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April 6, 2012 | STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
SYRACUSE CENTER Fab Melo is entering the NBA draft after a breakout season in which he twice got held out because of eligibility issues. The 7-foot sophomore from Brazil made the announcement Thursday. He averaged 7.8 points and 5.8 rebounds for Syracuse (34-3) this past season. He led the Big East in blocks per game and was named the conference's defensive player of the year. Melo missed three games in late January due to an academic issue, was reinstated, and just before the start of the NCAA Tournament was ruled ineligible again and did not play another game.
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May 25, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
The NBA draft is scheduled for June 27 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, and the 76ers have the 11th pick. Barring trades and other wheeling and dealing, here is how it could play out: 1. Cleveland Cavaliers pick Nerlens Noel (C, 19 years old, 7-foot-0, 206 pounds, Kentucky, freshman. With Cleveland receiving another top-five pick, it's obvious they're still building post-LeBron James. Even though they have a glaring need at the wing position, Anderson Varejao is extremely injury prone and nearing the end of his contract, so it opens up a great spot for Noel.
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March 15, 2012 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer
AS ANTICIPATED by most, including Villanova coach Jay Wright, Wildcats junior lead guard Maalik Wayns is indeed going to put his name into the pool of available candidates for the NBA draft. "I want to test the waters at this point to see where I stand," the 6-2 Roman Catholic High product said in a statement released by the university. "I think this is a smart decision for Maalik at this stage of his career," Wright said. "I look forward to working with him as we go through this process.
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May 23, 1999 | By Frank Bertucci, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Gene Shipley, one of the most enigmatic basketball players in the area from the time he was a 6-foot-8 eighth grader, has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft one year after his injury-shortened senior season at Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School. Shipley, who is now 6-9 and says he weighs 245 pounds, wrote a letter to NBA commissioner David Stern, expressing his decision to forgo college for the professional league. "It was a matter of basketball getting too easy for me," Shipley said last night.
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June 27, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
WITH THE NBA draft finally upon us, the Sixers still have some choices to make as to who will be wearing a blue-and-red Snapback next to Adam Silver tonight. And by the looks of it, there aren't too many prospects for the center position who stand out. The Sixers have the third and 10th picks and five second-round selections. Here are the Daily News' expected top-5 prospects at center, including how they fit with the franchise based on the team's current needs. Joel Embiid College: Kansas Year: Freshman Height: 7-foot 2013-14 stats: 11.2 pts., 8.1 reb., 1.4 ast., 2.4 TO, 2.6 blk., 62.6 FG%, 68.5 FT% Comment: You can't teach height.
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June 28, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE THRILL of the NBA draft often lies more in the development of the known than of the unknown. That sounds counterintuitive, but think about it. Which players in recent draft history have supplied more unexpected results: The one-and-done talent mutants; or, the stay-in-school plodders who continue to blossom in college? Was it more fulfilling to watch LeBron exit high school as the top pick of the 2003 draft and enter superstar orbit . . . or to watch Steph Curry go from three-year gunner at Davidson, drafted seventh in 2009, to a two-time MVP?
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June 27, 2014 | By Dick Jerardi, Daily News Columnist
THE FIRST HOUR of this NBA draft was very confusing. I kept waiting for one of the teams to take some player who would outrage the ESPN crew, a pick so bad that fans who never watched a college game would know it was stupid. Did not happen. Now, it is fair to wonder if Kansas' Andrew Wiggins and Duke's Jabari Parker were so good, how exactly did their teams lose to Stanford and Mercer, respectively, in the NCAA Tournament? Wiggins was lost against the Stanford defense. Parker and Duke were lost against the Mercer offense.
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April 1, 2012 | By Joe Juliano, Inquirer Staff Writer
We have to admit we'd rather be in New Orleans dealing with late interviews and overhyped fans and crazy deadlines and the fact that CBS can't be on time for a first-game tipoff that the network itself scheduled for 6:09 p.m. but actually happened at 6:14 (did you really have to run a commercial between the national anthem and the player introductions?). But if you have to be home watching game action sprinkled among the ads, there's nothing better than following along on Twitter as Kentucky's Anthony Davis shows in no uncertain terms why he is college basketball's player of the year and the absolute mortal lock No. 1 pick in the next NBA draft.
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June 26, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
One of the story lines that emerged from the NBA draft was "How about those plucky Villanova Wildcats, winning a national title without any drafted players!" No, no, a million times, no. Yes, Jay Wright deserves every bit of credit he's gotten. Wright pushed all the right X and O buttons, continually outcoaching some very impressive coaches. Villanova also won it all because it had the most depth of talent. Some of that talent you saw surely will end up in the NBA. Seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu weren't drafted - and weren't expected to be - but they picked up free-agent deals in an instant.
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July 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
LAS VEGAS - The NBA draft last month went like this for 76ers fans. "The 76ers select Ben Simmons at No. 1. " "Hooray!" "The 76ers select Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot at No. 24. " "Who?" So Luwawu-Cabarrot is spending his time at NBA Summer League games showing who he is. He headed into Tuesday's matchup against the Golden State Warriors averaging nine points and three rebounds over four games - two were in the Utah Jazz Summer League - and was shooting 40 percent from the field.
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June 28, 2016 | By Marcus Hayes, Daily News Columnist
THE THRILL of the NBA draft often lies more in the development of the known than of the unknown. That sounds counterintuitive, but think about it. Which players in recent draft history have supplied more unexpected results: The one-and-done talent mutants; or, the stay-in-school plodders who continue to blossom in college? Was it more fulfilling to watch LeBron exit high school as the top pick of the 2003 draft and enter superstar orbit . . . or to watch Steph Curry go from three-year gunner at Davidson, drafted seventh in 2009, to a two-time MVP?
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June 27, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
Ben Simmons was grieving the loss of a cousin less than 48 hours after celebrating being the 76ers' first overall pick in the NBA draft. Zachary Simmons, 21, was struck and killed around 4:30 a.m. Saturday in a hit-and-run on a street in Hoboken, N.J., WCBS-TV in New York reported. The vehicle involved was a black Escalade. The television station said Zachary Simmons was the first cousin of Ben Simmons. On Saturday night, Ben Simmons tweeted: "Hearing the news this morning is a reminder to never forget the important things in life.
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June 27, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
The immediate NBA future of 76ers draftee Furkan Korkmaz is unclear. The guard from Turkey didn't expect to be chosen with the 26th pick in the NBA draft Thursday. "I'm still in shock," Korkmaz told the Turkish Basketball Federation website. The 6-foot-8, 170-pounder was hoping to be among the top 20 players selected. He added that things turned a little bit upside down for him. "I kind of took some risk," Korkmaz said of staying in the draft. "I was drafted by a team that I never expected.
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June 26, 2016 | By Mike Jensen, STAFF WRITER
One of the story lines that emerged from the NBA draft was "How about those plucky Villanova Wildcats, winning a national title without any drafted players!" No, no, a million times, no. Yes, Jay Wright deserves every bit of credit he's gotten. Wright pushed all the right X and O buttons, continually outcoaching some very impressive coaches. Villanova also won it all because it had the most depth of talent. Some of that talent you saw surely will end up in the NBA. Seniors Ryan Arcidiacono and Daniel Ochefu weren't drafted - and weren't expected to be - but they picked up free-agent deals in an instant.
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June 25, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
NEW YORK - The future arrived wearing a dark suit, white shirt, and pocket square, a man dressed for business among a room full of other young men who dressed for the prom. The only allowance Ben Simmons made to style as he ascended the stage on Thursday night was a squarely knotted tie the color of solid gold. That's an understandable, if understated, choice for the first pick in the NBA draft. Simmons, selected by the 76ers, went from amateur status to a professional contract that will pay him between $5 million and $6 million in his rookie year alone.
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June 24, 2016 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The 76ers hold the first selection in the NBA draft Thursday, getting their pick of the incoming hoops litter for just the third time in a franchise history that stretches all the way back to the Syracuse Nationals and a draft record that began when Harry Truman was president. It is a rare and promising moment for the team, and not just because the two previous top picks, Doug Collins in 1973 and Allen Iverson in 1996, helped build teams that reached the NBA Finals. The same could be expected of Ben Simmons, the 6-foot-10 forward from LSU who reportedly has been told his will be the first name called on Thursday.
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June 24, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
LAST THURSDAY, DeAndre' Bembry was at his brother's funeral. This Thursday, Bembry was drafted 21st overall in the NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks. A huge party had been planned for Bembry's North Jersey home. It was scaled way back as the Saint Joseph's junior just tried to get through the toughest time of his life. DeAndre' and his brother, Adrian Potts, grew up in Charlotte. Potts was back home visiting family and friends on June 11 when, in the early morning, he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, an innocent victim of shots sprayed into a crowd near the UNC Charlotte campus, dead at 20. Their mother, Essence Bembry, said the plan was for Adrian to go with DeAndre' to his NBA city.
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June 24, 2016 | By Adam Hermann, STAFF WRITER
JAY WRIGHT arrived home from an event so late Tuesday night - 2 a.m. to be specific - that as he groggily dressed Wednesday morning for the Wanamaker Award luncheon, he slipped into a blue suit with dark-gray pinstripes, thinking the stripes were white. "That's why I'm not wearing a tie," he said sheepishly before the banquet began at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City on Wednesday. "The one I picked didn't match. " Wright, categorically debonair, said between sleep deprivation and the beaucoup lunches at the slew of events he's attended since Villanova's national championship win April 4, he's worried he's put on a few pounds.
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June 24, 2016 | By Marc Narducci, STAFF WRITER
Temple wing Quenton DeCosey was always known for making shots, but he said Wednesday that he has shown NBA teams a more versatile game in preparation for a professional career. DeCosey was among six players who took part in the final 76ers predraft workout Wednesday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "I think I have gotten quicker, stronger, improved on the defensive end, and my lateral quickness," said DeCosey, who scored 1,513 career points with the Owls. "I have been working out three times a day and really feel confident in my abilities here.
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