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Monday News and Notes

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

Five star recruit Scottie Barnes announced he will be headed to Florida State. Oregon, Ohio State, and Kentucky were all in play before the commitment to the Seminoles, giving them their fourth player in the 2020 recruiting class. Barnes is a do it all type of offensive player being able to handle the ball, score in transition and driving to the basket, as well as shooting from the outside. He has played anywhere from point guard to power forward in high school and AAU showing off his versatile game, something that will fit in very well in Tallahassee considering that all of their 2020 commits are listed as forwards. All of the major recruiting services have Barnes as a borderline top ten recruit with Rivals ranking him #9, 247 Sports has him at #9, and ESPN at #11.

Gerald Green is expected to miss significant time with a broken foot. The Rockets guard was likely to get plenty of shot opportunities with James Harden and Russell Westbrook handling the ball and Green setting up on the outside, but he will be out a few months based on the recent history of players in the league.

Tacko Fall has had his Celtics Exhibit 10 contract converted to a two way deal. The rookie center himself said that he was surprised by the move but this gives Boston some flexibility in how they plan to develop Fall going forward with him now being able to play primarily in the G League as well as spending up to 45 days with the Celtics.

Isaiah Johnson committed to Oregon State. Johnson is a 6’6″ power forward that will not wow you with his athletic ability but he has a solid all around game and a knack for scoring around the basket. He will need to be able to step out and hit some outside jump shots to fully reach his potential at the college level, and there are signs that he should be able to do so. Johnson is an unranked three star by Rivals and 247 Sports, and he is not ranked by ESPN.

Jamal Mashburn Jr. announced his intention to head to Minnesota following his senior season. As you probably guessed Mashburn Jr. is the son of former NBA player Jamal Mashburn so he has the pedigree and upbringing that allowed him to train with some of the best in the game. There is a tie from Mashburn’s college days at Kentucky where he was coach by Rick Pitino with the Golden Gophers being coached by Pitino’s son Richard Pitino. Mashburn Jr. is listed at 6’0″ and 6’2″ depending on the source, and he has primarily played as a shooting guard knocking down shots from the outside and driving to the basket. He will most likely be playing as the lead guard and off of the ball at times in college as a combo guard which should give the team some versatility in the looks they can employ with him on the court. Mashburn Jr. is ranked #102 by Rivals, #85 by 247 Sports, and #97 by ESPN.

JUCO 2020 recruit Tyon Grant-Foster has committed to Kansas. Grant-Foster is a 6’7″ shooting guard/small forward who has the athleticism and skill set to compete for playing time at a high major like Kansas. His outside shooting and play making as a whole was impressive as well as the high motor that he plays with on both ends of the floor. Grant-Foster is ranked as a four star recruit by Rivals while being unranked by 247 Sports and ESPN due to his JUCO status.

CBS released the full college basketball schedule for this upcoming season. The network always has some big games and this year is no different with plenty of match-ups against some of the best teams in the country.

Five Star recruit Jonathana Kuminga will be staying in the class of 2021. Considered the consensus #1 overall recruit which is why there has been buzz about his possible reclassification, but it appears here is staying put. Every school in the country would be happy to have him on campus in whatever year it is, with Duke, Kentucky, and St. John’s considered some of those favorites at this point.

Jalen Kerry has decommitted from Michigan State. The news comes after the Spartans got a commitment from 2020 point guard A.J. Hoggard, which could have played a role in the decision. Terry is ranked #48 by Rivals, #55 by 247 Sports, and #73 by ESPN in the class of 2020.

• Maryland continues to make a strong push for TyTy Washington, now looking for the point guard to possibly commit to the Terps and reclassify to the class of 2020 from the class of 2021. Washington is ranked #116 by Rivals, #75 by 247 Sports, and he is not ranked by ESPN.

Clippers coach Doc Rivers has said that the team expects Paul George to miss at least the first ten games of the season. With the team currently being in a championship or bust type of season, it might take a while for them to reach their potential as a unit if George misses more time than is expected.

• Some NBA transactions from the last 24 hours:

 Max Strus signed with the Celitcs

Dusty Hannahs signed with the Grizzlies

Hornets waived Josh Perkins and Joe Chealey

 

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