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The Jason McIntyre Show: Jay Bilas on College Basketball and Paying College Athletes

jay bilas gamedayJay Bilas, who we’ve written plenty about on this site, needs no introduction. He’s the guest this week because he spent time in Vegas this summer working with young basketball talent at the NIKE skills academy. Also, I wanted to ask him how badly I butchered the Top 50 players in college basketball list. And about the ESPN departure of his longtime friend and colleague, Bill Raftery. And what would a talk with Jay Bilas be if paying college athletes wasn’t discussed?

* Among the best players he’s seen this summer: Noah Vonleh (Indiana), Jahii Carson (Arizona State), Markel Brown (Oklahoma State)
* We talk about Russ Smith and the perceived snub by me ranking him the 26th best player in the country
* Jay Bilas really likes Aaron Craft. Bilas talks at length about Craft’s incredible defense
* How’d I do with Villanova’s Arch? Bilas had some thoughts on that, which I won’t spoil
* Two transfers to watch next season: Rodney Hood (Duke) and Dorian Finney-Smith (Florida)
* Bill Raftery stories. You’ll like ‘em. He compares Fox stealing Raftery to Fox stealing John Madden back in the day
* The college athletes deserve more than a scholarship. We agreed on this topic, so I was pretty quiet while Bilas went for a solid 10 minutes
* Bilas on Mark Emmert: “I like him personally, but I don’t think he’s done a very good job.”

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