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Sunday / December 17.
  • Alabama’s Collin Sexton impresses NBA scouts in Brooklyn

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    NEW YORK — Perhaps lost in the wild 3-on-5 ending to the Alabama-Minnesota game on Saturday was the play of Alabama freshman point guard Collin Sexton.

    Sexton went off for 40 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists and nearly engineered what would have been a stunning victory for a Crimson Tide team left with just three players on the floor at the end of the game. Sexton scored 23 of his 40 while playing 3-on-5.

    “He’s the real deal, he’s a Top 10 pick,” one NBA scout in the building told ZAGSBLOG. “He’s really good. What can’t he do?”

    Sexton is currently projected as the No. 8 pick in the 2018 NBA Draft via ESPN.com.

    For the season, the 6-foot-3 Sexton is averaging 25.3 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds.

    “I think Collin Sexton is an awesome player,” Minnesota coach Richard Pitino said.

    Pitino also put in a plug for his own guy, Nate Mason, who was ejected after two technicals but is averaging 13.7 points and 4.3 rebounds for the Gophers (7-0).

    “I do know there were a lot of talented players on the court,” Pitino said. “There were a lot of people talking about Collin Sexton and talking about [John] Petty. They should. They’re talented guys. Nate Mason is just as good as any point guard in the country. And he’s the guy who I want.”

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    Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle. A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.