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Wednesday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

Jaden Mcdaniels, who we have currently going #1 overall in our 2020 mock draft, committed to Washington over Kentucky. Washington was seen as a likely destination but over the past month or so Kentucky has been considered the landing spot by most recruiting analysts. This is a big get for the Huskies who already have 5 star recruit Isaiah Stewart in their class, but Stewart is a high motor center who plays inside and Mcdaniels is a long, versatile big that plays that plays on the wing as well.

Oshae Brissett announced he will be keeping his name in the draft. Brissett has had an up and down two years at Syracuse where has shown flashes of his abilities as well as having solid measurements for a wing. Many expected him to return to school and try and play his way into a first round selection, which he was considered a possible first round prospect heading into this season, however it seems his play in the pre-draft process has him feeling comfortable with his future.

Jordan Bohannon told reporters he will be having hip surgery to repair an injury that he has been dealing with the past two seasons. The timetable varies for the surgery from 5-9 months, and he has stated that if he is unable to be healthy for the season that he plans to redshirt and play next year as a fifth year senior. With Iowa expected to lose Tyler Cook, this is a big blow for a team that is consistently solid, however it will be much more difficult to overcome the loss of arguably their two best players (should Bohannon be out for the season).

Alabama has added JUCO All-American James Rojas. He was originally signed to play for Buffalo but when Nate Oats left for Alabama it opened the door for Rojas to do the same. Rojas is a high energy combo forward at 6’8″ that averaged 19 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 1.5 steals at one of the best junior colleges in basketball. Any talent that Oats can add will help him as he attempts to lead a basketball program at a school that is used to winning with their elite football history.

Providence head coach Ed Cooley is electing to stay with the Friars after meeting with representatives from Michigan. As is the case with most of these situations, Cooley will be getting a extension. Juwan Howard is considered a legitimate option and he reportedly interviewed on Tuesday for the job.

Ignas Brazdeikis announced he will be staying in the draft. We have had him in our 2019 mock draft for the entire season, however many analysts were projecting that there was a possibility he would return to school. With his coach leaving Michigan for the NBA that became much more unlikely, and he made it official yesterday that his name will be remaining in the draft. As of now he is viewed as a potential late or early second round pick.

The NBA All-Rookie team for the first time since 1984-1985 is the top five selections from the previous draft. Deandre Ayton (#1), Marvin Bagley III (#2), Luka Doncic (#3), Jaren Jackson (#4), and Trae Young (#5) were all selected to the team. Not only did these rookies outshine their peers in the eyes of the league, it is also a testament to the early playing time and significant roles they were able to take on in their first season. Doncic, Ayton, and Young are the remaining finalists for the Rookie of the Year Award.

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