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Wednesday News and Notes

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

Tyler Herro announced he intends to stay in the draft this year, after originally saying he would keep his options open. The news is not a complete surprise with many draft sites having Herro projected to go in the first round. We have kept him in the 2020 mock draft with the belief he may return, but that will obviously be changing with him staying in the draft.

Akron grad transfer to Daniel Utomi announced he will be heading to Southern Cal. This past season he averaged 14.2 points and 5.5 rebounds per game while shooting close to 40% percent the last 2 years on three point attempts. This is a big get for USC with Kevin Porter Jr. entering the draft and expected to stay in, which should allow Utomi to immediately be considered a starter for the Trojans.

Cal transfer Darius McNeill will be going to SMU, in his home state of Texas. McNeill averaged 11 points per game as a sophomore, while having some big games like his 23 point performance against UCLA, in a terrible year for the Golden Bears.

Kyle Guy declared for the draft, saying that he will be keeping his options open and is testing the waters. He will be expected to return given he lacks great size, however Guy has put up solid numbers at UVA averaging over 15 points per game as a junior. If he was to elect to stay in the draft this year, it is likely that he would go undrafted and have to work his way up to the league.

Porter Moser has turned down St. John’s to stay at Loyola-Chicago. This should be considered somewhat of a surprise with St. John’s being considered the better job, but Moser did lead them to a final four last season proving he can make a run at his current school. Moser has gone 141-125 in 6 seasons as the coach of Loyola.

Kerry Blackshear Jr. has officially entered the transfer portal and declared for the NBA draft to explore all of his options. With a coaching change in Blacksburg and the departure of Nickeil Alexander-Walker, it is probable that he will end up at a different school, however some players have been swayed to stay by the incoming coaching staff. Blackshear Jr. averaged 14.9 points, and 7.5 rebounds per game last season, making it no wonder why Kentucky has reportedly already contacted him about joining the Wildcats.

• It has been highly reported that the reason Rick Barnes elected to stay at Tennessee instead of heading to UCLA was the fact that the California school would not cover his buyout, but it was a bit surprising to see Barnes confirm this. UCLA had reportedly offered him around 5 million per season, and Barnes buyout was 5 million, which is apparently what it would have taken to pull him away from Knoxville.

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