December 2018 Basketball Wiretap

Igor Kokoskov Had Minimal Input On Suns Picking Ayton Over Doncic

Dec 21, 2018 4:42 PM

Igor Kokoskov was hired as head coach of the Phoenix Suns before they won the lottery.

When the Suns won the lottery, many assumed Kokoskov's links to Doncic as his coach with the Slovenian national team could lead him to Phoenix.

The Suns, however, drafted Deandre Ayton at No. 1.

Kokoskov had minimal input on who Phoenix chose with the No. 1 overall pick, but "loved" Doncic.

Tim MacMahon/ESPN

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Vernon Carey Jr. Commits To Duke

Dec 6, 2018 4:36 PM

Vernon Carey Jr. has announced his commitment to Duke.

Carey is a 6'10 center and considered the No. 3 prospect in the class of 2019.

Carey's father played football at Miami and for the Miami Dolphins.

Carey chose the Blue Devils over Michigan State and North Carolina. 

"Vernon Carey Jr. brings a unique combination of power and skill to the court," said Paul Biancardi, ESPN's national recruiting director. "What makes him special is his ability to dominate in the paint while also being effective with his face-up game. His nimble footwork and soft touch is not talked about enough at his physically imposing size. His future upside lies in conditioning."

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