coach Kevin Willard told SNY.tv.

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 (Winslow Townson / USA Today Sports)
(Winslow Townson / USA Today Sports)

Brandon Ingram was recently installed as the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft -- ahead of Ben Simmons -- by DraftExpress.com.

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Duke's Brandon Ingram has supplanted LSU's Ben Simmons as the projected No. 1 pick on the Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released Monday.

Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com wrote a piece for The Vertical detailing his explanation for the move, citing issues from his "lack of competitiveness" to questions about his defense, shooting and character.

"Ingram is 14 months younger than Simmons, has a longer wingspan by four inches and a standing reach six and a half inches higher. Ingram is a better shooter - which is perhaps the most important skill in today's NBA - and has shown a much better trajectory throughout the college season," Givony wrote. "The intel on Ingram as a teammate and competitor has been much stronger than Simmons'. Yes, Ingram has a much more frail frame now, but it's easy to envision him filling out as he ages and matures.

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Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)
Feb 2, 2016; Knoxville, TN, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Tyler Ulis (3) shoots a three pointer against Tennessee Volunteers guard Devon Baulkman (34) during the first half at Thompson-Boling Arena. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports (Randy Sartin)

Kentucky sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis moved up while freshman guard Isaiah Briscoe moved out of the latest Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released Friday.

The 5-foot-9 Ulis moved up to No. 32 from No. 47 and could move into the first round, Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com said.

Ulis this week was named the SEC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.

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 (Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports)
(Matt Cashore / USA Today Sports)

Notre Dame point guard Demetrius Jackson is now a projected Top-10 pick in the NBA Draft while N.C. State point guard Cat Barber is a projected second-round pick, according to the latest Draft Express Mock Draft for 2016 released late Tuesday.

The 6-foot-1 Jackson moved up to No. 10 from No. 12, while the 6-2 Barber chimes in at No. 57, the first time he's on the site's draft board. Both are juniors.

The top eight remained unchanged: No. 1 Ben Simmons of LSU, No. 2 Brandon Ingram of Duke, No. 3 Jaylen Brown of Cal, No. 4 Dragan Bender of Maccabi Tel Aviv, No. 5 Kris Dunn of Providence, No. 6 Jakob Poeltl of Utah, No. 7 Jamal Murray of Kentucky and No. 8 Henry Ellenson of Marquette.

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Skal Labissiere, once the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft according to DraftExpress.com, has now tumbled out of the lottery.

The 7-foot Kentucky freshman fell to No. 19 on the latest Mock Draft for 2016 released late Monday.

The Haitian Sensation is averaging 6.2 points and 2.8 rebounds and has fallen behind Marcus Lee and Isaac Humphries in head coach John Calipari's big man rotation. He hasn't scored in double-figures in his last nine games and amassed 1 rebound and no points in 8 minutes in Saturday's loss to Vanderbilt.

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