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Sunday News and Notes

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

2020 recruit Bradley Ezewiro committed to LSU. Bradley is a 6’8″ 230 pound power forward/center who has spent most of his time at the center position in high school but his move to college will likely see him playing at the four as well. He was most effective using his size to score around the basket, however he can also step out and knock down a long range jump shot at times, a skill that could help him earn minutes. If a coach wants to go small and spread the floor with all five players then he can be a small ball type of five, or he can play both on the wing or inside as the four. His quickness can improve but he is an intriguing prospect who has shown he can grab a rebound and take the ball coast to coast if needed, although that will not be too prevalent on the college level. Ezewiro is ranked #208 by 247 Sports while Rivals has him as an unranked three star, and ESPN does not include him in their rankings.

The G League held their annual draft. Anthony Lawrence Jr. from Miami was taken with the first pick by Northern Arizona, while Trey Mourning who is the son of Alonzo Mourning, was selected second overall by Sioux Falls. Some other notable names: Trevon Duval went #5 overall, Hasheem Thabeet was taken at #18 overall, and Isaiah Reese at #6 overall.

Illinois sophomore guard Tevian Jones has been suspended indefinitely. The team is saying the suspension is due to a “violation of team academic policies” and this is the second time he will miss time caused by disciplinary action after missing 8 games last season. Jones averaged 3.5 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.2 minutes per game as a freshman.

Oklahoma State freshman Marcus Watson will have to wait to start his college career after being suspended. The news comes on the heels of reports that Watson had a protective order filed against him by a female student on campus. The school is looking into everything at this point and will hold Watson from team activities until the investigation is completed. Watson is a talent wing who can slash to the basket well and score in a variety of different ways. He was ranked #96 by Rivals, #82 by 247 Sports, and ESPN had him as an unranked four star in the class of 2019.

Tacko Fall made his regular season debut for the Celtics, bringing cheers from the Madison Square Garden crowd. Fall finished with 4 points and 3 rebounds in 4 minutes on the floor. He is not likely to get major minutes this season, however he will be a fan favorite wherever they go and he can provide short spurts of inside scoring and rim protection.

RJ Hampton was impressive in his latest outing. The 18 year old scored 14 points to go with 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and 1 blocked shot in 22 minutes on 5 of 10 shooting from the field. He continues to improve showing why he is a potential top ten selection in the 2020 draft, and while Lamelo Ball will get more headlines, there is a legitimate argument that the safer pick between the two of them is Hampton.

Not to be outdone by Hampton, Lamelo Ball was also in action showing off his skill set. Ball finished with 16 points, 10 assists, and 7 rebounds in 32 minutes on the floor. It should be noted that he continues to struggle shooting the ball, going 5 of 14 from the field in this game. Outside of his shooting which has not been great to say the least, he has shown that he is one of the top play makers in the class with a willingness to set up teammates as well as get to the basket to grab a rebound.

RJ Barrett continues to shine making his early case for Rookie of The Year favorite with Zion Williamson not playing due to his knee injury. He finished with 26 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists in 37 minutes against the Celtics while going 4 for 6 on three point attempts.

Twins Cody and Caleb Martin became the first twins to play in the same game, on the same team in their rookie season. While it is ultimately a useless trivia question down the road, it was surely a big moment for the two players after their long road to the NBA. Caleb finished with 4 points and 3 assists to go with 2 blocks while Cody scored 4 to go with 4 rebounds and 2 steals.

 

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