NEW YORK (AP) — With Dallas' Luka Doncic and Atlanta's Trae Young leading the way, the top five NBA draft picks from 2018 have been selected as the top five NBA rookies this season.
Noah has season-best night, leading Grizzlies past Pelicans
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — On a night where new faces sprinkled Memphis' rotation, an old vet carried the Grizzlies to their first victory of a new era.
Joakim Noah had season highs of 19 points and 14 rebounds to lead the new-look Grizzlies to a 99-90 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Saturday night.
Conley, Holiday help Grizzlies beat Timberwolves 108-106
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Mike Conley put together quite a performance in possibly his final game with the Memphis Grizzlies.
Conley had 25 points and nine assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 108-106 on Tuesday night on Justin Holiday's two free throws with .1 seconds remaining.
Conley and longtime teammate Marc Gasol are being shopped around ahead of Thursday's trade deadline. Gasol was a late scratch amid reports about the Grizzlies being in trade talks.
Walker scores 23, Hornets beat depleted Grizzlies 100-92
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — At both ends of the court, the Charlotte Hornets had too much at the end for the Memphis Grizzlies.
Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Marvin Williams hit two key 3-pointers and Bismack Biyombo swatted away a pair of late shots as the Hornets beat the depleted Memphis Grizzlies 100-92 Friday night.
Simmons, Mitchell, Doncic headline Rising Stars game
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Philadelphia's Ben Simmons, Utah's Donovan Mitchell and Dallas' Luka Doncic were among the 20 players announced Tuesday as participants in this year's Rising Stars game at All-Star weekend.
Simmons is the reigning rookie of the year, and Doncic is the favorite to win that award this season.
For the fifth straight year, the game that features rookies and second-year players will use a U.S. vs. World format.
Conley, Jackson get Grizzlies past Pacers to end 8-game skid
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Staring at an eight-game losing streak and a week of distraction from trade rumblings, the Memphis Grizzlies brought things back to simplicity.
And the approach was successful for the struggling squad.
Mike Conley had 22 points and 11 assists, Jaren Jackson Jr. added 20 points and Memphis beat the Indiana Pacers 106-103 Saturday night bringing brief relief to the Grizzlies troubles that stretch back to late December.
Gasol scores 20 points, Grizzlies beat Cavaliers 95-87
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies took advantage when Cleveland missed its first 12 shots.
Then the Cavaliers came storming back, and Marc Gasol and his teammates had just enough to hold on for a wire-to-wire win.
Gasol had 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and the Grizzlies beat the Cavaliers 95-87 on Wednesday night despite nearly blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead.
Grizzlies end 5-game skid by beating Lakers 107-99
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies were fed up with losing, and it showed in a desperate and determined fourth quarter against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Mike Conley scored 11 points in the final period, Jaren Jackson Jr. had 27 and the Grizzlies ended a five-game losing streak with a 107-99 victory Sunday night.
Conley carries Grizzlies past Nets 131-125 in 2OTs
NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Conley felt comfortable enough to let the Memphis Grizzlies' new kid take over near the end of regulation.
Conley, a veteran point guard, then showed Jaren Jackson Jr. how he could single-handedly beat a team over two overtime periods.
Conley scored 13 of Memphis 14 points in the second overtime session, Jackson scored a career-high 36 points and the Grizzlies beat the Brooklyn Nets 131-125 Friday.
Gasol, Conley lead Grizzlies past Timberwolves, 100-87
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Mike Conley finally healthy to rejoin teammate Marc Gasol, and adding 6-foot-11, 242-poound rookie Jaren Jackson Jr., the Memphis Grizzlies have gone back to their long-trusted approach of physical defense.
It has got Memphis winning again, too.
Gasol had 26 points and 13 rebounds, Conley added 18 points and nine assists and the Grizzlies pulled away to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-87 on Sunday.
Jackson, Gasol lead Grizzlies past Kings 112-104
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — On a night that veteran Marc Gasol became Memphis' career rebound leader, it was the Grizzlies' youngster who showed off his offensive skills.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. scored a season-high 27 points, Gasol added 19 points and 15 rebounds and the Grizzlies defeated the Sacramento Kings 112-104 on Friday night.
Temple, Jackson Jr. lead Grizzlies past Hawks 131-117
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies' newcomers made a fine first impression on the home crowd.
Garrett Temple, picked up in a trade from Sacramento, scored 30 points, rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. added 24 as the Grizzlies built a first-half lead and coasted to a 131-117 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday night.
Jaren Jackson Jr.'s Summer League debut couldn't have gone much better.
The same can't be said for Trae Young.
Jackson, the fourth pick in the NBA draft, outshined No. 5 overall pick Young in their first NBA action. The 6-foot-10 Jackson had 29 points and shot 8 of 13 from 3-point range to help the Memphis Grizzlies beat Young's Atlanta Hawks 103-88 on Monday night in Salt Lake City.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies have signed first-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr., a 6-foot-11 forward from Michigan State.
Terms of the deal weren't disclosed.
Jackson, the fourth overall pick in the draft, averaged 10.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 21.8 minutes in his lone season at Michigan State. His 3.03 blocks per game ranked seventh nationally.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Jaren Jackson Jr. is so excited about heading to the Memphis Grizzlies as the fourth overall pick in the NBA draft that he doesn't care where he plays.
"It could be the 5, the 4, the 3, the 2, the 1," Jackson said Thursday night in a conference call with reporters. "Realistically, the 5 or the 4. Whatever coach can put me in, I'm all for it."
NEW YORK (AP) — Marvin Bagley III and Michael Porter Jr. believe they are the best players in this NBA draft, though the best they can hope for is probably the No. 2 pick.
The Sacramento Kings own it, and that's where the intrigue appears to begin Thursday.
Arizona center Deandre Ayton is expected to be taken by the Phoenix Suns to open the draft, and then Bagley, Porter, Slovenian guard Luka Doncic or Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr. could be considered by Sacramento.
There's been little question that Arizona's Deandre Ayton is the best of a potential-filled group of bigs at the top of Thursday's NBA draft.
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State forward Nick Ward is withdrawing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school for his junior season.
Ward says Tuesday the workouts and interviews with NBA teams will help him when he's ready to take the next step.
There's still plenty to be decided before NBA teams start making picks in June's draft.
Like, the end of this season. And the lottery. And who actually might be entering the NBA draft.
But, ESPN is taking a stab at it, anyway, using its "BPI" to come up with the draft order, and adding to the mix players it believes will declare for the NBA draft by the April 22 deadline in its latest mock draft posted Monday (pay site).
Michigan State and Michigan are Nos. 11 and 12, respectively, in ESPN's "Way-Too-Early" college basketball rankings for the 2018-19 season.
The top three teams are Kansas at No. 1, Duke at No. 2 and national champion Villanova at No. 3.
Purdue, at No. 24, is the only other Big Ten team in ESPN's Top 25.
Wait until next year?
Michigan, which lost to Villanova in the NCAA championship game on Monday night, has 28-1 odds to win the national title next year, according to oddsmaker Pregame.com.
Villanova's odds to repeat are 10-1. Duke is the favorite at 6-1.
Michigan State's odds are 20-1, despite the loss of Miles Bridges and Jaren Jackson – and possibly Nick Ward – to the NBA Draft.
Jaren Jackson, the Big Ten defensive player of the year as a freshman for Michigan State, is leaving early for the NBA.
"Spartans, this was not an automatic decision," he tweeted Monday. "And honestly, thank you for making it one of the toughest decisions I've ever had to think about. While playing in the NBA was always my dream and desire, I did not know the opportunity would present itself in quite this way. I'm ready to live my dreams and I cannot pass it up."
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. announced Monday that he is entering the NBA Draft and intends to hire an agent.
Jackson becomes the third Spartan to declare early for the draft in the last week, joining sophomores Miles Bridges and Nick Ward, though Ward does not intend to hire an agent, leaving open the possibility he could return to Michigan State next season.
San Antonio — To stay or go?
It sure seems like a simple enough decision to make for Jaren Jackson Jr., who recently completed his freshman season at Michigan State.
On the surface, it appears obvious. The 6-foot-11 forward with the ability to score inside and out while protecting the rim on defense is projected as a top-five pick in this summer's NBA Draft. What comes with that status is guaranteed millions playing at the level most players dream of.
While a couple of his teammates have already declared for the NBA Draft, Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. continues to contemplate his future.
According to Jackson's father, Jaren Jackson Sr., the family has not set a timetable for a decision, saying only that it will come before the early entry deadline, which is at 11:59 p.m. on April 22.
San Antonio — As Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. contemplates his future and the possibility of entering the NBA Draft as a likely lottery pick, at least one former teammate thinks the decision is a simple one.
As the clock wound down Sunday afternoon in what turned out to be Michigan State's final game of the season, the Spartans were desperate to score points.
It was the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Little Caesars Arena, and while 11th-seeded Syracuse was playing a stifling 2-3 zone defense, it was hardly lighting up the scoreboard. The chance was there for Michigan State to win – if it could just simply put the ball in the basket.
Detroit — Michigan State's run in the NCAA Tournament run ended well before the Spartans expected it to.
The question now is if the run is over for at least a couple of underclassmen who are potential lottery picks if they declare for this summer's NBA Draft.
In the moments after Michigan State's 55-53 loss to Syracuse in the second round the Midwest Region at Little Caesars Arena, neither sophomore Miles Bridges nor freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. gave any indication of which way they're leaning.
Follow along here for live updates from Geoff Robinson as No. 3 seed MSU faces No. 14 Bucknell in the first round of NCAA Tournament from Little Caesars Arena.
Michigan State’s Jaren Jackson ‘too locked in’ to think about NBA Draft
Detroit – For at least three players on Michigan State's roster, Friday night's game against Bucknell in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Tournament signified the beginning of the end.
For Tum Tum Nairn, Gavin Schilling and Ben Carter, this is it. This the final stretch of their college careers.
Detroit – There was no hesitation for Jaren Jackson Jr.
The Michigan State freshman believes his Sports Illustrated cover is much better than teammate Miles Bridges'.
"Me or Miles?" Jackson said. Me. You see the cover? Come on, man. I mean his was cool with the mascot but I had like everybody and their mom around me."
Detroit — The latest in an occasional series looking at the landscape of college basketball in the state of Michigan.
MEN'S PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kendrick Nunn, Oakland. Yes, Michigan State's Miles Bridges is probably a more popular pick, but Nunn — a Big Ten-caliber player in his own right, having come from Illinois — did finish second in the nation in scoring at 25.9 points per game in his lone season in Rochester.
Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. is projected to be the No. 3 overall pick, by the Atlanta Hawks, in a new NBA mock draft by ESPN (pay site).
"The youngest prospect in the draft, Jackson may have the highest ceiling of anyone in this class in terms of his ability to affect the game on both ends of the floor," writes ESPN's Jonathan Givony. "It's easy to see Jackson manning the center position for Atlanta or pairing with exciting rookie big man John Collins in an athletic frontcourt."
Spartans regain lead by halftime
East Lansing — As Michigan State wrapped up practice Wednesday afternoon, Jaren Jackson Jr. glanced over at Cassius Winston and flashed a mischievous grin.
"We got stuff planned for him," the Spartans' freshman said.
For roughly two hours, Michigan State went after each other on the practice court at the Breslin Center in preparation for its opening game in the Big Ten tournament Friday. But as things wrapped up, the plans were being formulated to give Winston a hard time.
Buckeyes’ Bates-Diop, Holtmann are AP’s Big Ten top honorees
Ohio State's Keita Bates-Diop is The Associated Press player of the year in the Big Ten Conference and the Buckeyes' Chris Holtmann is its coach of the year.
Bates-Diop and Purdue's Carsen Edwards were unanimous picks to the AP All-Big Ten team also announced Wednesday, the first day of the conference tournament in New York. Michigan State freshman Jaren Jackson Jr. was picked as newcomer of the year and defensive player of the year in voting by 12 journalists who cover the league.
‘It’s unbelievable’: MSU’s Jaren Jackson big winner of Big Ten awards
Michigan State clinched the Big Ten regular season championship on Sunday with a victory at Wisconsin, and on Monday the Spartans picked up their share of individual accolades.
Sophomore Miles Bridges a unanimous choice to the All-Big Ten first team voted by the coaches and media while Jaren Jackson Jr. was named Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year.
East Lansing — This was supposed to be their night, so it only seemed right.
Cassius Winston approached Michigan State coach Tom Izzo with a simple request the day before the Spartans' regular-season home finale against Illinois. The sophomore point guard told Izzo he wanted Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn to start in his place Tuesday. It was Senior Night, after all, and Nairn is the captain and heart-and-soul leader of this Michigan State team.
Rosemont, Ill. — Miles Bridges might be Michigan State's best player. Jaren Jackson Jr. might be the player that gets drafted higher than any other.
But when it comes to who is Michigan State's most important player, it's getting hard to not believe that player is Cassius Winston.
For the most of the first half Tuesday, it felt like Michigan State wouldn't miss.
At least, that was the case from 3-point range as the Spartans missed just one of their first 10 attempts during an 87-57 victory at Minnesota. And that miss was a rushed shot from the corner by senior Lourawls "Tum Tum" Nairn, who thought the shot clock was winding down.