Kentucky guard Jamal Murray will enter the NBA draft, the first of several Wildcats who may turn professional. The 6-foot-4 Murray, the Wildcats’ top scorer at 20 points per game, is projected to be a lottery pick.
Source: Associated Press
Sources: Michael Porter Jr. Cleared to Resume All Basketball Activites
Report: Michael Porter Jr. Could Return Before End of NCAA Season
If doctors clear Michael Porter Jr. to return before the end of this season, the highly touted Missouri freshman says he intends to play.
Porter told reporters in Columbia on Friday that he is not worried about damaging his NBA draft stock by either showing rust or aggravating his back injury. The future lottery pick’s only concern is whether he can help Missouri return to the NCAA tournament for the first time in five years.
“If I could play today, I would play today,” Porter said. “I’m not worried about reinjury. I’m not really worried about the risk. What I’m worried about is if it’s good for our team if I come back. If it’s tournament time and they said I’m ready to go, is that the best thing for our team? We’re doing really well right now, and I think people lose sight of that.”
Porter Jr. has not played for Missouri since the opening two minutes of its season opener against Iowa State on Nov. 10. He underwent back surgery to repair damage to the L3-L4 spinal discs, a procedure that has a projected recovery time of 3 to 4 months.
Source: Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports
Zion Williamson Commits to Duke University
Five-star recruit Zion Williamson, the No. 2 player in the ESPN 100, announced Saturday he will attend Duke.
Williamson, who hails from Spartanburg, South Carolina, also had the in-state Gamecocks and Clemson among his top choices.
“Duke stood out because the brotherhood represents a family,” Williamson said. “Coach K (Mike Krzyzewski) is just the most legendary coach that ever coached college basketball. I feel like going to Duke University, I can learn a lot from him.”
Duke now has commitments from the three top-rated players in the ESPN 100, with No. 1 R.J. Barrett and No. 3 Cam Reddish joining Williamson in Durham. The Blue Devils also have a commitment from No. 10 Tre Jones.
Source: Jeff Borzello of ESPN