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Cavs draft talented Alabama Crimson Tide point guard Collin Sexton with eighth pick in NBA Draft



Collin Sexton as a McDonald's All-American 2017 photo By TonyTheTiger - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https


The Cleveland Cavaliers, with an obvious shortage at point guard, drafted Alabama’s Collin Sexton.

Sexton is one of the young college players that was available that it was rumored on Radio, TV and Talk Shows that LeBron James wanted to see the team draft for him to consider staying put.

He may get plenty of playing time for the Cavs next season.

The 19-year-old played just one season at the Southeastern Conference school.

Sexton is a dominant point guard with top-notch athleticism, plenty of spirit and zeal necessary to be successful in the NBA. In his only season with the Crimson Tide, he averaged 19.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game.

On November 25, 2017, Collin Sexton scored 40 points while playing shorthanded (3-on-5) during most of the second half in a loss to the University of Minnesota. In the opening game of the SEC Tournament, Collin Sexton scored 27 points against Texas A&M including the game winning buzzer-beater, then 31 points in a quarterfinal win over #1 seed Auburn, and 21 points against Kentucky in a loss during the semifinals. Collin Sexton was named to the All-tournament team after averaging 26.3 ppg, 3 apg, and 5 rpg in 3 games.

Following Alabama’s loss in the 2018 NCAA Tournament, Sexton announced his intention to forgo his final three seasons of collegiate eligibility and declare for the 2018 NBA Draft, where he was expected to be a first round selection and was.

Prior to his stint at Alabama, He was one of the top basketball players in the State of Georgia.

Sexton transferred to Pebblebrook HS, prior to his junior year and helped the Falcons to a 2016 Georgia Region 3-6A title and the 2016 Georgia Class 6A state championship game; averaged 23 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.9 assists.


Sexton was considered as one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by , and ESPN. On November 10, 2016 Collin committed to the Alabama Crimson Tide, on the same day he signed his letter of intent (LOI).

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Collin Sexton
Point Guard
Mableton, GA Pebblebrook High School (GA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 182 lb (83 kg) Nov 10, 2016
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars Rivals:5/5 stars 247Sports:5/5 stars ESPN:5/5 stars ESPN grade: 100
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout#6 Rivals#7 247Sports#3 ESPN#6





Cavaliers coaching staff to have new look in 2018-19

With the NBA in its off-season period, there are going to be changes to every team whether you won your division, conference or even the NBA Finals.

Those changes even happens to assistant coaches and support personnel for each team.

The Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA runner-ups for the third time in the past four seasons, have started with their coaching staff.

Jim Boylan 2011 photo By Keith Allison, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Phil Handy (courtesy Cleveland Cavaliers)

The changes started when former Wright State University star, Vitaly Potopenko, who worked with the Cavs big men, left to become an assistant under new head coach J.B. Bickerstaff last week.

Now, according to TV, Radio and Talk Show reports, Cleveland will not renew the contracts of assistants Jim Boylan and Phil Handy.

Expected to move up are Dan Geriot, who worked with Handy in player development and former Cavs player Damon Jones.

Jones’ promotion is the key here. Because it is widely known that Jones, who played in Cleveland from 2005-2008, is a very close friend of LeBron James. Sources and rumors have it that James might have wanted him on the coaching staff in order to stay. James’ preference is to stay with the Cavs. He has said all season, his preference this time would be for family and winning.

Damon Jones could be promoted to Tyronn Lue's revamped coaching staff. 2006 photo By Keith Allison from Baltimore, USA, CC BY-SA 2.0, https

Cavs like what they saw out of Rodney Hood in 21 games; willing to offer a qualifying offer free agent contract

Rodney Hood driving to the basket 2018 photo By Erik Drost, CC BY 2.0, https


The Cleveland Cavaliers made a key trade to get 6’8 shooting guard Rodney Hood in a three-team trade involving the Utah Stars and Sacramento Kings.

The trade was one of several by Cleveland that day to move out aging players and to bring in more athletic, younger players. Thus, the 25-year-old Hood.

He played well in just four months, playing in 21 games, starting 11, averaging 25.3 minutes per game, shooting .813 from the free throw line and 2.6 rebounds per game. He helped lead the Cavaliers to the NBA Finals where they lost to the Golden State Warriors for the third time in the past four years. He was inconsistent at times but showed in the Finals that he can play combining for 25 points and 14 rebounds.

Radio, TV and Sports talk shows are reporting that the Cavaliers, in preparing for next season, are going to offer Duke University product a qualifying offer to stay in Cleveland. He is one of the players that LeBron James likes playing with.

As a restricted free agent, another team can offer Hood a contract that the Cavaliers must match. If Cavs management believe that the offer doesn’t match their monetary worth of Hood, they will lose him to that team.

Management feels that a full training camp under Tyronn Lue and the rest of his teammates will benefit the left-handed shooting Hood.

Cavs suspend J.R. Smith for one-game due to team-related issue

J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0,


Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith has been suspended by the team for one game for detrimental conduct. He will serve the suspension tonight as the Cavaliers host Eastern Conference rival Philadelphia 76ers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

Tyronn Lue said “something happened after the team’s shootaround” this afternoon that led to Smith’s one-game suspension. Lue also stated that Smith will be back at practice Friday and in the starting lineup on Saturday. Rodney Hood will start tonight vs. the 76ers.

Cavaliers win fourth straight game 120-112 at Oklahoma City behind James and Smith


LeBron James dribbling 2017 photo By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA - LeBron James, CC BY-SA 2.0, https


J.R. Smith shooting 2015 photo By Erik Drost from United States, CC BY 2.0,

A few weeks ago, on January 20, on national television, the Oklahoma City Thunder embarrassed the Cleveland Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena, 148-124 with a bunch of old, useless players who could not keep up with the more athletic Thunder. That was just one of several blowout games that resulted in the Cavs making their blockbuster trades at the deadline.

Last night on the Thunder’s home court, the Cavs basically held their own the entire game with the new-look lineup in a 120-112 victory.

The Cavs have won 4 in a row; are 3-0 since the trade and 2-0 with the new players.

LeBron James scored 37 points and J.R. Smith connected for 18 points.

Teams have to prepare for Cleveland a little different with the new, athletic lineup which includes 31-year-old George Hill and the three, 25 -year-olds, Rodney Hood, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Cavs led at halftime 62-57 with James scoring 16 points, four rebounds and five assists. Smith during that span had 15 points on five 3-point baskets.

Cleveland took total control in the fourth quarter.

The was led by their quartet of stars. Paul George with 25 points, Carmelo Anthony, who had missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, scored 24, Steven Adams had 22 points while grabbing 17 boards and Russell Westbrooke, who also had missed the past couple games with an ankle sprain, scored 21 points.



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