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Michigan’s top remaining 2020 target Greg Brown to make decision Friday

The Wolverines — predictably — don’t seem to have very good odds here.

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The Michigan Wolverines 2020 class has officially been announced, but there is still one domino that has yet to fall: five-star guard Greg Brown. Brown told Twitter on Wednesday that he would make his commitment official on Friday according to Mark J. Spears:

With 13 Crystal Balls in on 247sports, each has Brown headed to Arlington to play for Shaka Smart and the Texas Longhorns. Brown is the No. 9 player in the country and the nation’s top power forward according to the 247sports composite rankings. As a Austin, Texas native, it appears that Brown will be staying in his home state if he chooses the college route.

However, he also has a standing offer for $125,000 to play in the G-League. If he goes the professional route, he will join Jalen Green and former Michigan commit Isaiah Todd as three of the top-15 players in the country to play in the NBA’s developmental league.

Isaiah Todd explains why he chose G-League over Michigan

“It’s a step before a big step,” said future G-Leaguer Isaiah Todd told Jason Jordan, Sports Illustrated’s Director of Basketball Recruiting.

Todd made the decision to go the G-League and decommit from Michigan just over a week ago, and it wasn’t an easy one according to the No. 13 overall recruit in the country, “It was extremely tough. It was so hard. Two weeks before (my decision). In my mind, I knew I was going to Michigan and I couldn’t wait to sign and prove people wrong. (But), when I got the call and we started to look into things, it started to become more clear. My heart went out to Michigan fans immediately.”

While things went south on the Michigan side of things, Todd had nothing but praise for what would have been his head coach in Ann Arbor, “I just kept thinking about the Michigan fans and Juwan (Howard). When I called Juwan (Howard), he understood completely. Him being a part of the Fab Five and him being as close to me, he was like my uncle, and he just wants the best for me.”

When asked if he thought more players would follow Jalen Green and his lead, Todd had an answer many may not expect: “Everybody’s situation is different. As a young hooper your dream is to go to the NBA ad to train and prepare for that. Some guys may feel like college is the better route for the game specifically.”

Shea Patterson mentioned in a list you don’t want to be on

247sports put out a piece on college players that analyst say they were “shocked didn’t develop into NFL Draft superstars”.

Patterson was the No. 4 overall prospect on the 247sports composite ranking in the Class of 2016 and transferred to Michigan for his junior and senior seasons. The QB drew comps to Baker Mayfield and Patrick Mahomes, but never quite lived up to that potential after two subpar season under center in Ann Arbor.

The article mentions Patterson’s turnover issues (ala the five fumbles he had in 2019) and his lack of development in his arm talent. They fear he may not even be drafted after 247sports ranked him the No. 1 QB in the nation in the 2016 Class.

In his two years starting at Michigan, Patterson threw for 5561 yards, 45 touchdowns, and 15 interceptions. We will see if that is enough for his name to be called this weekend

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  • The NFL Draft begins today with the first round airing on ESPN, ABC, and the NFL Network. The whole draft will take place online with each team having virtual war rooms and making picks remotely. It will benefit six charities that are battling the spread of the coronavirus and the impact that it has had on people across the country.
  • Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady will all play a televised round of golf on TNT with a rumored date of May 24.
  • The Red Sox were handed out punishments for their cheating scandal which led them to a World Series in 2018. The team will lose their 2020 second-round pick, and former manager Alex Cora has been suspend for the 2020 season (although this is mostly because of his part in the Astros scandal when he was there bench coach according to reports). Replay operator J.T. Watkins (who was suspended for the 2020 season and cannot hold the same title again) was found to have relayed signs to players who would then utilize the information when a runner was on second base. Cora resigned from the Red Sox in January after the Astros scandal was announced, and was replaced by Ron Roenicke. Chaim Bloom, Boston’s chief baseball operator, said there is no plan to have Cora return as manager in 2021.