In trading Rudy Gay, the Raptors get a better look at the young talent that actually matters to their future while gaining more flexibility at a time they can actually use it with the possibility of two more interesting players. Read More. Written by Daniel Leroux on Dec 09, 2013
Avery Woodson committed to Memphis on Saturday for the 14-15 season.
Woodson is a 6'3 JUCO transfer guard.
“Coach (Josh) Pastner says I’m a player,” Woodson told John Martin of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal a couple days before making his decision. “He said I’ll be able to play anywhere with the rest of the guards and that he wouldn’t just stick me in the corner to shoot.”
Woodson was also considering Boise State, Murray State and Southern Miss.
Trevon Bluiett has committed to Xavier, picking the Musketeets over Butler, Memphis and Michigan State.
Bluiett had originally committed to UCLA in September, but decided to reopen the process to find a school closer to home.
“There were a lot of things that attracted me to them,” Bluiett said of Xavier. “(Coach Chris Mack and assistant Travis Steele) were consistent throughout the recruiting process. There were a lot of curveballs in the process, but they always had the same message. When you look at the school, it’s a good program that’s in the Big East now and with their style of play it will fit me well. I think we’ll have enough weapons to make some noise in the tournament.”
Bluiett is ranked No. 45 in the class of 2014 and is one of the best shooting guards.
D.J. Stephens has recorded a 46-inch vertical leap during a workout on Wednesday hosted by the Brooklyn Nets, according to a Tweet from ESPN's Chad Ford.
Stephens averaged 7.6 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game in his senior season at Memphis, his first in which he received significant minutes. Stephens was also named Conference-USA Defensive Player of the Year.
Stephens has developed a reputation as a dunk artist due to his immense leaping ability.
The 2013 NBA Draft has 77 early entry candidates, with 46 players from United States' colleges and 31 internatinoal players.
Players have the right to withdraw no later than June 17 ahead of the June 27 draft in Brooklyn.
College Players Steven Adams, Pitt C.J. Aiken, St. Joseph's Anthony Bennett, UNLV Vander Blue, Marquette, Lorenzo Brown, N.C. State Reggie Bullock, North Carolina Trey Burke, Michigan Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Georgia Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Adrien Coleman, Bethune-Cookman Allen Crabbe, Cal Deweyne Dedmon, USC Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Tim Hardaway Jr., Michigan Grant Jerrett, Arizona Christian Kabongo, New Mexico State Myck Kabongo, Texas Shane Larkin, Miami Ricky Ledo, Providence Alex Len, Maryland C.J. Leslie, N.C. State Nurideen Lindsey, Rider Amath M'Baye, Oklahoma Ray McCallum, Detroit Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Norvel Pelle, Los Angeles College Prep Otto Porter Jr., Georgetown Marshawn Powell, Arkansas Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Robertson, Colorado Joshua Simmons, Spartanburg Methodist (JC) Trevis Simpson, UNC-Greensboro Tony Snell, New Mexico Tahj Tate, Delaware State John Taylor, Fresno Pacific Adonis Thompson, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State B.J. Young, Arkansas Cody Zeller, Indiana
International Players Alejandro Abrines, Barcelona Giannis Adetokunbo, Filathlitikos Francois Affia Ambadiang, Geoplin Slovan Nemanja Besovic, Partizan Bogdan Bogdanovic, Partizan Matias Bortolin, Arkadia, Linos Chrysikopoulos, PAOK Laszlo Dobos, Zaragoza Dorde Drenovac, Biancoblu Viktor Gaddefors, Oknoplast Bologna Rudy Gobert, Cholet Mouhammadou Jaiteh, Boulogne Livio Jean-Charles, ASVEL Sergey Karasev, Triumph Louis Laveyrie, Paris-Levallois Raul Neto, Lagun Aro GBC Philipp Neumann, Brose Baskets Lucas Riva Nogueira, Estudiantes Alexandre Paranhos, Flamengo Artem Pustovyi, Khimik Bogdan Radosavljevic, Bayern Munich Marko Ramljak, Zadar Dario Saric, Cibona Dennis Schroder, New York Phantoms Strahinja Stojacic, Smederevo Walter Tavares, Gran Canaria Daniel Theis, Ratiopharm Janis Timma, Ventspils Marko Todorovic, Barcelona Axel Toupane, Strasbourg Adin Vrabac, Spars Sarajevo
Adonis Thomas plans to sign with an agent and declare for the NBA draft.
Thomas, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound forward, averaged 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds for Memphis this season.
"I think he'll have a long career in the NBA. He's gonna do great. I'm excited to put his life-size picture up in the Finch Center, our practice facility, with him wearing that NBA uniform," Tigers coach Josh Pastner said of Thomas. "He's going to have a great, long career. He's a very good player, but his character is at the very, very highest level.
"I will always support the decision, so I believe it's the right decision for Adonis and I'm going to back him 100 percent."