Eli Boettger | @boettger_eli | 05/19/20
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Here are the three things you need to know for May 19.
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Nate Hinton signs with agent
The Houston Cougars might have officially said goodbye to any hopes of landing in the preseason top-10 rankings on Monday. All-conference guard Nate Hinton, who previously put his name in the draft pool, officially signed with an agent and will forgo the remainder of his college career.
The loss is a substantial one for the Cougars. Hinton averaged 10.6 points per appearance and did plenty more in other areas of the game this past season, tallying 8.7 rebounds and 1.4 steals an outing despite being listed at 6-5. The addition of Cameron Tyson — an Idaho transfer who sat out this past season — should help soften the blow in the backcourt.
Chaundee Brown narrows list
The race is on for former Wake Forest guard Chaundee Brown. Michigan, Gonzaga and Illinois are still in the mix for Brown, who figures to be a sit-out transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.
Michigan, as it currently stands, is the consensus favorite to land Brown. Listed at 6-5, 200, Brown has started 73 of his 84 appearances in three years and averaged a career-best 12.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game this past season. Assuming Brown commits to Michigan, he would sit out alongside former Purdue wing Nojel Eastern as the duo would appear again on the floor to start the ’21-22 season.
Patrick Baldwin updates recruitment
The nation’s No. 3 overall recruit from the 2021 class, Patrick Baldwin, has updated his recruiting list as he approaches his commitment decision. Duke, Georgetown, Kentucky, Michigan, Milwaukee, Northwestern, North Carolina, UCLA, Virginia and Wisconsin are the final 10 teams in the hunt for the consensus five-star forward.
The Sussex, Wis., native is listed at 6-9 and 190 pounds and is regarded as one of the best overall scorers out of the ’21 class. According to 24/7Sports, Duke is the heavy favorite to land Baldwin at this time. Baldwin says that he aims to commit to a program before the start of his senior season.
Eli Boettger is a college basketball writer and founder of HeatCheckCBB.com. He has previously worked for Sporting News, DAZN and USA TODAY SMG.
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