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Thursday News and Notes

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

Juwan Howard was hired as Michigan’s new head coach. Howard has been assistant with the Miami Heat since 2013 after a pro career that lasted from 1994-2013. As a former Michigan player himself and a member of the most famous team to ever come out of Ann Arbor, the “Fab Five”, he should immediately be able to recruit at a high level already possessing plenty of name recognition.

• According to a report, notice of allegations are coming to NCAA teams that were involved in the college basketball scandal that was investigated by the FBI. Louisville, NC State, Kansas, LSU, Arizona and more were caught up in the mess, and it is yet to be seen how it will all play out with the NCAA.

Ohio State officially announced that Justice Sueing has transferred to the program. He was the leading scorer on a Cal team that went 8-23 last season averaging 14.5 points and 6 rebounds as a sophomore. Sueing will have to sit out next season due to transfer rules, but after that he will bring a versatile game at 6’7″, although he could use the off year to work on his shooting.

Joe Wieskamp withdrew his name from the draft, which is not much of a surprise with the freshman having been considered to be testing the waters rather than keeping his name in. He was not invited to the NBA combine, but there is plenty of things to like about his game and he will most likely be considered a draft pick in the next couple of seasons. A 6’6″ wing with an elite ability to shoot the basketball, he should make a jump statistically in his sophomore season after averaging 11.1 points, on 4.9 rebounds and going 42.4% from deep as a freshman.

Cory Higgins is reportedly receiving interest from multiple NBA teams including the Suns, Nuggets, Nets, Jazz, Pistons, and 76ers. A 6’5″ shooting guard, he played at Colorado in college becoming the leading scorer in the schools history before going undrafted and starting in the G League. He had a few chances to stick with NBA teams, but they passed and that led him to head overseas where he has become one of the best players in the Euroleague. The interest from American teams is real, but his agent has already stated it will take more than a minimum to get him back to the states. Last season playing CSKA Moscow he averaged 12.89 points and 1.64 rebounds per game while shooting the ball at 43.9% on three point attempts.

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