April 17, 2012 |
Kentucky's starting lineup of three freshmen and two sophomores did most everything together en route to the school's eighth national title. Now, they will each go their separate ways in the NBA. Freshmen Anthony Davis , Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Marquis Teague , and sophomores Terrence Jones and Doron Lamb declared for the draft in a nationally televised news conference Tuesday night. "We made it work," Jones said. "We all wanted to be there and do it together like we've done everything else together.
April 10, 2009 |
At a time of year when most college students are peeking ahead to summer vacation, an unexpected number of Los Angeles' best young basketball players are considering a more-permanent exit strategy. Call it "height flight." On Thursday, UCLA freshman Jrue Holiday added his name to a growing list, announcing he will make himself available for the NBA draft in June.
May 5, 1986 |
Walter Berry, the college basketball Player of the Year, today announced he will enter the NBA draft and skip his senior season at St. John's University in New York. Berry, a 6-foot-8 forward who played center last season, applied for the draft before Saturday's deadline but waited to announce his decision because he first wanted to notify the university. He previously said he intended to stay at St. John's and receive his degree in athletic administration.
April 24, 2007 |
Brandan Wright said he'd enjoyed playing for Roy Williams and that he knew North Carolina could contend for a national championship next season. He just couldn't pass up the chance to take care of his family by making himself available for the NBA draft. "I was definitely torn in my decision," the freshman said Monday. "There are so many positives and negatives in me entering the draft. But I feel like the positives outweigh the negatives."
April 20, 1994 |
The Fab Five was reduced to two Tuesday as Jalen Rose, following in the footsteps of Chris Webber and Juwan Howard, announced that he, too, will leave Michigan early to try the NBA draft. That leaves Jimmy King and Ray Jackson from the talented freshman class recruited three years ago. Webber is finishing his rookie season with the Golden State Warriors, and Howard announced Monday he was turning pro. The Fab Five went to the NCAA final game in 1992 before losing to Duke.
April 19, 1995 |
Three more prominent underclassmen--forwards Scotty Thurman of Arkansas, Rodrick Rhodes of Kentucky and Chris Carr of Southern Illinois--decided Tuesday to make themselves eligible for the NBA draft. Earlier, Joe Smith of Maryland, the college player of the year; Corliss Williamson, Thurman's teammate at Arkansas; Gary Trent of Ohio, and Mario Bennett of Arizona State had announced that they would pass up their remaining college eligibility. Players must disclose their intentions by 11:59 p.m.
December 12, 2012 |
Sam Bowie is probably best known for being drafted ahead of Michael Jordan in the 1984 NBA draft. Bowie was chosen by Portland with the second overall pick, one spot ahead of Jordan. Bowie broke his left leg in 1985 and had, at best, a disappointing NBA career. Jordan went on the become the greatest player in NBA history. Bowie missed two seasons at Kentucky because of leg injuries but had a strong final season. Of course, if the Trail Blazers had known the day of the draft that Bowie still had a bum leg, they never would have taken him. But who knew?
June 29, 2012 |
There was basketball talent in the Pac-12 Conference this season. It just wasn't apparent by watching the NCAA tournament. A conference that put only two teams into college basketball's biggest postseason tournament and secured only one victory (thanks to newcomer Colorado, of all teams) had three players selected in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night. None of them came from UCLA or USC, but you probably already knew that. Washington, snubbed by the NCAA tournament selection committee despite winning the Pac-12 regular-season title, had a pair of players taken in swingman Terrence Ross (by Toronto with the No. 8 pick)
May 18, 1998
THE FIRST ROUND 1. Clippers 2. a-Vancouver 3. Denver 4. Toronto 5. b-Golden State 6. Dallas 7. Sacramento 8. Philadephia 9. c-Milwaukee 10. Boston 11. d-Detroit 12. e-Orlando 13. Orlando (from Washington) 14. Houston 15. Orlando (from New Jersey) 16. f-New York 17. Minnesota 18. Toronto (from Portland) 19. Milwaukee (from Cleveland) 20. Atlanta 21. Charlotte 22. Clippers (from Miami) 23. Denver (from Phoenix) 24. San Antonio 25. Indiana 26. Lakers 27. Seattle 28. Chicago 29. Utah.