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Wednesday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

Javin Delaurier will return to Duke. Mainly used as a defender in his time in college, he averaged 3.8 points and 4.4 rebounds per game as a junior. It was unlikely that he would of been drafted, and there is no guarantee that he will be next season, but coming back to Duke will give him a chance to show that he can play at the next level.

Obi Toppin is returning to Dayton. Toppin had a solid freshman where he averaged 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game showing off an impressive athleticism. He might have been drafted in the second round if he had stayed in but he will start the season as a possible first round selection with some improvement in his overall offensive game.

Nick Richards announced his return to Kentucky. As a sophomore he averaged 4 points and 3.3 rebounds per game in 12.1 minutes as a reserve coming off of the bench. He is very raw offensively leading to him being projected by most analysts, and with a bigger next season he will have the opportunity to play his way into being considered a lock to be selected next season.

Jordan Bone will be keeping his name in the draft. This does not come as a big surprise with Bone expected to stay in by most analysts, and he is viewed as a possible second round pick. As a junior he averaged 13.5 points and 5.8 assists per game while helping lead Tennessee to one of the best seasons in their history.

Steven Enoch is returning to Louisville. Enoch would have most likely gone undrafted, and some analysts have him going in the first round of next years draft so there are those that view his potential as high going forward. After transferring from UConn, he averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in his first season at Louisville.

Nicolas Claxton is staying in the draft. His size and skill set are intriguing to teams and should allow him to be selected somewhere in the second round, although it is possible he goes higher than that if a team falls in love with the upside of his game. He averaged 13 points and 8 rebounds as a sophomore showing an all around game where he played both on the wing and down low at 6’11”.

Killian Tillie is returning to Gonzaga according to multiple reports. While he is a solid outside shooter and has good size at 6’10”, he has dealt with injuries throughout his college career and had another injury issue during the pre-draft process. Many analysts viewed him as a second round pick if he had stayed in the draft, however returning to school will give him the chance to play his way into first round consideration.

Neemias Queta announced he will be returning to Utah State. Queta had a freshman year that caught the attention of scouts averaging 11.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game while providing elite defense with 2.4 blocked shots per game. If he had elected to stay in the draft he would have most likely been selected but it would not have been in the first round, and Queta should start the season as a possible first round pick in next years draft along with some potential lottery aspirations.

Justin Turner is returning to Bowling Green. Turner averaged 18.2 points and 3.1 assists per game as a junior but was not viewed as a draft pick throughout the pre-draft process. He will be one of the top returning scorers in college basketball and he will be looking to improve his stock by leading Bowling Green to the NCAA tournament.

Kaleb Wesson announced his return to Ohio State. This was one of the more 50/50 calls on whether or not he would stay in, and it is a big win for Ohio State to get their best player back for another year. He was suspended during the season, and he is not a great athlete but Wesson can play averaging 14.6 points and 6.9 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Wesson will begin the year as a possible Big 10 POY candidate as well as looking to lead Ohio State back to the tournament.

Savion Flagg, the leading scorer for the Aggies, is returning to Texas A&M. Flagg averaged 13.9 points and 7.7 rebounds per game but there are questions with his outside shooting ability, which he will have a chance to help his case a shooter with a solid last year at A&M.

Alpha Diallo will be returning to Providence, pulling his name out of the draft. As a junior he averaged 16 points and 8.1 rebounds per game. At 6’7″ with guard skills and solid athleticism we are higher on Diallo than most sites that cover draft prospects, but the feedback he received was not enough to convince him that staying in was the right decision. He has been a sub par shooter in his time at Providence and if he wants to play his way into being a draft lock or a potential first round selection next year he will need to improve his outside shooting.

 

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