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Monday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

• Former Wisconsin point guard Tai Strickland announced he will be headed to Temple. The son of former NBA player Rod Strickland, the younger Strickland is an explosive athlete who can score and distribute making for an interesting prospect going forward. In his freshman season he struggled to get minutes averaging 1.8 points per game in 3 minutes of action.

Kevin Easley announced he is transferring to TCU. The freshman played for UT-Chattanooga, and by all accounts was a star in his first season averaging 14.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. Easley is a do it all type of player being able to score, rebound, and defend which should have him putting up solid numbers once he is eligible after sitting out next season.

• Another freshman made their transfer decision public with Moses Wood announcing he is headed to UNLV. Wood is a 6’8″ player that has good potential on the wing, after shooting 37.3% on three point attempts in his first college season. He has a solid all around skill set offensively, but will need to add strength to his 190 pound frame in his year where he will be sitting out.

Silvio De Sousa declared for the draft, but also stating that his first choice would be to return to Kansas next season. Why his case is different than others is the fact that as of now De Sousa would have to sit out next year after being involved in the pay for play scandal that has hit college basketball. If he stays in the draft there is no guarantee he will be selected, and if he returns to school he may have to sit the entire year out if the Kansas appeal falls through possibly leading to a no win situation.

Xavier Sneed entered his name into the NBA draft, however it is widely viewed as a move to get feedback rather than leave school. Sneed would most likely not be drafted if he were to stay in, so most expect he will return to Kansas State next season. With that said, he does have some solid game and could decide that despite the feedback he is ready to get his professional career started, even if that means going undrafted.

Killian Tillie declared for the draft last night. Tillie is a well rounded big man that can shoot it very well, but he has dealt with injuries that have prevented him from moving up draft boards. Should he remain in the draft he could be drafted in the second round, but there is also the chance he returns to attempt to become a first round pick next in next years draft.

Sienna guard Jalen Pickett entered his name into the draft process to see where he stands. Pickett had an impressive freshman season averaging 15.8 points and 6.7 assists to go with 4.6 rebounds and 2 steals per game. He can set up teammates, create his own shot, or get to the basket drawing fouls which surely had scouts paying attention this past season. Although his year was great, especially for a freshman, he will most likely be heading back to school to show some improvement given the low level of competition he has faced.

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