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Wednesday News and Notes

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

6’10” center Max Amadasun committed to Pittsburgh. Amadasun is a solid athlete with good length and he moves well for his size, primarily getting his production from around the basket. He is ranked an unranked three star by and he is not ranked by ESPN or 247 Sports in the class of 2020.

Former Arizona assistant coach Book Richardson has been released from prison after being sentenced for his role in the college basketball pay for play scandal. He reached a plea agreement pleading guilty to charges of bribery and served just under three months for taking money from agents with the understanding he was to help steer players towards those particular agents after college.

Cincinnati redshirt freshman Prince Toyambi had a successful surgery to help repair a cardiac issue. Toyambi was ranked as a three recruit out of high school before sitting out last season for the Bearcats.

N’Faly Dante will be ineligible for the first semester of the year at Oregon. The situation is due to the fact that the NCAA missed the deadline date that he would of needed to be cleared, but he has said he will be enrolling at the conclusion of the first semester in December. Anytime you lose a five star recruit for a significant amount of time to start the season is not ideal, but should he be cleared to play in the second half of the season he would still have time to prepare to play in the NCAA tournament, providing the Ducks get there.

Hasheem Thabeet signed a G League contract as he looks to make a comeback to the NBA. It is unclear what team he will be playing for as his contract is with the G League itself and he will be assigned to a team. Thabeet was the number #2 overall pick in 2009 by the Grizzlies and he last played in the NBA with the Thunder in 2014. Since then he has played in Japan but recently he had worked out for multiple NBA teams where according to reports the 7’3″ center showed an ability to knock down shots from the outside. It is not anywhere close to a lock that he will make it all of the way back to getting minutes on an NBA roster, although if he plays well at the G League level it is possible.

In a interesting story, former NBA player Smush Parker is attempting to become a referee in the league. This is not the usual route for a player after his playing days are over, and while he did not have the most productive or longest career Parker did play in the league from 2002-2003 until 2007-2008 seeing his best two seasons coming as a starter with the Lakers.

Five star 2020 recruit Isaiah Todd will be announcing his decision tomorrow choosing between Michigan and Kansas. Michigan is considered the favorite at this point for the 6’10 forward. Todd has been regarded as one of the top recruits in the class since they started ranking the 2020 class due to is size, skill and mobility which are high level. He can put the ball on the floor and create a shot, knock down an open jumper with good range, or use his athleticism to score on the inside. Todd is the total package as far as the physical attributes go drawing comparisons to players like Anthony Davis, but there have also been questions about his toughness and motor at times. He could be a top five selection in the 2020 draft with his size and skill set, so whichever team he chooses will be hoping for a big freshman year in what is very likely going to be his only season in college. Rivals ranks Todd at #10 overall while 247 Sports puts him at #14 and ESPN at #7.

The foot injury to Gerald Green is worse than the team had initially anticipated to the point that they are planning for him to be out the entire 2019-2020 season. The Rockets could have used a high level shooter that can spot up for jump shots while Russell Westbrook and James Harden make plays with the ball in their hands, not to mention the elite athleticism Green brings to the table. Ben Mclemore, Chris Clemons, and Danuel House could all are players that could possibly see an increased role than previous to the injury.

Carsen Edwards continues to show that he should have a chance at his ability to score at the college level translating to the professional game. He went off with eight three pointers and 26 points in the third quarter against Cleveland putting his quick release and shot creation skills on full display. After signing Kemba Walker in the offseason Edwards could get time in the limited minutes that Walker will sit, but Brad Stevens has to be considering playing Edwards and Walker together at some points giving the the four year deal they signed Edwards to after the draft. Highlights of his third quarter performance are below:

NBA transactions from the last 24 hours:

The Dallas Mavericks waived Aric Holman and Dakota Mathias

The Los Angeles Lakers waived David Stockton and signed Reggie Hearn

The Memphis Grizzlies waived Dusty Hannahs and signed Ahmad Caver

The Miami Heat waived Jeremiah Martin and Mychal Mulder as well as signed Skyler Flatten and Bubu Palo

The Phoenix Suns waived David Kramer, Norense Odiase, and Tariq Owens

The Cavaliers waived Timothe Luwawu-Cabbarot, Sindarius Thornwell, J.P. Macura, and Daniel Hamilton

The Minnesota Timberwolves waived Jordan Murphy and Lindell Wigginton as well as signed Barry Brown and Tyus Battle

The San Antonio Spurs signed Kenny Williams







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