Scoring sensations Markus Howard and Shamorie Ponds will be two of the top candidates in the Big East for Player of the Year honors in 2018-2019.
Shamorie Ponds 2017-2018:
Six 30+ point games
Season high: 44 points against Marquette
Markus Howard 2017-2018
Six 30+ point games
Season high: 52 points against Providence
Both junior guards will be must-watch TV!
Lagerald Vick will return to Kansas for his senior season. Vick was a mystery during the draft process, his future was very much an uncertainty. Was he headed to the pros, or would he return to Lawrence for his senior year? Well, Vick is back and Kansas has a terrific argument for preseason number one. Bill Self will have both talent and depth. Vick played in a four guard set with Graham, Newman, and Svi last season. With Azubuike and Dedric Lawson slated to be in the frontcourt, Vick will slide perfectly into the small forward position. Vick, who has had some off the court issues, needs to step into a leadership role as a senior.
Grad transfer Ehab Amin has committed to the Ducks. Amin averaged 16.9 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 3.4 steals last season for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Amin will add guard depth for Dana Altman and I expect him to start alongside Payton Pritchard in the backcourt.
After an impressive freshman season, Daejon Davis is headed for a breakout sophomore campaign. With the departure of Reid Travis, Davis will take on a much bigger scoring load for the Cardinal. The former Washington commit averaged 10.7 points, 4.8 assists, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.2 steals as a freshman. He also shot 40.3 percent from downtown. Davis went on to receive PAC-12 All-Freshman Team honors. The combo guard will be asked to do a little bit of everything for Stanford.
After visiting Lexington yesterday, Reid Travis committed to the Wildcats today.
This Kentucky team is loaded and should be the favorite for preseason number one.
Grad transfer Reid Travis is currently visiting Kentucky. Travis recently graduated from Stanford and is widely considered the best grad transfer heading into the 2018-2019 college basketball season. If Kentucky lands Travis, he will join a young frontcourt that consists of P.J. Washington, Nick Richards, E.J. Montgomery, and Keldon Johnson. Travis could be the missing link for Coach Cal. His leadership and production could help make this young team title favorites.
2019 five-star point guard Ashton Hagans will join the 2018-2019 Kentucky roster. Hagans will run the Wildcat offense with Quade Green and Immanuel Quickley.
2019 center Charles Bassey has committed to Western Kentucky and will also reclassify to the 2018 class. He is the third overall prospect on the ESPN Top 100 Chart for 2019. Rick Stansbury definitely knows what he is doing. This is also big news for the 2019 NBA draft, especially considering the weak/limited group of bigs.
Brian Bowen with withdraw from 2018 NBA Draft, which means his basketball future is still up in the air. Who knows if he will ever play a college game.
Stanford’s Reid Travis will take visits to both Kentucky and Villanova. Travis is arguably the best grad-transfer for 2018-2019.