RECRUITING TIME FOR COLLEGE BASKETBALL PROGRAMS-DUKE LOSING FOUR FRESHMAN

Duke recruit R.J. Barrett 6-foot-7 shooting guard averaged almost 29 points per game during the 2017-18 season for Montverde (Fla.) Academy, earning the Morgan Wootten National Player of the Year award and leading his team to a perfect 35-0 record, not to mention a national championship. By 

 

Unless you’ve been in a coma for the past two weeks, you know Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt. She’s the 98-year-old nun who serves as the chaplain for Loyola-Chicago’s basketball team and sends each player a personalized scouting report before each game. By ANDY STAPLES

Kentucky freshman Kevin Knox will declare for the NBA draft and sign with an agent, ending his college career after one season. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Knox, considered a potential lottery pick, made the announcement Friday afternoon. Knox led Kentucky in scoring at 15.6 points per game and grabbed 5.4 boards per contest. By Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider

Alabama freshman guard Collin Sexton is entering the NBA draft and plans to hire an agent, he said Friday. The 6-foot-2 native of Mableton, Georgia, is considered the ninth-ranked player in the draft, according to ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. By Alex Scarborough, ESPN Staff Writer

Missouri freshman Jontay Porter announced Thursday that he will declare for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent. Jontay was the No. 11 player in the Class of 2018 and reclassified to join his brother at Mizzou. He averaged 9.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 2.2 assists this season. By ESPN

Duke freshman Trevon Duval will join teammate Marvin Bagley III in leaving Durham, North Carolina, after just one college basketball season. Blue Devils frosh Wendell Carter Jr. and Gary Trent Jr. also are expected to declare for the NBA draft. By  Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider

Kansas sophomore Malik Newman will declare for the NBA draft and said he plans to sign with an agent. A 6-foot-2 guard, Newman averaged 24.5 points in four NCAA tourney games. He scored 32 in an Elite Eight win over Duke and played stellar defense against Blue Devils standout Grayson Allen. By  Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider

A dominant basketball and tennis champion, Ora Mae Washington is going into the Basketball Hall of Fame along with one of the women she laid down a path for. By CHARLES P. PIERCE 

 

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