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Sonoran Hot Reads: Lauri Markkanen 9th-best NBA Draft prospect this year

Also Kobi Simmons is 61st and Allonzo Trier 83rd

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On Monday, DraftExpress released a new list of their top 100 prospects for this year’s NBA Draft. There are three Arizona Wildcats, with Lauri Markkanen leading the way in the 9th spot. Behind him are Kobi Simmons (61st) and Allonzo Trier (83rd). These new rankings kind of reaffirm the group that most believe will be leaving Arizona early after this year, but of course, nothing’s ever set in stone until it happens. You can watch the video breakdown of Lauri’s strengths, along with all the other videos DraftExpress has of him

- Speaking of Trier, Sean Miller made this whole situation even weirder and murkier with a couple of different remarks about the Arizona guard

- There were many games played in McKale on Monday, and for Salpointe’s game, Arizona recruiting target Majok Deng wore UA socks

- Rawle Alkins was spending his MLK Day trying to get his driver’s license...results pending


- Paul Magloire Jr. is at the East-West Shrine Game, and he received some praise after the first day of workouts

- Arizona snuck back in to the My-King Johnson sweepstakes, and an in-home visit with Rich Rodriguez flipped the Tempe product from UCLA to Arizona

- Three Oregon players have been hospitalized after intense workouts

- Adoree’ Jackson announced that he will be entering the NFL Draft this year


- 2020 shortstop Sebastian Murillo announced his commitment to Arizona

Other sports

- We wrote about Arizona alum and USF AD Mark Harlan being among the top candidates to replace Greg Byrne. Our friends at The Daily Stampede gave their thoughts on the situation from their perspective. The Memphis and Houston ADs are also up there. Erika Hanson Barnes has been named the interim AD, and we will have more on her in the coming days. Sean Miller also had plenty of thoughts on Byrne leaving

- Men’s tennis was swept by Central Florida

Tucson news

- The Roadrunners beat the Ontario Reign 3-2. Earlier in the day, Christian Fischer was named the AHL’s Player of the Week

- With Byrne gone and Ann Weaver Hart on the way out, there are a couple of huge decisions that will be made at U of A in the near future

- It snowed on Mount Lemmon, so naturally, here are pictures of the occasion

- A gas tax increase may be coming down the pipe to help pay for road improvements around the state