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Wednesday News and Notes

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

The Associated Press All American teams were announced, with both Duke freshman RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson on the first team. Cassius Winston, Ja Morant and Grant Williams rounded out the first team, while Carsen Edwards and Jarrett Culver were named to the second team.

• In the news that most everyone knew was coming, Texas A&M officially hired Buzz Williams as their new head coach. Williams led Virginia Tech to the sweet sixteen before their heartbreaking loss to Duke, compiling a 100-69 record as he built the Hokies program into a basketball contender at a school that is primarily known for football success.

• Point guard Jalen Lecque who is committed to North Carolina State will be taking a look at entering the draft this year. He is waiting to hear back on his eligibility as a five year high school player, and should he be deemed eligible it is likely he will get an invite to the NBA combine with a chance to impress scouts with his athleticism and play making ability. The G league also has a combine called the G League Elite Camp which could be another opportunity to show what he can do. We currently have the point guard in our 2020 mock draft, but if he is in this years draft class he has a chance to be drafted based on his potential.

Jahvon Quinerly will transfer from Villanova, the point guard averaged 3.2 points as a freshman in 9 minutes per game. Quinerly was a highly rated recruit entering this past season, ranked as a five star by some recruiting services, and will have plenty of options going forward.

Luguentz Dort will reportedly enter the draft, although it is not clear whether or not he intends to hire an agent or go through the process without one. Dort put up stats in his freshman season averaging 16.1 points, but his lack of NBA level vertical ability and only being 6’4″ at shooting guard brings some question marks to how his game translates to the next level. We currently have the Sun Devil going in our 2020 mock draft, but should he stay in the draft he would likely be a second round pick.

• South Dakota State guard David Jenkins has entered his name into the transfer portal. Jenkins averaged 16 points as a freshman and over 19 as a sophomore, while shooting 45.3% on three pointers this season. It is never a sure thing how players from smaller schools will perform as they end up at a bigger program, but Jenkins has shown he has game and can put up numbers.

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