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Friday News and Notes

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

Christian Dawkins was sentenced to one year and one day in prison for his role in the college basketball pay for play scandal. While multiple other individuals have been charged or convicted for their actions, Dawkins was viewed one of the main pieces to the puzzle that saw players families being paid in the hopes of recruiting them to shoe companies once they become a professional.

Four star recruit Andre Jackson committed to UCONN over Syracuse, Maryland, Iowa and UCLA. This is a big pick up for the Huskies program that is trying to get back to prominence after having some recent down years, and recruiting is always the start of that process. Jackson is a 6’6″ small forward who is one of the top athletes in the 2020 class which should instantly make him a fan favorite with his ability to throw down highlight dunks. He will need to work on his game going forward, especially his outside shot but his athletic and leaping abilities will allow him to compete for time immediately. Jackson is ranked #76 by Rivals, #98 by 247 Sports, and #50 by ESPN.

Anthony Gonzalez, a former Ohio State football player and current Republican congressman will be proposing a national law similar to that of the recently passed California Fair Pay to Play Act. It is unclear how far this will go, but the idea here is that the congress can get out in front of individual states passing their own laws leading to an imbalance in what players can and cannot do while enrolled in school.

Carlos “Scooby” Johnson committed to Butler over other offers like Michigan, Michigan State, West Virginia, and VCU. He is the fourth commitment of the 2020 class for the Bulldogs, totaling one four star and three players ranked as three star recruits after adding Johnson. Listed as a power forward and a small forward depending on the source, at 6’6″ he can play on the wing or play as a small ball four giving a coach multiple looks that allow him time on the floor. While he is a solid athlete, his strong suit is his versatility being able to post up and score on the inside and make plays from the wing whether it is pulling up for a jump shot or penetrating to the basket. Johnson is ranked #106 by Rivals, #172 by 247 Sports, and he is not ranked by ESPN.

Jaemyn Brakefield has been offered a scholarship from Coach K and Duke. You may remember his name from earlier this year when he was considered to a possible addition to the 2019 class by reclassifying but he elected to stay in the 2020 class and his recruitment has picked up in a big way since then. Kentucky was considered to be a favorite early in his recruitment but the Wildcats are yet to offer so it seems he will be heading elsewhere especially with Duke now offering. He holds some impressive offers from Auburn, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, Oregon, Florida State, Virginia and others. Brakefield is ranked #36 by Rivals, #52 by 247 Sports, and #23 by ESPN.

Michigan State players have decided to stay off of Twitter for the season with the hopes of not getting caught up in the criticism and praise that comes on social media game by game. This is a move that could benefit many players, including some in the NBA, who have a tendency to be somewhat effected by the opinions of fans. This will not play a large factor in their overall season considering they are projected by many to cut down the nets at the NCAA Tournament, but it is a sign that this team is all in towards reaching that goal.

Boise State lost redshirt freshman Mikey Frazier after the two sides decided to part ways. No specific reason was given for the move but at 6’10” he was expected to compete for playing time down low after sitting out last season.

John Calipari visited 2020 recruit Isaiah Jackson, making it the third time the two have had face to face contact in the last month or so. At 6’9″ he has a versatile offensive game with elite athleticism that should allow him to be a productive player on the defensive side of the floor as well. His recruitment is down to Kentucky, Syracuse, and Alabama with Kentucky and Alabama considered to be the favorites to land the five star. Jackson is ranked #23 by Rivals, #31 by 247 Sports, and #22 by ESPN.

2020 recruit Julian Larry committed to Indiana State. At 6’1″ he has solid athleticism being able to finish at the rim despite his size to go with a high basketball IQ as well as some impressive shooting during the AAU circuit. Players like Larry are always interesting to watch going forward considering that until this year he was splitting his time between basketball and playing quarterback for his high school team. He has since transferred schools deciding to focus specifically on basketball and Indiana State likes his potential once his time will be entirely spent on basketball. Larry is not ranked by the major recruiting services but he has played some very good competition competing for the Marcus Smart AAU program.

The NBA is considering starting a league in India, much like the African league that will begin play in 2020. As of now the biggest hurdle seems to be India’s arena situation so there will need to be investment in infrastructure for a plan like this to go forward.

With the new league rule that team doctors must verify the height and age of NBA players, Zion Williamson’s official height has changed. One caveat to this new rule is that the players will be measured with their shoes off, despite playing the game in shoes. Williamson will be listed at 6’6″ and he will not be the only player who sees a inch or so of loss to their listed height, with players like Kemba Walker and JJ Barea often being known to not have accurate height measurements.

CBS Sports broke down the Wizards need to deal with Bradley Beal and how he fits in with the long term goals of the franchise. With a new general manager calling the shots, and a often injured John Wall, the team is in a rebuild of sorts, but in classic Wizards fashion they seem to stuck in between a complete rebuild or a win now type of mentality. The smart money is on the team moving Beal to get back some assets rather than simply losing him to free agency, however as we have seen in the past, the Wizards do not always make the most common sensed based moves.

• A short video has been released of Kobe Bryant’s camp that saw some of the biggest names in basketball come together to train together and pick the brain of one of the top players of all time. You can check out the video below.

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