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Saturday / March 2.
  • New Washington coach Mike Hopkins continues to draw from his former stomping grounds in Upstate New York to usher in a new era at the University of Washington.

    Hameir Wright, a 6-7 wing forward from The Albany (NY) Academy and the Albany City Rocks AAU program, committed to Washington on Saturday during his visit.

    Syracuse, Maryland, UCLA, Michigan State and Notre had been among those recruiting Wright.

    Albany City Rocks coach Jimmy Hart said Washington is getting a winner.

    “Hameir is the back-to-back MVP of the New York State Federation championship so in big games, Washington is looking to get people who win and win championships,” Hart said. “Hameir’s won back-to-back State championships with Albany Academy, so he’s someone who knows what it’s like to finish the season winning your last game.”

    By SEAN BOCK

    De’Aaron Fox was an All-SEC First Team player at Kentucky

    Justin Jackson was the ACC Player of the Year and won an NCAA championship at North Carolina.

    Duke’s Harry Giles was once projected as the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft — and has won three gold medals with USA Basketball. Three.

    Frank Mason was the consensus National Player of the Year at Kansas.

    Now all four players are teammates on the Sacramento Kings.

    Duke and Carolina guys. Kansas and Kentucky guys.

    Teammates.

    The Philadelphia 76ers summer league team will have a strong Kentucky flavor.

    Former Wildcats Isaiah Briscoe, Aaron Harrison and Alex Poythress will play on the team, via sources and The Philadelphia Inquirer.

    Poythress joins 76ers Shawn Long and Timothé Luwawu-Cabarrot on the team, via the Inquirer. Maryland’s Melo Trimble is also on the team.

    The 6-foot-3 Briscoe and the 6-3 Trimble both went undrafted Thursday night.

    Briscoe worked out for the Sixers and Knicks, among others, but an ankle injury sidelined him from five workouts leading up to the draft.

    Duke and Kentucky continue to pile up the lottery picks.

    After Thursday night’s NBA Draft, Duke (23) now leads Kentucky (22), North Carolina (18) and Kansas (17) on the all-time list of lottery picks.

    Duke’s Jayson Tatum went No. 3 to the Boston Celtics while Luke Kennard was selected No. 12 by the Detroit Pistons. (Duke also had Harry Giles go No. 20 to the Sacramento Kings, and Frank Jackson go No. 31 to the Charlotte Hornets.)

    Meantime, Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox went No. 5 to the Sacramento Kings, Malik Monk was chosen No. 11 by the Charlotte Hornets and Bam Adebayo went No. 14 to the Miami Heat.

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