According to multiple NBA executives, (Grayson) Allen likely would have been a first-round pick a year ago after a sophomore season in which he averaged 21.6 points and shot 42 percent from 3-point range. Now, most of those same executives tell ESPN that the junior guard projects as a mid-second-round pick — if he opts to leave after this season.
“I knew with the decision I made, once I made it, I was going to live with it,” Allen said Thursday prior to the team’s first-round NCAA tournament game.
“For me, I’m making best of the situation. I didn’t come back for personal goals, I came back to be in the spot I am right now and trying to make another run for a national championship, and I’m still able to do that. So there’s no regrets there.”
Source: Jeff Goodman of ESPN
Sources: NBA, NCAA Meet to Discuss Changing One-and-Done Draft Rule
With momentum gathering to reshape the one-and-done draft entry rule, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and NBPA executive director Michele Roberts met with the new Commission on College Basketball in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, league sources told ESPN.
Silver and Roberts delivered the league and union perspectives on issues facing the basketball industry, including ways that changing the dynamics of the NBA draft could impact the pro and college games. The meeting was described as informational in nature, although the NCAA ultimately has no formal say in rules governing the league’s early-entry rules.
Draft eligibility rules must be collectively bargained between the NBA and the Players Association, and that conversation has been ongoing between the league and union, sources tell ESPN.
Nevertheless, there’s a growing belief within the league that Silver’s desire to end the one-and-done — the ability of college basketball players to enter the NBA draft after playing one year in college — could be pushing the sport closer to high school players having the opportunity to directly enter the league again. For that change to happen, though, the union would probably need to cede the one-and-done rule and agree to a mandate that players entering college must stay two years before declaring for the draft.
Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN
Marvin Bagley III Reclassifies, Commits to Duke
The biggest news in college basketball has come in August, typically one of the quietest recruiting months of the year.
Marvin Bagley III, the nation’s No. 1 high school recruit from the Class of 2018, made his announcement to reclassify up to the Class of 2017 on Monday, which means he will immediately be a freshman in college this season.
Along with his decision to reclassify, Bagley said on SportsCenter that he will play at Duke for Hall of Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski.
Bagley had been contemplating this decision for a long time and began to explore immediate eligibility in recent months. He is now scheduled to graduate from Los Angeles’ Sierra Canyon High School in August, after which the NCAA eligibility center will review his final transcript to assess whether he has met all requirements to play at the Division I level.
Adding Bagley to a class that already includes scoring savant Michael Porter Jr.and physically imposing big man DeAndre Ayton, as well as newly reclassified No. 24 Jontay Porter (Missouri), makes this a group to rival last year’s class that boasted historic one-and-done draft picks.
Source: Paul Biancardi of ESPN