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UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019

NBA draft updates: History made as Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke give Gonzaga two first-round picks; Zach Norvell Jr. goes undrafted

The Gonzaga men’s basketball program has had two players selected in the first round of the NBA draft for the first time.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Rui Hachimura signs endorsement deal with Nissin, maker of Cup Noodles, on eve of NBA draft

Japanese tennis players Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also Nissin brand ambassadors.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

2019 NBA mock draft: How will Pelicans build around Zion Williamson?

The NBA couldn’t have asked for a better draft lead-in than the Anthony Davis blockbuster trade. While the first wave of headlines rightfully belonged to the Los Angeles Lakers, the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

Dynamic duo: History awaits Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke at NBA draft

Gonzaga’s starting five at the NBA draft: Projected first-round picks Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd.


With short window after season’s end, Warriors turn to draft

Warriors general manager Bob Myers is still emotionally spent after watching superstars Kevin Durant and Klay Thompson go down with serious injuries in the last two games of the NBA …


Zion’s time: Williamson the center of attention at NBA draft

Zion Williamson tried to portray himself as an ordinary player just hoping to be drafted. Actually, he’s perhaps the most-hyped one since LeBron James. Soon he can start showing if …


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019

After lottery setback, Hawks look to add to young core

Even though the lottery didn’t work as they hoped, the Atlanta Hawks are preparing for another intriguing draft. With three first-round picks and six choices overall, the Hawks are poised …


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019

Guessing game has Gonzaga’s Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke going in middle of first round at NBA draft

There are dozens of NBA mock drafts, top 100 rankings and best players available lists. Newspapers and television outlets are conducting live mock drafts.


Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines list of big men in NBA draft

Texas’ Jaxson Hayes headlines the list of big men in the NBA draft. Hayes is a lottery prospect after spending one season with the Longhorns. Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke, Kentucky’s PJ …


UPDATED: Fri., June 14, 2019

Mavs illustrate draft’s international flair with Euro plan

The Dallas Mavericks are building their NBA hopes around a pair of young European stars after 21 years with Germany’s Dirk Nowitzki. A future with Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis …


Draft, free agency … and lots of questions await the NBA

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is expected to open next week’s draft by announcing that Zion Williamson is the No. 1 overall selection headed to New Orleans. And four months after …


Ja Morant, Darius Garland, Coby White top list of point guards in NBA draft

Murray State’s Ja Morant, Vanderbilt’s Darius Garland and North Carolina’s Coby White headline the list of top point guards in the NBA draft. Morant dominated the mid-major ranks last season …


UPDATED: Thu., May 30, 2019

Matt Calkins: Breaking down why Jaylen Nowell opted for a shot in NBA draft over another season with Huskies

If you look at the mock NBA drafts, Nowell is a late second-rounder at best. And the Huskies could be amazing next season.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

Killian Tillie’s return bolsters Gonzaga’s experience, frontcourt

Killian Tillie is coming back, a decision that gives Gonzaga a cornerstone for next season and affords the talented forward an opportunity to elevate his draft stock.


UPDATED: Wed., May 29, 2019

New agent rule leaves college basketball player in limbo

Confusion about the new rule allowing college basketball players to sign with agents has led to uncertainty for a Division II player. The rule adopted by the NCAA amid the …


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie expected to return for senior season

Killian Tillie’s status has been one of the biggest question marks regarding Gonzaga’s 2019-2020 roster, but it appears he will return for his senior season.


UPDATED: Tue., May 28, 2019

CJ Elleby elects for return to Washington State after testing NBA draft waters

CJ Elleby got a small taste of the NBA, but the Washington State forward will wait at least one more year to pursue professional basketball full time.


After a scandal and a year in Australia, Brian Bowen II targets NBA

Brian Bowen II is hoping to make it to the NBA after being engulfed in a college basketball corruption scandal. His father testified that he agreed to a $100,000 pay-for-play …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Mid-major to millions: Ja Morant’s life is changing quickly

Here’s how much everything has changed for Ja Morant in the last 12 months: He’s gone from being considered the No. 3 option at Murray State to the possible No. …


Pelicans going at own pace after hitting NBA lottery jackpot

A Pelicans franchise that looked downtrodden when Anthony Davis requested a mid-season trade is now buoyed by the leverage that comes with winning the NBA’s draft lottery. The club now …


UPDATED: Wed., May 15, 2019

Tacko Fall among 11 players added to NBA draft combine

The NBA has picked 11 players from the G League Elite Camp to stay for the draft combine. UCF’s Tacko Fall, Florida State’s Terance Mann, Miami’s Dewan Hernandez, Syracuse’s Oshae …


UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019

New Orleans wins NBA draft lottery, right to pick No. 1

New Orleans has bucked the odds and won the NBA’s draft lottery, and now will have the first chance at choosing Zion Williamson in the June 20 selections. The Pelicans …


UPDATED: Mon., May 13, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie pulls out of NBA Draft Combine

Gonzaga forward Killian Tillie will not be attending the NBA Draft Combine after all. Tillie, Auburn’s Chuma Okeke and Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter withdrew from the combine.


In “new world” of college basketball, Gonzaga has mastered roster retooling

There was a time not all that long ago when Gonzaga’s roster was reasonably stable annually, typically stocked with several experienced players, perhaps a sit-out transfer and an incoming recruiting …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell Jr. says he’s staying in NBA draft

It appears Zach Norvell Jr. has played his last game in a Gonzaga uniform. The sophomore wing told reporters in Atlanta after a Thursday workout for the Hawks that he …


UPDATED: Sat., May 4, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie sprains ankle in first NBA workout

Killian Tillie’s injury woes returned in his first workout with an NBA team.


UPDATED: Tue., April 30, 2019

Washington State’s CJ Elleby signs with agent, schedules workouts with five NBA teams

Washington State freshman forward CJ Elleby has hired an agent and plans to work out for a handful of NBA teams in the coming weeks while still preserving his college …


Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev submits name for NBA Draft, but plans on returning to school

Add another name to Gonzaga’s list of underclassmen entering the NBA Draft.


UPDATED: Sun., April 21, 2019

Gonzaga junior forward Killian Tillie testing NBA draft waters

Gonzaga junior forward Killian Tillie has decided to test the NBA draft waters. Tillie submitted his name for the June 20 draft, according to a school release Sunday night.


UPDATED: Sat., April 20, 2019

Gonzaga’s Zach Norvell Jr. becomes third Zag to declare for NBA draft

Sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. became the third Gonzaga basketball player this week to declare for the NBA draft. Norvell made his announcement Saturday afternoon in a school release.