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Friday News and Notes

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

• Kentucky got a commitment graduate transfer Nate Sestina for next year, helping shore up their frontcourt after losing Reid Travis and almost certainly PJ Washington as well. Sestina has played for Bucknell the past 4 seasons, averaging 15.8 points per game, and 8.5 rebounds per game this past season. At 6’9″, Sestina can play down low and get a bucket in multiple ways on the block, as well as having the ability to step out and hit the three after shooting over 38% from three this year.

Romeo Langford declared for the draft, which was always the plan coming into his freshman season at Indiana. We currently have Langford going #16 in our mock draft. Widely seen as a first round lock, he could go anywhere from the back half of the top ten to the middle of the first round.

• Texas took home the NIT title by defeating Lipscomb 81-66. Although an NIT championship for a high major school with Texas sized expectations is not the ideal outcome of a season, hopefully for their program, Shaka Smart can use this as momentum going forward with the players that will be returning to the team next season. Dylan Osetkowski and Kerwin Roach II had 19 points, and 16 points respectively. Roach may be drafted in the second round, but it is not a given, and Osetkowski is currently projected to go undrafted.

• Marshall won the CIT tournament after winning 90-70 over Green Bay. Jon Elmore finished with 17, and C.J. Burks had 28 points. Even though Elmore is not projected to be drafted, he will be playing professionally somewhere next season with his ability to shoot the basketball.

• Chris Beard was named the Associated Press coach of the year. Beard just led Texas Tech to the programs first final four appearance, and will no doubt be at the top of the list when a major opening occurs. Texas Tech takes on Michigan State in the final four on Saturday.

• The 2020 Maui Invitational participants were announced. Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford, Texas, and UNLV will take the court next fall.

Amir Coffey will enter the draft and hire an agent, although the new rules do provide some wiggle room to back out and return to school if you hire a NBA certified agent. The 6’8″ junior can score in a variety of ways, and has great agility and movement for someone his size. If he stays in the draft it is likely he will be selected, but it also likely would be in the second round.

• Georgia State hired Tennessee assistant Rob Lanier to be their next head coach. He last head coaching duties were at Siena from 2001-2005, where the team had a record of 58-70. Since then he has been an assistant at Virginia, Florida, Texas, and most recently for the Vols under Rick Barnes with the Associate Head Coach title.



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