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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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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 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 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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June 29, 2012 | BY DANIEL CARP and Daily News Sports Writer
NEWARK, N.J. — After a long and controversial offseason, Dion Waiters is a member of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Although Waiters never started a game during his 2-year career at Syracuse, the Cavaliers selected the Philadelphia native with the fourth pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. The 6-4 guard averaged 12.6 points per game for the Orange last season. Waiters became one of the hot topics for NBA draft gurus this year after he left the NBA draft combine without working out and canceled the remainder of his private workouts and interviews.
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March 28, 2012 | By Mike Kern, Daily News Staff Writer
Sources have confirmed Internet rumblings that junior swingman Dominic Cheek could be leaving Villanova early for the NBA draft. The Wildcats are already losing junior lead guard Maalik Wayns, their leading scorer at 17-plus points a game and a second-team all-Big East selection. Neither Cheek nor coach Jay Wright, who was out of town recruiting, could be reached for comment. The 6-foot-6 Cheek averaged 12.5 points in 30 minutes per game, both second-best on a team that finished 13-19 and missed the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
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July 14, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAS VEGAS - It was an obvious question, one that most 76ers fans would like to hear answered: How does Joel Embiid's being sidelined change Jahlil Okafor's role heading into the season? "It doesn't," Okafor said. "My role is to dominate. I'm one of the centerpieces of this team. So my role is the same. " Okafor was held out of the team's NBA Summer League game against the Boston Celtics Sunday at the Thomas & Mack Center so he could rest. He had better cherish his time off. The role for the third overall pick in the NBA draft will be greater than most fans envisioned days ago. Embiid, selected third in last summer's draft, will have a second surgery on his right foot and is expected to miss all of next season, the team announced Saturday night after The Inquirer reported the news earlier in the day. One source said the franchise is concerned that this setback is career-threatening.
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June 27, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Say what you will about Sam Hinkie, the 76ers general manager never diverted from his plan. Hinkie always said he would select the best available player in the NBA draft regardless of his position. So when the Los Angeles Lakers passed on Duke's Jahlil Okafor at No. 2, the Sixers added another towering post player. They selected the 6-foot-11, 275-pound Okafor third overall on Thursday night at the Barclays Center. The Sixers were expected to take Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell in that spot.
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June 27, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - The roar at the Barclays Center was deafening when the Los Angeles Lakers selected D'Angelo Russell as the No. 2 overall pick in the NBA draft, but the cheering likely wasn't coming from Philadelphia fans. Russell, the Ohio State point guard, would have filled a definite need for the 76ers and there was plenty of pre-draft buzz about the 6-foot-5 freshman. Instead, the Lakers bypassed Duke center Jahlil Okafor for a guard, showing again how the NBA is evolving, especially after Golden State just won the championship with a guard-oriented team.
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June 26, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
NEW YORK - It was like the parade before the beauty pageant yesterday on the fifth floor of the Westin Hotel in Times Square for 19 players who are anxiously awaiting tonight's NBA draft. The fashion was subdued - kind of like business casual - compared to how the players will be decked out tonight. The moods were light and loose, the exact opposite of what they'll be tonight. It was one last chance for them to meet with the media and talk about how their lives will be changing once their names are called.
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June 26, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Ohio State star D'Angelo Russell was bombarded with questions Wednesday on the eve of the NBA draft. "D'Angelo, what did Nerlens Noel tell you about 76ers coach Brett Brown?" "D'Angelo, how do you feel about Madison Square Garden?" "D'Angelo, do you think the triangle offense is easy?" "D'Angelo, did you enjoy the city [of Philadelphia] during the workout?" The standout guard never envisioned being in this situation after only one season with the Buckeyes. At the time, he was a self-proclaimed "overlooked player," expecting to remain in college beyond one year.
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June 26, 2015 | By Bob Ford, Inquirer Columnist
The NBA draft takes place Thursday night and, for fans of the 76ers, it arrives with equal parts excitement and trepidation. Riding along with the Sixers on their twisting journey is like getting into a taxi driven by someone in no hurry to arrive at the destination, and with an unusual choice of route. Gleaming highways are bypassed in order to take roads still under construction. Train crossings are crested without a glance up the tracks. And each sharp, unexpected turn slams the passengers around until they are dizzy.
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June 26, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WHEN DUKE center Jahlil Okafor was asked in New York on Wednesday about possibly falling in the draft to the 76ers, the look on his face told a story better than any words could. It was a combination of, "That ain't gonna happen" and "No, I'm headed to Hollywood. " When Ohio State guard D'Angelo Russell was scooped by the Lakers at No. 2 last night, the obvious player to go next had to be Okafor. And Sam Hinkie scooped him up, adding another big man to a roster that includes Joel Embiid and Nerlens Noel.
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June 25, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Jahlil Okafor is far from a stellar foul shooter or an intimidating defender. But the former Duke standout should hear his name called early in the NBA draft Thursday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to select Okafor second overall if they don't trade the pick. Guys his size don't come along every day. Okafor is a 7-foot, 275-pound man-child with an imposing presence on the blocks. The consensus all-American helped to lead Duke to its fifth NCAA title last season.
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June 25, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
ADONAL FOYLE knows what this year's NBA draft class is going through. The former NBA center played his sophomore season at Cardinal O'Hara High before transferring to a school in Hamilton, N.Y. He went on to play at Colgate and was selected eighth overall by the Warriors in 1997. Yesterday, on ThePlayersTribune.com, Foyle doled out some free advice to the players who will be drafted tomorrow. "You worked all your life to get to this point," Foyle wrote. "But how you navigate your NBA career (regardless of how well you perform on the court)
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June 24, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
A PAIR of near 7-footers are widely predicted to be the first two picks in Thursday's NBA draft, but Kentucky's Karl-Anthony Towns and Duke's Jahlil Okafor couldn't be more different when it comes to their style of play. Towns (6-11, 250), who didn't get to showcase all his talents this past season for Kentucky while sharing time with other talented players, could step into the NBA and immediately be impactful defensively. He has great timing when it comes to blocking shots and has such coordination for a big man that he rarely finds himself out of position on the defensive end. He's not a finished product offensively, but can step away from the basket and make 15- to 18-foot jump shots with ease.
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