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Wednesday News and Notes

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

The NCAA has come to a conclusion regarding allowing players to profit off of their name and likeness. This is likely going to be a lengthy process due to the fact that perception of a level playing field, something that doesn’t exist in major college sports today, is very important to the decision makers of the organization. Some have said this is just a move to stall the potentially inevitable federal law that could have been passed if the NCAA did not take action. Whatever the case may be it is a move in the right direction towards giving players the chance to be paid after years of producing revenue for schools while receiving an disproportionate return.

Seton Hall suspended their head coach Kevin Willard for two games. The suspension is due to a violation of the tampering rules regarding transfers, and there could be more coming from the NCAA if they rule the two games is not enough. Seton Hall returns some solid talent led by potential Player of the Year Myles Powell for a team that is expected to compete for the Big East title this season.

2020 guard Dante Harris committed to Georgetown. Harris is a 5’10” point guard who despite being undersized can get his shot off against bigger defenders but that will obviously become more difficult at the college level. He can handle the ball very well and his shooting ability with deep range may be the best part of his game. Rivals, 247 Sports, and ESPN do not have him ranked in the class of 2020.

Potential 2020 #1 overall pick James Wiseman might not be ready for the teams regular season opener. Wiseman has not played in the exhibition match ups so far while dealing with a shoulder injury and given that the team is built around their 2019 recruiting class they will need a healthy Wiseman this season. He did warm up on the floor before the teams most recent game so it is reasonable to expect that he will be back soon.

Four star 2020 recruit JJ Traynor will announce his college decision today. Traynor who is ranked #88 by Rivals and #77 by 247 Sports is down to Cincinnati and Louisville with Louisville being the favorite for the in state recruit.

Florida played their first exhibition game beating Lynn University 89-71. Kerry Blackshear finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds, Andrew Nembhard scored 17 points with 6 assists, Tre Mann scored 13, while Scottie Lewis struggled with just 5 points and 4 turnovers. The Gators are loaded with potential 2020 draft picks that have them considered to be a championship contender this season.

Sports Illustrated recently profiled 2022 Emoni Bates. Considering the potential change to the “One And Done” rule, he could be the first player to go straight to go #1 overall with the new set of rules. Because of this he is not seeing the type of recruitment you would expect from a top ranked recruit, but he is a name to watch over the next couple of seasons.

The Cavaliers picked up the third year option of point guard Collin Sexton. Sexton is averaging 17.3 points and 2 assists in 30.3 minutes per game this season.

Trae Young went down with a sprained ankle in the Hawks’ game against the Heat. Young has been off to a hot start this year averaging 26.8 points and 7.3 assists per game which is somewhat lower than his actual production due to leaving the game in Miami early.

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