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Morning links: Jazz an 'elite team' with George Hill; WCC power rankings; Jackson a NBA first-rounder?

Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) drives around San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, rear, in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Spurs won 100-86.
Utah Jazz guard George Hill (3) drives around San Antonio Spurs center Pau Gasol, rear, in the second half during an NBA basketball game Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, in Salt Lake City. The Spurs won 100-86.
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James Herbert of CBS Sports looked at the good, bad and ugly performances out of the people involved in offseason NBA moves.

Utah Jazz point guard, George Hill was the second player named after Kevin Durant. Of Hill's play so far, Herbert writes, "The unbelievable numbers — 20 points, 4.2 assists, 3.5 rebounds, 53.4 percent shooting, 45.6 percent from 3-point range — might not be sustainable, but his steadying influence on the Jazz is here to stay. When he's been on the court, Utah has looked like an elite team, outscoring its opponents by 14.3 points per 100 possessions. Hill is exactly what this team needed; he just needs to stay healthy."


BYU ranked No. 3 in WCC Power Rankings

Will Maupin of SB Nation's, Mid-major Madness did his West Coast Conference basketball Power Rankings and the BYU Cougars came in third behind Gonzaga and Saint Mary's.

Talking about the Cougars, Maupin wrote, "Eric Mika (20.9 ppg, 8.5 rpg) is as good a big man as there is, in not just the WCC but all of college basketball. Unfortunately for BYU, he’s all they’ve got, and the teams ranked above them have multiple bigs at or near his level."

After talking about BYU's tough start from 3-point range, Maupin continued, "The gap between BYU and the top of the league is greater than that between BYU and the teams below."

Mika also made his team of the week after a pair of 20+ point scoring performances.


Former Lone Peak star Frank Jackson a first round pick in latest mock draft

Bleacher Report's Jonathan Wasserman did an NBA mock draft after the early part of the NCAA season, and former Lone Peak star, and current Duke freshman Frank Jackson landed in the first round.

Wasserman had Jackson being selected by the Brooklyn Nets with No. 20 overall pick, saying, "Frank Jackson is getting the chance to turn some heads while the Duke Blue Devils' three other freshman stars remain injured. Sporting a terrific 61.3 percent true shooting percentage through eight games, per Sports-Reference.com, he's burning defenses with the jumper, which he's nailed off spot-up threes and pull-ups inside the arc."