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Sunday / July 5.
  • Call it a “Big Baller Bullseye.”

    Reggie Miller says his fellow UCLA product Lonzo Ball will have a “huge bullseye” on his back once he enters the NBA because of all the controversial comments his father Lavar Ball has made.

    “Absolutely, I know if I was playing I would go after that kid,” Miller said on ESPN’s ‘Pardon the Interruption.’ “Absolutely.

    “His father, with his mouth, he’s going to have to cash a lot of checks for that. Absolutely, so yes. I know if I was in the league and I heard all this, ‘Oh, you’re better than Steph [Curry], you’re better than LeBron [James]. Yes, absolutely. Huge bullseye. Huge.”

    The Lakers pick at No. 2 in the NBA Draft on June 22nd and the Ball Camp has made it clear to everyone who will listen that they want Lonzo to play in L.A. under Magic Johnson’s leadership and for coach Luke Walton.

    The Knicks and 76ers are among the teams who’ve reached out to N.C. State point guard Dennis Smith Jr.’s camp to set up workouts ahead of the NBA Draft, a source told ZAGSBLOG.

    The Sixers pick at No. 3 and the Knicks at No. 8, per DraftExpress.com. The Kings, who pick at Nos. 5 and 10, and the Wolves (No.7) also reached out.

    Knicks President Phil Jackson said last week at the NBA Draft Combine that his team was looking for “guards and wings.”

    The Knicks are seemingly in position to draft either Smith Jr. or French product Frank Ntilikina, who could be a good fit in the triangle offense.

    Jalen Poyser will transfer to St. Bonaventure from UNLV.

    The school announced it on Tuesday after ZAGSBLOG reported the news on May 18.

    He will sit one year to play two.

    The 6-foot-4 Poyser, who is from Toronto, was UNLV’s third-leading scorer last season at 10.4 points per game. He also was second on the team in assists at 2.6 per game, was third in steals (0.7) and three-pointers per game (1.2) and led the Running Rebels in free throw percentage (.802). Poyser started 21 of his 31 games and averaged 27 minutes per game. He scored in double figures 18 times with a career high 22 points against Western Kentucky.

    Kentucky on Thursday officially introduced a trio of spring signees in Jemarl Baker, Kevin Knox and Jarred Vanderbilt.

    The three spring signees will join Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Quade Green, Nick Richards and P.J. Washington, who signed during the fall signing period. Additionally, midyear enrollee Hamidou Diallo would begin game action in the fall should he decide to return to school (he’s currently weighing his professional options and has until Wednesday to decide whether he will return to school).

    Kentucky’s three spring signees are consensus four- or five-star prospects and are ranked in the top 100 by the major national recruiting services.