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ACC Basketball: League-wide Early-Entry Update

After a dominating March (other than the final game), the A.C.C. was one heck of a basketball conference in 2015-2016.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that so much talent inevitably leads to a departure of such high-skilled talent.  For a few, it is graduation.  For the underclassmen, however, it is the temptation of the NBA.  Here is the latest update on what ACC players are leaving:

      • Abdul Malik Abu 6-8 240 PF NC State So.
      • Anthony Barber 6-2 185 PG NC State Jr.
      • VJ Beachem 6-8 200 SF Notre Dame Jr.
      • Malik Beasley 6-5 195 SG Florida St. Fr.
      • Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Jr.
      • Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Fr.
      • Demetrius Jackson 6-1 194 PG Notre Dame Jr.
      • Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 245 C Louisville So.
      • Xavier Rathan Meyes 6-2 190 PG Florida St. So.

The sad part, of course, is that several of the players on this list are not even likely to be drafted at all.  One can only hope that it is worth it ultimately.  It is easy to criticize, but being able to get paid a living wage to play basketball is not the worst thing in the world either.

There are still a few players to keep an eye on.  Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson had deep March runs and could be drafted in the first round (albeit the latter half).  If you are fans of those schools, you might want to hold off on expectations for 2016-2017 that include them.

If you hear any news before we do, please do not hesitate to share here or on Twitter.

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ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential

ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential.

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THE NBA DRAFT, ACC RECAP

Not sure why the title of this entry is all-caps, but… well… too lazy to fix it.  In any event, the ACC had a very good NFL draft, with 9 players drafted in the first round.  The first round of the NBA draft went pretty well too, with 7 of the first 30 selections coming from the ACC.  Overall, 12 of the 60 selections were ACC… exactly 20%.  Given that 14 players were from foreign countries, that means that 12 of 46–selections were ACC, more than 25%.  Not too shabby.  Nicely done, ACC!

 

#
Team
Player
H
W
P
School
1
 Minnesota
Karl-Anthony Towns
7-0
250
C
Kentucky
2
 LA Lakers
D’Angelo Russell
6-4
195
PG/SG
Ohio State
3
 Philadelphia
Jahlil Okafor
6-11
270
C
Duke
4
 New York
Kristaps Porzingis
7-1
230
PF
Latvia
5
 Orlando
Mario Hezonja
6-8
215
SG/SF
Croatia
6
 Sacramento
Willie Cauley-St…
7-0
242
C
Kentucky
7
 Denver
Emmanuel Mudiay
6-5
200
PG
Congo
8
 Detroit
Stanley Johnson
6-6
242
SF
Arizona
9
 Charlotte
Frank Kaminsky
7-1
230
C
Wisconsin
10
 Miami
Justise Winslow
6-6
222
SG/SF
Duke
11
 Indiana
Myles Turner
6-11
240
C
Texas
12
 Utah
Trey Lyles
6-10
240
PF
Kentucky
13
 Phoenix
Devin Booker
6-6
205
SG
Kentucky
14
 Oklahoma Cty
Cameron Payne
6-2
185
PG
Murray St.
15
 Atlanta
Kelly Oubre
6-7
205
SF
Kansas
16
 Boston
Terry Rozier
6-2
190
PG
Louisville
17
 Milwaukee
Rashad Vaughn
6-5
200
SG
UNLV
18
 Houston
Sam Dekker
6-9
220
SF
Wisconsin
19
 Washington
Jerian Grant
6-4
200
PG
Notre Dame
20
 Toronto
Delon Wright
6-5
180
PG/SG
Utah
21
 Dallas
Justin Anderson
6-6
230
SG/SF
Virginia
22
 Chicago
Bobby Portis
6-11
245
PF
Arkansas
23
 Portland
Rondae Hollis-Je…
6-7
210
SF
Arizona
24
 Cleveland
Tyus Jones
6-1
185
PG
Duke
25
 Memphis
Jarell Martin
6-9
240
PF
LSU
26
 San Antonio
Nikola Milutinov
7-0
225
PF/C
Serbia
27
 LA Lakers
Larry Nance Jr.
6-9
230
PF
Wyoming
28
 Boston
RJ Hunter
6-6
185
SG
Georgia St.
29
 Brooklyn
Chris McCullough
6-9
200
PF
Syracuse
30
 Golden St.
Kevon Looney
6-9
222
PF
UCLA
31
 Minnesota
Cedi Osman
6-8
215
SF
Turkey
32
 Houston
Montrezl Harrell
6-8
255
PF
Louisville
33
 Boston
Jordan Mickey
6-8
240
PF
LSU
34
 LA Lakers
Anthony Brown
6-7
210
SG/SF
Stanford
35
 Philadelphia
Guillermo Hernan…
6-11
250
PF/C
Spain
36
 Minnesota
Rakeem Christmas
6-9
245
PF/C
Syracuse
37
 Philadelphia
Richaun Holmes
6-9
245
PF
Bowling Green
38
 Detroit
Darrun Hilliard
6-7
220
SG
Villanova
39
 Charlotte
Juan Vaulet
6-7
200
SG/SF
Argentina
40
 Miami
Josh Richardson
6-6
200
SG
Tennessee
41
 Brooklyn
Pat Connaughton
6-5
215
SG
Notre Dame
42
 Utah
Olivier Hanlan
6-4
185
PG/SG
Boston College
43
 Indiana
Joseph Young
6-2
185
PG/SG
Oregon
44
 Phoenix
Andrew Harrison
6-6
215
PG/SG
Kentucky
45
 Boston
Marcus Thornton WM
6-3
180
PG/SG
William & Mary
46
 Milwaukee
Norman Powell
6-4
215
SG
UCLA
47
 Philadelphia
Arturas Gudaitis
6-10
255
PF
Lithuania
48
 Oklahoma Cty
Dakari Johnson
7-0
260
C
Kentucky
49
 Washington
Aaron White
6-9
220
SF/PF
Iowa
50
 Atlanta
Marcus Eriksson
6-7
190
SG
Sweden
51
 Orlando
Tyler Harvey
6-4
180
SG
Eastern Washi…
52
 Dallas
Satnam Singh Bha…
7-2
290
C
India
53
 Cleveland
Sir’Dominic Poin…
6-6
190
SF
St. Johns
54
 Utah
Daniel Diez
6-8
220
SF/PF
Spain
55
 San Antonio
Cady Lalanne
6-9
240
C
Massachusetts
56
 New Orleans
Branden Dawson
6-7
230
SF/PF
Michigan St.
57
 Denver
Nikola Radicevic
6-5
200
PG/SG
Serbia
58
 Philadelphia
JP Tokoto
6-6
195
SG/SF
North Carolina
59
 Atlanta
Dimitrios Agrava…
6-10
235
PF
Greece
60
 Philadelphia
Luka Mitrovic
6-8
200
SF/PF
Serbia

Syracuse Fans and Jerami Grant: The Bigger Picture

The interwebs are aglow with the activity of Syracuse fans debating each other over where on the happy/sad continuum they should be relative to Jerami Grant’s NBA career.  On the one hand, a program’s fans should applaud all of its alums–even if they do not receive the sheepskin promptly or stay all four years.  On the other hand, how can a fan base get attached to a player that stays two years and leaves before even hitting stride?  This is not limited to Syracuse–this is a phenomenon throughout college basketball.

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Why the NBA Matters Little to Me

It is not unusual for someone to wax poetic regarding the way things used to be.  But I don’t care.  All I know is that I liked NBA/NCAA basketball nearly equally growing up, and yet the split now is about 1%/99% now.  The only NBA interest I have is seeing where my favorite players go.  Unfortunately, the days of my favorite players being drafted are few and far between.  You see, the NBA no longer cares about my favorite players.  My favorite players are the upperclassmen in college that I have gotten to watch for three or four years.  Not the one and dones and two and dones (often having just one year of any production).  Case in point, Syracuse’s Jerami Grant being drafted ahead of CJ Fair.  And then CJ Fair not even being drafted.  NBA GM decisions like that make me not care about the NBA.  It is what it is.

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Syracuse Loses Jerami Grant

The news is out by now… the 2014-2015 Syracuse basketball team will be without Jerami Grant, who has decided to take his potential to the NBA.  The Confidential will take a deeeeeep breath and not analyze just how much this confirms everything that is wrong with the NBA right now.  Needless to say, if the NBA is going to draft Jerami Grant in the 15-20 range, he is wise to go now and cash in on the NBA foolishness.  But what does it do for Syracuse?

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Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams Stock Falling

Few questioned the decision by Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams to forego his last two years of college basketball and enter the NBA draft.  After all, NBA draftniks had been drooling and fawning over MCW for the entire season.  The phrase “certain lottery pick” is enough to convince the Confidential that any player should turn pro.  But this one is getting ugly.

The good news for MCW is that Chad Ford has stated to Syracuse.com that scouts either “love” or “hate” MCW.  So some scouts still love him.  But others hate him?  That seems harsh… presumably they just dislike his game.  But that is bad news.

Even worse is this quote from Ford:

“I know his agent thinks that I’m insane to have him, I think right now, I have him projected outside the lottery,” Ford said. “I think Dallas is a very good possibility for him at 13 and Sacramento is a good possibility for him if Anthony Bennett is off the board. Other than that, I just haven’t identified the other teams where I think he is a fit and they’re high on him.”

The good news for MCW is that he is still likely to be a first-round pick and get guaranteed money.  If so, the decision to go pro was unquestionably a sound move.  If the flaws in his game were not corrected next year, that extra year of college would be wasted.

But it is still a shame to see someone leave school when the “potential” outweighs the “actual.”  If only the NBA and college basketball could work together to allow kids a chance to continue to develop their game in college, without making that a risky proposition from a business sense.

Louisville players considering the NBA

Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino woke up Monday morning to the news of his election into the basketball Hall of Fame. That night he coached his Cardinals to their third National Championship in school history while making history himself as being the only coach to win national championships at multiple schools (Kentucky in 1996). It’s truly a time of celebration here in Louisville. It has been 27 years since Denny Crum coached his team, lead by freshman Pervis Ellison and senior Milt Wagner, to Louisville second National Championship back in 1986. But as the fans continue their celebration, several U of L players now have an important decision to make, stay in school or enter the NBA draft. Unlike in past years, they now only have about a week to make that life changing decision.

Chane Behanan came to U of L as a McDonald’s All-American. His 15 pts. and 12 reb. performance against Michigan had me wondering if would be back next season or if he would be tempted to go pro. It seems by the quickness that he made his decision to come back for his junior year that it was an easy decision for him after all. While it seems that he has the strength and skills of an NBA prospect, his 6′-6” frame is small for a pro power forward.

Peyton Siva is a senior point guard. Despite his elite speed and passing abilities, his drawbacks of not possessing a reliable jump shot and being turnover prone probably will prevent him from being drafted. While he is considered a top 30 senior he is barely considered a top 100 overall prospect in the upcoming draft, according to reports. Coach Pitino has often compared him to Florida head coach Billy Donovan so you may one day see him roaming the sidelines as a head coach.

Russ Smith’s father was quoted shortly after the game Monday night as to saying that his son was headed for the NBA draft. The timing seems right coming off of a national championship and while people are still talking about his game. However coach Pitino did his due diligence and applied for NBA assessments and shared those reports with Russ. According to the latest local Pitino interviews, he says his All Big East junior guard is now 60/40 coming back for his senior year. Russ has come along way in his three years at Louisville. After his freshman season he was rumored to be following Assistant coach Steve Masiello when he took the head coaching job at Manhattan College. He stayed and worked hard in the offseason on his game and in the weight room. He made a name for himself by scoring 30+ points against the Anthony Davis led Kentucky Wildcats in his sophomore season. He improved his game further during his junior season and began to alter his reputation as an erratic ball-hog to being more of a controlled chaos type of player. He has many attributes that the NBA is looking for such as his outstanding instincts at both ends of the court, excellent speed, ball handling skills and he is a terrific transition player. His unpredictableness and aggressive style of play makes him an entertaining player. He needs to work on his decision-making, ball distribution and jump shot or his 6′ 160 lbs frame may keep him a second draft pick.

Gorgui Dieng seems to be the most ready NBA prospect from this NC team. He is also the one who would most rather come back and graduate before going pro. The 6’11” 245 lbs junior center with a 7’6” wingspan hails from Kebemer, Senegal and grew up playing soccer. He learned to speak English in about two months, education is a high priority in his family. Despite playing basketball for only a few years, arriving in America in 2009, he has matured quickly and still has tremendous potential. His most notable attributes are for being a shot blocker, he is U of L single season blocks leader, and a tremendous passer from the post. He has an effective hook shot, turn around jumper and he finishes well. Already being 23 years old, this may be the best time for him to go pro. The mock drafts has him as the 17th pick.

With or without Smith and/or Dieng, Louisville is poised to make a run at a repeat with a top 10 recruiting class coming in to complement their returning players. If Kevin Ware is unable to make a comeback next season however, Russ Smith could provide a critical experience to its group of incoming freshman guards. I want to thank everyone for giving me this opportunity to talk about one of my passions, University of Louisville sports.

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