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The Shotgun/Throwdown (5/17/18): Jevon Carter’s NBA Draft Stock Continues to Rise

Jevon Carter could find his way into the first round of the NBA Draft. Check out where Carter is projected in a recent Mock Draft. Also, check out another set of Will Grier 2017 game highlights.

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Welcome, By-Godders, to The Shotgun/Throwdown, WVU’s best place for sports links, information, sophomoric humor and daily distractions.

Football

Center West Virginia's most important position battle, according to ESPN | Diehards
West Virginia heads towards fall camp with one of the most dangerous scoring attacks in the Big 12. But not every position in the Mountaineer offense is set. ESPN projected every top 25 team's most important position battle on Wednesday, and listed center as WVU's biggest.

Basketball

Jevon Carter nears first round in latest Sports Illustrated mock draft | Diehards
The 2018 NBA Draft is just weeks away, and former West Virginia star Jevon Carter’s draft stock appears to be rising. Sports Illustrated released its latest mock draft on Wednesday, and Carter rose almost all the way into the first round.

Adding Matthews sets up WVU’s deepest team ever | WV MetroNews
Bob Huggins and his coaching staff have worked their magic this offseason, adding multiple recruits that could elevate WVU’s talent and depth heading into next season.

Basketball Hall of Fame Showcase Announced | West Virginia Athletics
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the matchups for the annual Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase. In one of the three matchups, WVU will take on Rhode Island.

ESPN: Sagaba Konate a ‘prospect to watch’ at NBA Combine | Diehards
West Virginia center Sagaba Konate declared for the NBA Draft in April, but still could return for his junior season. Whether he stays or goes could depend on his performance at this week’s NBA Combine, and according to ESPN, he is one of the prospects to watch.

Baseball

WVU baseball hosts Baylor to close Big 12 regular season | Charleston Gazette-Mail
The WVU baseball team looks to close out the Big 12 regular season on a high note as it hosts Baylor. The series starts tonight at 6:30.

West Virginia Athletics

WVU Q&A series: Catching up with new wrestling coach Tim Flynn | Charleston Gazette-Mail
See what the new West Virginia wrestling coach, Tim Flynn, had to say in a recent Q&A.

Around the Big 12

Big 12 bowl projections: Nine teams contending for spots after spring | Diehards
The 2018 bowl game dates and times were recently released, which makes this a perfect opportunity to start analyzing the Big 12’s bowl games. Eight teams made bowl games last season, which meant 80 percent of the league qualified. No other FBS conference matched that percentage.

Texas, Alabama agree to a series, and it's good for college football | USA Today
Alabama and Texas will play in Austin in 2022, and in Tuscaloosa in 2023. College football fans should celebrate the development because it could lead to similar matchups in the future.

Big 12 gets 7 teams in men's golf NCAA Tournament | Diehards
The Big 12 Conference is tied for the national lead with seven teams making it to the 2018 NCAA Men's Golf Tournament.

Around the NCAA

Top 25 teams post-spring updates on key position battles | ESPN
Alabama is like several other Top 25 teams after spring practice, still needing to decide on a starting QB. Luckily, WVU does not have that decision to make.

Pac-12: Just because the conference had a bad year doesn’t mean it’s dying | SBNation
A new Podcast Ain’t Played Nobody talks about the future of the Pac-12.

UCF, Alabama agree to play each other in basketball | SBNation
Does this mean the schools are one step closer to playing on the football field?

TODAY’S FBS TEAM PREVIEW BY BILL C

As always, SB Nation’s Bill Connelly is working his way through every Division I FBS football team, from Georgia State to Alabama. Check out the teams Bill has already previewed by clicking HERE.

2018 Oregon State football preview: You know, let’s just check back in 2019 | SBNation
Jonathan Smith was an intriguing hire, but he’s not going to have much to work with for a while.

Three Guys Before The Game: Special Sports Betting Edition | WV MetroNews
After a 128 day hiatus, Hoppy Kercheval returns to Three Guys Before The Game.

NHL playoffs: Why the Vegas Golden Knights are absolutely for real | SBNation
One of the NHL playoffs’ greatest story isn’t finished yet. The Knights beat the Sharks in the Western Conference semifinals.

NBA Mock Draft 2018: Will Suns Take Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic? | SI.com
With the lottery complete, the official order of the NBA draft is finally set. The Suns have the first overall pick and a chance to change the direction of the franchise.

Legal sports betting is something every NBA fan should care about | SBNation
A lot will change with the sport, from how you watch it to how the revenue from gambling is distributed.

Carolina Panthers sale: Steelers minority owner David Tepper buys team | SBNation
The Panthers are now out of Jerry Richardson’s hands. David Tepper will pay over two billion dollars for the franchise.

WVU Athletics has released another set of official Will Grier game highlights from last season.


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