Monday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news in college basketball and around the NBA draft

Jaylen Nowell declared for the draft, also announcing his intention to hire an agent. We currently have the Washington sophomore going in the 2020 mock draft but obviously that will be changing with him almost guaranteed to stay in the draft this year.

Isaiah Roby has declared for the draft, but will not hire an agent. Roby is currently #40 our 2019 mock draft. Some draft sites have the Nebraska sophomore going in the first round, based off of his elite athleticism and potential. If he chooses to return for his senior season, it will be the first under Fred Hoiberg, and would go a long way to helping his first year as head coach become a success.

• The payouts to the conferences for their teams performances in the NCAA tournament were distributed, with the Big Ten receiving the most, and the SEC setting an all time high for the conference. The payouts do not continue through the final four and championship game.

• Duke went down to Michigan State 68-67 in the third straight game for Duke that came down to the final minute. The Spartans were led by 20 from Cassius Winston and 19 from Xavier Tillman. Despite not having a lot of NBA level talent on their roster, Michigan is a solid team with multiple scorers that can win the. Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish are all but guaranteed to not return next season, with all three projected to go in the top ten. Williamson finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds while Barrett scored 21 to go with 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

• Auburn is in the final four for the first time in school history after beating Kentucky 77-71 in overtime. After losing to the Wildcats by 27 points in their previous matchup and playing without their best NBA prospect in Chuma Okeke, the Tigers bounced behind their two other stars. Bryce Brown scored 24 and Jared Harper had 26 points while they made a combined 5 three pointers. As for Kentucky, PJ Washington dominated and nearly led them to victory, scoring 28 points to go with 13 rebounds. Washington is expected to declare for the draft and stay in, with his current stock being a first round pick that could be selected in the lottery. Keldon Johnson had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, and along with Washington is expected to be a first round pick with lottery potential. Tyler Herro and Ashton Hagans will have tougher decisions to make about their futures, but both are most likely going to declare for the draft and not hire an agent while going through the pre-draft process.

• The final four kicks off on Saturday with Texas Tech facing Michigan State and Virginia taking on Auburn. We will preview the games as we get closer to Saturday but there are some interesting matchups, especially with the polar opposite styles of Auburn and Virginia.

 

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