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NBA Rumors: Andrew Wiggins Declaring for Draft

Andrew Wiggins will declare today for the 2014 NBA Draft… The Harrison twins could be following suit… Doc Rivers says Glen Davis ejection was an isolated incident.

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Wiggins one-and-done

Andrew Wiggins will announce he’s leaving Kansas after one season for the NBA at a news conference on Monday afternoon, sources told ESPN.com.

The school released a statement that the 6-foot-8 freshman from Canada will make an announcement Monday at 3 p.m. ET.

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points and 5.9 rebounds this past season and is expected to be taken somewhere in the top three in June’s NBA draft. Wiggins was the Big 12 freshman of the year and a first-team all-conference selection.

Via Jeff Goodman of ESPN

Unlike some of the other top draft prospects, including his teammate Joel Embiid, Wiggins has never created any doubt over his intentions. He’s always been on the one-and-done plan and even though the Jayhawks’ season came to a close earlier than expected, it’d be a mistake not to stick with it and make the jump now.

Wiggins failed to live up to the high expectations he came in with, but he’s still one of the top prospects available. He likely wouldn’t fall past four in the worst case scenarios. He’s still in the mix for the top overall selection, although his four-point, four-turnover performance in his collegiate finale against Stanford didn’t help his case much.

Wiggins possesses great upside, though. He has all the tools to be an elite, two-way player at the next level. His stock is weighed down solely by questions about whether he will ever consistently play up to his potential. For Wiggins the pre-draft process will be more about selling teams on his desire to be great, not his ability to do so.

Harrison twins on the fence?

For much of the regular season, Kentucky coach John Calipari has been telling NBA executives that his prized twin guards—Aaron and Andrew Harrison—would be returning to Lexington for their sophomore season.

But a source close to the process told Sporting News that no such decision has been made yet, especially with the Wildcats heading into the Final Four.

Via Sean Deveney of Sporting News

Coming into the season, the Harrison twins were regarded as likely one-and-done candidates, but their struggles throughout the regular season created a belief that they’d be back. However, with their stock getting back into the first-round range, there’s reason to revert back to the original plan.

The twins’ improvement has been one of the biggest reasons behind Kentucky’s late success. They’ve displayed great poise in close game situations, handling tough defensive assignments and making clutch buckets when they’re needed the most.

If there’s any chance of them returning still, it almost certainly goes out the window with a win next weekend.

Glen Davis ejection an isolated incident

Glen Davis was dressed and left the Clippers locker room as soon as the game was over without speaking to reporters. Despite having incidents in the past, Rivers was adamant this was a one-game punishment and nothing more.

“No, we’re not going to get into the whole Baby thing; this has not been building,” Rivers said. “He was emotional tonight, and we told him to go sit down. I just thought he was a distraction, and when guys are a distraction, I don’t think they should be on the bench. If you’re a distraction for anybody on the bench that should be paying attention to the game, then go sit in the back so our guys can watch the game.”.

Via Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles

For those of you who missed it, Davis was ejected by Rivers after the two exchanged words in a Clippers’ win against the Houston Rockets. Davis has always been known as an emotional player, though, so this incident is far from surprising.

Davis has only been playing about 13 minutes a game since joining the Clippers. That’s less than half of what he was seeing on a regular basis with the Orlando Magic. Perhaps he envisioned having a bigger role, but he’s not foreign to the necessary sacrifices that winning a championship require. Davis is a fiery competitor who wants to win; expect him to be back on the right page by the next time the Clippers are in action.

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Yannis Koutroupis is Basketball Insiders' Managing Site Editor and Senior Writer. He has been covering the NBA and NCAA for seven years.

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