Kristaps Porzingis is still a Knick. Paul George is still a Pacer. There were some buzzed-about trades that never happened during Thursday's draft, but we still had a blockbuster with Jimmy Butler going to the Wolves, and plenty of pick-swapping throughout the draft. Below is a summary of each team's moves during the draft, along with an entirely subjective 'grade' of how well they fared. Atlanta Hawks No. 19 - Wake Forest PF John Collins No. 41 - Oregon SG Tyler Dorsey No. 60 - French C Alpha Kaba Collins is a high-upside bet for the Hawks after his explosive sophomore season, averaging 19.2 points and 9.8 rebounds while shooting a pristine 62.4 percent from the floor. He operated mainly in
Luke Maye became a local hero during North Carolina’s 2017 NCAA tournament run after making the game-winning jumper to get past Kentucky in the Elite Eight. The legend of Maye will continue to grow after the junior forward knocked down another game-winning jumper against former North Carolina players during the summer Roy Williams Basketball Camp. North Carolina is hoping that Maye’s confidence and shooting carries into next season since they’ll need him to play a much larger part with the departures of Isaiah Hicks, Kennedy Meeks and Tony Bradley.
A recent article in the Observer headlined the opinion of ESPN basketball commentator Jay Bilas that NCAA officials were “breaking their own rules to punish UNC” in the long running athletics scandal. While I admire Bilas both for his professional skills and his unflagging advocacy for college athletes’ rights, I have to take exception to one perspective expressed by him in the story. According to Bilas, UNC, which is charged in part with “impermissible benefits” relating to the academic classes at issue in the scandal, can’t be “accused of committing academic fraud because the NCAA’s definition of academic fraud doesn’t apply to the UNC case.” The article states, “Academic fraud, to the NCAA