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Thursday News and Notes

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

According to Jay Wright it is possible that Bryan Antoine will redshirt this season. Antoine is considered a possible lottery pick by some draft analysts, and we have him at #11 in our 2020 mock draft, although he is likely to drop in the next update. He had reconstructive surgery on his shoulder that is going to keep him out of practice until at least November and then additional time to get into game shape before he can make a real impact. Despite the reports there is a greater chance that Antoine will enter the 2020 draft rather then redshirt and return to Villanova for the 2020-2021 season.

DJ Gordon committed to Penn State giving the Nittany Lions their third player in the class of 2020. Gordon is a 6’5″ shooting guard who has good length as well as being able to catch and shoot on the wing or drive to the basket, in addition to his ability to guard multiple positions on the defensive side of the floor. The three star is ranked #144 by Rivals, #204 by 247 Sports, and he is unranked by ESPN.

Northwestern picked up a commitment from three star Ty Berry in the class of 2020. Most comfortable with the ball in his hands, he has shown a solid feel for the game being able to create shots or get to the bucket at a high rate. At 6’3″ playing both shooting guard and point guard, he will need to excel in a lead ball handler role to entice scouts, but he brings a skill set that should allow him to make a scoring impact early in his career. Berry is ranked #131 by Rivals, #118 by 247 Sports, and he is unranked by ESPN.

Wendell Green will be heading to Eastern Kentucky after committing to their 2020 recruiting class. As an undersized point guard at 5’10” he has not drawn interest from big named programs, however Green has played well in some big games against some of the best competition in high school and AAU basketball. He can shoot the ball from well behind the three point line to go with a crafty ability to score around the basket against taller players, using his body and angles to get a shot off. Green is ranked #233 by 247 Sports, an unranked three star by Rivals, and he is unranked by ESPN.

Wisconsin forward Micah Potter has had his appeal for immediate eligibility denied by the NCAA. Potter was hoping to be able to play right away after deciding to transfer from Ohio State due to a coaching change. At 6’9″ and 240 pounds, the Junior will be eligible after the first semester ends on December 21st, which should provide the Badgers with some much needed help on the interior. Potter averaged 4.1 points and 2.4 rebounds in 10.1 minutes per game as a sophomore at Ohio State.

Five star Jaden Springer has cut his list to a final three schools. Memphis, Michigan and Tennessee are the teams that are left in the running with Tennessee being viewed as the favorite at this point. Springer is ranked #15 by Rivals, #17 by 247 Sports, and #16 by ESPN.

Monty Bowser announced his commitment to play for the California. Bowser is a long and athletic wing that stands 6’5″ with the Golden Bears being his only high major offer. Due to his athleticism he has the ability to be an impact player providing he works on his outside shooting as well as adding some strength, and this is a solid pick up with him being a home state recruit. Bowser is ranked #237 by 247 Sports and he is unranked by ESPN and Rivals.

The Hornets have agreed to a contract with 2019 second round pick Jalen Mcdaniels. The expectation is the he will play the majority if not all of the season in the G League, but with his size and skill set Mcdaniels is one of the intriguing rookies in the class. Adding weight and making an impact on the defensive side of the floor is going to be key to his game going forward, as well as being able to produce using his versatile offensive abilities scoring both inside of the paint and knocking down open jump shots.

• Zion Williamson broke the record for the most points by a rookie in an NBA preseason game. Williamson finished with 29 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and 1 steal in 26 minutes on the floor. In typical Zion fashion he went 12 for 13 shooting the ball while getting his production around the basket. His jump shot will no doubt need to improve, but he is showing that his production can still make an impact while he works on extending his game out from the basket.

 

 

 

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