EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) Michigan State coach Tom Izzo says he will assist freshman Deyonta Davis as he considers entering the NBA draft.
Izzo had a news conference Tuesday, wrapping up a season that ended with a stunning loss to Middle Tennessee State in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Izzo says he isn’t sure if Davis will return for a sophomore season. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward is expected to be a first-round pick if he becomes eligible for the draft.
Davis averaged 5.5 rebounds and 7.5 points, making nearly 60 percent of his shots. He had nearly two blocks a game and finished with 64 – a freshman mark at the school and second for a season at Michigan State.
Sweet 16 Preview: The 16 best players left in the NCAA tournament, plus 16 more
1. Buddy Hield, Oklahoma: Think about this for a second: In the second round of the NCAA tournament, Buddy Hield scored 36 points. That’s pretty incredible, right? Well, 29 of those points came in the second half, which is an insane number for anyone to score in one half of a college basketball game. But it gets better: Hield scored 26 of Oklahoma’s final 31 points as No. 10 seed VCU was doing everything they could do to try and erase a 13-point half time deficit. They even took the lead at one point, which is why it is safe for us to say Hield literally put the Sooners on his back and dragged them to the Sweet 16.
That’s absurd, what he was able to do. How come we aren’t talking about it more?
2. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia: Brogdon can go into star mode and take over a game offensively. Maybe he didn’t do it on Saturday, but he’s done time and again this season. Where Brogdon really makes a difference is on the defensive end of the floor. He can, when needed, totally shut down an opponent’s best player, whether it’s a point guard or, in the case of Butler’s Andrew Chrabascz, a power forward. So, Georges Niang, are you ready for Friday night?
3. Brice Johnson, North Carolina: The best big man left in the tournament. Johnson is averaging a double-double this season, but he’s made tremendous strides on the defensive end of the floor in the last three weeks. And it’s that improvement defensively that has changed this Tar Heel team.
4. Yogi Ferrell, Indiana: Ferrell has been phenomenal for Indiana this season, as he carried the team through a stretch where a group of young guys were learning new roles and figuring out how they can impact a game at this level. And he’s still capable of that. But it’s worth noting that, now, the Hoosiers supporting cast is playing at a level where he doesn’t always have to dominate. That’s why there is a real chance that Indiana can beat North Carolina on Friday night.
5. Grayson Allen, Duke: There seems to be a national push-back against Grayson Allen right now, given the hate that comes with being white and a star at Duke (and, of course, the tripping). But what’s worth remembering is that Allen is a “star at Duke”. He’s the biggest reason why a team with no depth, a single post player that Coach K trusts and a single point guard — an inconsistent freshman, at that — on the roster is in the Sweet 16.
6. Josh Hart, Villanova: Criminally underrated. That’s the best way to describe Hart, whose ability to rebound and defend multiple positions allows Kris Jenkins to be somewhat hidden defensively. He’s always been tough as nails, though, but now that he’s actually scoring at a consistent rate as well? Look out. I judge how much people know about basketball based on what they think of Hart as a player.
7. Georges Niang, Iowa State: There may not be a more versatile or dangerous 1-on-1 scorer in the country than Niang. Like Allen, he’s carrying a team that has so many roster flaws they really shouldn’t be in the position that they are in right now. He’s not underrated at this point, but he may be under-appreciated.
8. Domas Sabonis, Gonzaga: There’s an argument to be made that Sabonis is the best big man left in this tournament. I think that title still belongs to Brice Johnson, but Sabonis isn’t that far behind. He’s a nightmare to deal with in the paint because of his strength, his physicality and his ability to work through contact. That, and he might be the toughest player in the sport.
9. Monte’ Morris, Iowa State: Niang is the most recognizable name on the Cyclones, but there’s an argument to be made that Morris is their best player. The dynamic point guard doesn’t turn the ball over and gives Steve Prohm two dynamic, borderline unstoppable players on his perimeter.
10. Brandon Ingram, Duke: Ingram’s really flourished since he was asked to take over the small forward role for the Blue Devils. His matchup with Oregon is going to be really interesting and telling, because Oregon has the athletes at the four spot to matchup with him.
11. Perry Ellis, Kansas: I initially had Ellis lower on this list than 11th, which should tell you something about Kansas: They’re the best team left in the tournament but their best player is Perry Ellis? The thing that makes the Jayhawks so good is that they don’t have a star, because a punch does the most damage when you don’t know where it’s coming from.
12. Dillon Brooks, Oregon: This may actually be too low for him. Brooks is one of the guys that lets Oregon play a small-ball style. He’s their leading scorer and their go-to guy in big moments, be he’ll be tested defensively against Duke.
13. Sheldon McClellan, Miami: Like Hart, McClellan is really underrated. He’s a terrific athlete that can score at all three levels as well as create his own shot with the bounce. He’s the guy in that Miami back court where you know what you’re going to get on a nightly basis.
14. Demetrius Jackson, Notre Dame: Jackson is the engine that makes Notre Dame’s offense tick, much the way that Jerian Grant was Notre Dame’s engine last season.
15. Melo Trimble, Maryland: I loved Trimble last season, and in the preseason, and early this season. But he’s been such a disappointment the last month or so. Is the real Melo going to show up for the Sweet 16 and Kansas?
16. Danuel House, Texas A&M: He’s the kind of guy that can score 18 points in the final 11 minutes and change of a double-overtime win against Northern Iowa. He’s also the guy that scored exactly zero points in the first 35 minutes of that game.
AND HERE ARE 16 MORE GUYS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
17. Marcus Paige, North Carolina
18. Frank Mason, Kansas
19. Isaiah Cousins, Oklahoma
20. Anthony Gill, Virginia
21. Zach Auguste, Notre Dame
22. Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
23. Chris Boucher, Oregon
24. Troy Williams, Indiana
25. Angel Rodriguez, Miami
26. Ryan Arcidiacono, Villanova
27. Michael Gbinije, Syracuse
28. Elgin Cook, Oregon
29. Thomas Bryant, Indiana
30. Kris Jenkins, Villanova
31. Jalen Jones, Texas A&M
32. London Perrantes, Virginia
Report: Oklahoma’s Akolda Manyang returned to Minnesota following brother’s suicide
Akolda Manyang, a reserve center for Oklahoma, missed Sunday’s second round game against VCU as he returned to Minnesota following a death in the family.
According to multiple reports, that family member was Akolda’s brother, Ater Manyang, a former high school basketball star in the state. He had been admitted into a treatment facility on Thursday morning, the Minnesota Star-Tribune reported, where he was found dead of an apparent suicide on Friday.
He was discovered by a staff member at 4:10 p.m. CT on Friday, according to the report. Oklahoma’s first round game against Cal State Bakersfield tipped off just after 3:00 p.m. CT on Friday.
“We don’t even know yet exactly when he’s going to be back or when the services are for sure,” said head coach Lon Kruger. “I think we’ll find that out today. But yeah, it’s tough. I mean, you just feel for anyone, but especially a young guy at this time of season. It adds to the difficulty because he wants to be here, but he needs to be there, I mean, all those things that he’s got to deal with.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman guard Malik Beasley announced Monday night that he will enter the NBA draft.
“The things I have learned and the growth I have realized this season as both a person and player have made me confident that I can take the next step in realizing my dreams to play at the next level,” Beasley said in a statement.
The 6-foot-5 Beasley was third among freshmen in scoring in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season, averaging 15.6 points per game.
He was second on the team in scoring behind fellow freshman Dwayne Bacon as both were selected to the conference’s all-freshman team.
Beasley was eighth in the conference in free throw percentage (.813) and 10th in field-goal percentage (.471). He scored in double figures in his first 24 games, which was the second-best start in conference history. Georgia Tech’s Stephon Marbury has the record at 26.
“Malik is a wonderful young man and we are very happy for him and his family,” said coach Leonard Hamilton in a statement.
“He was an outstanding player for our basketball team, is a young man of tremendous character and is an extremely hard worker. We are behind Malik and know he will be successful in everything he does because he is such a quality person both on and off the basketball court.”
Beasley is the first player in Florida State history to enter the draft after only one season in school. In 14 seasons under Hamilton, Florida State has produced nine NBA draft picks including three in the first round. Al Thornton was the highest of those picks, going 14th overall to the Los Angeles Clippers in 2007.
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