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Monday News and Notes

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

Harvard picked up a commitment from Evan Nelson. The 6’1″ point guard chose Harvard over Rice and UC Santa Barbara, after narrowing down his list of schools in August. Nelson is ranked #211 by 247 Sports, and he is an unranked three star by Rivals in the class of 2020.

Christian Fussell committed to Middle Tennessee State over other offers from Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech, Mississippi State and more. Fussell is an unranked three star by most recruiting services and at 6’10” he is raw offensively but he runs the floor well for his size and should be able to make an impact on the college level cleaning up on the inside, as well as blocking shots.

Brandon Angel will be headed to Stanford in the class of 2020, choosing the Cardinal over California, Utah, and Wisconsin. A 6’7″ small forward, he can score well from the wing, and although he will need to work on his foot speed to get by defenders on the next level his skill set should allow him to earn minutes in college. Angel is ranked #177 by 247 Sports, and is an unranked three star by Rivals.

Wisconsin picked up two commitments from Matthew Mors and Chucky Hepburn, both in the class of 2020. Mors is a 6’7″ power forward who can score in a variety of different ways, being able to both catch and shoot as well as create a shot off of the dribble. Hepburn is a 6’1″ point guard that can score and set up teammates, having the type of game that should fit in well with running the Wisconsin offense. Mors is ranked #104 by 247 Sports, and #119 by Rivals, while Hepburn is ranked #142 by 247 Sports, and #125 by Rivals.

Florida got their first commit of the 2020 recruiting class when junior college forward Osayi Osifo chose the Gators. Osifo was not highly regarded by recruiting services or college coaches coming out of high school after not playing the game until the age of 15, but there is a lot to like about his potential going forward. Standing at 6’8″ his offensive game is raw and mainly consists of scoring around the basket, and he has a very high level of athleticism. After only averaging 4.4 points and 3.9 rebounds in 8.7 minutes per game in his first season at Eastern Florida State College the pick up by Florida will be questioned by some, but coach Mike White obviously believes he has room to grow.

2020 five star Isaiah Jackson has narrowed his list to three schools. Kentucky, Syracuse, and Alabama made the cut with the 6’9″ forward expected to announce during sometime in the fall. Michigan State at one time was considered the favorite, but most predictions at this point favor Kentucky or Alabama.

Isiah Moore committed to St. John’s over interest from LSU, Arkansas, Tulsa, and Mississippi State. He joins former AAU teammate Vince Cole who is also committed to head to New York City in the class of 2020. Moore is a 6’10” big man who was not ranked out of high school before playing his freshman season at College of Charleston and then electing to transfer to a Junior College.

2020 point guard AJ Hoggard will announce his college decision on October 6th. Ranked #100 by 247 Sports, #71 by Rivals, and #56 by ESPN he will choosing between Providence, Ole Miss, Michigan State, Florida, and Marquette.

Four star guard Adam Miller has narrowed down his list of schools to a final six with Arizona, Arizona State, Illinois, Kansas, Louisville and Wake Forest making the cut. Miller is ranked #46 by 247 Sports, #27 by Rivals, and #27 by ESPN while no timetable has been announced as far as when his decision will be made.

Former NBA player Kevin Martin has become the majority owner of the Brisbane Bullets, a team in the NBL (Australia). Martin played 12 years in the league, and he said he has been looking for an opportunity to invest in a team outside of the United States.

The California law that would allow college athletes to sign endorsement deals, use their likeness and hire agents to represent those dealings has been signed into law by governor Gavin Newsom. We have previously broken down the situation where players have to leave after one year of college to be able to do these types of things, or stay in college and not capitalize on their opportunities off of the field/court. While the article focused on the “One and Done” rule, the concept is the same, there seems to be a growing movement towards players being able to make their own decisions and profit off of their celebrity if they choose to do so. The NCAA is in a tough situation considering that outright paying players is a very complicated scenario to sort out, however athletes being able to use their likeness or endorse products could be a median between fully amateur athletes and turning college athletics into a professional league.

• Jordan has released a new ad campaign featuring 2019 draft picks Rui Hachimura and Zion Williamson

 

 

 

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