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Links: Marcus Lee included among losers in NBA Draft Combine

Kentucky’s Marcus Lee at the NBA Draft Combine last week.
Kentucky’s Marcus Lee at the NBA Draft Combine last week. Lexington Herald-Leader

Big Blue Links for Monday:

Marcus Lee was one of the NBA Draft Combine losers, writes Sam Vecenie of CBS Sports. “Lee was one of the more surprising invites -- ranking at No. 111 on the CBS Sports Big Board -- and he did little to change that. He did not test as well athletically as anticipated, and really struggled in game settings. Not only was he ineffectual defensively, but he didn’t play within his skill set offensively and tried to do too much. “

Louisville’s Chinanu Onuaku improved his draft stock, reports Derek Bodner of USA Today. “Onuaku improved in just about every way imaginable during his sophomore season with Rick Pitino, finishing with career-highs in points (9.9), rebounds (8.5), assists (1.6), steals (0.8), and blocks (2.0), using his all-around game to consistently make an impact, despite not being a prolific individual scorer.”

Kentucky earns No. 9 national seed, reports the Herald-Leader. “Kentucky’s softball team, ranked 11th in both the ESPN and USA Today polls, is the No. 9 overall seed and will host Butler on Friday at John Cropp Stadium in its NCAA Tournament opener. It is the Cats’ seventh straight NCAA appearance, and the program’s highest seeding in its history. Butler (28-22) won the Big East Tournament championship. The other matchup in the Lexington Regional, which has a double-elimination format, is Illinois (35-21) against Utah (32-19).”

Embattled Missouri draws No. 15 seed, reports Tod Palmer of the Kansas City Star. “It’s been a rough week for Missouri, so the regional selection was welcome news. The Tigers’ players announced a protest May 7 shortly before the penultimate game of the season, a loss to South Carolina on Senior Day. That same afternoon, the school’s administration confirmed that coach Ehren Earleywine was under investigation for complaints, which center on alleged verbal abuse, made inside and outside the program. “

NCAA Softball Tournament bracket

UK target Trae Young had a big weekend, reports Ben Roberts of the Herald-Leader. “Young — a 6-foot-2 point guard from Norman, Okla. — averaged 25.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 8.8 assists over four games, all victories for his Mokan Elite squad. UK’s top point guard target for the class of 2017 turned in a triple-double (19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists) in Saturday night’s game and followed that up with 36 points, eight rebounds and nine assists in Sunday’s weekend finale. Young was 5-for-10 from three-point range in the latter game. “

Karl-Anthony Towns expected to be named NBA Rookie of the Year, reports Jerry Zgoda of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. “One year after Andrew Wiggins became the first Minnesota Timberwolves player to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, teammate and former University of Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns is expected to make it back-to-back winners at a Target Center news conference Monday morning. “

Mitchell Robinson hopes to hear from UK, reports the Cats Pause. “One-time Texas A&M commitment Mitchell Robinson is back on the market. And with him averaging 13.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 4.1 blocks per game in EYBL play, Robinson is going to be quite the catch for the team that can land his services. “

Alabama snags Ohio State basketball transfer, reports Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News. “The University of Alabama men’s basketball program added its second key transfer of the late signing period as 6-foot-10 Daniel Giddens announced that he would enroll at Alabama after beginning his career at Ohio State. Giddens chose the Crimson Tide over Georgia, TCU and Pittsburgh as his transfer destination. He was in Tuscaloosa this weekend on an official visit, his second trip to UA during the recruitment process.”

Ole Miss basketball adds a 7-footer, reports Will Sammon of the Clarion-Ledger. “Dominik Olejniczak, a former Drake center, announced via Instagram that he has committed to Ole Miss. He will sit out next season because of NCAA transfer rules, but he has three years of eligibility remaining after that. CBS Sports was the first to report Olejniczak’s decision.”

Next recruiting class vital to Lady Vols’ future, reports Dan Fleser of the Knoxville News-Sentinel. “One phone call did the work of countless conversations for Holly Warlick. The Tennessee women’s basketball coach said that she didn’t have anyone specific in mind last month when she began searching for a new assistant. Then she spoke with Sharrona Reaves and everything changed.”


  • 1-Florida
  • 2-Michigan
  • 3-Oklahoma
  • 4-Auburn
  • 5-Oregon
  • 6-Alabama
  • 7-James Madison
  • 8-Florida State
  • 9-Kentucky
  • 10-LSU
  • 11-Washington
  • 12-UCLA
  • 13-Tennessee
  • 14-La-Lafayette
  • 15-Missouri
  • 16-Georgia
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