Although it doesn’t feel like it, Memorial Day Weekend is here and in the least it means an extra day off for everyone. Just in time for MDW we had quite a Friday news dump day in College Basketball. News dump isn’t the best way to put it because there was some important bits of info that came out.
Jonathan Kuminga Lists his Top 5
— Jonathan Kuminga (@JonathanKuming6) May 22, 2020
The Nation’s top recruit in the class of 2021 has listed his top five and yet again, the G-League is playing a factor. Texas Tech, Duke, Kentucky, and Auburn were the other four listed, but welcome to the new reality. With just about any of the premier high school talent, expect the G-League to get a serious look. Especially with there being no current results to base the decision off of, the hundreds of thousands of dollars they are able to offer will always be a player.
Mid-Majors get key pieces back
In the past day, both Fatts Russell and Jacob Gilyard have announced they will be returning to Rhode Island and Richmond respectively. Significant A-10 news, as Rothstein would say. Rhode Island has had quite a tough offseason because of outgoing transfers and this news will help easy the pain of those losses. Richmond figures to be fighting for a pre-season ranking and Gilyard returns 12.7 points 3.1 rebounds and 5.7 assists per game. Remember this Richmond team, they will be good next year.
Brendan Bailey is going pro
Some might be asking who? And that is a very fair question. Bailey, a rising Sophomore at Marquette, has opted to explore professional options and will not return to Milwaukee. It is another blow to Wojo’s battered resume at Marquette. The guy cannot catch a break. Last year, it was far worse with the Hauser brothers leaving, but Bailey was a long, athletic wing that was a versatile defender and could score at all three levels. Does this loss completely change Marquette? No. The loss of Markus Howard to graduation is obviously far bigger, but there is a starting spot available now.
Justin Smith transfer from Indiana
I will defer to my colleague and resident Hoosier fan, B-Fox for the analysis here:
Sad to see Justin Smith go, always seemed to be an underappreciated player for IU. Jerome Hunter will need to take a big step forward this year https://t.co/394D50Mtu4
— Brian Fox (@RealBrianFox) May 22, 2020
Plain and simple, this one sucks for IU fans. Just days after Khristian Lander announces he is reclassifying, the Hoosiers lose a solid player. Smith steadily improved over his three seasons in Bloomington peaking last year at 10.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game in 32 starts. As B-Fox said on the podcast this week, Indiana is still deep, but you never want to lose veteran players.
BONUS: B-Fox and B-Frank’s virtual programs agree to home-and-home series
That’s right, the guys have settled their schedules with a home-and-home game to open the exhibition season in the new Heat Check College Basketball sim. Virtual Rothstein had the news first:
Source: Georgia and Seton Hall have agreed to a home and home exhibition series.
2020: Athens (June 5)
— Heat Check CBB Sim – Jon Rothstein (@HeatCheck_JR) May 22, 2020