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  1. A top prospect’s choice to stay put in his current class should appeal to the Duke basketball staff. Natural court aptitude and a wealth of talent entitle Devin Askew to receive an offer from any blue blood. However, adding the 6 foot 3, 195 pound 17 year old to Duke basketball’s 2020 class would have potentially been problematic. Although the crop of Blue Devils arriving in Durham the season after next needs to be deep, Mike Krzyzewski has already nabbed a commitment from his handpicked point guard Jeremy Roach, a five star who ranks No. 18 on the 247Sports Composite, will arrive in the fall of 2020 as the replacement for Tre Jones assuming Jones is in the NBA by then . No worries. The pledge from Roach, who has a legit shot to be a first round pick after one college season, should no longer significantly impact whether a Duke offer goes out to Askew — a 2021 five star who checks all the boxes for a pure point guard but still has “combo guard” next to his name on some sites. See, Askew no longer appears to be in any hurry to finish high school. “I talked to my parents, my coaches, my trainers, and I’m not [considering reclassing to 2020] anymore,” Askew told 247Sports’ Evan Daniels this week. “There’s no rush. Although I feel like I can go to the next level earlier and play, why not just use that year to develop and get better and mature a little bit? “I’m still a kid.” He’s a California kid Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana on most everyone’s radar. He’s a kid who figures to soon see a bump to his No. 16 ranking on the 2021 composite. He’s a kid with offers flooding in — though the two biggest blue waves haven’t hit him just yet. I want to say almost every school other than Duke or UNC has hit me,” Askew added. “I never knew; like as a kid, I thought I would get like [an offer from] Pepperdine, but seeing where I’m at now https://www.dukebluedevilsjersey.com/josh-mcroberts-jersey-c-21.html, it’s like the sky is the limit.” Can’t speak for the Tar Heels — only easily brainwashed folks can — but the Blue Devils don’t seem anywhere near their limit of 2021 offers; none of the four incoming Duke basketball freshmen are likely to still be in town for the 2021 22 season, and neither Roach nor fellow five star 2020 commit Jalen Johnson figure to be either. The list of invites from Coach K to rising high school juniors currently only consists of four of the most tantalizing five star forwards Jonathan Kuminga https://www.dukebluedevilsjersey.com/trevon-duval-jersey-c-20.html, Patrick Baldwin Jr., Paolo Banchero, and A.J. Griffin. Speaking of tantalizing , though, Rivals’ Eric Bossi and Corey Evans tagged Askew as “The Competitor” of all the competitors at the USA Basketball camp in Colorado over the weekend. The recognition came after the kid led his makeshift team to a camp championship. Here’s how the expert duo described his play “You’re not going to see more fire from a prospect than what you get with Devin Askew. Quickly becoming one of the most targeted prospects nationally, Askew is not just a complete playmaker but also one of the most competitive and tough guards that you’ll come across. He is vocal, engaged and involved on each and every possession and it clearly shows on the scoreboard…” Also catching experts’ eyes are Askew’s splashes from deep, which he put on full display over the past few months via a 41 for 99 clip across his 20 Nike EYBL games he averaged 16.3 points for his TeamWhyNot at Peach Jam earlier this month . And the Duke basketball staff was in Colorado Springs with an eye on Askew for at least part of last weekend https://www.dukebluedevilsjersey.com/luol-deng-jersey-c-22.html, per recruiting insider Andrew Slater. But will Askew’s increasingly impressive outings be enough to eventually land his name on Coach K’s offer sheet? Tough to see why they wouldn’t be. Askew’s latest offer came from Kentucky on Saturday. He has only scheduled one visit to Louisville in September the 247Sports Harry Giles Jersey Crystal Ball has the Cardinals leading the race, but only one expert has entered a pick .
  2. The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball program is still working to put the finishing touches on next season’s roster https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/evan-gross-jersey-c-9.html, but is also laying the groundwork for the class of 2020. That work is currently focused on five star center N’Faly Dante and top 100 prospect Addison Patterson, a pair of 2020 prospects who are both considering a reclassification into the 2019 recruiting class. On Tuesday https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/chris-boucher-jersey-c-11.html, the Ducks took a step forward with yet another 2020 prospect, as Rivals five star shooting guard Nimari Burnett trimmed his list to a top 12. The 6 foot 4, 180 pound guard, out of Prolific Prep Napa, California , included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Auburn, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Wake Forest 2020 five star NimariBurnett is down to 12 schools. pic.twitter.com/5iV6m4bsR7 — TIPTON EDITS TiptonEdits July 22, 2019 Burnett is rated the nation’s No. 7 shooting guard by Rivals and the No. 5 combo guard by 247Sports. Here’s what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Snow had to say about the California product . .“A big bodied guard who excels both on and off the ball,” he wrote. “When he plays on the ball Roman Sorkin Jersey, he uses his frame with great length to overpower defenders and get to into the lane. Once there, Burnett shows solid floor vision and is good at finding shooters. When he plays off the ball, Burnett makes himself into a scorer who can get buckets by both attacking the basket and from deep. https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/dillon-brooks-jersey-c-10.html While he is a better athlete than most expect at first blush, he does need to continue to get into better shape which should help all aspects of his game.
  3. The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball program is still working to put the finishing touches on next season’s roster https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/evan-gross-jersey-c-9.html, but is also laying the groundwork for the class of 2020. That work is currently focused on five star center N’Faly Dante and top 100 prospect Addison Patterson, a pair of 2020 prospects who are both considering a reclassification into the 2019 recruiting class. On Tuesday https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/chris-boucher-jersey-c-11.html, the Ducks took a step forward with yet another 2020 prospect, as Rivals five star shooting guard Nimari Burnett trimmed his list to a top 12. The 6 foot 4, 180 pound guard, out of Prolific Prep Napa, California , included Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Auburn, Illinois, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan, Oregon, Stanford, UCLA and Wake Forest 2020 five star NimariBurnett is down to 12 schools. pic.twitter.com/5iV6m4bsR7 — TIPTON EDITS TiptonEdits July 22, 2019 Burnett is rated the nation’s No. 7 shooting guard by Rivals and the No. 5 combo guard by 247Sports. Here’s what 247Sports national recruiting analyst Brian Snow had to say about the California product . .“A big bodied guard who excels both on and off the ball,” he wrote. “When he plays on the ball Roman Sorkin Jersey, he uses his frame with great length to overpower defenders and get to into the lane. Once there, Burnett shows solid floor vision and is good at finding shooters. When he plays off the ball, Burnett makes himself into a scorer who can get buckets by both attacking the basket and from deep. https://www.uobasketballjersey.com/dillon-brooks-jersey-c-10.html While he is a better athlete than most expect at first blush, he does need to continue to get into better shape which should help all aspects of his game.
  4. The past few weeks we’ve provided a summer preview of next season’s basketball roster. With all five non transfer upperclassmen complete, it’s time to move on to the underclassmen. You can catch up on those previews at the links below. Continuing the https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/nate-britt-jersey-c-1.html trend of moving through the roster in descending order, today’s focus is the only sophomore on the team, Rechon “Leaky” Black. There probably isn’t a returning player who elicits a positive fan reaction like Black. A 6’7, 185 pound Swiss Army knife of an athlete, he ignited a passion with his versatility and poise that’s rare for a freshman. The only remaining member of the 2018 recruiting class after Nassir Little and Coby White entered the NBA draft, Black also projects to be a three or four year player. There’s a ton of upside and potential for the North Carolina native. That support wasn’t displayed just by fans with quick Twitter fingers or the experts that flood message boards with their free advice. The Carolina Insider podcast with Jones Angell and Adam Jones regularly stated their support as the “Leaky Train” and urged people to climb aboard before it left the station. That was followed up just two weeks ago with CBS reporter John Rothstein’s list of ACC break out candidates. All this hype, however, comes with a great deal of unknowns. Much of the attention is based on potential and not substantial results. A severely sprained ankle limited Black to 23 games, where he put up modest numbers. 2018 19 averages 10.2 min, 2.5 pts, 2.1 reb, 1.2 ast, 0.7 TOs, 0.6 stl, 46.9 FG , 41.7 3P , 2018 19 Per 40 projections 9.8 pts, 8.7 reb, 4.5 ast, 2.7 TOs, 2.5 stls Those stats show a player who does many things well, but doesn’t excel at anything. Nothing wrong with that, especially as a freshman on a team that was loaded at all four of Black’s positions. At a minimum, Black wasn’t a “negative”. Whether or not he deserved more minutes is a valid debate and was a growing sentiment. Fans always love the “what if” game and often assume “unknown” or “underrated” means “future star”. See Isaiah Hicks vs Kennedy Meeks in 2016 17 . Statistically, though, there wasn’t much production on the court to justify rising expectations. In the first three ACC games he played 16, 10, and 14 minutes against Pittsburgh, N.C. State, and Louisville. Two of those contests were essentially decided by halftime, thus facilitating a longer bench. In the three games before the injury against Georgia Tech, he played a total of 16 minutes. Whatever rumors may have existed that he would/should replace Seventh Woods as the back up PG really, the only weakness where Black might have been an improvement , there was zero indication a change was imminent judging from his playing time or production. If that move were to be made, it was more likely due to Woods’ inconsistency than Black being an overwhelmingly better option. So, what does any of this mean for this season? First, Leaky must stay healthy. Last season’s ankle injury wasn’t his only malady. Prior to last year, he nursed a nagging groin injury. He’s also suffered from tendonitis in his knee and has reportedly been limited this offseason. That’s a lot of key development time spent rehabbing instead of developing. The ankle was an unfortunate accident, but mixed in with the other problems a larger picture emerges. Is he injury prone, a victim of bad luck, or just adjusting to a body that was still growing the summer before college started? Black’s health will be the key factor as to whether his sophomore campaign is a success. Second, Black’s biggest weapon is his versatility. A jack of all trades, but a master of none. Much like last season, there’s a logjam of talent on the perimeter, and Garrison Brooks is expected to spend more time at the power forward position. Black’s path to extended playing time depends on Justin Pierce’s transition and Brandon Robinson’s ability to defend the small forward position. If Black cannot prove to be a better option than either of those two, then he’s looking at another season of backing up multiple positions. Despite those obstacles, there are some areas that Leaky could excel. His per 40 projection of 4.7 assists per game are tied for second on the team among returning players. That may not seem impressive considering the Heels lost six players to graduation, the NBA, or transferring, but his ability to find the open man is a known quantity on a team full of questions. Combined with a respectable 1.7 A T ratio in limited playing time, its most likely Black begins the season as the team’s back up point guard perhaps the teams most glaring known weakness. Roy Williams has repeatedly said Leaky was recruited as a PG and that’s where he played in high school. Black also shot 41.7 from deep, trailing only Robinson among returning players. Only 25 of his field goal attempts were from behind the arc, so an increase in volume would not be a surprise. While Christian Keeling or Pierce may prove to be threats from long range Seventh Woods Jersey, Black is again a known element. That percentage may decrease with more minutes , but Black also won’t suddenly drop to Tre Jones and Jack White levels of three point futility. A 6 8 shooter is more than a luxury. In today’s game they’re required. Finally https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/brice-johnson-jersey-c-21.html, one part of Black’s game that won’t consistently show up in the box score is his length on defense. His 2.4 steals per 40 minutes is the highest of all returning players, but his length matched with a deceptive quickness makes Black the ideal defensive mismatch. Black’s DRtg of 93.8 last season was the best among all players who averaged 10 minutes a game. After an entire year of learning UNC’s system, that success will continue. The love and hype for Black is understandable. He arguably out performed expectations last year as the least unheralded of the three freshmen. The poise and basketball IQ on display were above “normal” abilities of freshmen who aren’t candidates to immediately jump to the NBA. With the season approximately 90 days away, there are plenty of positives to focus on. Black may legitimately make the famed sophomore leap and break out. However, a more plausible scenario is that he is still one year away from being a bona fide nightly threat. With so much talent coming in, it should not be surprising if Black’s ceiling is 15 minutes while bouncing https://www.northcarolinatarheelszone.com/marcus-paige-jersey-c-20.html around all five positions. That would allow him to figure out where his strengths at the college level truly lie, and prepare him to lead the Heels as a junior—almost like a Danny Green lite. No matter Black’s role, there is one undeniable fact. His presence, awareness, and talents will be needed every single night. We just don’t know what that really looks like.
  5. One of the top grad transfers Derek Willis Jersey in the country is officially a member of the Kentucky Wildcats. Nate Sestina will be available to play for Kentucky next season after signing with the university Thursday. “It’s been an amazing ride from Emporium Pennsylvania to Bucknell and everywhere in between, and it’s surreal to think my college basketball career isn’t over yet,” Sestina said. “I’m humbled to get started with Kentucky. I want to thank God https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/isaac-humphries-jersey-c-10.html, my family , my coaches , my teammates and John Calipari for this opportunity.” The 6 foot 9 forward and center was second team All Patriot League and was second on the team in scoring with 15.8 points per game. He led the team in rebounding with 8.5 per game. Sestina s minutes and https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/isaiah-briscoe-jersey-c-8.html productivity increased compared to the previous season after being named a starter for all 31 games for Bucknell in the 2018 19 season. Bucknell finished with a 21 12 record but lost to Colgate in the Patriot League Championship. “I think everyone knows my stance on graduate transfers. We are only going to take someone if it’s going to help both the kid and our program https://www.kentuckywildcatscenter.com/tai-wynyard-jersey-c-9.html,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “I’m not going to take someone if they’re not going to have an impact. After seeing what Reid’s Travis move did for him this past season and how he helped our program, I told our staff if there are other kids in his situation that could benefit, let’s take a look at them. Sestina is the third Kentucky grad transfer in the Calipari era.
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