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Saturday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

The NCAA is resuming their investigation into possible additional violations by the Louisville basketball program. This part of the investigation is reportedly revolving around the recruitment of Brian Bowen and the connections between the school and Christian Dawkins who has since been convicted for his role in the “pay for play” scandal.

Here is a quick breakdown of some of the things that Louis King will need to do going forward to cement his place in the league after surprisingly going undrafted. There is a place for long wings with good size and a solid skill set at the professional level, but the road will be much harder than the originally anticipated late first/early second round draft position. King, who was a Draft Value favorite in his freshman season at Oregon begins his professional career with the Pistons, although most expect him to spend time in the G League.

• If you are interested in learning more about some of the personalities from the 2019 draft check out the video below:

SLAM announced the company will be featured as a sponsor on the jersey of the Illawarra Hawks next season which will feature potential 2020 first round pick Lamelo Ball. Ball is one of the most well known players not on an NBA roster, and this is just another example of his potential going forward on the business side of the game. Given his name recognition, as long as companies are not worried about having to deal with his father Lavar and the controversy that often follows the eldest Ball, then Lamelo should have plenty of opportunities pick up endorsements as he gets closer towards the draft.

• In a move that should surprise no one, the Spurs announced they will be retiring the #9 jersey of former point guard Tony Parker. Parker played 17 seasons in San Antonio winning four championships and making six all star teams in that time period.

• Zion Williamson will start the season rated as an 81 on NBA 2K20 making him the highest rated rookie on the game ahead of Ja Morant (79) and R.J. Barrett (78). To see some of the other rankings that have been released click here.

Bol Bol said in an interview that any problems with his injured foot are fully healed and he has been working out twice a day. If entirely accurate this is good news for Denver who could potentially be adding a lottery type of a talent to a team that many are predicting will contend for the Western Conference next season. Whether it is an immediate impact or a long term project if Bol ever comes close to his high ceiling he will be viewed as one of the biggest steals on draft night.

Duke responded to the Michael Avennatti allegations regarding Zion Williamson and Nike. This is not likely to play a major factor for Nike, but the story is one that gets clicks and will continue to get attention in the short term.

• Darius Bazley like Bol Bol is a player that could be a big hit or miss for his new team, but from the sound of this interview Sam Presti is happy about what he has seen so far with the rookie.

 

 

 

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