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.
1.Golden State 3
2.Toronto Raptors 4
Warriors star Forward Kevin Durant won’t return until the middle of the series. If Toronto’s role players keep playing the way that they did in game one, Toronto could possibly be dominant in this series. Again, this is the Golden State Warriors. No role players for Golden State in game one as there has to be someone other than Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green helping this team win that is playing meaningful minutes. I fixed my prediction because the Kawhi Leonard-led Raptors are playing better than Golden State and they are showing that they are the toughest team the Warriors have faced in their fifth straight Finals appearance.
LeBron James’s sons Bronny James Jr. (age 14) (LeBron Jr.) and Bryce James (age 11) are transferring to Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth, California. James’s sons are moving from Crossroads school in Santa Monica to the pre-school through twelfth grade Sierra Canyon in Chatsworth. Dwayne Wade’s son Zaire is making the transfer from American Heritage in Plantation, Florida near Jacksonville. Bronny is a rising freshman while Zaire will be a senior next school year. Other top prospects are looking at joining Bronny and Zaire at Sierra Canyon.
5.Klay Thompson,SG,Golden State Warriors
If he leaves:LA Lakers
Klay will most likely remain a “Splash Brother” and remain with the four time possibly five time reigning champion Golden State Warriors. If Klay does leave Oakland, though, he will stay in state and team up with LeBron James and join the Los Angeles Lakers.
4.Kemba Walker,PG,Charlotte Hornets
If he leaves:Milwaukee Bucks or New York Knicks
Point Guard Kemba Walker has played in a losing small market Charlotte for all of his career. Either he makes a contender in the Bucks better or he goes home (he’s from New York) and teams up with another star free agent (Kevin Durant possibly). Walker is a shooter who could really complement Giannis in Milwaukee.
3.Kyrie Irving,PG,Boston Celtics
If he leaves:Brooklyn Nets or New York Knicks
Irving will stay in the Atlantic division but will be a Knick or a Net.Irving is done with Boston’s struggles and should make an early decision as free agency begins a day early this year on June 30.
2.Kawhi Leonard,SF,Toronto Raptors
If he leaves:LA Clippers
While Kawhi is having success in Toronto, Leonard deserves to be in LA. Leonard is an excellent player who could return to Toronto, but it is Leonard’s turn to make a decision. Leonard will most likely be a Clipper in 2019-2020.
1.Kevin Durant,SF,Golden State Warriors
If he leaves:New York Knicks
Kevin Durant has been hinting this out on all of his social medias. He wants to create his own legacy and prove that he is an actual great player that doesn’t have to play with multiple stars to win a championship. What better way to prove your greatness.
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.
Week Opponent Prediction Record (W/L)
1 Georgia Southern Win 1-0 (0-0) SEC
2 at.Texas Win 2-0 (0-0) SEC
3 Northwestern State Win 3-0 (0-0) SEC
4 at.Vanderbilt Win 4-0 (1-0) SEC
5 Bye None 4-0 (1-0) SEC
6 Utah State Win 5-0 (1-0) SEC
7 Florida Win 6-0 (2-0) SEC
8 at.Mississippi State Win 7-0 (3-0) SEC
9 Auburn Win 8-0 (4-0) SEC
10 Bye None 8-0 (4-0) SEC
11 at.Alabama Loss 8-1 (4-1) SEC
12 at.Ole Miss Win 9-1 (5-1) SEC
13 at.Arkansas Win 10-1 (6-1) SEC
14 Texas A&M Win 11-1 (7-1) SEC
Week Opponent Prediction Record (W/L)
1 at.Liberty Win 1-0 (0-0) ACC
2 at.Maryland Win 2-0 (0-0) ACC
3 Clemson Loss 2-1 (0-1) ACC
4 Western Michigan Win 3-1 (0-1) ACC
5 Holy Cross Win 4-1 (0-1) ACC
6 Bye None 4-1 (0-1) ACC
7 at.NC State Win 5-1 (1-1) ACC
8 Pittsburgh Loss 5-2 (1-2) ACC
9 at.Florida State Win 6-2 (2-2) ACC
10 Boston College Win 7-2 (3-2) ACC
11 Bye None 7-2 (3-2) ACC
12 at.Duke Win 8-2 (4-2) ACC
13 at.Louisville Win 9-2 (5-2) ACC
14 Wake Forest 10-2 (6-2) ACC
2019 combo guard RJ Hampton, who is ranked number five in the ESPN 100, has chosen the New Zealand Breakers, an Australian pro basketball team over the likes of his three college finalists: Kansas, Texas Tech, and Memphis. Hampton wanted to become a pro early and reach his NBA dream instead of having to go to college. Hampton is the first high profile recruit in history to not go overseas to play ball due to academic concerns as Hampton was an excellent student as he was able to reclassify from 2020 into the 2019 class.
1.Golden State Warriors (57-25) 4
2.Toronto Raptors (58-24) 2
The way Toronto is playing, with their tough, gritty defense and in rhythm offense, Toronto can make a series out of this versus Golden State, one of the best assembled teams we have ever seen. It will help that Toronto, who despite being the two seed in the eastern conference, has a better record than the Warriors during the regular season, so they will get the first two games at home. Raptors Forward Kawhi Leonard has been the best player in the NBA playoffs according to many but Warriors Guard Stephen Curry has been amazing in his own right. Warriors Guard Klay Thompson got snubbed of an All-NBA team, so he should be ready to perform well in this series. Raptors Guard Kyle Lowry has looked as good as many guards during the playoffs, and his fellow teammate, Guard Fred VanVleet has performed at a high level as well. We will see what happens with injured Golden State stars Kevin Durant (Forward) and DeMarcus Cousins (Center) or if they will even come back this season at all. Both of the injured stars are free agents and all signs are pointing towards Kevin Durant leaving Golden State to make his own legacy; either for the New York Knicks or the Brooklyn Nets. There is so much riding on this series, for Golden State with injuries and free agency decisions, and for the Raptors it’s getting into the Finals for the first time in franchise history. I have Golden State winning in six but Toronto being the best competition Golden State has had during the NBA Playoffs. Happy summer everyone and happy NBA Finals!!!
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