A BASKETBALL LEGEND PASSES AWAY
The basketball world lost a beloved and powerful figure this past week as Howard Garfinkel was laid to rest at the age of 86. Garfinkel was instrumental in the recruiting world of high school and college basketball. He ran the renowned 5-star basketball camp every summer. This was the first true camp, which brought the best basketball players in the country together.
He was practically the pioneer of basketball camps as well as national rankings of individual players. The recruiting world got very popular with his camp. Known as one of the nicest people in the sport, Garfinkel was inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame years ago. RIP Mr. Garfinkel.
NBA DRAFT DEADLINE IS MAY 25
May 25th is an important day for everybody involved in college and NBA basketball. It is the day when players who have declared for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent have to decide whether they will remain in the draft or go back to college. The rule includes allowing players to work out for NBA scouts in order to gauge their draft standing.
Since 2009, the deadline to declare for the NBA Draft used to be in April, however it was changed this year. We believe this was an excellent idea as it gives college players more time to make a potential life making decision. You can be sure college coaches will be holding their breath hoping their players return to college. We have a couple more weeks to see how it plays out.
While not nearly as dramatic as the NFL Combine, the NBA Combine is just as important for all the college players who are attending. The NBA combine started on Thursday, May 12. The following are key statistics and information from the combine. As you read above, players who haven’t hired an agent have until May 25 to hire one or return back to college. More than 70 players are at this year’s combine, which is held from May 11-15 in Chicago.
Projected lottery picks Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram, Buddy Hield, and Jamal Murray were at the combine, however they didn’t participate in the majority of the drills. This is not a surprise. Projected top picks usually don’t participate because in our opinion, they can only hurt their draft stock by not performing well. The players will let their game tape and individual workouts speak for themselves. It is a wise business decision as even dropping 4-5 spots can cost a player millions of dollars.
PLAYERS WHO REPORTEDLY HELPED THEMSELVES ON THURSDAY, 5-12
The following players reportedly helped themselves with good showings on Thursday, 5-12.
- Robert Carter Jr. (Maryland) Showed a nice inside/outside game.
- Kay Felder (Oakland) Felder had a 44-inch vertical leap and was listed at 5’9″.
- Cheick Diallo (Kansas) He played great defense ability in his game/scrimmage.
- Ben Bentil (Providence) Scouts raved about his athletic ability and improved jump-shot.
- Malcolm Brogdon (Virginia) Showed the ability to possibly play point guard at the NBA level, which in our opinion, would dramatically improve his draft stock. Scouts compared him to a young Andre Miller.
- DeAndre Bembry (Saint Joseph’s) Scouts loved the Junior’s overall game. “Stellar court vision” was a favorite term for him.
OTHER NBA COMBINE TIDBITS
ZHOU QI– The Chinese big-man had a 7’7 3/4 wingspan, which was the best at the combine.
DEMETRIUS JACKSON– The Notre Dame point guard measures in at 6’1″. He had a 43 1/2 inch vertical jump, which just confirms his game tape and shows how explosive he is.
We will be providing more NBA Draft Combine coverage in future “College Weekly Live” articles.
Next weeks edition of “College Weekly Live” will include more analysis of the 2016 NBA Draft Combine, including our picks for players who improved their stock as well as players who’s stock dropped. The combine can be seen on the NBATV and ESPN2 networks.
Throughout our first 11 editions of “College Weekly Live”, we have analyzed the top 10 recruiting classes for 2016. While we will have more articles regarding overall team recruiting classes, this edition will focus on individual players recruiting situations. Click on the individual players’ name to read their basketball profile.
TOP UNSIGNED PLAYERS FOR CLASS OF 2016
- JARRETT ALLEN: The number 20 overall player in the class of 2016 is still searching for his future college destination. Allen has taken recruiting visits to Houston, Kansas, Kentucky, and Notre Dame. The 6’9″ power forward from Texas has a good chance to make an immediate impact. Whichever school lands the 5-star recruit will be getting one of the top defensive players in the country.
2. MARQUES BOLDEN: Bolden’s stock is skyrocketing. The number 16 ranked player is the top unsigned player in the country. He has visited Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Oklahoma. We have a feeling that it comes down to Duke and Kentucky for the 6’10”, 250 pound power forward. Scouts and recruiting analysts have been comparing the 18-year old to NBA All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. While we don’t believe Bolden will become the second coming of Cousins he is a really good player who is just scratching the surface of his potential.
3. CHARLIE MOORE: The 5’11” point guard from Illinois is the number 55 ranked senior in high school basketball. The spark-plug has taken visits to California, Iowa, Memphis, Pittsburgh, and VCU. Moore was originally committed to Memphis, however he de-committed when Memphis head coach Josh Pastner got fired and eventually accepted the head coaching job at Georgia Tech.
While we haven’t written Moore’s basketball profile yet, the team that lands Moore will be getting a true point guard. Moore was recently named Basketball’s Mr. Illinois, which is an honor given to the best player in the state. The Illinois Fighting Illini have been down the last few years and landing a player of Moore’s caliber will go along way to getting the team back on track.
4. TAUREAN THOMPSON: Thompson played this past season at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. Thompson spent his first 3 years at perennial national power Saint Anthony High School in Jersey City, NJ. Being from New Jersey, I have seen Thompson play numerous times. He is raw, however he has enormous upside. Thompson is currently ranked in the 80’s by most recruiting services. He needs to improve his offensive game. Right now he is an excellent defender with nice athletic ability.
Seton Hall, which is located roughly 20 minutes from Jersey City is recruiting the 6’9″ power forward extremely hard. Watch out for Arizona State when it comes down to Thompson signing. Bobby Hurley Jr. is the head coach for the Sun Devils and Thompson played for Bob Hurley Sr. while at St. Anthony. Our feeling is it comes down to Seton Hall and Arizona State for Thompson.
5. DeSHAWN CORPREW: The last unsigned top 100 prospect in the class of 2016, Corprew is a 6’5″ shooting guard from North Carolina. He currently holds more than 10 offers. Corprew was originally committed to Arkansas-Little Rock, however he de-committed and has a lot of big name schools recruiting him hard. Texas A&M has been rumored to be Corprew’s main school right now, however high school kids change their mind frequently. If he did sign with the Aggie’s he would be a really nice fit with their uptempo style of play.
We will be providing recruiting news in every edition of “College Weekly Live”. The summer is when AAU play heats up and when college coaches recruit players the hardest. We will provide coverage of AAU basketball throughout the summer so STAY TUNED!
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