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Friday News and Notes

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

Scotty Pippen Jr. committed to Vanderbilt. This is a big pick up perception wise for new coach Jerry Stackhouse, and could lead to the commitment of Kenyon Martin Jr. as well. Pippen Jr. is unranked on ESPN and Rivals, while coming in at #262 by 247 Sports.

Seventh Woods will be transferring from UNC, and as long as he is able to finish up his educational requirements, he will be eligible to play right away. Woods was never able to get significant minutes in his three seasons, averaging 2.5 points points in 10.8 minutes as a Junior. There is no word on possible destinations as of now, but he should have a number of suitors with his athleticism.

Austin Wiley officially announced his return to Auburn next season, although it had been reported in the last couple of days. This should not be a big surprise after Wiley dealt with injuries throughout the past season, averaging 6.9 points and 4 rebounds as a junior. Coming into the season some viewed him as a potential late first or early second round pick, but his production did not warrant the preseason hype.

• It might not be huge news in the basketball world that ECU picked up a commitment from Lugdy Debaut, a junior college big man. However, it is an interesting recruiting situation for the Pirates, with Debaut being the 9th commitment of their 2019 class. There have been six ECU players to enter the transfer portal after a 10-21 season, although they do return star forward Jayden Gardner.

Daryl Edwards transferred from LSU to Fresno State. He should be eligible immediately if he is granted a medical hardship waiver, allowing him to finish his last season of college basketball with his home town Bulldogs. He originally had elected to attend Nevada, but was let out of his transfer after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas.

5 star recruit Josh Green announced he underwent should surgery last week. He is not expected to miss any time as the next season begins, but he will be undergoing rehab throughout the summer. If this is a long term issue it could effect his draft stock, with many seeing him as a first rounder in 2020, but as of now it should be viewed as a minor speed bump to getting his college career started.

 

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