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Monday / December 16.
  • Duke sophomore Luke Kennard will enter the upcoming NBA Draft and will sign with an agent, the school announced.

    The 6-foot-6 Kennard is currently projected at No. 25 by DraftExpress.com.

    He is the third Duke player this offseason to declare for the Draft, following freshmen Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles. Duke also loses big man Amile Jefferson and guard Matt Jones to graduation, and forwards Sean Obi and Chase Jeter to graduation.

    Kennard, a consensus second-team All-American, led Duke in scoring with an average of 19.5 points per game while shooting .489 from the floor, .438 from outside the arc and .856 from the free throw line. His 722 total points on the year represented the 16th-best single-season total in program history, while his .438 three-point percentage ranked 10th on Duke’s single-season chart.

    Kentucky sophomore guard and former Roselle (N.J.) Catholic guard Isaiah Briscoe has decided to enter his name in the 2017 NBA Draft and plans to sign with an agent.

    The NBA Draft is June 22.

    The 6-foot-3 Briscoe is the fourth Kentucky player to declare this month and the third to go with an agent, following freshmen guards De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk. Freshman forward Bam Adebayo is testing the waters without an agent.

    Briscoe is not currently projected to be drafted according to DraftExpress.com.

    “BBN, thank you to the greatest fans in the entire world,” Briscoe said. “Thank you to Coach Cal, Coach KP (Kenny Payne), Coach Tony (Barbee), Coach JJ (Joel Justus), Coach Robes (John Robic), and (strength and conditioning coach) Rob (Harris). You helped me develop my game on the court and helped me grow as a man off the court.

    Some 130 NBA scouts and executives are credentialed for this week’s Nike Hoop Summit practices and Friday’s game in Portland, Ore., per Scout’s Evan Daniels.

    Per DraftExpress.com, seven players projected in the 2018 NBA Draft are in the game (10 p.m. ET, ESPN2), including No. 2 Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri), No. 4 Mohamed Bamba (uncommitted), No. 6 Wendell Carter Jr. (Duke), No. 7 Trevon Duval (uncommitted), No. 8 Collin Sexton (Alabama), No. 12 Kevin Knox (uncommitted) and No. 14 Troy Brown (Oregon).

    There are also four Kentucky commits in the game, including Quade Green and Jarred Vanderbilt of the U.S. team and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Nick Richards of the World Team.

    The USA Junior National Select Team for the 2017 Nike Hoop Summit will be led by 11 players who have won at least one gold medal in international competition and three athletes who have earned two international gold medals.