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Tuesday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news in college basketball and around the NBA draft

John Calipari received an extension to stay at Kentucky, after being courted by UCLA to head to Westwood. The interesting part is not that a top coach received what amounts to a lifetime extension, but the fact that UCLA offered Calipari less money than he is currently making. Given the lack of recent success at UCLA, it is an odd move unless they thought they could sell Calipari on the idea of bringing another blue blood program back to national prominence.

Nassir Little and Talen Horton-Tucker declared for the draft. Little is expected to be a possible lottery pick, mainly based off of his potential and we currently have him going #15 in our mock draft. Horton-Tucker is considered a possible first round pick by some, and projected to go much later in the draft or possibly undrafted. It is possible that Horton-Tucker comes back to Iowa State next season considering he did not mention whether or not he would hire an agent, while in Little’s case it is very unlikely he would return to the Tar Heels.

Jerry Stackhouse is the leading candidate for the Vanderbilt opening, which sounds surprising on face value, but Stackhouse had a solid start to his coaching career as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors G league affiliate, Raptors 905. The former NBA star won a D league championship during the 2016-2017, and was named the coach of the year in that season. He is currently an assistant with the Memphis Grizzlies.

Belmont Coach Rick Byrd is retiring after coaching the Bruins for 33 seasons. A school legend no doubt, Byrd retires with 805 career victories, making the NCAA tournament 8 times. The number of tournament appearances needs to be considered with context due to the fact that Byrd guided Belmont from competing as a NAIA school, to becoming an division 1 independent, as well as later to the Atlantic Sun Conference and currently in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Interesting write-up by Adam Zagoria about the upcoming Zion Williamson shoe deal with the inevitability that Williamson will be leaving Duke for the draft. He is being to predicted to pull down one of, if not the largest rookie shoe deals that any player has received before playing an NBA game. Williamson was a star in high school through social media, and his brand has only reason from his one season at Duke, making him the most highly sought after endorser since Lebron James came into the league.

Mick Cronin and Jamie Dixon are reportedly the leaders to become the next coach at UCLA. Both coaches have had success and would be considered solid hires. Cronin who is known for his fiery personality and coaching style would be an interesting choice for the Los Angeles based campus, and Dixon has had success at Pittsburgh before getting TCU’s program back to the NCAA tournament last season.



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