HoopsHype Kim English rumors
Not coincidentally on Monday, the Bobcats auditioned two of the best shooters in college basketball last season – guards Kim English from Missouri and John Jenkins from Vanderbilt. English (6-foot-6 and 192 pounds) raised his 3-point percentage from 37 percent as a junior to 46 percent as a senior. Jenkins (6-4, 212 pounds) was the best 3-point shooter in Vanderbilt history, averaging 44 percent over three college seasons. Charlotte Observer
The Bobcats could use the No. 2 overall pick on a shooter, such as North Carolina’s Harrison Barnes or Florida’s Bradley Beal. But if they go with a big man at No. 2, such as Kansas’ Thomas Robinson, the logical use of the 31st pick is a player like English or Jenkins. Charlotte Observer
The Utah Jazz have invited six college players, including BYU’s Noah Hartsock, to a pre-draft workout on Saturday morning at the team’s practice facility. Joining Hartsock will be Missouri guard Kim English (6-foot-6, 220 pounds), Cal guard Jorge Gutierrez (6-3, 195), Purdue small forward Robbie Hummel (6-8, 215), Wichita State guard Toure’ Murry (6-5, 195) and Villanova guard Malik Wayns (6-2, 200). Salt Lake Tribune
Missouri junior forwards Laurence Bowers and Kim English will return to school to play for new coach Frank Haith next year. The two starters declared for the NBA draft in early April on the same day the school hired Haith. Not hiring an agent allowed each to gauge their pro potential without losing college eligibility. CBSSports.com
On the very day Mizzou's prospective new basketball coach, Frank Haith from Miami, was to have his status voted on by the University of Missouri Board of Curators, Mizzou announced that juniors Laurence Bowers and Kim English would test the NBA draft. It was unclear when they made their decision, but neither is bound by the idea. As MU put it in a release, each could retain his eligibility and have the option of returning to Missouri if he does not retain an agent and chooses to remove his name from the draft by the May 8 deadline. "I think for anyone who plays college basketball, having a chance to play in the NBA is a dream," Bowers said, according to the MU statement. "I had a chance to talk with my family and other loved ones and this is something I want to do. This rule is in place to allow guys like us to explore their options and make an informed decision." stltoday.com
The Columbia Daily Tribune is reporting that Missouri Tiger junior guard Kim English is declaring himself eligible for the NBA Draft, but will not hire an agent, leaving the door open for him to return to Mizzou for his senior season. Missourinet
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