According to ESPN’s Adrian Worjanowski has reported that former Murray State Point Guard Ja Morant will undergo a minor scope on his knee. According to ESPN’s Woj, Morant will be fully healthy in a three or four weeks. Morant signed a multiyear endorsement deal with Nike four days ago. Morant is projected to be the second or third pick on most mock draft.
Zion Williamson chooses agent, signs with CAA ahead of 2019 NBA Draft. Austin Brown and Lisa Joseph-Metelus will serve as Williamson’s agents. Zion joins a formidable group of CAA basketball players with Joel Embiid, Paul George, Karl-Anthony Towns, Donovan Mitchell, D’Angelo Russell, Devin Booker, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade. Williamson averaged twenty-three points, nine rebounds, and two blocks in his lone season at Duke.
There is always a freshman each college basketball season that is excellent, turns into a social media star, and becomes an NBA draft pick. These past two college basketball seasons we have seen two big examples of that: in 2017-18, Oklahoma Guard Trae Young, and in 2018-19 Duke Forward Zion Williamson. Now, let’s take a look at possibilities for next year’s freshman star.
(These aren’t in any order)
Despite five-star talent around him (Forward Precious Achiwua and potentially Combo Guard RJ Hampton) Wiseman is the top player in the 2019 class. Wiseman could be the catalyst of Penny Hardaway’s successful first season at his alma mater with great rebounding, defense, and ability to hang in the post.
2.Cole Anthony,Point Guard,North Carolina
Anthony may be the most eletric player in this class with comparisons to Russell Westbrook. UNC is losing most of their talent to the draft so Anthony can walk into Chapel Hill and be the leader of this offense on day one for Roy Williams. Expect Anthony to have a high usage rate and lead the Tar Heels to sucess in 2019-2020.
3.Anthony Edwards,Shooting Guard,Georgia
Edwards is a long and tall two-guard who has the ability to ball handle and be a leader to this fairly new Georgia coaching staff. Without much talent around him, Edwards can lead Georgia to great heights and potentially get the good play he needs to be considered the next Zion.
4.RJ Hampton,Combo Guard,Uncommitted
This does depend on where Hampton ends up, but the reclassified combo guard knows how to score and defend. If he ends up at Kansas, Hampton should have the reigns to the offense if freshman guards Quentin Grimes and Devin Dotson stay in the draft instead of heading back to Lawrence. Texas Tech, another of his final three schools, is also losing talent and Hampton could be the catalyst of Chris Beard’s offense in Lubbock. Memphis is the tough one though, because if Little Rock transfer Rayjon Tucker enters the NBA Draft, Hampton will likely go to Memphis but will still be beside two five stars (Wiseman and Achiwua). If Tucker takes his name out of the draft and goes to Memphis, Hampton should enroll at Kansas or Texas Tech and be successful.
5.Josh Green,Shooting Guard,Arizona
It was between him and his future teammate Nico Mannion but the way Josh Green plays is electrifying. He can get to the rim at ease and is very productive on the offensive end. Green, an Australian native, knows how to defend and could very well be in the running to be the next Zion.
Other names to know:Nico Mannion,PG,Arizona;Vernon Carey,Center,Duke;Isaiah Stewart,Center,Washington;Jaden McDaniels,PF,Washington;Isaiah Mobley,PF,USC;Tyrese Maxey,SG,Kentucky;Kahlil Whitney,SF,Kentucky
Auburn Sophomore Forward Chuma Okeke,who tore his ACL in the tigers’s Sweet Sixteen game versus North Carolina, has declared for the NBA Draft.
2018-19 Big Ten Player of the Year,Guard Cassius Winston will return to East Lansing for his Senior season and play one more year under Tom Izzo.Winston’s teammate will not be back,though,as Michigan State Forward Nick Ward has declared for the draft,and has gotten an agent.
Missouri Sophomore big man Jontay Porter has declared for the NBA Draft.Porter reclassified so he could play with his brother,Michael (who is now in the NBA with the Denver Nuggets),for a season.Porter played two seasons for the Tigers.
Western Kentucky Freshman Center Charles Bassey declares for the NBA Draft.Bassey was the C-USA Freshman of the Year,and Defensive Player of the Year after averaging almost fifteen points,ten rebounds,and two and a half blocks per contest in 2018-19.
Matthew Hurt,the number ten ranked player in the 2019 ESPN 100,and the number two ranked Power Forward,has committed to Duke.Hurt joins Center Vernon Carey and Small Forward Wendall Moore as five-stars in Duke’s 2019 class.Hurt chose to play for the Blue Devils over North Carolina,Kansas,and Kentucky.
Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft in June.Williamson joins Duke teammates RJ Barrett and Cam Reddish, who have already declared for June’s draft.
Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson has sweeeped the college basketball player of the year awards, winning the AP, Naismith, and winning the John R. Wooden Player of the Year Award last night.Williamson also won the Karl Malone Award as the nation’s best Power Forward.
Other awards given out were to Duke Freshman Guard RJ Barrett who won the Jerry West Award for the best shooting guard, Murray State Sophomore Guard Ja Morant won the Bob Cousy Award for the best point guard, Gonzaga Junior Forward Rui Hachimura won the Julius Erving Award for the nation’s top small forward, and Wisconsin Senior Center Ethan Happ won the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award for the nation’s top center.
Duke Freshman wing Cam Reddish declares for the 2019 NBA Draft.Reddish declared for draft after having an “epic” year according to Reddish.Reddish joins fellow Duke Freshman wing RJ Barrett in the NBA Draft.Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson has yet to declare for the draft.
Eric Musselman hired as Arkansas’s new Men’s Basketball Head Coach.Musselman,the former Nevada Head Coach,led the Wolf Pack to three NCAA Tournament berths,and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2017-18.
Duke Freshman Forward Zion Williamson was named the Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year.Williamson averaged twenty-three points and nine rebounds in what will most likely be his lone season in Durham.
Tennessee Head Coach Rick Barnes was named the Naismith Coach of the Year after leading the Vols to a 31-6 record,and a Sweet 16 berth.