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Sunday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

Nebraska picked up grad transfer Haanif Cheatham. A top 100 recruit coming out of high school, he started his career at Marquette playing for 3 seasons before transferring to Florida Gulf Coast. He had a solid start to his time in Florida, but only played 10 games due to injury, and only playing 15 times in the last 2 seasons. He should be able to get minutes and contribute in his one year at Nebraska, and Fred Hoiberg needs all of the help he can get.

Mississippi Valley State hired Lindsey Hunter as their next head coach. Hunter played 17 seasons in the NBA, and has coached as an assistant with the Suns and Warriors in the NBA, with his most recent stop being at the University of Buffalo. Having a former NBA player as their coach can help with name recognition for a mid major school, and although Hunter is not the most well known name to casual sports fans, he is just that in the basketball community.

Chuma Okeke declared for the draft, without making it known whether or not he will be hiring an agent. Before tearing his ACL in the sweet sixteen of this years NCAA tournament, Okeke was viewed as a possible first round pick, however his draft stock is a bit of a mystery at this point. If he is to stay in the draft, it will mean that NBA teams are pleased with his recovery process and have given him positive feedback, although it seems just as likely that he will be told he is a mid to late second round pick at best, with teams not having an idea of how he will return from the injury.

NC State commit Jalen Lecque put his name in the draft, which he is able to do because of the fact he is a 5th year high school player and turning 19 years of age. This is just the first step in a process for determining his eligibility, and he has already submitted the paperwork necessary to officially be cleared to be draft eligible. There is still a possibility he will end up playing in college next season considering he is ranked #37 by 247 Sports, #36 by Rivals, and #39 by ESPN so there is no guarantee he will receive positive feedback about his chances of being drafted this year.

Former Georgia forward Jojo Toppin announced he will be transferring to Georgia State. Toppin played only 5.5 minutes per game as a freshman, and now will have to sit out a year before getting back on the court.

Jordan Rawls committed to Western Kentucky, while also announcing his intentions to reclassify and enroll early. Rawls is ranked as a four star on Rivals and 247 Sports, with ESPN having him as a three star and out of the rankings. The point guard can score in transition or pull up off the dribble for a jump shot, giving the Hilltoppers some much need offense at the guard position.

• The Jordan Brand Classic was on Saturday night, although in an odd move it was not televised but instead streamed on Twitter. James Wiseman and Cole Anthony were named co-mvp’s of the game. Click here to view the full box score

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