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Wednesday News and Notes

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

UNC picked up a commitment from five star Caleb Love. The Tar Heels have been considered the favorite for a while now but with Love making it official he becomes the third five star to commit to UNC in the 2020 class. Standing at 6’3″ with solid athleticism, Love is an exciting play maker with the ball in his hands who should be able to step in and run the offense from day one. He is ranked #23 by 247 Sports, #21 by Rivals, and #24 by ESPN.

Andre Jackson is announcing his college decision today picking from UCONN, Syracuse, Iowa, Maryland, and UCLA with UCONN leading the crystal ball predictions. Jackson is ranked #98 by 247 Sports, #76 by Rivals, and #50 by ESPN putting him in the four star range by all three recruiting services.

Canisius got it’s first commitment of the 2020 class coming from Asa Beyah, a 6’3″ guard. Beyah is not ranked by any of the major recruiting services, but he has shown the ability to score with the ball in his hands and play solid defense.

Dedric Lawson has been added to the Spurs preseason camp and is expected to compete for one of the final roster spots. The most likely scenario is that he is will starting the year out with the teams G League affiliate. Despite the fact that he is not a great vertical athlete he can score inside and grab rebounds at a high rate while at times showing off an ability to step out and knock down a jump shot which will go a long way in helping his case going forward.

Davonte Davis reopened his commitment to Oklahoma State leaving the Cowboys with zero commits for the 2020 class. Davis is a 6’4″ point guard with strong play making abilities who can run the floor and score the ball with ease. Oklahoma State has been in contact and hosting some very talented players at the guard positions which could have played a role in this process. Previous coming off of the board Davis had shown interest in Auburn, Oregon, and SMU with home state Arkansas expected to be in the mix as well.

Selton Miguel, a four star out of Orlando has committed to Kansas State giving the Wildcats their third commit of the 2020 class. Miguel is a bull dog when driving or slashing to the basket and he plays with a high motor which helps considering he is somewhat undersized at at 6’4″ and often times playing at the small forward position. He is ranked #105 by Rivals, #144 by 247 Sports, and is an unranked four star by ESPN.

Kaleb Scott committed to Georgia State and although he is not ranked by the major recruiting services he could be a player that makes an early impact at the college level. He had offers from Charleston, George Mason, Wofford, Charlotte, Appalachian State, College of Charleston, and UNC-Asheville.  At 6’8″ and 235 pounds he will arrive on campus possessing the strength necessary to compete against older players, it will just be a matter of how quickly he can expand his game out from the mid range.

• As we have previously touched on, there is a possibility that Jay Scrubb will choose to enter the NBA draft and ultimately never end up actually playing a game for Louisville, the school he recently has committed to for next season. When his father was asked about it, he said they “Absolutely” plan on testing the NBA draft waters and seeing where his son stands. The idea is that if he is in the position to be taken in the lottery he will stay in and if not then he will head to Louisville.

Louisville players have had their stats restored without an asterisk, which had previously been caught up in the scandal involving assistant coaches paying for things like strippers and parties in the basketball dorm. Some players who have had no involvement whatsoever in those actions were effected, so this should be seen as a move to not penalize those individuals.

DJ Funderburk has been suspended by NC State indefinitely for a violation of team rules. The reason for the suspension is unspecified but this is a significant loss if it goes into the season with Funderburk coming off of a freshman year where he averaged 8.8 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.

Rod Thorn has been brought in by the Wizards as a senior adviser to general manager Tommy Sheppard. Thorn has a long history as an executive in the league, including drafting Michael Jordan in 1984.

Lonnie Walker has been extended by the Spurs on his rookie deal through the 2020-2021 season. Walker was the 18th pick in the 2018 draft, and averaged 2.6 points in 17 games last season.

The Cavaliers are calling it a day to day minor injury but something to note is that Darius Garland is dealing with a foot injury that is caused him to miss practice. This is most likely just a precautionary move by the team given the fact that he is coming off of a knee injury that forced him to miss most of his freshman season, they will want him 100% healthy before he returns to the court.

The NBA has previously needed advance notice on trades happening on the weekend or a holiday, but that rule has now been changed. This should give teams more flexibility with it comes to make deals on the fly, especially those that are being made to clear cap space due to an injury or filling a team need.

The Chris Paul to the Miami Heat rumors have been out there for a while now and they do no appear to be going away. It is common knowledge in the league that if they can the Thunder would like to move the point guard to another team, but finding a suitor that has the will and the cap space to take on his contract is easier said then done. The Heat have the ability to take on the contract it is just a matter of how the deal will be structured, making this a potential trade to watch as we get closer to the regular season.

 

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