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Thursday News and Notes

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

Will wade was officially reinstated as the coach of LSU. His return to the job comes with an amendment that if he is to commit a level I, or II NCAA violation he can be fired with cause. He was also required to waive a $250,000 bonus for the success that LSU had this season making the sweet sixteen of the NCAA tournament.

Johnny Juzang announced he is reclassifying to join the class of 2019. He has drawn interest from Kansas, Kentucky, Villanova, and USC among others. A smooth 6’6″ shooting guard with a well rounded skill set, he is one of the most highly sought after recruits remaining.

The 2020 final four will be in Atlanta, along with the Division II and III national championships. Atlanta last hosted the final four in 2013, with the plan this time around being the final four will played in Mercedes Benz stadium, and the Division II and III finals being played at State Farm arena.

Kansas extended their Adidas deal. This is a bit of surprise considering the current FBI investigation and court cases going on about the ties between the shoe company and paying college players. The school was obviously not concerned and will be locked down with Adidas until 2031.

Miles James committed to East Carolina after averaging 12.2 points and 4.9 rebounds at Palm Beach State College (JUCO). James has good size at 6’6″ for a guard, and he has shown the ability to create and knock down jump shots.

Kenyon Martin Jr. released his final four with Vanderbilt, TCU, UCLA and West Virginia making the cut. An athletic 6’6″ forward, his offensive skills are developing but he is seen as one of the top defenders in the class of 2019. If he can continue to improve his offensive game, he should be able to make an impact at the college level once he steps on campus.

Purdue picked up a commitment from Jaden Ivory. Ivory is ranked #136 by 247 Sports, and is unranked by both ESPN and Rivals. A 6’3″ point guard who can create his own shot with ease and is a skilled ball handler, it should help Purdue better ease into life with Carsen Edwards.

Moses Brown officially submitted his paperwork to enter the draft. Brown himself has not made a public announcement but a UCLA spokesperson stated that he will not be returning to school. As of now he could go in the middle to the late second round, or possibly go undrafted after averaging 9.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game as a freshman.

• The final numbers are in with the deadline to declare for the draft having passed: 175 underclassman submitted paperwork to enter this years draft. The number is slightly down from 181 last season, although that is obviously a minor difference, and 58 international players have made themselves eligible.

VJ King is expected to transfer, according to his coach Chris Mack. King has entered his name into the draft but is expected to pull out before the deadline and head to another school as a graduate transfer. His minutes were cut in half between his sophomore and junior seasons paving the way for his departure. As a junior he averaged 3.9 points and 3 rebounds per game in 13.6 minutes on the floor.

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