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Saturday News and Notes

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

2020 recruit TJ Bamba committed to Washington State. Bamba is a 6’5″ combo guard who primarily plays at shooting guard but he is capable of being in the lead ball handler role as well. He is most effective driving to the basket off of the dribble, being able to use his quickness but also his strength to get inside. Bamba is ranked by Rivals, 247 Sports or ESPN

Alabama guard Jahvon Quinerly has been denied immediate eligibility by the NCAA. Quinerly originally enrolled in Villanova where he played in 25 games averaging 3.2 points and .9 assist in 9.1 minutes per game. Coach Nate Oats has already stated that they plan to appeal the decision, but this has been viewed by most in the media as a long shot form the beginning of his transfer process. He was a five star recruit coming out of high school and he should compete for a starting spot whenever he is eligible.

Tulsa guard Keyshawn Embery-Simpson also has been denied a waiver for immediate eligibility. Embery-Simpson averaged 4.1 points and 1.2 in 14.6 minutes per game last season at Arkansas. He was a four star recruit in the class of 2018 and will now have to redshirt this year before suiting up to play next season.

2020 recruit Josh Hall has moved up his decision date after he visited N.C. State. The Wolfpack are considered the favorite, with LSU, Depaul, and Louisville still in the running. Hall is ranked #25 by Rivals, #48 by 247 Sports, #53  by ESPN.

Dayton picked up a commitment from 2020 guard R.J. Blakney. He was originally in the 2019 class but elected to head to prep school putting him in the 2020 class. Blakney was an unranked three star by Rivals, and 247 Sports had him at #287 in the class of 2019.

Heat guard Jimmy Butler will miss the next two games due to the birth of his child. Once he is on back on the court he is expected to the be the leader of a young team that has some promising pieces but could struggle this season.

Charlotte picked up the option of Miles Bridges and Malik Monk. It was a third year option for Bridges, and a fourth year option for Monk. The Hornets are in a youth movement so the move makes sense to keep two players that have potential but still are not big hits to the salary cap.

New Orleans exercised the options of Lonzo Ball and Josh Hart. Both players came to the Pelicans in the trade sending Anthony Davis to the Lakers. They are considered a part of one of the best group of young players in the league and they should both be significant pieces for the franchise going forward.

Kings forward Harry Giles has returned to practice. Giles has been sidelined due to a sore knee, but no timetable has been announced for when he return to game action. He averaged 7 points and 3.8 rebounds in 14.1 minutes per game last season.

The Bucks have picked up the options of Donte DiVincenzo and D.J Wilson. Divincenzo averaged 4.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in 27 games last season while D.J. Wilson 5.8 points and 4.7 rebounds in 18.4 minutes per game in 2018-2019.


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