Today in the Morning Rumble, the NBA Draft is quickly approaching, Josh Langford picks a Big Ten school, Louisiana Tech is limiting their latest transfer and Jamal Murray set to make his college decision.
Thursday's NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn is quickly approaching, so that means college coaches are going to rave about their former players.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Tuesday in a sit-down with ESPN that Jahlil Okafor (projected in the top two) and Justice Winslow (projected in the top eight) will have a 'chance to be stars' at the next level. And he's not wrong.
Okafor has some of the best footwork in the paint and often gets compared to a young Tim Duncan. Yes, he's not a great defender, but he wasn't asked to be the answer on that side of the floor for the Blue Devils. They ran their offense through him and his goal defensively was not to get into foul trouble.
Winslow is an excellent transition player and has the versatility to guard multiple positions defensively. He has to get better with his shooting touch and must transition to small forward or shooting guard at the next level, but his energy, effort and swag will make him a future All-Star.
More NBA Draft information! I found this piece by Seth Davis to be particularly interesting as he gathering information from multiple NBA scouts to give an overall view on each key draft prospect.
My favorite line is about former LSU Tiger Jarell Martin: "He needs to get in shape. You're auditioning for the NBA. Give up the donuts and pizza for a few weeks. I mean, trick us."
Love the honesty!
And for your latest Mock Draft and quick NBA Draft updates, Draft Express has you covered. Is D'Angelo Russell headed to Philly? What are the New York Knicks going to do at number four? Where does Kristaps Porzingis land? They have it all.
Michigan State landed a big time 2016 guard in Josh Langford on Monday afternoon. Langford, who is a five star prospect from Alabama, is ranked 13th on ESPN's Top 100 for 2016 and had offers from Baylor, UConn, Kansas, Gonzaga, amongst others.
Langford will be a backcourt scorer for the Spartans, who won't have Denzel Valentine beyond this season.
Xavian Stapleton, who is looking to transfer out of Louisiana Tech after a coaching change, is being heavily restricted by the school. Stapleton is unable to transfer to 50 programs (!) and on that list is Conference USA schools, schools that are featured on Tech's future non-conference schedule, and schools located in Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas. Most importantly, he is unable to play at Florida where his former head coach Mike White now holds down the fort.
I've never understood why schools bother. This same situation happened with Johnathan Williams III, who transferred to Gonzaga, and Missouri. If a player doesn't want to play for your program, move on. It should be about the kid (and his family) and what the student-athlete feels is the most comfortable decision.
It will be a HUGE day Wednesday for Oregon and Kentucky as recent reclassified 2015 point guard Jamal Murray will be making his college decision at 6 p.m. ET on TSN.
If Murray chooses the Ducks he will play in a backcourt that consists of fellow Canadian Dylan Ennis, Ahmaad Rorie, Casey Benson, Tyler Dorsey and Kendall Small.
With Kentucky, John Calipari will have to find playing time for Murray, Isaiah Briscoe and Tyler Ulis, who all play the point guard position.