NBA Draft Rumors for April 11, 2012

Kendall Marshall; Credits AP

Basketball agent Terrance Doyle graduated high school in 2002, which means he is likely still in his 20s. But you would not be able to tell based on the client list he is amassing. Doyle and his company Veritas Venture Group represent Orlando Magic guard Von Wafer, along with quite a few D-League and international players. They have also picked up a couple of recent student-athletes, including Syracuse’s Scoop Jardine and most recently Mississippi State Junior forward Arnett Moultrie. Sports Agent Blog 

Kendall Marshall has taken care of the next step in preparation for the NBA Draft. After declaring his intentions March 29 to leave the University of North Carolina early, the Dumfries resident has now signed with an agent. On Monday, McLean-based Octagon added Marshall to their client list after he officially signed with the sports agency. Marshall and his family considered seven sports representatives before narrowing the list down to five. Marshall’s parents Dennis and Kim then met with each of the five agencies. Insidenova Network

Dennis Marshall said the family liked Octagon in large part because it’s a local outfit that caters to a small group of NBA players. There are currently 12 NBA clients with Octagon, including Rudy Gay, Josh Childress and Stephen Curry. Insidenova Network
“I was told I was going undrafted,” Shumpert said during shootaround Tuesday before the Knicks played the Chicago Bulls. “That’s what I was told by everybody. I guess I wasn’t good enough in everybody else’s eyes. I was called fool’s gold. That’s what I was called in the draft combine. That’s how I remember it. I took it personal.” Respect and recognition eluded Shumpert throughout much of his amateur career, but that’s changing in his first season as a professional. The Knicks drafted Shumpert with the 17th pick in the 2011 NBA draft on the strength of his defense. It was a surprise choice, but Shumpert has proven to be a pleasant surprise for the Knicks, starting 25 games and averaging 9.8 points, 2.7 assists and 3.2 steals in 28.7 minutes. He ranks fifth in the NBA steals.
A few hours after UConn sophomore forward Jeremy Lamb announced he was going to the NBA, freshman teammate Andre Drummond said he was still not close to making a decision his future. Hartford Courant
“Nope,” Drummond said when asked if he was close to deciding about staying with the Huskies or going pro. “I’m here now, that’s all that matters,” he said Tuesday around 5 p.m. as he walked from Gampel Pavilion. “I’m working on my game. Right now I’m heading to class.” Hartford Courant
Just a day after teammate Perry Jones declared his intentions for the NBA draft, Baylor F Quincy Miller announced during a press conference Tuesday that he would return to school for his sophomore season. Miller, ranked as the seventh best prospect in the 2011 class by, averaged 10.6 points and 4.9 rebounds per game as a freshman. He was also named the Big 12′s freshman of the year. Dallas Morning News
Indiana freshman Cody Zeller and junior Christian Watford formally announced early Tuesday that they will pass on the 2012 NBA Draft and instead remain in college. The development should make IU a consensus preseason top-five team, perhaps No. 1 depending on what happens with Kentucky’s roster.
While he doesn’t have to decide until April 29, sources close to the situation think Cheek is leaning in that direction and could even make his intentions known by the end of this week. Neither Cheek nor coach Jay Wright could be reached for comment. Whether Cheek would even project as a second-round pick at this point is debatable. But sources speculate that his family’s financial situation could play a part in the decision. A McDonald’s All-American from Jersey City, N.J., he played for Hall of Famer Bob Hurley Sr. at storied St. Anthony’s High. Philadelphia Inquirer
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