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Monday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news in college basketball and the NBA draft

Nickeil Alexander-Walker has declared for the NBA draft, also announcing his intention to hire an agent. A combo guard in college, he could excel as a big point guard at the next level, with his all around skill set. We currently have Alexander-Walker going #10 in our mock draft.

• Texas Tech 5th year senior, Tariq Owens has been in a walking boot, but is expected to play in the national championship game against Virginia. Owens has been a defensive star for the Red Raiders while also making an impact on offense with his athleticism.

Carsen Edwards has also declared for the draft, and like Alexander-Walker, he will also hire an agent. The junior exploded into the view of the casual sports fan with his performance at the NCAA tournament, but Edwards has been putting up numbers for the past couple of seasons. Lacking ideal size at 6’1″ could be an issue, however his game is built for the modern NBA with his ability to create and knock down shots, as well as get to the basket. We currently have Edwards going #22 in our mock draft.

Arkansas hired Eric Musselman as their new head coach to replace the fired Mike Anderson. Musselman has gone 110-64 in 4 six seasons at Nevada. It is a bit of a surprise that this would be the job he would leave Nevada for, but if the money is right and you want the opportunity to build a high major program, he is welcoming the challenge.

Virginia Tech has replaced Buzz Williams with Mike Young who has been the head coach at Wofford since 2002. Young has ties to the area being born in nearby Radford, Virginia as well as coaching in an assistant role at Radford plus Emory and Henry College.  His record was 299-244 as the head coach at Wofford, with 5 tournament appearances including making it to the second round in 4 of those 5 trips to the big dance.

• The national title game kicks off at 9:20 tonight on CBS with Virginia taking on Texas Tech. Don’t expect a big scoring night in this game considering that both teams are elite defensively.

Rick Barnes is reportedly a serious candidate for the UCLA job. The current Tennessee coach might feel as though he has the Volunteers as high as he can take them, and the UCLA program certainly has more potential for a coach to build. Gary Parrish had an interesting write up about the handling of their coaching search to this point.

 

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