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Friday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

Cam Reddish declared for draft to no ones surprise. The freshman averaged 13.5 points and 3.5 rebounds, and is expected to be a top ten pick. With only Zion Williamson left to declare officially which he is a lock to do so, Duke could realistically have three players selected in the top five pick between Reddish, Williamson, and RJ Barrett.

Steve Alford is reportedly being hired as the head coach at Nevada. This has been expected for the last day or so, and it will be interesting to see how Alford rebounds after being let go by UCLA.

• Reports are that Bobby Hurley will be staying at Arizona State, despite a push from St. John’s to pull him back to the east coast. Iona coach Tim Cluess is seen as the frontrunner for the St. John’s job, who has a record of 199-108 record in 9 seasons with the MAAC school.

Jordan Brown entered the transfer pool to explore leaving Nevada, although he still has time to change his mind and return to the school. The freshman came into the season as a highly ranked recruit, as a 5 star in some recruiting services, but on a team stacked with veterans he only played 10 minutes per game, averaging 3.0 points per contest.

KZ Okpala declared for the draft after averaging almost 17 points per game as a sophomore. He is an intriguing prospect with his size, length, and skill set being predicted to be selected anywhere from the lottery to late in the first round.

Louisville got a commitment from grad transfer Lamarr Kimble. The 6’0″ guard averaged over 15 points per game last season at Saint Joseph’s, although he is not the most efficient player at 29.2% on three point attempts, and 39.7% from the field. Nonetheless, this will help give Louisvlle more depth at the guard position, which they needed.

• In an odd move, the Sacramento Kings have given Vlade Divac a 4 year extension as the teams general manager. While some Kings fans will not like the move, which makes it peculiar is the fact that on the same day the extension was announced, the Kings also fired their coach David Joerger. Sacramento went 39-43 this season, finishing in the 9th spot of the Western Conference, missing the playoffs.

• The Grizzlies have not only fired their coach J.B. Bickerstaff, but they also re-assigned Chris Wallace from the general manager position to a spot within their scouting department. John Hollinger was also moved from his Vice President of Basketball Operations position to a senior advisory role.

• Given his size at 5’11”, there are questions with how his game projects to the next level, but it is a bit suprising that Markus Howard has announced he will be returning to Marquette for his senior season. There is no doubt he we will be a preseason favorite to win some of the player of the year awards, and this is big news for Marquette as a team.

• Two announcements that came today, Kevin Porter Jr. and Tyler Herro will both be entering the draft. Porter Jr. will go somewhere in the first round, and he is expected to stay in. Herro on the other hand is viewed as a first round pick by some, and others believe he should come back for another year, so there is no definitive answer as to what he will do.

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