Check back with us over the next few days for an extensive recap and scouting reports of the players who helped their draft stock the most at the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this past week. Here is a sneak preview:MVP: Jermaine TaylorFirst Team: Paul Delaney
IIIJermaine TaylorWes MatthewsJon BrockmanAlade AminuAgent Hirings:
has signed with Sam Goldfeder and Jeff Schwartz of Excel Sports Management.
-Automatically eligible Spanish guard Sergio Llull
will be represented for the NBA by Justin Zanik of ASM Sports.
-Baylor seniors Kevin Rogers
and Curtis Jerrells
will be represented by Happy Walters of Immortal Sports. Tasheed Carr
and Tyrell Biggs also signed with Walters.
-Tennessee Martin senior Lester Hudson
signed with Lance Young of Octagon.
-Louisville senior Terrence Williams
signed with Aaron Goodwin of Goodwin Sports Management
-LSU senior Marcus Thornton
signed with Brian Elfus of Elfus & Siegel Management. Kyle Spain
and B.J. Raymond also signed with Elfus. NBA Draft Roundup
UNC freshman Ed Davis to return
The Associated Press reports:North Carolina freshman forward Ed Davis says he will return to the team for the 2009-2010 season.
Davis made the announcement on Sunday. In a statement issued by the school, the 6-foot-10 native of Richmond, Va., said he would like to play in the NBA, but that he and his family don't think he is ready to take that step.
Davis also said he was glad to get the decision behind him so he can focus on the remainder of the school year and get ready for next season.
We know a couple of NBA teams that will be disappointed with that decision, but at his current stage of development, Davis was clearly not ready to do much of anything in the NBA in the next few years, and would obviously benefit from another season in college.
North Carolinas frontcourt looks absolutely stacked right now, with Davis and Deon Thompson
likely slated as the prohibitive starters, 7-footer and former top-20 recruit Tyler Zeller
likely making a big push for minutes, and three McDonalds All-American power forwards incoming in John Henson
, Travis Wear
and David Wear
The big question marks will come at the guard position, where Larry Drew
II will have to make some serious strides this summer, and incoming freshmen Leslie McDonald and Dexter Strickland
will be asked to shoulder plenty of offensive responsibilities.
Jrue Holiday's NBA test run puts UCLA in limbo
Brian Dohn Daily Breeze brings to the table some quotes illustrating the thought process behind Jrue Holiday
deciding to enter the draft. "He's the type of player, when he has the ball in his hands, makes other people better," said Shawn Holiday, Jrue's father, who played at Arizona State. "I think he can get to the top of the draft. I think he can do the same thing as (Westbrook)."
The 6-foot-3 Holiday, who starred at Campbell Hall of North Hollywood, made it clear what would keep him in the draft.
"If I can go in the lottery this year, I think I'm going to stay in and try it," Holiday said. "I'm just going in and playing as hard as I can and see where I go. I want to go and train as hard as I can and do my best."
From what were told, Holiday is banking on performing well enough in private workouts to boost his stock back into the lottery range, which would convince him to keep his name in the draft. Considering how unselfish a player Holiday has always thought to be, its a little surprising to see him make statements such as: "The most frustrating part for me was not getting as many touches as I thought I would," Holiday said. "There were times when I'd be like, I'd love to be in Darren's position."
Either Holiday thought that Collison was surely entering the draft in 2008, or he grossly miscalculated his chances at overtaking the All-First team Pac-10 player at the point. He had offers from schools like Arizona State, Washington, Texas, USC, Arizona and many others where he likely would have been given the keys to the offense, but he elected to attend UCLA regardless. Its a strange situation.
Jazz pick to Stay
Tim Buckley of the Deseret News updates us on the status of Utah Jazz first round pick that was going to be conveyed to Minnesota had the team finished amongst the leagues top-8 records. The Jazz will keep their first-round selection in June's NBA Draft choice.
Utah shipped a future first-rounder to Philadelphia as part of last season's Gordan Giricek to Philly for Kyle Korver trade, and the 76ers subsequently dealt the pick to Minnesota.
But the choice was protected through 22nd in the draft, and because at least eight teams are now guaranteed to finish with a better record than Utah the Jazz will keep it this year.
Next year, when Utah will receive New York's unprotected first-rounder thanks to a 2004 trade with Phoenix, the Jazz pick now owed to the Timberwolves is protected only through No. 15.
Minnesota, who also own Miamis first rounder (currently slated at 18), and their own, likely wont mind, since most teams would rather not add three first round picks to their roster in one summer, especially when they are already as young as the Timberwolves are.
Speaking of draft positioning-- congratulations are in order to the Sacramento Kings for securing the worst record in the NBA on Sunday with their loss to the San Antonio Spurs, which will ensure them at least a 25% chance at getting the #1 overall pick, and selecting no worse than fourth. The Clippers and Wizards are currently tied for the second worst record with two games remaining each.
Nets Prepared To Go On Moose Hunt In Draft
Fred Kerber of the New York Post provides some very telling insight into what the New Jersey Nets will be looking for in this upcoming draft:Nets team president Rod Thorn likely will dial NBA central casting this summer with a simple but awfully hard-to-fill request.
"Get me a moose."
That will be among the Nets' chief priorities this offseason -- if not the No. 1 quest. In a perfect world, a 25-year-old Charles Oakley would walk into Thorn's office, solving several major headaches.
"A guy who can defend, a guy who can rebound, a guy who does all the little dirty work out on the floor, sets screens," Thorn said. "A guy like that is invaluable."
Sounds like DeJuan Blair
to us. New Jersey currently is slated to draft 10th or 11th depending on tiebreakers at the moment, unless a shake-up occurs in the lottery. Indiana also reportedly may have interest. Early Entry List
Right now there seem to be five likely first round picks who are still going back and forward on whether or not to enter their name in the 2009 draft: Willie Warren
, Stephen Curry
, Al-Farouq Aminu
, Patrick Patterson
and Craig Brackins
. In or Very Likely to be In:-Blake Griffin, Sophomore, Oklahoma-
Announced his intentions to enter in a press release today
. Has signed with agent Sam Goldfeder. -Ricky Rubio, 1990 International, DKV Joventut-
Back on the DraftExpress 2009 mock draft, after a four month stint where he was projected for 2010. Sources close to the situation indicate that Rubios family is now in favor of him entering this year, and that will almost certainly be on the early-entry list when its released on April 27th. His buyout still needs to be negotiated, which is easier said than done, but a final decision on whether to stay in likely wont come until very close to the pull-out deadline, on June 19th. Unlike college players who are bound by the more restrictive NCAA rules, International players can enter the draft up to three times, which gives him plenty of wiggle room.
Also announced todayRubio has accepted an invitation to the Reebok EuroCamp, which will be conducted from the 6-8 of June in Treviso, Italy. Joventut may have to lose in the quarterfinals of the playoffs to make that a reality, though. They are currently in 6th place in the league. -James Harden, Sophomore, Arizona State- Announcrd hes entering the draft
, and is in the process of selecting his agent. -Hasheem Thabeet, Junior, UConn-
Nothing official yet, but is reportedly close to selecting his agent and is highly likely to be in when its all said and done.-Jordan Hill, Junior, Arizona-
Announced hes officially in the draft in a joint press conference with Chase Budinger
, and is reportedly close to selecting his agent as well.-Brandon Jennings, 1989 International, Lottomatica Roma-
Will be automatically eligible for this draft according to the Collective Bargaining Agreement
as an American high school player who signed a player contract with a professional basketball team not in the NBA that is located anywhere in the world, and has rendered services under such contract prior to the Draft.-Tyreke Evans, Freshman, Memphis-
Announced hell be leaving immediately after his head coach John Calipari took the job at Kentucky. Will be hiring an agent shortly.-DeMar DeRozan, Freshman, USC-
Announced hell be testing the waters. Will likely hire an agent shortly.-Earl Clark, Junior, Louisville-
Has not officially announced, but has already hired representationByron Irvin
and Dan Fegan of BEST-- and is in the draft.-Ty Lawson, Junior, North Carolina-
Nothing official yet, but is considered to be 100% in the draft after withdrawing at the last minute last year and elevating his stock considerably with a national championship run. -Gerald Henderson, Junior, Duke-
Nothing official yet, but numerous sources indicate his camp is already in the process of interviewing agents, and is highly likely to be in when its all said and done.-Jonny Flynn, Sophomore, Syracuse-
Will test the waters according to media reports, and is considered likely to stay in the draft if hes deemed a lottery pick. -James Johnson, Sophomore, Wake Forest-
Has officially hired
Dan Tobin and Thad Foucher of Wasserman Media Group as his agents, and thus will not be returning to Wake Forest. -Jeff Teague, Sophomore, Wake Forest-
Will enter his name in the draft, without an agent initially. If hes not projected as a top-10 pick by the time the deadline rolls around a week before the draft, hell return to Wake Forestor least thats what his plans are for right now.-B.J. Mullens, Freshman, Ohio State-
Announced hes entering the draft, and has hired Andy Miller of ASM Sports as his agent. -DeJuan Blair, Sophomore, Pitt-
Announced hes entering the draft, and has reportedly already decided on his agent.-Jrue Holiday, Freshman, UCLA-
Nothing official yet, but numerous sources indicate hes testing the waters, and will likely stay in if he likes what hes hearing from NBA teams.-Austin Daye, Sophomore, Gonzaga-
Will test the waters, according to sources. -Chase Budinger, Junior, Arizona-
Announced hell be entering his name in the draft for the second time, which nullifies his remaining college eligibility. -Wayne Ellington, Junior, North Carolina-
Nothing official yet, but numerous sources indicate his camp is already in the process of interviewing agents, and is highly likely to be in when its all said and done. Was already in the draft last year, so cannot test the waters at this point.-Nick Calathes, Sophomore, Florida-
Announced hell be testing the waters, and may return to Florida if he doesnt like what hes hearing. Has the option of playing in Europe next year as well thanks to his Greek passport.-Patrick Mills, Sophomore, St. Marys-
Will announce hes testing the waters shortly, and will attempt to gauge the likelihood of being selected in the first round. -DaJuan Summers, Junior, Georgetown-
Will be leaving Georgetown according to media reports, and is already in the process of interviewing agents.-Tyler Smith, Junior, Tennessee-
Will be entering the draft according to Andy Katz, although there is no indication yet whether he plans on hiring an agent. -Omri Casspi, 1988 International, Maccabi Tel Aviv-
Entering the draft according to media reports. Can withdraw at the deadline if he doesnt like what hes hearing. -Jodie Meeks, Junior, Kentucky-
Has announced hell be testing the waters. -Tasmin Mitchell, Junior, LSU-
Has announced hell be testing the waters.-Vladimir Dasic, 1988 International, Buducnost-
Entering the draft according to what his agent Misko Raznatovic told us, and will head to the States for workouts. Can withdraw at the deadline if he doesnt like what hes hearing.-Rodrigue Beaubois, 1988 International, Cholet-
Entering the draft according to what his new agent, Bouna Ndiaye tells us. This will be his third time entering, meaning hes in for good. -Greivis Vasquez, Junior, Maryland-
Has publicly said on more than one occasion that hell be testing the waters. -Taj Gibson, Junior, USC-
Has announced hell be testing the waters, without an agent.-Daniel Hackett, Junior, USC-
Announced hell be leaving USC. Reportedly hired an agent and will use his Italian passport in Europe next season if he goes undrafted as expected. -Matt Bouldin, Junior, Gonzaga-
Sources indicate he will test the waters and see where his stock is at. -Luke Harangody, Junior, Notre Dame-
Sources indicate he will test the waters and see where his stock is at.-Dar Tucker, Sophomore, DePaul-
Indicated in March that he will likely test the waters. -Mac Koshwal, Sophomore, DePaul-
Told the Chicago Tribune he will test the waters. -Eric Devendorf, Junior, Syracuse -
Announced hell be testing the waters. Likely hires an agent and plays in Europe next season if he goes undrafted as expected. -Giorgi Shermadini, 1988 International, Panathinaikos-
Likely testing the waters according to his agent Todd Ramasar. -Aboubakar Zaki, 1988 International, Nancy-
Testing the waters according to his agent David Bauman. -Paul Harris, Junior, Syracuse-
Announced hell be testing the waters.-Shawn Taggart, Junior, Memphis -
Announced hell be testing the waters. Turned 24 in March.-Brandon Costner, Junior, N.C. State-
Announced hes leaving N.C. State. Will likely play in Europe if not drafted. -Jonathan Tavernari, Junior, BYU-
Announced hell be testing the waters.-Dwayne Collins, Junior, Miami-
Announced hell be testing the waters.-Devan Downey, Junior, South Carolina-
Announced hell be testing the waters.-Roderick Flemings, Junior, Hawaii-
Announced hell be testing the waters.50/50-Willie Warren, Freshman, Oklahoma-
Has repeatedly insisted that he will return to Oklahoma for his sophomore season, but some claim hes changed his mind and will be testing the waters at the very least. -Craig Brackins, Sophomore, Iowa State-
Was rumored to be 100% set on entering the draft as late as last week, but may be wavering on that decision recently based on what weve been told.-Stephen Curry, Junior, Davidson-
Sources say he is heavily considering returning for his senior season in order to get his degree, and is truly torn about the decision.-Al-Farouq Aminu, Freshman, Wake Forest-
Publicly said hell return, but some consider him likely to enter the draft, possibly for good.-Evan Turner, Sophomore, Ohio State-
Believed to be leaning towards returning, but appears to be still weighing his options according to sources. -Patrick Patterson, Sophomore, Kentucky-
Has not indicated either way what direction hes leaning towards. New Kentucky coach John Calipari says he expects Patterson to test the waters. -Stanley Robinson, Junior, UConn-
Some media reports indicate he may enter, but UConn sources say hes leaning towards returning. -Chris Wright, Sophomore, Dayton-
Rumored to be on the fence. -Jarvis Varnado, Junior, Mississippi State-
Nothing official yet, but appears to be leaning towards testing the waters. -Damion James, Junior, Texas-
Appears to be leaning towards returning to school. The chances of him declaring appear to be slim according to one source. -Michael Washington, Junior, Arkansas-
Has not indicated either way what direction hes leaning towards. May test the waters as a junior. -Derrick Brown, Junior, Xavier-
Nothing official yet, but may test the waters, especially now that his coach Sean Miller left for Arizona.-Victor Claver, 1988 International, Pamesa Valencia-
Has been injured for most of the year, but can still put his name in and withdraw once more if he desires. Is strongly considering doing so, but has some issues with his buyout. -Vitor Faverani, 1988 International, Unicaja Malaga-
Were yet to receive any indication of whether or not hell enter. -DeShawn Sims, Junior, Michigan-
May test the waters as a junior since he has nothing to lose. -Raymar Morgan, Junior, Michigan State-
Rumored to be considering entering the draft-Quincy Pondexter, Junior, Washington-
Considering testing the waters, according to media reports. Leaning Towards/Returning to School:-Ed Davis, Freshman, North Carolina-
Released a statement announcing hes officially returning. -Cole Aldrich, Sophomore, Kansas-
Nothing official yet, but appears highly likely to return according to what sources tell us. -Greg Monroe, Freshman, Georgetown-
Nothing official yet, but appears highly likely to return according to what sources tell us.-Donatas Motiejunas, 1990 International, Aisciai Kaunas-
Will not declare for the draft according to what he told us at the Nike Hoop Summit. -Jerome Jordan, Junior, Tulsa-
Announced hes returning and appears firm in that commitment.-Jan Vesely, 1990, International, Partizan Belgrade-
Returning to Partizan, according to his agent Alexander Raskovic. Will once again participate in the Reebok EuroCamp in Treviso. -Devin Ebanks, Freshman, West Virginia-
Announced hes returning and appears firm in that commitment. -Kyle Singler, Junior, Duke-
Nothing official yet, but appears highly likely to return according to what sources tell us.-James Anderson, Sophomore, Oklahoma State-
Appears to be leaning towards returning, unless hes projected as a lottery pick, which he surely isnt. -Solomon Alabi, Sophomore, Florida State-
Will return to Florida State according to sources close to the situation. -Gani Lawal, Sophomore, Georgia Tech-
Nothing official yet, but appears highly likely to return.-Sylven Landesberg, Freshman, Virginia-
Announced hes returning to Virginia for his sophomore season. -William Buford, Freshman, Ohio State-
Announced hes returning to Ohio State for his sophomore season. -JaJuan Johnson, Sophomore, Purdue-
Announced hes returning to Purdue for his junior season.-Sherron Collins, Junior, Kansas-
Has not announced anything yet, but is believed to be leaning towards returning. -Trevor Booker, Junior, Clemson-
Announced hes returning to Clemson for his senior season.-Kalin Lucas, Sophomore, Michigan State-
Tom Izzo indicates that Lucas will likely be back. -Manny Harris, Sophomore, Michigan-
Announced hes returning to Michigan for his junior season.-Patrick Christopher, Junior, Cal-
Announced hes returning to Cal for his junior season.