Jonathan Givony projects the top 60 prospects in the class.
Puma signed likely No. 1 pick DeAndre Ayton to an endorsement contract. It also signed Clyde Frazier, the company's original endorser, to a lifetime deal. In a Q&A, Ayton told Frazier that he's comfortable shooting 3s & defending guards. (Credit: PUMA/Jamie McCarthy):
Shaquille O'Neal joined draft prospects Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Begley III to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y and provide apparel from JCPenney. O'Neal said the look on the teens' faces reminded him of how he felt when he saw Julius Erving and David Robinson as a child and teen. "I understand the look so I just try to give them the key ingredients to make," O'Neal said. "It's the same thing I did. It ain't no rocket science on how to get here. For me it was, listen to my mom and dad, work hard and believe. That's it…. I followed those three principles and they got me to this point thus far."
Jaren Jackson Jr. joined Shaquille O'Neal and draft prospects Mikal Bridges and Marvin Begley III to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y and provide apparel from JCPenney. "It's great, it's really special because that's exactly what I would want if I was in high school," Jackson Jr. said of speaking to the teens. ".... We're still growing just like them, we're learning new things just like them. Instead of us being some executive or something like that, we can relate to them." Jackson Jr. has worked out for the Hawks and Suns and is expected to be selected within the top five picks on Thursday.
Shaquille O'Neal joined draft prospects Mikal Bridges, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Marvin Begley III to host a day of mentorship for teens in Brooklyn with The Y and provide apparel from JCPenney. O'Neal was asked about LeBron James: "My problem toward the end of my career was I was trying to shut everybody up and I was greedy (for more championships)," O'Neal said, relating that to James' coming free agency decision. "After I got to three (titles) everybody was saying I couldn't get another. So I got four. After I got the fourth, they were saying I couldn't get another one. So I was trying to make quick stops to get it. Phoenix, Cleveland, Boston."
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Gilgeous-Alexander steals inbounds, finishes at other end
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander steals the inbounds pass, then hesitates and hits a floater for the Clippers.
Bogdanovic connects with Bagley for alley-oop
Bogdan Bogdanovic puts it up for a cutting Marvin Bagley III, who elevates and slams it down with emphasis.
Bagley stays with play for and-1
Marvin Bagley III can't finish on his first attempt, but gets his own miss and converts on the second attempt for the bucket plus a foul.
DeRozan shakes Shumpert for and-1
DeMar DeRozan gets away from Iman Shumpert with a spin move, then leans in and finishes through contact to get the and-1.
DeRozan spins for turnaround jumper
DeMar DeRozan gets into the lane and makes a crafty spin move to get some space and knock down a jumper in the lane.
Mason makes nasty move for finger roll finish
Frank Mason III stands up Jakob Poeltl with a tough in-and-out, and finishes off the glass with a lefty finger roll.