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Thursday / June 13.
  • NCAA Basketball: Providence at KentuckyKentucky’s Tyler Ulis, Syracuse’s Chris McCullough, Kansas’ Kelly Oubre, St. John’s Rysheed Jordan, Texas’ Jonathan Holmes and Iowa’s Aaron White have all made headlines recently.

    Some of them are in the news because of questions/projections about where they stand in future NBA Drafts.

    We asked a couple of NBA scouts to give their comments, and we’ve included the DraftExpress.com projection for these players as of today.

    Tyler Ulis, 5-9, Fr. PG, Kentucky

    5.4 ppg, 3.0 apg, 1.9 rpg

    Draft Express Projection: N/A

    NBA Scout: “He’s a smart, tough little guy and he projects down the road. I think he’ll be good enough to make the league in a couple of years. He’s a good kid, he’ll pay attention and listen to the coach.”

    On his size: “You always like size at the position whenever you can get it. You always like a 6-3, 6-4 point guard in the NBA, but there are guys his size in the NBA. He can make it. He’ll be a backup point guard.”

    In advance of Wednesday’s tilt between No. 2 Wisconsin and No. 4 Duke in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan compared Duke big man Jahlil Okafor to the legendary Connie Hawkins.

    To be fair to Ryan, he seemed to mostly be comparing the size of their hands.

    “You see him grab that one ball against Stanford or somebody?” Ryan asked reporters. “I thought it was Connie Hawkins out there. For the young people here, he had really big hands.”

    Ryan then explained to the younger reporters that Hawkins “was a guy,” lest they think Hawkins was a woman.

    jayson-tatumBy JACK LeGWIN

    One of the top players in the nation regardless of class, Jayson Tatum cut his list down to 10 schools in September, but he says that six are currently showing the most interest.

    “Arizona, Saint Louis, Illinois, Duke, Kentucky and Missouri are showing the most interest right now,” the 6-foot-8 2016 shooting guard from St. Louis Chaminade told SNY.tv Monday.

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