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2019 NBA draft: Zion Williamson, Ja Morant top Big Board 4.0 |
The latest Big Board by Sports Illustrated has Eric Paschall dropping down the list. There are a few other Big East players in the mix as well.

City 6 observations: Drexel’s Troy Harper gets to the line; Charlie Brown goes off |
Also, St. Joe’s freshman point guard Jared Bynum never seems to leave the floor. And La Salle’s improvement includes being less “robotic.” Jermaine Samuels has earned the green light.

Bridges Rising to Occasion as Suns Defensive Focal Point | Phoenix Suns
When the Phoenix Suns traded for Mikal Bridges on draft night, they noted his impressive two-way skillset and his ability to change the game on both ends of the court. The young wing’s style of play has not only translated well to the next level, but the rookie is currently performing as one of the best perimeter defenders in the league..

On a roster in transition, Jalen Brunson gives Mavericks exactly what they need($$) – The Athletic
Jalen Brunson won't be a star, but he's very likely to be a good NBA player for a long time. Jake Kemp breaks down his game and tells you why he fits perfectly in Dallas.

Bucks notes: Ersan Ilyasova out of his slump, Donte DiVincenzo freed from his boot, and more
Ersan Ilyasova has reappeared as an offensive threat over the past few games. Donte DiVincenzo is eyeing a return from injury after the all-star break.

Homeowners fight Lower Merion schools’ takeover of their property |
The owners of a 10.6-acre property that district officials covet for playing fields have challenged the school board’s vote to condemn their land, claiming it thwarted a more lucrative sale to Villanova.