Today in the Mid-Day Rumble, the NBA Draft has wrapped up, Phil Greene will play for the Raptors in Summer League and Syracuse has named Boeheim's successor.
The 2015 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center is in the books and if you missed Thursday night's event, Sports Illustrated has coverage of every selection with every team's grade, strengths and weaknesses of the player selected and the outlook of the team moving forward.
There were multiple big time steals in the opening round, including Emmanuel Mudiay to the Denver Nuggets at 7th overall, Justice Winslow to the Miami Heat at 10th overall and Sam Dekker to the Houston Rockets at 18th overall. Don't forget the teams that reached with their selections, Boston choosing Terry Rozier at 16, the Grizzlies grabbing Jarell Martin and the Raptors picking Delon Wright.
Sir'Dominic Pointer was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the second round of the NBA Draft on Thursday night, but his former teammates, D'Angelo Harrison and Phil Greene, went undrafted. Greene picked up a Summer League offer Friday from the Toronto Raptors and will report to the team in early July.
Meanwhile, former Providence forward LaDontae Henton will be playing his Summer League basketball with the World Champion Golden State Warriors and former Villanova guard Darrun Hilliard was selected by the Pistons at number 38 overall.
Before the draft, Syracuse decided to name assistant coach Mike Hopkins as their replacement for Jim Boeheim in 2018. After the NCAA handed down sanctions for the Syracuse program, Boeheim announced that he would retire after the 2017-18 season.
The NCAA gave Syracuse reduced scholarships, they vacated wins, put the program on probation and also suspended Boeheim for nine conference games for this upcoming season. The Orange were ineligible for the postseason last year after they penalized themselves to avoid a harsher punishment from the NCAA.
Following up on a decision from earlier this week, 5-star guard Jamal Murray chose Kentucky over Oregon and will play during the 2015 season.
A backcourt that features Murray, Isaiah Briscoe, Charles Matthews and Tyler Ulis will have John Calipari's squad, once again, as one of the best teams in the nation.
Larry Nance Jr. may have an uncomfortable meeting with Kobe Bryant this offseason as the former Wyoming forward tweeted about the future Hall of Famer back in 2012, calling him a 'rapist.' GM Mitch Kupchak has already spoke to Nance about the topic before selecting him with the 27th pick in the first round. Kupchak says there should be no issues but that Bryant and Nance must smooth it out by themselves.
As long as Nance works his tail off and he stays out of Kobe's business, expect things to be OK....at least for now.