Scott Fowler

What were Trevor Lacey, J.P. Tokoto thinking?

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dances in front of a crowd of thousands as he takes the stage at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils basketball team returned to campus heroes on April 7, 2015 after winning the NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis the night before against the Wisconsin Badgers. Students and fans packed Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham to celebrate the team's fifth national championship.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski dances in front of a crowd of thousands as he takes the stage at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Duke Blue Devils basketball team returned to campus heroes on April 7, 2015 after winning the NCAA National Championship in Indianapolis the night before against the Wisconsin Badgers. Students and fans packed Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham to celebrate the team's fifth national championship. clowenst@newsobserver.com

Scott Fowler’s quick takes:

▪  Did you see the recent “Saturday Night Live” when the show spoofed Mike Krzyzewski? The best line was when the actor playing Coach K at a news conference pontificated: “Like I told all my players, college is the most important year of your life.”

▪  Jokes aside, I totally get the decisions made by Duke’s Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones to declare for the draft after a single year. I still don’t like the “one-and-done” rule. But if you’re going to be a first-round draft pick after one year and you’ve already won a national championship, it’s hard to argue that you should stay in school.

▪  I really don’t understand what Trevor Lacey is thinking, though, leaving N.C. State with a year of eligibility left to enter the NBA draft. It sounds like Lacey will go undrafted, so it doesn’t make much sense – he would be the centerpiece of a Wolfpack team that would contend for the ACC title if he returned. I would say the same about UNC’s J.P. Tokoto, who might get picked but probably not in the first round.

▪  Bristol is NASCAR’s sweet-tea version of Fenway Park. If you’ve never made the three-hour trip to Bristol to watch a race and are the least bit interested in the sport, you owe it to yourself to go.

▪  The Panthers had a workout with Southern Cal receiver Nelson Agholor Thursday – considered a possible second-round pick – and are considering taking him in the draft. Given Carolina’s previous “success” picking Trojan wide receivers in the second round (Dwayne Jarrett, Keary Colbert), what could possibly go wrong?

▪  Hornets coach Steve Clifford said this week that Kemba Walker needs to shoot “35 or 36 percent” from three-point range if he is going to make an offensive leap in his game. Not sure I see that happening – Walker is a career 31.8 percent three-point shooter. That percentage is also exactly what the Hornets shot as a team from long range this season, which was worst in the NBA.

▪  It’s very apparent Clifford is not enamored with the work ethic of the Hornets’ P.J. Hairston, who so far has done nothing to endear himself to the team’s fans.

▪  If the Hornets by some miracle win the NBA draft lottery, I would take Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns over Okafor. I like Towns defensively a little more. Either, though, would be a blessing to a Hornets team that was undermanned most of last season.

▪  I saw a mock draft from Sports Illustrated that guessed what would happen if the Hornets stayed at No. 9 in this draft (the Hornets had the ninth-worst record in the league). Charlotte ended up with Wisconsin’s Frank “The Tank” Kaminsky. That would be fine, too.

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