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Does Mourning’s invite to the G-League Elite Camp mean Govan’s a top-60-combine-invitee?

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With the latest reported commitment by Chuma Azinge (as a “recruited walk-on” before we all start speculating on transfers again) it appears that Patrick Ewing and the Georgetown Hoyas have their 2019-2020 roster...

Along with some recent news about the extended Hoya family, there has been plenty of chatter about 2020 (and beyond) recruits.

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Kevin Broadus embracing ‘second chance’ as he takes on role as Morgan State’s men’s basketball coach | BALTIMORESUN

Former Georgetown coaches John Thompson Jr. and John Thompson III and former Detroit Pistons forward and McDonogh graduate DaJuan Summers attended Monday’s conference. The elder Thompson said he cherishes his role as a sounding board for Broadus. “Kevin is one of my sons,” said Thompson, who has three biological children.

“We talk all the time. In fact, most of the time, when I call him at 11 or 12 o’clock at night, he says, ‘Coach’ right away because he knows that it’s me, and I basically work at night more than anything else. We stay in touch. It’s not once a year. I always say it’s once every month or twice every month or sometimes three. It depends on if I’m happy or mad at him for something. But he’s very good.”

NBA G League Elite Camp Invitees Unveiled | SLAMONLINE

When this G League Elite Camp was unveiled in February, Jonathan Givony of ESPN wrote that the 40 players selected as draft-eligible prospects would be “based on the players not chosen in the top 60 for the NBA combine”. That would suggest that these players are the 61st to 100th-ranked players as determined by that aforementioned vote and that the NBA’s list of Combine invites is ready and currently unreleased...

The distinction may be moot given that select players from the G League Elite Camp can still earn invites to the Combine but it’s notable for those whose names don’t appear on the list and may have clinched an invite based on their being named in the top 60.

The back story on UCLA’s long, strange search for a basketball coach | LATIMES

The search committee had found the money to pay Dixon’s hefty buyout but there was a catch: Because of a California provision that taxes buyouts as a gift, Dixon was going to be on the hook for around $4 million in taxes even after UCLA restructured his contract to cover the buyout, two people close to the situation said. Despite colossal efforts by both sides, hopes of a deal fell apart. Cronin became the pick. The Bruins offered him the job, which he accepted later on April 8, not long after closing the door on Dixon.

College athlete leaves Nigeria to pursue his basketball dreams | WJLA

Wahab was sought after by a lot of the powerhouses. He eventually chose to attend Georgetown, which has a program known for producing and grooming centers. Wahab hopes to play in the NBA one day, but he also understands school will always come first. He says he want to “get a good degree, that way I can achieve a lot of stuff, and I can try to give back to my family.”

Kenyon Martin Jr. commits to Vanderbilt | 247SPORTS

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Martin Jr., a former teammate of Vanderbilt signee Scotty Pippen Jr. at Sierra Canyon High School (Calif.), recently listed UCLA, West Virginia and Texas Christian as his top choices for where to play next season. Martin is the son of former NBA star Kenyon Martin who was a former All-American and the No. 1 overall pick in the 2000 NBA Draft pick.

“Coach Stackhouse, since he played and coached in the NBA and everything, I think that’s good for me because I think he can develop my game and get me to where I want to be,” Martin told Vandy247. “And, also, (Pippen Jr.), since we played with each other, he’s a player I’m familiar with, how he plays, so I think that will be better for me also.”

Two-sport athlete Jalen Cook has plenty of options | BASKETBALLRECRUITING.RIVALS

Holding close to 20 football offers and rated as a strong four-star recruit, Cook has the chance to play basketball in college, too...

“I am probably going to do one. Just whatever school feels like home and I can go to and feel like a family atmosphere is there,” he told Rivals.com.

If it is basketball, Georgetown, Houston and LSU may be the three to beat. Cook said that they have been the most active in recruiting him thus far and that he has been to the campuses at Houston and LSU in recent months. There are a few visits on his mind, though, to schools that could change his mind for which way he might be currently leaning. “I am looking forward to getting a few visits in. I want to make it up to Georgetown, Pitt, and Wichita State,” he said.

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Georgetown Recruiting Update 5/4 | 247SPORTS

A top-50 player in the 2020 class, Noah Farrakhan is planning to take a visit to Georgetown, along with Clemson and Seton Hall. Just like seemingly every IMG athlete, Farrakhan is a quick-twitch athlete who flies up and down the court, and can jump out of the gym. His body control is another impressive part of his overall game. A pure scorer, Farrakhan likes to make the occasional flashy play, and is a very confident player. He reminds me of Russell Westbrook. Farrakhan can score from anywhere but does like going downhill and attacking the rim. The New Jersey native would bring a different kind of athleticism to Georgetown.

I won’t ask for another Knicks lottery ‘fix,’ but… | NYPOST

Stern has answered questions about this very differently over the years, depending on his mood, from glib (“We have the loot from the Brink’s Robbery and the Great Train Robbery as well!”) to indifferent (“If people want to say it was fixed, that’s fine, just spell our name right”) to furious (when Jim Rome asked him about it point blank, Stern replied, “Shame on you for asking. Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”) I asked Patrick Ewing himself about all of this last fall and he laughed. “I’ll believe anything,” he said. “But it seemed to work out fine for everyone, right? I was a Knick. New York fell back in love with the Knicks. And we never actually won a title so nobody ever got all that mad thinking it was fixed for us.”