Deni Avdija has been officially named the Israeli Winner League MVP for the 19-20 season. Avdija is the youngest MVP in the history of the championship.
Avdija finished the regular season with 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 27.1 minutes over 28 games while averaging 10.8 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals in 31.0 minutes of four playoff games.
Deni Avdija Becomes Youngest MVP In Israeli League History
There was no shock in finding out that Duke basketball products Tre Jones, Cassius Stanley, and Vernon Carey Jr. were all invited to the NBA Draft Combine, but the real shock came when it was learned that invites were still sent despite a combine potentially not happening.
Three Duke basketball players get invited to potential NBA Combine
Plus, there are reportedly two guards of the three players in the top tier of prospects from the Cavs’ perspective, those being LaMelo Ball of the NBL’s Illawarra Hawks and Georgia’s Anthony Edwards. The lone big is said to be James Wiseman, who played briefly at Memphis.
One member of Cavs reportedly has LaMelo Ball atop their draft board
According to Killian Hayes’ agent, Yann Balikouzou, the point guard had a video interview with the New York Knicks.
Ian Begley of SNY notes that Hayes has talked with “dozens” of teams, including ones outside the NBA lottery, and that he doesn’t plan to meet with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who have the second-best odds to win the lottery.
New York Knicks conduct video interview with Killian Hayes
The best scouts do their work early. I was fortunate enough to go overseas early, lay my eyes on all those kids, get to see quite a few games myself even before we get to the scouts, so I have a real comfort level with the guys on this draft. Absent the piece, you know, getting to sit down with them eye-to-eye, but I’ve seen them live.
Troy Weaver is just as ready for the NBA Draft as you are
Troy Weaver, NBA Draft
Prosecutors have pursued charges against individuals who have made threats against student-athletes, and even earlier this year, Louisville All-American Jordan Nwora told reporters he received a threat from someone who lost a bet after his Cardinals lost at archrival Kentucky.
US Senate Panel Slated to Discuss College Athletics Integrity Issues, Sports Betting on Wednesday
Killian Tillie is the spotlight of today’s NBA draft target. Not too long ago was this Gonzaga star mentioned as a possible lottery pick. But injuries hijacked much of Tillie’s opportunities in Spokane. Coming off a relatively healthy season, Tillie must prove that those injuries are now a thing of the past.
The Forgotten Basketball Savant Ready For The NBA
With two NBA sophomores filling out the second point guard unit, the Warriors could eye a new addition to the backcourt in the offseason. According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the backup point guard position will be a priority for Golden State’s front office.
Warriors prioritizing backup point guard spot over the offseason
EuroCup side Monaco and Euroleague side Baskonia are interested in rising French center Killian Tillie, as confirmed by his agent to l’Equipe.
Monaco and Baskonia reportedly interested in Killian Tillie
Men’s and women’s college basketball coaches are proposing the NCAA eliminate standardized testing requirements from initial-eligibility standards, calling exams such as the SAT and ACT “longstanding forces of institutional racism.”
College hoops coaches move to eliminate standardized testing
Underclassmen that opted to declare for the draft saw the deadline to remove their name and retain their collegiate eligibility bumped back to August 3rd due to the coronavirus pandemic. To be frank, the extra two months has not done much more than allow these players to try and get a better feel for what the basketball landscape will look like during the 2020-21 season.
The 16 NBA draft stay-or-go decisions that will shape college basketball’s 2020-21 season
Potential lottery pick Tyrese Maxey was called "overrated."..."It always disappoints me when coaches talk anonymously about kids. I would hope that no coach would try to hurt a young person just to hurt a program. But I’ll just say it’s hard to bet against our guys because of the success we have had!" UK head coach John Calipari said on Twitter.
Calipari responds to anonymous coaches trashing Kentucky players
Jonathan Kuminga announced on Wednesday night that, after graduating from The Patrick School last month, he will be reclassifying into the Class of 2020 and, instead of going to college, enrolling in the G League Pathway Program.
Top prospect Jonathan Kuminga will enter G League program over NCAA
With the playoffs seeds determined prior to the pair of Israeli league matches on Sunday, Maccabi Rishon LeZion defeated Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, 86-77.
Deni Avdija’s double-double not enough for Maccabi Tel Aviv
With the 2020 NBA Draft still months away, speculation has already started to build about lottery prospect LaMelo Ball preferring to play for the New York Knicks. However, his manager, Jermaine Jackson, shot down that suggestion in a recent exchange on Instagram.
LaMelo Ball’s manager shoots down Knicks rumor
Since Maccabi Tel Aviv returned to action, Avdija has played in seven Israeli BSL games. In those contests, the forward has shot 41 percent from the outside, and he has done so on 39 attempts. He is also shooting 72.4 percent from the line, but on a smaller sample of 29 attempts. Regardless, Avdija is looking more comfortable letting it fly at the moment. And his footwork has remained stellar, even with defenders around to make things more difficult on him.
Deni Avdija Has Worked Himself Into A Top-5 Prospect In The 2020 NBA Draft
Andy Katz of NCAA.com recently ranked the best rebounders and best shooters in the NCAA since 2011 on his March Madness 365 podcast. Now, he has ranked the best playmakers since 2011 and Cassius Winston is No. 6 on this list.
Cassius Winston named No. 6 best playmaker in NCAA basketball since 2011
Kansas’ basketball players, who were planning on returning from their hometowns to campus July 20 for in-person workouts with KU coaches and trainers per NCAA rules, may be putting their travel plans on hold.
KU coach Bill Self is leaning toward pushing the report date back to Aug. 1 because of the recent spike in numbers of individuals infected by COVID-19 coronavirus not only in Douglas County and the state of Kansas, but at colleges around the country.
Bill Self says Kansas players’ return to campus may be delayed: ‘I think we’ll have a season’
Kansas, Bill Self
"As teams do their homework on players in the draft, there’s been a consistent theme about LaMelo Ball: multiple teams believe Ball and those in his circle prefer that he lands in New York. (Those teams have picks projected later in the first round than the Knicks, for what it’s worth.)
"The intel from the teams align with what LaVar Ball, LaMelo’s father, has said about his son and the Knicks and from previous reporting.
'Multiple Teams' Know LaMelo Ball Wants to Be Drafted by Knicks
LaMelo Ball, Knicks
According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, the Warriors have met with top prospects LaMelo Ball and James Wiseman in the draft process. Next up, french prospect Killian Hayes.
NBA Draft prospect Killian Hayes set to interview with the Golden State Warriors