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Headlines from around the sports world (College Basketball, College Football, NBA, NFL)

Tomorrow’s post:The NBA’s restart calendar

Today I’m going to try something new. I will discuss two to three headlines from college basketball, college football, the NBA, and the NFL.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL-

The top available guard on the transfer market, former Florida guard Andrew Nembhard, is going to play and continue his education in Spokane at Gonzaga this fall. Nembhard chose the Zags over Duke, Georgetown, Memphis, Stanford, and USC. Nembhard started all 67 games the past two seasons for Florida and averaged 11.2 points, 3 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game last season. While Nembhard will have to sit out this season due to transfer rules, he is expected to replace elite Gonzaga signee Jalen Suggs, as he likely goes to the 2021 NBA Draft next year.

In ESPN’s first ever 2023 rankings, dubbed the 2023 ESPN 25, talented point guard DJ Wagner was ranked number one. A YouTube highlight video in himself, Mikey Williams debuted ranked number three. And the son of LeBron James, LeBron “Bronny” James Jr., debuted at number twenty-four.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL-

This may not just be college football news, but it’s important. John Swofford will retire as ACC Commissioner after the 2020-2021 academic and athletic year. Swofford will step down after 24 years, making him the longest tenured commissioner ever to hold the ACC job.

Mississippi State Running Back Kylin Hill has made a statement. The star running back stated in a tweet earlier this week that, “Either change the (Mississippi) flag or I won’t be representing this state anymore & I mean that.. I’m tired.”

NBA-

Legendary former North Carolina wing and longtime NBA wing Vince Carter officially announced his retirement Thursday. At 43 years old, Carter announced his retirement after a 22-year career.

Lakers Guard Avery Bradley has announced he will opt out and not play in the NBA’s Orlando restart. A former teammate of Lakers star LeBron James, free agent guard JR Smith, has emerged as the lead candidate for the vacant spot on LA’s roster.

Mavs Center Willie Caluley-Stein has opted out of the NBA’s restart. To fill the open spot, Dallas is expected to sign Guard Trey Burke.

NFL-

The NFL has advised its teams to expect an on time start to training camps come July. Most players on most teams will report to camp no later than July 28.

The Pro Football Hall of Fame cancelled the NFL’s opening pre-season game between the Dallas Cowboys and Pittsburgh Steelers due to the ongoing coronavirus. The Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement has also been postponed.

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‘Nova Forward Saddiq Bey to sign with agent, stays in 2020 NBA Draft (CBB News)

Villanova sophomore Forward Saddiq Bey is sticking in the 2020 NBA Draft. The potential lottery pick is signing with Excel Sports Management.

The Basketball Tournament, a winner-take-all affair for a seven-figure sum to be held next month. It will become the first live televised basketball competition in America since the coronavirus pandemic sidelined sporting events around the world in March. Featuring former college stars and stars from overseas, TBT, will commence at Nationwide Arena, the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets for the 24-team tournament which will be played July 4-14.

Graduate transfer Jalen Johnson has decided to play at Wake Forest instead of East Tennessee State. Johnson announced the change in an Instagram post Monday. Johnson graduated in December from Tennessee and was set to join ETSU under Steve Forbes, who decided to leave and take over the Demon Deacons program.

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Oklahoma State given one year tourney ban (CBB News)

The NCAA Committee of Infractions placed Oklahoma State’s men’s basketball team on three years of probation and banned the Cowboys from postseason tournaments next March and April. It will be interesting to see if 2020 ESPN 100 Point Guard Cade Cunningham decommits from Oklahoma State and goes with the new G-League route. Oklahoma State will appeal the probation.

The NCAA announced that its deadline for players to withdraw from the NBA Draft and maintain college eligibility will either by August 3 or 10 days after the NBA Combine, whichever comes first.

A Florida appeals court has temporarily granted New Orleans Pelicans rookie Forward Zion Williamson’s attempt to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the former Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing in Durham.

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My three favorite teams (for my favorite teams) to beat

I love when my team beats these three. Yes, we usually stay objective on the blog, but since it’s Sunday I thought we’d have some fun. These are not ranked.

LSU Tigers (College Baseball, Basketball, Football, and Track)
Whether it is any of these sports, I love when my hogs destroy LSU. A big new reason for me is when they left us for Texas A&M rivalry weekend wise and left us out in the cold playing a forced rivalry with Missouri.

Duke Blue Devils (College Basketball)
I got tons of respect for Coach K and everything and everyone in the Duke program. But it feels really good when my North Carolina Tar Heels shock the mighty Blue Devils. But other than basketball, I don’t mind the Dukies.

Ole Miss Rebels (Really any sport but yeah let’s just say every sport)
Even though I love the Manning family, the feeling I have when Arkansas defeats Ole Miss in any sport is remarkable. Nothing comes close to these three, for me though but if I had any honorable mentions for this list they would include NC State, Texas, and Texas A&M.

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Former Hoya McClung commits to Texas Tech (CBB News)

Georgetown Guard transfer Mac McClung has committed to play his final two years of eligibility at Texas Tech. McClung chose the Red Raiders over a final group headlined by Arkansas, Auburn, Memphis, and USC. McClung averaged 15.7 points and 2.4 rebounds per game during his sophomore season.

Former Kentucky Guard/Forward Johnny Juzang has received a waiver to play immediately at home state school UCLA. Juzang played minimally in Lexington.

Ranked number eight in the 2021 ESPN 60, Five-Star Center Moussa Cisse has decided to reclassify into the 2020 class. Cisse will make his college decision next week between Florida State, Georgia, Georgetown, Kentucky, LSU, and Memphis.

The Pac-12 has announced that voluntary, in-person workouts for all sports can begin on June 15, as long as local governments and universities permit it.

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NCAA makes minor changes to “NET” evaluation tool (CBB News)

Former Arizona State Forward Romello White is headed to Ole Miss per ESPN. White averaged 10.2 points and 8.8 rebounds last season.

Purdue transfer Nojel Eastern is staying in the Big Ten. The guard chose Michigan over many other offers. He averaged almost 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game.

The NCAA Evaluation Tool (NET), which is used to evaluate teams for the NCAA College Basketball Tournament, has been changed a little bit. Two new components to the metric are Team Value Index (TVI) and adjusted efficiency. Both metrics will replace winning percentage, adjusted winning percentage, and scoring margin. Both men’s and women’s college basketball will use this up to date NCAA Evaluation Tool.

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Mason Jones signs with agent, ends career at Arkansas (CBB News)

Arkansas Guard Mason Jones signed with Creative Artists Agency meaning his college career is done. He will officially enter the 2020 NBA Draft.

In the wake of Wake Forest’s firing of head coach Danny Manning, Wake Forest big man Oliver Sarr is entering the transfer portal. Wake Forest hired East Tennessee State’s Steve Forbes as its new head head coach.

The 2021 Maui Invitational (2021-2022 season), will be headlined by former Maui Champions Notre Dame and Oregon. The 2021 Maui Invitational will also include Butler, Chaminade, Houston, Saint Mary’s, Wisconsin, and Texas A&M.

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Former UCLA commit Nix third to join NBA G-League’s new program (CBB News)

Five-Star Point Guard Daishen Nix decommitted from UCLA on Tuesday. Nix is signing to become the third 2020 Five-Star to join the NBA G-League’s new pathway program. Nix plans to spend a year in the G-League and then enter the 2021 NBA Draft. Daishen Nix joins top ten 2020 ESPN 100 recruits Jalen Green (SG) and Isaiah Tood (PF) as players who will try the new program and likely enter the 2021 Draft two Junes from now. Todd decided against what he previously thought he was going to do (go overseas) and enter the G-League program. Nix is ranked number twenty in the 2020 ESPN 100 himself.

Gonzaga Forward Filip Petrusev has announced he will test the 2020 NBA Draft waters, but becomes the third bulldog not sign with an agent. The West Coast Conference Player of the Year averaged 17.5 points and almost 8 rebounds per game in 2019-2020.

Wake Forest fired men’s basketball head coach Danny Manning after a weak six seasons. Manning went an abysmal 14-42 in the ACC during his tenure.

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Five-Star Forward Greg Brown commits to Texas (CBB News)

Ranked number nine in the 2020 ESPN 100, Forward Greg Brown made his college announcement on Friday. The McDonalds All American selection chose hometown Texas over Auburn, Kentucky, Memphis, Michigan, or the NBA G-League for a year. Brown heads to Texas just like his dad before him, who played football for the Longhorns.

Memphis Forward Precious Achiuwa has decided to enter his name into the 2020 NBA Draft. The former five-star recruit signed with an agent, so he cannot return to school in the fall of 2020. The American Athletic Conference Player of the Year he averaged 15.8 points, 10.8 rebounds, and 2 blocks per game during his lone season in Memphis.

Many consider Center Matt Haarms the top available tansfer. The former Purdue big man committed to play his final season at BYU on Friday. Haarms chose BYU over Kentucky and Texas Tech after being contacted by 25 plus schools when he entered his name into the portal.

Another top international big man Daniel Batcho has committed to Arizona. Batcho posted plus twenty points and plus ten rebounds in many big games.

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ESPN’s 2020 College Basketball Class Rankings after Five-Stars Jalen Green, Isaiah Todd, and Greg Brown’s decisions

1.Kentucky
6.BJ Boston (#1SF) Chatsworth,CA (Sierra Canyon)
8.Terrence Clark (#3SF) Wolfebro,NH (Brewster)
25.Devin Askew (#7PG) Santa Ana,CA (Mater Dei)
30.Isaiah Jackson (#5PF) Pontiac,MI (Waterford Mott)

2.Duke
15.Jalen Johnson (#4SF) Glendale,WI (Nicolet)
18.Jeremy Roach (#4PG) Leesburg,VA (Paul VI)
23.DJ Steward (#6SG) Chicago,IL (Whitney Young)
24.Jaemyn Brakefield (#4PF) Jackson,MS (Huntington Prep)

3.North Carolina
11.Day’Ron Sharpe (#2C) Winterville,NC (Montverde)
14.Walker Kessler (#4C) Fairburn,GA (Woodward)
17.Caleb Love (#3PG) Saint Louis,MO (Christian Brothers)
39.RJ Davis (#8PG) White Plains,NY (Archbishop Stepinac)

4.Michigan
36.Hunter Dickinson (#7C) Hyattsville,MD (DeMatha)
71.Zeb Jackson (#14SG) Toledo,OH (Montverde)
76.Terrance Williams (#14PF) Washington,DC (Gonzaga College)
NR.Jace Howard (#66SF) Fort Lauderdale,FL (NSU University)

5.Tennessee
16.Jaden Springer (#3SG) Charlotte,NC (IMG)
26.Keon Johnson (#5SF) Bell Buckle,TN (The Webb)
73.Corey Walker (#12PF) Jacksonville,FL (Hargrave Military)
NR.Malachi Wideman (#29SG) Sarasota,FL (Riverview)

6.Arkansas
38.Moses Moodey (#10SG) Little Rock,AR (Montverde)
82.KK Robinson (#20PG) Little Rock,AR (Oak Hill)
83.Davonte Davis (#18SG) Jacksoville,AR (Jacksonville)
88.Jaylin Williams (#13C) Fort Smith,AR (Northside)

7.Gonzaga
5.Jalen Suggs (#2PG) Minneapolis,MN (Minneheha)
54.Dominick Harris (#11SG) Murrieta,CA (Rancho Christian)
59.Julian Strawther (#17SF) Henderson,NV (Liberty)

8.Oklahoma State
3.Cade Cunnigham (#1PG) Arlington,TX (Montverde)
52.Rondel Walker (#11PG) Oklahoma City,OK (Putnam City West)
NR.Donavan Williams (#23SG) Lincoln,NE (Lincoln North Star)
NR.Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe Vaughan, Ont., Canada (Orangeville Prep)

9.NC State
44.Josh Hall (#11SF) Hickory,NC (Moravian Prep)
62.Cam Hayes (#14PG) Greensboro,NC (Greensboro Day)
NR.Shakeel Moore (#24PG) Greensboro,NC (Moravian Prep)
NR.Ebenezer Dowuna (#22C) Newman,GA (Heritage)

10.Texas Tech
21.Nimari Burnett (#4SG) Chicago,IL (Prolific Prep)
31.Micah Peavy (#6SF) Houston,TX (Duncanville)
NR.Chibuzo Agbo (#32PF) San Diego,CA (Saint Augustine)
NR.Esahia Nyiwe (Unranked) Clarendon,TX Clarendon College (JC)