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Friday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball and the NBA

Rutgers opened their new practice facility bringing some good news to a program that has not had a winning season since 2005-2006. The Scarlet Knights do have some young talent returning in Geo Baker, Montez Mathis, Ronald Harper Jr., and Caleb McConnell. In addition to these returning players Rutgers has also added Stony Brook grad transfer Akwasi Yeboah who comes to New Jersey after averaging 16.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season as well as three star 6’6″ combo guard Paul Mulcahy.

Marquette picked up a 2020 commit from Osasere Ighodaro, a 6’9″ forward from Desert Vista in Arizona. Ighodaro is ranked #73 by 247 Sports and #95 by Rivals.com choosing the Golden Eagles over Stanford, Texas, and Vanderbilt. He moves very well for his size and has shown solid potential with his perimeter skills. Weighing only 190 pounds means adding bulk will be a major point of emphasis going forward for Ighodaro but he has plenty of upside with his size and mobility.

Kyree Walker is reportedly considering heading to college this season instead of coming in with the 2020 class, and he has been taking online classes this summer to make that a reality. Walker is an 6’5″ small forward who is ranked #32 by 247 Sports, #41 by Rivals.com, and #33 by ESPN. There are varied reports as to which team he is leaning towards selecting for his college future with Kansas, Arizona, Arkansas, and Western Kentucky thought to be potential destinations.

Spencer Dinwiddie is apparently considering taking an unprecedented step and planning to securitize his three year $34.6 million dollar contract with the Brooklyn Nets. The first step is to create his own company thus allowing him to invest a lump sum with investors as Dinwiddie will be looking to see a positive return on those investments, rather than being restricted by his year to year salary.

Shaun Livingston announced his retirement from the league after 15 years as a professional. Injuries played a role in Livingston never reaching his full potential as a highly rated player coming out of high school, however he played a key role coming off of the bench as a part of the Golden State championship teams. Livingston had career averages of 6.3 points, 3 assists, and 2.4 rebounds per game.

Gilbert Arenas claimed he knows two players that have been payed over $200,000 each to attend Duke over Kentucky. Information and rumors like this are to be looked at through a skeptical lens, but it certainly would not be a shock to anyone at this point that additional players have received large amounts of money to select a university given the Adidas scandal.

The Bulls have signed Justin Simon to a Exhibit 10 contract. Essentially this type of contract gives the team flexibility that would not have if the contract was fully guaranteed once signed by the player. Simon was the 2018-2019 Big East Defensive Player of The Year, while averaging 10.4 points per game at St. John’s.

David Robinson and his son, David Robinson Jr., have started a new podcast aimed at discussing the fundamentals and rules that helped Robinson become one of the most successful players in the league during his professional career. Known for his dedication and discipline to his craft, Robinson hopes that his message will help other individuals structure their life in a positive way.

The NBA announced that India will be hosting two preseason games between the Kings and the Pacers in October. This will more than likely become more commonplace in the future with the league looking to give fans from outside of North America an up close look at NBA players, and another revenue stream with preseason games not being heavily attended in the states.

 

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