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Sunday News and Notes

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

Four star recruit Davonte Davis committed to Arkansas. This is not only a solid pick up because Davis can play, but it is also a big win for the program due to the fact that he is a recruit from the state of Arkansas, and he had previously been committed to Oklahoma State before opening up his recruitment. At 6’3 or 6’4″ depending on the source, Davis is a combo guard that can play as the lead ball handler or spend time off of the ball focusing on scoring. He has a good feel for the game and using angles to get the basket which he will need going forward considering he is not an elite athlete. Davis is ranked #127 by Rivals, #135 by 247 Sports, and #79 by ESPN.

The Jazz have signed Kyle Collinsworth shortly after he was traded from the Raptors 905 G League team. To make room for the former BYU star, Utah released Trevon Bluiett.

• Both the Kings and the Celtics have decisions to make regarding Jaylen Brown and Buddy Hield as far as how much to offer in a potential extension. As of now it would not be a surprise to see either player expecting to receive a max contract whether from their current team or in free agency, but there is definitely a risk assessment going on with executives attempting to lock down their value. Hoops Hype spoke with some NBA executives about the Jaylen Brown scenario and the belief that he will be looking for a max deal. On the Buddy Hield front, he is reportedly okay with not receiving the max, but there is a fine line between a team friendly deal and being perceived as not valuing Hield as an asset.

• While the majority of news surrounding China and the NBA has focused on the impact to the league as a whole, its reach has now begun to effect other basketball leagues. The Big3 has announced that it will postpone a trip to China that was supposed to last throughout the month of November.

Five star recruit Devin Askew discussed that reclassifying to 2020 is a possibility but that he will come to a decision after this upcoming season. Kentucky is considered the favorite at this point with Louisville, Arizona, Memphis, and Villanova still in the running. Many recruits discuss possibly reclassifying but end up staying in their current recruiting class, however with a top 15 ranking by all of the recruiting services he would be welcomed on any of those campuses whether it is in the 2020 or the 2021 class.

• The USA Basketball junior mini camp has been going on this weekend and they recently released some highlights featuring some of the best young talent in the country. Highlights are below:

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