Odds & Ends: Wall, Mitchell, Brooks

There are only four games on the NBA schedule tonight.  With anticipation for the NCAA Tournament ramping up, we should expect the NBA draft updates to pour in.  Here are a few links from around the league and the college ranks:

  • Whether John Wall is worthy of a max deal is still up for debate, writes HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy.  It was reported earlier today that all signs point to the Wizards offering Wall a max contract.  Kennedy indicates that while Wall and the Wizards have been stellar since his return, plenty of evaluators still have their doubts that Wall can take the jump to legitimate stardom.  Wall will become a restricted free agent after next season, but says he would prefer to sign an extension before that happens.
  • We heard earlier today that North Texas forward Tony Mitchell intends to enter this June's NBA draft.  Our Luke Adams noted that Mitchell seemed to take a step back this year in his sophomore season.  CBS College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish agrees, writing that Mitchell projected as a mid-to-late first rounder last year and that his sophomore season undoubtedly hurt his draft stock and could cost him millions. 
  • While his playing time has been drastically reduced in his second season, Nets guard MarShon Brooks has made the most of a recent uptick in minutes, writes Tim Bontemps of the New York Post.  Assuming the Nets will continue to be aggressive in their pursuit of a title, Brooks, currently fifth in the team's guard rotation, could be a value trading chip down the line given the ability he showed as a rookie.
  • If you ever have the urge to check in on your favorite retired player, Sham Sports has a recently updated (and very entertaining) compilation of the whereabouts of former NBAers.

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