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Thursday News and Notes

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

The NBA has notified teams that they will be required to submit certified height measurements of players heading into this season. As any fan of the game knows, a players listed height is often considered to not be the most accurate for a multitude of different reasons. There are players like Allen Iverson (6’0″) who have seemed to be listed taller than their actual height, as well as Kevin Durant who is listed at 6’9″ but appears to be taller when pictured next to other NBA players. It has been reported before that Durant does not want to be listed closer to 7’0″ bringing into jeopardy his ability to be viewed as a guard. All of this is nitpicking to a degree as Iverson is one of the greatest scorers in NBA history regardless of his height, and Durant obviously plays the role of a guard on the offensive end of the floor, however it will be interesting to see if there are changes to a players height.

Jaylen Brown and the Celtics are apparently not moving any closer to coming to an agreement on a contract extension before the October 21st deadline. Given the history of Danny Ainge being able to move players for future picks, there is a belief that if the two sides do not agree on an extension then Boston would look to move Brown to another team in a trade. The Celtics had similar recent situations with other third year players opting to let their contract expire after the season allowing those players to head to other teams in free agency. There is plenty of time before both the extension and trade deadlines, however it is something to keep an eye out for going forward.

• It has been the expectation for quite some time now that Kevin Durant will miss the entire 2019-2020 season, and Brooklyn has now confirmed that will be the plan going forward.

Georgia picked up a commitment from four star forward Josh Taylor. Not only did he announce his college decision but he also announced his intention to move into the class of 2020 from the class of 2021. Taylor was ranked #58 by 247 Sports, #72 by Rivals with both rankings being in the class of 2021, and he is expected to remain a 4 star as he enters the 2020 class.

Zach Loveday announced he will be joining the Baylor in the 2020 class. Loveday is a 7’0″ center who is currently playing at Huntington Prep in West Virginia ranked #101 by 247 Sports, #84 by Rivals, and is an unranked four star by ESPN. Louisville and Baylor were the final two schools on his list, and the Bears are getting a big man with the ability to run the floor and knock down outside jump shots.

Jabe Mullins, a shooting guard from Washington announced his commitment to St. Mary’s over other offers from Stanford, Washington State, Utah State, Oregon State, and Colorado State. With good size at 6’5″ and some high major offers, this is a solid pick up for St. Mary’s who has a history of being able to scout and find gems in the recruiting process. Mullins is ranked #121 by 247 Sports, and is unranked by both Rivals and ESPN.

Cassius Stanley has confirmed that he broke Zion Williamson’s vertical leap record at Duke. Stanley himself stated that the official number was 46 inches. We currently have Stanley going in the second round of our 2020 mock draft mainly based off his high ceiling due to his athleticism and play making ability, but he is a player that could see his stock rise substantially this year or return for another season at Duke if his freshman year is underwhelming.

• We have broke down the decision of Spencer Dinwiddie to “Tokenize” his upcoming contract. This definitely could be viewed as a risk, but Dinwiddie recently did an interview with Forbes explaining his reasoning behind the move.

According to reports, the Wizards have picked up the third year options of Moritz Wagner and Troy Brown. Neither player has fully come into their own, but they do have potential going forward to find a role in the league. There should be plenty of opportunities for both players to receive significant minutes this season giving them the chance to show that they are worth a contract beyond their rookie deals.

For anyone interested in watching 2020 draft hopefuls in the NBL this season, the league has announced they will be streaming 52 games involving Lamelo Ball and RJ Hampton. The streaming will be through Facebook Watch, which should not only give the NBL more exposure as a business and a league, but it should also allow fans to be more familiar with Hampton as we get closer to the draft while Ball is obviously already very well known in the basketball world.

 

 

 

 

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