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.
So going forward I’m going to be doing 2019-2020 college Football Schedule Predictions and other college football news posts.I did Clemson’s schedule prediction after the national championship, and if you want to see it check here:Clemson 2019-2020 Schedule Predictions.I will be doing each ESPN pre-season top twenty-five team first and then please give me suggestions for which teams to do next.
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.
While I haven’t watched enough NBA basketball this year, I will be making my first round predictions for the 2019 playoffs right now.I hope you guys enjoy them.
1.Milwaukee Bucks 4
8.Detroit Pistons 1
Giannis Antentokounmpo should lead the way over a Detroit Pistons team that should win one game on their home floor.
4.Boston Celtics 4
5.Indiana Pacers 2
Since Victor Oladipo went down with an injury for the Pacers, I think Pacers fans should be happy they are here because they won’t be for long.The Pacers show some fight but against an underachieving Celtics team that should make a pretty good playoff run,the Celtics have Kyrie Irving.I’m taking the team with more talent here.
3.Philadelphia 76ers 4
6.Brooklyn Nets 1
Brooklyn Nets Guard De’Angelo Russell will make the series interesting but the talent of Brooklyn won’t be enough for the loaded 76ers.This series should be easy for the 76ers.I don’t see a clean sweep because of inconsistency from Philadelphia at some points in the season.Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Tobias Harris lead Philadelphia to a gentleman’s sweep.
2.Toronto Raptors 4
7.Orlando Magic 0
Toronto should come out firing on all cylinders in these playoffs after getting swept by LeBron and the Cavs last season.LeBron is not here anymore, so Raptors dominate, make easy work of the Magic.
1.Golden State Warriors 4
8.LA Clippers 1
Golden State is the best team in the NBA.If there was a sweep this would be the one but Golden State will lose a game in this series on the road.Golden State wins easily.
4.Houston Rockets 4
5.Utah Jazz 2
James Harden has put together another MVP caliber year and that’s the reason why they will be going to face Golden State in the second round.Utah is the best defensive team in the western conference and Guard Donavan Mitchell should have a great series for the Jazz as well as rim protecting Center Rudy Gobert.It won’t be enough for the series as James Harden leads Houston into round two.
3.Portland Trail Blazers 3
6.Oklahoma City Thunder 4
This is the one and only “upset” I have picked in the first round but the Thunder swept the Blazers in the regular season.Thunder Guard Russell Westbrook and Blazers Guard Damian Lillard should be the Point Guard duel of the playoffs.Thunder Forward Paul George will be the difference, as his two-way ability will help OKC advance.
2.Denver Nuggets 4
7.San Antonio Spurs 3
The unexpierenced Nuggets meet the most expierienced team in basketball in the San Antonio Spurts.Denver will have trouble getting out of this series but they will advance barely; on a Nikola Jokic buzzer-beater.
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.
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.