Welcome to the Brew Hoop Night Shift. Every evening at 9:00pm (central time), this all-purpose thread goes up, and the comments section is where it’s going down. What Bucks news did we not cover? What topics do you want to break down further? Or is there something non-Bucks that you want to bounce off of one another? Even something non-basketball? This is the place.
Tonight’s (on) topic:
4 takeaways from the NCAA basketball rule changes https://t.co/r4XVrjfy6a— SB Nation CBB (@SBNationCBB) August 8, 2018
Due to widespread corruption that was uncovered by the FBI, the NCAA is now restructuring its recruiting to minimize the amount that prospective Division 1 basketball players are exposed to brands and apparel companies.
How does this affect the NBA? Undrafted players that were invited to the combine are allowed to return to school, but that is a very small number.
The problem is that this rule change applies to a small number of players. The NBA invited 69 athletes to the combine in 2018, which left plenty of capable players with pro dreams on the outside looking in... This year, only six players would have fit this criteria: Kansas’ Malik Newman, UNLV’s Brandon McCoy, Duke’s Trevon Duval, South Carolina’s Brian Bowen (who had his own issues) and [Rawle] Alkins and [Allonzo] Trier.
Hopefully...hopefully the NBA decides to invite more players to the combine so more undrafted players have a plan b. Of course, those players could just go overseas or try and stick with a G-League squad.
Tonight’s (off) topic: Shel Silverstein
I remember growing up with Silverstein’s books, Where the Sidewalk Ends, A Light in the Attic, and The Giving Tree. They were a source of a lot of childhood comfort and I am curious how well traveled his poems are (I assume everyone is familiar with at least some of them).
Here is my favorite poem (I was a nose picker as a kid):
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