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James Michael McAdoo, Jahii Carson headline undrafted early entry list

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James Michael McAdoo could have been a lottery pick had he left college after a promising finish to his freshman campaign.

He left school after the 2013-2014 season, producing two more years of very good, but far from dominant, basketball. With a year of eligibility left on the table, McAdoo sat through the entire 2014 NBA Draft … and didn’t hear his name called.

He wasn’t alone, either.

But before I get to the complete list of players that left school early without getting picked, keep in mind that this doesn’t mean their basketball careers are over. They can earn a contract in the NBA’s Summer League, and if that doesn’t work, there are plenty of guys that have banked a lot of NBA money after playing their way through the D-League and a trip overseas. That’s to say nothing of the amount of money that can be made playing basketball in places like Italy and Spain.

Back to the point, here are the 11 players that declared for the draft with eligiblity remaining and did not get selected:

James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina: McAdoo just ended up being too much of a ‘tweener’. He didn’t have enough of a post game or a perimeter game to be worth a draft pick.

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Jahii Carson, Arizona State: Carson made it clear before the season began that he would be leaving for the NBA after three years in Tempe with two seasons of eligibility remaining. He’s a thrilling point guard to watch, but issues with his jump shot and an inability to go left made him a risky pick.

Jabari Brown, Missouri: Brown is known as a sharpshooter, but he’s not big enough or near good enough defensively to find himself drafted in that Danny Green role. Brown used three seasons of eligibility at Missouri and Oregon.

JaKarr Sampson, St. John’s: Sampson is a freak athlete, but beyond that, he just isn’t a good enough basketball player. I can’t even remember him taking a jump shot, let alone making one, in two years with the Johnnies.

Sim Bhullar, New Mexico State: Bhullar is 7-foot-5 and over 350 pounds. He only played two years for NMSU, and while he’s not ready for the league, that massive body can only hold up for so long. Maximize his earning potential while he can. He made the right move.

Khem Birch, UNLV: Birch is a crazy athlete, but he literally cannot do anything offensively beyond dunk.

LaQuinton Ross, Ohio State: Not good enough offensively to overcome issues with his athleticism and his ability to defend.

Chane Behanan, Louisville/Colorado State: Did you really expect him to get picked? He’s a 6-foot-6 power forward.

Alex Kirk, New Mexico: To be fair, Kirk spent four years at New Mexico, redshirting his first season on campus. He’s got the size and shooting ability to latch onto a roster at some point. He’s a good free agent target.

Eric Moreland, Oregon State: He’s versatile and athletic with solid physical tools, but he was an offensive liability at Oregon State.

Roscoe Smith, UNLV: He turned into an excellent rebounder this past season at UNLV after two relatively unimpressive years with UConn. But he’s a small forward known for rebounding, and he’s not close to being Kenneth Faried.

VIDEO: University of New Orleans aids area flood victims

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After over 20 inches of rain fell over three days and over 60,000 homes were damaged in southeastern Louisiana, New Orleans coach Mark Slessinger called his acquaintance, John Derenbecker, in the area to check in. Derenbecker and his family were fine, Slessinger learned, but many in the area were not.

I told (Derenbecker) to figure out who needed the help the most,” Slessinger told the New Orleans Times-Picayune, “that I had my whole crew who could come help out on Saturday and Sunday.”

That led Slessinger and his team to the home of an elderly couple, Elbert and Ione Norred, whose house was ravaged by over four feet of flood water. The Privateers helped slog out debris, cut away wet insulation and whatever else needed removing from the soaked home.

“I appreciate everything you have done,” Ione Elbert told the Privateers. “Nobody knows how long it would have taken us to have done this.”

The Red Cross estimates that the relief effort for the flooding could cost upwards of $30 million in the region. To make a donation to the organization call 1-800-RED CROSS.

UNO’s baseball team also got in on the aid effort, heading to Baton Rouge over the weekend.

“We are proud to see our student-athletes, coaches and staff serve our fellow Louisianians in their time of need,” UNO Director of Athletics Derek Morel said in a statement. “The men and women of our program understand the importance of serving others and using our resources to help those in less-fortunate situations. We will continue to play for neighbors.”

Rutgers land 7-foot grad transfer from UNC Wilmington

PROVIDENCE, RI - MARCH 17:  Brandon Ingram #14 of the Duke Blue Devils drives to the basket as he is defended by C.J. Gettys #23 of the North Carolina-Wilmington Seahawks in the second half of their game during the first round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 17, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
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Rutgers landed a commitment from seven-footer C.J. Gettys on Monday night.

Gettys is a graduate transfer from UNC-Wilmington, where he averaged 5.3 points, 5.1 boards and 1.4 blocks for a team that reached the NCAA tournament. Gettys is a slow-footed back-to-the-basket player, however, and that didn’t exactly fit with the way that UNCW head coach Kevin Keatts likes to play; think Shaka Smart’s VCU teams.

So Gettys opted for Rutgers, picking the Scarlet Knights over Dayton, Purdue and Chattanooga.

He is the fifth member of new head coach Steve Pikiell’s first recruiting class.

VIDEO: Seventh Woods dunks on UNC student

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Some poor UNC student decided that he was going to try and block Seventh Woods, a freshman point guard for the Tar Heels, on a dunk attempt.

What ended up happening was that he got windmilled on.

To quote Samuel L. Jackson, as portrayed the great philosopher Dave Chappelle, “You ain’t never seen my movies?” Woods was doing this as a freshman … in HIGH SCHOOL.

Former National Player of the Year Michael Brooks dies at 58

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A Philadelphia basketball legend and a former National Player of the Year passed away on Monday night.

Michael Brooks, a 6-foot-7 forward who was named the NABC National Player of the Year in 1980, died in Switzerland on Monday night due to a massive stroke, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

He was just 58 years old.

Brooks finished his career with 2,628 points and 1,372 rebounds. He never averaged less than 20 points in his four seasons in college. (Think about that for a second.) He was the No. 9 pick in the 1980 NBA Draft and averaged double-figures for four years before season-ending knee injuries sent him to Europe to play. Brooks was also named the captain of the 1980 Olympic team that missed out on the Moscow games due to the USA’s boycott.

Brooks, according to the Inquirer, had aplastic anemia, which required him to receive a bone marrow transplant last week. His body rejected the marrow, which resulted in the strokes that ended his life.

UCLA cruises in opener on Australian tour

UCLA head coach Steve Alford, second from right, watches action against Cal Poly with his assistant coaches in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Baker)
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UCLA, who will be the most interesting team in all of college basketball this season, played their first game of an Australian tour on Tuesday morning, and they won in pretty impressive fashion.

The Bruins had triple digits on the board early in the fourth quarter, eventually beating a club in Sydney by the score of 123-76. For comparison’s sake, Washington and potential No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz beat the same team 101-80 a couple of weeks ago, so the win and the margin of victory is somewhat impressive.

Also worth noting: None of UCLA’s freshmen started. Steve Alford rolled with Aaron Holiday, Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton on the perimeter — Holiday and Hamilton combined for 27 points, 18 assists and 11 boards while Alford had 17 points on just 10 shots — with G.G. Golomon and Thomas Welsh up front.

But the noteworthy performances here were from the McDonald’s All-Americans that Steve Alford brought into the program. In his first game in the blue and gold, Lonzo Ball, a potential top ten pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, was just OK. He finished with nine points and four assists while shooting 3-for-9 from the floor. Leaf, however, was terrific, as he led the team with 21 points to go along with nine boards and three assists.

The first exhibition game is hardly a great way to predict how a season is going to play out, but given the pressure and expectations currently surrounding the program, everything the Bruins do this season is going to be scrutinized.

This isn’t a bad way to start.