Basketball players – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 16:17:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://eight-fut.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T105543.185-150x150.png Basketball players – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 The 100 Greatest WVU Men’s Basketball Players of All Time: #60-56 | WVU | West Virginia Mountaineers Sports Coverage https://eight-fut.com/the-100-greatest-wvu-mens-basketball-players-of-all-time-60-56-wvu-west-virginia-mountaineers-sports-coverage/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 10:00:08 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/the-100-greatest-wvu-mens-basketball-players-of-all-time-60-56-wvu-west-virginia-mountaineers-sports-coverage/ West Virginia Bryant Guard Truck (2009-12) In this 21-part series, I count down the 100 greatest Mountaineer male basketball players of all time. Admittedly, this list is not scientific. It’s completely subjective, and of course opinions may differ. Feel free to visit our message boards at BlueGoldNews.com to provide feedback on this list, whether for […]]]>

West Virginia Bryant Guard Truck (2009-12)

In this 21-part series, I count down the 100 greatest Mountaineer male basketball players of all time.

Admittedly, this list is not scientific. It’s completely subjective, and of course opinions may differ. Feel free to visit our message boards at BlueGoldNews.com to provide feedback on this list, whether for or against.

Below is another installment in this long-running series with a countdown from #60 to 56.

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56 – Bryant Truck (2009-12)– The 6-foot-2 point guard from Brooklyn, New York, had little fear on the basketball court. His drives in hell or on the high seas to the edge, usually against much bigger enemies, earned him 1,590 points and incredible team success in West Virginia. He helped the Mountaineers to the NCAA Tournament during his four seasons in the WVU, although injury cost him the opportunity to compete for the ultimate prize – the 2010 Final Four.

Darryl “Truck” Bryant took the starting point guard position midway through his freshman season and held it for most of the rest of his career. In all, he played in 135 games and started 123 (the third most in West Virginia history). He scored 9.8 points and dished out 96 assists as a freshman, 9.3 points and 108 assists as a sophomore, 11.3 points and 95 assists as a junior, and 16.9 points and 89 assists as a senior. For his career, he averaged 11.9 points per game, and his 388 career assists are the 12e-the most in the history of the school.

His relentless driving style helped him finish third in WVU history in free throws made (483) and fifth in free throws attempted (616).

The only thing he couldn’t do was play in the Final Four. He injured his foot in the second-round victory over Missouri in the 2010 tournament and had to sit out all three NCAA games that followed that year.

A member of the Big East third team in 2012, Truck spent seven years playing professional basketball overseas after his WVU career ended. He retired from hoops in 2019 and now splits his time between Morgantown and Brooklyn, as he owns businesses in each city.

57 – Roger “Shorty” Hicks (1940-42)– the 5-foot-11 native of Moundsville, West Virginia, played a key role in elevating the Mountaineers to their only national basketball championship in school history.

At a time when the NIT was the premier college postseason tournament, Hicks and the Mountaineers traveled to Madison Square Garden in March 1942 and took New York City by storm. They upset top-seeded Long Island, coached by Grafton native Clair Bee, 58-49 in overtime in Game 1 of the eight-team event, then pulled away from Toledo, 51-39, in the semi-finals. final. Tied against Western Kentucky with seconds left in the championship game, Hicks’ foul shot proved the difference, helping WVU claim the NIT Trophy.

Playing with scorers like Rudy Baric, Scotty Hamilton and Dick Kesling, Hicks was usually not asked to carry the offensive load, despite averaging 7.0 points per game in that low-scoring era. He was considered a smart and clutch player, who made 84.1% of his career free throws. With World War II beginning just months before their victory at the NIT in 1942, Hicks and most of his WVU teammates surrendered to duty shortly after securing their championship. A member of the ROTC at WVU, Hicks became a second lieutenant in the Army. A member of General George Patton’s Third Army, he was killed in action at Metz, France in 1944.

58 – Frank Young (2004-07) – For most of his first two seasons in West Virginia, the 6-foot-5 guard from Tallahassee, Fla., was stuck pretty deep on coach John Beilein’s bench. He saw action in just 21 of WVU’s 31 games (17-14) as a rookie, averaging just 1.1 points per game. His playing time didn’t increase much until the end of his second year when fate and the flu intervened. In the second round of the 2005 Big East Tournament against regular season league champion and seventh-seeded Boston College, West Virginia senior leader Tyrone Sally fell ill and was unable to play. Young entered the starting point liberated and never looked back. He scored a career-high 14 points as he lifted the Mountaineers to surprise Eagles in a run that would lead WVU to the Big East Championship Game days later and an appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight weeks later. Young used this performance as a springboard to an outstanding college career. He took over a starting spot on a permanent basis for graduate Sally in 2005-06, averaging 7.4 points in that junior season, then had a team lead of 15.3 points per game as a senior. The Mountaineers returned to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 (22-11), moving to the Sweet 16. Although they were disappointed not to receive an NCAA invite in 2007 (27-9), they used that motivation to charge until the end. under the NIT title. Young’s scoring, especially from 3-pointers, propelled WVU, especially in his senior year. He made 117 of 270 treys in 2006-07, which is still the most attempts and most attempts in a single season ever by a climber. Young was an all-Big East first-team winner in 2007. For his career, Frank scored 923 points and made 187 of 499 threes, which is the eighth-most in school history. After his WVU days ended, he played professional basketball overseas for five years and then became a coach. He is now entering his fourth year as an assistant coach at Appalachian State. He helped App State qualify for the NCAA Tournament in 2021.

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59 – Russell Todd (1980-83)– Before being a mountaineer, Todd was part of one of the greatest basketball dynasties a high school has ever known. Playing for coach Jennings Boyd at Northfork (W.Va.) High School, Todd was part of a Blue Devils program that won 10 Class AA state championships in 13 years beginning in 1984, including eight from in a row from 1974 to 1981. Todd’s time at Northfork (1976-79) featured only state titles. He arrived at WVU at the same time as high-flying guard Greg Jones, and the duo was joined over the next two years by Lester Rowe and Dale Blaney. Together, they led the resurgence of Mountaineer basketball. WVU hadn’t enjoyed a playoff berth in over a decade, but Todd helped West Virginia to a 23-10 record and a run to the NIT Semifinals as a sophomore in 1980- 81, then two consecutive NCAA tournament berths in 1981-82 (27-4) and 1982-83 (23-8). The Mountaineers spent 18 weeks in the AP top 20 during that span, reaching No. 6, after not winning a week in the rankings in the previous 20 years. Todd played an important role in this success. The 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward emerged as a starter in the second half of his rookie season, averaging 8.2 points and 4.9 rebounds per game in that rookie campaign. His numbers only went up from there with 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore, 11.3 points and 5.5 rebounds as a junior, and 14.3 points and 8.1 rebounds as a senior. His career shooting percentage of 52.1% was the second-best in school history after graduation and still stands at 11eall the time. In total, Todd scored 1,350 points and grabbed 739 rebounds during his WVU career. He was selected to the second team of all conferences for three consecutive years. A seventh-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 1983, he didn’t make that club’s active NBA roster, but did go overseas, playing professional basketball in Sweden for several years. He stayed in Sweden after his playing career ended, working as a teacher.

60 – Marsalis Basey (1991-94) –The 5-foot-8 Martinsburg native may have been short in stature, but he was big in athletic ability, toughness and heart. In high school, he was a three-year-old man of letters in football and also a top basketball rookie. Plus, he was good enough at baseball to be a 15e-round draft pick of the Houston Astros and spent several seasons in their minor league system while also playing college basketball. Mountaineer fans remember him mostly for his playmaking skills, as he played in 114 games, 79 of them, during his four WVU seasons. It took a little while for his scoring to develop (4.0 points per game in first year and 7.5 per game in second year), but he was always good at distributing the basketball. He had 72 assists in his freshman season at West Virginia, then led the Mountaineers in that category as sophomores (137), junior (158) and senior (147). His 514 career assists remain third in school history behind only Steve Berger (574) and Jevon Carter (559). Basey has also become an excellent marksman. He averaged 13.2 points per game as a junior and 16.2 as a senior. His 78 3-pointers (on 190 attempts for 41.1%) are the seventh in a single season in WVU history. Marsalis was a member of a class that ultimately included four players who scored over 1,000 points in their careers – PG Greene with 1,655 points, Ricky Robinson with 1,373, Basey with 1,168 and Mike Boyd with 1,136. Marsalis was the third All-Atlantic 10 team selection in 1993 and the second team in 1994. The only real negative for Basey is that despite being part of this talented group, he only managed one only NCAA Tournament berth in his time at WVU (1992 with a first-round loss to Missouri) and settled for three more NITs, all with second-round exits, during his four-year career. At the end of his playing days, Basey returned to Martinsburg. While Marsalis has remained involved in basketball coaching Eastern Panhandle players, he and his wife also own and operate several daycare centers in the area.

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3 Texas basketball players who could be selected in the 2023 NBA Draft https://eight-fut.com/3-texas-basketball-players-who-could-be-selected-in-the-2023-nba-draft/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 18:29:22 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/3-texas-basketball-players-who-could-be-selected-in-the-2023-nba-draft/ Tyrese Hunter, Texas Basketball (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images) On June 23, 58 selections were made in the 2022 NBA draft, and no Texan basketball player was selected. Although no player from last year’s team was supposed to be drafted, the Longhorn faithful had grown accustomed to hearing someone from the Horns selected on draft […]]]>

Tyrese Hunter, Texas Basketball (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)

On June 23, 58 selections were made in the 2022 NBA draft, and no Texan basketball player was selected. Although no player from last year’s team was supposed to be drafted, the Longhorn faithful had grown accustomed to hearing someone from the Horns selected on draft night.

In 2021, Kai Jones, Greg Brown III and Jericho Sims have all been selected.

Texas has had 13 NBA Draft selections since 2010, including ten first-round picks and four lottery picks. If you look a notch below the traditional powers of Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina, Texas is there to produce NBA players.

Texas tied for third among NBA players on opening day rosters last season with 13.

Texas basketball players who could be selected in the 2023 NBA Draft

While I’m sure Longhorn fans will trade the NCAA Tournament win that Chris Beard produced for any of Shaka Smart’s lottery picks, it’s always nice to show rookies that your program can be a pipeline to the NBA.

Looking ahead, the 2022-23 Longhorns are ranked in the top 15 teams in nearly every preseason poll.

Let’s take a look at the three players most likely to be drafted from a packed roster in Beard’s second season at the helm with the Longhorns.

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Undrafted DMV college basketball players land with NBA Summer League teams https://eight-fut.com/undrafted-dmv-college-basketball-players-land-with-nba-summer-league-teams/ Sat, 25 Jun 2022 00:29:08 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/undrafted-dmv-college-basketball-players-land-with-nba-summer-league-teams/ Several undrafted players from DMV schools signed with post-draft teams to play on their Summer League teams. Undrafted DMV college basketball players land with NBA teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Thursday’s NBA Draft gave 58 young men the opportunity to pursue their basketball dreams to the next level. Only one of those players […]]]>

Several undrafted players from DMV schools signed with post-draft teams to play on their Summer League teams.

Undrafted DMV college basketball players land with NBA teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Thursday’s NBA Draft gave 58 young men the opportunity to pursue their basketball dreams to the next level.

Only one of those players spent his college career at a college in DC, Maryland, or Virginia: VCU’s Vince Williams. The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Williams in the second round with the 47th overall pick, marking the second straight year a former Ram has been drafted after Bones Hyland landed with the Denver Nuggets.

However, several undrafted players from DMV schools have signed with post-draft teams to play on their Summer League teams. Here is a list of those who have signed so far.

James Akinjo (Georgetown/Baylor) – Atlanta Hawks

Advertised by Baylor (link)

Akinjo spent two years with the Hoyas before being traded two consecutive seasons, first to Arizona and then to Baylor. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard from Oakland, Calif., averaged 14 points and 5.4 assists per game during his four years in the NCAA.

Keve Aluma (Virginia Tech) – Memphis Grizzlies

Reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN (link)

Aluma followed head coach Mike Young from Wofford to Tech through the transfer portal ahead of the 2020-21 season and he immediately became an impact starter. A native of Berlin, Maryland, the forward had 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 58 games (all starts) for Virginia Tech.

Grant Golden (Richmond) – Atlanta Hawks

Reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN (link)

Joining Akinjo in Atlanta will be Golden, who achieved the rare feat of appearing in six-season games for the Richmond Spiders thanks to a redshirt year and the coronavirus pandemic. Golden hails from Winchester, Va., and has a massive 6-foot-10, 255 frame.

Aminu Mohammed (Georgetown) – Philadelphia 76ers

Reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo (link)

Mohammed only spent one season at Georgetown but made a strong impression, averaging 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game en route to making the Big East All-Freshman team. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard hails from Temple Hills, Maryland.

Darryl Morsell (Maryland/Marquette) – Utah Jazz

Reported by Jon Chepkevich of Rookie Scale (link)

Maryland fans, look away. The Terps lost star goalie Morsell to Marquette in his final year of NCAA eligibility and he hit career highs for points per game (13.4) and 3-point shooting percentage (34). .7%). The native of Baltimore, Maryland, now lands with the Jazz.

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Undrafted DMV College Basketball Players Land With NBA Summer League Teams – NBC4 Washington https://eight-fut.com/undrafted-dmv-college-basketball-players-land-with-nba-summer-league-teams-nbc4-washington/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 20:50:37 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/undrafted-dmv-college-basketball-players-land-with-nba-summer-league-teams-nbc4-washington/ Undrafted DMV college basketball players land with NBA teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington Thursday’s NBA Draft gave 58 young men the opportunity to pursue their basketball dreams to the next level. Only one of those players spent his college career at a college in DC, Maryland, or Virginia: VCU’s Vince Williams. The Memphis […]]]>

Undrafted DMV college basketball players land with NBA teams originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Thursday’s NBA Draft gave 58 young men the opportunity to pursue their basketball dreams to the next level.

Only one of those players spent his college career at a college in DC, Maryland, or Virginia: VCU’s Vince Williams. The Memphis Grizzlies drafted Williams in the second round with the 47th overall pick, marking the second straight year a former Ram has been drafted after Bones Hyland landed with the Denver Nuggets.

However, several undrafted players from DMV schools have signed with post-draft teams to play on their Summer League teams. Here is a list of those who have signed so far.

James Akinjo (Georgetown/Baylor) – Atlanta Hawks

Advertised by Baylor (link)

Akinjo spent two years with the Hoyas before being traded two consecutive seasons, first to Arizona and then to Baylor. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound guard from Oakland, Calif., averaged 14 points and 5.4 assists per game during his four years in the NCAA.

Keve Aluma (Virginia Tech) – Memphis Grizzlies

Reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN (link)

Aluma followed head coach Mike Young from Wofford to Tech through the transfer portal ahead of the 2020-21 season and he immediately became an impact starter. A native of Berlin, Maryland, the forward had 15.5 points and 7.1 rebounds per game in 58 games (all starts) for Virginia Tech.

Grant Golden (Richmond) – Atlanta Hawks

Reported by Jonathan Givony of ESPN (link)

Joining Akinjo in Atlanta will be Golden, who achieved the rare feat of appearing in six-season games for the Richmond Spiders thanks to a redshirt year and the coronavirus pandemic. Golden hails from Winchester, Va., and has a massive 6-foot-10, 255 frame.

Aminu Mohammed (Georgetown) – Philadelphia 76ers

Reported by Chris Haynes of Yahoo (link)

Mohammed only spent one season at Georgetown but made a strong impression, averaging 13.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game en route to making the Big East All-Freshman team. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard hails from Temple Hills, Maryland.

Darryl Morsell (Maryland/Marquette) – Utah Jazz

Reported by Jon Chepkevich of Rookie Scale (link)

Maryland fans, look away. The Terps lost star goalie Morsell to Marquette in his final year of NCAA eligibility and he hit career highs for points per game (13.4) and 3-point shooting percentage (34). .7%). The native of Baltimore, Maryland, now lands with the Jazz.

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Syracuse Orange basketball players Buddy Boeheim and Cole Swider sign two-way NBA deals https://eight-fut.com/syracuse-orange-basketball-players-buddy-boeheim-and-cole-swider-sign-two-way-nba-deals/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 12:00:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/syracuse-orange-basketball-players-buddy-boeheim-and-cole-swider-sign-two-way-nba-deals/ Although no Syracuse Orange player was selected last night NBA Drafttwo former players found themselves with two-way deals before sunrise here on the East Coast. Buddy Boeheim lands with the Detroit Pistons as Jerami Grant leaves. Pistons GM Troy Weaver certainly knows Buddy from his time at Syracuse and now he’s hoping Boeheim can provide […]]]>

Although no Syracuse Orange player was selected last night NBA Drafttwo former players found themselves with two-way deals before sunrise here on the East Coast.

Buddy Boeheim lands with the Detroit Pistons as Jerami Grant leaves. Pistons GM Troy Weaver certainly knows Buddy from his time at Syracuse and now he’s hoping Boeheim can provide a perimeter shot to complete the Pistons’ rebuild. Detroit added Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duran in the draft as they continue to build around Cade Cunningham.

Cole Swider must have impressed the Los Angeles Lakers in his two pre-draft workouts because the Lakers added him to a two-way deal. Swider joins Carmelo Anthony and has a good opportunity to spend time on a Lakers team that has struggled to find consistent outside shots to partner LeBron James.

For those of you unfamiliar with two-way contracts, here’s some information straight from NBA.com:

NBA teams can have up to two players on NBA Two-Way contracts who will spend most of the season in the NBA G League and no more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-way players receive a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players who are in their fourth NBA season or earlier can sign two-way contracts, which can be for one or two seasons.

Since you will need to know some information about the G League now, Detroit’s G League team is the Motor City Cruise while the Lakers affiliate is called the South Bay Lakers. NBA Summer League in Las Vegas starts July 7 you will therefore be able to see these two former Orange players in action in a few weeks.

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Caleb Houstan joins other Michigan basketball players in Orlando https://eight-fut.com/caleb-houstan-joins-other-michigan-basketball-players-in-orlando/ Fri, 24 Jun 2022 03:56:23 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/caleb-houstan-joins-other-michigan-basketball-players-in-orlando/ Caleb Houstan was not selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, but went early in the second round to the Orlando Magic. It seems like we’ve said this before, but if you’re a Michigan basketball fan looking for an NBA team to follow, the Orlando Magic is a good choice. That’s especially […]]]>

Caleb Houstan was not selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, but went early in the second round to the Orlando Magic.

It seems like we’ve said this before, but if you’re a Michigan basketball fan looking for an NBA team to follow, the Orlando Magic is a good choice.

That’s especially true after the Magic selected a basketball player from Michigan for the second straight year, taking Caleb Houstan, a former five-star recruit No. 32 overall.

Houstan left Michigan basketball after one season and came to the Wolverines known as a sharpshooter. He had his moments and more than people realize, but he struggled on the road and wasn’t consistent when shooting the ball.

Still, Houstan shot 39% in the Big Ten game. There was a drastic difference in his home/road splits, but he had some stellar moments and if he can be consistent he will be a valuable pick for the Magic at No. 32.

Houstan averaged more than 10 points per game last season but seemed to struggle with the college game at times. He’ll have to learn to shoot on the road if he wants to play in the NBA, but a college basketball season is also a small sample.

Houstan is 6-foot-9 and played well internationally before coming to Michigan. NBA scouts know what they’re getting and Houstan could be a 3/4 combo forward with the ability to shoot 40% from deep.

It’s very valuable if it works out and although he wasn’t consistent last season, he’ll probably get some time in the G-League. However, he will join Franz Wagner, Jon Teske and Iggy Brazdeikis on the Magic.

It seems like talking about a promise was fair and while some might disagree, the Magic made a smart investment in a player who pre-season was considered a potential lottery pick.

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NBA Mock Draft 2022: Where UCLA Basketball Players Could End Up https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-2022-where-ucla-basketball-players-could-end-up/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 19:37:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-2022-where-ucla-basketball-players-could-end-up/ No Bruin has had their name in the NBA Draft since 2019, but that is expected to change Thursday night. UCLA men’s basketball has a pair of players likely to be selected in the 2022 NBA Draft in guard/forward Peyton Watson and guard Johnny Juzang. Watson is the Bruins’ first successful player under coach Mick […]]]>

No Bruin has had their name in the NBA Draft since 2019, but that is expected to change Thursday night.

UCLA men’s basketball has a pair of players likely to be selected in the 2022 NBA Draft in guard/forward Peyton Watson and guard Johnny Juzang. Watson is the Bruins’ first successful player under coach Mick Cronin, while Juzang has been the team’s leading scorer in each of the past two seasons. The two opted to skip combined scrimmages but have spent the past month training with numerous NBA teams.

With both players in or around draft range, Daily Bruin senior staffer Jon Christon has made his choice as to where both players will land.

Peyton Watson goes up for a shot. (Esther Li/Daily Bruin Staff)

G/F Peyton Watson
Statistics 2021-2022: 12.7 MPG, 3.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG, 0.6 LPG, 0.6 SPG, 32.2/22.6/68.8%
Official measurements: 6’8″, 203.4 lbs, 7’0.5″ wingspan
Rookie Scale consensus big board: No. 37 (updated June 21)

Peyton Watson is arguably the biggest unknown in the draft.

At 6’8″ with a wingspan of over 7ft, the wing has the physical tools of a lottery pick, but he looked far off during his time at Westwood.

A five-star rookie from Long Beach Poly High School, Watson scored just 12.6 minutes per night in his only season with the Bruins. Most of his struggles came on offense, where he tallied a meager 3.3 points per game on 39.7% true shooting.

Watson’s offensive future in the league hinges on his jump shot. His shooting mechanics require a lot of work – he holds the ball too low for too long when it ends to shoot – and results have been poor with UCLA, connecting on a team-worst 22.6% clip from the depth.

It is imperative that Watson develops into a usable catch-and-shoot 3-point shooter to the next level. He does little in the half court, and his abysmal numbers at the rim suggest future liability on offense if he can’t expand the ground.

The majority of Watson’s impact is on defense. At UCLA, he translated his long frame into remarkable deflection numbers, averaging nearly two interceptions and two blocks per 40 minutes. In fact, his 5.5% block percentage ranked in the 99th percentile at his position, as did his combined steal and block percentage.

It’s unclear whether Watson will ever have the lateral speed or strength to be a lock-on-the-ball defender, but all the metrics put forward point to him being a threat in rotations on the assist side.

So where does that leave Watson?

NBA teams love drafts, and Watson certainly fits that billing. Most fictional drafts move him through early to mid-round two, and there are two teams in that lineup that often play with picks like these.

The Toronto Raptors and Orlando Magic draft 33rd and 35th respectively, and each has shown a willingness to go for length at the expense of offensive polish.

With most high-potential plays coming off the board in the top 30 picks, expect NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum to say Watson’s name early in the second round.

Christon’s Pick: No. 35, Orlando Magic

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Johnny Juzang waves to his teammates as he is introduced to the crowd during a game. (Ariana Fadel/Daily Bruin Staff)

G Johnny Juzang
Statistics 2021-2022: 32.1 MPG, 15.6 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 SPG, 43.2/36.0/83.5%
Official measurements: 6’6.5″, 208.6 pounds, wingspan 6′ 11″
Rookie Scale consensus big board: No. 65 (updated June 22)

Around this time a year ago, Juzang’s NCAA Magic Tournament nearly catapulted him into the first round.

Now he will be lucky to hear his name called on Thursday.

This change, however, has little to do with his play on the pitch. His scoring numbers between his sophomore year and his junior years are incredibly similar after beating the Bruins with 15.6 points per game in 2021-22. He also played much of the same role in both years as a catalyst for UCLA’s half-court offense.

This role allowed Juzang to showcase his skills, but it also gave him nowhere to hide.

He is largely a difficult shooter who needs the ball in his hands to be effective. It looked great when he was scoring over 20 points a night in March 2021, but probably drove the scouts crazy when he fired one contested midrange jumper after another the following regular season, underscoring a lack of growth after its exceptional second season.

Juzang relies heavily on his pulling shot, especially from 10-20 feet. The midrange is too often described as dead by analysis-hating NBA watchers, but that description seems apt here: Juzang just isn’t efficient enough to warrant high usage in this area at the next level.

Instead, Juzang will need to focus on shooting to find a niche at this end of the floor – something that will likely translate given his 52.4% on 3 turns in 2021-22.

But even if Juzang can provide enough attack in an ancillary role, the other end of the court is still a whole different ballgame.

Juzang’s defense has always been a question mark. His 6’6.5″ frame and sub-par athleticism put him in a strange tween position: too slow to contain guards on the perimeter and too small to guard big forwards. He’s competitive enough to defend the ball and his long wingspan helps him, but he often loses focus while navigating screens.

Some of his defensive lapses can be attributed to his heavy use in attack, but he will need to show more at this end of the field to warrant a selection on Thursday.

While it’s not impossible for a team in the 50s to take a flyer on him, it’s more likely that Juzang will try his luck with undrafted free agency where he can choose his situation.

And what could be more appealing than playing for the purple and gold of your hometown?

Juzang trained with the Los Angeles Lakers in early June, and the team desperately needs to shoot to surround its three dominant stars with the ball. They’ve bet on big school names in the past with Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves and Texas Tech’s Mac McClung in 2021, and Juzang’s LA star status would be icing on the cake.

Christon’s pick: Undrafted two-way deal with Los Angeles Lakers

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10 famous basketball players of all time https://eight-fut.com/10-famous-basketball-players-of-all-time/ Wed, 22 Jun 2022 08:33:59 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/10-famous-basketball-players-of-all-time/ Photo: Los Angeles Lakers/Twitter Many basketball fans are willing to spend a lot of time researching interesting information about their favorite teams, related events, etc. Many of them can even use the services of Payday deposit or another charging provider to purchase rare collectibles. This article will be interesting for those who want to know […]]]>


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Many basketball fans are willing to spend a lot of time researching interesting information about their favorite teams, related events, etc. Many of them can even use the services of Payday deposit or another charging provider to purchase rare collectibles. This article will be interesting for those who want to know more about ten famous basketball players.

Player #1—Michael Jordan

This name is not only known to basketball fans. He is surely the best player of all time. He was a member of teams like the Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards. Jordan managed to become a six-time NBA champion.

Player #2—LeBron James

This player managed to win two NBA championship rings. Also, he is the winner of an NBA Finals MVP award. He played for Miami Heat. This player is exceptional with an impressive ability to score goals.

Player #3 — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

He is another top scorer to remember. Kareem’s name has always been among the top ten scorers in the NBA Playoffs. In total, he played 17 matches. Teams he has played for include Los Angeles and Milwaukee. Over 5,760 points have been scored by this player.

Player #4 – Magic Johnson

Johnson helped the Los Angeles Lakers lead in the 1980s. During his career, he won many titles, such as champion (five times), MVP (three seasons) and Finals MVP (three times).

Player #5—Kobe Bryant

Kobe is one of the five best players in the NBA for good reason. As part of the Los Angeles Lakers, Bryant made 17 NBA playoff appearances. During his career, he scored over 5,640 points. Bryant’s accomplishments include a scoring champion (five times) and the NBA Finals MVP award (twice). The best playoff for Bryant came in 2009 when he managed to score 695 points.

Player #6 – Shaquille O’Neal

O’Neal has a height of 2.16m, which allowed him to easily tower over other players. He started playing for The Orlando Magic in 1992. The following year he was awarded Rookie of the Year. O’Neal also built his career in the Los Angeles Lakers.

Player #7—Larry Bird

Thanks to this player, the Boston Celtics won the NBA championship three times. He also helped the team win two NBA Finals MVP titles. Many fans think he’s the Celtics’ greatest.

Player #8 – Wilt Chamberlain

Before Chamberlain started his NBA career, he was an essential part of the Harlem Globetrotters. One of the notable events for this carrier was scoring 100 points per game. Another major achievement for Chamberlain is collecting 30,000 points in the NBA.

Player #9 – Bill Russell

There are many awards and titles Russel received during his career. They understand MVP Awards (five times) and All-Star (12 times). He played for the Boston Celtics.

Player #10 — Tim Duncan

The player was with the San Antonio Spurs for 19 NBA seasons. Five NBA championships are among his accomplishments. Moreover, he is one of the few NBA players to have managed to earn more than 25,000 points.

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NBA mock draft 2022 projections for Duke basketball players https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-2022-projections-for-duke-basketball-players/ Tue, 21 Jun 2022 13:19:54 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nba-mock-draft-2022-projections-for-duke-basketball-players/ BROOKLYN — There have never been five Duke basketball players selected in the NBA draft in the same year. That seems to change on Thursday night at Barclays Center. Coming out of a Final Four race in Mike Krzyzewski’s final season as a coach, the Blue Devils could have up to three – freshmen Paolo […]]]>
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Kentucky basketball players among the brightest talents in the NBA draft https://eight-fut.com/kentucky-basketball-players-among-the-brightest-talents-in-the-nba-draft/ Mon, 20 Jun 2022 21:39:19 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/kentucky-basketball-players-among-the-brightest-talents-in-the-nba-draft/ Kentucky fans didn’t get a chance to see Shaedon Sharpe on the pitch this season, as he signed up but ultimately missed the season. And although Sharpe didn’t show his abilities on a college court before choosing to enter the NBA draft, he remains one of the players with the highest potential in the […]]]>

Kentucky fans didn’t get a chance to see Shaedon Sharpe on the pitch this season, as he signed up but ultimately missed the season. And although Sharpe didn’t show his abilities on a college court before choosing to enter the NBA draft, he remains one of the players with the highest potential in the draft pool.

How could Sharpe be? Matt Norlander, CBS Sports writer, in a mock draft that used predictions of how each player’s career would unfoldpicked Sharpe third ahead of Thursday’s draft.

“We all have to recognize something about this year’s top draft,” Norlander wrote. “The (Paolo) Banchero-(Jabari) Smith-(Chet) Holmgren 1-2-3 is probably how the draft will go, in some order, on Thursday night. That said, the chances of these three players (this which is to say: three great) to turn out to be the top three players in this draft is small. They each deserve to be where they are projected, but merit has nothing to do with how it will play out in years to come. At least one player out of the top three is going to get past at least one of those guys and end up being better. So that’s my arrow in the dark. Sharpe hasn’t played competitive basketball since almost a year. It’s a total gamble. There’s a lot out there, though. Shooting, athleticism, explosiveness, masses of potential. Some think he’d be in conversation #1 if he’d played at Kentucky. He didn’t. Maybe it takes a year or three. But maybe look at us in 10 years and he’s an All-Star. Let’s take a big swing.

Sharpe sat behind Banchero and Smith and just ahead of Arizona Benoit Mathurin and Holmgren.

Sharpe was the highest-ranked player in the 2022 247Sports Composite before reclassifying, ranking No. 3 overall in the 2021 class. He was one of two Kentucky players projected by Norlander as first-round worthy players , with goalkeeper Wildcat Ty Ty Washington entering at No. 19.

“Wonderful mid-range shooting touch,” wrote Norlander. “Washington’s ability to get in the lane and use pick-and-roll patterns is what’s going to get him safely drafted in the first round. He’s a little undersized, and I don’t know if he may be a starter for more years than not, but I like his chances of being a good secondary option at that point for years to come.”

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The No. 4 point guard and No. 15 player overall for the 247Sports Composite, Washington struggled with injuries in his freshman season at Kentucky but still averaged 12.5 points and 3.9 assists per game, while shooting 35% from behind the 3-point arc.

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