Recruits can join a program without actually signing a national letter of intent. If they enroll and accept a scholarship, they don't have to abide by the NLI timeline. I'd expect you might see some decisions on the 2019 class after the AAU season ends later this summer, but no telling who will commit where at this point. As I wrote earlier this week, Martin has made the local 2019 class a big priority.
He's not allowed legally to comment on the situation. I've reached out to Staley's attorney for an update and haven't heard back. It wouldn't surprise me if the judge dismisses the suit. It's really hard to prove defamation of a public figure.
Nike school, Calvin. Come on now.
He can attend the combine in May and participate in one private workout for each NBA team if they invite him. The combine ends May 20 and he must decide by May 30 if he wants to stay in the draft or return to school if he wants to retain his eligibility.
I'd say a .500 finish in SEC play will be enough. That means they better start winning some series and can't afford to get swept. Huge series this weekend at Florida. If you can avoid the sweep, that's satisfactory.
If there's ever a player who wouldn't type the words 'finna be' it's Jontay Porter. But carry on....
Not really my territory to discuss, but I appreciate the question.
That's assuming Mizzou would take his commitment this weekend. They might tell him it's contingent on what happens with other recruits. Without knowing how exactly the situation is being presented, it's hard to speculate on how things will unfold.
Schools get in bed with the sneaker companies for millions of dollars and this is what happens. It shouldn't be a surprise. Yes, it's conceivable that coaches aren't aware that agents and sneaker company execs are bribing recruits for their services, but I'd hardly call the schools and coaches victims. Not when they're making millions off having those same players wear the gear the school agrees to make them wear.
Not every player values things the same way. If you're 18 and you're told you can be a first-round pick and will never have to go to class again, what's the difference if you're the 14th pick or the 28th? Either way you're going to sign a contract paying you a million bucks. If a player is absolutely sold on the concept of going pro, it can be hard to convince them to wait another year and take their chances on improving their stock. Some kids just don't want to wait. Jontay made the point after the Florida State game that all the things he could work on next season at Mizzou he can work on as an NBA player next year - while getting paid.
I'm in the 7-5 camp and leaning toward 8-4. I'm not convinced the defense is athletic enough (yet) or deep enough at certain spots for this team to be an SEC East contender.
I like Lindsey Scott's running ability as a tie-breaker over the other guys, but I'm not convinced Micah Wilson can't be an effective passer in this league. He shows some flashes.
They need a ball-handler, though Jordan Geist isn't going to disappear from the rotation. Still, he's a senior. And I think they're better off landing a more athletic playmaker at that position. Geist will still be a valuable defender and he can make shots from the perimeter. But you need a point guard. I'm not sure Pinson is a freshman starter. He wasn't even a full-time starter for his high school team. If Jontay leaves, they're going to need more production from Mitchell Smith and some inside play from KJ Santos. Puyear is who he is and will continue to play, but he's not someone you expect to dramatically boost his production at the four position.
You're assuming he can't improve in those areas. We're talking about a guy who should be getting ready for his senior prom. He proved he can play well at the highest college level this year - and that's without practicing much this summer. There's no reason to think he can't improve in those areas, whether it's in college or in the pros.
Not really. That's pretty common for recruits to recruit each other. I'm sure Ramey is hearing the same from recruits at the other schools that are pursuing him. Sometimes that's a big factor for a player. It certainly was for Tilmon, who cites the bonds he formed with MU players and recruits as the major reason he signed last spring.
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