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Tuesday News and Notes

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

• Five star recruit RJ Hampton announced he will skip college and join the New Zealand Breakers in the NBL, the Australian basketball league. It is a route that that has been taken by some highly ranked american prospects with mixed results but Hampton should be able to compete for minutes.

Ja Morant signed an endorsement deal with Nike. He elected to not hear pitches from any other companies, saying that he only had interest in signing with Nike. With his highlight dunks and play making abilities he has the potential to be a player that can become a well known player to a casual sports fan which is not the case for many players in the league.

Marques Bolden announced he will be remaining in the draft. He would of been a senior at Duke if he had elected to return to school, and most draft sites have him going undrafted as do we in our 2019 mock draft.

Anthony Lamb is coming back to Vermont. As a junior he averaged 21.2 points and 7.8 rebounds leading Vermont to the NCAA tournament. He is a pure scorer that can play both inside but he is an undersized player at 6’6″ who is not a great athlete which would have most likely lead to him going undrafted in he had stayed in. Lamb should be one of the leading scorers in college basketball next season, and he will be looking to lead Vermont back to the tournament.

Tevin Mack announced he will be returning to Alabama. This decision does not come as a surprise with Mack projected to go undrafted, but his return is big for the Crimson Tide next season.

Boston reportedly made promise to Matisse Thybulle. The Celtics have picks #14, #20, and #51 with Thybulle possibly landing in the #20 slot if the report is accurate. There was also a report that Thybulle was also promised by the Oklahoma City Thunder which would be at #21.

CJ Elleby announced he is returning to school. The Washington State freshman averaged 14.7 points and 7.1 rebounds per game last season. He will start the season as a possible first round pick on some draft sites, and should he will be one of the best players returning to the Pac-12 next year.

Sagaba Konate is staying in the draft. Konate missed most of his junior season with a knee injury but while he was thought to be medically cleared late in the season, there were reports he was making the decision to not play for the rest of the year. In 8 games he averaged 13.6 points and 8 rebounds per game, showing some improvement to his offensive game with a better outside shot. He is currently projected to be a late second round pick, or to go undrafted.

 

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