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Monday News and Notes

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

2020 recruit D’Andre Davis committed to Louisville. Davis had been committed to Nebraska before opening up his recruitment a week ago, and this quick flip for Louisville could also land his younger brother who is a recruit in the class of 2022. Listed at small forward at standing at 6’5″, he has the ability to play either wing position with the ability to create his own shot and knock down jump shots from behind the three point line. Davis is ranked #110 by Rivals, #120 by 247 Sports, and #96 by ESPN.

Class of 2020 guard Tony Perkins will be headed to Iowa. Perkins is a 6’4″ shooting guard who has good range to go with solid athleticism, and one of the most impressive aspects to his game is his ability to use angles to get to the basket. Being able to spot up and ready to put his shot up or create off of the dribble should allow him to compete for playing time immediately despite not being the highest ranked recruit. Perkins is not ranked by Rivals or ESPN, and 247 Sports has him at #334 with a three star ranking.

RJ Davis committed to North Carolina. Davis is a 6’0″ point guard who has shown he can score and facilitate using his end to end speed as well as his quickness to get by defenders. What makes him more effective in the open court than anything else is the fact that he can shoot the ball efficiently in both the mid range and from behind the three point line when pulling up off of the dribble. Despite being undersized he should not have a problem getting his shot off in the college game, and it will likely give the Tar Heels a point guard they can develop over three or four seasons. Davis is ranked #65 by Rivals, #66 by 247 Sports, and #40 by ESPN.

The KenPom rankings for the 2020 season were released. The rankings are considered by many in the basketball world to be the most accurate portrayal of potential regular season and postseason success. Michigan State, Kentucky, Louisville, Duke, and Virginia were the top five teams with Chicago State, Delaware State, and Mississippi Valley State at the bottom of the list.

Indiana and Marquette played in a “Secret Scrimmage” with Marquette getting the victory. Markus Howard led all scorers with 15 points, and Armaan Franklin led Indiana with 15 points while freshman Trayce Jackson-Davis scored 11. These scrimmages usually do not see the starters playing as many minutes as a regular season game however it does give some insight into what the team will look like going forward.

Arkansas has named their court after former coach Nolan Richardson. He was the coach of the Razorbacks for 17 seasons going 389-169 and led the team to a national championship in 1994.

Spencer Dinwiddie has a meeting planned with the NBA over his plans to tokenize his contract. Dinwiddie announced the plan which essentially turns his future contract earnings into an investment vehicle in the present, but the league has stated that it violates the collective bargaining agreement.

Potential 2020 lottery pick Lamelo Ball had a solid outing in a 98-92 loss. The point guard scored 15 points to go with 5 rebounds and 7 assists but he is still struggling to shoot the ball efficiently. His passing and play making ability are some of the best in the 2020 draft class, and despite his shot not falling at what scouts would like to see, he has improved his shot selection since the transition to Australia.

Kyle Kuzma will be out for the Lakers season opener against the Clippers. This is due to a stress reaction from the USA Basketball camp and it is not clear how much time he will miss going forward.

The NBA will be enforcing a zero tolerance policy when it comes to certain behavior from fans in the arena. It is unclear how the league plans to enforce a policy that is based on things people say, especially without video, but they believe that many fans have crossed the line in recent history. More than likely this is just a reaction to the players voicing their displeasure with some incidents that have occurred and it is more of a public relations story than anything due to the fact that enforcing this rule is next to impossible unless there is video of an incident.

NBA transactions from October 20th:

• Charlotte signed Jalen Mcdaniels

• Sacramento waived Hollis Thompson and Tyler Ulis

• Toronto waived Isaiah Taylor

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