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Friday Quickies: Sophomore Bam (?) Edition

Could Bam Adebayo return next year after all? That and more in today's quickies!

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We officially have news on the potential NBA Cats front! Bam Adebayo is considering entering the draft, but without an agent. If this were the case, it'd be more likely that he returns for his sophomore season than some expected. If he doesn't like where he's ranked on draft boards and how he's viewed in scouting reports, he'd still be allowed to return to Kentucky for his sophomore season. This of course would open up a whole other can of worms about where the bigs we've recruited would fit in with him on the floor, and what it would mean for Mohamed Bamba's recruitment. But without a doubt it'd be great to have the big man back for another year.

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Bam considering entering draft with no agent | Kentucky Sports Radio
Bam Adebayo will almost certainly enter the NBA draft. However, it sounds like the freshman forward is at least keeping the option of returning for a sophomore season open, even if it's just a small crack in the door.

Should Bam Adebayo stay for his sophomore year? - KSTV
ESPN draft expert Chad Ford released his NBA draft stock watch list earlier this week, and he he says that Adebayo’s stock has fallen, perhaps enough that he should return to school.

Which recruits will make the McDonald’s All-American Game in 2018? | Lexington Herald-Leader
The 2017 group of McDonald’s All-Americans was in Chicago this week for Wednesday night’s game at United Center, but who will be playing in the annual all-star showcase next year? Here’s a look at five recruits who are seemingly shoo-ins to play in the McDonald’s Game in 2018.

NBA scouts rave about Kentucky guard De'Aaron Fox - 247
Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox has NBA scouts drooling as he's set to enter the draft and likely become a top-five selection.

John Wall's Season Deserves Better Than History's Dustbin - Deadspin
Now is a good time to pay attention to Wall. In Washington’s last three games—wins over the Cavs and Lakers and a loss to the Clippers, all on the road—he’s averaged 37.3 points per game on 63.7 percent shooting, plus 11 assists and 3 steals per game, as the Wizards desperately hang onto the third seed in the Eastern Conference.

UK football: Slimmed down Middleton trying to shoulder larger leadership role | Lexington Herald-Leader
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Past and present of UK, Memphis meet at Final Four in Phoenix - 247
The past and present of two college programs crossed paths at the Final Four in Phoenix Thursday.

Derrick LeBlanc brings new intensity for UK defensive line - SEC Country
New defensive line coach LeBlanc is very straightforward. He doesn't yell, but he's demanding, and he makes it known what's expected. The D-line seems to like his effectiveness.

Leaf won't return for sophomore year - ESPN
TJ Leaf says he will enter the NBA draft and won't return to UCLA for a sophomore season.

Russell Westbrook is the only real NBA MVP choice -
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Deion: It's Adrian Peterson's choice not to sign now -
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NCAA won't decide until next week whether championship events will return to North Carolina - ESPN
NCAA president Mark Emmert said the organization's board will meet in the next few days to debate the new North Carolina measure that repealed the controversial bathroom bill law.

Michael Porter Jr. is the superstar recruit the basketball world orbits around -
The dream of Porter playing in the gym where he grew up was supposed to have died long ago. Porter had committed to Washington and moved 2,000 miles from Columbia to Seattle. He just finished a perfect 29-0 senior season at Nathan Hale High School under coach Brandon Roy, the former NBA star by way of Washington who started coaching only to coach Porter Jr.

Golden State Warriors' Kevin Durant progressing as well as could be expected -
After an initial 2-5 stretch without Durant (including the game in which he was injured early in the first quarter), the Warriors have won eight straight games, a streak that includes wins over three other Western Conference playoff teams.

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