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  1. Would imagine we’d know soonish. I believe today was the first day of the second, roughly month long, signing period.
  2. Hiring an agent doesn’t cost him his eligibility. Starting with last year’s draft, players can get an agent to help them through the draft preparation process after their season ends, provided the relationship is documented and submitted to the NCAA. There are restrictions on financial compensation that the player can receive from their agent (essentially they are allowed to pay for travel, food, lodging and things like that). They must also terminate the relationship with the agent if and when they decide to return to school during the 10 day period after the draft. With that said, Harper should definitely look into getting an agent. He can still get a contract from a team, even if he does go undrafted, but that will be a more uncertain process for which a good agent would be invaluable. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.baltimoresun.com/sports/college/bs-sp-ncaa-new-rules-20180808-story,amp.html
  3. I agree that we certainly can’t count on him being back next year. But with what we just saw with Eli Stove and Will Hastings, I’m not sure we can rule it out either. They both went from surgery to playing in games in ~6 months, which was damn near unheard of. It’s possible that they were both medical marvels, but it’s also possible that the new stem-cell/ plasma infusion therapy that they received is actually just a game changer in how we should think about ACL recoveries. It’s absolutely not a given or even close to that that Chuma will be ready to go next year, but a ~9 month recovery, which would get him back around the start of conference play, doesn’t seem impossible.
  4. Under the new rules, he could also go through the entire draft process including the draft itself, and still come back to school in the case that he wasn’t drafted. This would help mitigate what had been the biggest downside risk in years past of going through the draft (i.e. not being drafted or allowed to return to school). As far as I see it the biggest downside risk now for him going to the draft this year would be getting drafted late in the second by a team that only wants to give him a one year deal or deal with a team option for year two. This would be put him in a potential pickle if he suffers any sort of setback in his recovery and then gets drafted over next season. But even in that scenario, he’d be getting paid what is likely a life changing amount of money for him and his family for that year. For context, only one second round pick from last year’s draft signed a deal worth less than $1mil guaranteed for the first year. The more I think about the new rules the more inclined I am to say that Chuma should go a ahead and try to go pro this year. This is especially true if the early recovery prognosis suggests that he’ll likely miss next season entirely. It’s hard to improve your draft stock if you aren’t able to play.
  5. One thing that Chuma does have going for him still in all of this is the new rule changes this year that will allow him to hire an agent and have contact with NBA teams without losing his NCAA eligibility. We don’t know how NBA teams will react to his injury and there is a good chance he doesn’t either. As I’ve said before in this thread, if I were Chuma the thing I would be most concerned about in terms of getting drafted is getting a two year guaranteed deal. I’d want some assurance that the team I went to still had skin in the game for the season after my recovery. That’s a really hard thing to get a feel for if you’re just a college kid and his family. But with the new rules, he can hire an agent that will know his way around those types of conversations and at least give the Okeke’s some sense of what the likely outcomes of going through the draft process will be.
  6. Yeah, unfortunately for Chuma I think the timing makes a difference. While it’s not definitive by any means, Bruce was taking on Dan Patrick like he think Chuma will be back, saying he “would have gone in the late first round” and that now it “will probably have to wait a year”. Even them though, it’s no guarantee he’s ready to go before conference play. ACLs are tough stuff.
  7. The guarantee is the thing that makes this a little dubious to me. First round guys are assured a two year deal. Most second round guys get two year guaranteed deals these days anyway, but the teams don’t have to give them that. If I’m Chuma, I think I’d want some guarantee that the team is committed to me for 2 years, so that a setback won’t get him cut. Before the injury, it seemed a no-brainer that he should go (any personal reasons for returning notwithstanding). Now, it’s a little less clear to me. If he’s still a projected first rounder, he should go. If he falls to the second, I think he’ll need to be really careful with the terms of his deal.
  8. He was in towards the end of the game getting some work for a while before the walk-ons came on and he was out there for a little bit with them. Not sure how visible it was on TV, but he took a pretty hard ball to the family jewels when one of the UNF players was trying to get the ball in near the sidleline. Not a serious injury obviously, but he was down for a minute or so and then had to come out (to much friendly jeering from teammates as you might expect). At that point we were in full garbage time mode, so he didn’t get back in the game, but had that not happened I think he would have gotten more minutes than he did.
  9. Yeah, that analysis was nonsense. Even their graphic was wrong, showing Stidham with 1 INT and Browning with 0. With that said, we probably will need more consistent play from Stidham if we want to make the playoff. He did seem to get rattled in the 3rd and it looked at times like he wasn’t seeing the whole field. But you can’t just ignore that he had large stretches of game where he was damn near perfect. His good is definitely championship caliber good. His ability to steady himself and the offense when things start to spiral (as they certainly will at times over the course of the year) will determine how far this team can go.
  10. Was looking through the box score this morning and noticed that he is actually listed as “Big Kat” Bryant rather than Markaviest and thought it was kinda curious. I’m assuming ESPN just runs with whatever the team sends them? It also led me to look at Worm’s and Boobie’s pages. They are called Shaun an JaTarbious respectively. But then “Smoke” Monday is referrred to as such. Not really sure where this rambling post is going exactly, but I thought listing the nicknames was kinda neat. Anyone know if this is a new thing or something I’m just noticing for the first time?
  11. UCLA has got to be on any list of historical “blue bloods”. With a win percentage just a hair under .700 and with 11 championships, the most all time and as many as Duke and UNC combined, they are arguably the most successful program of all time (though I think I’d give Kentucky that nod). As for Virginia, no they aren’t a blue blood in the historical, traditional sense. But with 3 of the last 5 ACC championships, and the #1 overall tournament seed last year, they are certainly one of college basketball’s current powerhouses. This was the sentiment that I was trying to get at in the original post where I referenced them. If you were making a list of Kessler’s current “top offers”, they’d probably be up there along with Xavier. But neither school appears to be at the top of his actual list. We don’t know for certain what happens if Kansans, Duke, UNC, or UCLA comes calling (I think if UK wants him they’ll get him). But the evidence we have so far seems to indicate, albeit weakly, that they wouldn’t automatically knock us out of the running.
  12. It’ll be an uphill battle for sure. I think it’s somewhat encouraging though that UVA doesn’t appear to have jumped up to the top of his list as soon as they offered, so maybe we can compete with at least some of the blue bloods. I know he’s spoken highly of Kentucky and said that they’d be very much in the picture if they offer. It seems for the moment like they’re more enamoured with N’valy Dante, so maybe we’ll get a little help there. Not sure what the Duke and UNC pictures look like, and granted it’s super early. But it sounds like we’ll have at least a puncher’s chance, which is pretty new territory for us.