• Tyus Jones of Apple Valley, who continues to be one of the highest-rated basketball players in the country in the Class of 2014, will be on display along with his Howard Pulley squad and 44 other great teams at the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League tournament in Eagan this weekend. So far in EYBL play, Jones is averaging 23.2 points, 2.6 rebounds, 6.8 assists and two turnovers per contest. He is also hitting a tremendous 56.5 percent of his shots from the field.
• Sandy Cohen, a 6-5 point guard from Seymour, Wis., is getting more scholarship offers following his terrific play in the EYBL. Cohen told NBC Sports that he was only getting offers from mid-majors before some breakout performances, including a 24-point, six-rebound game in a victory over Howard Pulley in April. Cohen has been offered a scholarship by the Gophers and Marquette, and teams such as UCLA have been in contact with him.
• One plus that Malik Smith, the former Florida International player, will give the Gophers and his former and future coach, Richard Pitino, is his ability to hit three-point shots. Smith ranked No. 1 in the Sun Belt Conference and No. 16 nationally with 96 three-pointers last season.
• ESPN.com NBA writer Chad Ford released his first post-lottery mock draft and has the Wolves taking C.J. McCollum from Lehigh with the ninth pick. McCollum was one of the best three-point shooters in college basketball but has been battling a foot injury. Ford wrote that at the NBA draft combine, McCollum participated in the athletic testing and “put fears to rest that his foot wasn’t 100 percent healed.”
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