Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard has been suspended indefinitely because he failed a drug test before the NCAA Tournament, three people familiar with the situation told The Daily Orange on Wednesday night. It is unclear when the testing took place.“The NCAA conducts testing at its championships, and year round on campus in Division I and II programs,” according to the NCAA website. “In addition, the majority of institutions conduct their own institutional testing programs independent of NCAA drug testing.”The penalty for failing an NCAA test related to a performance-enhancing drug means a student-athlete loses one full year of eligibility for a first offense, according to the NCAA. Tampering with an NCAA drug test results in a student-athlete being declared ineligible for participation in postseason competition. Not showing up for an NCAA drug test, or refusing to provide a sample, results in the same penalty as a positive drug test result for a PED. Shortly after 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Pete Moore, SU Athletics’ director of athletic communications for men’s basketball, issued a statement saying Howard “will not play in the NCAA Tournament for an indefinite period of time due to a violation of athletic department policy.” The news came a day before No. 8 seed Syracuse (20-13, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) was set to play No. 9 seed Baylor (19-13, 10-8 Big 12) in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTalia Trackim | Digital Design DirectorWhen contacted by The D.O. on Wednesday night, Moore declined to comment any further on the situation and referenced his earlier statement.“(Frank) won’t be here with us tomorrow,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said Wednesday afternoon in Salt Lake City, before the Orange practiced. Howard did not appear in practice or for interviews Wednesday. Howard, a senior point guard and leader, was coming off his best performance all season, a 28-point showing in a loss to Duke during the ACC Tournament last week. He stood alongside junior guard Tyus Battle three days later when Syracuse earned an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, answering questions from reporters. On Tuesday, Howard traveled with SU and practiced in the Utah Jazz practice facility with the rest of the team. Syracuse players found out about the suspension once it was made public Wednesday evening, junior guard Tyus Battle said.“He failed a drug test. Not sure what kind or when it happened,” said a former player, who was one of the three people familiar with the situation. Howard’s suspension late in the season is not the first time Syracuse has entered the NCAA Tournament short-handed. Former SU center Fab Melo was ruled academically ineligible two days prior to then-No. 1 seed Syracuse’s first-round matchup with UNC Asheville in 2012. The Orange lost in the Elite Eight without Melo. Dayshawn Wright and Josh Wright each reportedly failed drug tests in 2005 and didn’t play in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament, during which Syracuse fell to Vermont. Syracuse is scheduled to tip-off with Baylor on Thursday at 9:57 p.m. in Salt Lake City and will be without their longest-tenured starter. Published on March 20, 2019 at 10:14 pm Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Comments
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Brandon Clarke, Big, GonzagaClarke’s age (23) is a reasonable concern, but he measures out better than most in the publicly available statistical projections. Given the urgency some of the teams in the top 10 are placing on competing sooner rather than later, Clarke is worthy of a look. He contributes to winning basketball.De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaTo a degree, Hunter epitomizes this draft class. He’s good, not great. He’s very good at a lot of things, but probably not necessarily elite at any one of them. He’s already 21 years old, and his upside isn’t very exciting on its face. Still, he’s a near lock to be a lottery pick.Darius Garland, Point, VanderbiltGarland is a beneficiary of the evolution of Portland’s Damian Lillard and the immediate success of Atlanta’s Trae Young. Dynamic pull-up shooting with range has a floor-shaping effect, and the Vanderbilt product has the potential to be the latest point guard to put it to use. Here’s everything you need to know about the 2019 NBA Draft, including when it starts, the full draft order and how to watch live on TV and stream online.MORE 2019 NBA DRAFT:SN’s final mock draft | Top 60 big boardWhen and where is the 2019 NBA Draft?Date: June 20Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.Start time: 7 p.m. ETTV channels: ESPNLive stream: Watch ESPN appThis year’s draft, the 73rd in NBA history, will take place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., the Nets’ home venue. The first and second rounds will be on Thursday, June 20.What time does the NBA Draft start?Round 1 (Nos. 1-30) of the NBA Draft starts at 7 p.m. ET. Round 2 (Nos. 31-60) will begin immediately after the conclusion of the first round.NBA Draft TV channel, how to live streamThis year’s draft will be broadcast on ESPN. You can also stream the draft on the Watch ESPN app.2019 NBA Draft order of picksFirst round1. Pelicans2. Grizzlies3. Knicks4. Lakers*5. Cavaliers6. Suns7. Bulls8. Hawks9. Wizards10. Hawks (via Mavericks)11. Timberwolves12. Hornets13. Heat14. Celtics (via Kings)15. Pistons16. Magic17. Nets18. Pacers19. Spurs20. Celtics (via Clippers)21. Thunder22. Celtics23. Jazz24. 76ers25. Trail Blazers26. Cavaliers (via Rockets)27. Nets (via Nuggets)28. Warriors29. Spurs (via Raptors)30. Bucks*Pick reportedly sent to Pelicans as part of Anthony Davis tradeSecond round31. Nets (via Knicks)32. Suns33. 76ers (via Cavaliers)34. 76ers (via Bulls)35. Hawks36. Hornets (via Wizards)37. Mavericks38. Bulls (via Grizzlies)39. Pelicans40. Kings (via Timberwolves)41. Hakws (via Lakers)42. 76ers (via Kings)43. Timberwolves (via Heat)44. Hawks (via Hornets)45. Pistons46. Magic (via Nets)47. Kings (via Magic)48. Clippers49. Spurs50. Pacers51. Celtics52. Hornets (via Thunder)53. Jazz54. 76ers55. Knicks (via Rockets)56. Clippers (via Trail Blazers)57. Pelicans (via Nuggets)58. Warriors59. Raptors60. Kings (via Bucks)2019 NBA mock draftSN’s latest mock draft, curated by NBA Draft expert Chris Stone, takes a look at the top prospects and, to no one’s surprise, has Williamson going to the Pelicans at No. 1. Here is our projected top five for this year’s draft:Pelicans: Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeGrizzlies: Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateKnicks: RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeLakers: Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas Tech (will be selecting for Pelicans as part of Anthony Davis trade)Cavaliers: De’Andre Hunter, Forward, VirginiaCheck out the rest of Stone’s mock draft here.NBA Draft 2019 top prospects to knowBelow are the top 2019 draft prospects via Stone’s latest big board. You can read the rest of his top 60 player rankings here.Zion Williamson, Forward, DukeWilliamson is the top prospect in the class by a wide margin. Whether you project him as the next great oversized initiator or a superstar do-it-all prospect — think Draymond Green minus some basketball IQ and plus a lot of athleticism — he figures to be a hugely valuable NBA piece.Ja Morant, Point, Murray StateBall-dominant point guards who can generate offense for themselves and their teammates have increasingly become one of the most valuable archetypes in the NBA alongside plus-sized wing creators. The best bet to fulfill that role in the 2019 class is Morant.RJ Barrett, Wing, DukeBarrett has a quick enough first step to get past defenders and without such a packed lane, his decision-making and finishing should improve. There aren’t many other wings in this class with size and creator potential.Jarrett Culver, Wing, Texas TechCulver possesses some statistical traits that bode well for his upside. He can generate offense from advantaged situations and provide some playmaking. Defensively, Culver is able to contain opponents on the ball and impact plays away from the ball even if he’s occasionally aloof. There is no rest when it comes to the NBA calendar. Only a week after the Raptors won the title and days after the Lakers reportedly acquired Anthony Davis from the Pelicans in a blockbuster trade, commissioner Adam Silver will announce the picks at the 2019 NBA Draft.The Pelicans will select Zion Williamson with the No. 1 overall pick, kicking off their rebuild in a post-Davis world. The Grizzlies and Knicks are expected to take Ja Morant and RJ Barrett with the next two picks, but the rest of the draft board could get messy with this group of prospects lacking star power.