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Duke Blue Devils star Luke Kennard declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Duke Blue Devils star Luke Kennard declares for 2017 NBA Draft

The Duke Blue Devils are losing their top scorer from last season, as sophomore guard Luke Kennard has declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. He plans to hire an agent, which means he will not be eligible to return to school.

Kennard, 20, leaves Duke along with star small forward Jayson Tatum, who declared for the draft last month. A 6-foot-5 guard that shoots left-handed, Kennard paced the Blue Devils this season with 19.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He shot 49 percent from the field and 43.8 percent from three-point range.

Kennard leaves Durham after a breakout season. He scored 11.8 points as a freshman, but emerged as one of the best scorers in the ACC as a sophomore. 

The 2017 NBA Draft has a deep class, which will make where Kennard is drafted hard to predict. Right now DraftExpress.com has him as the 25th overall pick in the first round.

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This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

This video of early Thomas Bryant-Isaiah Thomas chemistry should make Wizards fans smile

One of the best parts of the NBA offseason, behind free-agency and the draft, has to be the open run's that go on all summer long. These sessions give an opportunity for NBA players to team up with each other, while also playing alongside high school, college, and overseas talent. 

Some new Wizards teammates, Isaiah Thomas and Thomas Bryant, made their way to the Rico Hines private run in Los Angeles, California to establish some chemistry before training camp opens in late September.  

As seen above, IT is no stranger to sharing the sugar as he finished top 20 in the league in assists per game (5.9) in 2016, the last season he was fully healthy. While TB is one of the most efficient rim-runners in the league, leading the NBA in two-point field goal percentage (68.5) last season. 

Could this be a preview of what to expect come season's tip? Wizards fans sure hope so. 

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

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Washington Wizards hire assistant coach Michael Longabardi to Scott Brooks coaching staff

The Wizards sought to add an assistant coach with a strong defensive track record this offseason and they did just that Saturday evening by hiring Michael Longabardi, according to NBC Sports Washington’s Chase Hughes. 

Longardi, 46, has spent the last three seasons as a defensive coach on the Cleveland Cavaliers' staff. He was initially hired by former Cavs' head coach Tyronn Lue in 2016 when the team claimed their first championship in franchise history. 

Before joining the Cavaliers, Longabardi held assistant coaching roles with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets, and most notably the Boston Celtics, in which he and Lue served under head coach Doc Rivers and Tom Thibodeau from 2007 to 2013.

Longabardi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, and attended Xaverian High School, a private Catholic school. He then went on to play basketball at Newberry College where he earned the nickname "Mr. Defense."

Just a day after reports broke that Tommy Sheppard would be promoted to a permanent general manager position, the organization is making yet another move in hopes of improving overall culture and team defense.

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