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Wisconsin F Sam Dekker is Entering NBA Draft

Ingirm Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker is going pro.

Dekker announced in a letter addressed to "Badger Nation" that he will forgo his senior season and enter the upcoming NBA Draft.

"After lots of thoughts and prayers, I've decided that it is in my best interest to enter the NBA Draft at this time," Dekker said in the letter. "It is difficult to leave Madison and the only state I've called home, but I'm excited for the next chapter in my life.''

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Dekker averaged 19.1 points per game in Wisconsin's NCAA tournament run this season.

Dekker, who is from Sheboygan, Wisconsin, averaged 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.2 assists per game this season.

Dekker ranks as the 15th-best pro prospect on ESPN Draft Expert Chad Ford's Big Board.

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Jahlil Okafor Will Enter Draft 

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Duke freshman center Jahlil Okafor will leave school and enter the 2015 NBA Draft, Blue Devils head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a release Thursday.

The 6-foot-11, 270-pound Okafor averaged 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game, while helping Duke win its fifth national championship this season.

"Obviously, he has done an incredible job here at Duke and he will always be a part of our Duke basketball family," Krzyzewski said. "We could not be happier for he and his family."

Okafor becomes just the fifth Duke player to enter the draft after his freshman season joining Cory Maggette, Luol Deng, Kyrie Irving, Austin Rivers, and Jabari Parker.

"As early as I can remember, I've fantasized and dreamed of the day that I could play professional basketball," Okafor said in the statement. "I recall at the age of 6, promising my mom and dad that when I made it to the NBA I would buy them both different colored trucks. They would laugh with me in support and encouraged me to dream big and work hard.

"With that being said and now at the age of 19, my dream is still alive."

Okafor is currently ranked as the second best prospect on ESPN NBA Draft Expert Chad Ford's Big Board.

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UCLA Forward Kevin Looney Declares for the NBA Draft

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- With the 2014-2015 college basketball season in the books, the focus will now shift to June's NBA Draft. Capitazling on a successful freshman season, UCLA Bruins forward Kevin Looney has decided to take the jump to the pros and declare for the draft.

“This was a really tough decision for me because there were so many positives both ways,” Looney said in a statement. “My time at UCLA has been unbelievable, and I know I’ll be a Bruin forever. But playing in the NBA is a dream I’ve had for so long, and this feels like the right time to pursue that dream and make the transition to the next level."

A versatile forward, Looney is projected to be a first-round pick, and could even find himself selected in the top 10 based on the potential he showed during his one collegiate season.

While playing 30.9 minutes per game, Looney averaged 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.4 assists per game.

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NBA Selects Isaiah Austin in 2014 Draft

Mike Stobe/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In an emotional moment, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that former Baylor star Isaiah Austin was drafted by the league during Thursday night's draft. Austin, who was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome last weekend, was forced to give up his dream of playing in the NBA, so the draft announcement was ceremonial.

Marfan syndrome effects the connective tissue within the body that can cause severe damage to the heart. The illness was discovered as part of Austin's physical in preparation for the draft.

"For Commissioner Silver to even invite me here was a tremendous blessing and it just shows how much class that man has," Austin said. "It's really been a tough week for me, and it's been really rough. I've just had a tremendous amount of support from everybody around the world, telling me they're praying for me and everything."

Austin averaged 13 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks per game in 35 contests with Baylor. The 7'1" forward also revealed this year that he was playing with a prosthetic right eye after multiple surgeries to repair a detached retina suffered years ago proved to be unsuccessful. 

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Bulls Trade for McDermott

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In the first of many anticipated moves, the Chicago Bulls traded to get former Creighton star Doug McDermott at the NBA Draft on Thursday night. The Bulls gave up both of their first-round picks to get the sharp-shooting forward.

McDermott was drafted by the Denver Nuggets, who also get Anthony Randolph and a future second-rounder with the 11th overall pick. Chicago originally held the 16th and 19th overall picks, selecting Jusuf Nurkic and Gary Harris before the deal.

McDermott was the consensus player of the year in college basketball this past season, averaging 26.7 points per game and shooting over fifty percent from the field. The 6'7" forward also shot 45 percent from three-point range as a senior, finishing fifth all-time on the NCAA scoring chart with 3,150 points.

Chicago was the lowest scoring team in the NBA in 2013-14, scoring 93.7 points per game while shooting just 33.3 percent from downtown. The Bulls are expected to be a top destination for free agent forward Carmelo Anthony, and they're hopeful the acquisition of McDermott boosts their odds.

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Cavaliers Select Andrew Wiggins with No. 1 Pick, Bucks Take Parker at No. 2

John Weast/Getty Images Sport(NEW YORK) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers selected shooting guard Andrew Wiggins out of Kansas with the first pick of the 2014 NBA Draft on Thursday night.

Wiggins averaged 17.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds and was the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

The Milwaukee Bucks selected Jabari Parker with the second overall pick. 

The Philadelphia 76ers took a chance with their third overall pick on former Kansas center Joel Embiid, who suffered a foot injury prior to the draft and watched from home as his name was called by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

The Orlando Magic selected Aaron Gordon out of Arizona with the fourth overall pick and the Utah Jazz went Down Under and selected Dante Exum out of Australia.

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Joel Embiid to Miss 4-6 Months

Cooper Neill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joel Embiid, former Kansas star and projected No. 1 pick in next week's NBA Draft had two screws put in his foot on Friday and will need four to six months to recover, reports.

Embiid's agent, Arn Tellem said on Thursday that the former Jayhawk will not be in attendance at the draft.

"Two screws were inserted into the navicular bone in Joel Embiid's right foot," Dr. Richard Ferkel said in the statement released by Tellem. "The surgery went very well and I'm confident that after appropriate healing he will be able to return to NBA Basketball. Joel tolerated the surgery without difficulty and will begin his rehabilitation in the near future."

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season, but missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournament with a back injury.

Embiid's 72 blocks were a freshman record for Kansas as the 7'0" center was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

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Joel Embiid to Have Foot Surgery

Cooper Neill/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Joel Embiid, former Kansas star and projected No. 1 pick of next week's NBA Draft, suffered a right foot injury and will undergo surgery on Friday.

"Joel Embiid suffered a stress fracture to the navicular bone in his right foot," his agent Arn Tellem said Thursday. "He is scheduled to have surgery tomorrow. Joel will be unable to participate in any additional workouts, and will not attend the draft in New York. We will have no further comment until after the surgery."

Embiid averaged 11.2 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks this past season, but missed the Big 12 and NCAA tournament with a back injury.

Embiid's 72 blocks were a freshman record for Kansas as the 7'0" center was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year.

The Cleveland Cavaliers have the first pick on June 26.

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Cavaliers GM Open to Trading Top Pick

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- With many still in shock that the Cleveland Cavaliers were able to once again land the number one pick in the NBA draft, general manager David Griffin says the team is willing to deal the pick.

With the draft set for June 26, all eyes will be on the Cavaliers to see who the team takes at number one or if it will wind up dealing the pick.

"I actually got calls right afterward, while I was standing there doing media," Griffin told ESPN Cleveland's The Really Big Show. "Teams were already reaching out and texting, so I think it will be an active period of time."

The Cavaliers had just a 1.7 percent chance of landing the top pick.

The team has landed the number one pick three out of the last four years.

Last year, the Cavs selected Anthony Bennett number one overall, but he struggled during his rookie season.

Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Joel Embiid are vying for the top spot this year.

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Cavaliers Win No. 1 Pick in 2014 NBA Draft

National Basketball Association(NEW YORK) --  For the second year in a row and third time in the past four, the Cleveland Cavaliers will have the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.

Cleveland entered Tuesday night's draft lottery in the ninth spot and had a less than two percent chance of winning the top selection, but luck was clearly on their side yet again with general manager David Griffin on the podium.

"It seems surreal," Cavs vice chairman Jeff Cohen said. "This is three out of four years, and we had a 1.7 percent chance of coming up with the first pick and we pulled it off again."

The Cavaliers used the top pick in the 2011 draft to select point guard Kyrie Irving, who has blossomed into an All-Star. They took forward Anthony Bennett with last year's No. 1 selection, but he had a disappointing rookie season.

With another top pick in the fold, the Cavaliers can choose between the likes of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid of Kansas, or Duke's Jabari Parker from what's considered by many to be the deepest draft class in years.

The Milwaukee Bucks had the NBA's worst record last season at 15-67. They came into the lottery with a 25 percent chance of winning the top pick, but they fell to second. The Philadelphia 76ers will draft third, with the Orlando Magic and Utah Jazz rounding out the top five.

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