Happy NBA Draft Day! Trae Young is expected to go in the top ten of tonight’s NBA Draft, which would make him the fifth Oklahoma Sooner to be selected in the top ten of their respective pro drafts (Baker Mayfield, Paige Lowary, Paige Parker, Kyler Murray). The Wall Street Journal even featured a piece about Oklahoma’s ‘triple crown’ with Mayfield, Murray and Young potentially all going in the top ten of their respective drafts. For all the NBA Draft coverage, tune in tonight at 6 CT on ESPN.
Also check out this amazing on-court depiction of Trae Young’s shot and assist chart. It really brings to life how tremendous Young’s impact on the floor was.
Now onto today’s Hot Links! The Hawks are interested in Young, Mayfield was on ‘Undisputed’ to talk about his transition to the league, a Phillies fan was shot in the face with a hot dog and more!
- Ryen Russillo reports that the Atlanta Hawks are quite interested in drafting Trae Young. The Hawks currently have the No. 3 pick, but might trade down with somebody lower in the top ten to take Young at a better value.
Atlanta really wants Trae Young. Have heard this from multiple sources. They may trade down to take him and then whoever jumps up to #3 takes Doncic to get in front of Memphis.— Russillo (@ryenarussillo) June 21, 2018
- For so many reasons, Trae Young is the most compelling player in this year’s NBA Draft. He could either be a star or an afterthought, and where he ends up will play a huge factor in his future.
- Young became Oklahoma’s first ever one-and-done after forgoing the final three years of his eligibility and opting for the NBA, and it appears the decision was the right one for him so far.
- Trae Young has maintained his humility, even after becoming one of college basketball biggest stars in recent memory. No matter where he goes in the draft, the folks in Norman will always be able to call him one of their own.
- Baker Mayfield was on FS1’s Undisputed with Skip Bayless and Shannon Sharpe to discuss his underdog mentality as he finds his way in the NFL. Also, Baker’s beard is looking fierce, and I only wish he was rocking that thing when he was donning the Crimson & Cream. Another note: Many of us (myself included) had to sit through FS1’s programming in anticipation of Baker’s appearance, and we all deserve a medal.
The chips will remain on his shoulder.— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) June 21, 2018
Baker Mayfield tells @undisputed he still sees himself as an underdog.
"Absolutely, I haven't done anything in the NFL yet ... I'll always have to prove myself to me."#BoomerSooner pic.twitter.com/Fu4vSCrtfk
- With Lincoln Riley’s pay raise, Oklahoma has quieted down any rumors that Riley could be on the market for other jobs, and silenced any negative recruiting against Riley in that regard.
- Class of 2019 wide receiver commit Theo Wease has been named a captain for one of the Under Armour All-America teams. The teams will be drafting players this time around, so it’s pretty cool that Oklahoma has a representative like Wease to headline the game.
BIG NEWS: For the first time ever, @UAFootball All-Americans will be drafting their own teams!— All-America Game (@AllAmericaGame) June 21, 2018
Kayvon Thibodeaux and Theo Wease will be captains for @deionsanders' team. Owen Pappoe and Noah Cain will be captains for @stevemariucci's team.
We told you. Nobody's doin it like us! pic.twitter.com/Ybv78K6Uk1
- Rodney Anderson came in at No. 30 on Sports Illustrated’s top 100 college football players entering the 2018 season. I have a feeling he’ll be much higher on the list by the end of the year as long as he picks up where he left off from last season.
- Class of 2019 basketball commit De’Vion Harmon has been named to the Under 17 USA National Team. Congratulations, De’Vion!
Blessed and Thankful to have the opportunity to be on the USA U17 National Team Time To Go Win GOLD— De’Vion Harmon (@TheDH11) June 21, 2018
- Class of 2019 three-star athlete Cameron Williams has received an offer from Oklahoma. Williams recently decommitted from Oregon.
- Don’t forget to check out RJ’s piece about Mike Stoops’ pay raise and extension. It’s a tough pill for many Sooner fans to swallow, but one thing’s for sure: Mike definitely needs to earn it this year.
Around the Sports World
- Luka Doncic is expected to go in the top five of tonight’s NBA Draft, and there are t-shirts circulating around featuring his nickname ‘The Don.’ It’s a pretty cool nickname and it works perfectly since it’s derived from his actual name.
- There are many example of athletes who played college basketball and went on to have successful careers in the NFL. Check out this list of eight NFL players who also made plays on the hardwood.
- The 2018 FIFA World Cup has had just about everything thus far, and now that includes a dude lighting one up with a flaming wallet in the stands at the Spain vs. Iran match. What a time to be alive.
- Speaking of the World Cup, Spain’s Gerard Pique and Isco saved a tiny bird that found its way on the field during a match. Thanks for being such upstanding saviors, fellas!
- A Phillies fan was hospitalized after getting hit in the face with a hot dog shot out of a hot-dog-shooting cannon. Wait, what?
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- Disney has decided to refrain from using unproven directors for its future spin-off films after ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ flopped in theaters. This is a bold statement by the filmmaking giant, and a message to all notable and proven directors that they are what make mega franchises like Star Wars go. It may sound a little harsh coming from Disney executives, but it needed to be done.
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