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Hornets secure Vydra

first_img “Having penned a permanent deal, the 23-year-old is beginning preparations for the 2015-16 Premier League season with the rest of his Hornets team-mates at UCL London Colney.” Vydra scored 16 goals in 31 Sky Bet Championship starts last season, adding to his reputation in Hertfordshire having managed 22 for the club during the 2012-13 campaign. He had a spell in the English top flight with West Brom – again on loan from Udinese – during the following season, but 16 of his 23 league appearances, in which he scored three times, came from the bench. Press Association Czech Republic striker Matej Vydra has completed a permanent move to promoted Watford, the club has announced. center_img The 23-year-old has signed a five-year deal to end his spell with Italian club Udinese after impressing during two loan spells at Vicarage Road. A statement on the club’s official website read: “Watford Football Club is delighted to announce that Matej Vydra has signed a five-year contract with the Hornets. last_img read more

Hamilton named Britain’s wealthiest sports star

first_img(BBC) – Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton has been named Britain’s wealthiest sports star in the 2020 Sunday Times Rich List.The 35-year-old’s wealth increased by £37M in the past year, to £224M, making him the wealthiest sportsperson in the list’s 32-year history.Golfer Rory McIlroy – worth £170M – was the only other sports star in the main list of Britain’s 1 000 richest persons.Sport dominated the Young Rich List with 18 of the 50 places.Boxer Anthony Joshua is the only non-footballer on the list, made up of those aged 30 or under.The 30-year-old is worth £107M with Real Madrid and Wales forward Gareth Bale – also 30 – the only sportsperson ahead of him.last_img

Mourinho Rubbishes Strained Relationship with PogbaÂ

first_imgJose Mourinho says any speculation the relationship between him and Paul Pogba has broken down are “lies”.Recent reports have suggested Pogba is unhappy with the position he is being asked to play in by Mourinho, while others have linked him with a move to Real Madrid in the summer.However, when asked about this speculation, Mourinho said: “I think you are nice with your words because when you say a lot of speculation, you should say a lot of lies.“I can speak on Paul’s behalf without any kind of problem. He accepts he’s not been playing well in the last few matches, but that’s all.“It’s a big lie that our relationship is not good. It’s a big lie that we don’t communicate. It’s a big lie that we don’t agree with his position and his dynamic within the team.“The team needs him at a good level and when he isn’t the team is not as good. So be objective and say what we all know – in the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. “The majority of the things you can read and listen to – don’t be nice, be objective and say lies.”Mourinho acknowledged Pogba preferred to play on the left of a midfield three in a 4-3-3 formation, whereas many argue he has been playing in a deep midfield role as part of a 4-2-3-1.However, Mourinho insisted that was not the case, and Pogba has been given opportunities in his favourite position.He said: “It’s quite ridiculous to speak about his position. I would like somebody to tell me in which position they think Pogba played against Newcastle.“We played with Matic, Lingard on the right side of Matic and Pogba on the left side of Matic.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

University re-evaluates sexual assault policy

first_imgThe university is using the start of the semester to boost its efforts to address the issue of sexual assault on campus.Many of the initiatives named in a March 25 email from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Ainsley Carry to students will be in full effect this fall. In addition, new provisions devised by administrators over the summer months will also be announced via an email from Provost Elizabeth Garrett shortly before classes begin.“We’ve spent some time [this summer] attending national conferences, paying attention to legislation coming through our state legislators, as well as our White House Task Force report that also identifies best practices nationally,” Carry said. “We have been comparing what we provide with what’s going on nationally to identify best practices.”The administration’s work this summer is just the latest part of the school’s long battle to combat both sexual assault on campus and allegations of the mishandling of sexual assault reports.The complaint that started it allIn  May  2013, several students filed a group Title IX complaint, accusing the university of mishandling their reports of sexual assault. The U.S. Department of Education then deemed that three of those cases warranted further investigation and subsequently opened a probe.With the complaint came a barrage of media attention on USC, as well as other colleges and universities that received similar complaints around the same time.Scrutiny increased in October, when administrators admitted that they had underreported the number of sexual assaults to federal officials in their Clery Report, a report that documents three years of crime statistics for the university. Carry attributes the oversight to a mix up in accounting when combining the list of reports from the Dept. of Public Safety with the list from the Center for Women and Men, two places where students can report sexual assault. Moving forward, however, Carry said a process has been put in place to ensure this does not happen again.“Now our process is in place to have ongoing reconciliation [of the lists],” Carry said. “In the Deptartment of Public Safety there’s a single officer assigned to this task of making sure that our records are up to date at all times.”According to Carry, at the beginning of the spring semester, federal investigators came to campus to interview students and staff and further examine USC’s process for handling reports of sexual assault. USC is one of 55 colleges and universities nationwide under investigation. It takes anywhere from six to nine months for results of the investigation, in the form of recommendations for the school, to be announced, according to Carry.Once the recommendations are issued, by the Office of Civil Rights, the university will work with the office to determine which should be instituted at USC and which might not work as well.“The federal government also looks at public universities, community colleges, technical colleges, so they may deliver a recommendation that doesn’t make complete sense in our context,” Carry said. Other recommendations, though, he said would be “no brainers.”Improving the systemAdministrators have not been sitting idle as they wait for these recommendations to be passed down, however. The March memo to all students announced initiatives that had been developed by administrators, student leaders, the Dept. of Public Safety, the Title IX coordinator and the Center for Women and Men. One provision particularly influenced by students was the clarification of the reporting process Student leaders met with administrators of a six-month period, according to Carry, to help identify what parts of the process and the code of conduct were unclear.“We had to focus on how to make this more apparent, how do we make this more clear so there’s no confusion about it, because I think the responsibility of clarity is to the writer,” Carry said.Other changes were more quickly instituted. In September 2013, administrators hired a specially trained Title IX investigator to take over all interviews and investigations from Student Judicial Affairs and Community Standards, who had previously been handling sexual assault cases on top of cases of theft, conflict, plagiarism and more.“This investigator only deals with sexual assault … so they get to identify patterns and themes and get to focus on learning from every interview process,” Carry said.To further assist students who wish to report that they believe they’ve been sexually assaulted, the Center for Women and Men, one of the two places students can file reports and also a space for them to receive confidential counseling, will be moving to a space in the Engemann Student Health Center twice as large as their current one in October.“Being in the health center is going to be really amazing because now we’re also part of a bigger clinical team,” said Ekta Kumar, director of the center. “There’s more researchers, there’s more clinicians to collaborate with.”A new location is not the only recent change for the Center for Women and Men. Kumar is now hiring a larger staff. With its newly enhanced resources, Kumar is hoping the center can do more to assist these students.“I think this year’s going to be really exciting,” Kumar said. “There’s a lot of transition happening, but our focus is to just really collaborate on the university-wide initiative and student-led initiatives.”This includes working with the Title IX office on training for all first-year students in bystander education and interpersonal violence during Welcome Week, as well as further training three weeks later to check in on students and reinforce the message.Within the center itself, Kumar has ambitious plans to revive programs that have fallen out of practice in recent years, including group therapy sessions and a men’s care program, in which a group of men come together to have dialogue on masculinity and relationships and put on events on campus.“I think a lot of times people think of [sexual assault] as a women’s issue when in actuality it’s not, it’s a broader issue,” Kumar said. “We are trying to revamp that by getting more men involved in our office, too.”In addition, the administration hopes that more students will now go to the Center for Women and Men or DPS for help because of the new medical amnesty policy, implemented in the spring, which ensures that those who seek help will not be punished for having consumed alcohol. First passed by the Undergraduate Student Government, the policy was also adopted by the administration and added to the growing list of responses to a poor history of sexual assault.“That’s the best example of how the partnership works,” USG Vice President Rini Sampath said of the collaboration. “It’s all about passing these resolutions, getting into meetings where we get to talk to administrators and address these issues.”Students take chargeStudents have taken the lead on many projects to further sexual assault prevention. The Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils have formed an eight-person student-led task force to address issues of sexual assault.“As a chapter president, I was noticing an alarming rate of girls coming forward and saying, ‘I heard something happened’ or ‘something happened to me,’” said Kaitlyn Hittelman, co-chair of the task force and president of Delta Delta Delta. “As the president, that’s absolutely unacceptable.”Hittelman partnered with other chapter presidents, Greek senators and members of the two Greek life councils to address the issue. The task force has three goals: to educate the Greek community on what consent means, on bystander intervention and to create a culture change.“Our biggest goals are a little intangible. … But I think we just want to bring it to the forefront of everyone’s minds and really make it clear to everyone — because I think it’s clear to the leadership — that this isn’t a men’s issue and this isn’t a women’s issue, it’s a rape issue,” Hittelman said.This phrase seems to be the motto of the group as they attack this problem. Hittelman’s co-chair, Zeta Beta Tau president Micah Solit expressed the same sentiment and added one more distinction: the issue is also not Greek versus non-Greek.“I really want to eliminate the perception that this only happens in fraternity houses because the reality is that’s not true.  Everybody knows that deep down,” Solit said.Though the task force is instituting their program in the Greek system, the program could soon be expanded to other parts of the student body. USG Greek Senator Providence Ilsevich, a member of the task force, plans to introduce a bill to the USG Senate sometime this semester that would expand student-initiated sexual assault programming to other organizations.“The concept behind [expanding the program] is that we would really like to see that this is something that our whole university can hold itself accountable for,” Ilsevich said. “You know, we say this is not a Greek issue, it’s not any individual group issue, it’s a nationwide issue and it’s a university-wide issue.”Because the current task force is specifically tailored toward the Greek community, Ilsevich is working on formulating a program that could work for all organizations on campus and account for the fact that many students are in multiple organizations.“There’s a lot of different restrictions that can possibly prevent this from working, and that’s something we’re really trying to plan around,” Ilsevich said. “We don’t want this to turn into something that’s unrealistic for every group and then it never happens at all.”USG is also working on a social media campaign to open up dialogues about this sometimes taboo issue. Sampath believes that the campaign will work nicely with a resolution if it’s passed to address the issue.“It’s kind of like the carrot and the stick model in that the carrot is that all your friends, your buddies, everyone you care about and your moral compass is telling you not to do this,” Sampath said. “But also, say, giving students consequences if we were to pass a resolution.”With all these new programs in place, many will expect to see progress at USC. Both Carry and the student leaders, however, emphasized that positive results might not be what people expect.“I am hoping that more students, men and women, feel empowered to report cases of sexual assault,” Carry said. “Our numbers may increase, and I will see that as a good result because I think part of the concern with regard to sexual assault on college campuses … has been the shame wrapped around reporting these crimes.”last_img read more

Syracuse takes down Penn State, 3-2, for its 2nd straight overtime win

first_img Published on February 5, 2016 at 11:05 pm Contact Tomer: tdlanger@syr.edu | @tomer_langer Related Stories Syracuse struggles building momentum heading into late stretch of conference playMelissa Piacentini emerges as efficient passer amid goal-scoring droughtSyracuse trumps Mercyhurst in 2-1 overtime win Syracuse (13-13-3, 9-4-2 College Hockey America) defeated conference foe Penn State (9-15-5, 5-5-5) in overtime, 3-2, on Friday night in University Park, Pennsylvania.The Orange struck first late in the first period. Melissa Piacentini scored her first goal since a Dec. 10 loss to Boston College to give her team the 1-0 lead.The Nittany Lions came roaring back in the second. Kelsey Crow scored on a power-play goal 8:25 in and Laura Bowman followed her up less than three minutes later to give Penn State the 2-1 advantage. Amy Petersen assisted on both of the goals.Things looked bleak for the Orange until junior Morgan Blank converted on an equalizing goal with just under three minutes left in the game. It was only the second goal on the season for Blank.Syracuse’s Jessica Sibley ended the game just under five minutes into the extra period. It’s the second straight game that the Orange have won in overtime on a goal by Sibley.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSophomore Megan Quinn had an assist on every Orange goal and led the team with three points. Goalkeeper Jenn Gilligan recorded 14 saves.The Orange resumes play on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. against Penn State. Syracuse will be looking for its first three-game winning streak, and its first weekend sweep on the season. Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

No. 3 seed Syracuse dominates No. 14 seed Fordham, 70-49, in 1st round of NCAA Tournament

first_imgQuentin Hillsman lowered to a squat and roared. The day prior, the 13-year head coach maintained Syracuse can’t look past a matchup with the lower-seeded Rams. In fact, he’s never had that mindset that this one will be easy. But for many years it was a matter of necessity.“We were never good enough,” Hillsman said on Friday. He grinned. He knows this team is different. The Orange have the highest NCAA Tournament seed in their history. The last time his team hosted a first and second round tournament game, it made it all the way to the National Championship game.But as Fordham developed a first-quarter lead, Hillsman folded his arms and kept the same expression he had in every other game this season, big or small. Then in the second quarter, Syracuse had three steals, a 3-pointer and three more baskets that changed the game and forced a Fordham timeout. Hillsman left his squat, high-fived SU players as they exited the floor and waltzed out to center court.“God damnit,” he yelled and turned back towards the bench. The Orange didn’t look ahead, and then it never looked back.No. 3 Syracuse (25-8, 11-5 Atlantic Coast) dominated No. 14 Fordham (25-9, 13-3 Atlantic 10), 70-49, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. In a game that for a long period was a defensive battle with the country’s seventh-ranked defense, SU beat FU with its best attribute and morphed into the Syracuse team some of its biggest performances proved it could be. Fordham expected a strong Syracuse team, and that’s what it got. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A lot of teams sometime take their seed for granted and come out here and don’t do as well,” Syracuse point guard Tiana Mangakahia said. “We just had to focus and not let an upset happen.”In the early part of the game, the Rams defense threatened. On her first attempt at the rim, Amaya Finklea-Guity flung an open layup attempt off the side rim. The Orange rushed shots, and though some fell, it was left with a sloppy feel in the first frame. Fordham outworked the Orange and with one final possession in the first quarter, Syracuse trailed by three points.Mangakahia danced at the top of the key, crossed over and found free space at the free-throw line before the buzzer sounded. But, still, the Orange left the first quarter trailing. The Mangakahia basket provided the first points of an 11-point run that gave Syracuse a firm hold of the lead. Syracuse, who turned the ball over on inbound baskets and misfired on open shots earlier, pushed up its press, forced turnovers and blocked shots. Multiple crosscourt passes were picked off, Fordham frequently spent seven or eight seconds in the backcourt and Syracuse stole the ball four times in the first 2:16 of the second quarter.“I don’t think we were just like, ‘Oh my god their bigs.’” Fordham guard Bre Cavanaugh said. “We knew they were going to be big. We knew they were going to be strong, fast, physical, all that.”On the other end, it converted on its transition opportunities and buried long-distance 3-pointers. Gabrielle Cooper caught the ball five feet beyond the 3-point line on the left elbow and fired a shot after a brief pause. The ball followed the same course as many other long SU shots had taken, and rattled through the rim. Gabrielle Cooper pursed her lips and blew on each hand. Coming into the game, Fordham’s strategy had been to force Syracuse to “do something different,” Fordham head coach Stephanie Gaitley said. But in its best moments, Syracuse relied on many of the same things that its succeeded with all year long.The Orange have relied on a margin-based system that has led mixed results for the past four years. The game against the Rams showed both sides: the blip and the burst. FU closed out well, forcing Syracuse to shoot fewer 3-pointers, but Syracuse isn’t strictly a 3-point shooting team, Hillsman reiterated. To find openings, it simply went inside and to the high post. Fordham challenged again with its defense in the third quarter, but a fourth-quarter run once again reestablished the status quo.“Runs like that are what we need,” Syracuse guard Gabrielle Cooper said. “We just had to shake off the rust and really lock into what we knew they were doing and play within ourselves.”Syracuse hit its 3-pointers again, and they came in bunches. It did everything it’s done all season long, doing everything it had to against a team it’s supposed to beat. In the fourth quarter, Miranda Drummond found herself once again behind the line.“Shot,” Drummond yelled and drained a 3-pointer. By that point, Syracuse was just building its lead. She offered a light high-five and Syracuse ran in transition to play defense. Hillsman hollered and fumed following a Strautmane foul a few plays later. This wasn’t a game Syracuse overlooked. It took them almost the full four quarters, but Syracuse entered the players at the end of its bench in full control. The season was never supposed to end Saturday. Not before SU met its match.“We’re pleased to be advancing. That’s the goal: to be able to play on Monday,” Hillsman said. Later, he cracked a grin. “It’s time to look ahead now.” Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 23, 2019 at 3:41 pm Contact Michael: mmcclear@syr.edu | @MikeJMcClearycenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Governor Whitmer extends food licensing deadline

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisGovernor Gretchen Whitmer and the local board of health are easing the burden on area businesses by extending the food service licensing deadline.Governor Whitmer recently signed an order that pushed back licensing and registration expiration dates for food service businesses. This will give them until 60 days after the end of Michigan’s state of emergency to renew their license.The Board of Health for District Health Department #4 has taken this a step further, extending the license renewal date an additional 90 days from the original May 1 due date. No late fees will be charged for renewing within this time frame. Health Officer for DHD4, Denise Bryan, says the health department is doing everything possible to lessen the strain on local businesses during this time and hopes this grace period will provide some relief to local food establishments.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: coronavirus, DHD4, food service, licenseContinue ReadingPrevious The babies were outNext Seeking mental health assistance through texting methodlast_img read more

Clippers ready to rumble on road with Spurs

first_imgSAN ANTONIO >> The Los Angeles Clippers are coming off a difficult-to-take 111-107 overtime loss Wednesday to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 2 of their Western Conference first-round playoff series at Staples Center. The Clippers lost their homecourt advantage, but they did win one game during the regular season at San Antonio, so all is not lost.Then again, the Clippers know winning on the road in the postseason is a different animal. That they will be trying to do that in the next two games against the defending champion Spurs at their arena makes that task all the more daunting.The series is tied 1-1. “It’s tough,” said point guard Chris Paul, whose team will tangle with the Spurs in Game 3 at 6:30 p.m. Friday at AT&T Center (on Prime Ticket and ESPN). Game 4 is Sunday.“We’ll have to be poised. We won’t have the crowd behind us like we did here (at Staples Center), but we’ve shown the ability to win there.“But their team is not going to beat themselves. You’ve got to go out there and beat them, and we’ve got to come in ready for Game 3.”Center DeAndre Jordan talked about the game plan away from home.“It’s different in the playoffs,” he said. “But we have won there before and it is going to be the same recipe. We have to come out aggressive early and not let them jump on us like they did (Wednesday).” Coach Doc Rivers declared his team prepared.“I don’t know if we played our best game tonight, I think that was pretty obvious,” he said after Wednesday’s game. “Yet we still had a chance to win, and you could say should have won the game. But we didn’t.“It tells me a couple of things. No. 1, this is going to be a hell of a series. And we’ll be ready for Game 3.”Blake Griffin, whose turnover with 11.9 seconds left in regulation and the Clippers ahead 94-92 was a hot topic of conversation, looks forward to the challenge.“It’s going to be a great environment,” he said. “It’s going to be loud. They have a great crowd, but that’s exciting for us. I think we respond to that well. We like to play on the road and we need to embrace that.”Tough to get pastWith Griffin’s blunder near the end of regulation, the Clippers still had to try to perform in overtime, during which they were outscored 17-13. Griffin, who took the blame for the loss, admitted it was difficult to get past his mistake.“Yeah, I mean, it’s going to (linger),” said Griffin, who also had his first playoff triple-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists. “That one is going to hurt, but in the course of the game we had to move on. Still had a chance there. I liked the way we fought. Down 10 (in the fourth quarter), came back, got in the game, got up. I’ve just got to take care of the ball.”Free-throw woesThe Clippers shot just 54.1 percent (20 of 37) from the free-throw line. Eleven of those 17 misses came from Jordan, who was 6 of 17 and again fell prey to Hack-a-DJ.But guard J.J. Redick pointed out it wasn’t all on Jordan.“We had some opportunities (at the line),” Redick said. “They went to Hack-a-DJ, but even with that, I missed a (technical-foul free throw), Matt Barnes missed a couple. Just uncharacteristic.“Down the stretch, those one or two points certainly matter in the end.”Barnes was 1 of 4 from the free-throw line and shot just 1 of 10 from the field. He did grab 10 rebounds.Leonard honoredSpurs forward Kawhi Leonard on Thursday was named Defensive Player of the Year by the NBA. Forward Draymond Green of Golden State was second and the Clippers’ Jordan was third.Leonard had 333 total points and 37 first-place votes. Green, appearing on fewer ballots, tallied 317 points and 45 first-place votes. Jordan had 261 points and 32 first-place votes.Tim Duncan ‘smart’The Spurs’ Tim Duncan had a fine Game 2, scoring 28 points with 11 rebounds, four assists and two steals. He also committed his fifth foul with 3:12 left in regulation but did not foul out.San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich was impressed.“Timmy’s got a great mind,” he said. “He’s got a great feel for the game. He knows the situation. In that case, he knew what position he was in. He is just smart. … He continued to be aggressive, which is pretty amazing.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015

first_imgWellington Police notes for Wednesday, January 14, 2015•12:07 a.m. Bryce R. Shivers, 29, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sumner County bench warrant for probation violation.•8:49 a.m. Officers took a report of found wallet in the 300 block S. Washington, Wellington. It was returned to owner.•10:25 a.m. Justin S. Blake, 35, Caldwell, was issued a notice to appear for speeding 68 mph in a 50 mph zone.•10:40 a.m. Michaela B. Cliffman, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for texting while driving.•1:12 p.m. Kay L. Walker, 55, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 43 mph in a 30 mph zone.•4:30 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary of jewelry in thes 800 E. 4th, Wellington.•8:07 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity by a known subjects in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.last_img read more

NBA Mock Draft 2020: Knicks pick star guard at No. 1; LaMelo Ball lands with Hawks

first_imgThe 2019-20 college basketball season is here, and with it comes nearly a year of speculation regarding next June’s 2020 NBA Draft. While plenty will change between now and then as teams are able to evaluate prospects, it’s worth getting out ahead on who to watch and the storylines that will shape the season, so here’s a first crack at just that.Storylines first, projections to follow… 15. Hawks (via Nets) — Trendon Watford, Big, LSU H: 6-9 | W: 236 | Age: 19.0Watford combines his size with ball-handling, which makes him an intriguing prospect as a versatile big man. There’s still a need for him to develop some of the shot-making required to become a real threat offensively, but his intriguing ball skills are enough to project him this high to start the season. 16. Heat — Tyrese Haliburton, Wing, Iowa State H: 6-5 | W: 172 | Age: 19.7It might be surprising to see a sophomore who put up a meager 9.2 percent usage rate as a freshman this high in the order, but Haliburton was an advanced analytics darling in the lead-up to the 2019 NBA Draft. The 19-year-old checks plenty of boxes, including an outstanding assist-to-turnover ratio, a high 3-point percentage and plenty of steals and blocks.If he can maintain those rates in a higher-usage role — and keep the shooting numbers up, specifically — he’ll be one of the best returning prospects in the sport. 17. Magic — Matthew Hurt, Forward, Duke H: 6-9 | W: 214 | Age: 19.5Hurt is a high IQ forward with the ability to knock down shots from the outside and do a little bit of playmaking in the half-court. His size and athleticism may leave him in an awkward position, however, as he’s not strong enough to battle down low and may lack the athleticism to defend the perimeter.If he can find a place defensively, his offensive skills are good enough to move him up the board. MORE: Most regrettable NBA Draft picks in every first-round spot18. Bucks (via Pacers) — Isaac Okoro, Wing, Auburn H: 6-6 | W: 215 | Age: 18.8Big wings with defensive potential are in high demand in the modern NBA as the ability to defend multiple positions becomes paramount. Okoro is a prospect who will need to find his way offensively, but he has the potential to be a terrific defender as a freshman and really impress scouts en route to a first-round selection. 19. Timberwolves — Ayo Dosunmu, Combo, Illinois H: 6-5 | W: 185 | Age: 19.8Dosunmu is a quality shot creator with the potential to be a secondary ball-handler in an NBA lineup. His best work currently comes in transition. He’ll need to show more in the half-court as a sophomore at Illinois where he can be expected to pile up stats after averaging 13.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game last season.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/3f/9a/wendell-moore-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1uxttqe19udnc1fhe73m1xbpke.jpg?t=770383454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a9/61/tre-jones-getty-110219-ftrjpg_z5wbp6p3qyxl1vm2g5omuf0yf.jpg?t=770406502&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/f0/4/lamelo-ball-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1v13st3znbrwp12f0w61jyebev.jpg?t=770306822&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/8b/79/trendon-watford-getty-110219-ftrjpg_10tpzh4g39zg311pzcdiieibgd.jpg?t=770356438&w=500&quality=80 20. Mavericks — Wendell Moore, Wing, Duke H: 6-6 | W: 214 | Age: 18.1Possessing a 6-11 wingspan, Moore has tremendous size for an off guard at the next level. He’s also a capable creator out of the pick-and-roll and a disruptive defender thanks to the aforementioned length.The issue is the jump shot, which is why he finds himself here. If a team believes it can teach the jumper, he could go higher. 21. Celtics — Kahlil Whitney, Wing, Kentucky H: 6-7 | W: 210 | Age: 18.8Size, athleticism and youth are the attractions here, as Whitney looks the part of an NBA player physically. He’ll need to compete at a high level for Kentucky this season in order for NBA teams to buy into him as a long-term option. 22. Nets (via Warriors) — Killian Hayes, Wing, ratiopharm Ulm H: 6-5 | W: 176 | Age: 18.3Hayes is most intriguing thanks to his passing, as he’s averaged 8.6 assists per 36 minutes in five EuroCup games this season. He’s adept at setting up his teammates, but he still needs to find consistency in his own scoring ability.While he’s gotten off to a hot start shooting this season, history suggests there’s room for improvement. 23. Lakers — Devon Dotson, Point, Kansas H: 6-2 | W: 185 | Age: 20.6After a late decision to return to Kansas for the 2019-20 season, Dotson is now positioned as one of the top point guards in college basketball. His pace in both transition and in the half-court as well as his intensity at the point of attack defensively stand out.While he flashed promise as a shooter during his freshman campaign, increased consistency and volume could benefit his draft stock this season.  10. Spurs — RJ Hampton, Combo, New Zealand H: 6-5 | W: 185 | Age: 18.7Like Ball, Hampton is spending his pre-draft season playing in Oceania. He’s a combo guard capable of generating his own offense who could grow into additional athleticism.One interesting number to watch from his early days in New Zealand is his 3.8 percent steal rate, which could portend some future growth. 11. Suns — Precious Achiuwa, Forward, Memphis H: 6-9 | W: 210 | Age: 20.1Achiuwa possesses NBA size and flashes the type of versatility that will be attractive to NBA front office personnel. He can attack in a straight-line drive offensively and occasionally knocks down jumpers. His size and athleticism offers a canvas to work from. 12. Pelicans — Tyrese Maxey, Point, Kentucky H: 6-3 | W: 198 | Age: 19.0Maxey brings an impressive scoring repertoire to the table thanks to a quality handle and projectable jumper. He’s a bit stuck in between positions, as he has the size of a traditional point guard, but lacks the dynamic distribution that might be required of him in that role.The NBA team selecting him will need to figure out where he slots in offensively. PHOTOS: NBA Draft fashion through the years13. Trail Blazers — Isaiah Stewart, Big, Washington H: 6-9 | W: 250 | Age: 18.4With a 7-4 wingspan, Stewart’s got the size to play the center spot in the NBA. He also plays with a high motor on both ends of the floor and is working to use his length to be an effective defender. His ability to knock down some outside shots could shape where he ultimately lands on draft night.If he’s not able to show projectable growth there, he may come off as a player from a bygone era. 14. Thunder — Josh Green, Wing, Arizona H: 6-6 | W: 209 | Age: 19.0Like many high school wing prospects with elite athleticism, Green faces questions surrounding the development of his jump shot. He should still show out nicely at Arizona in a fairly large role given his ability as a slasher in the half-court.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/81/1f/rj-hampton-getty-110219-ftrjpg_1r960gbkwbd7d1dvjrj5fjg5me.jpg?t=770327838&w=500&quality=80 4. Hawks — LaMelo Ball, Point, Illawarra H: 6-6 | W: 180 | Age: 18.2High IQ initiators with height are always interesting. Ball has already shown flashes as a creator and playmaker while featuring in Australia where he’s averaging 13.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 5.6 assists per contest.He needs to be a more consistent shooter, but if the college prospects falter, it wouldn’t really be a surprise to see him enter the No. 1 pick conversation. 5. Grizzlies — Theo Maledon, Combo, ASVEL H: 6-5 | W: 174 | Age: 18.4Maledon possesses impressive size for a guard and has shown flashes as a playmaker for others. He’s capable of getting downhill toward the basket and knocking down shots off the catch. He’s also a willing defender.He hasn’t been the most productive player this season, but he has potential to grow into a valuable NBA role. 6. Kings — Deni Avdija, Forward, Maccabi Tel Aviv H: 6-9 | W: 210 | Age: 18.8A 6-9 forward with perimeter skills makes for an attractive lottery prospect. Avdija has frequently worked as a primary creator in youth international appearances, although that likely won’t be his role in the NBA due to a lack of elite athleticism.Still, his potential as a secondary offensive option given his skill level is enticing. NBA DRAFT LOTTERY: No. 1 picks that changed the league7. Wizards — Jaden McDaniels, Big, Washington H: 6-9 | W: 185 | Age: 19.1McDaniels is another big with perimeter skills who has the potential to fit into modern offenses if things come together. There’s plenty of potential here that needs to be actualized and polished before he’s a finished product, but we’ve seen less sure players go this high before. 8. Bulls — Nico Mannion, Guard, Arizona H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 18.6Explosiveness and size are the question marks. Skill level is of little concern. Mannion can knock down shots and make plays for others while operating with a crafty handle. This year will be all about figuring out what his ceiling is given the lack of elite athleticism. 9. Pistons — Scottie Lewis, Wing, Florida H: 6-6 | W: 180 | Age: 19.6Elite athleticism, competitiveness and size are the package Lewis has going for him. He’s an excellent wing defender who excels in transition thanks to his quickness and bounce. He’ll be looking to find a place in the half-court offensively at Florida this season as he looks to bolster his draft position.  1. Knicks — Cole Anthony, Point, North Carolina H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 19.5Anthony starts the season at the top here in large part because of the importance of the lead guard spot when it comes to offense in the modern NBA. The 19-year-old is a terrific shot creator with NBA quality athleticism.At North Carolina, he’ll have the opportunity to put up plenty of counting stats in what is perennially one of the nation’s fastest offenses. 2. Hornets — Anthony Edwards, Wing, Georgia H: 6-5 | W: 207 | Age: 18.2If you’re a believer in the idea that youth and athleticism are an indicator of potential, then Edwards is the prospect for you. His power and explosiveness make him an impressive slasher with the ability to get to the rim at will.The consistency of his jump shot will shape his draft prospects as much as anything. 3. Cavaliers — James Wiseman, Big, Memphis H: 7-1 | W: 230 | Age: 18.6At 7-1 with a 7-6 wingspan, Wiseman has legitimately great size for the center position in the NBA. He has the potential to excel as a rim protector in the type of drop coverage schemes growing in popularity and could be poised to make All-Defensive team appearances.Questions remain about where he fits in offensively and his motor, but bets those pieces of his game will come along could be rewarded given his defensive upside.  (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/ce/a5/cole-anthony-getty-110219-ftrjpg_gd74roszfktg1x1mbsdom5g49.jpg?t=770266950&w=500&quality=80 Who will win the race for the No. 1 pick? Unlike last season when Duke’s RJ Barrett entered the season as the consensus favorite to be selected No. 1 overall — although he was eventually overtaken by teammate Zion Williamson — there is no clear frontrunner for 2020. North Carolina’s Cole Anthony is where most fingers will point to open the year, but Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and Memphis’s James Wiseman will also be early contenders.Barring a dramatic rise from one of them, or another prospect launching himself into the conversation, we may get the first real No. 1 pick debate in years. Where’s the returning talent? Spoiler alert, but the first returning college player in the below projections clocks in at No. 16, which is a far cry from this past summer when six of the 2019 NBA Draft’s lottery picks were returning collegians. Is this a forthcoming trend thrust upon the draft by rules changes making early entry easier, or a blip on the radar reinforced by the optimism that comes with the start of a new season?Whether new early entry rules have helped drain the collegiate talent pool is an interesting subject, and it’s likely too early to tell, but it is a storyline worth tracking this season as we see if any returnees can force themselves into the lottery. How good is the international class? One of the factors in pushing the returning talent down the draft board is the rise of quality international players in this class. While there’s no generational prospect like Luka Doncic was two seasons ago, there are at least a few who project to go highly this year. Perhaps they will be able to make up for some of the depth lost from the lack of returning college players. What happens to the bigs? The NBA’s move towards smaller lineups has been one of the most well-chronicled trends in recent memory, and as a result, the value of selecting bigs with high picks in the NBA Draft has been called into question. Now, though, with the league seemingly at least taking a step back in the big man’s direction this season, will there be any sort of change?It’ll be worth keeping an eye on the stock of players like Wiseman, Washington’s Isaiah Stewart and Duke’s Vernon Carey as teams aim to sort out what to do with the 7-footers in the room. NBA DRAFT HISTORY: Every team’s ugliest, most painful regretNow, before we dive into the selections below, a few brief notes about how to interpret things: It’s obviously way too early to make projections about the draft order. The order of the mock was determined using FiveThirtyEight’s original projected finish by record. Clearly this projected order of finish will change over the season and with the lottery. Don’t put too much stock in which team is selecting which player. Similarly, because the draft is so far away and the order is unsettled, fit was a non-factor when assigning players to teams. If a team with an established power forward selects a young power forward, don’t necessarily expect that to be the case come June. Unless it’s the Knicks — they love power forwards. Basically, consider the below a fluid power ranking of where guys might go if the draft were held today, and expect it to change plenty before the actual draft rolls around. Now, some picks…NBA Mock Draft 2020 24. Raptors — Tre Jones, Point, Duke H: 6-3 | W: 185 | Age: 19.8Jones is widely lauded for his point of attack defense and offensive play-making, but he rates lower in these projections primarily because of his shooting questions. The 19-year-old converted just 26.2 percent of his 103 3-point attempts last season.In order to be more than a likely NBA backup, that number needs to improve. His 75.8 free throw percentage offers a bit of hope.   25. Jazz — Amar Sylla, Forward, B.C. Oostende H: 6-9 | W: 190 | Age: 18.1Athleticism and size are the selling points for Sylla, who is averaging 4.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the Belgian league to start the season. He’s flashed an interesting offensive skill set in international competitions, which leads to questions about where his ceiling may end up. 26. Celtics (via Bucks) — Vernon Carey, Big, Duke H: 6-10 | W: 269 | Age: 18.7Carey is what I’d describe as an absolute unit physically with the ability to overpower defenders on the block. His ability to do more than that offensively will shape his ceiling, though, as pure post players are seemingly out of vogue in the modern NBA. Carey will also need to prove he can fit in defensively at the next level. 27. Thunder (via Nuggets) — Aaron Nesmith, Wing, Vanderbilt H: 6-6 | W: 213 | Age: 20.0Positional size, defensive ability and projectable shooting combine to make the rising Vanderbilt sophomore an interesting prospect. While he only made 33.7 percent of his 3-point attempts last season, he hoisted 7.5 attempts per 40 minutes and shot 82.5 percent from the foul line, suggesting plenty of potential for improvement.In a league constantly seeking out value on the wings, Nesmith could be a nice find. MORE: The most ill-timed NBA Draft early entry decisions28. Clippers — Isaiah Joe, Wing, Arkansas H: 6-5 | W: 168 | Age: 20.3Joe is the only high-major freshman this decade to attempt 8.0 or more 3-pointers per game while connecting at a better than 40.0 percent clip in their first season. The 20-year-old has deep range and the ability to generate space working off the ball. Those are valuable attributes as teams seek out ways to space the floor offensively. 29. Nets (via 76ers) — Kira Lewis, Point, Alabama H: 6-3 | W: 165 | Age: 18.6Lewis was too young to enter the draft last summer after reclassifying, but he could be poised for a breakout year as a sophomore. He put up solid numbers last season, including connecting on 35.8 percent of his 3-point attempts.His ability to generate separation is valuable, and he should put up even bigger numbers as a sophomore. 30. Rockets — Neemias Queta, Big, Utah State  H: 6-11 | W: 245 | Age: 20.3Queta made the decision to return for his sophomore season in late May after going through the pre-draft process. As a freshman at Utah State, he averaged 3.5 blocks per 40 minutes while posting a 25.4 percent defensive rebound rate.With a 7-4 wingspan, Queta has an easily projectable role at the next level.last_img read more