The deal the Lakers offered for Anthony Davis

Lakers Receive
Forward/Center Anthony Davis

Pelicans Receive
Guard Lonzo Ball
Forward Brandon Ingram
2019 Fourth Pick

The Lakers took Forward Kyle Kuzma and the 2019 sixth pick out of the deal, but this is still a great package for AD. The only bad side to this trade is that the talent drop off after the third pick is very obvious. This will lower the shot that LA will be able to land Anthony Davis. While the Pels want young Forward Kyle Kuzma, the Lakers won’t budge on offering the big man. Both Ingram,Ball, and the fourth pick are young pieces that can be used in the Pelicans rebuild in the future. First, Davis will attract free agents this summer. Anthony Davis will make the Lakers into title contenders and have a real shot at winning the western conference.

College Football Schedule Predictions 2019-2020 19:Is Northwestern a legit competitor in the Big Ten?

Week Opponent Prediction Record (W/L)
1 at.Stanford Loss 0-1 (0-0) Big Ten
2 Bye None 0-1 (0-0) Big Ten
3 UNLV Win 1-1 (0-0) Big Ten
4 Michigan State Loss 1-2 (0-1) Big Ten
5 at.Wisconsin Loss 1-3 (0-2) Big Ten
6 at.Nebraska Win 2-3 (1-2) Big Ten
7 Bye None 2-3 (1-2) Big Ten
8 Ohio State Loss 2-4 (1-3) Big Ten
9 Iowa Win 3-4 (2-3) Big Ten
10 at.Indiana Win 4-4 (3-3) Big Ten
11 Purdue Win 5-4 (4-3) Big Ten
12 UMass Win 6-4 (4-3) Big Ten
13 Minnesota Loss 6-5 (4-4) Big Ten
14 at.Illinois Win 7-5 (5-4) Big Ten

College Football Schedule Predictions 2019-2020 18:Washigton should be among the favorites in the Pac-12

Although I injured my right wrist but the summer grind doesn’t stop. That is why why there is only one post today.

Week Opponent Prediction Record (W/L)
1 Eastern Washington Win 1-0 (0-0) Pac-12
2 California Win 2-0 (1-0) Pac-12
3 Hawaii Win 3-0 (1-0) Pac-12
4 at.BYU Win 4-0 (1-0) Pac-12
5 USC Win 5-0 (2-0) Pac-12
6 at.Stanford Loss 5-1 (2-1) Pac-12
7 at.Arizona Win 6-1 (3-1) Pac-12
8 Oregon Loss 6-2 (3-2) Pac-12
9 Bye None 6-2 (3-2) Pac-12
10 Utah Win 7-2 (4-2) Pac-12
11 at.Oregon State Win 8-2 (5-2) Pac-12
12 Bye None 8-2 (5-2) Pac-12
13 at.Colorado Win 9-2 (6-2) Pac-12
14 Washington State Win 10-2 (7-2) Pac-12

CWS:Four SEC Teams headed to Omaha

Four SEC Teams (2.Vanderbilt, 5.Arkansas, 6.Mississippi State, and unseeded Auburn) all reached the 2019 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. Arkansas headlined the bunch last year by being an out away from the college world series championship before losing two straight games. Mississippi State also made it to Omaha last season. The other big headline is that in his final season as head coach, unseeded Florida State made it to Omaha, as one of two ACC teams in the mix. Unseeded Michigan upset top seed UCLA in game three in Los Angeles. 8.Texas Tech beat out 9.Oklahoma State to reach Omaha for the second straight season. Louisville swept East Carolina to become the first team to puch their ticket. Vanderbilt had to win two straight after losing game one to unseeded Duke in Nashville to punch their ticket. 6.Mississippi State swept 11.Stanford to punch their ticket. Auburn battled 14.North Carolina to get out of Chapel Hill in three games to get to Omaha.

Here are the first round games of a double elimination tournament.

8.Texas Tech
Michigan

5.Arkansas
Florida State

2.Vanderbilt
Louisville

6.Mississippi State
Auburn

NBA News:KD playing in game five, Tony Parker retiring

Golden State Warriors Forward Kevin Durant will play for the first time since a right calf strain on May 8. Durant practiced with his teammates for the first time since being hurt, this previous Sunday. Facing a 3-1 deficit in the NBA Finals, Durant will be key for the Warriors as they try to bring the series back to Oakland for a game six, but if not their season is done.

Former San Antonio Spurs Point Guard Tony Parker told The Undefeated that he would be retiring from the game of basketball stating that “I can’t be Tony Parker anymore.” Parker won four NBA Championships under Greg Popovich as a San Antonio Spur. In 2007, he won NBA Finals MVP. For his career, Parker averaged almost sixteen points for game, almost six assists, and three rebounds per game. Parker played his final season as a Charlotte Hornet after leaving San Antonio last summer. Park

America’s FIBA World Cup roster was announced today. Greg Popovic will be the head coach. The roster was headlined by 2018 NBA MVP James Harden (Guard,Houston Rockets), Anthony Davis (Forward/Center,New Orleans Pelicans), Kemba Walker (Guard,Free Agent), and Damian Lillard (Guard, Portland Trail Blazers). Other key pieces on the team are wings CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers), Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards), Khris Middelton (Milwaukee Bucks), Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings), and Eric Gordon (Houston Rockets). Point Guard Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors) also joins the fold. Joining Davis in the big man rotation is Kevin Love (Cleveland Cavaliers), Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons), Tobias Harris (Free Agent), and Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers). Popovich added six new players who have never played on the national team who are a mix of veterans and young players. Rising stars Donovan Mitchell (Guard,Utah Jazz), Jayson Tatum (Forward, Boston Celtics), Kyle Kuzma (Forward, LA Lakers). Popovich also added veteran big men PJ Tucker (Houston Rockets), Brook Lopez (Milwaukee Bucks), and Paul Millsap (Free Agent) to the team.

Where Kemba Walker could end up

Like I did with this summer’s top free agent point guard (Kyrie Irving), today we look at the options for star point guard Kemba Walker, who has been living in a losing world since being drafted by Charlotte.

Charlotte Hornets:If Kemba Walker decides to stay, its on him. This is unlikely but don’t be surprised if Kemba returns to the team that drafted him. Enough said.

New York Knicks:If Kyrie doesn’t end up in New York, Kemba will likely return to his hometown and play for the Knicks, most likely teaming up with the likes of stars like potentially Jimmy Butler or Kevin Durant. Kemba would not go to New York if Kyrie chose to join another superstar here.

Los Angeles Clippers:If Kemba goes to LA, he can make the Clips a legit competitior to get to the second round of the playoffs. Walker would team up with a young team featuring veteran forward Danillo Gallinari to help lead this team back to the playoffs.

Los Angeles Lakers:The Lakers are in the conversation for every top free agent due to them being in a big market and having LeBron James. Don’t count the Lakers out of Walker’s suitors. Kemba Walker would give the Lakers another excellent scorer who wouldn’t have to be a primary defender because of Lonzo Ball’s defensive ability.

Indiana Pacers:Joining Victor Oladipo and a young Indiana Pacers team wouldn’t be bad for Walker. In a wide-open eastern conference behind Milwaukee, Toronto, and Philadelphia, Kemba can help give that push that Indiana needs to ge to the later rounds of the playoffs.

Prediction:Indiana Pacers. Kemba won’t have to deal with a tough western conference as I don’t think he wants to. Indiana will give him the primary scorer role and he can step back when Victor is the lead guard. All in all, it sounds like the best place for Kemba Walker.

College Football Schedule Predictions 2019-2020 17:Is Penn State a real contender in the Big Ten?

Week Opponent Prediction Record (W/L)
1 Idaho Win 1-0 (0-0) Big Ten
2 Buffalo Win 2-0 (0-0) Big Ten
3 Pittsburgh Win 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
4 Bye None 3-0 (0-0) Big Ten
5 at.Maryland Loss 3-1 (0-1) Big Ten
6 Purdue Win 4-1 (1-1) Big Ten
7 at.Iowa Win 5-1 (2-1) Big Ten
8 Michigan Win 6-1 (3-1) Big Ten
9 at.Michigan State Loss 6-2 (3-2) Big Ten
10 Bye None 6-2 (3-2) Big Ten
11 at.Minnesota Win 7-2 (4-2)
12 Indiana Win 8-2 (5-2) Big Ten
13 at.Ohio State Loss 8-3 (5-3) Big Ten
14 Rutgers Win 9-3 (6-3) Big Ten

Taking a look at the final 2019 top ten college basketball class rankings

As the spotligh on the 2019 class closes, we are going to take a look at the top ten classes college basketball for the 2019 class according to ESPN. The top three players according to ESPN for each school in the top ten will be ranked.

Number=National Rank on ESPN 100
()=High School

1.Memphis Tigers
Top three signees
1.James Wiseman (#1 Center) Memphis,TN (East Memphis)
17.Precious Achiuwa (#5 Power Forward) Bronx,NY (Montverde)
25.DJ Jeffries (#5 Small Forward) Olive Branch,MS (Olive Branch)

In his first full recruiting cycle as head coach Penny Hardaway beat out Kentucky for number one player in the country James Wiseman and two other five-star frontcourt players Precious Achiuwa (PF) and DJ Jeffries (SF). Hardaway and Memphis beat out Coach K and Duke for the top class with a recent signing from Precious Achiuwa.

2.Duke Blue Devils
Top three signees
6.Vernon Carey Jr. (#3 Center) Southwest Ranches,FL (NSU University)
11.Matthew Hurt (#2 PF) Rochester,MN (John Marshall)
22.Wendell Moore (#3 Small Forward) Charlotte,NC (Cox Mill)

Landing former number one player Vernon Carey Jr. was a big win in December. Landing Matthew Hurt late in the process was a win for Duke, but did not get them over the hump to get a second consecutive top class. While this isn’t the number one class, this is a solid number two ranked class.

3.Arizona Wildcats
Top three signees
8.Josh Green (#2 Shooting Guard) Bradenton,FL (IMG)
9.Nico Mannion (#2 Point Guard) Scottsdale,AZ (Pinnacle)
40.Terry Armstrong (#8 Small Forward) Flint,MI (Bella Vista)

While there was controversy surrounding Arizona’s program in 2018, Arizona has re-cemented themselves as recruiting powers by landing top ten recruits in guards Josh Green and Nico Mannion. Wing Terry Armstrong cements this class as a top three class in the country.

4.Kentucky Wildcats
Top three signees
12.Kahlil Whitney (#2 Small Forward) Roselle,NJ (Roselle Catholic)
13.Tyrese Maxey (#3 Shooting Guard) Dallas,TX (South Garland)
29.Johnny Juzang (#3 Small Forward) North Hollywood,Ca (Harvard Westlake)

Kentucky again has a top five class headed by three top three prospects at their positions. Kahlil Whitney and Tyrese Maxey are top fifteen prospects that will be difference makers. Johnny Juzang has the talent to be an NBA player after two years. Expect Kentucky to be in the national championship picture in the 2019-2020 season.

5.Georgia Bulldogs
Top three signees
4.Anthony Edwards (#1 Shooting Guard) Atlanta,GA (Holy Spirit)
64.Christian Brown (#13 Small Forward) Hopkins,SC (Oak Hill)
69.Jaykwon Walton (#15 Small Forward) Montgomery,AL (Carver)

Tom Crean and Georgia became one of the surprises of the 2019 cycle by landing top peach state prospect and number four ranked player nationally Anthony Edwards. Four-star wings Christian Brown and Jaykwon Walton will make this team competetive in the SEC for years to come.

6.Villanova Wildcats
Top three signees
14.Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (#3 Power Forward) Overland Park,KS (IMG)
15.Bryan Antoine (#4 Shooting Guard) Tinton Falls,NJ (Ranney)
52.Justin Moore (#8 Shooting Guard) Accokeek,MD (DeMatha Catholic)

Jay Wright has another top ten class to reload after a down year in 2018-19 for Villanova despite winning the Big East. These three guys are the next players in Jay Wright’s system to lead Villanova to glory.

7.USC Trojans
Top three signees
16.Isaiah Mobley (#4 Power Forward) Temecula,CA (Rancho Christian)
20.Onyeka Okongwu (#5 Center) Chino Hills,CA (Chino Hills)
54.Max Agbonkpolo (#12 Power Forward) Rancho Santa Margarita,CA (Santa Margarita Catholic)

USC strengthened their frontcourt by landing five-star big men Isaiah Mobley and Onyeka Okongwu and four-star big Max Agbonkpolo. This will help them compete with Arizona in the Pac-12.

8.Louisville Cardinals
24.Samuell Williamson (#4 Small Forward) Rockwall,TX (Rockwall)
50.Aiden Igiehon (#11 Power Forward) Woodmere,NY (Lawrence Woodmere)
76.David Johnson (#13 Shooting Guard) Louisville,KY (Trinity)

In his first recruiting cycle, Head Coach Chris Mack has led Louisville to a great first season but has been very successful on the recruiting trail by landing a five-star and multiple four-star recruits.

9.North Carolina
Top three signees
2.Cole Anthony (#1 Point Guard) Briarwood,NY (Oak Hill)
18.Armado Bacot (#5 Center) Richmond,VA (IMG)
77.Anthony Harris (#11 Point Guard) Fairfax,VA (Paul VI)

Roy Williams finally cemented the top ten ranking for his 2019 recruiting class by landing top point guard Cole Anthony. These three top guys will have big roles as Carolina loses four major contributors after last season’s ACC championship team. Cole Anthony will have the keys to the offense after Coby White enters the NBA.

10.Florida
Top three signees
10.Scottie Lewis (#1 Small Forward) Colts Neck,NJ (Ranney)
33.Tre Mann (#6 Point Guard) Gainesville,FL (The Villages Charter)
43.Omar Payne (#7 Center) Kissimmee,FL (Montverde)

Mike White had a huge land out of New Jersey in Scottie Lewis. White and Florida complented that by landing Tre Mann and Omar Payne.

College Basketball News:Former UNC Guard is headed to South Carolina

There has been lots of news coming out of college basketball this week so let’s put it into one post.

Three-year North Carolina Guard Seventh Woods has announced he is transferring to South Carolina for his final year of eligibility after he sits a year out in the 2019-2020 season. South Carolina was the obvious favorite for Woods after he announced he was entering the portal, as he is from Columbia,South Carolina originally and that the Gamecocks were second in the running for him out of high school.

The NCAA announced that they would be moving the three-point line back for the 2019-2020 season. They will be moving it back to where the international players shoot it from at 22 feet, 1 3/4 inches. This will be in effect for division one ball but not for division two and three until 2020-2021.

Former McDonald’s All-American Jordan Brown has announced he will be heading to Arizona. Brown announced he was entering the transfer portal and possibly leaving Nevada in April after former Nevada Head Coach Eric Musselman took the Arkansas Head Coaching position. Brown picked Arizona over Arizona State and Saint Mary’s.

Duke Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski offered a walk on to his grandson Michael Savorino. Savorino will be joining the program in 2019-2020.

Even though it wasn’t this week, former “Fab Five” member Juwan Howard of the 1990s Michigan team was announced as the replacement for longtime Head Coach John Belein, who took the Cleveland Cavaliers Head Coaching gig in the NBA. Howard was very emotional in his introduction and couldn’t wait to do great things with the program. Howard is now a former assistant of the Miami Heat, where he was a player and coach throught the 2010s.

What Kyrie Irving’s free agency could look like (and where he might land)

If Kyrie Irving declines his player option, Irving would be an unrestricted free agent this summer, with multiple suitors. Let’s take a look at the teams that have the best shot at landing the star point guard.

Boston Celtics:If Kyrie decides to return to Boston, which is very unlikely if he doesn’t accept his player option, then Boston will have to find another legit star to pair with him. If they can get the Anthony Davis deal done, Irving would definitely be open to staying longterm in Boston.

Brooklyn Nets:This is where Kyrie will most likely go. A big market and a stable franchise. Unlike their cross-city rivals (New York Knicks), the Nets have built a nice supporting cast to developing guard De’Angelo Russell. Irving could fit right in and make this team a legit conference semifinals or even conference finals contenders.

LA Lakers:Teaming back up with his old partner LeBron James could be great or it could be the worst thing to ever happen. Kyrie left LeBron so he could be the star or the focus of the team (offensively mostly) but now that LeBron is just pretty much a playmaker, things could work out for Ky and LeBron the second time through. Plus, they would be able to attract another star free agent to LA and get Kyrie and LeBron another chance at getting past Golden State.

New York Knicks:If free agent Kevin Durant comes to the Knicks, there is a chance that Kyrie Irving does as well. They have voiced that playing together is an option and what better way to do it than head to the basketball mekkah Madison Square Garden. In the eastern conference, Kyrie would have a shot to keep getting into the Finals without having to go through Golden State or LeBron.

My pick:Nets. The Brooklyn Nets made a move yesterday to clear cap space for Kyrie Irving. Irving will expand his brand in Brooklyn and have a shot at titles in the eastern conference.