This offseason, there are two Michigan Wolverines testing the NBA waters — junior Isaiah Livers and freshman Franz Wagner. However, based on CBS Sports’ projections, they may want to return to Ann Arbor for another season.
CBS released their top 75 prospects for the NBA Draft, which is currently slated for Thursday, June 25, and neither Livers nor Wagner made the cut. With only 60 players being drafted in the two rounds by NBA organizations, it seems they don’t quite evaluate the two Wolverines as NBA players yet.
This comes after ESPN released their top 100 NBA prospects, and Livers barely scrapes the list at No. 99 right behind former teammate Jon Teske at No. 98. Likewise, Sports Illustrated also left all former Wolverines off their mock draft in early March. And while Bleacher Report only did a first round mock, no Michigan players are on their big board either.
With Livers and Wagner not getting a lot of attention from the national media, it could mean we see them wearing the maize and blue again in 2020-21.
The two seemingly consensus top players in the Draft are point guard Lamelo Ball and guard Anthony Edwards.
Rated as the top prospect by CBS is Lamelo Ball, brother of former No. 2 overall pick and New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball, who will come back to play in the states after playing professionally in Lithuania and more recently in Australia.
Next is Georgia freshman guard Anthony Edwards who had a phenomenal first season in college basketball. He averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game while shooting just over 40% from the field. Although he performed well, the Bulldog struggled finishing 16-16 and just 5-13 in SEC play.
NBA G League begins targeting 2021 class
According to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein, the NBA’s G League has already begun to offer high schoolers in the class of 2021 to join their league instead of going to college.
Sources: The NBA G League has already reached out to multiple prospects in the 2021 class about bypassing college and opting to play professionally.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) April 21, 2020
This is a disturbing new trend for fans of college basketball as the best players in the country are being coerced into signing contracts for hundreds of thousands of dollars to play professionally rather than for scholarship at the collegiate level.
The shift has already struck the Wolverines as they lost 2020 five-star Isaiah Todd, the No. 13 player in the country. The NBA’s developmental league also signed the No. 1 recruit in the class of 2020 in Jalen Green.
With nine offers to five-star recruits in the class of 2021, Michigan could once again lose out on some of the top talent in the country to the G League as they continue to poach high school basketball’s top talent.
NCAA approves new rules for college football
- Players who get called for targeting will now be able to stay on the sideline, even if the players is ejected.
- Officials are required to be on the field 90 minutes before kickoff instead of 60 to try and prevent pregame altercations between opponents.
- Only two players can now wear the same uniform compared to the three or more that was once allowed. To accommodate the need for more numbers, the NCAA will now allow the number 0 to be worn for all football programs.
- Officials will now be expected to have all video reviews completed in less than 2 minutes.
- Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski are now reunited in Tampa Bay as the Patriots traded Gronk and a seventh-round pick to the Buccanneers for a fourth-round pick. Gronkowski recently won the WWE’s 24/7 Title as he sat out the 2019 season.
- Lamar Jackson will be gracing the cover of Madden 21.
- Warriors forward Draymond Green sounded off on Kevin Durant and said he wishes the ending of Golden State’s dynasty would have been like “The Last Dance” of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls.