NBA DRAFT HEATING UP-DUKE, KENTUCKY RECRUITING KINGS

The 2019 class is just coming into focus, but trends are already developing in terms of where prospects are leaning and the targets of various schools. After the two live recruiting periods in April, one can start tracking which prospects coaches are watching and in which areas schools are putting most of their time and energy.

Two months after decommitting from Arizona, ESPN 100 point guard Brandon Williams once again pledged to the Wildcats on Saturday.

Williams originally committed to Arizona in June, saying the Wildcats were the first school to recruit him in eighth grade. However, following the FBI investigation in September, Williams elected not to sign a letter of intent during the early signing period.

In early March, one week after ESPN’s Mark Schlabach reported that FBI wiretaps intercepted phone conversations between Arizona coach Sean Miller and Christian Dawkins, a runner for ASM Sports agent Andy Miller, Williams decided to reopen his recruitment. By Jeff Borzello, ESPN Staff Writer

There are more than 100 college basketball players who have officially submitted their names for NBA draft consideration without hiring agents. These players have until May 30 to withdraw from the draft and return to school, if they wish. By John Gasaway, ESPN Insider

Virginia has landed Alabama transfer Braxton Key. The 6-foot-8 sophomore forward told ESPN he has chosen to play for Tony Bennett and the Cavaliers. Key averaged 7 points and 5.3 rebounds this past season after missing the first 10 games following knee surgery. He averaged 12 points and 5.7 boards as a freshman. By Jeff Goodman, ESPN Insider

Clemson has added 6-foot-10 Javan White as a graduate transfer from Oral Roberts. White announced he was joining the Tigers on Instagram. Because he missed a season due to injury, White would have two years to play for Clemson. The 230-pound White is a strong post player the Tigers were missing last season despite making the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. By AP

The NBA sent out a list to teams of 69 players who have accepted invitations to the 2018 draft combine, which will be held May 16-20 in Chicago. By Jonathan Givony, ESPN

Although the search for a new coach took longer than many expected, Siena knew it had the right man for the job as soon as school officials met with Mount St. Mary’s coach Jamion Christian. That happened eight days ago, and Wednesday, Christian was named to succeed Jimmy Patsos. By AP

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