Now that the New Orleans Pelicans have won the Zion Williamson lottery sweepstakes, NBA writers have begun revising their projected draft picks.
In the next three weeks leading up to the June 20 draft, don’t be surprised if you see former Indiana guard Romeo Langford’s draft stock rise and fall like the sun. Opinions on him seem to change daily.

Sam Vecenie of The Athletic sees Langford falling to Detroit at No. 15, citing anonymous NBA scouts noting that “Langford is far from a surefire lottery pick after his season at Indiana.” That’s because questions remain about his jump shot. Did his thumb injury cause Langford to shoot 27 percent from 3-point range for the Hoosiers?

But Langford’s 6-6 height and his ability to score inside makes him a perfect fit for the Washington Wizards at No. 9 according to Gary Parrish of

“He’s an intriguing prospect big enough to play alongside Bradley Beal in Washington, which is why he’s a reasonable option at this point in the draft,” Parrish writes.

The difference in salary between the No. 9 and No. 15 slots is significant. Last year’s No. 9 pick, Kevin Knox, received a two-year $8.12 millioncontract from the New York Knicks. Troy Brown signed for two years and $5.98 million as the 15th pick by the Wizards.

Carsen Edwards’ draft stock remains consistent, with the Purdue guard continuing to hover between 22 and 25 in draft projections. Vecenie has Edwards going 22nd to Boston, while Parrish slots Edwards 24th to the Philadelphia 76ers.

“The Celtics tend to like guys with attack-oriented mindsets. Edwards fits that bill to a ‘T,’ “ Vecenie writes.
Adds Parrish: “At worst I think Edwards projects as an instant-offense contributor perfectly suited to come off the bench.”

Purdue, IU stars on College Football Hall ballot
Three men with Purdue connections and former Indiana quarterback Antwaan Randle El are among the candidates on this year’s College Football Hall of Fame ballot.

The list, announced Monday by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame, includes 76 players and five coaches from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 101 players and 33 coaches from the divisional ranks.

The 2020 class will be announced in January.

Former Olympic sprinter Larry Burton once again represents Purdue on the ballot. As a split end, he was a first-team All-American and the Outstanding College Athlete of America in 1974, Burton led the Boilermakers in receiving in both 1973 and 1974.

Anthony Poindexter, Purdue’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach, is on the player ballot thanks to earning two first-team All-American honors as a defensive back for Virginia.

Alex Yunevich, a former Purdue running back, is on the ballot as a Divisional Coach Candidate. Yunevich was at Alfred University in New York from 1937-41 and 1946-76. He coached six undefeated teams and coached the 1971 Lambert Bowl Division III champions of the East.

Randle El was a first-team All-American in 2001 after becoming the first player in FBS history to pass for 6,000 yards and rush for 3,000 in a career. When he left Indiana, he had rushed for more yards than any quarterback in FBS history.

Purdue’s representation in the College Football Hall of Fame has received a big boost from the National Football Foundation’s Joe Tiller Chapter in West Lafayette. In the 15 years since the organization received its charter, six men with playing or coaching credentials at Purdue – quarterback Mike Phipps (2006), quarterback Mark Herrmann (2010), running back Otis Armstrong (2012), coach William “Lone Star” Dietz (2013), defensive tackle Dave Butz (2014) and defensive back Rod Woodson (2016) – have been elected.

They are among 16 Boilermakers enshrined, joining guard Alex Agase, running backs Chalmers “Bump” Elliott, Leroy Keyes and Elmer Oliphant; quarterbacks Bob Griese and Cecil Isbell; and former coaches Jack Mollenkopf, Jim Phelan, Andy Smith and Jim Young.

Purdue outnumbers Indiana 16-6 in Hall of Fame members with the Hoosiers being represented by running backs Zora Clevenger and Anthony Thompson, end Pete Pihos, quarterback George Taliaferro, center John Tavener and coach Bill Ingram.

Kenny Thompson is an award-winning journalist who writes a weekly sports column for Sagamore News Media.