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Tuesday News and Notes

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

Michigan freshman Franz Wagner will be sidelined for 4-6 weeks with a wrist injury. Wagner was expected to be a major piece for the Wolverines this season and while he will be back this year it is always helpful to a young players development to get as much game action as possible before the postseason. Wagner was ranked as a four star recruit out of high school by Rivals and 247 Sports, with ESPN not ranking him in the class of 2019.

2020 recruit Tristan Maxwell committed to Georgia Tech. Maxwell is a skilled combo guard that at 6’2″ would be best served developing as a point guard for his potential professional future. As the son of NBA veteran Vernon Maxwell he has seen what it takes to play at the highest level and he could be a steal for Josh Pastner. He shoots the ball well from the outside, especially off of the dribble and his play making as a whole was impressive on the AAU circuit. Maxwell was an unranked three star by Rivals and ESPN, while 247 Sports has him at #196 in the class.

Twins Kris Murray and Keegan Murray will be headed to Iowa. Their father Kenyon Murray played his college ball at the school so the commitment makes sense, and for Hawkeye fans it should help to tell them apart that Kris is a left handed shooter while Keegan shoots it right handed. Both players have similarities on the court as well being versatile for their size and playing on the wing as well as inside. Keegan is 6’8″ and Kris is 6’7″ while they both need to add strength but they both shoot the ball well from the outside and putting the ball on the floor to create a shot or make a play is something that have shown they can do. Keegan put up slightly better stats last season than Kris but their numbers were virtually identical and neither player is ranked by the three major recruiting services, although their film suggests they could be impact players at the college level.

Point guard K.D. Johnson gave his commitment to Georgia. At 6’1″ he is not the biggest guard but what he lacks in size he makes up for in speed and quickness, the two strongest aspects to his game. He is deadly in the open court with the ball in his hands being able to shake defenders with a strong cross over or just simply beat them down the floor with end to end speed. He plays with a confidence and a motor that will serve him well in college, and he can be a menace on the defensive end of the floor tracking down steals. Outside shooting will be the biggest question in his skill set as he enters college, and while only time will tell how he shoots the ball going forward, he has knocked down plenty of outside shots that suggest he can keep a defender honest in that regard. Johnson is ranked #124 by Rivals, #116 by 247 Sports, and he is not ranked by ESPN.

Samuel Mennenga will be playing his college years at Davidson. He is a skilled 6’8 power forward that does most of his work around the basket with a solid touch on short to mid range shots. He is not the most athletic player so he will need to use that skill to be effective in college and he should have no issues competing at the mid major level. The rankings on Mennenga are widely varied with Rivals and ESPN not ranking him, and 247 Sports putting him in the four star status at #132 overall in the 2020 class.

• Potential number one overall pick in the 2020 draft Anthony Edwards played his first exhibition game of the year against Valdosta State, scoring 18 points to go with 6 rebounds and 3 steals. He showed off his play making ability to go with his shooting range, and if his shot is going down from the outside he is one of the hardest assignments to draw for a defender in the college game. Highlights below:

The Grizzlies have picked up the third year options for Jaren Jackson Jr. and Grayson Allen. Jackson is viewed as a major piece for the franchise in their rebuild after averaging 13.8 points and 4.7 rebounds as a rookie. Allen came to Memphis in the Mike Conley trade from the Jazz after averaging 5.6 points in 38 games as well as spending time in the G League last season.

New York exercised the options on Kevin Knox, Frank Ntilikina, and Dennis Smith Jr. It is a fourth year option fr Ntilikina and a third year option for both Smith Jr. and Knox. Ntilikina getting extended comes as a bit of a surprise given that he has not played well, but it is the Knicks so it should not be that surprising that the team made a questionable decision.

Kansas and Missouri have agreed to bring back the long standing rivalry game for the first time since 2012. The deal is for six games in total with two home games for each program, and two games at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas leads the all time series 172-96.

The Associated Press released their preseason poll. Michigan State has the top spot followed by Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and Louisville while Arizona, LSU, Purdue, Auburn, and VCU round out the top 25. The ACC, Big Ten, and the SEC led the way with four teams each with the Pac-12 starting the season off with two ranked teams, the lowest number of the power conferences.

The Zion Williamson injury situation continues to worsen after it was reported early on that he would miss the rest of the preseason due to a non serious knee injury which then turned into possibly a few weeks, and now he has had surgery on the knee and will be out for 6-8 Weeks. Longevity and the potential for injury was one of the reasons that we had R.J. Barrett ranked ahead of Williamson on our big board entering the 2019 draft, but hopefully he will make a full recovery and provide the high level of play making that was expected in his rookie year.

Multiple extensions were agreed to in the NBA before the deadline: 

Jaylen Brown signed with the Boston Celtics for 4 years, $115 million

Domantas Sabonis signed with the Indiana Pacers for 4 years, $77 million

Dejounte Murray signed with the San Antonio Spurs for 4 years, $64 Million

Taurean Prince signed with the Brooklyn Nets for 2 years, $29 million

Joe Ingles signed with the Utah Jazz for 1 year, $14 million

Buddy Hield signed with the Sacramento Kings for 4 years, $94 million

Other NBA transactions from October 21st:

• Cleveland claimed Alfonzo McKinnie off of waivers

• Sacramento claimed DaQuan Jeffries off of waivers and waived Tyler Lydon

• Detroit waived Joe Johnson

• Los Angeles (Lakers) waived Devontae Cacok and Demetrius Jackson

• Minnesota waived Tyrone Wallace

• Utah waived William Howard


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