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Thursday News and Notes

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

Five star recruit Jaden Springer committed to Tennessee. Springer is a 6’5″ shooting guard who can do it all offensively being able to play as the lead ball handler at times as well as off of the ball on the wing. He is at his best creating a shot and pulling up off of the dribble, and while he can improve on his outside shot, his range extends to behind the three point line. Coming out of IMG Academy not only means he has been coached by some of the best on the high school level but he also has been playing against other top level talent which should help the transition to the college game. Tennessee is getting a solid all around scorer who will be asked to guard multiple positions as well, something that teams cannot have enough too much of in the current college basketball landscape. Springer is ranked #15 by Rivals, #17 by 247 Sports, and #16 by ESPN.

• We will post a breakdown later today of each rookies performance in their debut, but it should be noted that PJ Washington was dominant in his first NBA game. The former Kentucky Wildcat scored 27 points and 4 rebounds while going 7 for 11 on three point attempts, setting the league record for three pointers in a game. We have considered him one of the most underrated players in the draft class and thought he was worthy of a top ten selection, and although it is a very small sample size, he seems to fitting in well with the style of play at the professional level.

• Clemson picked up commitments from two players in the class of 2020, Olivier-Maxence Prosper and P.J. Hall. Propser is an undersized power forward at 6’7″ who can also play at the small forward position with his ability to step out and knock down an outside shot. He has solid athleticism and has been effective in scoring down low at the high school level as well as having a good feel for defending the rim and blocking shots on the interior. Hall on the other hand is 6’9″ skilled big man that will primarily play as a power forward but also give a team minutes as a small ball five if they want to go small. He has a high motor and has no problem doing much of the dirty work inside scoring from put backs and short shots, however his game also includes the ability to step out past the three point line and make an impact. His shooting motion is a bit odd and rigid so it may need to be sped up to get it off consistently on the college level but he has shown he has the touch in the mid range and a solid range for his size so that is a small area that will need some work. Prosper is not ranked by ESPN or Rivals while 247 Sports has him at #82. Hall is ranked #62 by Rivals, #67 by 247 Sports, and #60 by ESPN.

D-II school Central Washington beat Idaho 88-81 in an exhibition game. It should be noted that Idaho struggled last season on its way to a 5-27 record but nonetheless this is a big win for the Central Washington program who were led by Davon Bolton with 20 points.

Khameron Davis has been granted a waiver by the NCAA to play this season. Davis averaged 2.5 points and 2.2 rebounds in 13 minutes per game at Pittsburgh before transferring to Weber State where he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Class of 2021 center Javonte Brown has cut his list to three schools. Kansas, Texas A&M, and Connecticut were left standing with Texas A&M considered to be the favorite by some analysts. He is ranked #91 in the class by 247 Sports, while Rivals has him as an unranked four star and ESPN does not have him listed.

RJ Hampton and Lamelo Ball faced off for the first time. Hampton’s Breakers picked up the victory in a lopsided 103-72 contest with Hampton finishing with 8 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists while Ball had 10 points, 7 rebounds, and 4 assists continuing to struggle shooting the ball. Highlights are below:

Patrick Beverly fined $25,000 for throwing a ball into the stands. The play occurred as the buzzer sounded in their win over the Lakers to open the NBA season Tuesday night.

Kyrie Irving dropped 50 points in a loss to the Timberwolves. He is the sixth Net in the teams history to score 50 points in a game and it is the all time record for points for a player in a debut with a new team. With Kevin Durant expected to be out for the entire 2019-2020 season this is likely not the last of big games for the point guard.

NBA Transactions from October 23rd:

• Atlanta claimed Tyrone Wallace off of waivers


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