- KANSAS SPORTS -
Marvin Bagley III, the No. 1-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2018 by ESPN.com, Rivals.com, 247sports.com and Scout.com, played up to his ranking in front of coaches from Kansas and his other five finalists at last weekend’s well-scouted Nike EYBL event in Indianapolis.
It was during the seventh and final round of the draft, and a scout and coaches from the Washington Redskins were telling Smithson they were prepared to offer him a deal — given that no other franchise got in their way by taking him with one of the 10 remaining picks.
We don’t know yet if the title of QB1 will go next to the name Peyton Bender or Carter Stanley, but whomever wins the job in August has a chance to be remembered as the first functional Kansas quarterback in close to a decade.
In the night cap of a Sunday doubleheader at Hoglund Ballpark, the Kansas baseball team erupted for seven extra-base hits, including two home runs, to defeat Baylor, 6-1, in an abbreviated seven-inning game.
- COLLEGE SPORTS -
The Big 12 ranked a distant last among Power Five conferences in players drafted. In fact, the Big 12 had one fewer player selected (14) than the American Athletic Conference (15). According to Sports Illustrated, it was the Big 12’s fewest draft picks since the conference was formed.
Motley, who averaged 17.3 points and 9.9 boards, is projected as a borderline first-rounder.
- PROFESSIONAL SPORTS -
After 19 seasons, 1,343 regular-season games, 14 playoff appearances, 10 All-Star games, four All-NBA selections, a championship ring and a Finals MVP trophy, Paul Pierce walked away from the game on Sunday, with the Los Angeles Clippers’ season-ending playoff-loss sending him into retirement.
There will be plenty of time for retrospection between Sunday and his Hall of Fame induction in five years, but for now, let's take a trip down Paul Pierce memory lane.
''Imagine, when he woke up today, he was going to go on a bus to Port Charlotte, maybe play, maybe not,'' manager Clint Hurdle said. ''He ends up playing in a major league game. Those types of things in the organization we're aware of.''