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Wednesday / May 22.
  • More than 75 NBA scouts expected at Champions Classic

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    By ADAM ZAGORIA

    More than 75 NBA personnel from all 30 NBA teams are expected on Tuesday for the Champions Classic in Chicago, a source close to the event told ZAGSBLOG.

    No. 2 Duke faces No. 4 Michigan State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by No. 1 Kansas against No. 16 Kentucky at 9:30 (ESPN).

    According to the latest ESPN.com NBA mock draft, Kentucky freshmen Justin Edwards and DJ Wagner are the No. 5 and 10 picks in next year’s draft, respectively. Kentucky sophomore big man Ugonna Onyenso is also projected at No. 30.

    For Duke, sophomore forward Kyle Filipowski is at No. 9, sophomore guard Tyrese Proctor 14, freshman guard Jared McCain 16 and sophomore forward Mark Mitchell is 31.

    Michigan State’s Xavier Booker is at No. 36.

    Kansas freshman Elmarko Jackson — one of several high-profile freshmen nationally from New Jersey — is at No. 17.

    Last year’s games featured several lottery picks in No. 10 Cason Wallace of Kentucky, No. 12 Derrick Lively II of Duke and No. 13 Gradey Dick of Kansas.

    This is just the third time in the history of the Champions Classic that both teams in one game — Michigan State and Duke — will be entering with losses.

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.

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