— Kentucky guard Immanuel Quickley will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent, leaving school after a breakout season in which he was an honorable mention All-America selection by The Associated Press. Southeastern Conference coaches voted the 6-foot-3 sophomore Player of the Year after he wasn’t picked for any preseason all-conference teams. Quickley averaged a team-high 16.1 points per game last season with double-figure efforts in his final 20 contests.NASCAR-LARSON SLURKyle Larson suspended for racial slur in virtual raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and without pay by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur on a live stream during a virtual race.Larson apologized in a video posted on his social media accounts. The star driver said there was “no excuse” for his conduct, which drew pushback from sponsors. The team agreed to a four-year, $64 million contract extension with McCaffrey on Monday, a person familiar with the contract negotiations told The Associated Press.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the Panthers have not announced the extension. Details on how much of the contract is fully guaranteed were unavailable.The $16-million-a-year deal eclipses Ezekiel Elliott’s contract with the Dallas Cowboys that is worth $15 million per season.The extension keeps McCaffrey, 23, tied to the Panthers through the 2025 season. The coming season would be the final year of his rookie contract, and Carolina had the option to pick up a fifth year in 2021.It appeared to a matter of when, not if, the extension was coming after Panthers coach Matt Rhule made it clear last week that he viewed McCaffrey as a vital part of the franchise moving forward. Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPANTHERS-MCCAFFREYAP source: Panthers make McCaffrey highest-paid running backCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Carolina Panthers have rewarded Christian McCaffrey for his production and versatility, making him the highest-paid running in the NFL. April 13, 2020 In other virus-related developments:—Washington State athletic director Pat Chun, head football coach Nick Rolovich and men’s basketball coach Kyle Smith are taking voluntary 5% pay cuts through the end of the 2020-21 academic year due to revenue reductions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Chun says all Washington State coaches will voluntarily forgo all bonuses or incentives through the end of the next academic year.— New York Post sports photographer Anthony Causi has died from the coronavirus at age 48. Causi was an exceedingly popular sports photographer who covered the city’s teams for 25 years. He was married with two young children. Many of New York’s professional teams and several players posted messages on Twitter expressing sadness, condolences and paying tribute to him.— The Cleveland Browns will donate net proceeds from sales of their new jerseys to a fund aiding health care professionals, first responders and others who have selflessly served during the COVID-19 pandemic. The team launched the Hats Off to Our Heroes Fund on Monday, two days before it will reveal the new uniforms. The Browns said the team will commit 100 percent of the proceeds “for a significant period of time” to the fund.— Spanish soccer club Real Sociedad (ray-AL’ soh-see-ay-DAHD’) is going back on its plan to resume practicing at the team’s training center during the coronavirus pandemic. The club says it made the decision after discussions with the Spanish government. Spain is starting to loosen some of its lockdown measures this week by allowing non-essential workers to return to their activities while observing social-distancing guidelines. —The mother of Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns has died due to complications from COVID-19. Jacqueline Cruz-Towns had been fighting the virus for more than a month.The native of the Dominican Republic was a fixture at Timberwolves games from the start of her son’s NBA career in 2015. Karl Towns Sr., the father of the two-time All-Star, was also hospitalized with the virus but has since recovered.—The NBA has been sending evaluations to players considering leaving college early and entering the draft. The league will do so for all underclassmen who ask before Thursday’s deadline. The task falls to the league’s Undergraduate Advisory Committee, which understands that what it says in these uncertain times may carry even more weight than usual. No date has been set for the draft.—Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook has donated 650 computers to children in need so they can continue learning with schools shut down because of the new coronavirus. Westbrook’s Why Not? Foundation teamed with Comp-U-Dopt and Houston mayor Sylvester Turner’s office of education to provide computers to underprivileged children across the city.In NBA draft news:— Kansas guard Devon Dotson is entering the NBA draft after leading the Big 12 Conference in scoring his sophomore season. The 6-foot-2 guard averaged 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4 assists and 2.1 steals while helping Kansas go 28-3 and win its final 16 games. In other NFL news:—Former NFL quarterback Tarvaris Jackson has died in a one-car crash outside Montgomery, Alabama. He was 36. The 2012 Chevrolet Camaro that Jackson was driving went off the road, struck a tree and overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday.Jackson was hired as quarterbacks coach for Tennessee State last season after a 10-year NFL career with the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings and Buffalo Bills.—The NFL and its players union have agreed to conduct “virtual” offseason workout programs until every team is permitted to open its facilities. Teams can hold classroom instruction, workouts and non-football educational programs using online platforms.The three-week virtual offseason starts on April 20 and runs through May 15. Teams with a new head coach have the option to also hold a fourth week for a voluntary veterans minicamp.—ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days. The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.—The San Francisco 49ers have re-signed cornerbacks Dontae Johnson and Jason Verrett to one-year contracts. Johnson and Verrett played sparingly for San Francisco last season but were brought back for depth in the secondary. The Bulls handed the keys to the 48-year-old Karnisovas last week, hoping he can spark a struggling franchise.Paxson is moving into a background role after nearly two decades as the top basketball decision-maker. He took over as general manager for Jerry Krause in 2003 and was promoted to vice president of basketball operations in May 2009 with Forman — who joined the Bulls as a scout in 1998 — becoming GM.But now, Forman is out. And the future of coach Jim Boylen remains unclear.The Bulls thought they were ready to contend for a playoff spot after combining for just 49 wins the past two seasons. Instead, they were 11th in the Eastern Conference at 22-43 when the NBA suspended play because of the COVID-19 pandemic.In other NBA news: The WWE-backed XFL canceled the rest of its return season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. It suspended operations and laid off its employees Friday.The XFL had eight franchises this season and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule. It drew decent TV ratings early on and had deals with ESPN and Fox.NBA-BULLS-FRONT OFFICEBulls fire Forman, announce Karnisovas hire, reassign PaxsonCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Bulls fired general manager Gar Forman on Monday, while officially hiring Denver Nuggets GM Arturas Karnisovas as their executive vice president of basketball operations and moving John Paxson into an advisory role. NASCAR ordered Larson to complete a sensitivity training course before he’s eligible for reinstatement.Larson was competing in an iRacing event Sunday night when he appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. During a check of his microphone, he asked his spotter, “You can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word. The slur was directed at his spotter, who is white.iRacing suspended Larson indefinitely Monday for “offensive and inappropriate” language, and the driver could face short- and long-term sponsorship ramifications.Credit One Bank denounced Larson’s “highly offensive language” and said it supports the “quick actions” by NASCAR and Larson’s team. Chevrolet suspended its personal services relationship with Larson “as we do not tolerate this behavior.” McDonalds is another one of his primary sponsors.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS —The Los Angeles Rams have signed kickers Lirim Hajrullahu and Austin MacGinnis as potential replacements for longtime incumbent Greg Zuerlein. Hajrullahu has spent the past six seasons playing for three Canadian Football League teams. MacGinnis kicked in the defunct Alliance of American Football and in the defunct XFL over the past 14 months.XFL-BANKRUPTCYXFL files for bankruptcy, cites COVID-19 crisisUNDATED (AP) — The XFL has filed for bankruptcy, likely spelling the end of the second iteration of the league.The filing Monday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Delaware estimates the organization has between $10 million and $50 million in both assets and liabilities. Former coaches Bob Stoops and Marc Trestman are among the creditors with the largest unsecured claims. Get ready for the Madrid Virtual OpenUNDATED (AP) — Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray are among 12 players confirmed to play in the virtual Madrid Open tennis tournament, April 27-30.The online competition will be played from players’ homes and is expected to be broadcast live on TV and social media channels.There will be 150,000 euros ($164,000) distributed in prize money for each of the men’s and women’s events. The winners then decide how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to play.Another 50,000 euros ($55,000) will be donated to reduce the social impact of the pandemic. Associated Press — IOC President Thomas Bach tells a German newspaper that the Olympic body will face “several hundred million dollars” of added costs because of the postponement of the Tokyo Games. Estimates in Japan place the overall cost of the postponement at between $2 billion-$6 billion. All of those costs will be borne by the Japanese side except for the IOC portion. Bach says he is confident the Olympics could be held in 2021 despite the current pandemic caused by the coronavirus.— Athletes completing doping bans over the next year will be eligible to compete in the postponed Tokyo Olympics. It’s an unintended effect of the coronavirus pandemic that has some crying foul. Irish race walker Brendan Boyce says, “It doesn’t seem like a fair punishment.” The 2020 Olympics were officially postponed last month for one year, with the opening ceremony now set for July 23, 2021.— Premier League soccer club Tottenham has reversed a decision to use government money to fund some staff salaries during the coronavirus pandemic. Staff put on furlough during the pandemic receive 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of 2,500 pounds ($3,000) per month from the government. And Tottenham had said non-playing staff not being furloughed would have their pay cut 20%.— A lower-level German soccer team has sold more than 125,000 tickets to a fictional game. Fourth-division club Lokomotive Leipzig says it has set an “attendance record” by selling so many tickets for a “virtual game against an invisible opponent on May 8.” The former East German league club has been selling symbolic tickets for 1 euro ($1.10).,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The 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.
A Vancouver man who assaulted his 3-month-old son, causing 15 rib fractures, was sentenced Wednesday to about 2 1/2 years in prison.William Jeffrey Burleson, 37, previously pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to second-degree domestic violence assault of a child.According to an affidavit of probable cause, Julia Durr brought her 3-month-old son, identified in court records as JD, to a hospital out of concern that his ear was swelling. Clark County sheriff’s deputies responded to Randall Children’s Hospital at Legacy Emanuel Medical Center in Portland and learned that JD had 15 rib fractures and a partial laceration on his liver.Durr told authorities that she was worried Burleson was too rough with JD, the affidavit states.In an interview, Burleson told investigators there were times he hugged JD tightly and squeezed his ear but said he did not try to intentionally hurt the boy. When the deputy pointed out that there were multiple injuries inflicted over a few weeks and that not all of them could be accidental, Burleson claimed there were times when he was “tired and half-asleep and might not realize what he is doing,” according to the court document.On Wednesday, Burleson’s attorney, David Kurtz, told the judge that his client admits to hurting the boy, but it wasn’t intentional. He said Burleson lacked parenting skills and that many of the child care duties had fallen on him.Judge Robert Lewis accepted the attorneys’ previously agreed-upon sentencing recommendation of 31 months in prison followed by 18 months of community custody. Burleson will also have to undergo a parenting class and an anger management evaluation. He is not to have contact with his son.