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Three locals on Cincinnati's all-time top 50

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Three locals on Cincinnati's all-time top 50

Three former Chicago area standouts have been named among the University of Cincinnati's all-time top 50 basketball players.

They are George Wilson of Marshall, Lloyd Batts of Thornton, and Levertis Robinson of King.

Wilson, generally regarded as one of the top five high school players in state history, led Marshall to state championships in 1958 and 1960, started on Cincinnati's NCAA championship team in 1962 and played on the U.S. Olympic team in 1964. He played in the NBA for seven years.

Batts, who graduated from Cincinnati as the school's second all-time leading scorer behind Oscar Robertson, was a two-time All-Stater at Thornton in 1969 and 1970. He played in Europe for nine years.

Robinson and Marcus Liberty starred on King's 1986 state championship team.

The top five players on Cincinnati's all-time list are Robertson, Jack Twyman, Danny Fortson, Nick Van Excel and Kenyon Martin.

Under Center Podcast: Bears prop bets (and a bold Mitch Trubisky prediction)

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Under Center Podcast: Bears prop bets (and a bold Mitch Trubisky prediction)

JJ Stankevitz, Cam Ellis and Paul Aspan wonder if John Fox had a point about the Bears having the worst offseason in the NFL (1:00), then offer up some prop bets for the Bears in 2019 involving Eloy Jimenez's home runs and Khalil Mack's sacks (5:00), undrafted free agent rookies making the roster (10:00), when/if the Bears will cut a kicker during the season (12:45), running back production (16:30) and how many games Adam Shaheen will play (25:50).

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GM Stan Bowman: Blackhawks 'unlikely' to trade out of No. 3 overall spot

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GM Stan Bowman: Blackhawks 'unlikely' to trade out of No. 3 overall spot

The 2019 NHL Draft is 48 hours away from now and the Blackhawks are slated to pick third overall for the first time since 2006 when they took Jonathan Toews. Coincidentally, that draft happened to be in Vancouver. 

The Blackhawks are sitting in a unique spot this time around.

The consensus is that Jack Hughes and Kappo Kakko will go first and second overall, respectively, which essentially puts the Blackhawks in a position where they have the first overall pick in a different draft. There's a large group of players to choose from and there doesn't appear to be much separation amongst them.

So would the Blackhawks consider trading out of the No. 3 spot if a team wants to make the jump and the Blackhawks feel good about their player being on the board a few picks back?

"That’s a tough question to answer because it's not like we have a magic formula that we’re waiting for some to call and offer us," GM Stan Bowman said on Wednesday during his pre-draft conference call. "If somebody made a really appealing offer then we’d have to consider it, but that hasn’t happened yet. If it does, then as a group we’ll talk about it. That’s one of those things where a team has to want to put together a really appealing package to move up. It’s happened before, pretty rare though. So I wouldn't say it's out of the realm, but it’s unlikely to happen."

All signs point to the Blackhawks keeping their pick at No. 3, as expected. And it sounds like they already know who it's going to be, which isn't surprising considering the Blackhawks have done extensive research on the prospects — both on and off the ice — for months now.

The Blackhawks staff met on Wednesday a group, they'll meet again on Thursday, and then one more time on Friday before the draft to finalize their list. At this point, it's more about ironing out the later rounds.

"It’s more just fine-tuning the list," Bowman said. "We have more than just one pick in the draft. We’re looking at players we think are going to be around in the second round, and then we don’t have a third-round pick right now so there’s a bit of a gap there between our 43rd and then the two picks in the fourth round. So we have to look at that and determine which players we’re going to target for those rounds. I wouldn’t say there’s anything new that's being discovered at this time of year.

"We’re not going to be cramming last minute. I think we’re going to be very comfortable with the guy we pick when we get to Friday night."

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