CHICAGO (AP) — TyTy Washington Jr. remembers being in awe gazing at the banners in Madison Square Garden as he watched the New York Knicks meet the Cleveland Cavaliers and the feeling he had two days later when Kentucky faced Duke at the famed arena.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Mitch Kupchak has signed a multiyear contract extension to remain the Charlotte Hornets' general manager.
Kupchak’s contract was set to expire this summer.
“For better or for worse, I will be here for the next couple of years,” Kupchak said Thursday on a videoconference call.
They took a chance on each other: The teenage power forward from New Jersey on the start-up league. The start-up league on the young player with immense talent.
Dominick Barlow received on-the-job training — and a six-figure salary — to skip college and join Overtime Elite, a new basketball league created to give high school players another path to the pros.
CHICAGO (AP) — Orlando Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman was supposed to be at the podium for the NBA draft lottery.
He benched himself in favor of coach Jamahl Mosley.
Time for the NBA draft lottery, where some team will get a nice reward for a miserable season.
Not the Los Angeles Lakers, though. Their misery is set to make a good year even better for the New Orleans Pelicans.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas shooting guard Andrew Jones, whose college basketball career was interrupted for nearly two years by leukemia, has announced he will skip a final season with the Longhorns and turn pro.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Don Carey and Collin Holloway became the fifth and sixth Georgetown basketball players to enter the NCAA transfer portal this spring.
The school announced the moves Friday. Kobe Clark Timothy Ighoefe, Tyler Beard and Jalin Billingsley already entered the portal, and leading scorer Aminu Mohammed opted to test the NBA draft waters.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga guard Rasir Bolton has become the fifth starter to declare for the NBA draft.
“To Zag Nation and the Spokane Community, I love you guys! I appreciate the love and support you all had for us as a team and for welcoming me with open arms, I am forever grateful!” Bolton wrote on social media.
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan freshman Moussa Diabate is entering the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-11 forward announced his plans on Monday, a day after standout center Hunter Dickinson decided to return for his junior season.
North Carolina guard Caleb Love is returning for his junior season, a huge boost for the Tar Heels after their improbable run to the NCAA championship game.
The 6-foot-4 Love announced his decision in a social-media video on Sunday, the last day for players to declare for the NBA draft.
Duke freshman A.J. Griffin is heading to the NBA, becoming the fifth Blue Devils player in the past week to declare early for the draft.
The school announced Griffin's decision Sunday, the last day for players to declare themselves eligible for the NBA draft.
Duke freshman Trevor Keels is the fourth Blue Devils player in the past week to announce plans to enter the NBA draft.
The school announced Keels' decision Saturday and said he planned to hire an agent.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue center Zach Edey won’t enter the NBA draft and plans to return to Purdue for his junior season.
Edey announced his decision Friday on social media.
The 7-foot-4 center from Toronto averaged 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 blocks this past season while playing just 19 minutes per game.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Oscar Tshiebwe quickly learned achieving his dream of being an NBA draft lottery pick requires more than being college basketball’s best player.
So even after becoming an imposing inside presence on both ends of the floor, the Kentucky junior forward plans to spend the offseason stretching his game beyond the arc and in other phases to get himself — and the Wildcats — to the next level.
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Patrick Baldwin Jr. is entering the NBA draft after his father was fired as Milwaukee coach.
Baldwin announced his decision Friday in a social media post.
Wendell Moore Jr. is the third Duke player this week to announce plans to enter the NBA draft.
The school revealed Moore's decision Thursday night, saying he would hire an agent. The 6-foot-5, 213-pound junior and potential first-round pick won the Julius Erving Award as college basketball’s top small forward this season.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga stars Chet Holmgren and Andrew Nembhard announced Thursday that they will enter the NBA draft.
Holmgren is expected to be a top five pick, while Nembhard is projected as a likely second-rounder.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe will enter the NBA draft and be evaluated while maintaining his collegiate eligibility after not playing last season with the Wildcats.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois All-America center Kofi Cockburn has declared for the NBA draft and hired an agent, marking the end of one of the most productive careers in program history.
Cockburn made the announcement on his social media channels Wednesday, and the Illinois athletic department confirmed it.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s Johnny Juzang, one of the stars of the 2021 NCAA Tournament during the Bruins’ run to the Final Four, is entering the NBA draft.
The junior guard announced his plans Wednesday on his Instagram account.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA guard Jules Bernard has declared for the NBA draft, although the senior won’t hire an agent to preserve his eligibility.
He announced his plans Tuesday on his Instagram account.
Big man Mark Williams is the first of Duke's multiple NBA prospects to say he's leaving to enter the draft.
The 7-foot-1, 242-pound sophomore announced his decision in a social media video Monday evening.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt guard Scotty Pippen Jr. is entering the NBA draft, and the Southeastern Conference's leading scorer is signing with an agent.
Pippen announced his decision Monday in a social media post.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Julian Strawther said Monday that he will enter the NBA draft and skip his junior year.
The 6-foot-7 Strawther averaged 11.8 points per game on 49.5% shooting last season, earning an All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Emoni Bates, the five-star recruit who reclassified to 2021, has announced he's entering the transfer portal after one season at Memphis.
Bates announced his decision Saturday on his Instagram account, saying he thanked Memphis coach Penny Hardaway and the rest of his coaching staff for giving him a chance to be a Tiger.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona sophomore Bennedict Mathurin is entering the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-6 guard is a projected lottery pick after a breakout season during his second year in Tucson. He led the Wildcats with 17.7 points per game and shot 45% from the field.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama freshman point guard JD Davison is entering the NBA draft.
Davison, who is projected as a potential first-round pick, announced his decision on Instagram Wednesday.
North Carolina big man Armando Bacot is returning for his senior season after the Tar Heels fell a game short of winning an improbable national championship.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA’s Peyton Watson is entering the NBA draft after one season in Westwood and hiring an agent, which officially ends his college eligibility.
Watson announced his decision Tuesday on his social media accounts.
Brandon Murray has chosen to transfer to Georgetown, a potential boost for the once-storied program coming off a 6-25 season with no victories in the Big East.
The former LSU guard picked Georgetown over Tennessee and Illinois.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga junior forward Drew Timme announced his intention to declare for the NBA draft Thursday, but did not indicate if he would hire an agent.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard TyTy Washington Jr. will enter the NBA draft and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility, ending his lone season as the Wildcats’ second-leading scorer.
The 6-foot-3 freshman is the second Wildcats player to enter the draft pool in what has become a spring ritual for the program.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler has declared for the NBA draft and is signing with an agent after his freshman season with the Volunteers.
Chandler announced his decision Tuesday in a social media post.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn freshman Jabari Smith, who led the Tigers to their first No. 1 ranking, is entering the NBA draft.
Smith, who is projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick, lived up to his billing as the highest-rated recruit in program history.
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky forward Keion Brooks Jr. will enter the NBA draft but does not plan on hiring an agent, leaving open the possibility of returning to school.
Brooks averaged career bests in several categories as a junior, including 10.8 points per contest on 49% shooting.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Syracuse forward Cole Swider will forgo his final year of eligibility and declare for the NBA draft, he announced on social media.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn center Walker Kessler, who was chosen the nation's top defensive player, plans to enter the NBA draft.
The 7-foot-1 North Carolina transfer announced his decision Sunday on social media.
NEW YORK (AP) — St. John's junior Julian Champagnie is entering the NBA draft.
A two-time selection to the all-Big East first team, Champagnie announced Saturday he plans to give up the rest of his college eligibility and hire an agent.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — New Florida coach Todd Golden rounded out his staff Friday by hiring UNLV assistant Carlin Hartman.
Hartman joins Mississippi State’s Korey McCray and Richmond’s Kevin Hovde on Florida's bench, helping form a staff Golden called “a grand slam.”
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's Trevion Williams has announced he will sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft.
Williams could have played for the Boilermakers next season with the NCAA's pandemic eligibility exemption.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis is ready to turn pro after delivering a superb sophomore season.
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue's Jaden Ivey has entered his name in the NBA draft, forfeiting his final two seasons of college eligibility.
“This has been a lifelong dream of mine and I am beyond excited for this journey,” Ivey posted on his social media accounts Thursday.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame freshman guard Blake Wesley announced he's entering the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-5 guard, who averaged a team-leading 14.4 points for his hometown Fighting Irish, tweeted his intention on Wednesday.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Baylor standout freshman Kendall Brown and point guard James Akinjo both announced Wednesday they are entering their names into the NBA draft.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa All-American Keegan Murray has announced he will declare for the NBA draft.
Murray tweeted on Tuesday that he would leave the Hawkeyes after a sophomore season in which he was the Big Ten scoring leader, a consensus All-American and unanimous pick to The Associated Press All-Big Ten team.
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State forward E.J. Liddell announced Friday he has declared for the NBA draft.
The decision by the All-American to skip his senior season was no surprise.
Liddell had the best season of his three-year Buckeyes career, averaging 19.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.6 blocks and 2.5 assists per game.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska freshman Bryce McGowens announced Monday he is declaring for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent.
The Associated Press Big Ten newcomer of the year averaged a team-high 16.8 points and 5.2 rebounds per game as the highest-ranked recruit in program history.
PITTSBURGH (AP) — E.J. Liddell had the perfect out a year ago. The Ohio State star forward's reasons to move on were there for all to see on his social media feed.
Racist remarks. A death threat from what the school believes was a frustrated gambler.