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Friday News and Notes

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

Junior guard Blake Harris has left North Carolina State for what the school has described as personal reasons. Harris transferred to the Wolfpack after leaving Missouri and he averaged 3.1 points, and 1.5 assists in 9.5 minutes per game last season.

Head coach Patrick Beilein resigned from Niagara. The 36 year old had become the coach in the off season after leading Le Moyne for the last four seasons, making the Division II tournament in the last three years. He has stated the reason for the resignation as personal reasons so it is unclear at this time, but it is definitely an abnormal situation to lose your coach 15 days before the start of the season without ever having coached a game at the school.

Florida Governor Ron Desantis weighed in on the potential for college players to make money while they are enrolled in school, voicing his support. This is one of those questions that every politician has been getting recently and it is definitely a hot button issue, so it should come as no surprise that it is picking up steam across the country after that California bill was signed into law.

Cleveland has signed Cedi Osman to a four year $30.8 million extension. Osman is in his third season with the team and last year he averaged 13 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists in 29 minutes per game.

JUCO center Valdir Manuel committed to Penn State. It has been quite the journey for the 6’10” center after being committed to Seton Hall, St. Joseph’s, and St. John’s at different points in his recruitment. He is a long and mobile big that should be able to make an impact on the defensive side of the floor while his offensive game is raw while getting his production from around the basket. Manuel is ranked as a three star by Rivals in the Class of 2020, the 247 Sports composite ranks him as the #5 JUCO player in the nation, and ESPN had him as an unranked four star recruit coming out of high school in the class of 2018.

Deandre Ayton has been suspended by the league for 25 games. The suspension comes under the leagues anti-doping policy for positive test involving a diuretic, which can be used for weight loss but also to cover up the existence of other substances in a drug test. The NBA players association is reportedly going to be appealing to reduce the suspension with Ayton saying he was not aware that he was ingesting something with a banned substance.

The college basketball preseason Coaches Poll was released. Michigan State is at the top spot followed by Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, and Louisville. One surprise was Maryland coming at in at #8 showing that coaches are high on the potential of the Terrapins this season. Xavier, Purdue, Auburn, LSU, and Tennessee rounded out the top 25 with VCU, Marquette, and Washington just missing the cut.

The star studded 2019 recruiting class at Memphis got their season underway with an exhibition game against Christian Brothers. The Tigers won the game 86-53 and were led by Precious Achiuwa who scored 22 points to go with 9 rebounds. Other freshman D.J. Jeffries scored 12, Boogie Ellis finished with 6 points, and Lester Quinones scored 9. The most highly regarded player of the bunch James Wiseman missed the game with an ankle injury although the injury is not expected to keep him on the sidelines once the regular season begins.

One of the top centers in the 2020 class, Xavier Foster, announced he is down to Iowa and Iowa State. Foster will announce his decision on November 11th and sign with the school on November 13th. He is ranked #56 by Rivals, #76 by 247 Sports, and #51 by ESPN.

The NBA has denied a Disabled Player Exception request by the Wizards for John Wall. If it has been accepted the team would have gotten $9.2 million in cap relief for the injured point guard, who is recovering from an Achilles injury. The rule stipulates that a player must not be cleared by a doctor to return to basketball activities until June 15, but Wall is expected to be be cleared sometime in the spring to start training again.

The NBA announced that Utah will host the 2023 All Star game. Chicago will host the game in 2020, Indianapolis in 2021, and Cleveland in 2022.

Marvin Bagley III will be out for 4-6 weeks with a fractured thumb. Bagley III is a big piece of the Kings roster that is expected by many analysts to take a major jump this season as their young core continues to develop. He averaged 14.9 points and 7.6 rebounds in 25.3 minutes last season.

• 2020 Duke commit Jaemyn Brakefield had an impressive dunk that has been going around social media:

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