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The Shotgun/Throwdown (5/1/18): Sagaba Konate Invited to NBA Combine and Huggins Signs Jermaine Haley

With Sagaba Konate getting further into the NBA Draft waters, Bob Huggins brings good news by adding former New Mexico State and Odessa College guard Jermaine Haley.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-East Regional Practice Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

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Football

West Virginia WR David Sills projected as first-rounder in 2019 NFL mock draft | Diehards
The 2018 NFL Draft was barely over before West Virginia wideout David Sills was getting hype as a possible first-round selection next year. The Sporting News' Eric Galko has Sills going No. 19 overall to the Seattle Seahawks in his first 2019 mock draft.

West Virginia football: Draft shows dose of reality, but next season promises more | Dihards
Just 20 Big 12 players were selected in the 2018 NFL Draft — the fewest from any Power 5 conference. Of those, one came from West Virginia. And while it wasn't a surprise that safety Kyzir White was the only member of the Mountaineers selected, that doesn't mean it wasn't disappointing.

Basketball

Report: Sagaba Konate earns NBA combine invite | Diehards
Sagaba Konate is still deciding on whether or not to hire an agent and stay in the NBA draft, and he reportedly received news Monday that could push him to the pros.

WVU basketball picks up former New Mexico State guard | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The West Virginia University men’s basketball team added a guard with Division I experience to its 2018 signing class Monday.

Former UConn commit Emmitt Matthews Jr. will visit West Virginia | Diehards
West Virginia received a commitment from JUCO guard Jermaine Haley on Monday, but the Mountaineers aren't done in the 2018 class. 3-star 2018 forward Emmitt Matthews Jr. will visit the Mountaineers during the week, according to a report.

Baseball

WVU Hosts Maryland in NCAA Regional Rematch | West Virginia Athletics
WVU hosts Maryland tonight following a series win over #19 Texas this past weekend. The Mountaineers, who have one of the toughest schedules in the country this season, are still trying to find their way into the NCAA Tournament.

Manoah crucial to WVU as it looks for shot at NCAAs | The Times WV
The Mountaineer baseball team is looking for a miracle as the postseason approaches.

WVU Athletics

Four Mountaineers Top Regional Rankings - West Virginia Athletics
Four members of the WVU track and field team currently hold the top spot in their respective events in this week’s United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association regional rankings.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 has load of potential 2019 first-round draft selections | Diehards
The Big 12 will be looking for a turnaround in the 2019 NFL draft after again only having one player selected in the first round. Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma was the Big 12's only selection in the 2018 draft after he was picked by Cleveland with the first pick.

Former Texas Tech guard Zhaire Smith signs with Roc Nation | Springfield News Sun
The former Red Raider makes an interesting signing as he proceeds in the NBA Draft process.

Baker Mayfield received prank call from friend once Browns went on clock during NFL draft | Diehards
We can only imagine how that would have gone over if Mayfield hadn't been selected as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Around the NCAA

Romeo Langford recruiting: Indiana lands hometown hero over Kansas, Vanderbilt | SBNation
Indiana has landed a gem in its 2018 recruiting class.

UCF football 2018 preview: What do the champs do for an encore? | SBNation
Josh Heupel takes over for Scott Frost and will attempt to make the Knights even faster and more dangerous.

Tavon Austin on trade to Cowboys: ‘Lot of weight off my shoulders’ | Rams Wire
Tavon Austin seems relieved to be traded from the Rams.

NFL Draft 2018: Which 1st-round picks will make an immediate impact? | SBNation
See which 1st-rounders are likely to make an immediate impact on their new teams.

Which 1st-round QBs from the 2018 NFL Draft will start as rookies? | SBNation
Josh Allen may be the least ready, but Buffalo’s awful situation means he may be most likely to start Week 1.


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