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Tuesday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

Zion Williamson declared for the draft surprising no one, with the power forward being projected as the #1 overall pick. As a freshman he averaged 22.6 points, and 8.9 rebounds per game to with 1.8 blocks and 2.1 steals. He is by no means a finished product, but his athleticism and play making ability give him a high ceiling.

Bruno Fernando and Anthony Cowan both declared for the draft, with both also leaving the option of returning to school. Maryland fans should not hold their breath waiting for Fernando to return with him being projected as a first round pick, and Cowan should return considering he is not expected to be a draft pick should he stay in this year.

Rayjon Tucker declared for draft, however he is keeping the option open to return to the collegiate ranks at a new school as a graduate transfer. It is unclear whether or not he would be selected if he stays in the draft, but he has the athleticism to play at the next level, and his numbers were solid at Little Rock. If he elects to return to college as a transfer, he has already visited West Virginia with upcoming visits scheduled for Memphis and Auburn. Staying in school and playing for a bigger program could drastically improve his draft stock, but he is the type of player that can wow in a workout setting.

Joey and Sam Hauser announced they will transfer from Marquette, which is surely disappointing to their fans considering they just received news that star point guard Markus Howard will be returning. Before the news many were projecting Marquette to be a top ten team to start the season after the Howard announcement came, but with this loss that will not be the case. Both players will have to sit out a season, with Joey having 3 years of eligibility left, and Sam having one remaining year.

Ty Jerome and Deandre Hunter both declared for draft after their national championship season, and both are expected to stay in. Hunter is viewed as a first round lock, with the potential of going in the top ten, while Jerome is viewed by some as a second round pick and others as a late first rounder.

Justin Pierce has narrowed his list of schools to Notre Dame, Michigan, and North Carolina. The 6’7″ graduate transfer from William & Mary has already visited Notre Dame, with visits to UNC and Michigan scheduled to happen in the next two weeks. His rebounding and shot making ability is something that can help all three of these teams, especially with Michigan and North Carolina expected to lose the amount of talent they are.

 

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