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Wednesday News and Notes

Breaking down the latest news around college basketball, recruiting and the NBA

Caleb Love announced that Missouri and North Carolina as his final two schools, cancelling visits to Louisville and Kansas that were previously scheduled for the next few weeks. Love is a consensus five star recruit, ranked #21 by Rivals, #24 by ESPN, and #23 by 247 Sports.

Noah Collier committed to Pittsburgh, giving the Panthers their first player in the 2020 class. A 6’7″ forward he is ranked #209 by 247 Sports, an unranked 4 star by ESPN, #148 by Rivals.

Lamelo Ball has been playing well recently bringing a lot of buzz to the point guards draft stock as shown by ESPN, The New York Post, and Yahoo. We don’t like to base a players future professional abilities off such a small sample size, but many analysts seem to believe that Ball has taken another step in his game making him a legitimate option at the top of the draft. Given his size, which is widely varied anywhere from 6’5″ to 6’8″ depending on the source and his play making ability, there is no doubt scouts will be flocking to see him play this year. At this point we have Ball going in the first round, however just what range he ultimately ends up in will be much easier to assess once there is more tape on Ball this season.

Devin Askew cancelled his scheduled visit to Villanova, electing to visit the campus of Kentucky instead. This is obviously not good news for Villanova regarding his commitment, and it is in some analysts minds putting Kentucky at the top of list over schools who are still in the mix such as Louisville, Arizona and Memphis. Picking up big time point guards is something that John Calipari does very well, and Askew could be the next highly ranked floor general to choose the Wildcats. Devin Askew is a 2021 recruit ranked #13 by 247 Sports, 12th by ESPN, and 9th by Rivals.

Jaemyn Brakefield picked up an offer from Virginia as Tony Bennett looks to add another player to their 2020 class. Brakefield is a 6’9″ forward ranked #36 by Rivals, #52 by 247 Sports, and #23 by ESPN. His recruitment still appears to be pretty wide open but considering UVA begins this season as the defending national champions, expect them to be included going forward.

Jordan Meka committed to Georgia Tech making him the first recruit in their 2020 class. A 6’9 forward from Marietta Georgia, he held offers from Georgia and Mississippi State as well as the Yellow Jackets. Meka has a wide variation regarding his rankings going from #37 by Rivals, to #125 by 247 Sports and then unranked by ESPN.

Dennis Smith Jr. has denied to state officials that either himself or other family members received money to guarantee his attendance of NC State. Smith Jr. had his name come up from the beginning of the investigation into the Addidas scandal that has seen indictments, firings and resignations from involved individuals.

• A quick recap of some recent NBA signings:

Isaac Humphries signed with Orlando

Ryan Anderson signed with the Rockets

Brooklyn signed John Egbunu and CJ Williams

Boston signed Bryce Brown

Markel Brown signed with the Thunder

Golden State picked up Marquese Chriss

Sacramento signed Tyler Ulis

Kyle Kuzma will miss the start of camp with a stress injury in his lower left leg. This injury is not expected to sideline him long term and the move is seen as a precaution but the Lakers will need all hands on deck with the belief that they have a chance to contend for a title with the addition of Anthony Davis and more.

Kyrie Irving suffered a facial fracture on the left side of his face from an elbow in a pick up game. Irving is not expected to miss significant due to the injury, and it is being considered “day to day” at this point by the team.

 

 

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