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Tuesday News and Notes

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

Kyle Guy announced that he will be keeping his name in his draft past the May deadline to withdraw and come back for his senior season. This is definitely a surprise considering that despite the fact that he has put up solid numbers at Virginia, he is just 6’2″ and primarily plays off of the ball as a shooting guard. Virginia did win the national championship and seems to in line to lose a lot of talent, so it could just be a scenario where he is ready to move on and take the next step in his basketball journey, wherever that takes him. He is expected to go undrafted and have to play his way into the league through the summer league, G League, or overseas.

Cassius Stanley committed to Duke adding to their already loaded 2019 recruiting class. Stanley is ranked as a four star by the three main recruiting sites, coming in at #29 on ESPN, #33 on Rivals, and #28 on 247 Sports. He is a human highlight reel with plenty of athleticism and play making ability, which should allow him to step right in and get major minutes. We currently do not have him going in our 2020 mock draft, but there is obviously a lot of time for that to change.

Sagaba Konate officially announced he will be entering the draft and signing with an agent, in what was an expected move but one that he took his time to come to a conclusion. With the new rules in place he can return to West Virginia, but most analysts expect him to remain in the draft. As an undersized center he needed to show this season that he can shoot the basketball, something that he did before going down with an injury but it was a small sample size with just 8 games played. He never returned from his injury, despite some reports that he could have returned later in the season, and by all accounts is moving on to the professional ranks.

Keith Stone is transferring from Florida to Miami. He is expected to graduate this summer making him eligible to play for the Canes immediately, giving their front court a much needed boost. Stone tore his ACL in January, so there will be some questions with when he will be available but he has shown the ability to stretch the floor and providing he is healthy, there are minutes available on Miami’s roster.

Udoka Azubuike will be returning to Kansas following after having his season cut short due to injury. Azubuike has good size and rebounds well, but coming off of the injury and raw offensive game did not leave much of a market for him as a draft pick. In 9 games as junior he averaged 13.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game, and with Dedric Lawson expected to remain in the draft and the status of Silvio De Sousa up in the air, Kansas needed him to come back.

Nick Richards put his name in the draft, leaving open the possibility of returning to Kentucky. Richard has the physical tools necessary to be a pro, but he is very raw offensively and has failed to dominate on the defensive side of the floor. It is likely that he will be coming back to school and is just looking for feedback from NBA teams, and should he do so he will be a big part of Kentucky’s roster next season.

Filip Petrusev declared for the draft, but he also announced that he intends on returning to Gonzaga for his sophomore season. Many believe he has the potential to be a first round pick in 2020 draft, so it would be a smart decision to go through the process this year and get feedback before returning to school to work on your game. As a freshman playing only 11 minutes per game he averaged 6.5 points and 2.7 rebounds.

No word on what Moses Brown will decide as the deadline has passed with no announcement from the UCLA freshman. Brown has been expected to be a one and done since arriving on campus, and he has said that was intention before entering college, however it is rare that a player does not make a public announcement on the matter. As of now it seems like he did submit his draft paperwork, but has just not made it public, which he is obviously under no obligation to do. Brown did not light it up as a freshman averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, however his size and athleticism could have him drafted in the late second round.

Lamar Peters declared for the draft and his coach Ben Howland stated yesterday that he will not be returning to the team. Standing at just 6’0″, and after averaging 11.9 points per game to go with 5.2 assists as a junior, it is highly unlikely that he will be drafted. With that said, Peters can shoot the ball effectively and will find a place somewhere outside of the NBA should be not get picked up.

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