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2017 NBA Draft: Beachem and Vasturia go Undrafted

VJ Beachem #3

The 2017 NBA draft took place yesterday, and a record 16 freshman were taken in the first round and two in the second; some of which were players Notre Dame’s V.J. Beachem and Steve Vasturia played against.

The remaining picks in the draft were a variety of upperclassmen, all of which were not Beachem and Vasturia.

Notre Dame has not been a program like the Kentucky Wildcats or the Duke Blue Devils who some call NBA development factories as they consistently send players to the draft year after year. The Irish have always been opposed to recruiting the one and done talent as it does not align with their vision.

However, Notre Dame Head Coach Mike Brey is starting to change that, sending four players to the NBA in the last two years and now V.J. Beachem who is expected to sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Multiple reports have indicated that the Minnesota Timberwolves will be signing Beachem but there has still been no word on any teams picking up Steve Vasturia.

vs Georgia Tech #2

The Timberwolves stole headlines yesterday as they sent Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine to the Chicago Bulls, adding superstar Jimmy Butler in the process to their young roster of Karl-Anthony Towns and Canadian Andrew Wiggins.

V.J. will need to have a big summer league performance and refrain from playing inconsistent if he wants to prove he belongs in Minnesota.

While the Notre Dame fan base would have loved to see the Irish better represented in last nights draft, the future is looking bright. Mike Brey is transforming Notre Dame into a legitimate basketball school that contends with top ranked opponents and that is starting to garner interest from highly regarded recruits. With improved recruiting, player development, and the success that the overall team is experiencing, expect Brey to send more players to the draft in the coming years.

Stay tuned for more news regarding everything Notre Dame basketball as well as the results of former Notre Dame players in the summer league.

-R. Scarfone

 

 

Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

VJ and Vasturia #2

The 2017 NBA Draft is set to take place Thursday night and two former Notre Dame Fighting Irish standout will look to either hear their name be called out or to sign with a club following the draft.

But if you were to look up some NBA mock drafts, you will find that majority of these predictions leave Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem out of the draft.

It may be shocking to see these two names off of NBA mock draft lists considering they helped lead Notre Dame to their first conference championship in program history, back to back elite eights, 12 conference wins in 2016 in what some may say is the most challenging conference in the nation and another trip to the ACC conference final.

Vasturia and Beachem even held their own against top prospects like North Carolina’s Justin Jackson, Duke Blue Devil’s Luke Kennard and Florida State Seminoles’ Jonathan Isaac.

So what is the problem then?

Continue reading Steve Vasturia and VJ Beachem: Are They Ready For The Big Leagues?

LIU Brooklyn freshman Jashaun Agosto declares for the 2017 NBA Draft

LIU Brooklyn freshman Jashaun Agosto officially declared for the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday afternoon.

BROOKLYN, NY — It’s been a busy week in terms of players declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, and it’s only Thursday.

There have been some surprises, like Robert Williams announcing that he was returning to school for at least one more season with the Texas A&M Aggies. Then, there were some decisions that were expected, like Markelle Fultz and Tyler Lydon.

The list has been filling up, and you can add another big time name to the list of players.

On Thursday afternoon, freshman guard Jashaun Agosto informed College Court Report that he had officially declared for the 2017 NBA Draft. Continue reading LIU Brooklyn freshman Jashaun Agosto declares for the 2017 NBA Draft

Syracuse sophomore Tyler Lydon to enter 2017 NBA Draft

Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, Syracuse’s Tyler Lydon will sign with an agent and declare for June’s NBA Draft. The sophomore forward stuffed the stat-sheet with 13.2 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.4 blocks per game this season.

Lydon, a 2016-17 All-ACC honorable mention, made an immediate impact off the bench as a freshman. The 6’9″ New York native posted four double-doubles and averaged 10.1 points and 6.3 rebounds during the Orange’s 2016 Final Four run. This past season, he one upped last year’s totals with nine double-doubles. Continue reading Syracuse sophomore Tyler Lydon to enter 2017 NBA Draft

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Washington freshman Markelle Fultz announced on Friday that he was declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft, foregoing his remaining three years of eligibility in the NCAA.

SEATTLE, Wa. — The season is barely over for some teams, but the attention is quickly turning to the future.

Several big name players will announce their intentions to either test the waters and declare early for the 2017 NBA Draft, or return to school for at least one more season. With the new NBA Draft rules that were implemented last season, we will undoubtedly see our fair share of underclassmen go through the pre-draft process before making a final decision.

On Friday, it was reported that a big name player was going to enter the draft. The decision should come as no surprise, as he is expected by many to be the first overall pick come draft time. Continue reading Washington freshman Markelle Fultz declares for 2017 NBA Draft

Michigan State Forward Deyonta Davis Slides to 31st Overall in 2016 NBA Draft

After being projected by many as a border-line lottery selection, Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis slid all the way to the 2nd Round, where he was selected by the Boston Celtics, then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.
After being projected by many as a border-line lottery selection, Michigan State forward Deyonta Davis slid all the way to the 2nd Round, where he was selected by the Boston Celtics, then traded to the Memphis Grizzlies.

It came as little to no surprise to Michigan State Spartans‘ fans when freshman forward Deyonta Davis opted for the NBA Draft after just one season in East Lansing.

Widely regarded as one of the best prospects in the draft, Davis had the look of a lottery selection on draft night. Several mock drafts had him slotted within the 14 picks in the lottery, while the vast majority had him as a first round pick.

On draft night, Davis remained in the green room, listening as names were called in the first round.

Davis’ name wasn’t one of them.

As the first round wound down, Davis was still waiting to hear his name as the Golden State Warriors made their pick at 30th overall. They went with big man Damian Jones, thus sending Davis into the second round.

It was an unforeseen slide for the native of Muskegon, MI, but he didn’t have to wait long into the second round before hearing his name called. Continue reading Michigan State Forward Deyonta Davis Slides to 31st Overall in 2016 NBA Draft