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Cade Cunningham, Luke Garza Headline Wooden Award Late Season Top 15

Mar 6, 2021 3:16 PM

Cade Cunningham and Luke Garza are featured as finalists for the Wooden Award.

Cunningham is averaging 19.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game for a 17-7 Cowboys team that appears set on reaching the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2017.

Garza was the runner-up for the Wooden Award last season to Obi Toppin.

Wooden Late Season Top 15
Charles Bassey, Western Kentucky
Jared Butler, Baylor
Kofi Cockburn, Illinois
Cade Cunningham, Oklahoma State
Hunter Dickinson, Michigan
Ayo Dosunmu, Illinois
Luka Garza, Iowa
Collin Gillespie, Villanova
Trayce Jackson-Davis, Indiana
Corey Kispert, Gonzaga
E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
Evan Mobley, USC
Jeremiah Robinson-Earl, Villanova
Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga
Drew Timme, Gonzaga


Tags: NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Award

Emoni Bates Widley Expected To Choose G League Over Michigan State Before NBA Draft

Mar 3, 2021 11:14 AM

Emoni Bates committed to Michigan State in the incoming class of 2022 and is projected to be the top overall pick in the 2023 NBA draft, but he may instead go straight to the G League.

"Of all the sources interviewed for this story, those existing in and out of the Bates camp, no one seems to believe Emoni will play at Michigan State," writes Brandon Quinn at The Athletic. "Instead, Bates most likely will wait for a professional contract, probably the most lucrative deal the G League can muster, and turn professional before heading to the NBA."

Tom Izzo was unaware of Bates' decision to commit to Michigan State until the day before his announcement. The Bates family, however, knew for months they'd commit to Michigan State. 

“As of now, everything still stands as it was,” E.J. Bates says, wearing a knowing smile. “Kids are kids, and kids make decisions all the time. Michigan State is still the place that he loves. They embraced him. They showed him love and they continue to show him love. They’ve always been good to him, so I don’t see a switch up or anything. Now, if things change, or some rules change, you know — who knows? Because Michigan State, that’s one dream. The NBA is another dream. I don’t know. At the end of the day, it’s Emoni’s decision on what he wants to do.”

Brandon Quinn/The Athletic

Tags: NBA G League Ignite, Michigan State Spartans, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, D-League Teams

RealGM Radio: Sam Vecenie On The 2021 NBA Draft

Feb 12, 2021 3:52 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and draft expert Sam Vecenie of The Athletic (@Sam_Vecenie) break down 2021 NBA Draft prospects.

They discuss Cade Cunningham’s season so far, Evan Mobley’s NBA potential, Jalen Suggs’ ideal role, the exciting G-League Ignite team and much more.

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RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Cade Cunningham, Jalen Suggs, Jonathan Kuminga, Evan Mobley, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, RealGM Radio