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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

NBC solves case of Wiggins jerseys

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, left to right, Andrew Wiggins and general manager David Griffin hold up Wiggins jersey during a new conference Friday, June 27, 2014, in Independence, Ohio.

Cleveland Cavaliers head coach David Blatt, left to right, Andrew Wiggins and general manager David Griffin hold up Wiggins jersey during a new conference Friday, June 27, 2014, in Independence, Ohio.

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A report that Andrew Wiggins’ Cleveland Cavaliers jerseys were “discontinued” by the NBA because of a likely trade to Minnesota is false, a league official told NBCsports.com.

The NBA’s online store over the weekend showed Wiggins’ Cavs’ jerseys as being unavailable for purchase. However, an unnamed league official said the jerseys are merely sold out. The official said sold-out items often are referred to as being “discontinued.”

NBC Sports reports there are two ways to purchase a Wiggins/Cavs jersey — “have one custom-made, or purchase the fashion black replica jersey that became available on Sunday. The league says that all regular home, road, and alternate Wiggins jerseys are scheduled to arrive on Oct. 1, in time for the start of the upcoming season.”

Brian Windhorst, an NBA writer for ESPN.com, says Wiggins will wind up in Minnesota.

“The deal is done but not done. The teams have agreed, but they can’t say they have agreed, and they can’t agree, because we’re in this weird moratorium period because you can’t trade Andrew Wiggins until the 23rd of this month,” Windhorst said on ESPN radio.

“So, between now and then — which is, what, 19 days? — could some of that happen? Could a team come in with a trade that maybe Minnesota doesn’t see? Yes, it could happen. So, therefore, it is not done. But essentially, before the papers have been signed, there is this handshake agreement that Kevin Love to the Cavs, Andrew Wiggins to the Timberwolves, and, I believe, Thaddeus Young will end up in Minnesota either as part of a separate deal or as part of a three-way deal. Possibly, Anthony Bennett, who’s on the Cavs right now, could get re-routed to Philadelphia in part of a deal for Thaddeus Young. There will be draft picks involved.

“But essentially what you need to know if you’re an NBA fan, Kevin Love is going to be on the Cavs barring anything unforeseen, and Andrew Wiggins, No. 1 overall pick, is going to be on Minnesota,” Windhorst stated, as reported by NBC Sports.

KU-Kentucky late game: KU will play the second game of a one-day Champions Classic doubleheader on Nov. 18 in Indianapolis, ESPN announced Monday. KU will meet Kentucky at approximately 8:30 p.m., following a 6 p.m. battle between Duke and Michigan State.

Mock draft: ESPN’s Chad Ford has put out his first 2015 mock NBA Draft. KU’s Cliff Alexander is projected to go third overall, Kelly Oubre 10th and Wayne Selden 15th.

Jeter picks Duke: The first highly regarded big man in the recruiting Class of 2015 is off the board. Chase Jeter, a 6-11 senior from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, on Monday orally committed to Duke.

Rivals.com’s No. 8-rated player chose the Blue Devils over Arizona, UCLA and UNLV. Kansas University and Oregon were on his final list of six.

So far, two big men have said they’ll be attending the Oct. 10 Late Night in the Phog. They are: No. 7 Stephen Zimmerman, 7-foot, Bishop Gorman High, Las Vegas; and No. 9 Carlton Bragg, 6-9, Villa Angela St. Joseph High, Cleveland.

KU also is in the running for No. 4 Ivan Rabb, 6-9, Bishop O’Dowd High, Oakland, California; No. 5 Cheick Diallo, 6-9, Our Savior New American High, Centereach, New York; No. 6 Diamond Stone, 6-10, Dominican High, Milwaukee; No. 34 Thomas Bryant, 6-10, Huntington (West Virginia) Prep; and No. 35 Tyler Davis, 6-9, Plano (Texas) West.

Bryant, by the way, recently told Jeff Borzello of CBSSports.com that he would take official visits to KU, Syracuse, Ohio State and Missouri.

More on Ingram: No. 25-ranked Brandon Ingram, a 6-8, 180-pound forward from Kinston (North Carolina) High, tells zagsblog.com he will take official visits to KU and Kentucky. Ingram has told JayhawkSlant.com the visit will be for Late Night. He will visit UCLA today and Duke Thursday through Saturday.

“Ingram’s game is similar to that of a Kevin Durant,” an NBA scout told zagsblogcom. “He has the long and slender frame and he struggles defensively like Durant did early in his high school days. His shooting stroke is a big time plus for him because he lacks strength and cannot always finish through contact.”

He also has offers from Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, Florida, Louisville, UCLA, Clemson and North Carolina State.

Point guard lists KU: Dennis Smith, the No 1 point guard in the Class of 2016, has KU on his list of schools. Smith, 6-2 junior from Trinity Christian High in Fayetteville, N.C., has received offers from KU, Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Wake Forest, Connecticut, Florida, N.C. State and others. He’s excelled at the adidas Nations tournament in Los Angeles.

“I want to play for a program that will put the ball in my hands,” Smith told Zagsblog.com. “I want to be a featured scoring option and I do not want to come off the bench for anybody.”

Mickelson update: KU junior forward Hunter Mickelson scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in the USA East Coast’s 103-59 victory over Estonia Tallinna Kalev, on Monday in Estonia. He played 19 minutes. He’s playing for the all-star team this week overseas. Syracuse’s Tyler Roberson had 13 points and 14 boards for the winners. USA East Coast will meet Austria today in a four-team event.

Comments

Len Shaffer 1 month, 2 weeks ago

“I want to play for a program that will put the ball in my hands,” Smith told Zagsblog.com. “I want to be a featured scoring option and I do not want to come off the bench for anybody.”

I'm hoping there's some more context to that statement, because otherwise Dennis Smith doesn't exactly sound like a team player (or a Bill Self type of player, for that matter).

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Brett McCabe 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Yep. One alternative for the young man would be to earn his minutes. Nahhh, that's crazy talk.

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Greg Lux 1 month, 2 weeks ago

hmmmm There is no "I" in Team... I understand the desire and admire the confidence he has in his ability, but I would guess he also wants to have 4 other top quality players around him and that means he will need to earn his minutes like everyone does in college basketball.

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Robert Brock 1 month, 2 weeks ago

p>Rivals.com has not updated their rankings in the last eight weeks and it shows: they have Tyler Davis listed as Number 35 whereas ESPN has a recently updated ranking of Tyler Davis at Number 21. I watched Davis play some EYBL hoops and was impressed. Rivals is a bit slow IMO.

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Jonathan Allison 1 month, 2 weeks ago

Who all is KU actively recruiting? Malik Newmann, Diamond Stone, Zimmerman, Bragg. Who else? Diallo, Rabb? Any of those other guys?

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Cameron Cederlind 1 month, 2 weeks ago

"KU junior forward Hunter Mickelson scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and blocked three shots in . . . 19 minutes."

Those sound like great stats, it's also the first I've really heard about him all summer.

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Mick Allen 1 month, 1 week ago

These are my observations from having the benefit of attending some practices last year. It appears HCBS is handling Hunter in much the same manner he did with Jeff Withey. His main emphasis is to make Hunter tougher and more aggressive. He currently tends to defer too much to others. Coach went through this with Jeff and we all saw the benefits of this with Jeff his junior and senior seasons and that approach has made Jeff a lot of money. Initially coach was on him continually to step up and be a man and not be so soft. Jeff, as we all remember was from an upper middle class, California , surfs up environment and he had difficulty generating the intensity and hunger displayed by inner city kids, who were aware that their basketball ability might be their ticket out of an environment that offered them little hope for a better life. HCBS has implemented the same philosophy in trying to "toughen Hunter up".Hunter has a nice touch and as I commented on last fall he has the potential to be a rim protector on defense, as his timing and ability to go straight up, gives him that potential. Is he ready to be the next Joel or Jeff, probably not, but if Joel and Jeff were both 9s on the 10 scale of rim protectors, I would say Hunter is currently a 7 and with a more warrior like attitude could develop into an 8. He seems like a good kid that wants to please his coaches and Jayhawk nation. Once again merely my opinion.

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Suzi Marshall 1 month, 1 week ago

Interesting read on Phil....make that Hunter. If you estimate him at a 7 relative to 9s for Withey and Embiid, that would put him in competitive PT range. If he can get to an 8, perhaps the starting lineup, which would certainly make this team interesting!

Your commentary regarding poorer inner-city kids using BBall as a ticket to a better life, to me is a sad social commentary. I’ve spent a lifetime in education, including the CPS, promoting mathematics and science.

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John Randall 1 month ago

Keep in mind, those "great stats" came against a team being blown out by 50 points. When that happens, everyone plays 18-20 minutes, and the last guy on the bench scores 5 with 4 rebounds or assists.

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John Fitzgerald 1 month, 1 week ago

So dissappointing Wiggins will end up in Minnesota. Good news is I don't have to root for Lebron now. How awesome would that be if Wiggins ended up in Philly though? Him and Embiid would be one heck of a combo especially since they've already played together for a year. Of course Embiid won't be available for awhile but next year would look pretty good for them especially if they get another high pick for 2015. And maybe picked up Selden? I'd be all in for Philly.

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Jonathan Allison 1 month, 1 week ago

the only place Wiggins is going is Minnesota. The Wolves wouldn't trade Love unless they get Wiggins, and they are trying to build for the future and not for next season so there's virtually no way that Minnesota trades Wiggins away. They'll either sign him to an extension if he's producing or pick up his option and keep him for 5 years until he becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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Ryan Zimmerman 1 month, 1 week ago

I was really looking forward to seeing Lebron mentor Wiggins... Now Wiggins goes to Minnesota and gets mentored by....um....Kevin Martin? :/

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John Randall 1 month ago

Great players don't always equate to good mentors. I can't think of anyone who benefited from James' tutelage in any significant way.

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