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Saturday News and Notes

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

Jaemyn Brakefield committed to Duke after receiving an offer 2 days ago from the Blue Devils. Brakefield is a skilled 6’8″ forward who should fit in very well with how coach K likes him teams to play, and despite not being ranked as a top ten recruit he has a high ceiling for his basketball future. He is ranked #36 by Rivals, #52 by 247 Sports, and #23 by ESPN.

Alabama freshman Juwan Gary is expected to be out for the season after tearing his ACL. He is already undergone a successful surgery for the tear and he will not begin the long rehab process. Gary was a four star recruit in high school and was anticipated to compete for significant minutes this season.

Merl Code, an amateur coach who was charged with steering recruits towards money managers, has been sentenced to 3 months in his role of the NCAA bribery case. The judge gave Code leniency due to what they called prevalent conduct in the college basketball world where money is thrown around to help convince players what to do once their professional careers start.

Samson Ruzhetntsev committed to Florida over Illinois, Ole Miss, and Stanford. At 6’8″ playing on the wing and listed as a small forward, he is a skilled prospect with a versatile offensive game to go with solid athleticism. With the Gators expected to to lose some talent next year not only to graduation but to players entering the draft they will not all of the help they can get going forward. Ruzhetntsev is ranked #75 by Rivals, #53 by 247 Sports, and he is an unranked four star by ESPN.

This article by Daniel Wilco breaks down how the new 3 point line could alter college basketball shooting statistics next season. The numbers as a whole are expected to go down as the 3 point line is extended, and this has been shown with the NIT Tournament seeing a drop in 3 point percentage with the same distance as the new line.

Depaul junior Charlie Moore has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play this season. Moore is a transfer from Kanasas, and is a Chicago native which led to the waiver being approved. This will be his third different school after playing at Kansas and California before deciding to finish his college career at Depaul. He averaged 2.9 and 1.3 assists per game in limited minutes at Kansas.

In the odd story of the day, Kansas had rapper Snoop Dogg perform at their version of midnight madness, only to come out and apologize after the event for his actions on the court. Kansas had known that the choice of entertainment was dicey for a family environment so they elected to have Snoop perform after the basketball activities concluded. Some fans had concerns with women pole dancing and the language, as well as a money gun shooting bills into the crowd as Kansas deals with scrutiny from their role in the Adidas scandal.

North Texas has suspended junior guard Roosevelt Smart after his arrest for DWI. Smart averaged 19.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game as a freshman before putting up 10.7 points and 3.6 rebounds in his sophomore campaign. There is no timetable on when he will return to the team, but he is a key piece to the programs season.

High school teammates Dante Maddox Jr. and  Donovan Newby have made their college decisions with Maddox Jr. heading to Cal-State Fullerton and Newby electing to go to Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Maddox Jr. is a 6’2″ scoring guard who is smooth with ball in his hands despite not being a great vertical athlete. Newby is a 6’1″ point guard with a quick first step who can score the ball and facilitate to teammates. Both players are not ranked in the class of 2020 by the major recruiting services.

The Lakers have waived Jordan Caroline and signed David Stockton. The son of Hall of Famer John Stockton, he has bounced around the NBA and overseas since playing his college ball at Gonzaga. He is not expected to make the final roster, but he will get his shot to show what he can do in the preseason after spending last year in Germany where he averaged 8.7 and 3.6 assists in 19.8 minutes per game.

Rockets general manager tweeted support for the protesters in Hong Kong, a move that the owner of the team has since distanced himself from. The team is in Tokyo to play a preseason game which would explain the timing, but whenever a team goes overseas and their GM puts himself in the political situation of that country it is going to make headlines.

The Golden State Warriors worked out Hasheem Thabeet as the former top five pick looks to make his comeback to the league. He has reportedly been shooting threes in workouts and pick up games with other teams, and he has a chance given his 7’3″ frame to pick up an offer. The hamstring injury to Kevon Looney as well this could play a role, although Looney is not expected to miss significant time.

Demar Derozan has been in talks with the Spurs on an extension. Derozan is entering what could be his last chance to cash in on a large contract as he is 30 years old, and while he is eligible for a max deal, the team is expected to be offering less than the max.

Malik Beasley turned down extension from the Nuggets. The offer was reportedly for 3 years and 30 million dollars which of course sounds like a lot of money but there is a belief that Beasley could get a more lucrative or long term deal on the open market. Beasley made a big jump last season in production and minutes that contributed to the teams overall success, and at just 22 years old, we would anticipate the market being solid for him should he choose to enter free agency following his rookie deal expiring.


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