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Sunday News and Notes

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

Considered by many to be the top JUCO player in the country, Jay Scrubb committed to Louisville. Scrubb who played at Trinity High School in Louisville, picked the Cardinals over Memphis, Cincinnati, and Alabama among others. There is still the possibility that after another strong season he could elect to enter the draft and never step foot on Louisville’s campus, but nonetheless this is a big pick up for Chris Mack.

William and Mary picked up a commitment from Jake Milkereit, a 6’4 shooting guard from Dallas. Not ranked by the main recruiting services he is not the type of player that will make headlines for choosing his college destination, but Milkereit has the potential to develop into a solid scoring option for the Tribe.

Dylan Wusu committed to St. John’s, giving the school their third commit of the 2020 class to go with three star point guard Posh Alexander and JUCO wing Vince Cole. St. John’s will need to try and find steals in the recruiting process to build their program as they look to compete for some of the higher rated players in the loaded tri-state area.

Missouri added some much needed help at center for the 2020 class, getting a commitment from Jordan Wilmore. Having elite size at 7’3″ and being able to move fairly well for a player his height give him a high upside, but as with most players in that range conditioning will be one of the biggest factors going forward. Wilmore is an unranked three star by 247 Sports, and an unranked two star by Rivals.

• Auburn was given their final four rings on Friday night at Bruce Pearls home, with one being handed out to Charles Barkley on Saturday at the Auburn-Mississippi State football game.

Sources have told ESPN that Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat have agreed to a contract extension. The second longest tenured coach in the league, he will now be under contract through the 2024-2025 season as the Heat move into the post Dwayne Wade era.

As the Wizards look to capitalize on Rui Hachimura having Japanese roots, they signed Zac Ikuma as the team’s Japanese Digital Correspondent. The idea is to develop content in the Japanese language called the Wizards Global Podcast, and the Wizards Players Diaries. While many including our draft analysts feel the Wizards could have added more value in the 2019 draft by selecting a player like Cam Reddish over Hachimura, the team obviously sees potential to market the forward outside of the U.S.

• 27 NBA teams sent representatives to watch RJ Hampton and Lamelo Ball at the NBL blitz, but the Cleveland reportedly sent their Assistant GM to watch the two prospects. If they are to have another high draft pick as expected it would come as a bit of a head scratching move if they were to take another guard, but the team surprised many people when they selected Darius Garland in the 2019 draft despite having Collin Sexton on the roster so anything is possible with the way that John Beilein and his system values guards being able to make plays.

The Paces are yet to announce a timetable for guard Victor Oladipo, with some suggesting it will be after the all star break. He has resumed basketball related activities but the team does not want to rush him back on the floor, and with Indiana expected to be a playoff team as long as they are in the hunt with a healthy Oladipo by the end of the season that seems to be the main focus as of now.


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