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Remembering James Hardy

James Hardy, who teamed up with Bill Cartwright and others to lead the University of San Francisco men’s basketball team to great heights in the 1970s, passed away in late December at age 64.

In the past few weeks since Hardy’s death of a heart attack on Dec. 28, former teammates and those who knew him best reflected on his extraordinary skills on the basketball court.

In remembrance of Hardy, perhaps Cartwright summed up his ex-teammate’s career best.

“In all of my years of playing basketball, he was maybe the best athlete I have ever played with, which I think says a lot,” Cartwright was quoted as saying on the USF Athletics website’s Hardy obituary. “But more importantly he was a good friend, an excellent teammate, and good man who cared deeply about his family.”

Cartwright’s perspective comes from a lifetime in basketball, including 16 seasons as NBA player and the experience of being a part of three title-winning squads as the starting center for the Chicago Bulls in the early 1990s.

A coach’s perspective

Hardy’s former USF coach, Bob Gaillard delivered poignant remarks to the562.org:

“James Hardy was the most talented athletic high school player in the nation. He was simply poetry in motion and an invaluable asset to what became the No. 1 team in college basketball.”

Added Gaillard: “Apart from his athletic prowess, James was an exceptionally intelligent and insightful young man. Intellectually far more aware than his peers, James had the ability to assess individuals, groups, and the social unrest/questions of the turbulent seventies. James Hardy was special and his brief meteoric journey through all that knew him will never be forgotten.”

Great expectations

James Hardy arrived on the USF campus in 1975 as part of a celebrated recruiting class that included future No. 3 overall pick Cartwright and Winford Boynes.

The Knoxville, Alabama, native attended Jordan High School in Long Beach, California, and caught the eye of college coaches from coast to coast with his immense talent and hoop acumen. As a high school senior, he was a Parade All-American First-Team selection in 1975.

There were, of course, great expectations for Gaillard’s Dons in those years.

And the school’s publicity efforts proclaimed as much, too.

Consider what was written in the USF basketball media guide for the 1976-77 campaign: “With the addition of Boynes, Cartwright, and Hardy, Gaillard and the Dons instantly became a top-twenty power overnight,” it was noted in the USF Athletics website obituary.

Success for the Dons

Led by a talented roster and strong coaching, James Hardy and his USF teammates enjoyed success, with West Coast Conference titles in 1976-77 and 1977-78, as well as trips to the postseason in all three of Hardy’s seasons in a Dons uniform.

With Hardy playing a starring role, the Dons opened the 1976-77 with 29 straight victories. By Week 6, the Dons (15-0 at the time) had climbed to No. 1 in the AP national rankings. USF was No. 1 for most of the season, and finished 29-2 overall, dropping its final two games.

James Hardy’s college numbers

The gifted leaper contributed 13.4 points and 9.7 rebounds in 80 games at USF. He shot 52.8 percent from the floor. What’s more, he was No. 10 on the school’s all-time scoring list (1,075) and seventh-leading rebounder (772) by the time his Dons career ended.

As a sophomore, Hardy was an Associated Press honorable mention All-American in 1976-77. He opted to turn pro after his junior season.

In the pros

After his distinguished college career at USF Hardy was the 11th pick (New Orleans Jazz) in the 1978 NBA Draft and began his career playing for Elgin Baylor, the legendary ex-Lakers forward, in the Crescent City.

The Jazz moved to Salt Lake City the next year, and Hardy spent the next three seasons with the club. In his NBA career, the 6-foot-8 Hardy appeared in 249 regular-season games while averaging 5.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. Baylor stepped down rather than remain at the helm after the team moved to Utah, and Hardy continued his NBA career under bench boss Tom Nissalke and Frank Layden, who replaced him in the 1981-82 season after the Jazz lost 12 of their first 20 games.

After four seasons in the NBA, Hardy spent the next eight in Europe, starring for teams in Italy (A.P.U. Udinese and Mister Day Siena), France (Paris Basket Racing and Olympique Antibes) and Spain (CB Ourense), and then he retired in 1990.

Additional insights from Cartwright

Talk Basket reached out to Cartwright a couple weeks ago, and the former NBA player and head coach shared some of his favorite James Hardy anecdotes in an interview conducted via email.

“As you know James, Winford and I came in together in the 1975-1976 class at USF, it was an extraordinary time,” Cartwright shared.

“Even though I was 7-feet tall I was skinny and gangly, Winford was a two-time Mr. Oklahoma, but when we first met James he was the most physically prepared to play. He was 6-foot-9 and a freak of an athlete. I can remember being almost jealous of this guy because he had such an impressive phyique. I thought to myself that there was no way that this guy worked harder than me; he had a god-given talent.

“James is best remembered not for being the team’s leading scorer although there were games in which he was, not for being the team’s leading rebounder although there were games in which he was, but for making spectacular dunks or plays in the games. People would remember the game for his spectacular plays — not if we won or lost.”

Unforgettable memories

A dramatic victory over a local rival remains etched in Cartwright’s mind decades later.

“I remember a game when we played Santa Clara (our rival) in a hard fought game that we ended up winning at the buzzer — Chubby Cox made an unbelievable runner,” Cartwright told Talk Basket. “People best remember the game for the the dunks where he caught a lob pass going away from the basket with his left hand and switched to his right hand and dunked the ball. That was freaky!

“James’ nickname in college was ‘Trouble’ mainly because he had ‘Trouble’ written on the side of the van he brought to USF. We never actually knew where the van came from but we expected it came from a rival school that was recruiting him. Even though James’ nickname was ‘Trouble’ he was the exact opposite. He was very thoughtful and very smart (he played chess). I think he got a kick out of people thinking he was a bad ass.”

Mourning James Hardy’s death

Cartwright publicly mourned his teammate’s passing.

“It is sad that he passed so early,” Cartwright commented.

Cartwright relished the fact that James Hardy was inducted into the USF Athletic Hall of Fame in 2017. He said it was “long overdue.”

“He was so thankful and honored to be in the Hall of Fame,” Cartwright said of Hardy. “(Hardy) didn’t expect it and obviously it was well deserved.”

Cartwright continued: “He brought his wife Catherine and his family to the ceremony. I was happy to have that time to spend with him.

“After James passed I received many many texts from former teammates and USF alumni. He was a special player and a special person who will be missed.”

The final word on James Hardy

James Hardy was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. On the YouTube intro section for a video highlighting his induction into the Hall of Fame, Cartwright summed up Hardy’s unique talents this way:

“We won a lot of games together and climbed to No.1 in the nation -– but everyone would always remember that one spectacular play James made every game that you might not see again. He was a scorer, a rebounder, shot blocker and we all wished we were as gifted as he was.”

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Former Celtic Ryan Gomes wore a G-Unit shirt to his rookie press conference: “I was listening to 50 every game at Providence” https://www.talkbasket.net/119986-former-celtic-ryan-gomes-wore-a-g-unit-shirt-to-his-rookie-press-conference-i-was-listening-to-50-every-game-at-providence https://www.talkbasket.net/119986-former-celtic-ryan-gomes-wore-a-g-unit-shirt-to-his-rookie-press-conference-i-was-listening-to-50-every-game-at-providence#respond Fri, 22 Jan 2021 23:08:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119986 In 2005, Ryan Gomes was a 2nd round pick by the Boston Celtics out of nearby Providence College. Gomes had a distinguished college career from 2001-2005, right around the same time 50 Cent was seeing major success in the music industry. The former Celtic says 50 Cent’s music inspired him so much that he wore […]

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Former Celtic Ryan Gomes wore a G-Unit shirt to his rookie press conference: “I was listening to 50 every game at Providence”

In 2005, Ryan Gomes was a 2nd round pick by the Boston Celtics out of nearby Providence College. Gomes had a distinguished college career from 2001-2005, right around the same time 50 Cent was seeing major success in the music industry. The former Celtic says 50 Cent’s music inspired him so much that he wore a G-Unit shirt to his first ever NBA press conference.

(Via The Grind Podcast with Anthony Ireland):

“50 was on the scene and I was listening to 50 every game at Providence. Every game I was listening to the mixtapes.”

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Lou Carnesecca, one of the all-time coaching greats https://www.talkbasket.net/119417-lou-carnesecca-one-of-the-all-time-coaching-greats https://www.talkbasket.net/119417-lou-carnesecca-one-of-the-all-time-coaching-greats#respond Tue, 19 Jan 2021 00:53:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=119417 Lou Carnesecca guided the St. John’s University men’s basketball team with distinction and confidence for 24 memorable seasons, interrupted by a three-year absence as the head coach of the ABA’s New York Nets (1970-73). By the time Looie retired in 1992, he had amassed a 526–200 record at the New York City school. Before that, […]

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Lou Carnesecca, one of the all-time coaching greats

Lou Carnesecca guided the St. John’s University men’s basketball team with distinction and confidence for 24 memorable seasons, interrupted by a three-year absence as the head coach of the ABA’s New York Nets (1970-73).

By the time Looie retired in 1992, he had amassed a 526–200 record at the New York City school. Before that, he enjoyable remarkable success in the Big Apple’s high school coaching ranks, compiling a 205-34 record from 1950-58.

Oh, and by the way, between his high school and college head-coaching gigs, Carnesecca also served as an SJU assistant from 1958-65 before taking over at the Catholic school that same year.

The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame coaching inductee (Class of 1992) turned 96 on Jan. 5, so it’s a good a time as any to remember his extraordinary career.

Lou Carnesecca, a prolific winner

Sifting through the data of his decades in the coaching business, Carnesecca was all about winning.

In fact, that’s all he ever really did.

And even though his final numbers with the Nets were below .500, (114-138), he took the club to the 1972 ABA Finals, where it finished runner-up

But in the years since his retirement, it’s the notion here that Carnesecca’s name has faded from the collective memory of die-hard hoop fans and casual observers of the sport. Sure, folks remember Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Bob Knight, and a handful of other coaching legends whose careers ended or continued past the early 1990s, but the New York icon is sometimes left out of the conversation.

That said, Carnesecca’s legacy ain’t too shabby.

Consider: He led the Redmen to postseason play in each of his 24 seasons at the helm. There were 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and six NIT trips. St. John’s reached the NCAA Final Four in 1985, and won the NIT crown in ’89.

Motivation was key tactic

Throughout his coaching career, Lou Carnesecca believed he could maximize his players’ talent. He challenged them to believe in themselves and their abilities.

“My way of trying to motivate my players is to tell them how good they can be; to build them up,” Carnesecca once said.

Looie’s career in a nutshell

To succinctly summarize all that Lou Carnesecca accomplished in his coaching career except for NCAA titles, this intro from his Hall of Fame bio is a good place to start:

Animated and energetic, Lou Carnesecca patrolled the basketball sidelines in a constant whirlwind of excitement – and success. Following in the footsteps of Hall of Famer Joe Lapchick, Carnesecca kept St. John’s University in the national spotlight even though he primarily recruited New York City players. He compiled eighteen 20-win seasons, posted back-to-back 30-win campaigns in 1985 and 1986, and averaged more than 20 wins a year for his career.



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Steph Curry reveals his secret to success in college & the NBA: “Having the right people around you” https://www.talkbasket.net/117661-steph-curry-reveals-his-secret-to-success-in-college-the-nba-having-the-right-people-around-you https://www.talkbasket.net/117661-steph-curry-reveals-his-secret-to-success-in-college-the-nba-having-the-right-people-around-you#respond Wed, 06 Jan 2021 18:09:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117661 Steph Curry knows he wouldn’t be where he’s at today without positive people in his life. He recently caught up with former teammate Jermaine O’Neal on Instagram Live and delivered some greats words of advice. Curry’s message goes a long way as it applies to every person, not just basketball players. (Via IG Live: Jermaine […]

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Steph Curry reveals his secret to success in college & the NBA: “Having the right people around you”

Steph Curry knows he wouldn’t be where he’s at today without positive people in his life.

He recently caught up with former teammate Jermaine O’Neal on Instagram Live and delivered some greats words of advice.

Curry’s message goes a long way as it applies to every person, not just basketball players.

(Via IG Live: Jermaine O’Neal):

“The best thing about it is just having the right people around you. Whether it’s teammates, whether it’s family, whether its friends, or people that are going to be loyal but also tell you the truth about what you’re doing. Big reasons why I had success on both levels.”

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Marvin Williams gives humble answer on why he chose UNC https://www.talkbasket.net/117354-marvin-williams-gives-humble-answer-on-why-he-chose-unc https://www.talkbasket.net/117354-marvin-williams-gives-humble-answer-on-why-he-chose-unc#respond Mon, 04 Jan 2021 20:46:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=117354 A young Marvin Williams once had the opportunity to jump straight from high school to the NBA. Although, he turned down entering the draft and now had a decision to make about college. When his recruitment process started many college coaches all said the same thing to him, except for one coach in North Carolina. […]

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Marvin Williams gives humble answer on why he chose UNC

A young Marvin Williams once had the opportunity to jump straight from high school to the NBA. Although, he turned down entering the draft and now had a decision to make about college.

When his recruitment process started many college coaches all said the same thing to him, except for one coach in North Carolina.

Marvin says when Coach Roy Williams came to his hometown of Bremerton, Washington he quickly separated himself from the rest.

(Via The Opinionated 7-Footers):

“He was the only coach that recruited me that never promised me anything and that is what I appreciated. I felt like I wanted to earn anything that I got.”

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Penny Hardaway has an important message for Collin Sexton after calling his son ‘trash’ years ago https://www.talkbasket.net/116668-penny-hardaway-has-an-important-message-for-collin-sexton-after-calling-his-son-trash-years-ago https://www.talkbasket.net/116668-penny-hardaway-has-an-important-message-for-collin-sexton-after-calling-his-son-trash-years-ago#respond Wed, 30 Dec 2020 23:12:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116668 University of Memphis guard Jayden Hardaway & the NBA’s Collin Sexton once met up in an intense high school game back in 2016. This particular game involved a moment where Collin called Jayden ‘trash’ in front of his father Penny, who was coaching on the sideline. Penny recently looked back on the game and defended […]

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Penny Hardaway has an important message for Collin Sexton after calling his son ‘trash’ years ago

University of Memphis guard Jayden Hardaway & the NBA’s Collin Sexton once met up in an intense high school game back in 2016.

This particular game involved a moment where Collin called Jayden ‘trash’ in front of his father Penny, who was coaching on the sideline.

Penny recently looked back on the game and defended his son by bringing up a very good point about it takes to win at the highest levels of basketball.

(Via The Rematch):

“Hopefully he learned from that and understood, especially on the next level where he is now what role players really mean to the game. Role players are a huge part of what you do.” said Penny.

“Some people are comfortable with who they are and my son is very comfortable with who he is.”

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DeMar DeRozan on what he told USC teammates before 2009 PAC-10 Tournament title run: “F*** it we about to go all out man, I don’t plan on coming back to school” https://www.talkbasket.net/116297-demar-derozan-on-what-he-told-usc-teammates-before-2009-pac-10-tournament-title-run-f-it-we-about-to-go-all-out-man-i-dont-plan-on-coming-back-to-school https://www.talkbasket.net/116297-demar-derozan-on-what-he-told-usc-teammates-before-2009-pac-10-tournament-title-run-f-it-we-about-to-go-all-out-man-i-dont-plan-on-coming-back-to-school#respond Mon, 28 Dec 2020 08:22:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=116297 DeMar DeRozan caught up with Stephen Jackson & Matt Barnes on a December episode of the All The Smoke Podcast. DeRozan discussed a bunch of moments from his career, including a story from his college days at the University of Southern California. The 31-year-old Spur remembered a time during the PAC-10 Tournament when he had […]

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DeMar DeRozan on what he told USC teammates before 2009 PAC-10 Tournament title run: “F*** it we about to go all out man, I don’t plan on coming back to school”

DeMar DeRozan caught up with Stephen Jackson & Matt Barnes on a December episode of the All The Smoke Podcast.

DeRozan discussed a bunch of moments from his career, including a story from his college days at the University of Southern California. The 31-year-old Spur remembered a time during the PAC-10 Tournament when he had to accept that his team only had one shot at an NCAA bid. 

USC had an average regular season, as the only way they could make the NCAA Tournament was through winning their conference tourney. With DeMar ready to enter the 2009 NBA Draft that summer, he wanted the team to play as hard as possible with him in his last run as a Trojan.

(Via All The Smoke):

I remember just telling guys ‘f*** it we about to go all out man, I don’t plan on coming back to school.To do that and get MVP of it man, it was something that I still remember to this day.”

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Former Bulls sons Harper & Pippen playing great for their college teams https://www.talkbasket.net/115387-former-bulls-sons-harper-pippen-playing-great-for-their-college-teams https://www.talkbasket.net/115387-former-bulls-sons-harper-pippen-playing-great-for-their-college-teams#respond Mon, 21 Dec 2020 23:05:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115387 From 1996-1998 Ron Harper & Scottie Pippen won three straight titles together with the Chicago Bulls. The former duo both have 20-year-old sons currently playing lights out at the college level. Ron Jr. is leading Rutgers University to a 6-0 record and Scotty Jr. starts at point guard for 3-1 Vanderbilt University. The two rank […]

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Former Bulls sons Harper & Pippen playing great for their college teams

From 1996-1998 Ron Harper & Scottie Pippen won three straight titles together with the Chicago Bulls.

The former duo both have 20-year-old sons currently playing lights out at the college level. Ron Jr. is leading Rutgers University to a 6-0 record and Scotty Jr. starts at point guard for 3-1 Vanderbilt University.

The two rank high on the list of the nation’s top scorers. Harper Jr. is averaging 24 PPG and Pippen Jr. tallies 21.5 PPG. They both recently put up big point totals in wins.

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College Basketball Returns with a Vengeance https://www.talkbasket.net/115017-college-basketball-returns-with-a-vengeance https://www.talkbasket.net/115017-college-basketball-returns-with-a-vengeance#respond Fri, 18 Dec 2020 09:51:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=115017 Two of the most significant pro sports leagues based in North America, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association, had to shut down their seasons in 2020. Major League Baseball delayed their season. Then, when MLB finally got onto the diamond, they played a shorter, 60-game regular season. The MLB, NBA, and NHL […]

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College Basketball Returns with a Vengeance

Two of the most significant pro sports leagues based in North America, the National Hockey League, and the National Basketball Association, had to shut down their seasons in 2020. Major League Baseball delayed their season. Then, when MLB finally got onto the diamond, they played a shorter, 60-game regular season.

The MLB, NBA, and NHL had to deal with the coronavirus pandemic. All three sports leagues, though, weathered the storm. Baseball crowned the Los Angeles Dodgers as their champion. 

The National Basketball Association played out their season on hoops courts at Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The National Hockey League finished their 2020 season via a hub city format with games in Toronto and Edmonton.

Those three leagues appear on track for an almost back to typical season in 2021. The Lakers had their first preseason game. The actual NBA Season starts on December 22, and nobody is mentioning a return to the bubble. 

While the NBA, NHL, and MLB got to finish their 2020 by crowning champions, college basketball didn’t. The NCAA canceled both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments. Universities lost out on $375 million.

Sportsbooks are especially excited about the 2021 NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament

The NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament is the second most important event for U.S. based sportsbooks and private gambling business owners. Only the Super Bowl is more important when it comes to single tournaments or sports events. 

The annual NCAA Tournament attracts bets from all over the world. Not only that, but additional gambling activities, like Final Four bracket contests on CBS Sports, ESPN, and Yahoo, also happen. 

The many games make the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament the most exciting three weeks for sports bettors. When March Madness does roll around, and if you want to place a few wagers, make sure to look for an American bookie, who are usually run by individuals that offer white label sportsbooks through providers like PayPerHead.com. They can provide a bespoke level of customer service that often larger online sportsbooks can’t. Make sure to look for a pay per head agent that uses bookie software if you want to wager on the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament finale. 

NCAAB Final Four 2020-2021

It’s no wonder that Final Four contending teams are determined to play out the 2020-2021 College Basketball Season. Teams have already played their pre-conference schedules. 

Last week, many, including the best in the Big 12, started conference play. Check out information on the top contenders for this year’s NCAA Tournament. We also add some info on the players who will lead their teams to the Promised Land.

Gonzaga and Baylor lead the list of Final Four contenders

Gonzaga – The Zags are solid across the board. Freshman Jalen Suggs shoots 56.7% from the field. He averages over 13 points, close to 7 assists, and grabs close to 5 rebounds per. Suggs tosses the rock to a couple of dominant inside players. 

Drew Timme averages 20.3 points and 6.3 boards while shooting over 60%. Corey Kispert averages 20.3 points and 5 boards while also shooting over 60%. 

Baylor – The Bears’ three-guard starting line-up is the reason they’re a contender. Jared Butler averages 15.3 points, 3.3 boards, and 4.8 assists, MaCio Teague drops 14 points and grabs 4.3 rebounds per while Davion Mitchell averages 6.8 assists, grabs close to 4 rebounds, and scores 12.5 each game.

Baylor and Gonzaga were scheduled to play on December 5. The Zags postponed that matchup due to someone in the program contracting the coronavirus. No word on when Gonzaga and Butler will play the game. 

They may not if both teams continue destroying opponents. There will be no reason if both are in line for a 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament. 

Iowa – The story for Iowa is the likely Naismith Player of the Year, Luka Garza. Basketball betting future handicappers have already dumped on Garza to take the trophy. Luka averages 29.2 points, 9 boards, and an assist. He’s shooting a ridiculous 69% from the field.

Garza is unstoppable, but Iowa isn’t a one-person team. Guard Joe Weiskamp averages 15.2 points while grabbing close to 6 boards each game. 

Jordan Bohannon, CJ Frederick, and Connor McCaffrey can all slash to the basket for easy buckets or set up Garza and Weiskampf. What makes Iowa so difficult to defend is that the entire starting five, especially Garza, can drain threes.  

How good of a three-point shooter is Luka Garza? In 6 games, he’s made 13-of-19, which means he’s shooting 68.4% from behind the arc. 

Michigan State – Iowa’s fellow Big Ten squad Michigan State is also undefeated. The Spartans don’t have a star player. Everyone on the team can score, grab boards, and dish the rock. 

Michigan State does have an excellent inside-outside game. Aaron Henry racks up assists by passing the ball to Joey Hauser. Henry averages 5.2 assists per. Hauser averages 10 rebounds and 13.3 points each game. 

It will be interesting to see if Michigan State can stop the juggernaut that is Luka Garza. The Spartans and Hawkeyes play twice. The first game happens on January 14 at Iowa. The second is on February 13 at Michigan State. Circle both dates on your calendar. 

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Remembering Bruce O’Neil, a basketball visionary https://www.talkbasket.net/114555-remembering-bruce-oneil-a-basketball-visionary https://www.talkbasket.net/114555-remembering-bruce-oneil-a-basketball-visionary#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 18:23:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114555 Bruce O’Neil was an integral part of international basketball for decades. He made a lasting impact on the coaching fraternity, on players’ lives, on building a global basketball community. O’Neil died of a heart attack on Nov. 21 in Oregon. He was 75. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, four children, six grand children […]

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Bruce O’Neil was an integral part of international basketball for decades.

He made a lasting impact on the coaching fraternity, on players’ lives, on building a global basketball community.

O’Neil died of a heart attack on Nov. 21 in Oregon. He was 75.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen, four children, six grand children and one great-granddaughter.

A lifetime in basketball

A native of Tacoma, Washington, he played college ball at the University of Hawaii in the 1960s. After settling in Oregon, he returned with his bride to Hawaii to complete his bachelor’s degree. O’Neil also landed a job as the top assistant coach for Hawaii in 1969. At age 27, he took over as head coach in 1973. It was a short stint in charge for O’Neil.

Hawaii did experience success and high-profile opponents during O’Neil’s stint at the helm. For instance, in the 1974-75 season, Hawaii played Bobby Knight-led Indiana in the Rainbow Classic title game. The Hoosiers, who were ranked No. 2 at the time, went 31-1 that season. Indiana won the game 69-52.

During O’Neil’s third season at the helm, he was axed in 1976.

Former Rainbow Warriors player, assistant coach and head coach Bob Nash remembered O’Neil as an important figure in Hawaii hoops history.

“He was chiefly responsible for recruiting the great talent to UH in the ’70s,” Nash said recently. “He made some laps in judgment that cost him from being a long tenure coach at Hawaii. He and his family are dear friends of mine and it’s so sad he left us so soon.”

O’Neil was involved in various basketball-related projects for the next decade and a half before finding his true niche. He served as president of the United States Basketball Academy from its inception in 1992 until his death.

The USBA provided opportunities

Five years after a dream was hatched, the USBA opened its doors. It was nestled in an ideal setting, away from the hustle and bustle of the big city and a myriad of actions. The USBA campus is 47 miles east of Eugene, Oregon, and sits on 46 acres in the McKenzie River Valley in Blue River. It was there where Bruce O’Neil forged lifelong connections with generations of players and coaches. Perhaps in the future a gym in China will have a statue of him proudly on display.

O’Neil has been instrumental in helping growth the game in China since the USBA was established. His obituary, which was posted on tributearchive.com noted: “With over 130 trips to China, he is considered one of the foremost experts regarding China basketball. During those years the USBA has trained over 2,000 Chinese players, coaches and administrators at its world class training facility in Oregon and Bruce has led over 30 USA all-star teams to China for various competitions…”

The United States Basketball Academy opened its doors in 1997.

Longtime international basketball coach Bob Pierce, who has guided teams in China and Japan throughout the 21st century in addition to his current work as a scout for the Miami Heat, was a close friend of O’Neil’s and witnessed his love for the game and the role that the USBA played in helping grow the game.The USBA became a destination to go to to learn about the game.

“(It) has hosted basketball teams and coaches from around the world,” Pierce noted. “Japan, China, Korea, Colombia, England, Lebanon, these countries and more have sent teams ranging from youth and college teams all the way up to the top professional and national teams, to train and learn from some of the top coaches in the United States.

“Cabins on the camp site are named after coaches like John Wooden, Pete Newell, Dale Brown, Jim Harrick and Bob Hill, all famous coaches who helped Bruce bring the USBA into existence.”

Chamberlain ‘encouraged’ O’Neil to open a camp

“Wilt Chamberlain was the one who encouraged Bruce to open up a basketball camp, and also insisted that the words ‘United States’ be part of the name,” Pierce recalled. “A picture of a young Yao Ming standing outside the Great Hall greets visitors to the USBA’s dining hall.

“During my busiest summer working at the USBA in 2006, former NBA Hall of Fame players Rick Barry and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stopped by to visit Bruce O’Neil and watch the camps.”

Reflecting on his long friendship with O’Neil, Pierce admitted that “I find it hard to believe that Bruce has left us.”

Pierce added: “He was one of the most positive people I have ever known with a great vision for what basketball could be in China and around the world. My lasting image of Bruce will always be him grilling steaks outside the Great Hall at the USBA, smiling and happy to be hosting players and coaches from somewhere around the world. “

Bruce O’Neil loved the USBA’s camaraderie and learning environment.

Final interaction with O’Neil

Two days before he passed away, O’Neil connected with Pierce via WeChat.

Kevin Zhang, a 6-foot-9 rookie for the Liaoning Flying Leopards had notched a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in his first official Chinese Basketball Association game.

O’Neil was delighted to receive the news from Pierce.

“That’s my boy!!”O’Neil replied on the social messaging app.

Strong ties with the students

“Kevin Zhang is another in a long line of Bruce’s ‘adopted sons and daughters’  in China,” Pierce pointed out.

He went on: “Over the past 20 years almost every important player, coach, or top league official from China has spent time with Bruce at the USBA in Blue River, Oregon or has stayed at his home in Eugene. Many lived with Bruce and his wife for months at a time. Kevin had done both, staying with Bruce to improve his English, then moving on to play high school basketball at two different schools before playing two seasons at Tulane University. Bruce also took his grandson Kaelan’s high school team (South Eugene) to Shenyang, China, Kevin’s hometown in Liaoning province, on a summer trip partially arranged by Kevin’s mom, a high-ranking government official in Liaoning.”

Longtime USBA president Bruce O’Neil and former bj-league commissioner Toshimitsu Kawachi

First visit with O’Neil in 1997

For Bob Pierce, his first interaction with O’Neil occurred in 1997, when he was serving as an assistant under Bob Gaillard at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

O’Neil and Gaillard were friends, and had been coaching rivals when Gaillard worked at the University of San Francisco. (He was the 1977 NCAA Coach of the Year.)

“We drove down to Blue River, Oregon, to Bruce’s unfinished camp site, for a fantasy basketball camp featuring a Hall of Fame former NBA player, Rick Barry,” Pierce recalled. “The indoor gym hadn’t even been built yet, so all drills were done on the outdoor courts. Which became a problem the next day when it rained and forced us indoors. That led to a day of watching basketball videos that Bruce’s video company had produced. The highlight of the weekend was an outdoor dinner and campfire, with a fantasy camper asking Rick Barry if he thought Michael Jordan was the greatest player of all time. (The look on Rick’s face was priceless. I’m not sure you can ask Rick a question like that without including him as one of the contenders for the title.)

“With no gym, and only a handful of campers at the unofficial opening, it was hard to imagine what the USBA would become. Only a few months later, I left for Japan to become the assistant coach for the Hitachi Rising Sun in the JBL 2nd Division. My coaching career in Asia and the USBA have the same birth year, 1997.

“Every year when I would return to Portland, I would visit with Coach Gaillard. He would update me on the USBA, and talk about his trips to China with Bruce to do basketball clinics. I was getting more intrigued, especially after Bob told me about the first Big Man and Guard Camp held at the USBA featuring Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and former NBA guard Jay Humphries.”

Coaches, including Bob Hill (third from right) and Bob Pierce (right), savored opportunities to work with Bruce O’Neil.

A visionary leader

Bruce O’Neil wasn’t interested in just teaching the game in the Oregon backwoods. He had lofty ambitions. He wanted to spread the institute’s knowledge by working in the world’s most populous country.

“In January of 2005 I let Bruce know I was in Beijing to watch a few CBA games,” Pierce stated. “The day before I was set to return to Japan, I received an email from Bruce saying he had arrived in China to do a clinic for college coaches, which included an invitation to join them at the Olympic Training Center. Over the next couple of days, I was able to watch Jim Harrick and Bob Hill do their clinics. I also traveled with them to visit the Great Wall.  

“When we parted ways, Bruce extended the invitation to work at the 2005 Big Man and Guard Camp, which was going to be run by Bob Hill. Bruce was always a big picture guy, a dreamer, someone who had ideas that others would call crazy. Within months, as the Big Man and Guard Camp approached, Bruce had convinced me to leave Japan to help him start the USBA Chinese Institute that he was planning to open in the fall of 2005.”

Hill dished out hoop wisdom

Traveling back and forth across the Pacific Ocean provide opportunities for Pierce to be around O’Neil’s well-connected circle, which included some great basketball minds and innovative thinkers.

Just ask Pierce.

“Working with Bob Hill at the 2005 Big Man and Guard Camp was like getting an  advanced degree in basketball,” he said recently. “Several big men from the University of Kentucky and the University of Oregon were in attendance. This is why coaches came to the USBA. We often learned more than the teams and players who came there to train.”

The camp produced a competitive environment.

Which, in turn, prepared players for potential careers in the pros.

Pierce recalled, “The Big Man and Guard Camp was immediately followed by the CBA Draft Camp. Nineteen of the 20 CBA teams from China came to the USBA to watch dozens of prospects play and then draft two for their teams. This is where I saw the compassionate side of Bruce. Coaching at the highest levels is tough. Coaches get fired for losing. Some know they will never coach at the NCAA D-I level again. One of the coaches in 2005 was Pete Gillen, who that year was fired after seven seasons at the University of Virginia. Pete had been Bruce’s assistant at Hawaii in 1975-76. Many coaches used the USBA as a way to make connections for their next job, or like Pete, to transition from coaching into broadcasting.

“In the evenings the coaches, from the NBA, NCAA, NAIA, and overseas would sit in the cabins named after Dale Brown, Pete Newell, and John Wooden talking basketball. Some of the best clinics I’ve ever attended were in these evening sessions.”

The USBA Chinese Institute attends a Rockets-Blazers game on Dec. 11, 2005, and meets Yao Ming.

USBA Chinese Institute’s Mixed Success

After many delays, on October 21, 2005, nine of the eventual 10 young players arrived at the USBA from junior teams in China.

It was full immersion in basketball, academics and American culture for them, including homestays with American families over the Christmas holidays.

“We played games against the JV teams at local colleges like Willamette University in Salem, and Concordia College in Portland,” Pierce noted. “One of them went to on to play at the University of Hawaii before returning to play in the CBA for a few seasons. Two of these original players are still playing in the CBA during this current 2020-2021 season. The USBA Chinese Institute only lasted a few years, but it typified Bruce’s ambitious projects.

“I lived at the USBA during most of 2006, again working at the Big Man and Guard Camp and the CBA Draft Camp. The bj-league commissioner, Toshimitsu Kawachi, was also a guest at the USBA that summer as he wanted to see how the CBA Draft Camp worked. Later in the summer we also brought the Nihon University men’s basketball to the USBA for a training camp.”

For Pierce, back to Asia

Even after his work took home back to China, then Japan and back to China again, Pierce found fulfillment in staying connected with the USBA and his good friend Bruce O’Neil.

In short, it was a yearly ritual.

“I left the USBA in the fall of 2006 to start a new team in Shenzhen, China. Later returning to Japan to spend five seasons coaching in the bj-league. But from 2006 until 2019 every time I returned to Portland, Oregon, I would drive down to Eugene to visit Bruce,” Pierce explained.

“I would usually arrange my trips based on who was visiting the USBA. Training camp for Zhejiang Guangsha from the CBA. A club team from Colombia. The Bulldogs from London, England. The Beijing Ducks junior team. The Beijing women’s team. Three young players from Korea. A young prospect from Mongolia whose father was 7 feet tall. The junior women’s team from Shandong, China.”

COVID-19 disruptions

Until the end of his productive life, Bruce O’Neil was always thinking of ways to grow the game, connect people and provide opportunities.

Case in point: His latest project “was a cooperation with Beijing Shougang, the parent company of the Beijing Ducks, to host their Pioneer Program,” Pierce reported. “In 2019 there were about 50 young Chinese players living at the USBA, playing basketball and studying English, with the goal of eventually enrolling in high schools or colleges in the United States.
“COVID-19 disrupted the program in 2020, and now with Bruce’s passing, no one knows what will happen to it. But it certainly illustrates Bruce’s ambitious plans to help as many basketball players in China, and around the world, as possible.”

A special environment

While the USBA Chinese Institute didn’t have a long history like its founder in Oregon, it left an indelible mark on former players. And that fact resonates with Pierce when he thinks about the special bonds that were formed there.

“I stay in touch with many of the original USBA Chinese Institute players from the first two years,” he said. “Many are now married with kids, working at normal jobs. All are still involved with basketball and dream of meeting again at the USBA in Blue River, Oregon, with their kids in tow, so that their children can experience the same things that they did.

“That is Bruce O’Neil’s legacy.”

For more information about the United States Basketball Academy, visit usbausa.com.

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Nigel Hayes: Playing in the EuroLeague has given me the self-confidence I lacked in the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/114460-nigel-hayes-playing-in-the-euroleague-has-given-me-the-self-confidence-i-lacked-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/114460-nigel-hayes-playing-in-the-euroleague-has-given-me-the-self-confidence-i-lacked-in-the-nba#respond Mon, 14 Dec 2020 10:09:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=114460 On December 16, Nigel Hayes is going to celebrate his 26th birthday. On his third year in Europe, the 6’8” forward that plays for Zalgiris Kaunas is demonstrating his improvement all over the continent. Not only do his numbers look better than last season, his first on the EuroLeague level, but also his contribution to […]

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Nigel Hayes: Playing in the EuroLeague has given me the self-confidence I lacked in the NBA

On December 16, Nigel Hayes is going to celebrate his 26th birthday.

On his third year in Europe, the 6’8” forward that plays for Zalgiris Kaunas is demonstrating his improvement all over the continent. Not only do his numbers look better than last season, his first on the EuroLeague level, but also his contribution to the Lithuanian giants has increased significantly.

A Toledo, Ohio native, Hayes had an outstanding college career with the Wisconsin Badgers, where he played from 2013 to 2017. He was part of the team’s two Final Four runs in 2014 and 2015, ending up as the fourth leading scorer in school history (1,857 points).

His first professional season included no less than four teams: a G League stint with the New York Knicks affiliate plus a total of 9 games with the Lakers, the Raptors and the Kings. At that time, Hayes was offered mostly 10-day contracts and never got to play consistent minutes or have a definite role on any of those teams.

In Europe, he had a very good year with Galatasaray in Turkey and the EuroCup, before moving on to Zalgiris. Sarunas Jasikevicius, one of European basketball’s towering figures, and Martin Schiller (one of G League’s most prominent coaches) are as different as “Antarctica and Malaga” and Hayes cannot help but point out the obvious.

For a team that started with 4 wins in a row and then got a taste of its own medicine by losing six games in 45 days, bouncing back had been an imperative for a long time. In the same vein, for one of the athletes who supported the Black Lives Matter movement before it came into fashion, his 14-point performance on 3/3 three-point shooting at OAKA vs Panathinaikos OPAP was a reminder of the qualities he had displayed early on in his career.

After an important win (69-81) over the Greek team, Nigel Hayes took some time for TalkBasket.net to weigh in on team’s performances, past and present coaches, NBA time, Draft prospect teammate Rokas Jokubaitis and -of course- Tyler Herro’s choice of college.

Q: How big of a win was this, in terms of psychology?

A: It’s good for our psychology and it’s also frustrating for the objectivity of the game, how it went and how we played. We know what we are capable of when we play as hard as we can, execute the game plan and the rules-decisions our coach has put in for us. It’s good that we were able to do that, but it’s also like “Hey, we didn’t have to lose six in a row”.

Q: Why did you lose six in a row?

A: We were just not able to finish the job. In order to win a game, you have to do almost everything perfect. We were a lot closer to that today than we were in the last six games.

Q: How’s the season been so far for you and Zalgiris?

A: It’s been good. New system, new coaching style and coaching staff. It almost seemed like last year, when we lost 9 in a row and I was kind of “Shit, let’s not do that again!”. Luckily, we were able to stop the bleeding at six and hopefully take the recipe from this game – the way we played- and carry it over going forth in the rest of the season.

Q: What’s the main difference between Sarunas Jasikevicius and Martin Schiller?

A: It’s as different as living in Antarctica and living in Malaga or Ibiza. But both coaches are great in their own right. I’ve said in a previous interview that there’s more than one way to coach and to play basketball. Not one style is right or better than the other one. We don’t play any worse or better.

Nigel Hayes, during the 2020/2021 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 13 match between Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
and Zalgiris Kaunas at OAKA on December 11, 2020 in Athens (Photo by Panagiotis Moschandreou/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Q: What’s the principle that has changed?

A: The first I would say is the obvious … you know. The demonstrative yelling and correcting in every game. Saras has Dixicon and I talked to him after our last game against Barcelona – he knows. That’s a style of coaching that you see a lot in Europe and it stems from his treaty of coaching with Obradovic. You see those who played for him and are now coaching, they all have the same style. It works, but there’s more than one way to win games. We’ve bought into coach Schiller’s style, but we have to play close to a 100 percent as well.

Q: Do you believe that if it hadn’t been for COVID, you would be playing in the NBA right now?

A: I felt like I was playing very well last year, towards the end of the season. It was around January-February. It was as if I hadn’t missed a shot in two months. Things were going great, exactly like in the game against Panathinaikos. But I can’t see the future. All I can do is be here where I’m at. My feet are in a Zalgiris jersey and I want to play as well as I can for myself and my family. I want them to be proud of me and help my team win games.

Q: In terms of your NBA experience, did you expect more than 10-day contracts?

A: No, looking back on it now, I’ve always worked hard. I just didn’t work right and I needed to have more confidence in myself and my abilities. That’s something I have gained now, playing in Euroleague. You see a lot of the guys that go from the Euroleague to the NBA talk about how much harder it is. Luka Doncic was saying that it’s easier to score in the NBA and it’s true. It’s very difficult here. I feel that the experience I’ve had will help me. If the opportunity presents itself, I will be much more prepared this summer.

Q: Is Rokas Jokubaitis NBA ready?

A: Absolutely. I talk to him all the time about trying to make sure that he does the right things. I’ve been there for a short period of time, but I was able to listen, see and learn a lot from other veterans. I’m trying to help him be prepared for that.

Q: Which was your best NBA experience?

A: Just meeting players and watching how people work, the way they go about business.

Q: Do you appreciate the NBA more after what happened in the summer, with players and the league expressing political views and even boycotting a game?

A: It’s always been the best league in the world and also the best job playing basketball. NBA players and the whole organization have always set the bar very high. I’m not at all surprised that those things happened.

Q: Did people at Wisconsin call you to say they’re mad at you for persuading Tyler Herro to try Kentucky?

A: No, it doesn’t matter if they did or not. I told him to do what’s best for him and at the end of the day, it worked. All the credit goes to him for his work ethic.

Q: Did you personally have a good time at Wisconsin?

A: Great time. It was the greatest college experience you could ask for. All I needed was a National Championship. I was very close, but … Fantastic time.

Q: Is your former teammate Ethan Happ Euroleague material?

A: Absolutely. He has one of the best motors you’ve ever seen; he’s very crafty, he can score in a million ways around the rim; he will hustle and never cheat you.

Ethan Happ #22 (L) and Nigel Hayes #10 of the Wisconsin Badgers cheer from the bench in the second half against the Prairie View A&M Panthers at
the Kohl Center on November 27, 2016 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images)

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Cade Cunningham says he watches a lot of Luka Doncic https://www.talkbasket.net/113064-cade-cunningham-says-he-watches-a-lot-of-luka-doncic https://www.talkbasket.net/113064-cade-cunningham-says-he-watches-a-lot-of-luka-doncic#respond Thu, 03 Dec 2020 06:34:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=113064 As the college basketball season begins, many of next year’s draft prospects will display their talents for NBA scouts. The highest-rated player of the 2021 class by most experts is Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham. The projected #1 pick is off to a great start for the Cowboys, averaging 18.7 PPG/6.7 RPG/3.0 APG with a 3-0 […]

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Cade Cunningham says he watches a lot of Luka Doncic

As the college basketball season begins, many of next year’s draft prospects will display their talents for NBA scouts. The highest-rated player of the 2021 class by most experts is Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham. The projected #1 pick is off to a great start for the Cowboys, averaging 18.7 PPG/6.7 RPG/3.0 APG with a 3-0 record.

His comparisons to Luka Doncic have already been talked about quite a bit, which is very high praise for the young freshman. Cunningham is originally from Arlington, Texas as he’s no stranger to Dallas Mavericks basketball. He recently talked with Jeff Goodman for a short moment about the 21-year-old Slovenian star. 

(Via Stadium):

“I really watch a whole lot of Luka Doncic because he’s another 6’7 guard.”

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Kevin Love on being recruited to UCLA: “Bags of cash, or, you know, a wardrobe full of clothes” https://www.talkbasket.net/111048-kevin-love-on-being-recruited-to-ucla-bags-of-cash-or-you-know-a-wardrobe-full-of-clothes https://www.talkbasket.net/111048-kevin-love-on-being-recruited-to-ucla-bags-of-cash-or-you-know-a-wardrobe-full-of-clothes#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2020 17:05:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=111048 NBA Champion and five-time All-Star Kevin Love says he still thinks about committing suicide. On this weekend’s episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Love talks about the low point he reached in 2012 where he began researching ways to take his own life, his ongoing battle with mental health, and how, through The Kevin […]

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Kevin Love on being recruited to UCLA: “Bags of cash, or, you know, a wardrobe full of clothes”

NBA Champion and five-time All-Star Kevin Love says he still thinks about committing suicide. On this weekend’s episode of In Depth with Graham Bensinger, Love talks about the low point he reached in 2012 where he began researching ways to take his own life, his ongoing battle with mental health, and how, through The Kevin Love Fund, he is working to help others. Plus:

  • Love discusses the sacrifices he made playing with LeBron James,
  • Why Cleveland hasn’t traded him,
  • The greed he encountered in college recruitment,
  • And how therapy helped him accept himself.

When Love was recruited to UCLA, he says he encountered some “wild” things during the process.

KEVIN LOVE: …Bags of cash, or, you know, a wardrobe full of clothes, or there’s just so many things that, you know, are scary and wrong… you’re just trying to get to your goal. You put the kid in a really tough place. I think it’s a learning experience, but, you know you take the player, you take that individual away, there’s a lot of greed on every side. I really believe that.

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Ian Miller: “Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself. It’s easy for me to play in the NBA” https://www.talkbasket.net/109416-ian-miller-promitheas-is-the-first-high-level-team-to-allow-me-be-myself-its-easy-for-me-to-play-in-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/109416-ian-miller-promitheas-is-the-first-high-level-team-to-allow-me-be-myself-its-easy-for-me-to-play-in-the-nba#respond Sat, 31 Oct 2020 13:23:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=109416 Florida State standout Ian Miller had to reach his late twentys to make a name for himself in professional basketball. Now, at 29, he is playing with arguably one of Eurocup’s finest teams, Promitheas Patras. The Greek side reached the competition’s quarter-final phase last season, which ended prematurely due to COVID-19. Miller is leading the […]

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Ian Miller: “Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself. It’s easy for me to play in the NBA”

Florida State standout Ian Miller had to reach his late twentys to make a name for himself in professional basketball.

Now, at 29, he is playing with arguably one of Eurocup’s finest teams, Promitheas Patras. The Greek side reached the competition’s quarter-final phase last season, which ended prematurely due to COVID-19. Miller is leading the horde, amassing 19.3 points on 36.7% three-point and 95.2% free-throw shooting, plus 2.8 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Unfortunately, action in Patras has been put on hold since the club announced three positive COVID-19 tests on October 26.

A father of two children, Miller has dedicated his basketball journey to his father Julian who passed away in 2015, while his son was on his first overseas mission, Italian second division team Aurora Jesi. Ian stayed in Italy for a couple of years, before moving to Kazakhstan, Turkey, Israel and France. With the passage of time, he improved on his game, without renouncing his scoring instincts.

His performances this season, including an impressive late turnup at the Greek Super Cup Final which garnered Promitheas their first trophy ever, have whetted the appetite of a lot of teams across Europe, even China. However, the combo guard from Charlotte feels comfortable on his current team, coached by the gregarious Makis Giatras. The Detroit Pistons gave him a chance to make their NBA roster in the summer of 2014 – and Miller responded with solid games- but Euroleague and the Far East loom as the more lucrative options at the time.

The first question for Ian Miller after six years of playing overseas was about the scarse number of interviews he has done:“I’ve been sort of distant from the media people“, he concedes talking to TalkBasket.net. “I like to focus on my job and perform. Even if you see me on TV, I won’t even be looking comfortable talking into the microphone. I just want to stay focused on the game. In the summertime, I’d be chilling with the family and I’ll be handling no media. I don’t really answer the phone in the summer.

Despite the above statement, the phone interview with the 6’2” guard went quite smoothly.

Q: How are things in Patras and Promitheas?

A: Everything here is cool. Greece is beautiful and I love the country. We got a full roster now and it’s better for us. Mantzaris and Nico (Radicevic) are great additions. They help the team find easy shots and generate offense, giving us more depth with their experience. Right now they are definitely getting the job done.

Diante Garrett is very important and I think people forgot about him, but I’m ready for him to come back. That will make us one of the best teams in Europe. I think there’s a lot of teams in Eurocup that can compete with Euroleague clubs this year. Just because of the COVID situation and the paycuts, a lot is up for grabs. Teams that are normally dominating countries are not so dominant in their local leagues like in the past. I know how talented my team and Diante are. We just got to be patient and wait for him to get back healthy.

Q: You had no previous pan-European competition experience before coming to Promitheas. So, how is Eurocup for you until now?

A: Every night is a battle, there are no easy games. But all we want is to have a full roster. I feel we can do some things in Eurocup that people didn’t expect us to do. The goal is to win.

Q: Why did you sign with Promitheas last summer?

A: Because they’re playing in the Eurocup, for one. Some friends had played for them before me and told me about the situation and how players are taken care of. Langston Hall told me how professional the club is, giving him the chance to display his talent. I always wanted the chance not just to play in Eurocup or Euroleague, but to be myself. Players often get to bad situations, where they don’t perform lke they can because they are not accustomed to playing the way their coach wants them to. That was another reason I came to Promitheas. I’ve been in those situations, but I can play in any kind of system.

Ian Miller during a Promitheas Patras – Herbalife Gran Canaria game for the 2020-21 7DAYS EuroCup regular season. Photo Source: Promitheas Patras Official website

Q: Do you feel like Langston Hall’s successor in Promitheas?

A: I never really thought of it like that. I came here to write my own story.

Q: Let’s talk about that story, then. Not being drafted in 2014 took a toll on you? How did you handle it?

A: I was ready to go to the next situation. I’ve never thought bad about it, not at all. I stayed positive and went right back to working out that night.

Q: You actually joined the Pistons for the 2014 Summer League. How was the experience? What did you learn?

A: I learned that it’s easy for me in the NBA because there’s a lot of space and shots are not created off the dribble. I didn’t really learn a lot mentally; just wanted to showcase myself and I did that. I had really good performances and teams definitely wanted me to come to traning camp, but I wasn’t with that. A lot of people get stuck in the G League or in training camp and then they don’t get good jobs in Europe. I wanted to go straight to a solid situation and if the NBA wanted me, they would come and get me. So, I wouldn’t try a Summer League again. If I were to be in the NBA, I would play a Patty Mills or Jason Terry-type of role. I used to watch them while I was in college.

Q: It’s interesting that all Detroit Pistons guards at that Summer League (Peyton Siva, David Lighty, Markell Starks, DeAndre Liggins) are now in Europe, with only one notable exception. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went on to play with Detroit and later bacame an NBA champ with the Lakers. He was the youngest (21) player of you all at the time. What do you make of his case?

A: He’s a killer! He has accepted his role in LA, but real basketball players know Caldwell-Pope can do numbers easily.

Q: Stan Van Gundy was then both President of Basketball Operations and head coach of the Pistons. What feedback did you get from him?

A: Van Gundy loved me. He wanted me to go to the D League and get better at playing strictly point guard, but I didn’t want to play there. He told me I was a great guard and would spend time every day talking to me.

Q: Do you think you could have made an NBA roster? Are you going to pursue that goal?

A: Yeah, I believe I could play there, if the opportunity presents itself again. But I’m not chasing it because I got to handle what I have on my plate right now.

Q: If you were offered a two-way contract, would you go to the NBA?

A: It depends on the team and the situation. If I feel like I got a chance to go there and prove myself, yes. If I’m not on the court, I can’t do what I’m supposed to.

Q: In case things don’t work out like that, would Euroleague be your first choice?

A: It’s either Euroleague or China. They’re even for me. Money is good on both levels, but I like the style of play in China. Game is more like NBA style, up and down. Some of the best guards and scorers play there. It’s a five-month season and I will be able to spend more time in the States with my kids. I just want to find the best situation for me.

Ian Miller of Roanne and Dee Bost of Monaco during the Jeep Elite match between the two teams on October 5, 2019 in Monaco. (Photo by Pascal Della Zuana/Icon Sport via Getty Images)

Q: Where was the best situation for you?

A: In Patras and Kazakhstan. They let me showcase my abilities; my coach then was AEK’s coach Ilias Papatheodorou. I had a good experience and a good feel for the Greek people after playing on a team with a Greek staff and two Greek teammates (Leonidas Kasselakis and Dimitris Katsivelis). I like Promitheas because we work hard on the court, but our coach gives us freedom to get better. He’s always teaching us, while trusting me to make mistakes.

Q: Two years ago, Rick Pitino compared Makis Giatras to West Virginia coach Bob Huggins. Is that description accurate?

A: I don’t know, I never played for Bob Huggins. But coach Makis is a good coach. He’s energetic and gives you a chance to grow as an individual. Nothing is ever personal with him. Even when he’s serious, he’s always joking. It’s hard not to like a person like that. The only thing he likes to say in English is “good luck” before the games.

Q: You reportedly selected Florida State over many prestigious college programs, like Miami, Kentucky, Oklahoma and North Carolina. Why did you make that choice?

A: I felt that it was the best school for me at the time. They were also becoming a good basketball team and I wanted to be a part of their growth. We won the first championship in school history. In the end, college shaped me because it helped me become a man, grow up fast and do things by myself.

Q: Since you have dedicated your career to your father, what do you think he would have liked you to achieve in it?

A: Win more championships, leave a legacy in any organization I play for, make people love me – not as a player, but as a person. That’s the things my father would want me to do. Being the best person mattered to him more than basketball or any amount of money I could make.

Q: You grew up in Charlotte. There’s a video of you training with KC Rivers and other players. How is hoop culture over there?

A: KC is like a big brother to me. He likes to hellraise me in basketball. He helped me stay motivated because I wanted to be like him and other people while growing up. I’ve seen them get out of college, play in the NBA or in the Euroleague, like KC and a few others. My mind was always locked in on what those guys were doing; and then I started copying their moves.

Also, Muggsy Bogues is like an uncle to me. He has been there pretty much my whole life, since I was 4-5. Me and his son played on the same team (Charlotte Flames). There were athletes and celebrity-type people playing for that program, which was run by my grandfather. Me and Muggsy became best friends immediately. When I got to high school and he saw how serious I had become with the game, he started to train me in the mornings before class. At 6 a.m. we’d be on the court. We keep in touch all the time. Whenever I struggle with or have a question about anything in basketball and life, I ask him. I know his story, in and out.

Q: The late Michael Ojo, who passed away a few months ago, was a teammate of yours at Florida State. What do you remember of him?

A: That was my man! From the first day at school, we talked and hung out. A person like that you don’t meet often. You got to cherish the moments you spend around him because I don’t know if I’ll ever meet somebody as gentle, honest and trustworthy. That’s the way you’d want to live your life. I don’t think he ever had a problem with anybody. That’s hard to find.

Q: You were voted Sixth Man of the Year in 2014 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. How did you adapt to being the go-to guy in Europe?

A: I was the sixth man by choice. My team couldn’t afford for me to start the game in my senior year. So, it was best for me to come off the bench. It’s not really about starting, but about me playing the minutes I should be playing at a high level. Promitheas has suited me well because they give me trust and confidence. Kazakhstan, France and Greece are three situations that let me be myself. Italy wasn’t for me. In Jesi there was too much going on between management and players.

Q: Why did you start off your pro career with an Italian second division team?

A: I was supposed to go First Division, but they were trying to sign me early in the summer and I kept telling them I wanted to go to Summer League first. By the time I made my mind, it was too late to sign with a good team.

Q: Do you feel more comfortable playing at point or shooting guard?

A: I’m a combo because I can get 6-7 assists any time too. I consider myself a guard.

Q: Do you consider yourself a clutch player?

A: Very much so. Promitheas is the first high-level team to allow me be myself and part of that is being a clutch player.

Q: Who’s the best teammate you ever had?

A: Ousman Krubally and Ronald Lewis. Those were two big brothers to me. I look up to them and I also talk to them almost every day. But I never had any bad teammates.

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Davide Moretti on playing in the NCAA Final Four: “Hard to describe it. It is unique”

Davide Moretti shared his thoughts on playing in the Final Four of the NCAA.

Moretti was part of Texas Tech, which made it to the Final of the NCAA Final Four in 2019. Texas Tech finished second, losing to Virginia in the Championship Game (85-77).

“Hard to describe it. It is a unique experience. I am thankful I had the opportunity to be part of it. It was special, an mazing experience,” Moretti told Fran Fraschilla during his appearance on the World of Basketball podcast.

Moretti decided to leave Texas Tech in the offseason and joined Armani Milano, getting ready for his EuroLeague debut.

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David Holston is small in size, but also a giant in disguise https://www.talkbasket.net/105140-david-holston-is-small-in-size-but-also-a-giant-in-disguise https://www.talkbasket.net/105140-david-holston-is-small-in-size-but-also-a-giant-in-disguise#respond Sun, 27 Sep 2020 10:19:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=105140 An undersized point guard and a formidable scorer, who overcomes his minuscule stature with heart and talent, reaching his prime well past the age of 30, is a combination hard to find anywhere. For David Holston, the ladder to success has been a rather long one to climb up. Coming off from a High School […]

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David Holston is small in size, but also a giant in disguise

An undersized point guard and a formidable scorer, who overcomes his minuscule stature with heart and talent, reaching his prime well past the age of 30, is a combination hard to find anywhere.

For David Holston, the ladder to success has been a rather long one to climb up. Coming off from a High School in Auburn Hills, where he earned all-county and all-state honors, Holston was not offered a single college basketball scholarship. Even when he embarked on the college venture with Chicago State University (CSU), it was for an institution with no athletic conference affiliation.

Being undersized is an understatement when it comes to one of the shortest players currently at work in Europe. Whether his official height is 5’6’’ or 5’7’’, top-level professional basketball has higher requirements, at least on paper. The court is usually a different story and David Holston knows that he can make history in the next few days, if JDA Dijon Basket wins a European title.

The French side is getting ready for the Final Eight of the Basketball Champions League which will be held in Athens between September 30 and October 4, 2020. The OAKA Indoor Hall, homecourt for previous winners AEK Athens, will be the venue. However, no fans are expected to attend. Their opponent in the quarter-finals, Turk Telekom from Turkey, has several former NBA players on the roster, like Kyle Wiltjer, Tyler Ennis and Sam Dekker.

“I’m just trying to prepare my mind for the Final 8. Athens is a nice city and I can’t wait to get back. It’s going to be cool, even without fans”, Holston told TalkBasket.net over the phone from his house in Dijon. A place he calls home, since he’s getting ready for his fourth season with the team, which most likely will not be his last.

Coach Laurent Legname has found a gem of a point guard, who operates both as a gifted scorer and a floor general when the situation calls for it. Holston’s latest “masterpiece” came at Dijon’s last game, a 81-74 win over Asvel Basket, reigning champions of the French LNB and Euroleague participants. With the visitors leading 12-0 after less than five minutes of play, Dijon evened the game in the second half and in the fourth courter the undersized American guard stepped in big-time. After all, that’s what he does best: 16 points, including four daggers and a total of 5 assists, proved enough to knock Asvel down for good.

That game was just the latest perl in the collection of great performances for the wondrous baller, who also led Dijon to the French Cup last February. Lifting the first trophy in his career whetted Holston’s appetite for more crowns. As chance would have it, his first and biggest goal lies ahead of him.

Besides, the 34-year-old veteran is no sleeper anymore. In 2019, he was named the MVP of the French League and is averaging 12.3 points – 6.9 assists on 40% behind the arc in the BCL. Holston finished his collegiate stint with 19.6 points, 4.4 assists and 2.1 steals per game. The 2009 NBA Draft came and went, thus paving the path to Europe.

Turkey and Germany were good, but France worked best for him. Holston’s 2017-18 season with Dijon pales in comparison with his achievements over the last two campaigns, but was enough to persuade him to come back to a city mostly famous for its mustard. Now, Dijon boasts a basketball team that aims to the top in every competition – and David Holston is one of the main reasons for it.

Q: How has the season been so far for you and Dijon?

A: Good. Our coach prepared us to be in good shape. We already played a game to qualify for the F8. We’re practising really hard and I think we’re going to be ready.

Q: What do you think of the BCL hosting a F8 to finish off last season?

A: It’s pretty cool, in order not to let the last season go to waste. We still got a chance to compete for a title. We did a very good job last year and being rewarded for it is very good. We have the opportunity to play on a big stage.

Q: I saw that you had a considerable crowd with you in the game against Nizhny. The question is: Do you prefer to have some fans at the OAKA Indoor Hall, even if they were only AEK Athens supporters, or is it better with no fans at all?

A: It’s tough… I think everybody would say that they want to have fans. AEK fans are some of the best in Europe. So, it would probably be better not to have them in the gym when we play against them. On the other hand, it would have been a good atmosphere.

Q: If you were allowed to borrow a player from a BCL rival, who would it be?

A: That’s a hard question. But I’d say that the season MVP would be (Keith) Langford from AEK Athens, one of the best teams in the competition.

Q: I know you’re a student of the game and that you spend many hours watching basketball. What’s your view on the other teams comprising the F8?

A: Turk Telekom is a really good, talented team and we’ve been talking about them a lot lately. The point guard (Keifer Sykes) that they got made them even better. They also have Tyler Ennis and Sam Dekker, a very good shooter. We have to come ready to compete. I saw the Tenerife-Zaragoza game for the Spanish league and both were playing well. We played against Zaragoza and the way they move the ball and play with each other makes them a very tough team. It’s hard to beat them.

Q: Is there any team that stands out?

A: If it wasn’t us, I’d have to say AEK Athens or Hapoel Jerusalem. They have what it takes to win it all. It will come down to the team that’s hot and executes the best.

Q: Your former teammate Rasheed Sulaimon moved to Zaragoza in the summer. Did you talk?

A: We did, but not a lot. I just told him: “Congratulations and see you soon”. We’re all competitors, but we played together last season – a great year- and I want the best for him. I bet I’ll see him soon on the court. We’re both excited to be in the F8 and he was happy that we won our third game against Nizhny.

Q: Until February 2020, you hadn’t won any major trophies in your career. Now, after your first French Cup with Dijon, do you think that the BCL F8 presents you with the biggest challenge ever?

A: Yes. It’s a great opportunity; all I’ve been looking for. We have three games to play to get the title. I already won a cup and I want to win another one.

Q: What made you renew with Dijon until 2021?

A: It’s true that I had higher offers than theirs, but at this point in my career I mostly want to be comfortable. I like playing with the coach and the way he plays on defense and offense suits me a lot. I want to stay in a system that I know, since I have a good relationship with everyone in the club. It was an easy choice to make. I would like to play with coach Legname for as much as I can. So, I might stay with Dijon for the rest of my career.

Q: Do you feel underrated?

A: I’ve spent my whole career since High School, when I received no scholarships to go to college, with a chip on my shoulder. I always have been underrated. It’s hard to say whether I could have drawn the attention of big teams in Europe or NBA clubs, but the truth is that no Euroleague teams saw any interest in me. Maybe it just wasn’t for me. There’s nothing I could do about it. I was blessed to be able to play in the BCL and I want to keep doing what I love.

Photo Source: @tmmhoops Twitter account

Q: Would you say you were bound for overseas since the beginning of your pro career?

A: Yeah, I had a couple of tryouts in the States, but I knew how things go and that my future was in Europe. Everything I did in my career was supposed to happen. I never look back.

Q: Apart of tons of self-confidence, what else does an undersized guard need to have in order to feel like a giant on the court?

A: A big heart. For me, that’s the main thing. You got to go out, fight every night and work hard.

Q: As a French league MVP at 33, would you call yourself a late bloomer?

A: I guess you could say that. I think I’m starting to get smarter, understanding the game a lot better and developing as a player. A lot of credit goes to my coach for helping me. I feel like the best years of my career are ahead of me. I still can play at a top level and take care of myself as best as I can.

Q: Why have you called Malcolm Delaney the best player you’ve faced in Europe?

A: Just because of the way he controls the game and handles every situation. He’s a big guard and a really great player. As far as Europeans, I like Teodosic and Campazzo, who is a short guy and will play in the NBA for sure. He has a good knack for the game.

Q: Your birthday is on January 26. This year you were celebrating, but I guess the mood changed upon hearing about Kobe Bryant’s death. How was it?

A: It was crazy! We were just finishing dinner, after celebrating a little bit. My teammates brought a cake and when they were about to leave, we all found out the news. We were in a room together, sad. It was a downer for everybody. After what happened, I didn’t feel like it was my birthday anymore. We were all shocked.

Q: You didn’t get to play against Kobe, but you faced off with Kevin Durant in college. What did you make of him back then?

A: That was a crazy experience as well, hearing all the hype about him and then seeing him on the court next to me. You could tell what kind of player he was going to be. It was a good experience for me because he’s the best player I’ve ever stepped on the court with, the best scorer I’ve seen up close and personal.

Q: Who was your role model as a player?

A: Growing up, I looked up to Lindsey Hunter, who played for the Detroit Pistons and the Lakers. He took me under his wings when Ι was little and worked with me.

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In remembrance of John Thompson

Longtime Georgetown University basketball coach John Thompson couldn’t hide on the court.

He was a giant (6 foot 10) and loomed large on the college basketball scene as the determined leader of the Georgetown Hoyas.

Thompson also didn’t hide his ideas. When he had something to say, he said it.

John Thompson died at age 78 on Sunday. In recent years he worked as a basketball analyst on college broadcasts and also spent time as a talk-show host.

He will, of course, be remembered most for his successful run as the Georgetown bench boss, which included three appearances in the NCAA Tournament championship game (1982, 1984 and 1985). The University of North Carolina and Villanova defeated star center Patrick Ewing and the Hoyas in 1982 and ’85, respectively.

In between, Thompson guided Georgetown to a title in April 1984, beating the University of Houston, which featured another future Hall of Famer in Akeem (later spelled Hakeem) Olajuwon, 84-75 in Seattle.

The mindset of John Thompson

In The Associated Press’ game report, Thompson’s pride in his time was on full display:

“Hoya Paranoia is dead.

“Georgetown has nothing to fear anymore.

“Not that it ever really did, mind you. Georgetown’s NCAA championship basketball team wasn’t built on an adversarial relationship with anybody. It is the product of togetherness, under the tutelage of Coach John Thompson.

“ ‘We don’t need Hoya Paranoia,’ Thompson said Monday night after his Hoyas defeated Houston 84-75 in the title game at the sold-out Kingdome. ‘I have young men with personal pride and dignity … and if Hoya Paranoia makes us the way we are, somebody else better catch it.’ ”

The thrill of victory

In the aftermath of the championship win in 1984, Thompson reflected on what it meant to him.

“I’m extremely elated, because this has been an obsession of mine, to win the national championship,” he was quoted as saying in newspaper articles the next day. “I’d wake up from sleep sometimes thinking about it. Now I feel as if the monkey is off my back.”

He added: “I don’t want to be like (UCLA legend) John Wooden and win 10 of these. I just wanted to win one. He had to be an iron man to do what he did.

“Now I can concentrate on other things. I can think more about the kids and their needs.”

Successful run

From 1972-99, John Thompson’s Hoyas won 596 games and lost 239.

The Hoyas appeared in 20 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances and 24 straight postseason tourneys in all, including four more NIT trips.

As a result, Georgetown established a standard of excellence under Thompson.

A three-time Big East Conference Coach of the Year, Thompson was named the UPI Coach of the Year in 1987. The UPI accolade was presented from 1955 to 1996 in recognition of the top men’s basketball coach each year.

Four Hall of Famers — Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutombo and Allen Iverson — played for Thompson at Georgetown. Ewing released a statement in remembrance of Thompson. The other ex-Hoyas stars also paid tribute to him in various social media posts.

Thompson’s influences

In a column he wrote after the 1984 NCAA Championship final, Steve Bisheff of the Orange County Register noted that Thompson played for two well-respected, defensive-oriented coaches during his time at Providence College and with the Boston Celtics.

“Dee-fense is what Thompson preaches,” Bisheff wrote. “If it isn’t entirely what won him the championship game, it is certainly what got him this far. And he rarely lets anyone forget it.”

Furthermore, Thompson’s comments added heft to that observation.

“I was very fortunate,” Thompson said, “to have played for coached like (Boston’s) Red Auerbach and Joe Mullaney, men who saw the joy and beauty of playing defense. And that’s what I try to convey to my kids.”

Which he did throughout his coaching career, and commanded respect in his chosen profession, as Thomas Boswell of The Washington Post observed.

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Dikembe Mutombo on what coach John Thompson meant to him https://www.talkbasket.net/101622-dikembe-mutombo-on-what-coach-john-thompson-meant-to-him https://www.talkbasket.net/101622-dikembe-mutombo-on-what-coach-john-thompson-meant-to-him#respond Tue, 01 Sep 2020 01:04:05 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101622 Ex-NBA big man and Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo joins Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr. to share a moment he had with legendary Georgetown head coach John Thompson, who died at the age of 78:

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Dikembe Mutombo on what coach John Thompson meant to him

Ex-NBA big man and Basketball Hall of Famer Dikembe Mutombo joins Chiney Ogwumike and Mike Golic Jr. to share a moment he had with legendary Georgetown head coach John Thompson, who died at the age of 78:

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Magic Johnson pays tribute to the late John Thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/101589-magic-johnson-pays-tribute-to-the-late-john-thompson https://www.talkbasket.net/101589-magic-johnson-pays-tribute-to-the-late-john-thompson#respond Mon, 31 Aug 2020 17:33:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=101589 NBA legend Magic Johnson reacted to the passing of the legendary coach John Thompson. The five-time NBA champion tweeted a message full of respect highlighting the impact coach Johnson had. “He was a father figure and mentor to his own players, many other student-athletes, and professionals in the NBA and in the business world. He […]

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Magic Johnson pays tribute to the late John Thompson

NBA legend Magic Johnson reacted to the passing of the legendary coach John Thompson. The five-time NBA champion tweeted a message full of respect highlighting the impact coach Johnson had.

“He was a father figure and mentor to his own players, many other student-athletes, and professionals in the NBA and in the business world. He stood for what he believed in like when he walked off the court before a game against Boston College to boycott Proposition 48,” Johnson wrote.

“He altered the perception of how the world viewed Black coaches being the first to win the 1984 NCAA National Championship. 97% of his players that stayed for four years earned their degree!”

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All Hopes Are College Basketball Will Return https://www.talkbasket.net/96324-all-hopes-are-college-basketball-will-return https://www.talkbasket.net/96324-all-hopes-are-college-basketball-will-return#respond Fri, 24 Jul 2020 08:32:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=96324 After the 2020 events were cancelled, colleges are now looking forward to the return of the game amid many restrictions. While hopes have been going up, Ivy League colleges have already confirmed that they would not run any sports during the fall semester, which extends through the middle of December. Yale head coach James Jones […]

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All Hopes Are College Basketball Will Return

After the 2020 events were cancelled, colleges are now looking forward to the return of the game amid many restrictions. While hopes have been going up, Ivy League colleges have already confirmed that they would not run any sports during the fall semester, which extends through the middle of December.

Yale head coach James Jones had to break the news to his students, not in person, but rather on Yale. “No games until at least mid-December,” he said, thinking aloud about how the measure would affect the team.

One suggestion is that Ivy teams won’t participate in basketball games until 2021, which is not too bad. Many leagues have already scurried to find ways to return, with all Division I leagues on the lookout for a solution.

The Patriot League, CAA, MEAC, America East, and SWAC have confirmed that they would take a temporary break while the details of the pandemic are being thrashed out. Nevertheless, odd makers have been very consistent in posting up odds and following teams’ new recruits as they expect to see the NCAAB return soon enough.

In fact, you can check NCAA men’s basketball point spreads even today, as sportsbooks are already planning on the NCAA basketball odds despite the somewhat fraught situation.

Despite the Difficulties, Everyone Hopes for a Return

Given the current state of affairs, seeing NCAA basketball return any time soon is a bit of a fool’s errand. Yet, leagues are all pushing for it. Coaches from all levels of men’s college basketball are currently working on ways to see the majority of games return at the beginning of January at the very least.

Many coaches have also pushed for a confirmation that the timeline will be met, or it would make no sense to have athletes preparing for a January restart, many have said. However, most colleges are expecting to have a full student body on campus before 2020 is out.

Coaches have also cautioned that while students may be returning, they may still take their classes remotely, even though they are in physical locations in the colleges. However, many have expressed doubt as to what it would mean for the NCAAB.

Would there be games to bet on college basketball? Or would games just have to wait until some point in 2021. Some have cited risks of a second wave and others are firmly embedded in the rising tally.

There are those colleges and coaches, however, who have confirmed that they are looking for a timely restart of NCAAB which has emboldened fans and players. UMBC coach Ryan Odom has confirmed that this team will be returning and playing later this year, which is great news for anyone who has doubted college players.

However, the makeup of the leagues will have to be charted. Interstate games may have to wait a little, and there will be a much more localized form of competition between top colleges, which is not necessarily bad.

With quite a few challenges yet to sort out, NCAAB is on its way back.

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DeMarcus Cousins on the Future of College Basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/95702-demarcus-cousins-on-the-future-of-college-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/95702-demarcus-cousins-on-the-future-of-college-basketball#respond Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:09:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95702 Former UK star DeMarcus Cousins FaceTimes Taylor Rooks to discuss how younger players choosing HBCUs would change the face of college sports: “You got a chance to, you know, change sports as a whole.”

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DeMarcus Cousins on the Future of College Basketball

Former UK star DeMarcus Cousins FaceTimes Taylor Rooks to discuss how younger players choosing HBCUs would change the face of college sports: “You got a chance to, you know, change sports as a whole.”

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Lionel ‘L-Train’ Simmons named to MAAC’s 40th anniversary team https://www.talkbasket.net/95453-lionel-l-train-simmons-named-to-maacs-40th-anniversary-team https://www.talkbasket.net/95453-lionel-l-train-simmons-named-to-maacs-40th-anniversary-team#respond Wed, 15 Jul 2020 14:25:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=95453 More than 30 years after he played his final game for La Salle University, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons is being honored again for his sensational college career. On July 7, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 40th anniversary men’s basketball team, celebrating its history and recognizing numerous great players who have competed in the conference […]

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Lionel ‘L-Train’ Simmons named to MAAC’s 40th anniversary team

More than 30 years after he played his final game for La Salle University, Lionel “L-Train” Simmons is being honored again for his sensational college career.

On July 7, the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference announced its 40th anniversary men’s basketball team, celebrating its history and recognizing numerous great players who have competed in the conference since its inception. In announcing its 40th anniversary team, the MAAC included players from schools that are no longer affiliated with the conference. Former MAAC schools include La Salle, Army, Fordham and Holy Cross. La Salle now comletes in the Atlantic-10 Conference.

Lionel Simmons is the conference’s all-time leading scorer and rebounder. The 1989-90 NCAA Player of the Year and John R. Wooden Award winner his senior year, L-Train also holds this distinction: He became the first NCAA player to put more than 3,000 points (3,217) on the board and snare more than 1,000 rebounds (1,429).

When he was a college senior, joined the exclusive 3,000-point club. Other members before L-Train: Louisiana State’s Pete Maravich, Portland State’s Freeman Williams, Texas Southern’s Harry Kelly and Bradley’s Hersey Hawkins.

A look at Lionel Simmons’ legendary college career

In 2016, Lionel Simmons was inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame.

A schoolboy legend in his hometown, Lionel Simmons starred at South Philadelphia High School before arriving at La Salle in 1986.

He made a profound impact on the Explorers program. Exhibit A: the team posted a 100-31 record during his four seasons at the MAAC school. He received the MAAC Player of the Year accolade three times. He was a consensus First Team All-American as a senior.

What’s more, La Salle competed in the NCAA Tournament in Lionel Simmons’ sophomore, junior and senior seasons. The Explorers retired his No. 22 jersey.

Simmons scored more than 20 points in each of his four college seasons. He finished his college career with the following averages: 24.6 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.9 blocks.

He aimed to emulate the stars

In February 1990, as his college career was winding down, Lionel Simmons spoke about how he studied other players.

“I think a lot of people growing up want to be like a certain player, emulating him in any way possible,” Simmons told The Washington Post at the time. “I tried to watch and take certain things from certain players and put it all together.

“I’ve always liked to pass — that may sound weird, with me scoring 3,000 points — but watching Magic (Johnson of the Los Angeles Lakers), an unselfish player who’s willing to pass before he takes a shot and is perceived as being great because of it — I tried to take that. When Moses (Malone, formerly with the 76ers) was here, he was rewarded for being a rebounder, so I try to rebound as best I can.”

Career in the NBA

After leaving La Salle, L-Train played seven seasons for the Sacramento Kings (1990-97). The No. 7 pick in the 1990 NBA Draft, Lionel Simmons averaged 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists as a pro.

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Makur Maker commits to Howard over UCLA https://www.talkbasket.net/94182-makur-maker-commits-to-howard-over-ucla https://www.talkbasket.net/94182-makur-maker-commits-to-howard-over-ucla#respond Fri, 03 Jul 2020 13:33:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94182 Five-star prospect Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard on Friday morning. Makur Maker, the cousin of NBA big man Thon Maker, is one of the top high-school prospects in the United States. Maker chose Howard over UCLA, with Kentucky and Memphis also on his final list of four. The young versatile 6-foot-11 frontcourt player, […]

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Makur Maker commits to Howard over UCLA

Five-star prospect Makur Maker announced his commitment to Howard on Friday morning. Makur Maker, the cousin of NBA big man Thon Maker, is one of the top high-school prospects in the United States.

Maker chose Howard over UCLA, with Kentucky and Memphis also on his final list of four. The young versatile 6-foot-11 frontcourt player, is ranked No. 16 in the ESPN 100 for 2020, per ESPN

He was born in Kenya before moving to Australia. He played for three schools in California since 2015, before ending this season in Arizona.

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Five Great Colleges for Basketball Players https://www.talkbasket.net/94088-five-great-colleges-for-basketball-players https://www.talkbasket.net/94088-five-great-colleges-for-basketball-players#respond Thu, 02 Jul 2020 17:27:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=94088 If you are a budding basketball player and you want to find a college to successfully continue your career, then this article is for you. We have collected the five best educational institutions for basketball players. Read and choose. 1.     University of Kentucky Team name: Wildcats. Summary: The Wildcats are undoubtedly one of the best teams […]

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Five Great Colleges for Basketball Players

If you are a budding basketball player and you want to find a college to successfully continue your career, then this article is for you. We have collected the five best educational institutions for basketball players. Read and choose.

1.     University of Kentucky

Team name: Wildcats.

Summary: The Wildcats are undoubtedly one of the best teams in the NCAA. The team always had good mentors and players who could fight for the championship. Separately, it is worth highlighting the era of the great Adolph Rupp, who for 42 years at the helm of Kentucky brought the university four championship titles. In general, the Kentucky Wildcats have the best scores for players transferred to the NBA over the past several years.

2.     Duke University 

Team name: Blue Devils

Summary: Mike Krzyzewski. This name alone speaks for itself. The US national team coach is undoubtedly the best university-level coach in North America and has given a start to the lives of many future NBA stars. It is important that with all the success, Krzyzewski himself firmly refuses to become a professional coach, rejecting the proposals of the NBA clubs. In fact, why did he need it when Duke should be considered the main supplier of talents to the Association?

By the way, if you are going to study at this college and play basketball, you will not have much time to keep up with your studies. In this case, you can get college homework help from various special services. Thus, you can safely play basketball, knowing that everything is in order with your tasks.

3.     University of Kansas

Team name: Jayhawks

Summary: Wilt Chamberlain and Paul Pierce are great advertisements for the University of Kansas. But besides them, there are several dozen quality performers, and even stars who have adorned the Jayhawks jersey. One of the most successful Kansas players was Mario Chalmers, who brought the NCAA gold to his team in 2008 with his accurate three-point shot. 

4.     University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Team name: Bruins

Summary: If we talk about the dynasties and dominance in college basketball, then first of all it is worth recalling the John Wooden UCLA team. That team in the 60s and 70s really had no equal, having won 10 NCAA titles in 12 years. Among the modern players who played at UCLA, it is worth noting Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook. Therefore, it is not surprising that the University of California has a reputation as a maker of basketball players for the Association. And besides this, the team itself remains very popular, being the student equivalent of the Lakers.

5.     University of Arizona

Team name: Wildcats

Summary: The University of Arizona, or rather its basketball team, is on the right track. The administration has created excellent conditions and huge investments to provide the team with everything necessary, and a good specialist has been brought onboard – Sean Miller. This brings profit, as in recent years, the team has been consistently included in the list of best colleges for basketball players. 

As you can see, there are great options to choose from. With one of these five colleges, you can definitely realize your dream to be a basketball player. So good luck with enrolling and achieving new sporting goals!

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Will top NBA prospect Emoni Bates ever play at Michigan State? https://www.talkbasket.net/93883-will-top-nba-prospect-emoni-bates-ever-play-at-michigan-state https://www.talkbasket.net/93883-will-top-nba-prospect-emoni-bates-ever-play-at-michigan-state#respond Wed, 01 Jul 2020 04:28:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93883 A day after Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 class, committed to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate if he will ever actually suit up to play a college basketball game or if he’ll go straight to the NBA.

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Will top NBA prospect Emoni Bates ever play at Michigan State?

A day after Emoni Bates, the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 class, committed to Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate if he will ever actually suit up to play a college basketball game or if he’ll go straight to the NBA.

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Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State University https://www.talkbasket.net/93656-emoni-bates-commits-to-michigan-state-university https://www.talkbasket.net/93656-emoni-bates-commits-to-michigan-state-university#respond Mon, 29 Jun 2020 18:17:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93656 The number 1 ranked propsect for the Class of 2022, Emoni Bates, has committed to play for the Michigan State Spartans. The 6″9 Small Forward, committed to the Spartans earlier today on a live interview for ESPN. Bates, 16, has 6 offers from various Division 1 schools, but chose to stay local and join Coach […]

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Emoni Bates commits to Michigan State University

The number 1 ranked propsect for the Class of 2022, Emoni Bates, has committed to play for the Michigan State Spartans.

The 6″9 Small Forward, committed to the Spartans earlier today on a live interview for ESPN.

Bates, 16, has 6 offers from various Division 1 schools, but chose to stay local and join Coach Izzo and the Spartans. Duke, Michigan, Kentucky, Georgia and Florida State were the other scholarship offers for Bates.

The prospect has been described, by some, as the best High School player since LeBron James.

Bates was the winner of the Michigan Gatorade Player of the Year award in 2019. In addition to this, he was the winner of the National Gatorade award in 2020.

In his freshman campaign, he averaged 28.5 points and 10.2 rebounds.

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Derrick Rose ALMOST Missed NCAA Title Game Due to His Candy Addiction! https://www.talkbasket.net/93165-derrick-rose-almost-missed-ncaa-title-game-due-to-his-candy-addiction https://www.talkbasket.net/93165-derrick-rose-almost-missed-ncaa-title-game-due-to-his-candy-addiction#respond Tue, 23 Jun 2020 22:46:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=93165 As a freshman, Derrick Rose’s candy addiction became an issue. His college teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts said: “He eats Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner.” Douglas-Roberts said he and his teammates told Rose throughout the season to “stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws, but he can’t.” […]

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Derrick Rose ALMOST Missed NCAA Title Game Due to His Candy Addiction!

As a freshman, Derrick Rose’s candy addiction became an issue. His college teammate, Chris Douglas-Roberts said: “He eats Gummy Bears and Starbursts for breakfast, and Twizzlers and Honey Buns for dinner.” Douglas-Roberts said he and his teammates told Rose throughout the season to “stop eating so many Gummy Bears and Sour Straws, but he can’t.” He added that “No one eats more Gummy Bears than him.”

The addiction became a concern the day of the NCAA title game against Kansas. John Calipari, head coach of Memphis at the time, said Rose’s “stomach was bothering him.” Rose suffered from a stomach ailment which forced him to miss the media sessions that day which drew concern from the public.

Rose fought through the struggles and despite the loss, he managed to put up 18 points, 8 assists, and 6 rebounds. In 2010, Rose would address his sweet tooth by saying: “Everybody has their poison, mine is sugar.”

He would continue his battle with sugar because in January 2011, Rose would play against the Orlando Magic despite having TWO stomach ulcers. Thankfully, Derrick Rose now has his diet looked after and is trying to combat his sweet tooth day by day to prolong his NBA career.

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Four Tips to Balance Life, Basketball, and Studies https://www.talkbasket.net/92431-four-tips-to-balance-life-basketball-and-studies https://www.talkbasket.net/92431-four-tips-to-balance-life-basketball-and-studies#respond Mon, 15 Jun 2020 18:07:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92431 You probably heard how important school is countless times, but it may not be your priority in life. It’s okay if you want to chase a dream and find a different path in life than most of your peers. For example, if you’re really talented at basketball and practice every day, you might go pro […]

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Four Tips to Balance Life, Basketball, and Studies

You probably heard how important school is countless times, but it may not be your priority in life.

It’s okay if you want to chase a dream and find a different path in life than most of your peers. For example, if you’re really talented at basketball and practice every day, you might go pro one day.

Regardless of what your personal goals are, it’s always good to have a backup plan. Now, you may be wondering how to balance school and sports. There are some skills that you must learn in order for you to succeed. These include time management, self-discipline, and managing expectations. Here are some excellent tips that you can incorporate in your life to balance everything you have going on.

Master Self-Discipline

A lot of students don’t know how to balance school, work, and sports. Your first step should be to gain and master self-discipline. This is a skill that will help you achieve long-term success in all aspects of your life. There’s a good chance that you’ll have to make some major changes to your daily routine in order to gain self-discipline. This can be challenging for a lot of people because it means stepping out of your comfort zone.

What you can do is treat both basketball and studies like they’re your job. Just like you’d have to go to work every day, you have to put in the time and effort to practice basketball and study on a daily basis. Sometimes, you won’t be able to do everything you planned, and that’s completely normal. For instance, you’ll occasionally have a lot of different school assignments that may be impossible to finish on time. In this case, you can simply ask for help from a fellow student or from a professional writing service.

Even when you’re assigned a personal essay and need to write a paper about life, you can contact a professional writer. In fact, you can find a lot of free essay examples on life online. Just one example of a database filled with free samples of college essays can be found here – https://eduzaurus.com/free-essay-samples/life/. You can always count on experts to cover any topics you’re assigned in a timely manner. Enlisting the help of a professional writing service can help boost your grades and reach your academic goals.  

Balancing School and Sports Through Time-Management

It’s not about how much time you spend on the court or studying, but rather how you use your time. If you don’t start improving your time-management skills, it’s likely that you’ll experience burnout and lose motivation to keep going. By learning how to manage your time more properly, you’ll experience less stress and high productivity.

Start by compiling a to-do list each day to stay organized and on top of everything. You should also establish a routine that you’ll follow daily. Designate a specific time period for both basketball practice and studying. It’s also a good idea to take advantage of the many time-management apps available online.

Manage Your Expectations

Learning how to manage your expectations is extremely important. Avoid thinking that you have to be perfect at both basketball and school. If you set your expectations too high, you’ll likely deal with an overwhelming amount of stress that will make it harder for you to reach your goals. Understand that you should always be happy with your performance as long as you know that you’re doing the best you can.

Use Weekends Wisely

Most students use weekends to relax, hang out with friends, and party. While it’s definitely good to take some time to kick back and enjoy life from time to time, you should be careful how you use your weekends. If you have an important game or exam soon, spend your time wisely and prepare for it while others are resting. Know that in order to be great, you’ll have to show a lot of dedication to basketball and school.

Bottom Line

The question of how to balance school work and sports is far from easy. However, if you want to be successful in life, you’re going to have to learn how to work hard sooner or later. You should use the opportunity to develop important life skills while you’re young.

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The NBA’s plans for season restart could impact college basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/92337-nba-plans-impact-college-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/92337-nba-plans-impact-college-basketball#respond Sun, 14 Jun 2020 19:33:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92337 The NBA’s restart plans could impact college basketball should they come to fruition next month, when the league will look to take its show to Orlando and complete the 2019/20 season in a bubble. While player concerns linger over the current climate in the U.S, as well as health and safety, the NBA will likely […]

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The NBA’s plans for season restart could impact college basketball

The NBA’s restart plans could impact college basketball should they come to fruition next month, when the league will look to take its show to Orlando and complete the 2019/20 season in a bubble.

While player concerns linger over the current climate in the U.S, as well as health and safety, the NBA will likely finish the campaign at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The NBA is the model for sports leagues in America and their plans have already gotten the thumbs up from Dr. Anthony Fauci. The playoffs, if it does happen, will not interfere with the NCAA season but it could certainly impact it.

The proposal, while practical, is quite unconventional. Yet it is necessary, we simply cannot have basketball with fans in view right now, and no one knows how long this will be the rule of the day.

The college basketball season usually kicks off in November so, despite the change, the start of the NCAA season won’t run into the playoffs. As we should have realized by now, there won’t be any homecourt advantage at a centralized location. That’s a bit easier to handle for the NBA but the college atmosphere is drastically different and the effects of not having a crowd won’t go unnoticed.

The NBA’s testing strategy should also benefit college basketball as they’ll have enough information to work with.

On another front, the NCAA also has to deal with individual decisions from schools. While just eight NBA teams have had their seasons cut short because of the pandemic, and not by choice, college basketball programs could opt to keep their teams from competing. Duke and Kansas notably declined participation in the NCAA Tournament due to the crisis.

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The NBA can only go so far as a guide and the NCAA will have its own decisions to make. Safety should remain the main concern and every possible measure should be taken to ensure players, coaches and various members of staff don’t have their health compromised.

Given the financial strain brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, college students would do well to take advantage of loan consolidation, an option that allows for combining several loans into one so a single monthly payment could be made. They should also beware of certain private companies – such as the Student Education Center – who offer to do this for a fee. The application process is pretty straightforward and there’s no need to pay anyone to have it done.

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NCAA urges athletes to vote; announces there will be no athletic activities on Election Day https://www.talkbasket.net/92152-ncaa-urges-athletes-to-vote-announces-there-will-be-no-athletic-activities-on-election-day https://www.talkbasket.net/92152-ncaa-urges-athletes-to-vote-announces-there-will-be-no-athletic-activities-on-election-day#respond Fri, 12 Jun 2020 19:20:04 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=92152 The NCAA has encouraged schools to help athletes register to vote and take Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) off from athletic activities. “President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors recognize the important role social engagement has on driving positive societal change,” the NCAA announced in a release. “The recent demonstrations following the tragic […]

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NCAA urges athletes to vote; announces there will be no athletic activities on Election Day

The NCAA has encouraged schools to help athletes register to vote and take Election Day (Nov. 3, 2020) off from athletic activities.

“President Mark Emmert and the NCAA Board of Governors recognize the important role social engagement has on driving positive societal change,” the NCAA announced in a release. “The recent demonstrations following the tragic killing of George Floyd showed the world the power of protest and student-athletes across the country were at the center of that movement. We commend NCAA student-athletes who recognized the need for change and took action though safe and peaceful protest. We encourage students to continue to make their voices heard on these important issues, engage in community activism and exercise their Constitutional rights. Further, we encourage all member schools to assist students in registering to vote in the upcoming national election and designate November 3, 2020 as a day off from athletics activity so athletes can vote and participate in their ultimate responsibility as citizens.”

The initiative #AllVoteNoPlay was created and led by Georgia Tech men’s assistant basketball coach Eric Reveno, after a Zoom call with his team on June 1 inspired him.

“The reason I coach is because I want to help our guys be the best they can be,” Reveno previously said. “I don’t know why I haven’t included civic responsibility in this formula. We teach about financial responsibility, health, nutrition, getting enough sleep. But the most fundamental part of being an American is civic responsibility.”

In a tweet, Reveno said he appreciates the NCAA for recognizing the power of the idea and called it a “step in the right direction.”

However, Reveno also says “we need to move beyond a recommendation” and “we need #AllVoteNoPlay in the rule books.”

“Our players children need to feel the results of our actions,” he says.

After already receiving so much support, it seems that the #AllVoteNoPlay movement could eventually indeed become an NCAA rule.

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Scott Van Pelt: Len Bias is every Maryland fan’s favorite player https://www.talkbasket.net/91685-scott-van-pelt-len-bias-is-every-maryland-fans-favorite-player https://www.talkbasket.net/91685-scott-van-pelt-len-bias-is-every-maryland-fans-favorite-player#respond Sun, 07 Jun 2020 20:18:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91685 SportsCenter personality Scott Van Pelt explains the impact Len Bias had on the University of Maryland and why he was such a beloved figure both on and off the court before his tragic death from a cocaine overdose in 1986:

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Scott Van Pelt: Len Bias is every Maryland fan’s favorite player

SportsCenter personality Scott Van Pelt explains the impact Len Bias had on the University of Maryland and why he was such a beloved figure both on and off the court before his tragic death from a cocaine overdose in 1986:

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Oklahoma State basketball given postseason ban; top recruit could leave for NBA G League https://www.talkbasket.net/91525-oklahoma-state-basketball-given-postseason-ban-top-recruit-could-leave-for-nba-g-league https://www.talkbasket.net/91525-oklahoma-state-basketball-given-postseason-ban-top-recruit-could-leave-for-nba-g-league#respond Fri, 05 Jun 2020 18:14:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91525 After the Oklahoma State basketball program was hit with a one-year postseason ban, the focus turns to Cade Cunningham and what his next move will be. The penalties come as a result of an FBI investigation into bribes accepted by former associate head coach Lamont Evans. It is a major development, considering Cunningham, who has […]

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Oklahoma State basketball given postseason ban; top recruit could leave for NBA G League

After the Oklahoma State basketball program was hit with a one-year postseason ban, the focus turns to Cade Cunningham and what his next move will be.

The penalties come as a result of an FBI investigation into bribes accepted by former associate head coach Lamont Evans.

It is a major development, considering Cunningham, who has been committed to Oklahoma State, was ranked as the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2020 (247Sports) and the No. 2 overall recruit in the ESPN100.

It wouldn’t come as a surprise if Cunningham now evaluates his options going forward, as ESPN’s Jonathan Givony tweets.

Cunningham reportedly turned down a lucrative offer from the G League elite program that was believed to be at least as much as Jalen Green (in the $500,000 range), according to Jeff Goodman.

Cunningham had no real interest at the time, but now it will be interesting to see if he has interest and if the offer is increased.

Committing to another school is still an option for Cunningham, but considering the choices of other top prospects to skip college like Green, Isaiah Todd and Kai Sotto, the odds seem pretty good that he chooses the G League path.

Here is a look at what makes 6-foot-7 guard Cunningham one of the top prospects for the 2021 NBA Draft:

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NCAA announces new withdrawal date for NBA Draft prospects https://www.talkbasket.net/91415-ncaa-announces-new-withdrawal-date-for-nba-draft-prospects https://www.talkbasket.net/91415-ncaa-announces-new-withdrawal-date-for-nba-draft-prospects#respond Thu, 04 Jun 2020 20:56:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=91415 The NCAA says draft prospects have until 10 days after the NBA draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first, to withdraw from the 2020 draft. The original early entrant withdrawal date was June 3. Here is the full NCAA statement: “Three weeks ago, we announced that the deadline would be extended indefinitely until the […]

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NCAA announces new withdrawal date for NBA Draft prospects

The NCAA says draft prospects have until 10 days after the NBA draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first, to withdraw from the 2020 draft.

The original early entrant withdrawal date was June 3.

Here is the full NCAA statement:

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“Three weeks ago, we announced that the deadline would be extended indefinitely until the NBA made an official decision on the postponed combine, pre-draft process and draft,” Danny Gavitt of the NCAA said this week. “We have an internal plan in place to announce a new withdrawal date and timeline. But we won’t communicate until the NBA announces their plan.”

This will somewhat complicate the decision-making process for players still testing the draft waters and for colleges waiting for their decisions, as schools will be starting around that time in the fall.

The new date for the 2020 NBA Draft is Oct. 15.

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Jason Terry leaves Mavericks for Arizona assistant coaching job https://www.talkbasket.net/90578-jason-terry-leaves-mavericks-for-arizona-assistant-coaching-job https://www.talkbasket.net/90578-jason-terry-leaves-mavericks-for-arizona-assistant-coaching-job#respond Thu, 28 May 2020 15:48:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90578 Former NBA player and University of Arizona Wildcat Jason Terry has accepted an assistant coaching job at his alma mater. Terry will leave his role as assistant GM of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate. Terry was drafted 10th overall out of Arizona in 1999 and played 19 years in the NBA, […]

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Jason Terry leaves Mavericks for Arizona assistant coaching job

Former NBA player and University of Arizona Wildcat Jason Terry has accepted an assistant coaching job at his alma mater.

Terry will leave his role as assistant GM of the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks’ G League affiliate.

Terry was drafted 10th overall out of Arizona in 1999 and played 19 years in the NBA, spending most of his career with the Atlanta Hawks and Mavericks.

He won an NBA championship with the Mavericks in 2011 and Sixth Man of the Year in 2009.

Arizona is still waiting for NCAA sanctions against them after an FBI investigation that almost put head coach Sean Miller’s job in jeopardy and forced him to fire an assistant coach.

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Julian Wright wants to make sure versatile players like himself get the attention they deserve https://www.talkbasket.net/90262-julian-wright-wants-to-make-sure-versatile-players-like-himself-get-the-attention-they-deserve https://www.talkbasket.net/90262-julian-wright-wants-to-make-sure-versatile-players-like-himself-get-the-attention-they-deserve#respond Tue, 26 May 2020 14:05:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=90262 Julian Wright recently turned 33. In some cases, that’s the age for a center to reach the apex of his maturity as a player. Not the case for the former Kansas standout, who later became a first-round NBA draft pick. The coronavirus pandemic that initially swept China before spreading all over the world essentially eradicated […]

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Julian Wright wants to make sure versatile players like himself get the attention they deserve

Julian Wright recently turned 33. In some cases, that’s the age for a center to reach the apex of his maturity as a player. Not the case for the former Kansas standout, who later became a first-round NBA draft pick.

The coronavirus pandemic that initially swept China before spreading all over the world essentially eradicated Wright’s wish to stay active. There was no basketball after that, which is true to this date, since the Euroleague season has been canceled and in the NBA balls will not bounce till mid-June at best.

Talent and versatility were some of Julian’s features that brought him to play at the highest level, albeit not consistently and not long-term. During a bright two-year college career at the University of Kansas under coach Bill Self and alongside future NBA champs Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, the Illinois native won many accolades even without scoring too much.

His overall presence allowed him to be selected with the 13th pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the New Orleans Hornets. By the time Wright completed his rookie NBA season averaging 3.9 points and 2.1 rebounds per game, Kansas had already celebrated the NCAA title without him. On the basis of performance, his second season in New Orleans was his best out of the three he got to play there.

Following an underwhelming year at Toronto, Wright won his first title: the NBA D-League Championship with the Austin Toros in 2012. An NBA comeback was not in the cards, though, but another career path had opened for him overseas. Israel, Russia, Greece, Italy, Turkey and France were his next destinations. His stint in Paris was marked by the fallout with the local team’s management and that was the last Europe saw of him. In the summer of 2019, Wright participated in Ice Cube’s 3-on-3 BIG3 League, along with some of his former Kansas teammates.

However, his main venture for the time being is A.D.A.P.T. Basketball, a Charlotte-based player development company which aims to provide minors and adults with the tools to cultivate and expand their talent: training, workouts, assessment and consultation, shooting sessions and online classes are some of the methods used, despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic.

In this interview with TalkBasket.net, divided into two parts, Julian Wright talks about his career in the States and overseas. It all started from choosing Kansas, his “first grown-up decision” as he calls it. His refers to his teammates, recalls how tough it was to contain Kevin Durant and explains why he’s not an advocate for the college sports system. Wright also recounts his days in the NBA and what transpired at a Toronto Raptors game, which marked his presence in the league and signalled the beginning of the end for him.

Above all, the 33-year-old retired player-turned-entrepreneur analyzes what it means to be a versatile player in modern basketball. Playing different positions for different coaches, in sometimes diametrically opposed styles, and also reponding to the requirements had always been Wright’s task to fulfill. In this respect and according to his personal experience as a pro athlete, “ADAPT” can be the key to unlock many doors.

This is Julian Wright, Vol.1!

Q: First of all, I’d like you to confirm your status. Have you officially retired from pro basketball?

A: Yes, I’ve officially retired from five-on-five basketball. I still look to do 3-on-3 pro basketball, as I played in the BIG 3. Ice Cube is one of the main founders and a lot of NBA and international players are there. They want to expand on a global level. So, I thought it would be a great way to stay in shape, motivated and compete.

Q: Which reasons led to that decision? You said that many people come out of retirement. Does this mean that anything is possible?

A: It could be possible because my season was cut short this year. I was in China and they gave me a few weeks to get in shape because I hadn’t played since February 2019. Then, the coronavirus started. In the back of my mind, I’ve retired because I’m ready to move on to my next station, which is to be an entrepreneur. I want to give back to the game, while I still have a healthy body. I’m only 33. A lot of times, players with expertise and great basketball minds play past their limits and can’t demonstrate things to others because of injuries. I think I had a great career for 13 years. I enjoyed every one of them.

Q: In the summer of 2019, while playing in the BIG 3, you said that your goal was to show the NBA execs that you’re a capable player and added that you don’t plan on going overseas again. Do you still want to prove yourself? Why did you rule out the overseas option?

A: It’s been a lot with my family traveling. We have three kids. I played almost ten years overseas and I don’t have anything to prove over there. But competing in the BIG 3 shows that I still got the talent and the respect of my peers. I’m past the notion that I should have stayed in the NBA.

Q: You recently got into the player development business. Why did you choose the acronym “A.D.A.P.T.”, which stands for “Athlete Development and All-Purpose Training”?

A: I started the business in February 2019, after coming back from France in the middle of the season. Back then, I didn’t think I was retired at all, but in the back of my mind I asked myself: “What can I do after basketball that I would enjoy?”. I didn’t want to coach and travel again, professionally. I reached many people in Charlotte and globally. It has to do with how I was developed through coaches. I played for a Hall-Of-Fame coach in the State of Illinois, for another HOFamer in Bill Self at Kansas and for some tough coaches in the NBA and overseas. I’ve trained with Tim Grover, who’s from Chicago and mostly known for being Michael Jordan’s and Kobe Bryant’s trainer. I learned a lot along the way as a player. Now, I’m working on sports performance, which is athlete development, and on a lot of skills, giving players things to get better at.

Q: Do you believe that the NBA game facilitates all-purpose players to showcase their talents? I get the impression that most coaches ask their players to be good at one or two things only, unless we’re talking about superstars like Doncic, Jokic, LeBron etc.

A: Instead of Doncic, I would throw Giannis Antetokounmpo in there. It’s interesting because I’ve seen the game evolve as well. I think coaches didn’t have the eye for those kind of players. Now, coaches welcome players who are all-purpose. If you were 6’7’’ and you were a good rebounder, you would get called a tweener. Now you got players who play different positions and you don’t know what they’re going to do on offense or defense. Not all superstars are all-purpose; they just do a couple of things really well. It’s more important for the general managers and the coaches to do the work in order to find the all-purpose players that can complement a superstar.

Kansas forward Julian Wright was pumped after a dunk against Oklahoma. Photo:Sue Ogrocki, AP

Q: Growing up in Chicago, did you use to watch the Bulls play? What do you make of the “Last Dance”?

A: I think it’s raw; it’s a lot of emotion, like everything happened yesterday. I really liked showing the persons’ initial reactions to what they read or saw. I was only ten years old when the Bulls won their sixth championship and I didn’t understand the management of superstars like Jordan, Pippen and Rodman. I learned a lot about sport management in terms of managing the egos. Even if there was a lot going on in the locker-room and behind the scenes, they were all professional and did what they had to do to win those championships.

Q: How did Bill Self persuade you to come to Kansas, since at one point all communication between you and the college had broken down?

A: He was at the University of Illinois, actually, before I went to Kansas. I was already familiar with him. I had a surgery and one of the assistant coaches who was recruiting me, got a head coaching job. It was a bad timing. I had a good junior year and became a TOP-10 player in the nation. Over the time, I had to really think about what’s most important. I can’t be piffle and my mom urged me to sit down and talk to them. I had my heart softened when they told me what happened and I thought I can’t let pride get in the way of me playing for coach Self. It was my first grown-up decision that was going to affect my whole life.

Q: Did you learn the news about Bill Self and his assistant Curtis Townsend being accused of illegal recruting?

A: I heard about the investigation, but I don’t know what took place. It’s unfortunate.

Q: How heavy was the burden on your shoulders to keep up Kansas’ winning history?

A: I came in as a freshman and we had a young team. There was a lot of leniency because there was myself, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, also some up and coming players. I didn’t feel so much pressure because I was amongst other people who worked hard. Didn’t know what pressure really was. I was assigned to play. In my sophomore year I thought: “Now, we have a whole year under our belt. We need to do something.” We got one win from getting to the Final Four and then I went to the NBA.

Q: In retrospect, had you stayed with Kansas, you would have won the NCAA title. Do you ever think about that?

A: One of my reasons for leaving was because I thought they would win anyway. We had a really talented team. Had I stayed, I would have had the same stats and I would have played the same way. I went from point guard to power forward in college and I didn’t think I was going to be able to play either of those positions being drafted. So, I chose to leave my sophomore year before people say I didn’t shoot many three-pointers or that I wasn’t a good ball handler. It was another grown-up decision because I thought my stats would have dropped a lot. If I were five years younger, it would have been different. A lot of talented athletes who go to college try to buy into the team and school culture. It’s important for players who’re getting looks from NBA teams to start thinking differently.

Q: How did you feel when Mario Chalmers hit the three-pointer to force overtime in the final game against Memphis? You were sitting in the first row.

A: It was a great feeling. I was able to be there for that moment. When he lift his hand, I knew it was going in. He also said that. You got to have some type of confidence. I had some coaches telling me not to contest shots, but try maybe to rush an opponent’s shot. Once we went to overtime, they were running out of energy and two of their players got fouled out. It was a good experience and I’m thankful for being there. They were first-class. They let me come in the locker-room, in the hotel.

Q: It’s a pretty standard question: Were you NBA ready in 2007, after two years with Kansas?

A: Yeah, I felt NBA ready. I had a lot of skills that I hadn’t been able to show. I did alright in my workout, but I showed I was little rusty as a perimeter player. It was just a learning curve.

Q: I’ve read an article on Bleacher Report about the stories and the background surrounding a Kansas-Texas game for the 2006-07 season. The focus was on getting yourselves prepared to face Kevin Durant and several of your ex-teammates, including Darrell Arthur, Russell Robinson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush spoke about it. Chalmers in particular described his reaction upon listening to Bill Self telling you to guard Durant. He said that you’re a great defender, but added that you also get lazy at times. Durant spoke also, saying that you started off on him, but later Kansas switched to Rush and Jackson. KD finished the game with 32 points, only 7 of which in the second half. You had 17 points and 13 rebounds, in addition to sealing the victory for Kansas with a free-throw and a block. What’s your story from that day? How did you experience it?

A: It was a big game for us. We knew how great Kevin Durant was playing already. It’s so funny to see how his career makes sense and what a gifted scorer he still is. I played some of the best defense that I could have played on him and he scored 8 points on me and then we started to switch. it didn’t matter who was guarding him. There’s a photo surfacing of me like high-fiving his hand. I was all in his face and he was making shots! Coach Self is a motivator and he knew I was taking my job guarding him seriously. But sometimes with great scorers you just got to try and give different looks. They can catch every small habit and expose it. If it hadn’t been for his ankle injury, he would have scored 50 that night. He was keeping them in the game, but we were still playing well as a team. The next time we played Texas, we beat them and Durant was healthy.

Kansas’ Julian Wright attempts to block the shot of Texas’ Kevin Durant at Allen Fieldhouse on March 3, 2007. Photo by Thad Allender

Q: Did you keep in touch with Durant?

A: It’s been a while since I’ve seen him. I was living in Los Angeles for a while. In 2014 was the last time we spoke, but I’ve known his parents. We played against each other in High School. I just haven’t been around him for the past five or six years.

Q: Over a period of seven years, Chalmers and Brandon Rush won a combined three NBA titles. Did you keep up with what they were doing and did you expect them – especially Chalmers, a second-round pick at No34 – to reach such heights?

A: I think so. It’s something in the University of Kansas pedigree: they’re well-coached, balanced, disciplined and winners. It made sense that they took their confidence from winning championships to their NBA careers. Regardless of their pick, management is doing the best they can to draft different guards. [Chalmers] being selected at 34 doesn’t mean he’s not a capable player in the NBA. He and Rush knew that if they got a chance, they would be able to impact any team in the NBA.

Q: Paul Pierce picked for his All-Kansas team Chalmers, himself, Manning, Embiid and Chamberlain. Which are your picks?

A: Haha! I saw that, it’s a good one! I’d say: Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Aaron Miles and Mario Chalmers. That was tough! I didn’t try to do different than Pierce. I just thought those were the TOP 5.

Q: How is there to explain that, apart from yourself, many Kansas players (Aaron Miles, Keith Langford, Thomas Robinson, Chalmers and Rush more recently) have ended up in Europe?

A: It has to do with the NBA. It’s hard to make it and stay there. I think that more players have gone and played overseas. It’s great to say that you’ve played in the NBA but if your profession is being a basketball player, that should be the main thing. It shouldn’t be a disappointment to play in Europe or Asia; it’s an opportunity. Basketball is a global sport and people should look at the opportunities and continue to play even if it isn’t in the NBA.

Q: What’s your take on the the college basketball system and the way it is set up? Some say it is exploitive and profits from unpaid talent who make a lot of other people rich, while others maintain that the experience can be beneficial (academically, socially and competition-wise).

A: I’m not a big fan of the NCAA system and college sports. In college basketball and football they know where the money is. Times have changed. Even with social media, people are able to get their own following. Anyone who works for a corporation should be able to negotiate what their worth is. Something should change, maybe some type of regulation. Even the NBA has a salary cap. Nowadays, with the G League allowing players to come straight from High School, I think the NCAA is going to be professional.

I didn’t have a campus life. We were busy, having two practices a day and we were traveling. I saw it as a job but I wasn’t getting paid. The NCAA should look at some type of social events, like autograph signing, and get sure players get a percentage. People still follow NCAA just for the sheer spirit of hoping to see their school win. But in terms of money, it’s in the NCAA interests to consider that aspect. Many good players have started to go overseas, like LaMelo Ball, or to the G League, like Jaylen Green.

Q: The New Orleans Hornets have gone through the Chris Paul, the Anthony Davis and now the Zion Williamson era. Which are the main features of each one and how will Zion respond to the challenge of being a leader?

A: Chris Paul did a lot for that city, offering hope and relief at a time when the hurricane that happened in 2005 got the team displaced to Oklahoma City. He gave other players a consistent comfort about coming in because of the culture he created and being a franchise player. When Anthony Davis was drafted, everyone thought that he did the right thing staying there, being a leader. But it’s business.

Zion is coming to a great situation. Anthony Davis losing in the play-offs against the Warriors and not being able to advance (in 2018) shouldn’t get anyone mad at the organization or the city. Players have the desire to compete and get the most out of their career. If someone is that good and they have the potential to carry a team to the NBA championship, they should put themselves in the best situation possible. I think Zion won’t have so much pressure. It’s like Oklahoma City, with Kevin Durant, James Harden and Russell Westbrook. They are a young team and as long as they keep the joy in the game, they will do well.

Q: Do you think that the incident you had with Raptors coach Jay Triano during a Golden State Warriors game, when you refused to play in garbage time, irreparably damaged your chances of finding another NBA contract?

Head coach Jay Triano of the Toronto Raptors instructs Julian Wright during the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 5, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. Copyright 2010 NBAE (Photo by Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty Images)

A: I think it had a big thing to do with it, but mostly I didn’t get the chance to show what I can do in my four years in the NBA. It happened in the end of my contract year. I wasn’t feeling that well, I was a little frustrated. Didn’t get the chance to sit down with the coach and talk. I went to the locker-room and came back before anything happened. At that time, there wasn’t the norm to use social media to tell your side of the story. I got fined, but my agent could have easily informed teams of what happened so that they could make their own decision. I was playing like 15 minutes a game and couldn’t show my skills. I think about it as a tool that might help other players who deal with similar things in their career.

Q: Your choice not to seek a contract abroad during the 2011 lockout was because you wanted to support your peers as a players’ representative or was it related to your wish to stay in the NBA?

A: It was a little bit of both. I also didn’t have a lot of knowledge about overseas. I read that Deron Williams went over in Turkey. I didn’t want to get into a contract having some buy-out issues. I just thought it was safer to stay back in the States, hoping I would get some workouts as a free agent.

Q: Despite winning the G League with the Austin Toros in 2012, you never made an NBA comeback. Which factors played the most part? How close to a comeback were in 2017, when you played in the Summer League with Utah?

A: In 2012, the season was short. I was in a good shape and playing well. There were a lot of players on our team that were getting call-ups. By the time I got on the team, I was pretty much at the end of the deadline for call-ups. It was good to win the championship. I was going to do Summer League in 2012 with the Brooklyn Nets. At this point, I reconstructed my shot with the help of the Austin Toros staff. I had some issues with my shin splints and I didn’t get the chance with the Brooklyn Nets. It was a major setback because I was feeling confident, but that led me to go overseas as I got healthy.

Q: Do you believe that big men who can’t shoot well from distance are not popular in the league?

A: I think they’re not popular during the regular season, where teams don’t scout that much, but they’re popular during the play-offs, where you need rebounding and toughness. There is still going to be place for players who don’t shoot too much from the outside, but do have height, size and strength. In the playoffs, teams tend to get bigger on the court.

Q: You played the point guard position in High School, became a point and power forward at college and a center in Europe. Where did you feel most comfortable playing at and which adjustments did you make in order to meet the requirements?

A: I was most effective playing power forward or center overseas because I played defense against people bigger than me. I was switching on guards in the last seconds of the offense. Was able to be effective on both sides, attack, run the floor, rebound, take a coast to coast for a lay-up or dunk or pass the ball. Even though I was the center, I was rolling up in order to help the team.

Q: Do you think that your qualities as a player could translate better in Europe than stateside?

A: I actually think that in the NBA I could be ideal. The game is more open, without the defense standing in the paint for more than three seconds. That has always been my style of play. It took me 10-12 years, but I got to a point where I had a pretty solid shot percentage in France before coming back to the States. I feel like if I were still playing, it would be easier to score in the NBA. In Europe, it’s more difficult.

Q: If you were to put a title on your career, what would it be?

A: I’ll say one word: undervalued. That doesn’t mean that I had a bad career in my own eyes or that I don’t appreciate my career and everything I’ve achieved. Now coaches can see the value of a player who plays multiple positions and does different things. Also, I feel that throughout my career, I was put in boxes I was too big for. I don’t say I could have been a superstar or anything like that, but I didn’t manage to show how much I could do based on what I was given. I tried to do enough to be effective.

Some people play for three years in the NBA and then they can’t get another job there. I was able to play continuously and enjoy my career. But even in Europe, when it comes to signing players, you think that teams would look at film. I feel that a lot of times they thought that regardless of where they’d put me, I’d do something, but no coach ever told me: “We have this in mind for you because we know all the skills you have.” Overall, my career turned out how it was supposed to. It was not easy to bounce around different positions and be asked to produce. So, I got to the point where I said that every game is like a new day. The challenge for me now is to do coaches’ clinics and try to encourage coaches to embrace players who are like I was.

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Draft lottery prospect Tyrese Haliburton ready for New York’s pressure https://www.talkbasket.net/89480-draft-lottery-prospect-tyrese-haliburton-ready-for-new-yorks-pressure https://www.talkbasket.net/89480-draft-lottery-prospect-tyrese-haliburton-ready-for-new-yorks-pressure#respond Wed, 20 May 2020 01:08:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89480 If Tyrese Haliburton gets selected by the New York Knicks in the upcoming draft, the young guard will not be worried by New York’s pressure. The Iowa point guard could be in New York next season depending on the lottery ping-pong balls and the scout reports. Haliburton was asked about the possibility of playing in […]

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Draft lottery prospect Tyrese Haliburton ready for New York’s pressure

If Tyrese Haliburton gets selected by the New York Knicks in the upcoming draft, the young guard will not be worried by New York’s pressure.

The Iowa point guard could be in New York next season depending on the lottery ping-pong balls and the scout reports.

Haliburton was asked about the possibility of playing in New York and he didn’t hesitate.

“Being in New York, it’s always talked about, the pressure of being a Knick,” Haliburton told Rachel Nichols on The Jump on Tuesday, per Fansided.com. “But I feel like no matter where I go, the pressure I put on myself is more than I’ll get from anywhere. For me, no matter where I’m at, I feel like that pressure is prominent and it’ll be more from me than anywhere. So I’m ready to play anywhere.”

The 6-foot-5 point guard was named to the second-team All-Big 12 team this past season, playing as a sophomore. He averaged 15.2 points on an efficient 50.4% shooting from the field and 42% from the three-point line.

Several guards could be in play in the upcoming draft as they want to help RJ Barrett and Mitchell Robinson unlock their full potential. As a result, playmakers like Cole Anthony, LaMelo Ball and of course Tyrese Haliburton could be on the clock for the Knicks depending on their pick place.

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John Wall almost didn’t go to Kentucky https://www.talkbasket.net/89427-john-wall-almost-didnt-go-to-kentucky https://www.talkbasket.net/89427-john-wall-almost-didnt-go-to-kentucky#respond Tue, 19 May 2020 21:37:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=89427 John Wall was a standout in his lone season at Kentucky, but he almost committed to play for coach John Calipari at Memphis. In an interview with 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, Wall said he was ready to commit to Calipari at Memphis before coach let him know he was taking the job at Kentucky. Calipari had […]

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John Wall almost didn’t go to Kentucky

John Wall was a standout in his lone season at Kentucky, but he almost committed to play for coach John Calipari at Memphis.

In an interview with 247Sports’ Evan Daniels, Wall said he was ready to commit to Calipari at Memphis before coach let him know he was taking the job at Kentucky.

Calipari had to navigate which prospects he wanted to bring with him.

“He called me and told me he was about to change and I was like, ‘That’s fine, I like Kentucky anyway, I loved everything about their fanbase when I took a visit there,'” Wall said. “I took a visit there when Billy Gillispie was there, I loved everything about it. I just didn’t want to play with coach Gillispie so I’m like, ‘I’m going to go play at Memphis where Cal is.’ And he called me and I was like, ‘perfect, I don’t even have to take a visit, I already know the atmosphere, I already know how it goes.'”

Not long after that call, Wall and his future college teammate DeMarcus Cousins were selected to the Nike Hoop Summit.

At the event, they were teammates with Xavier Henry, who committed to Calipari at Memphis.

“I was playing with Xavier [Henry] and Xavier was a talented player but he was just shooting the ball so much, so mad he wasn’t getting the ball, I called Cal up and was like, ‘Cal when you switch to Kentucky, if he’s coming, I promise I won’t go,'” Wall explained. “I told him that straight up. I told him I can’t go because … DeMarcus [Cousins], E-Bled [Eric Bledsoe] and all of these guys are about to sacrifice and he has to sacrifice, we’re not going to get a lot of shots. We all are used to averaging over 25 or more on our team and we’re not about to be like that and I don’t think he could buy into that.”

Henry ultimately went on to play for Kansas.

“I think if Xavier would have went then I would’ve ended up going to Miami,” Wall admitted.

Wall told Daniels that his relationship with Calipari is strong to this day and why elite recruits want to play for him.

“I think he’s just real. I think he’s just being real,” Wall said. “He came to my house, he will go anywhere to go visit you, he doesn’t care if you live in the hood, not in the hood, he’s not scared, he’s pulling up and he probably talked about basketball for like two questions. Do you want to be great? Do you want to make the NBA? That’s it. Everything else is like, ‘how is your life going?’ what do you see yourself doing for your mom and doing for your family?”

Wall continued, “He’s really like a father figure to people. He takes you in and he preaches to you about what he thinks you need to do to prepare yourself for where you want to get to.”

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Penny Hardaway talks on James Wiseman’s NCAA suspension: “When he left, it crushed me” https://www.talkbasket.net/86389-penny-hardaway-talks-on-james-wisemans-ncaa-suspension-when-he-left-it-crushed-me https://www.talkbasket.net/86389-penny-hardaway-talks-on-james-wisemans-ncaa-suspension-when-he-left-it-crushed-me#respond Fri, 15 May 2020 08:36:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=86389 Former NBA All-Star and current Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway talked about the 2020 NBA Draft prospect James Wiseman with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on All The Smoke podcast. The 19-year-old center was ruled ineligible for NCAA after Hardaway paid $11,500 to his family to help them move to Memphis. Amid the suspension, […]

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Penny Hardaway talks on James Wiseman’s NCAA suspension: “When he left, it crushed me”

Former NBA All-Star and current Memphis Tigers head coach Penny Hardaway talked about the 2020 NBA Draft prospect James Wiseman with Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson on All The Smoke podcast.

The 19-year-old center was ruled ineligible for NCAA after Hardaway paid $11,500 to his family to help them move to Memphis. Amid the suspension, Wiseman hired an agent and announced he was leaving Memphis to prepare for the 2020 NBA Draft.

“That was crushing because James is pretty much innocent. There was nothing malicious with that. They can paint any picture however they want to paint it. For that kid to have to sit out 12 games was devastating,” Hardaway said. “They actually pushed him out of college. I don’t think that’s what it should be about. I don’t think you put kids in a position and try to choose whether you stay in school or leave school while you’re already there.”

It was very tough for the Memphis Tigers head coach when Wiseman left college: “When he left, it crushed me because I knew that he needed to be there, he wanted to be there but it was just too overwhelming what happened with the NCAA.”

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Former NBA point guard Mo Williams named head coach at Alabama State https://www.talkbasket.net/85955-former-nba-point-guard-mo-williams-named-head-coach-at-alabama-state https://www.talkbasket.net/85955-former-nba-point-guard-mo-williams-named-head-coach-at-alabama-state#respond Tue, 12 May 2020 22:54:52 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85955 Mo Williams played 13 years in the NBA being an All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-09 season and a member of the championship team in Ohio in the 2015-16 season. The former NBA champion named head coach at the Alabama State University earlier today. For the past two seasons, Williams had been an […]

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Former NBA point guard Mo Williams named head coach at Alabama State

Mo Williams played 13 years in the NBA being an All-Star with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2008-09 season and a member of the championship team in Ohio in the 2015-16 season. The former NBA champion named head coach at the Alabama State University earlier today.

For the past two seasons, Williams had been an assistant under Mark Gottfried at California State University at Northridge. Furthermore, he played for Gottfried at Alabama, where he was SEC Freshman of the Year in 2002.

“It’s a great day to be a Hornet,” Williams said per ESPN. “I am extremely excited to become part of the family, and I am looking forward to the challenge. Go Hornets!”

In his 13-year career, Williams played for the Utah Jazz, the Portland Trail Blazers, the Los Angeles Clippers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Milwaukee Bucks, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Charlotte Hornets.

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Mike Krzyzewski names his 2 best Duke players ever https://www.talkbasket.net/85621-mike-krzyzewski-names-his-2-best-duke-players-ever https://www.talkbasket.net/85621-mike-krzyzewski-names-his-2-best-duke-players-ever#respond Mon, 11 May 2020 00:36:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85621 Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary head coach of Duke, named Grant Hill and Christian Laettner as the two best players in team history. Krzyzewski called Hill the “most talented player”, while he considered Laettner as the “most accomplished”. “Grant (Hill) was the most talented player we’ve coached at Duke. Really, he could be president of the […]

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Mike Krzyzewski names his 2 best Duke players ever

Mike Krzyzewski, the legendary head coach of Duke, named Grant Hill and Christian Laettner as the two best players in team history.

Krzyzewski called Hill the “most talented player”, while he considered Laettner as the “most accomplished”.

“Grant (Hill) was the most talented player we’ve coached at Duke. Really, he could be president of the U.S. That would be nice, by the way. The most accomplished player is (Christian) Laettner. In the history of college basketball, he’s got to be in the top three who played college basketball.

If you win a national championship you have to win six games in the NCAA Tournament. If you’re here for four years, the best you could be is 24-0. That’d be something. That’s (Lew) Alcindor like. He was 18-0 (in three years). Laettner was 21-2. He’s the leading scorer in the history of the NCAA Tournament. Just magnificent. I like both those guys,” Krzyzewski said, per Shawn Krest of Sports Illustrated.

Hill and Laettner won two national championships together in 1991 and 1992.

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Rick Pitino decided to coach in Europe because of Brett Brown https://www.talkbasket.net/85105-rick-pitino-decided-to-coach-in-europe-because-of-brett-brown https://www.talkbasket.net/85105-rick-pitino-decided-to-coach-in-europe-because-of-brett-brown#respond Thu, 07 May 2020 14:59:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=85105 Rick Pitino decided to take over the head coach position of the EuroLeague “giant” Panathinaikos just one and a half years ago. The NCAA legend claimed that he made that decision after talking to the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown. That’s what Pitino said on his decision to coach a team overseas […]

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Rick Pitino decided to coach in Europe because of Brett Brown

Rick Pitino decided to take over the head coach position of the EuroLeague “giant” Panathinaikos just one and a half years ago. The NCAA legend claimed that he made that decision after talking to the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers Brett Brown.

That’s what Pitino said on his decision to coach a team overseas and the conversation he had with Brett Brown per the Boston Herald:

“I left on Christmas Eve in 2018, and if it wasn’t for Brett Brown, I wouldn’t have done it,” he said. “Brett had played for me at BU, and I asked him on this podcast how he (ended up coaching in) Australia. He said, ‘Coach, I just said to my dad that I’d always wanted to go to Australia and asked him to loan me the money.’ He just packed his one bag and took off, knew no one.”

Brown played for Boston University under Pitino and then took up coaching by working in several teams in Australia.

After 14 years there (1988-2002), Brown was named director of player development in the San Antonio Spurs, before ending up being the head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers in 2013.

On the other hand, Pitino has experienced the toughest level of the European “stage”, leading Panathinaikos to the playoffs of the EuroLeague last season. He returned to the US and took the job as head coach of Iona College in March.

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French center Olivier Sarr transfers to Kentucky https://www.talkbasket.net/84923-french-center-olivier-sarr-transfers-to-kentucky https://www.talkbasket.net/84923-french-center-olivier-sarr-transfers-to-kentucky#respond Wed, 06 May 2020 18:16:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84923 After three seasons at Wake Forest, French big man Olivier Sarr announced via Twitter that he is transferring to Kentucky. “I felt that was the best fit and the best opportunity for me, being able to play for that great program and showcase my winning drive on that stage,” Sarr told ESPN about playing for […]

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French center Olivier Sarr transfers to Kentucky

After three seasons at Wake Forest, French big man Olivier Sarr announced via Twitter that he is transferring to Kentucky.

“I felt that was the best fit and the best opportunity for me, being able to play for that great program and showcase my winning drive on that stage,” Sarr told ESPN about playing for coach John Calipari. “Coach Cal made me understand that I was needed over there.”

Sarr entered the NCAA transfer portal on May 1 and plans to apply for a waiver to play immediately next season.

The 7-footer also spoke about his role at Kentucky, after they lost six players to the NBA draft.

“Cal told me that, as always, he has a young team,” Sarr said. “They are really talented. Without me, they are the No. 1 recruiting class in the country. But they don’t have the experience that I have from playing in the ACC. He wants me to be a leader, to show them and tell them how college basketball is. I will be a great example for them. It was clear from the talks that they needed me. They needed experience.”

There seems to be a clear starting spot for Sarr and Kentucky’s track record for developing and sending players to the NBA was appealing.

“That’s one of the reasons I chose Kentucky,” Sarr said. “They have the resources and they do a great job of getting big men ready for the NBA. But it’s not about what I say; it’s about what I do on the court. I need to put the work in and show that I am one of these guys.”

He averaged 13.7 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game, while shooting 52.7 percent from the field.

Sarr was named to the All-ACC third team this past season.

He represented France at the FIBA 2017 U18 European Championship.

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Rick Pitino is under intense NCAA scrutiny; he could miss up to half the season https://www.talkbasket.net/84677-rick-pitino-is-under-intense-ncaa-scrutiny-he-could-miss-up-to-half-a-season https://www.talkbasket.net/84677-rick-pitino-is-under-intense-ncaa-scrutiny-he-could-miss-up-to-half-a-season#respond Tue, 05 May 2020 11:45:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84677 Just a couple of months after his deal with Iona, coach Rick Pitino is under intense scrutiny from the NCAA since findings of the scandal investigation dating back to his tenure at Louisville came to light, according to CBS. On Monday, the NCAA released its long-anticipated notice of allegations related to Pitino and the violations he committed while leading […]

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Rick Pitino is under intense NCAA scrutiny; he could miss up to half the season

Just a couple of months after his deal with Iona, coach Rick Pitino is under intense scrutiny from the NCAA since findings of the scandal investigation dating back to his tenure at Louisville came to light, according to CBS.

On Monday, the NCAA released its long-anticipated notice of allegations related to Pitino and the violations he committed while leading the Cardinals program. NCAA’s allegations include a Level I violation against the university for improper recruiting benefits. According to the reports, Pitino was offering money to the family of the enrollee to join the basketball program he was running. Pitino is also accused of three Level II violations, one of which tags him with failure to promote an atmosphere of compliance.

In its recent findings, the NCAA enforcement staff blames Pitino for compromising “the integrity of the NCAA Collegiate Model,” which falls under the category of a head coach responsibility violation. As part of its discovery, the NCAA alleges that Pitino knew that such recruiting practices were taking place “involving former Adidas rep Jim Gatto, who was helping Pitino recruit a player,” and did not report it to the recruitment staff.

Now, Rick Pitino is facing three possible degrees of punishment for these allegations: “aggravated,” “standard,” or “mitigated.” Per the report, “the punishment for a Level II mitigation violation could result in a suspension of up to 10% of the season; the punishment for a Level II standard violation could result in a suspension of up to 30% of the season; for an aggravated violation at Level II, it carries a suspension of up to 50% of the season.”

Even though Pitino has maintained his innocence, he is currently facing significant punishment. That means there is a serious possibility that the Hall of Famer will miss up to half of the upcoming NCAA season with Iona because of past allegations.

Pitino and Iona College responded on Monday afternoon with their statements:

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John Wall remembers the 2009-2010 Star-Studded Kentucky Basketball Team https://www.talkbasket.net/84531-john-wall-remembers-the-2009-2010-star-studded-kentucky-basketball-team https://www.talkbasket.net/84531-john-wall-remembers-the-2009-2010-star-studded-kentucky-basketball-team#respond Mon, 04 May 2020 16:00:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84531 Washington Wizards star guard John Wall tells stories about his 2009-10 season at Kentucky and reveals what it is like playing for John Calipari:

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John Wall remembers the 2009-2010 Star-Studded Kentucky Basketball Team

Washington Wizards star guard John Wall tells stories about his 2009-10 season at Kentucky and reveals what it is like playing for John Calipari:

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Penny Hardaway on G-League recruitment of high school players: “It’s almost like tampering” https://www.talkbasket.net/84195-penny-hardaway-on-g-league-recruitment-of-high-school-players-its-almost-like-tampering https://www.talkbasket.net/84195-penny-hardaway-on-g-league-recruitment-of-high-school-players-its-almost-like-tampering#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 21:14:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84195 Jalen Green decided not to play basketball in college making the jump to the NBA development league. Green, considered a top-three pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, will headline the G League’s team of elite high school players. As a result, Penny Hardaway, head coach of the University of Memphis, said he doesn’t agree with […]

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Penny Hardaway on G-League recruitment of high school players: “It’s almost like tampering”

Jalen Green decided not to play basketball in college making the jump to the NBA development league. Green, considered a top-three pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, will headline the G League’s team of elite high school players.

As a result, Penny Hardaway, head coach of the University of Memphis, said he doesn’t agree with the decision of the G-League to recruit high-schoolers.

“I didn’t think the G League was built – and I could be wrong – to go and recruit kids that want to go to college out of going to college,” Hardaway said to Jason Munz of the Memphis Commercial-Appeal. “I thought they were going to be the organization that was going to be if you want to go overseas or you absolutely did not want to play college 100 percent, that this would be the best situation for you before you go into the NBA.

But taking guys out of their commitments (or) they’ve already signed and continuing to talk to their parents, it’s almost like tampering. I really don’t agree with that.”

On the other hand, Hardaway believes the NCAA’s recent decision to allow college athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness is a step in the right direction, but it may not be enough.

“What the NCAA can do is what they’re doing now,” the former NBA guard said. “Moving in the right steps of allowing kids to make money on their own name and likeness. I’m in favor of the name, image and likeness rule. Because it kind of helps us, as college coaches, kind of fight the battle with the G League and going overseas. It gives a kid a chance to make money (while playing college sports). The college experience, to me, was the best experience of my career in sports.”

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Dickey Simpkins reflects back on his time with the Bulls, Krause’s advice, overseas career https://www.talkbasket.net/84133-dickey-simpkins-reflects-back-on-his-time-with-the-bulls-krauses-advice-overseas-career https://www.talkbasket.net/84133-dickey-simpkins-reflects-back-on-his-time-with-the-bulls-krauses-advice-overseas-career#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 13:51:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84133 “The Last Dance” series has shed more light into the Chicago Bulls dynasty, exploring the background behind the franchise’s two three-peats under coach Phil Jackson and star players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen. Without a doubt, Dickey Simpkins was among the less-heralded players of the Bulls team in the ’90s. His NBA stat line is […]

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Dickey Simpkins reflects back on his time with the Bulls, Krause’s advice, overseas career

“The Last Dance” series has shed more light into the Chicago Bulls dynasty, exploring the background behind the franchise’s two three-peats under coach Phil Jackson and star players Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.

Without a doubt, Dickey Simpkins was among the less-heralded players of the Bulls team in the ’90s. His NBA stat line is far from impressive (4.2 points, 3.6 rebounds), but being part of the NBA’s “Winningest Team Ever” in the 1995-’96 season and staying there for six years, including his six-month stint with the Warriors in 1997, is no small feat.

A Providence College graduate in 1994, Simpkins was drafted 21st overall by the Chicago Bulls in the NBA draft that same year. When his time in Chicago was over, he packed his suitcase and traveled all around the globe. By 2006, when he retired, the forward-center from D.C. had played professional basketball in various countries and regions including Germany, Greece, Lebanon, Lithuania, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia and Spain.

Over the last decade, the now 48-year-old has served as a Charlotte Hornets/Washington Wizards Scout, TV Analyst and Public Speaker. In 2006, Simpkins founded Chicago-based “Next Level Performance”, a basketball skills development training organization, giving young student-athletes the opportunity to showcase their skills and obtain a college athletic scholarship.

After the first four episodes of “The Last Dance” were screened, Dickey Simpkins discussed with TalkBasket.net his experience of playing with the Chicago Bulls, Jordan’s attitude, Toni Kukoc’s underrated talents, the advice that the late Jerry Krause gave him, his views on modern NBA and his memories of international basketball.

“Last Dance is a good docuseries. It’s good to see the world in the early and mid-’90s; what it took to win championships and get a chance to see the best player who ever played the game; see Phil Jackson and how he coached. So, when everybody is dealing with the coronavirus it’s good to see a documentary like that,” Simpkins comments.

Q: To what extent is “The Last Dance” similar or different to your experience and recollection of the facts?

A: So far, everything has been pretty accurate to my recollection of the facts, from the post that I was involved with the Bulls. I enjoy watching it. The last episodes were kind of funny about Dennis Rodman going to Vegas. There were times when Phil, MJ and Scottie would have talks with Dennis, so that he could be himself, but also understand that he needed to care of business, which he did.

Q: Knowing that the 1997-98 campaign was going to be the last one for Jackson and the main core of players, how hard was it for you to deal with it?

A: I started off the season in Golden State. I was traded in September 1997 for Scott Burrell. Halfway through the season, the GSW waived me. My agent called me and said Jerry Krause called him and told him that Phil and MJ wanted me back. When I got there, Phil met with me and caught me up to speed with the Last Dance. He showed me everything and it kind of blended back in like I never left. Everybody was focused, embracing our last moment all together and making sure that we stayed focused on the common goal: winning the championship for the last time.

Q: Did MJ’s use of language and the way he was getting on at temmates ever bother you? Did it come across as bullying?

A: No, there’s a price to pay to winning. In order to win an NBA championship, your leader has to set the tone. MJ was not only our leader, but is and was the best player to ever play the game. When he performs at practice and games, you just have to make sure you do your job. That’s the price that comes with being a winner, a championship team.

Q: Do you believe that competitiveness in practice lacks in modern NBA? Has the game become less physical over the last years?

A: I think there’s a decrease in the physicality of the game. The biggest thing is back then MJ held everybody accountable. Accountability in today’s game is lacking. Players shy away from it or they get mad. Nobody wants to be held accountable. Back then, you had no choice when you played for the Bulls. The game now is more fluent. Furthermore, the competitive mentality amongst the collective group of guys on the court seems to not be at the same level as it was. The result is teams and players don’t achieve their potential a lot of times.

Q: What was the “breakfast crew” that Bill Wennington refers to in his book?

A: MJ would have guys over to his house to work out. Mostly Scottie and Ron Harper would go over there and they would grab breakfast after the workout. On occasions, I’d meet them for breakfast before we went to practice. They did it most of the time and every once in a blue moon I would meet them.

Q: How did it feel being so close to finishing the season and suddenly getting traded before the dynasty’s final run?

A: I was young in ’96 and ’97. Phil and management made the decision to go with more veteran players for the play-offs, something I had to deal with and -being a team player- I understood. I did my role, helping the team prepare for each opponent. It felt great that I had matured. Phil and MJ had confidence in me, knowing that I knew the triangle (offense) and played my role to the best of my ability. In 1997-98, I was still young, but I had seen and experienced that environment. The grass is not always greener on the other side. So, I left for a little while, seeking for an opportunity, but that didn’t actually happen. Things changed when I was in Golden State, which was a different environment. It was actually the season that Sprewell choked Carlesimo. I was gone for a short time, but I appreciate the fact that Phil and MJ respected my abilities and my work and wanted me to come back.

Q: More than 20 years after the second three-peat, how would you describe your presence and your role with the team to your children or to someone who knows nothing about you as a player?

A: I would describe myself as a team player who did my job: rebounding and playing defense. When I had the opportunity to score, I tried to score. I would explain my role as a loyal teammate who did whatever needed to be done. I understood my role, embraced it and tried to star in it, which is what MJ wanted everybody to do. I was one of the youngest guys on three championship teams. I listened, I played and learned my role.

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Q: The 1998-99 season was a strange one: the lockout, Tim Floyd stepping in and star players gone. Does the 13-37 record reflect what the Bulls team was back then?

A: No, I wouldn’t say it necessarily reflects what the team was. Like you said, it was a strange season. There was the lockout, then we went right into playing 50 games. The team had been dismantled. At that point in time, there was a few veteran players. The organization had made the decision to rebuild the team and it was a transition year that involved a shortened season and a new coach who was learning his way in the NBA. I wouldn’t say our record reflects the talent, the professionalism or where we were.

Q: If someone was to ask you about the overall appreciation and legacy of the Bulls phenomenon, how do you think that “The Last Dance” series will do justice to it?

A: I think the younger generation now will get to see the competitiveness of Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Phil Jackson and everybody who was on that team; the focus and the desire to finish off what was going to be the last season; and see history. It will help the younger and the older generation get a perspective on the debate they always have about who’s the best player that ever played the game. I think the documentary will do justice and it will go down in history like those championship teams have.

Q: What’s your take on the GOAT debate?

A: I had the opportunity to see LeBron play. He’s unbelievable. I played against Kobe. He was probably the closest anyone has ever come to MJ. I just think this documentary does not intend to define whether MJ is the greatest of all time, but it does a great job of giving a perspective to his mindset.

Q: Who was the best teammate on the Bulls team?

A: We all kind of vibed together. The team was mostly veteran players that had been in the NBA for a while. We all understood each other on and off the court. Everybody was a good teammate, but I think that Toni Kukoc might be the most underrated star on those championship teams. That’s because of all the things that he brought from a versatility standpoint: scoring, passing, just being an unbelievable teammate. I don’t think he gets talked about enough. When the other stars were gone, he was able to show his ability to be the main guy. It was fun playing with him.

Q: You were fifteenth on the Bulls’ salary cap breakdown in the 97-98 season, receiving a five-digit paycheck. Did it bother you?

A: That was because I was still under contract with the Warriors. I got a pro-rated minimum contract. When you come back to a team in the middle of the season, that’s pretty much how it works. So, it didn’t bother me at all.

Q: Is it true that Tex Winter valued your basketball I.Q. because you understood the triangle offense?

A: (smiles). Yes. Tex appreciated my ability to pick up the triangle offense pretty well and have a very good basketball I.Q. and I think Phil Jackson valued that also. That made it easy for me to come back. I could read plays, react and make passes.

Q: Although you didn’t get to play for the Lakers in 2001, how was seeing so many familiar faces again, like Jackson and Winters?

A: I was there for training camp and everything was familiar. At the end of the day, Mitch Kupchak was the general manager and decided to go in a different direction. But it was a good experience and got to spend some time around Shaq and Kobe who asked me questions about the Bulls. So, it was cool.

Q: However, Bill Wennington wrote in his book that by 1997, you were bitter about your Bulls experience, playing behind Rodman and Kukoc. What’s your view?

A: Naw, I wasn’t bitter. I just wanted to find an opportunity to expand my role. That’s a part of the business. I communicate with Phil on a regular basis from time to time.

Q: After the 1998-99 season, when you posted career-highs in playing time, points, rebounds, did you ever think that your NBA time would practically include one more year?

A: No, I actually thought that I had gotten the opportunity to show what I can do. Coach Tim Floyd gave me the chance to perform. He appreciated my hard work and professionalism. I thought my NBA career would expand for longer, but sometimes in life it doesn’t work like that. I still was able to play six years in Europe as a professional.

Q: How was it playing for Providence after the Rick Pitino era, which lasted until 1987? Would you trade the Big East championship for a Final Four appearance?

A: Playing for Providence was great, coming in after Rick Pitino had built some buzz about the college. It was in the Big East, which is where I always wanted to play. Playing for coach Barnes, we grew and learned. We came in as one of the top recruiting classes in 1990. To finish up with the Big East championship that Providence had never won before -and winning it at the Madison Square Garden- was a great feeling.

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Would I have given that up for a Final Four? As a kid, you always dream of making it to a Final Four in the NCAA. I don’t know if I’d give it up because I really enjoyed the experience of playing with those guys at Providence. People always ask me would I’ve given up on NBA championships to play more in the NBA and I say: “No, I’ll take championships any day”.

Q: Working as a college basketball TV analyst, what do you think of top High School players flocking to the G-League instead of going to college?

A: I think it’s good. It gives High School kids another outlet and another opportunity to explore what they’ll make after they leave High School. You can either go to college or not go and try a Post-Grad High School and play one year. Now that you have the G-League as an opportunity, there’s five different options that you can choose from for your path to the NBA. So, I just think it’s great to bring another option that they can explore. Obviously, it’s going to be the first year of this and we’re going to see how it plays out. You’ll see changes in decisions that parents and High School kids are making now, as far as their future. It’s a fluent evolution of how people can get to their ultimate goal of playing in the NBA. There’s a big difference of physicality and experience from the High School to the G-League, but now players have another path to the NBA.

Q: As a Charlotte Hornets scout from 2010 through 2018, how was teaming up with Michael Jordan again? Which are his trademarks as an owner?

A: It was great. He called me one day, talked to me on the phone and said he wanted me to come work for him in Charlotte. He’s as competitive an owner as he was as a player. He wants to have a winning team and everybody to do their role and be good at it. If you do your role, he’s going to appreciate your hard work. My friendship with him continues to be strong and good. I appreciate him calling me to work for him.

Q: Being an NBA scout reminded you of Jerry Krause’s role? Were you influenced or inspired by him in any way?

A: That’s funny … I guess (I was influenced) a little bit by some of the things that Jerry would tell me, as far as how he evaluated a player or looked at him. I remember Jerry sharing a couple of stories with me back in the day. I remember having a conversation with Jerry Krause a year before he passed away. It was about growing in the front office business. We talked for a good five or ten minutes. He gave me a couple of perspectives on growing into business. It was good. That was my first time talking to Jerry in a long time. 2006 or 2007 had been the last time before that.

Q: Nevertheless, you were not quiet at all talking about him in 2000, when you left the team. “Now we can see what he’s made of. He could have made sure that guys who did their job well were taken care of. Players don’t feel he’ll be loyal to them”, were some of the things you said. How did you feel back then?

A: Yeah, I kind of remember some of that stuff. I expressed my thoughts and feelings. As I matured, I did understand he had to make the business decisions that he felt were best for the organization, regardless of whether they were popular or not. At that time, I didn’t understand why I wasn’t treated with what I thought should be fairness. But not everything in life is fair. Growing up, I understood it was just business and nothing personal.

Q: Let’s get to the overseas chapter. How did the offer from Greece and Makedonikos come about?

A: It just came out of the blue. My agent called me and said: “There’s a team in Greece that would like you to come and play”. I was open-minded to coming and playing internationally in Europe. I had heard so much about Europe. It was a young team trying to stay in the top division. The coach and the owner were cool. My career in Europe went from there. One of the things that made an impression was the pastry that I used to eat every morning when I drank coffee. It had cream inside and it’s called “bougatsa”. I love it! In terms of basketball, I loved the competitive fire in the fans. They loved their teams. Those are the things that I remember the most.

Q: How did you manage the transition from playing for the Bulls to trying help a little-known team in Greece avoid relegation?

A: It was tough at first because I had to figure out how to make the transition to playing in Europe, which was a different situation. I learned it was more mental than physical playing internationally. It was tough at first because I’m a competitive person. So, I was trying to do everything I could to help the team stay up, but it was also good to learn quickly in my first experience how to operate playing basketball in Europe. I had to adjust as far as environment, language, practicing twice a day, style of basketball and the refereeing.

Dickey Simpkins dunks during a Makedonikos-Iraklis BC Greek League game. Photo source: in.gr

Q: Were you aware of the fact that another Bulls ex-player, David Vaughn, who didn’t finish “The Last Dance” season with the team, was also playing in Greece at the time?

A: Yeah, he was with the Bulls for a couple of days. They let him go and I came in. That’s all I remember.

Q: What did you pick up from playing in different places?

A: I remember winning the FIBA Cup North title (with Unics Kazan in 2003) and having a very good team. Lithuania was nice, playing for Rytas. Euroleague, Spain, Germany and the Philippines was a good experience. All in all, I enjoyed seeing different cultures.

Q: Do you wish you could have played the Euroleague at a younger age instead of 34?

A: No, I’m happy I was in the NBA when I was younger. The Euroleague is a very good, competitive league and I enjoyed playing in it while at Bamberg. I’m fine, comfortable and happy with how things played out for me.

Q: In your short stint with Maroussi BC in Greece in 2002, do you remember a young guy named Vassilis Spanoulis?

A: No, I don’t really remember anyone except for the American guys: Jimmy Oliver, Patrick Burke and Martin Conlon, who played at Providence before I got there. But I don’t remember that other guy.

Q: Right now, he’s considered one of the top players to have come out of Europe over the last 15 years.

A: Oh, OK. Didn’t know that.

Q: Do you follow the Euroleague and international basketball?

A: A little bit. We have international scouts on our team (Washington Wizards) and they keep us updated on Euroleague and what’s going on.

Q: If the NBA season was to resume, who would win the championship and who would get the MVP award?

A: Hmm, the championship would probably be between the Lakers and the Clippers. One of those two would win it. The MVP would be LeBron. He’s been playing at an unbelievable level for ages. He’s proven that he can carry a team. Whatever team he’s on, he makes them a title contender. He was showing that this season again, until the shutdown. In my opinion, LeBron is the MVP of the league.

Q: Do you think Giannis Antetokounmpo deservedly won the award last year?

A: Yes, I think he deserved it. The “Greek Freak” is evolving as being the next big star LeBron will pass the torch to.

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4 NBA Players Who Forced Rule Changes Part 2 https://www.talkbasket.net/84109-4-nba-players-who-forced-rule-changes-part-2 https://www.talkbasket.net/84109-4-nba-players-who-forced-rule-changes-part-2#respond Sat, 02 May 2020 06:36:29 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=84109 Player No. 1 Allen Iverson If you pick out your outfits from head to toe with accessories, you’re most definitely going to be pressed about this next rule change. It’s almost as though the NBA couldn’t respect the amount of drip/swag Iverson would wear on the bench when injured. Due to Allen Iverson wearing baggy […]

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4 NBA Players Who Forced Rule Changes Part 2

Player No. 1 Allen Iverson

If you pick out your outfits from head to toe with accessories, you’re most definitely going to be pressed about this next rule change. It’s almost as though the NBA couldn’t respect the amount of drip/swag Iverson would wear on the bench when injured.

Due to Allen Iverson wearing baggy street clothes and accessories on the bench while sideline, the NBA decided in 2005 that they would seek to clean up that image. To solve this “problem”, the NBA installed a series of rules as to what the NBA players cannot wear on the bench when not dressed in uniform. The rules are as follows –

Absolutely no:

  • Chains, pendants or medallions around a player’s neck or clothes unless otherwise for religious purposes
  • Sunglasses 
  • Headgear, unless necessary
  • Headphones, earbuds or any object that can relay separate audio to a player while watching the game
  • Outside jerseys supporting other players, retired players, or even the player’s jersey if he is injured.

Needless to say, the NBA experience a bit of an immediate uprising from the players because of this decision in the mid-2000s. However, the tempers of the players were quickly dealt with and handled – because after all, the players are still able to arrive and leave in their custom fits, which has become a cult following by fashionistas and photographers seeking pre-game/arrival fit/outfit photos.

Player No 2. Dwyane Wade

In today’s NBA, you can assume it’s quite easy to draw transparent contact from another player to ensure a trip to the free-throw line. Prior to James Harden religiously practicing this strategy, Dwyane Wade was in constant criticism about the majority of how his trips to the rim would result in a constant whistle. Wade was known around the league for starting the trend of jumping into players before releasing a close shot to the basket, therefore leaving room and airtime to be able to exaggerate physical contact by the defensive player.

The NBA quickly caught up to the antics of Wade and implemented a pretty straight forward rule in 2011. The offensive player in possession of the ball is not allowed to jump into contact going up for the layup once a defender is already jumping straight up in the air defending the offensive possession. The NBA hoped this would prevent unnecessary contact between smaller guards and more towering forwards when they meet at the hoop, although this hasn’t quite been the outcome – as the rule is more abused than ever as each regular season progresses.

Player No 3. Bob Kurland

Kurland never played a game in the National Basketball League once it began in the 1940/50s which would ultimately develop into the modern-day National Basketball Association. However, the lasting impact he would have on the NBA has continued and will continue into every single season going forward. Goal-tending.

A two time NCAA champion at Oklahoma State, Kurland was known for using his lanky 7-foot figure to roam the paint. He would wait until the offensive player released a shot from anywhere on the floor, just to swat it away from the basket before it had a chance to touch the rim or ultimately put points on the scoreboard. Opposing players became so incredibly frustrated with Kurland that opposing teams and head coaches begged the NCAA for an immediate rule change. They asked and ultimately received.

In 1945, the NCAA would implement the first goal-tending rule, allowing no player to alter the course of the ball in the air once it is in a downwards arc after release. Kurland would never join the National Basketball League, rather electing to play for a separate amateur league called the Phillip’s Petroleum’s of the Athletic Amateur Union (AAU) – called the Oilers. All leagues however, would choose to adopt the goal-tending rule. As all leagues deemed it essential to prevent genetically tall and dominant players from changing the course of the game because of their ancestral genes. 

Player No 4. Reggie Miller

The sharp-shooter. The kid from Cali. The man who scored 8 points in 9 seconds. Reggie Miller was a premier NBA three-point threat and a founding father of the excessive use and attempt of the three-point shot. Reggie realized early on in his NBA career how easily he was able to draw a foul off of a pump fake jump shot, so he decided to create his own spin on the loophole.

Why settle for taking two free-throws when you could possibly add one more attempt while you’re at the line already? Why not make it three right? Reggie Miller developed his excessive use of the leg kick. Whenever a defender was close to Miller while defending a shot on the perimeter, Miller would casually pump fake to get his defender airborne. Just before the defender would touch back onto the court again, Miller would throw up an absurd shot while kicking his feet out from underneath him.

Casually to every fan in the area, anyone could make the argument as to how obvious it was that the defender fouled him on the way up while coming off of the pump fake. The NBA dealt with the frustration of the use of this strategy by ensuring that no player would take to the foul line has extended any feet out of its normal course in the motion of a jump shot. 

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DeMarcus Cousins remembers his times playing alongside John Wall: “Bad boys for life” https://www.talkbasket.net/83388-demarcus-cousins-remembers-his-time-playing-alongside-john-wall-bad-boys-for-life https://www.talkbasket.net/83388-demarcus-cousins-remembers-his-time-playing-alongside-john-wall-bad-boys-for-life#respond Tue, 28 Apr 2020 10:11:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=83388 Free agent DeMarcus Cousins seems to have a good memories from his college times playing for the Kentucky Wildcats alongside John Wall. Recently he shared a photo of himself and Wall playing for the team with a caption ‘Bad boys for life’. Take a look: Here are some highlights how both of them played together:

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DeMarcus Cousins remembers his times playing alongside John Wall: “Bad boys for life”

Free agent DeMarcus Cousins seems to have a good memories from his college times playing for the Kentucky Wildcats alongside John Wall. Recently he shared a photo of himself and Wall playing for the team with a caption ‘Bad boys for life’. Take a look:

Here are some highlights how both of them played together:

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Zaire Wade and Bronny James part ways after Dwyane Wade’s son switches schools https://www.talkbasket.net/82401-zaire-wade-and-bronny-james-part-ways-after-dwyane-wades-son-switches-schools https://www.talkbasket.net/82401-zaire-wade-and-bronny-james-part-ways-after-dwyane-wades-son-switches-schools#respond Wed, 22 Apr 2020 08:12:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=82401 Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire will not be teaming up with Bronny James (son of LeBron) next season. According to Sam Marsdale of 247Sports, the 18-year-old point guard left Sierra Canyon High School and joined Brewster Academy in Wolfesboro, New Hampshire. The move was anticipated as D-Wade has publicly spoken about the lack of playing time […]

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Dwyane Wade’s son Zaire will not be teaming up with Bronny James (son of LeBron) next season. According to Sam Marsdale of 247Sports, the 18-year-old point guard left Sierra Canyon High School and joined Brewster Academy in Wolfesboro, New Hampshire.

The move was anticipated as D-Wade has publicly spoken about the lack of playing time his son gets in Sierra Canyon. Miami Heat legend was unhappy with the head coach Andre Chevalier and decided it was the best option for Zaire to move elsewhere. Things got worse as Wade tore a ligament in his right knee which ruled him out of action for a bigger part of the season.

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Zaire himself understands it will take time for him to become an elite player and sees similarities with his father:

“Growing up he had three offers and I think Marquette was the best one,” Zaire Wade told 247Sports. “Me right now, I have a [a few] offers so there’s a lot of similarities that we’ve had growing up.

“He just tells me that all the five-stars and having a lot of offers, that doesn’t matter. There’s a lot of guys in the NBA who have had that same story. There’s not a lot of LeBron’s coming out of high school that are superstars right away. It takes time. It’s a marathon not a sprint.”

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Jalen Green relishing opportunity to train with pros in NBA’s G League https://www.talkbasket.net/81897-jalen-green-relishing-opportunity-to-train-with-pros-in-nbas-g-league https://www.talkbasket.net/81897-jalen-green-relishing-opportunity-to-train-with-pros-in-nbas-g-league#respond Sun, 19 Apr 2020 06:48:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81897 Promising basketball star Jalen Green (age 18) joined SportsCenter to discuss his decision to forgo college and play in the NBA G League. He also describes how great he felt when players like Ja Morant and Donovan Mitchell reached out and praised him for his decision.

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Jalen Green relishing opportunity to train with pros in NBA’s G League

Promising basketball star Jalen Green (age 18) joined SportsCenter to discuss his decision to forgo college and play in the NBA G League. He also describes how great he felt when players like Ja Morant and Donovan Mitchell reached out and praised him for his decision.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef follows dad, signs with LSU https://www.talkbasket.net/81607-shaquille-oneals-son-shareef-follows-dad-signs-with-lsu https://www.talkbasket.net/81607-shaquille-oneals-son-shareef-follows-dad-signs-with-lsu#respond Fri, 17 Apr 2020 08:07:46 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81607 Shareef O’Neal is following the steps of his basketball legend father. The 20-year-old has officially signed with the LSU after being transferred from UCLA. Shaq was a Tiger for three season (1989-1992) and made a mark at LSU. “The name O’Neal is a part of LSU Basketball history and we look forward to Shareef starting […]

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Shaquille O’Neal’s son Shareef follows dad, signs with LSU

Shareef O’Neal is following the steps of his basketball legend father. The 20-year-old has officially signed with the LSU after being transferred from UCLA.

Shaq was a Tiger for three season (1989-1992) and made a mark at LSU. “The name O’Neal is a part of LSU Basketball history and we look forward to Shareef starting his own path at LSU. Shareef has the ability to impact a game with his tremendous offensive rebound acumen and his ability to stretch the defense with his shot,” said LSU coach Will Wade.

Shaq’s son shared the news on Twitter, expressing his excitement at starting a new chapter in his career.

Shareef had to sit out the 2018-19 season due to a medical issue. He averaged 2.2 points and 2.9 rebounds as a freshman for the Bruins this season. O’Neal played in 13 games for UCLA, averaging almost 11 minutes a game.

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Duke villain JJ Redick almost quit basketball because people hated him so much https://www.talkbasket.net/81515-duke-villain-jj-redick-almost-quit-basketball-because-people-hated-him-so-much https://www.talkbasket.net/81515-duke-villain-jj-redick-almost-quit-basketball-because-people-hated-him-so-much#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 19:36:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81515 New Orleans Pelicans guard and Duke alumni JJ Redick recounts his time being the most hated college basketball player and how he struggled to find his own identity as a 19-year-old that pushed him into a villain role:

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Duke villain JJ Redick almost quit basketball because people hated him so much

New Orleans Pelicans guard and Duke alumni JJ Redick recounts his time being the most hated college basketball player and how he struggled to find his own identity as a 19-year-old that pushed him into a villain role:

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Five-star prospect, Jalen Green, to headline new G-League team in LA https://www.talkbasket.net/81498-five-star-prospect-jalen-green-to-headline-new-g-league-team-in-la https://www.talkbasket.net/81498-five-star-prospect-jalen-green-to-headline-new-g-league-team-in-la#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 17:26:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81498 Recent news has been released regarding top class of 2020 high-school prospects, Isaiah Todd and Jalen Green, potentially opting to join the NBA G-League. This is over the alternative of the more traditional route of college. Further details were released on April 16, from NBA media heavyweights, Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski. Charania of The […]

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Five-star prospect, Jalen Green, to headline new G-League team in LA

Recent news has been released regarding top class of 2020 high-school prospects, Isaiah Todd and Jalen Green, potentially opting to join the NBA G-League. This is over the alternative of the more traditional route of college.

Further details were released on April 16, from NBA media heavyweights, Shams Charania and Adrian Wojnarowski.

Charania of The Athletic has revealed that Green will be part of a new G-League team based in Los Angeles. As he prepares for the 2021 NBA Draft.

Wojnarowski of ESPN has additionally reported that the the NBA professional pathway program will be reshaped and prospects’ salaries will be bumped up. Alongside other developmental perks.

“..reshaped NBA professional pathway program – a G League initiative that will pay elite prospects $500,000-plus and provide a one-year development program outside of the minor-league’s traditional team structure, sources told ESPN”

“Green is committing to become part of a year-long developmental program with G League oversight that will include professional coaching, top prospects and veteran players who will combine training and exhibition game competitions against the likes of G League teams, foreign national teams and NBA academies throughout the world, sources said.”

Green announces he’s skipping college to join the G-League:

Here is Green’s mixtape:

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Why are high-school NBA prospects choosing the G-League over college? https://www.talkbasket.net/81467-why-are-high-school-nba-prospects-choosing-the-g-league-over-college https://www.talkbasket.net/81467-why-are-high-school-nba-prospects-choosing-the-g-league-over-college#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 16:19:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81467 A high-school prospect hasn’t officially put forward their intentions to join the NBA G-League over college. However, it’s becoming increasingly likely that many top prospects will do so very soon. Class of 2020 five-star forward, Isaiah Todd, has already de-committed from Michigan and made it clear that he is to pursue professional basketball before entering […]

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Why are high-school NBA prospects choosing the G-League over college?

A high-school prospect hasn’t officially put forward their intentions to join the NBA G-League over college. However, it’s becoming increasingly likely that many top prospects will do so very soon.

Class of 2020 five-star forward, Isaiah Todd, has already de-committed from Michigan and made it clear that he is to pursue professional basketball before entering the 2021 NBA Draft. It’s strongly touted that he may explore a season in the G-League.

Top prospect, Jalen Green, is to take the same route it appears. With ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reporting on April 16 that he is to inform college suitors of his intentions to join the NBA/G-League’s professional pathway program.

*In this quickly developing story, it was announced on the afternoon of April 16 that Green is to join a new G-League franchise in Southern California. Todd is believed to be teaming up with him, according to Shams Charania. With Green’s earnings, with bonuses being in and around $1 million.

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Why the G-League?

For many years, a debate has sparked over whether players should be paid at the collegiate level. Especially with the NCAA generating millions of dollars off the backs of college athletes, yet still maintaining their amateurism status.

In October 2018, the G-League launched a professional pathway program that will pay prospects $125,000, for a 5-month season. As opposed to them taking the alternative, more traditional, route of college. According to ESPN sources, Jalen Green will be joining an “enhanced version” of the program.

*On the afternoon of April 16, it was reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic that the professional pathway program has been reshaped and prospects can now earn $500,000+. Additionally, other developmental perks are available. Including professional coaching, and top prospects along with veteran players combining training and exhibition games against other G-League teams. But also foreign national teams and global NBA academies. As per Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.

247 Sports have reported that other 2020 recruits are strongly considering the professional path also. The same report suggests that the G-League have “been aggressively scouting and meeting with prospects the past two years and appear to be making headway”.

Development in the G-League

Whilst many appear to overlook the G-League, the league operates at a high-level. With many NBA assignment/two-way players making up a large bulk of rosters. Along with international talent and those holding general G-League contracts looking to progress.

USA Today recently reported that the average age of G-League rosters is 25-years-old. This presents young prospects, like Todd and Green, the opportunity to develop against older, stronger opposition. Many don’t realise too that the G-League is physical, very physical. Some players are fighting for their careers, or are fighting for progression. Passions are high. It certainly isn’t an easy route to take.

Although, it could be very rewarding for young prospects and could get them NBA ready by the time their respective drafts come along. More NBA ready than college, potentially. Previously international leagues have been the route for players wanting to avoid college. For example, LaMelo Ball in Australia this past season. Emmanuel Mudiay in China back in the 2014-15 season, and stretching back even further, Brandon Jennings in Italy before entering the 2009 NBA Draft.

The G-League doesn’t host the exposure that the NCAA does, mainly through television. But the likes of Isaiah Todd and Jalen Green joining the ranks could start a power shift. As the NCAA will surely lose millions with prospects opting elsewhere. Additionally, as well as the NCAA, NBA scouts regularly attend G-League matches too.

The NBA G-League have made it official that high-school players entering their league will remain NBA Draft-eligible. But are not eligible to be called up to the NBA during the season. The prospects will enter the league through the G-League Draft or through the waiver system.

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Rick Pitino: His message on Twitter about the upcoming NCAA season https://www.talkbasket.net/81485-rick-pitino-his-message-on-twitter-about-the-new-ncaa-season https://www.talkbasket.net/81485-rick-pitino-his-message-on-twitter-about-the-new-ncaa-season#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 16:16:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81485 Rick Pitino left Panathinaikos and the Greek NT earlier than expected. This time, it was because of NCAA and the position he got as Iona’s head coach. As the Hall of Famer wrote on his Twitter account, he is excited about the players that have been recruited this year and their athleticism, size and passionate […]

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Rick Pitino: His message on Twitter about the upcoming NCAA season

Rick Pitino left Panathinaikos and the Greek NT earlier than expected. This time, it was because of NCAA and the position he got as Iona’s head coach.

As the Hall of Famer wrote on his Twitter account, he is excited about the players that have been recruited this year and their athleticism, size and passionate attitudes.

“Can’t wait for practice,” Pitino said.

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Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81387-ayo-dosunmu-declares-for-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/81387-ayo-dosunmu-declares-for-nba-draft#respond Thu, 16 Apr 2020 00:40:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81387 Point guard Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He hasn’t hired an agent yet but appears committed to going pro. He played two seasons with Illinois, averaging 13.8 points per game as a freshman and 16.6 points per game as a sophomore. Many draft analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. […]

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Ayo Dosunmu declares for NBA Draft

Point guard Ayo Dosunmu has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft. He hasn’t hired an agent yet but appears committed to going pro.

He played two seasons with Illinois, averaging 13.8 points per game as a freshman and 16.6 points per game as a sophomore.

Many draft analysts have projected him as a second-round pick. Others have projected him as a late first-rounder.

Dosunmu Illionis 2019-20 Season Highlights:

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G League emerging as an option for elite high school prospects https://www.talkbasket.net/81336-g-league-emerging-as-an-option-for-elite-prospects https://www.talkbasket.net/81336-g-league-emerging-as-an-option-for-elite-prospects#respond Wed, 15 Apr 2020 19:01:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=81336 Top recruits are considering the G League over college basketball after the league says it’s willing to pay more for the right prospects. The G League has yet to sign a prospect out of high school, but the option is “becoming more intriguing and potentially more lucrative to high school prospects” instead of going to […]

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G League emerging as an option for elite high school prospects

Top recruits are considering the G League over college basketball after the league says it’s willing to pay more for the right prospects.

The G League has yet to sign a prospect out of high school, but the option is “becoming more intriguing and potentially more lucrative to high school prospects” instead of going to college or playing overseas, sources told 247Sports.

In 2018, it was reported that the G League developed a program for prospects who are 18 years old and who opted out of college.

The salary for those potential players was $125,000.

The G League is now reportedly “willing to pay more for the right prospects.”

Players like LaMelo Ball and RJ Hampton opted to skip college and play professionally overseas.

There are several other players who are considering the professional path.

Class of 2020 five-star and 247Sports’ No. 13 overall player Isaiah Todd announced that he is forgoing college basketball after committing to the University of Michigan.

The G League is reportedly expected to be a serious potential landing spot.

Class of 2020 five-star and 247Sports’ No. 3 overall player Jalen Green is also expected to land in the G League.

It’s become increasingly clear that the G League is a focus and a priority for the NBA and their executives.

Going to college is becoming less important to the “elite” prospects, as they have their minds set on what they want to do; take the path that gets them to the money and the pros quicker.

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Kendrick Perkins on Michael Beasley in a college: “Michael Beasley was something special. Oh my God! He was a killer” https://www.talkbasket.net/80827-kendrick-perkins-on-michael-beasley-in-a-college-michael-beasley-was-something-special-oh-my-god-he-was-a-killer https://www.talkbasket.net/80827-kendrick-perkins-on-michael-beasley-in-a-college-michael-beasley-was-something-special-oh-my-god-he-was-a-killer#respond Sun, 12 Apr 2020 06:35:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80827 Ex-NBA big man Kendrick Perkins spoke about who is the best college basketball player that he’d seen with his own eyes. “Here goes my three. I got Jason Williams from Duke. He was a monster. I got Kevin Durant at UT. That one year it was so beautiful to watch,” Perk said. “I got to […]

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Kendrick Perkins on Michael Beasley in a college: “Michael Beasley was something special. Oh my God! He was a killer”

Ex-NBA big man Kendrick Perkins spoke about who is the best college basketball player that he’d seen with his own eyes.

“Here goes my three. I got Jason Williams from Duke. He was a monster. I got Kevin Durant at UT. That one year it was so beautiful to watch,” Perk said.

“I got to go with Mike [Michael] Beasley. Michael Beasley was something special when he was at Kansas State. Oh my God! It was like ‘who is this killer’? He was a killer. In college he was a must see TV. It was his game was just so smooth, he was a beautiful thing,” he added.

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Top 10 Best Basketball Competitions for Students in the USA https://www.talkbasket.net/80601-top-10-best-basketball-competitions-for-students-in-the-usa https://www.talkbasket.net/80601-top-10-best-basketball-competitions-for-students-in-the-usa#respond Fri, 10 Apr 2020 16:55:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80601 The United States is the home of college basketball that successfully feeds its vibrant and unique pro league. Most states have good basketball programs and competitive state tournaments for students. The states compete internally to produce qualifying college teams that play in the national championship conference every season.  The quality of these programs does not, […]

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Top 10 Best Basketball Competitions for Students in the USA

The United States is the home of college basketball that successfully feeds its vibrant and unique pro league. Most states have good basketball programs and competitive state tournaments for students. The states compete internally to produce qualifying college teams that play in the national championship conference every season. 

The quality of these programs does not, however, depend entirely on NCAA appearances and have to be assessed individually based on their objectives. Here are ten best basketball competitions for students in the USA.

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1. Kentucky State

Kentucky State leads in basketball programs nationally priding in a pedigree that is without parallel with a fierce rivalry between Kentucky University Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals. These two teams have represented the State in 92 appearances between them that included 11 national championships and a whopping 25 Final Fours. 

Past performance includes Eastern Kentucky, Murray State, and Eastern Kentucky chalking up 29 appearances between them as well as Western Kentucky previously with 23 appearances and a Final Four.  

2. Kansas State

Kansas State may not lay claim to many titles like Kentucky but stands out for a well-balanced program that has more great teams. This means that anyone of its college programs has strong teams that compete well in championships. 

Kansas Jayhawks will be making their 25th NCAA tournament on a roll, whereas Kansas State does the same honors for the 5th year running.

3. North Carolina

Despite North Carolina’s prominent presence at the nationals, the entire State burden is borne by just two teams, NC Tar Heels and the Duke Blue Devils. 

The Tar Heels have graced the nationals’ Final Fours 18 times, winning five with their bittersweet rivals the Blue Devils marking 14 appearances with four championships. However, these two give North Carolina a strong presence on the national circuit.

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4. Virginia

Virginia has 14 programs that include VCU Rams and Virginia Cavaliers. Of late Virginia Cavaliers and George Mason have made appearances in Final Four, making a return for the State since the 1980s. 

Even then, Virginia has a good student basketball program. With good planning, the State has a large pool from which winning sides can emerge. And for being an academic champ, you need some topics to write about that can make you stand out in the classroom. Topics Mill is a trusted name when you need topics for your research, essays or any other writing work.

5. Oklahoma State

Oklahoma State had its glory days in the nascent years of NCAA in the forties when they ran off with two national championships and made six Final Fours. However, this early start set a tradition that has remained strong whose impact can be felt in the pro league. 

Currently, they have four programs with Oklahoma State Cowboys and Oklahoma Sooners standing out. The Sooners have made 23 and the State 16 appearances in the last 31 tournaments.

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6. Nevada State

Nevada appears to be on the decline going by recent performance running back to 1991. Their most notable pair of UNLV Running Rebels and The Wolf Pack have been gazing at crystal balls for inspiration for a comeback. 

The Running Rebels seeming to be creeping back, especially with their recent signing of Rashad and could successfully challenge for the MWC coming season. Prospects for national conference appearance might be long coming, but they are still a good basketball program.

7. Wisconsin State

Wisconsin has been represented by Badgers and Marquette Golden Eagles, with Badgers making the Final Four back in 2000. Any other notable claim to a championship win was back in 1977 for Marquette and Badgers far back in 1941! That said, the State still has vibrant college programs worth exploring.  

8. State of Texas

Texas has 23 programs with notable names that include Houston Cougars, who made five trips to the Final Four, all winless. The Longhorns currently looking strong and Baylor bears alongside SF Austin appear destined for local business with the national a mirage. Texas has good programs that, if managed well, could bring honors in the near future.

9. Missouri 

Missouri has five programs with notable names, including Missouri State Bears and Missouri Tigers. These teams have made several appearances in the national tournament without reaching the Final Four. 

The Saints joined the visiting bandwagon without impression the last two seasons and are headed back for a third in a row. Hopefully, they make it to the Final Four for Missouri.

10. Florida

Florida State has 13 programs with the Dolphins, Seminoles, and the Gators prominent. The sun has been shining on the State in the recent past with two championships in the 2005/6 and 2006/7 season and looks set for the Elite Eights.

Conclusion

Virtually all states in the US have college basketball programs that any interested student can join. The difference is in the level of competency at the national stage. Look up every college’s program performance in both state and national conference tournaments to decide on which suits you.

Author’s Bio:

Elizabeth Skinner is a blogger, academic writer and editor working for a writing agency and handling business management, economics and finance subjects for college students. She runs her own personal finance blog and has a good fan-following there. In her free time, she plays basketball, writes poetry and watches rom-com movies.

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On this day, Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to a national championship https://www.talkbasket.net/80078-on-this-day-carmelo-anthony-leads-syracuse-to-a-national-championship https://www.talkbasket.net/80078-on-this-day-carmelo-anthony-leads-syracuse-to-a-national-championship#respond Tue, 07 Apr 2020 15:27:54 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=80078 17 years ago today, Syracuse defeated Kansas in the 2003 national championship, led by freshman star Carmelo Anthony. Anthony was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. He recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the championship. In the Final Four against Texas, Anthony put up 33 points and 14 rebounds and shot 12-19 […]

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On this day, Carmelo Anthony leads Syracuse to a national championship

17 years ago today, Syracuse defeated Kansas in the 2003 national championship, led by freshman star Carmelo Anthony.

Anthony was named the Tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.

He recorded 20 points, 10 rebounds and seven assists in the championship.

In the Final Four against Texas, Anthony put up 33 points and 14 rebounds and shot 12-19 from the field.

Anthony averaged 22.2 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in his only season at Syracuse.

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Jordan Nwora declares for NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79926-jordan-nwora-declares-for-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79926-jordan-nwora-declares-for-nba-draft#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 18:27:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79926 Jordan Nwora has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after an outstanding season at Louisville. He spent three seasons at Louisville, averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. He also made just over 40 percent of his three-pointers last season. He was named First-Team All-ACC last season. Two seasons ago, he was […]

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Jordan Nwora has declared for the 2020 NBA Draft after an outstanding season at Louisville.

He spent three seasons at Louisville, averaging 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game last season. He also made just over 40 percent of his three-pointers last season.

He was named First-Team All-ACC last season. Two seasons ago, he was Third-Team All-ACC and ACC Most Improved Player.

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Kentucky’s freshman Tyrese Maxey declares for the 2020 NBA draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79888-kentuckys-freshman-tyrese-maxey-declares-for-the-2020-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79888-kentuckys-freshman-tyrese-maxey-declares-for-the-2020-nba-draft#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:18:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79888 Kentucky Wildcats Tyrese Maxey declared eligibility for the 2020 NBA Draft, as the young prospect announced today via his social media acounts. “My thoughts were that we would be playing for a national championship [today],” Maxey told on ESPN. “Although we’re unable to do that due to what our country is experiencing, I felt like […]

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Kentucky’s freshman Tyrese Maxey declares for the 2020 NBA draft

Kentucky Wildcats Tyrese Maxey declared eligibility for the 2020 NBA Draft, as the young prospect announced today via his social media acounts.

“My thoughts were that we would be playing for a national championship [today],” Maxey told on ESPN. “Although we’re unable to do that due to what our country is experiencing, I felt like this was the day to declare for the draft to make it as special as I thought today would be.”

The freshman started the season with an incredible performance against Michigan State scoring 26 poinst on his debut. More so, he scored 27 points against Louiville in December 28.

The Texas native is the fourth freshman guard that played in Kentucky backcourt and, then, vault to the NBA joining the likes of Brandon Knight, Devin Booker and De’Aaron Fox.

Kentucky’s head coach John Calipari was elated for his guard noting that he went harder on Maxey than any other player this season, because of his incredible talent.

Maxey is projected as a late first round pick in the 2020 NBA draft averaging 14 points per game on 42.7 percent shooting from the floor and 29.2 percent shooting from three in his lone season in Kentucky.

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John Calipari reveals that Anthony Davis said ‘I can’t make a shot’ during halftime of a national title game https://www.talkbasket.net/79885-john-calipari-reveals-that-anthony-davis-said-i-cant-make-a-shot-during-halftime-of-a-national-title-game https://www.talkbasket.net/79885-john-calipari-reveals-that-anthony-davis-said-i-cant-make-a-shot-during-halftime-of-a-national-title-game#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2020 15:03:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79885 Kentucky Wildcats’ coach John Calipari revealed what his former team member, Anthony Davis, said during a College basketball’s 2012 national championship title game between Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks, which the Wildcats have won 67-59. According to the coach, AD told his teammates: “I can’t make a shot. I’ll get every rebound, defend and block shots. […]

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John Calipari reveals that Anthony Davis said ‘I can’t make a shot’ during halftime of a national title game

Kentucky Wildcats’ coach John Calipari revealed what his former team member, Anthony Davis, said during a College basketball’s 2012 national championship title game between Kentucky Wildcats and Kansas Jayhawks, which the Wildcats have won 67-59.

According to the coach, AD told his teammates: “I can’t make a shot. I’ll get every rebound, defend and block shots. You guys do all the scoring.”

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Shannon Sharpe: “I love Michael Jordan, but Kareem is the best college basketball player of all time” https://www.talkbasket.net/79762-shannon-sharpe-i-love-michael-jordan-but-kareem-is-the-best-college-basketball-player-of-all-time https://www.talkbasket.net/79762-shannon-sharpe-i-love-michael-jordan-but-kareem-is-the-best-college-basketball-player-of-all-time#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 17:32:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79762 Shannon Sharpe, famous sports analyst, expressed his opinion on who the best college basketball player of all time is. “I love Michael Jordan but Kareem is the best college basketball player of all time,” Sharpe said.

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Shannon Sharpe: “I love Michael Jordan, but Kareem is the best college basketball player of all time”

Shannon Sharpe, famous sports analyst, expressed his opinion on who the best college basketball player of all time is.

“I love Michael Jordan but Kareem is the best college basketball player of all time,” Sharpe said.

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Michael Jordan isn’t even a top 5 college basketball player ever – Will Cain https://www.talkbasket.net/79748-michael-jordan-isnt-even-a-top-5-college-basketball-player-ever-will-cain https://www.talkbasket.net/79748-michael-jordan-isnt-even-a-top-5-college-basketball-player-ever-will-cain#respond Sun, 05 Apr 2020 16:28:43 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79748 Will Cain, the host of the Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio, reacted to ESPN’s fan-voted best college basketball player ever bracket, in which Michael Jordan was named the greatest NCAA hooper of all time. Cain says Michael Jordan doesn’t deserve to even be in the top five then and reveals his list.

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Michael Jordan isn’t even a top 5 college basketball player ever – Will Cain

Will Cain, the host of the Will Cain Show on ESPN Radio, reacted to ESPN’s fan-voted best college basketball player ever bracket, in which Michael Jordan was named the greatest NCAA hooper of all time. Cain says Michael Jordan doesn’t deserve to even be in the top five then and reveals his list.

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Chris Broussard: “I don’t think Michael Jordan is even in the discussion of the greatest college player of all time” https://www.talkbasket.net/79317-chris-broussard-i-dont-think-michael-jordan-is-even-in-the-discussion-of-the-greatest-college-player-of-all-time https://www.talkbasket.net/79317-chris-broussard-i-dont-think-michael-jordan-is-even-in-the-discussion-of-the-greatest-college-player-of-all-time#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 08:04:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79317 Chris Broussard and Rob Parker disputed a fan-voted bracket that put Michael Jordan as the greatest college basketball player of all time. According to Broussard, Jordan is not the GOAT in college basketball. “It is clearly Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And after him it’s probably Bill Walton. I don’t think Michael Jordan is even in the discussion […]

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Chris Broussard: “I don’t think Michael Jordan is even in the discussion of the greatest college player of all time”

Chris Broussard and Rob Parker disputed a fan-voted bracket that put Michael Jordan as the greatest college basketball player of all time. According to Broussard, Jordan is not the GOAT in college basketball.

“It is clearly Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And after him it’s probably Bill Walton. I don’t think Michael Jordan is even in the discussion of the greatest college player of all time,” he said.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to Michael Jordan being named college basketball G.O.A.T https://www.talkbasket.net/79304-kareem-abdul-jabbar-reacts-to-michael-jordan-being-named-college-basketball-g-o-a-t https://www.talkbasket.net/79304-kareem-abdul-jabbar-reacts-to-michael-jordan-being-named-college-basketball-g-o-a-t#respond Fri, 03 Apr 2020 06:45:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79304 Michael Jordan has been crowned as the G.O.A.T in college basketball, after getting 71% of the vote. But, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made it clear that he is not a fan of SportsCenter’s bracket, as he tweeted:

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to Michael Jordan being named college basketball G.O.A.T

Michael Jordan has been crowned as the G.O.A.T in college basketball, after getting 71% of the vote. But, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made it clear that he is not a fan of SportsCenter’s bracket, as he tweeted:

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D’Vontay Friga: the Division 3 baller turned Social Media star https://www.talkbasket.net/78593-dvontay-friga-the-division-3-baller-turned-social-media-star https://www.talkbasket.net/78593-dvontay-friga-the-division-3-baller-turned-social-media-star#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 18:08:45 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78593 Former Division 3 basketball star D’Vontay Friga has been gaining the attention of thousands of fans and teams not through just his career at the University of Mount Union but through his life changing decision to document his college career on YouTube. The 6″2 guard played all four seasons in Ohio at the University of […]

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D’Vontay Friga: the Division 3 baller turned Social Media star

Former Division 3 basketball star D’Vontay Friga has been gaining the attention of thousands of fans and teams not through just his career at the University of Mount Union but through his life changing decision to document his college career on YouTube.

The 6″2 guard played all four seasons in Ohio at the University of Mount Union. This is where he found his passion for creating and documenting his basketball journey. Through the help of his friends Joe and Grayson, he was able to create content surrounding all aspects of being a college athlete. Furthermore, this gained following has allowed him to create a brand and thrive on the online platform.

This season was his senior year, but the COVID-19 outbreak stopped an almost guaranteed March Madness run for the Raiders. Through 30 games this season, Friga averaged 15.1 PPG, 5.2 RPG and 2.1 APG.

In his career at MU he averaged 11.1 PPG, 4.2 RPG and 2.1 APG through his four seasons.

Recently, due to having no more NCAA restrictions, Friga created his brand and clothing line. Furthermore he produced www.dfriga98.com in order to present his work and gratitude.

D’Vontay has come out and said he has offers to play professionally overseas in Spain and Australia, but hasn’t said any more regarding his future. He has also come into the spotlight in the past week for his and his father’s actions in response to the quarantine guidelines set by the Government. With all the courts being closed, the “Friga Fam” made a full sized court in their backyard. Yes, a full court.

His commitment and dedication to his craft on and off the court can’t go unnoticed. He’s a baller and a social media star, with over 150k subscribers on YouTube.

Stay Motivated, Stay Positive.

D’Vontay Friga’s YouTube channel – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeI–jINF0G1jmDVjT2PX_Q

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Former player, who played against Michael Jordan in college, explains what made MJ the best college player https://www.talkbasket.net/79148-former-player-who-played-against-michael-jordan-in-college-explains-what-made-mj-the-best-college-player https://www.talkbasket.net/79148-former-player-who-played-against-michael-jordan-in-college-explains-what-made-mj-the-best-college-player#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 10:37:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79148 ESPN analyst Jay Bilas bore witness to the rise of Michael Jordan, playing against him five times in the North Carolina-Duke rivalry during the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. Bilas reflected on what he experienced in playing against Jordan as a competitor during that period. “Whatever the game plan was, we couldn’t properly execute it against […]

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Former player, who played against Michael Jordan in college, explains what made MJ the best college player

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas bore witness to the rise of Michael Jordan, playing against him five times in the North Carolina-Duke rivalry during the 1982-83 and 1983-84 seasons. Bilas reflected on what he experienced in playing against Jordan as a competitor during that period.

“Whatever the game plan was, we couldn’t properly execute it against Jordan our freshman year. We tried to limit his catches and pressure the ball and show help, but we were simply too young and inexperienced to limit him or limit Carolina,” he said.

“He was different from the rest, and there were great competitors in the ACC in the 1980s. I have heard Coach K say on many occasions that the best era in the ACC and in college basketball was the 1980s. Think about the players in the ACC then … Jordan, Ralph Sampson, Len Bias, Mark Price, John Salley, Johnny Dawkins, Mark Alarie, Horace Grant, Lorenzo Charles, Nate McMillan, Kenny Green, Muggsy Bogues … it was ridiculous. Yet, Jordan stood out above everyone as a competitor,” Bilas explained.

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Who should Golden State Warriors take if they get a first overall pick? Wiseman, Edwards, Ball? https://www.talkbasket.net/79128-who-should-golden-state-warriors-take-if-they-get-a-first-overall-pick-wiseman-edwards-ball https://www.talkbasket.net/79128-who-should-golden-state-warriors-take-if-they-get-a-first-overall-pick-wiseman-edwards-ball#respond Thu, 02 Apr 2020 07:29:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79128 Mike Schmitz joined SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to discuss who the Golden State Warriors should consider if they get the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, with the top options being James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

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Who should Golden State Warriors take if they get a first overall pick? Wiseman, Edwards, Ball?

Mike Schmitz joined SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt to discuss who the Golden State Warriors should consider if they get the first overall pick in the 2020 NBA draft, with the top options being James Wiseman, Anthony Edwards and LaMelo Ball.

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Michael Jordan wins college basketball GOAT bracket https://www.talkbasket.net/79046-michael-jordan-wins-college-basketball-goat-bracket https://www.talkbasket.net/79046-michael-jordan-wins-college-basketball-goat-bracket#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 18:57:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79046 Skip Bayless announced that Michael Jordan has been crowned as the G.O.A.T of college basketball players, after getting 71% of the vote. On the way to the finals, Jordan crushed Nancy Lieberman, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Steph Curry, Magic Johnson, and Lary Bird.

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Michael Jordan wins college basketball GOAT bracket

Skip Bayless announced that Michael Jordan has been crowned as the G.O.A.T of college basketball players, after getting 71% of the vote. On the way to the finals, Jordan crushed Nancy Lieberman, David Robinson, Tim Duncan, Steph Curry, Magic Johnson, and Lary Bird.

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Washington Huskies’ Isaiah Stewart declares himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79033-washington-huskies-isaiah-stewart-declares-himself-eligible-for-the-2020-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/79033-washington-huskies-isaiah-stewart-declares-himself-eligible-for-the-2020-nba-draft#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 17:31:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=79033 The Huskies’ freshman Isaiah Stewart announced that he is heading to the 2020 NBA draft per ESPN. The young prospect, who is projected as a late first round pick, signed with RocNation, which will represent him in the start of his professional career. Furthermore, he was one of the best high-school recruit, before attending the […]

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Washington Huskies’ Isaiah Stewart declares himself eligible for the 2020 NBA Draft

The Huskies’ freshman Isaiah Stewart announced that he is heading to the 2020 NBA draft per ESPN. The young prospect, who is projected as a late first round pick, signed with RocNation, which will represent him in the start of his professional career.

Furthermore, he was one of the best high-school recruit, before attending the University of Washington.

“I take a lot of pride in winning national player of the year in high school. The list of guys that won that award is impressive,” Stewart noted through ESPN.

“I feel like I am someone who can play in an NBA game tomorrow physically. With all the uncertainty about whether there will be a summer league or what type of offseason the NBA might have, it’s more important than ever to have a long body of work teams can look at. People already know my reputation and what my character is as a person. I’ll continue to show NBA teams that over video conferences, Skype, FaceTime or whatever it might be.”

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Stewart, who has a 7-foot-4 wingspan, averaged 17 points, 8.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game for the Huskies in his freshman year, shooting 59% from 2-point range and 77% from the free-throw line.

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The best dunks of the 2019-20 college basketball season https://www.talkbasket.net/78985-the-best-dunks-of-the-2019-20-college-basketball-season https://www.talkbasket.net/78985-the-best-dunks-of-the-2019-20-college-basketball-season#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 13:25:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78985 ESPN released a video with the best dunks of the 2019-20 college basketball season featuring Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and more:

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The best dunks of the 2019-20 college basketball season

ESPN released a video with the best dunks of the 2019-20 college basketball season featuring Dayton’s Obi Toppin, Georgia’s Anthony Edwards and more:

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Magic Johnson says Kareem-Abdul Jabbar is the GOAT in the history of college basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/78930-magic-johnson-says-that-kareem-abdul-jabbar-is-the-goat-in-the-history-of-college-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/78930-magic-johnson-says-that-kareem-abdul-jabbar-is-the-goat-in-the-history-of-college-basketball#respond Wed, 01 Apr 2020 00:56:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78930 Magic Johnson took to Twitter to say Kareem-Abdul Jabbar is the greatest player in the history of college basketball. The Lakers Hall of Famer noted that UCLA had only two losses during Jabbar’s tenure, while the NCAA banned dunking because of his dominance. “Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Lew Alcindor is decisively the undisputed GOAT of college basketball! During […]

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Magic Johnson says Kareem-Abdul Jabbar is the GOAT in the history of college basketball

Magic Johnson took to Twitter to say Kareem-Abdul Jabbar is the greatest player in the history of college basketball.

The Lakers Hall of Famer noted that UCLA had only two losses during Jabbar’s tenure, while the NCAA banned dunking because of his dominance.

“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar/Lew Alcindor is decisively the undisputed GOAT of college basketball! During his 3 years at UCLA he led the Bruins to an 88-2 record, won 3 National Championships, was 3X National College Player of the Year, AND was 3X NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player,” Johnson wrote on his post.

“Because of Lew’s dominance, the NCAA changed the rules and banned dunking in college basketball. From that he created his famous sky hook!” Magic added.

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RJ Barrett breaks down his best moments from Duke and the Knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/78766-rj-barrett-breaks-down-his-best-moments-from-duke-and-the-knicks https://www.talkbasket.net/78766-rj-barrett-breaks-down-his-best-moments-from-duke-and-the-knicks#respond Tue, 31 Mar 2020 00:34:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78766 In an interview recorded at 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Omar Raja sits down with the New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett to go over his best highlights from his first year in the NBA, as well as his one season playing alongside Zion Williamson with the Duke Blue Devils:

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RJ Barrett breaks down his best moments from Duke and the Knicks

In an interview recorded at 2020 NBA All-Star Weekend in Chicago, Omar Raja sits down with the New York Knicks rookie RJ Barrett to go over his best highlights from his first year in the NBA, as well as his one season playing alongside Zion Williamson with the Duke Blue Devils:

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The NCAA won’t grant college basketball players an extra year of eligibility https://www.talkbasket.net/78758-the-ncaa-wont-grant-college-basketball-players-an-extra-year-of-eligibility https://www.talkbasket.net/78758-the-ncaa-wont-grant-college-basketball-players-an-extra-year-of-eligibility#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 23:59:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78758 The NCAA will not grant basketball players another year of eligibility even though the NCAA Tournament was canceled according to Shams Charania. While most of the season was played, no team was given the opportunity to become a champion. Unlike the NBA, the rest of the NCAA season was canceled rather than postponed.

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The NCAA won’t grant college basketball players an extra year of eligibility

The NCAA will not grant basketball players another year of eligibility even though the NCAA Tournament was canceled according to Shams Charania.

While most of the season was played, no team was given the opportunity to become a champion. Unlike the NBA, the rest of the NCAA season was canceled rather than postponed.

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Sabrina Ionescu wins Women’s Player of the Year unanimously https://www.talkbasket.net/77616-sabrina-ionescu-wins-womens-player-of-the-year-unanimously https://www.talkbasket.net/77616-sabrina-ionescu-wins-womens-player-of-the-year-unanimously#respond Mon, 30 Mar 2020 07:30:00 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77616 Oregon Duck’s women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu continued her hall of fame career winning AP women’s player of the year unanimously. The 22 year old senior was the first player since Breanna Stewart (2016) to win the award with a clean sweep. The point guard has had a superb season playing for the Ducks in […]

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Sabrina Ionescu wins Women’s Player of the Year unanimously

Oregon Duck’s women’s basketball star Sabrina Ionescu continued her hall of fame career winning AP women’s player of the year unanimously.

The 22 year old senior was the first player since Breanna Stewart (2016) to win the award with a clean sweep. The point guard has had a superb season playing for the Ducks in the PAC-12.

She averaged a great stat line of 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds through 33 games this season. However, her final season in Oregon was cut short through the COVID-19 pandemic.

She also came to fame this season, achieving an award reached by only one other player. After reaching her 1,000th assist against UCLA, she joined Courtney Vandersloot as being the only players in history to reach 2,000 points, 1,000 assists and 1,000 rebounds.

Sabrina Ionescu has also been in the news due to being the projected #1 pick for the upcoming WNBA Draft. The New York Liberty have the first pick, but there won’t be a draft night as usual. The WNBA have come out and said they will be holding a virtual draft due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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On This Day: Michael Jordan drains clutch jumper to win 1982 NCAA Men’s Tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/78528-on-this-day-michael-jordan-drains-clutch-jumper-to-win-1982-ncaa-mens-tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/78528-on-this-day-michael-jordan-drains-clutch-jumper-to-win-1982-ncaa-mens-tournament#respond Sun, 29 Mar 2020 15:28:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78528 On this day, 38 years ago, a young Michael Jordan hit a jump shot with 15 seconds left on the clock to beat Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas and hand the University of North Carolina the NCAA Men’s Championship. It was the biggest shot of Jordan’s life at the time, little did he know it would […]

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On This Day: Michael Jordan drains clutch jumper to win 1982 NCAA Men’s Tournament

On this day, 38 years ago, a young Michael Jordan hit a jump shot with 15 seconds left on the clock to beat Patrick Ewing’s Georgetown Hoyas and hand the University of North Carolina the NCAA Men’s Championship.

It was the biggest shot of Jordan’s life at the time, little did he know it would be the first of many.

“That was birth of Michael Jordan,” MJ told Craig Sager. “Before that I was Mike. All of a sudden I make that shot and I’m Michael.”

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Lee Green, former St. John’s point guard, dies after contracting coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78331-lee-green-former-st-johns-point-guard-dies-after-contracting-coronavirus https://www.talkbasket.net/78331-lee-green-former-st-johns-point-guard-dies-after-contracting-coronavirus#respond Sat, 28 Mar 2020 02:52:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=78331 Lee Green died of coronavirus on Monday. He was just 49-years old. The Bronx native played three seasons with St. Johns from 1991-1994, averaging 2.3 points per game and was known as a defensive specialist. He was remembered fondly by former teammates. “Cool guy” said Lamont Middleton according to the New York Post. “Everywhere he […]

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Lee Green, former St. John’s point guard, dies after contracting coronavirus

Lee Green died of coronavirus on Monday. He was just 49-years old.

The Bronx native played three seasons with St. Johns from 1991-1994, averaging 2.3 points per game and was known as a defensive specialist. He was remembered fondly by former teammates.

“Cool guy” said Lamont Middleton according to the New York Post. “Everywhere he went Lee had a smile. He had a big personality.”

The two were teammates from 1991-1992. Rowan Barrett, the father of New York Knicks’ rookie RJ Barrett played with Green from 1992-1994.

“He always had a smile for you and was a pleasure to be around,” said Barrett according to the New York Post. “I’ve been praying for his family.”

Green did not have any known pre-existing conditions.

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Obi Toppin announces he will enter NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77853-obi-toppin-announces-he-will-enter-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77853-obi-toppin-announces-he-will-enter-nba-draft#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 18:49:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77853 After two memorable years with Dayton, Obi Toppin will head to the NBA. He will likely be a lottery pick. Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but decided to stay in college another year. This season he averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is […]

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Obi Toppin announces he will enter NBA Draft

After two memorable years with Dayton, Obi Toppin will head to the NBA. He will likely be a lottery pick.

Toppin had a good freshman season, averaging 14.4 points and 5.6 rebounds per game but decided to stay in college another year. This season he averaged 20 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. He is also known for his highlight-reel dunks.

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Top 10 College Basketball Players Ever https://www.talkbasket.net/77802-top-10-college-basketball-players-ever https://www.talkbasket.net/77802-top-10-college-basketball-players-ever#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 14:20:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77802 As College Basketball continues to get bigger and bigger every year, drawing significant crowds and earning the NCAA millions of dollars, the level of talent that comes through is undeniable. Every NBA legend was a college basketball player at one time; however, the levels of performance are varying. College success does not always translate into […]

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Top 10 College Basketball Players Ever

As College Basketball continues to get bigger and bigger every year, drawing significant crowds and earning the NCAA millions of dollars, the level of talent that comes through is undeniable.

Every NBA legend was a college basketball player at one time; however, the levels of performance are varying. College success does not always translate into automatic legendary status in the NBA. However, all ten of these individuals are icons of the NBA. These are the ten top college basketball players of all time.

10. Larry Bird (Indiana State, 1976-1979)

Larry Bird is one of the all-time excellent scorers in the NBA, and this was evident from early on in his college career. Larry Legends’ career averages are 30.3PTS-13.3R-4.6A per game. He averaged a double-double for his entire career. In 1979, he was the National Collegiate Player of the Year leading Indian State to the championship game.

9. David Thompson (North Carolina State, 1972-1975)

Skywalker is among the athletes responsible for converting Basketball into the high-flying sport it is today. He’s also responsible for ending UCLA’s Unbeaten run with North Carolina State. He won the NCAA championship in 1974, and next year won the National Collegiate Player of the Year.

8. Jerry Lucas (Ohio State, 1959-1962)

Jerry Lucas was an all-round presence on the Basketball Court. He was averaging 24.3 points and 17.2 rebounds per game at Ohio State. He led his Ohio State team to the NCAA trophy in 1960, where he also won the most outstanding player award. He won the same award next year. Even today, there’s no other player that’s been the Big Ten Player of the Year three times in a row.

7. Elvin Hayes (Houston, 1965-1968)

Elvin Hayes isn’t just a legendary college basketball player; he’s an American icon and ranks very high in college player rankings. He earned legendary status during the 1968 championship. In what was dubbed the Game of the Century, Elvin led his Houston Cougars to a 2-point victory over the UCLA Bruins. Elvin scored 39 points and brought down 15 rebounds, in a magnificent performance. However, his most important contribution was perhaps breaking down the door for more black players in the southern colleges.

6. Tom Gola (La Salle, 1951-1955)

Tom Gola is the player with most rebounds in all-time college players rankings. In his career, he pulled down more than 2000 rebounds and is one of only two men to manage 2000 points in his career as well. His career averages are 20.9 points per game and 18.7 rebounds per game. If you want to repeat his legendary career, you will need a lot of time for training. So a good idea might be to buy assignment online at uk.edubirdie. Just order assignments online and work hard on your sports skills. 

5. Oscar Robertson (Cincinnati, 1957-1960)

Several sports enthusiasts consider Oscar Robertson as one of the greatest players to never win a title. However, it wasn’t for lack of trying. Oscar did everything possible, reaching the NCAA final twice with Cincinnati. He was averaging 33.8 points and 15.2 rebounds per game. The Big O is easily one of the best college basketball players ever.

4. Bill Russel (San Francisco, 1953-56)

No one in Basketball has had a better career than Bill Russell, one of the best college players ever. He went on to win 11 NBA titles, and his career in college was equally glittering. He led San Francisco to the NCAA championships two years in a row in 1955 and 56. Russell is also among only five men to average a double-double.

3. Bill Walton (UCLA, 1971-1974)

Bill is responsible for guiding the final stretch of the Bruin’s incredible run during the 60s and 70s. This made him one of the best college basketball players of the year. His productivity on the court was almost machine-like and won the National Collegiate Player of the Year three times in a row. He’s also one of the few players to win multiple titles at the college level.

2. Pete Maravich (LSU, 1967-1970)

If you’re considering pure offense, then there’s no argument for the best college player ever. Pistol Pete had an astonishing 44.2 points per game during his career while dishing out 5.1 assists per game. He’s the holder of the all-time points in college basketball rankings. Pistol Pete holds almost every scoring record at the collegiate level and won college basketball player of the year as well.

1. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (UCLA, 1966-1969)

No one in college history was as dominant as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; he was under the name of Lew Alcindor back then. He won all three NCAA titles during his time at the UCLA Bruins thanks to his best basketball play, which was unheard of. During those successful years, he won the college basketball player of the year three times in a row as well. The most dominant player in the most dominant team!

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Remembering John Wooden https://www.talkbasket.net/77762-remembering-john-wooden https://www.talkbasket.net/77762-remembering-john-wooden#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 09:39:37 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77762 It’s been nearly a decade since basketball legend John Wooden passed away at age 99 in June 2010. While doing some spring cleaning this week, I came across a letter faxed to me just about 10 days after the UCLA coaching great died. It’s a thoughtful look at what made John Wooden a certifiable genius […]

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Remembering John Wooden

It’s been nearly a decade since basketball legend John Wooden passed away at age 99 in June 2010.

While doing some spring cleaning this week, I came across a letter faxed to me just about 10 days after the UCLA coaching great died. It’s a thoughtful look at what made John Wooden a certifiable genius as a leader, on and off the court.

“MISSING COACH WOODEN” was the title of the one-page typed fax. It remains a treasure in my collection of basketball-related memorabilia and literature.

Here’s what it said:

I will miss John Wooden. I was coaching junior varsity basketball in the middle 1970 in the U.S. and he was already hailed as the best college coach ever. There were rumors of Wooden’s retirement. He had won 10 national titles in 12 years. Most of the games were not even close. My basketball career as a junior varsity coach was also about to end. No one ever got us two confused as coaches. The head basketball coach approached me and asked if I wanted to go to a basketball coaching clinic. I said no. He said there would be some great coaches there. I said no thanks again. Then he remembered — “Yes, John Wooden is retiring and said he would show up. This will be his first speaking engagement since he retired.”

I did not even hesitate and emphatically stated I would indeed go even if I had to hitchhike. I wanted to make sure I would be one of the first to learn the Wooden secret of success — the magic formulas he used in practice, his vaunted press, how he handles his players, his conditioning secrets, and his overall philosophy on coaching. Maybe I could resurrect my coaching career after all.

I was all psyched to hear Wooden. I had five or six pencils, all sharpened in case I dropped one and not risk missing something in the talk. Tablets of basketball diagrams were ready for use Wooden was finally introduced and ambled to the podium. He looked around, smiled and asked for a chair to be put near the podium. Then he said he would be talking about the success at UCLA. Then he stated, “The most important thing we teach an incoming UCLA player is how to tie his shoes.” Then he explained that a player who did not lace his shoes up correctly would risk a foot problem. That problem would affect him and the team. I groaned. Was this a joke? Then he explained that putting on your basketball shorts was also important. That was about it. No X’s and O’s. By then I had settled down, relaxed my hold on the pencils, and was looking at the other baffled coaches. Out of respect and curiosity, I stayed for the entire talk but silently cursed my decision to come for such a meaningless lecture.

For many years I never understood the meaning of Wooden’s explanation. His message was completely lost on me. But that was before I came to Japan. After all these years, I have finally gotten the message. In my office I have about 200 books on Japan — its customs, literature, and language. If I had to pick out “the one book” — the one that would explicate the unique Japanese mentality — it would be the one on the concept of “kata,” the way of doing things, “shikata,” — how to eat, “tabekata,” and how to write, “kakikata,” etc. There is no right way, alternate or wrong way, only the one way.

I think John Wooden had the formula down — attention to detail, discipline, simplicity, and a belief in his system. I am afraid John Wooden would not be as successful in our “everyone doing his own thing” culture. Since we don’t wear shoes inside Japanese homes and some restaurants, I have to do a lot of shoe tying. Often I think of Coach Wooden. I think it will be more often now.

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Cole Anthony delays decisiοn on draft declaration https://www.talkbasket.net/77738-cole-anthony-delays-decisi%ce%bfn-on-draft-declaration https://www.talkbasket.net/77738-cole-anthony-delays-decisi%ce%bfn-on-draft-declaration#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2020 01:33:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77738 UNC guard Cole Anthony is delaying his decision on whether he will leave North Carolina for the NBA or return for his sophomore season in the NCAA. “A lot of people have been asking me if I’m going to declare for the NBA draft,” Anthony posted on Instagram. “Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the […]

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Cole Anthony delays decisiοn on draft declaration

UNC guard Cole Anthony is delaying his decision on whether he will leave North Carolina for the NBA or return for his sophomore season in the NCAA.

“A lot of people have been asking me if I’m going to declare for the NBA draft,” Anthony posted on Instagram.

“Anyone who knows me understands that playing in the NBA has been a lifelong dream of mine, but given the pain that America and the world are experiencing at this time, I am going to refrain from making any announcements about that topic.”

Anthony is a projected lottery pick in the upcoming class, averaging 17.8 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4 assists in the first 22 games of the season.

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Trae Young vs. Carmelo Anthony: Who was the better college basketball player? https://www.talkbasket.net/77628-trae-young-vs-carmelo-anthony-who-was-the-better-college-basketball-player https://www.talkbasket.net/77628-trae-young-vs-carmelo-anthony-who-was-the-better-college-basketball-player#respond Tue, 24 Mar 2020 14:06:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77628 Seth Greenberg joined SportsCenter and made his picks between Trae Young vs. Carmelo Anthony in pursuit of deciding who is the greatest of all time in college basketball:

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Trae Young vs. Carmelo Anthony: Who was the better college basketball player?

Seth Greenberg joined SportsCenter and made his picks between Trae Young vs. Carmelo Anthony in pursuit of deciding who is the greatest of all time in college basketball:

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On this day, Stephen Curry leads Davidson to Sweet 16 https://www.talkbasket.net/77514-on-this-day-stephen-curry-leads-davidson-to-sweet-16 https://www.talkbasket.net/77514-on-this-day-stephen-curry-leads-davidson-to-sweet-16#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 22:11:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77514 On this day in 2008, Stephen Curry led 10-seed Davidson to a 17-point comeback victory over 2-seed Georgetown to advance to the Sweet 16. Curry dropped 30 points in the upset. Here is Curry closing the game out in the final seconds:

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On this day, Stephen Curry leads Davidson to Sweet 16

On this day in 2008, Stephen Curry led 10-seed Davidson to a 17-point comeback victory over 2-seed Georgetown to advance to the Sweet 16.

Curry dropped 30 points in the upset.

Here is Curry closing the game out in the final seconds:

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Florida Gulf Coast dunked all over Georgetown 7 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/77340-florida-gulf-coast-dunked-all-over-georgetown-7-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/77340-florida-gulf-coast-dunked-all-over-georgetown-7-years-ago-today#respond Mon, 23 Mar 2020 02:36:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77340 Seven years ago Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), a 15 seed upset Georgetown, a 2 seed, 78-68. Not only did FGCU win but they did so in style, throwing down multiple dunks including a lob from Brett Comer to Chase Fieler to put Georgetown away. FGCU went on to beat San Diego State in their next […]

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Florida Gulf Coast dunked all over Georgetown 7 years ago today

Seven years ago Florida Gulf Coast (FGCU), a 15 seed upset Georgetown, a 2 seed, 78-68.

Not only did FGCU win but they did so in style, throwing down multiple dunks including a lob from Brett Comer to Chase Fieler to put Georgetown away.

FGCU went on to beat San Diego State in their next game. They remain the only 15 seed to make it to the Sweet 16.

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Rick Pitino on Seton Hall’s Myles Powell: “He reminds me of Mike James” https://www.talkbasket.net/77232-rick-pitino-on-seton-halls-myles-powell-he-reminds-me-of-mike-james https://www.talkbasket.net/77232-rick-pitino-on-seton-halls-myles-powell-he-reminds-me-of-mike-james#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 13:34:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77232 Rick Pitino will coach Iona College next season and gave an interview to New York Post about prospects in the collegiate level among other topics. He named Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as an interesting player, who could make an impact overseas comparing him to CSKA’s star Mike James. “There’s a player I love in the […]

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Rick Pitino on Seton Hall’s Myles Powell: “He reminds me of Mike James”

Rick Pitino will coach Iona College next season and gave an interview to New York Post about prospects in the collegiate level among other topics. He named Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as an interesting player, who could make an impact overseas comparing him to CSKA’s star Mike James.

“There’s a player I love in the EuroLeague; he should be in the NBA, his name is Mike James,” the former Panathinaikos coach said. James was the top scorer in the EuroLeague, averaging 21.1 points per game, until the competition decided to suspend its activity due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“He’s the leading scorer in the EuroLeague. Myles Powell reminds me of Mike a little bit. Do I think he’ll be in the NBA? I think he’ll try out with a team, but I think he’ll be a terrific player over in Europe and make a lot of money and be very successful.

Could he play in the NBA? I’m sure he could, but I don’t think he’s somebody you’re gonna say he’s definitely gonna make it, but he’s a very talented young man and I think he’ll get a good shot at the NBA,” Pitino added.

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Steph Curry scored 40 points in the NCAA Tournament 12 years ago today https://www.talkbasket.net/77204-steph-curry-scored-40-points-in-the-ncaa-tournament-12-years-ago-today https://www.talkbasket.net/77204-steph-curry-scored-40-points-in-the-ncaa-tournament-12-years-ago-today#respond Sun, 22 Mar 2020 02:45:47 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77204 Steph Curry led Davidson to an 82-76 upset victory over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008. He knocked down eight three-pointers on 10 attempts. His most important one put Davidson ahead 77-74 with 1:04 remaining. Curry went on to lead Davidson on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight. He […]

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Steph Curry scored 40 points in the NCAA Tournament 12 years ago today

Steph Curry led Davidson to an 82-76 upset victory over Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2008.

He knocked down eight three-pointers on 10 attempts. His most important one put Davidson ahead 77-74 with 1:04 remaining.

Curry went on to lead Davidson on a Cinderella run to the Elite Eight. He averaged 25.9 points per game that season and shot 43.9 percent on three-pointers.

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Duke guard Tre Jones will enter the 2020 NBA draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77084-dukes-guard-tre-jones-will-enter-the-2020-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/77084-dukes-guard-tre-jones-will-enter-the-2020-nba-draft#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 14:17:55 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77084 Duke point guard Tre Jones (born January 8, 2000), the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, will enter the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Saturday. Jones averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore. He also played for the United States at the 2015 FIBA […]

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Duke guard Tre Jones will enter the 2020 NBA draft

Duke point guard Tre Jones (born January 8, 2000), the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year, will enter the 2020 NBA draft, he told ESPN on Saturday. Jones averaged 16.2 points, 6.4 assists, 4.2 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game as a sophomore. He also played for the United States at the 2015 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship in Argentina, winning the gold medal.

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Ross Kreines artfully analyzes the game one tweet at a time https://www.talkbasket.net/77067-ross-kreines-artfully-analyzes-the-game-one-tweet-at-a-time https://www.talkbasket.net/77067-ross-kreines-artfully-analyzes-the-game-one-tweet-at-a-time#respond Sat, 21 Mar 2020 11:57:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=77067 Ross Kreines dishes out keen insights about the game via Twitter. Indeed, it’s an acquired skill. Scroll down his Twitter feed for an illuminating summary of how/why players and teams succeed. From players with surnames from A to Z, Kreines dutifully provides educated opinions on their strengths, while preaching positivity along the way. In this […]

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Ross Kreines artfully analyzes the game one tweet at a time

Ross Kreines dishes out keen insights about the game via Twitter.

Indeed, it’s an acquired skill.

Scroll down his Twitter feed for an illuminating summary of how/why players and teams succeed.

From players with surnames from A to Z, Kreines dutifully provides educated opinions on their strengths, while preaching positivity along the way.

In this era of instant information and short-attention spans, Kreines has carved out a niche. Give him his props.

Twitter is his landscape, which he uses to break down the game with intelligent, enthusiasm and expertise.

Developing a following

Kreines has developed a following as a respected, astute observer of the game at the highest levels. His name isn’t tossed out there next to many of the high-profile analysts, but it’s clear he knows the game. His viewpoints illuminate what statistics tell us. And he provides a broader view.

In short, Kreines sees the intricacies of individual and team tendencies. He notices what players do on both sides of the ball and how they impact the game.

How did Kreines develop these skills? How did he became an authoritative observer?

Without hesitation, Kreines, who is in his mid-40s, credits his high school mentor, Fred Grasso (more on that below).

Rapport with a legend

Pro basketball savant Peter Vecsey, whose Hoop Du Jour column was required reading for decades for anyone interested in knowing what was really happening in the NBA, developed a friendship with Kreines in the early years of the 21st century.

It began with an email, both men recalled in the years that followed.

It was in 2003, Vecsey noted in one of his Patreon columns in December 2017.

“I had written a column about Alonzo Mourning’s kidney transplant and it understandably touched him,” Vecsey wrote.

Forming a friendship

Eventually, Ross Kreines’ name began to appear in a few of Vecsey’s New York Post columns along with his astute observations of the game.

For example, from a February 2011 column, Vecsey included Kreines’ insights for a section about the Celtics after Kendrick Perkins was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.

“You don’t suppose the Celtics (or Magic or Knicks; they need him now more than ever) will take a shot on Eddy Curry once the T’Wolves waive him?” wonders column contributor Ross Kreines. “If anyone can motivate him it’s K.G.”

From an NBA first-round playoff preview in April 2012, Kreines’ comments were included in looking ahead to the Heat-Knicks matchup. “The Heat cannot settle for long jumpers,” advocates Kreines. “They should be in attack mode and let Chris Bosh catch the ball elbow-extended as he can take most bigs off the dribble. This will give them more spacing. Additionally, Erik Spoelstra needs to play LBJ more at the four.”

Overcoming huge obstacles

Ross Kreines’ Twitter intro (@rosskre) gives a glimpse into the huge obstacles he’s overcome in life: “Played bball, until a car accident broke my neck C6-C7. Dr’s said I would not move from neck down, proved them wrong. Now breaking down the game at a high level.”

He had been named the Jericho High (New York) School boys varsity team captain for the 1990-91 season before the life-changing automobile accident in October 1990. He was coming off a junior season with a respectable scoring average of about 16 points per game. Indeed, a future as a college player was far from a preposterous idea.

Vecsey’s aforementioned Patreon piece dug deeper into Kreines’ story.

A living miracle

Indeed, the odds were against him.

“I had to wait four days until I underwent surgery, so they screwed my head to the wall-halo,” Kreines told Vecsey. “Doctors told my mom I would never move from the neck down.

“Ross refused to accept it,” Vecsey wrote. “Neither did his mother Sandi, his most powerful ally and staunchest supporter.

“Coach Grasso was another vital backstop. His belief Ross would one day walk never wavered.

“ ‘When he saw me in the hospital, I told him I would move, he believed me,’ Kreines was quoted as saying. ‘So many others quit on me but not coach Grasso (or his two sons) Jared or Matthew.’ ”

Added Kreines: “Coach Grasso taught me about loyalty. He gave me hope in darkness.”

Becoming a motivational speaker

Eventually, Kreines used his life experiences as a springboard to help others. He became a motivational speaker, visiting hospitals in New York.

In a Long Island Business News article from February 2003, the publication reported the following:

“Kreines also connects one-on-one with patients at hospitals where he gives motivational speeches. ‘People are familiar with my story and get my number. I tell them not to give up and continue to exercise. After what I’ve been through, if I can’t get people into the gym, no one can.’ ”

Analysis from Ross Kreines

Exhibit A on March 10 regarding Toronto Raptors macho forward Pascal Siakam: “(He) continues to do a great job using his length/athleticism on both ends of the floor to go along with his ability to stretch the floor, take his man off the dribble, find the open man, rebound and operate with his back to the basket. He can also guard multiple positions.”

Exhibit B on March 6 about one of the Los Angeles Clippers’ unsung heroes: “When Montrezl Harrell: steps on the court, he leaves nothing in the tank with his big time motor, toughness, effort and the will to not get outworked. He also is active on the glass, sets hard screens, runs the floor hard and makes all the extra effort plays. Skills you can’t teach.”

Exhibit C on March 1 about a rookie playmaker on the Memphis Grizzlies: “Ja Morant is so tough and explosive off the bounce whether he is creating his own offense or creating for others. He also does a great job forcing his tempo, competes hard on both ends of the floor, makes others around him better along with unreal athleticism.”

Exhibit D on Dec. 7, 2019, about a pair of elite head coaches: “Erik Spoelstra and Brad Stevens put their players in position to compete and win every night with solid adjustments, sets, use of their bench and truly understand how to use their players’ strengths.”

An interview with Ross Kreines

In a series of emails in recent weeks before and after the NBA suspended the 2019-20 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Talk Basket interviewed Ross Kreines about his love for basketball, his mentor at Jericho High and how following the game occupies his time.

How did you learn the game? And how do you follow the game nowadays?

I had played the game before being a passenger in a car accident and was able to obtain some scholarship offers. My high school coach Fred Grasso saw the game and taught the game better than anyone. He taught fundamentals at the highest levels and his basketball IQ was off the charts and he would visit me at the hospital every week with his sons and then later at home and on the phone.

When the doctors told me I would never move from the neck down, he was one of the few that believed and stuck with me. He taught me more about the game and he was family to me. I also learned the game even further through going to Bob McKillop, Five Star, Rick Pitino (and others’) camps. I had even learned more about the game through a friendship with Willis Reed after my accident.

I love studying a players’ strengths, weakness, adjustments, activity/effort, the eye test. I also like watching how a player adjusts. If he is struggling with his jumper, is he looking to attack and get to the hoop, create contact to get to the line so he can see the ball go through the net, creating for others? Defending and activity and effort should always be there.

Take a shooter like Duncan Robinson on the Heat. He can flat-out shoot the ball, but what makes him even tougher to defend is his constant movement off the ball, the way he squares quickly, utilizes screens and always knows where his feet are as he rarely shoots long 2s.

What else do you enjoy as an avid viewer of college and pro hoops?

I also love watching some fundamentals — player catching in triple threat using shot fakes, jab steps which all help create space and even make you more of a weapon or watching bigs catch and recognize how their defender is playing them before putting the ball on the floor and using drop steps, baby hooks, up-and-unders, recognizing a double and passing out for a better look along with the Sikma Move.

I do like breaking down NCAA players. As Peter will tell you, we had talked about Jimmy Butler’s talent at Marquette, (Malcolm) Brogdon at Virginia, John Collins at Wake (Forest), Bam (Adebayo) at Kentucky … so many more along with Serge (Ibaka) when he was not getting much run with the Thunder, etc. …

I had always wanted to work in a front office. … I had always followed Peter and he let me make small contributions to his unreal column. I am very fortunate to consider him a good friend.

Good timing to showcase players on Twitter

Elfrid Payton and Terence Davis were your Twitter subjects for Feb. 3. Why Payton and Davis on this day?

The reason why I believe I tweeted about Elfrid and Terence that day is as far as Elfrid, he was playing a tremendous floor game that night, believed he picked up a triple-double. He was making others around him better, rebounding, defending, getting in the lane and also making winning plays. Terence impressed me with his ability to come off the bench and change the game.

When I say change the game, he came off the bench and provided instant offense, got you all the 50-50 balls, forced steals, guarded multiple positions, rebounded and believe was the reason for the Raptors coming back and winning that game. In certain players it’s not all about numbers.

More insights from Ross Kreines

When did you start using Twitter for this type of succinct analysis?

I believe I had started using Twitter in 2012 and watch a ton of games, so it’s rapid thoughts at that moment or maybe later.

I do watch a ton of college basketball and especially Bryant (University) as Jared Grasso (son of Fred) who I consider family is doing a great job and will continue to.

Scouting report on Kobe Bryant

Let’s flash back to, say, 2000. What would you have penned in a tweet about Kobe Bryant, if Twitter existed then?

If I was to write a tweet about Kobe. He can flat-out score the ball and beat you in so many different ways along with an unreal skill set, basketball IQ/determination, passion and the will to never quit.

Ross Kreines’ parting thoughts

One keen observer noted that “Ross is always so positive and selfless, so I don’t know if he’d answer truthfully… but I’d want to know how frustrated it must be to regularly recognize college talent underrated or overlooked by pro scouts and GMs. Year after year he sees promise in players the experts miss.”

How do you respond to these statements?

Honestly, very frustrating.

During these uncertain difficult times when almost everything is on hold or canceled, how do you sum up your appreciation for “normal” times when you dissect the game and dish out analysis for people who truly follow basketball?

I always loved and appreciated the game, but after my accident the love was even greater and you could say the same with the game being on hold. The game is so special and really enjoy sharing any thoughts that I may have. I really was lucky that I was coached by Fred Grasso. The way he saw and taught the game was off the charts … and then going to camps like Five Star and Lu-Hi (Long Island Lutheran High School, New York) along with talking with Willis and then Peter just increases your basketball IQ and deepens your love for the game.

I love talking the game, breaking down the game in any aspect. The game brings so much of us together.

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Watch Arkansas’ Eric Musselman coach fake game and practice amid coronavirus shutdown https://www.talkbasket.net/76989-watch-arkansas-eric-musselman-coach-fake-game-and-practice-amid-coronavirus-shutdown https://www.talkbasket.net/76989-watch-arkansas-eric-musselman-coach-fake-game-and-practice-amid-coronavirus-shutdown#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 22:03:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76989 Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman deserves an oscar for his all-out performance coaching in an empty arena. Musselman first shared a video of himself running through “practice” on March 18 as if he were preparing for the team’s next opponent. “Had a great practice this morning,” he tweeted. On March 20, Musselman “coached” the […]

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Watch Arkansas’ Eric Musselman coach fake game and practice amid coronavirus shutdown

Arkansas Razorbacks head coach Eric Musselman deserves an oscar for his all-out performance coaching in an empty arena.

Musselman first shared a video of himself running through “practice” on March 18 as if he were preparing for the team’s next opponent.

“Had a great practice this morning,” he tweeted.

On March 20, Musselman “coached” the team to a “victory” in the video below.

Arkansas basketball tweeted that Musselman “is now safely home and quarantined.”

Musselman did appear to abide by the 6-foot social distancing rule in both videos.

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Potential No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards declares for NBA Draft https://www.talkbasket.net/76911-potential-no-1-pick-anthony-edwards-declares-for-nba-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/76911-potential-no-1-pick-anthony-edwards-declares-for-nba-draft#respond Fri, 20 Mar 2020 15:50:39 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76911 Georgia guard Anthony Edwards announced his decision to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his final three years of college eligibility. Edwards announced his decision to Evan Daniels of 247Sports. “I think I should go number one, no doubt,” Edwards told 247Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.” The 6-foot-5, 225-pound […]

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Potential No. 1 pick Anthony Edwards declares for NBA Draft

Georgia guard Anthony Edwards announced his decision to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his final three years of college eligibility.

Edwards announced his decision to Evan Daniels of 247Sports.

“I think I should go number one, no doubt,” Edwards told 247Sports. “That’s the only place I think I should go.”

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound combo guard averaged 19.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game, while shooting 40.2 percent from the field and 29.4 percent from three-point.

“I just feel like I got the physical tools,” Edwards said when asked if he was ready for the draft. “I feel like my body frame is already there and I’m going to stay in the gym and continue to get better.”

Edwards scored at least 20 points in 13 games and also scored 30 points three times.

“I think he has to be a realistic option for No. 1,” one NBA scout told 247Sports. “He has size and strength for position with ability to make shots and create for others. He’s shown glimpses defensively and can impact both sides of the ball. The potential is there to be a future superstar.”

The Golden State Warriors, Cleveland Cavaliers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Atlanta Hawks, Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks were the six worst teams in the NBA at the time of the season’s postponement.

Any of those six teams would benefit from adding a prospect with Edwards’ talent.

Here’s a mini-hype video of some of Edwards’ highlights from his lone college season:

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Recommended reading during basketball’s hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/76674-recommended-reading-during-basketballs-hiatus-due-to-covid-19-pandemic https://www.talkbasket.net/76674-recommended-reading-during-basketballs-hiatus-due-to-covid-19-pandemic#respond Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:53:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76674 Since there are no NBA or NCAA games — and the overwhelming majority of pro leagues around the world aren’t playing, — now and for the foreseeable future, let me recommend a few basketball books to help pass the time. Ira Berkow – “Autumns In The Garden: The Coach Of Camelot And Other Knicks Stories” […]

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Recommended reading during basketball’s hiatus due to COVID-19 pandemic

Since there are no NBA or NCAA games — and the overwhelming majority of pro leagues around the world aren’t playing, — now and for the foreseeable future, let me recommend a few basketball books to help pass the time.

Ira Berkow – “Autumns In The Garden: The Coach Of Camelot And Other Knicks Stories” (Remember a time before the epic failures of the James Dolan era? Memorable tales from the 1960s and beyond fill the pages of this excellent tome.)

Phil Jackson – “Eleven Rings” (We can also use some uplifting stories, tales of success and knowledge about teamwork, commitment and much more gleaned from a lifetime in the game.)

John McPhee – “A Sense of Where You Are” (Princeton standout and future Knick, U.S. Senator and U.S. Presidential candidate Bill Bradley’s rise to stardom in basketball captured brilliantly by the longtime New Yorker wordsmith.)

Rick Telander – “Heaven Is A Playground” (New York City street ball chronicles from the mid-1970s vividly told.)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – “A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apaches” (The NBA’s all-time leading scorer looks back on his work as coach for a high school team in Arizona.)

Jerry West – “West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life” (The brilliant NBA executive and Lakers great, aka The Logo, looks back on the many ups and downs in his life.)

Terry Pluto – “Loose Balls: The Short, Wild Life of the American Basketball Association” (The definitive history of the ABA; almost every embarrassing, enlightening and unbelievable story about the league made it into print. More than 430 pages, this provides a tremendous rundown on the legacy of the red, white and blue league. Savor the details.)

Mark Kriegel – “Pistol” (Weaving together family history with intertwined stories of a basketball prodigy and his overbearing father, combined with extraordinary success and disappointments in Pete Maravich’s life.)

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Final AP college basketball poll released https://www.talkbasket.net/76549-final-ap-college-basketball-poll-released https://www.talkbasket.net/76549-final-ap-college-basketball-poll-released#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2020 17:36:12 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76549 The Kansas Jayhawks were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the coronavirus-shortened season. Here’s the complete rankings: Kansas (28-3) Gonzaga (31-2) Dayton (29-2) Florida State (26-5) Baylor (26-4) San Diego State (30-2) Creighton (24-7) Kentucky (25-6) Michigan State (22-9) Villanova (24-7) Duke (25-6) […]

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Final AP college basketball poll released

The Kansas Jayhawks were ranked as the No. 1 team in the country in the final Associated Press Top 25 poll of the coronavirus-shortened season.

Here’s the complete rankings:

  1. Kansas (28-3)
  2. Gonzaga (31-2)
  3. Dayton (29-2)
  4. Florida State (26-5)
  5. Baylor (26-4)
  6. San Diego State (30-2)
  7. Creighton (24-7)
  8. Kentucky (25-6)
  9. Michigan State (22-9)
  10. Villanova (24-7)
  11. Duke (25-6)
  12. Maryland (24-7)
  13. Oregon (24-7)
  14. Louisville (24-7)
  15. Seton Hall (21-9)
  16. Virginia (23-7)
  17. Wisconsin (21-10)
  18. BYU (24-8)
  19. Ohio State (21-10)
  20. Auburn (25-6)
  21. Illinois (21-10)
  22. Houston (23-8)
  23. Butler (22-9)
  24. West Virginia (21-10)
  25. Iowa (20-11)

Others receiving votes:

Stephen F. Austin (28-3), East Tennessee State (30-4), Providence (19-12), Michigan (19-12), Utah State (26-8), Saint Mary’s (26-8), Penn State (21-10), Arizona (21-11), Rutgers (20-11), Richmond (24-7), USC (22-9), New Mexico State (25-6) Texas Tech (18-13), UCLA (19-12), Vermont (26-7), Purdue (16-15), Belmont (26-7), Liberty (30-4), Utah (16-15)

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College Basketball Betting Strategy Guide https://www.talkbasket.net/76376-college-basketball-betting-strategy-guide https://www.talkbasket.net/76376-college-basketball-betting-strategy-guide#respond Tue, 17 Mar 2020 10:54:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76376 College basketball season provides punters with the best betting opportunities. However, how do you manage to follow up 350 NCAA Division I teams spread across over 30 conferences? Well, let’s help. We have come up with the ultimate betting strategy guide, with opinions collected from expert punters. So, observe the following to profit from college […]

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College Basketball Betting Strategy Guide

College basketball season provides punters with the best betting opportunities. However, how do you manage to follow up 350 NCAA Division I teams spread across over 30 conferences?

Well, let’s help. We have come up with the ultimate betting strategy guide, with opinions collected from expert punters. So, observe the following to profit from college basketball betting consistently:

I. Betting on Your Terms

There’s one definitive difference between pro bettors and amateurs, preparation. If you want to make money on college basketball, you need to lay your foundation. But if you are a casual gambler, don’t bother, because you won’t care if you win or lose anyway. Here is how to make your foundation:

Plan

There are so many betting styles, straight bets, parlays, money line, spread, or totals (or half totals). It is how you want to bet that will influence how you do your research.

Keep Records

Records help you monitor trends and track your betting habits and identify mistakes. With a good record, it is easy to stay disciplined within your style of betting and prevent your bets from going off the rails.

II. Information is power

With sufficient information, you can easily make money in college basketball. Staying informed save you money in sports betting. So, do the following:

Gathering Information

Watch games, especially re-airs, because there are so many games, you can’t afford to watch all of them.

·       Use Trusted Resources – College basketball trusted sources include KenPom and TeamRankings. They both have independent algorithms, but each has its flaws. So using both of them complement one another.

·       Filter and Organize Your Data

·       Make your parlays based on your research data

·       Exploit the trends

III. College Basketball Betting Strategies

The factors as mentioned earlier, apply to any sports betting, but here now we look at what’s specific to college basketball. Here is what you should do if you need consistent results:

Specialize in a Conference or Region – Well, we have over 350 conferences, and it’s not going to be easy to keep us with each. Find a region and dedicate yourself to it.

Ignore big sports sites, go for local for information – The latter seem to have in-depth insights about teams and conferences.

Avoid betting for your favorite team – You want to keep your emotions out of betting, yet when you bet for your college team, there will be bias and emotional indiscipline.

Small Conference Specialization is lucrative – With few experts pay attention to small conferences, bookmakers like Comeon Online Casino give these leagues huge edges. Of course, this is not the case with major conferences that are followed by experts around the world. To take advantage of this edge, specialize on one or two regions and gather information on them.

The bottom line is more lines do not translate to better lines. Instead, find the biggest edges and go in small.

Find Value Betting Against the Public

Public perception influence betting habits. As a pro punter, go against the wave, there’s a lot of money against it in the right spots, especially when you think the Most popular team has been overvalued, which is mostly the case.

Ignore the big name, look into team composition – Some small teams have lots of senior players while their big-time school opponents may have overall young. In such a case, avoid the season hype and follow the stats.

Here is what can help you judge:

Home Court Advantage

As the season begins, home advantage is a crucial factor to consider as teams are more potent at home. But as the season proceed, there will be changing homecourt-advantage, so your best bet would be to observe to get a feel for why a particular school’s numbers.

The Road Team Matters Too – While considering the home factor, also factor in the away team. The team might be good at home, but what about their on-the-road opponents. It is

How to Decide Rivalry Games

It is best to avoid rivalry games, but if you want a piece of the cake, our general advice is to keep your emotions at bay to prevent overplaying a line.

Key factors to consider in such matches:

·       Who has home court?

·   How heated is the rivalry?

·       But for more reliable betting value, you need to dig in and find out, who hates who, and why?

·       What’s at stake, bragging rights or both teams being in the same conference and performing well?

For bragging rights, the home team carries the day far more often.

Reading Schedules for Value

Looking at a team’s schedule can help you make a candid decision about their match outcomes, especially at the beginning of the season.

Pay attention to these favorite schedule trends:

Travel Fatigue – Teams are worked up, especially when they have a daunting schedule ahead of them. Look for value bet if you think the favourite is harboring travel fatigue.

Trap Games- These are games that come mid-week ahead of a club hosting a rival or big-time ranked opponent. The trap game confuses the prominent game fixture as the coach tries to balance his team. Because of this confusing, the underdog can upset the favorite, which gives you an opportunity for a value bet.

Letdowns & Bounce-back Games – If a team lets you down in a previous match, you have a better chance of recovery in the next game. Similarly, you risk losing if you bank on a team’s last massive win in their next match. For one, winning a big game is emotionally draining for underdogs, so don’t follow it up with win expectation. But bookmakers exploit this and give a team too much credit for the win to mislead. Instead, back the letdown.

Conclusion

We can’t cover everything in this single piece as there lots of things to consider when betting on college basketball. We expect this guide helps you get to a flying start. No matter the outcome, fun comes first and gamble responsibly.

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Rick Pitino returns to NCAA to take over Iona https://www.talkbasket.net/76030-rick-pitino-returns-to-ncaa-to-take-over-iona https://www.talkbasket.net/76030-rick-pitino-returns-to-ncaa-to-take-over-iona#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 22:55:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=76030 Rick Pitino returns to NCAA after a three-year absence to become the new head coach of the Iona College. As announced by the team on Saturday (14/03), Pitino will take over Iona for the next five years. The head coach of Panathiaikos will part ways with the “Greens” at the end of the season and […]

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Rick Pitino returns to NCAA to take over Iona

Rick Pitino returns to NCAA after a three-year absence to become the new head coach of the Iona College.

As announced by the team on Saturday (14/03), Pitino will take over Iona for the next five years.

The head coach of Panathiaikos will part ways with the “Greens” at the end of the season and will return to collegiate basketball for the first time since October 2017.

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Grant Hill reminiscence his iconic pass to Christian Laettner in 1992 NCAA tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/75986-grant-hill-reminiscence-his-iconic-pass-to-christian-laettner-in-1992-ncaa-tournament https://www.talkbasket.net/75986-grant-hill-reminiscence-his-iconic-pass-to-christian-laettner-in-1992-ncaa-tournament#respond Sat, 14 Mar 2020 17:33:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75986 Grant Hill talked about his iconic pass to Christian Laettner in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. The former NBA player joined Kristen Ledlow and Candace Parker podcast to talk about his iconic March Madness moment. Hill made the inbound pass to his teammate in order to make the winning basket against Kentucky. The two-time NCAA champion said that there was a strong […]

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Grant Hill reminiscence his iconic pass to Christian Laettner in 1992 NCAA tournament

Grant Hill talked about his iconic pass to Christian Laettner in the 1992 NCAA Tournament. The former NBA player joined Kristen Ledlow and Candace Parker podcast to talk about his iconic March Madness moment.

Hill made the inbound pass to his teammate in order to make the winning basket against Kentucky. The two-time NCAA champion said that there was a strong bellief that Duke was gonna win the game before the final play.

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How much will coronavirus cost the NCAA and NBA? https://www.talkbasket.net/75808-how-much-will-coronavirus-cost-the-ncaa-and-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/75808-how-much-will-coronavirus-cost-the-ncaa-and-nba#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 17:27:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75808 The sports world has come to a halt due to the outbreak of coronavirus, preventing leagues from generating revenue money. Sports executives and decision makers made the choice to prioritize the health and safety of the public over financial loss, which was the obvious and right choice to make. The canceled NCAA basketball tournament and […]

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How much will coronavirus cost the NCAA and NBA?

The sports world has come to a halt due to the outbreak of coronavirus, preventing leagues from generating revenue money.

Sports executives and decision makers made the choice to prioritize the health and safety of the public over financial loss, which was the obvious and right choice to make.

The canceled NCAA basketball tournament and suspended NBA season are two of the biggest sporting events this time of year.

Here is the financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the NCAA and NBA.

NCAA

This is the first time that the NCAA men’s or women’s basketball tournament has been canceled.

The men’s tournament has been held every year since it began in 1939.

The women’s tournament has been held every year since it began in 1982.

As a result of canceling the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, the NCAA now won’t have their most lucrative event.

The NCAA’s Division I men’s basketball tournament generates $867.5 million annually from television and marketing rights, according to their website.

The event makes up a significant portion of the NCAA’s yearly revenue, according to Fox Business.

In 2019, the NCAA earned an estimated $933 million when factoring in media rights, ticket sales and sponsorships.

NCAA President Mark Emmert recently said that he expects to lose tens of millions of dollars in missed ticket revenue alone.

NBA

The NBA has already dealt with about $200 million in lost revenue after the fallout from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweet in support of Hong Kong protesters.

Even before the season was suspended, NBA stakeholders were projecting “hundreds of millions” in lost revenue due to coronavirus-related complications, according to ESPN.

Commissioner Adam Silver confirmed the NBA season will be suspended at least 30 days.

Revenue from ticket sales and national television advertisements will be zero.

As explained by Ghost Insights, he NBA salary cap is determined by basketball-related income, so a prolonged absence in revenue would decrease the salary cap for the 2020-2021 season.

Players will also lose a portion of their salaries, as a result from a clause in the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) that allows teams to take back some pay in events such as epidemics and natural disasters.

The CBA states that if games are canceled, players will forfeit 1/92.6th of their salary per game missed (5 preseason, 82 regular season and 5.2 postseason).

For example, high-paid star LeBron James will lose around $9 million in salary.

The previous calculation will result in losses ranging from hundreds of thousands of dollars for players with smaller salaries to millions of dollars for the high-paid stars in the league.

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Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit an epic buzzer beater for the University of Washington https://www.talkbasket.net/75734-nine-years-ago-isaiah-thomas-hit-an-epic-buzzer-beater-for-the-university-of-washington https://www.talkbasket.net/75734-nine-years-ago-isaiah-thomas-hit-an-epic-buzzer-beater-for-the-university-of-washington#respond Fri, 13 Mar 2020 00:52:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75734 Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit a buzzer beater to give Washington a 77-75 overtime victory against Arizona in the Pac-12 title game. He averaged 16.8 points per game that season for Washington and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit an epic buzzer beater for the University of Washington

Nine years ago Isaiah Thomas hit a buzzer beater to give Washington a 77-75 overtime victory against Arizona in the Pac-12 title game.

He averaged 16.8 points per game that season for Washington and was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in the 2011 NBA Draft.

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Kentucky Wildcats’ coach John Calipari: “When is the draft? Will there even be a draft?” https://www.talkbasket.net/75701-kentucky-wildcats-coach-john-calipari-when-is-the-draft-will-there-even-be-a-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/75701-kentucky-wildcats-coach-john-calipari-when-is-the-draft-will-there-even-be-a-draft#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 23:37:30 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75701 Kentucky Wildcats’ head coach John Calipari spoke on ESPN’s SportsCenter about the uncertainty going forward regarding college players and the NBA Draft. “I’m gonna have four or five guys that are gonna put their names in the draft,” Calipari said. “When is the draft? … When is the combine? Are they gonna have people, players […]

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Kentucky Wildcats’ coach John Calipari: “When is the draft? Will there even be a draft?”

Kentucky Wildcats’ head coach John Calipari spoke on ESPN’s SportsCenter about the uncertainty going forward regarding college players and the NBA Draft.

“I’m gonna have four or five guys that are gonna put their names in the draft,” Calipari said. “When is the draft? … When is the combine? Are they gonna have people, players fly in with their families and agents and work them out? … Will there even be a draft? … You may not know where the end of the road is. You’re running down a dark hallway and hope a doorway is not open. This is a hard thing for these kids. Think about it.”

All questions posed by Calipari are valid, as everyone will be asking the same questions.

No one knows what the future will hold as a result of the outbreak of coronavirus.

Here is the clip of Calipari on the phone on SportsCenter:

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College basketball conference tournaments canceled https://www.talkbasket.net/75651-college-basketball-conference-tournaments-canceled https://www.talkbasket.net/75651-college-basketball-conference-tournaments-canceled#respond Thu, 12 Mar 2020 17:22:16 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75651 College basketball conference tournaments have been canceled right before they were scheduled to tip off over fears of the outbreak of coronavirus. The American Athletic Conference (AAC), Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten Conference were the first to cancel their tournaments. The dominoes fell and other conferences followed. Here is the list of conferences to […]

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College basketball conference tournaments canceled

College basketball conference tournaments have been canceled right before they were scheduled to tip off over fears of the outbreak of coronavirus.

The American Athletic Conference (AAC), Southeastern Conference (SEC) and Big Ten Conference were the first to cancel their tournaments.

The dominoes fell and other conferences followed.

Here is the list of conferences to cancel their tournaments:

  • ACC
  • Big Ten
  • Big 12
  • Pac-12
  • SEC
  • AAC
  • Atlantic-10
  • Conference USA
  • Mid-American Conference (MAC)
  • Western Athletic Conference (WAC)
  • Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)
  • Sun Belt Conference
  • Big Sky Conference
  • Southland Conference
  • Big West Conference
  • America East Conference
  • Big East
  • Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC)

The Ivy League was the first conference to cancel their tournament on March 10.

In lieu of the tournament, Florida State has been awarded the ACC tournament trophy if games are eventually played.

SEC regular season champion Kentucky has also been announced as the SEC champion.

Only the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) have yet to announce canceling their conference tournaments.

Originally, March Madness was to be held without fans, but it’s now fair to wonder if the NCAA Tournament will be postponed or completely canceled in the near future.

*The Big East Conference was originally the only conference tournament that started playing today, but they ultimately canceled at halftime of the first game.

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March Madness to be held without fans https://www.talkbasket.net/75515-march-madness-to-be-held-without-fans https://www.talkbasket.net/75515-march-madness-to-be-held-without-fans#respond Wed, 11 Mar 2020 21:37:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=75515 March Madness will be played without fans due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. The popular college basketball tournament, which includes the women’s basketball tournament and all other winter events will be under the same restriction, the NCAA announced. The near-last-minute disruption stands as the most significant in the 81-year history of March Madness. But along […]

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March Madness to be held without fans

March Madness will be played without fans due to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.

The popular college basketball tournament, which includes the women’s basketball tournament and all other winter events will be under the same restriction, the NCAA announced.

The near-last-minute disruption stands as the most significant in the 81-year history of March Madness. But along with the NBA gradually playing selected games behind closed doors as well as with various other sports across the globe due to this ongoing health crisis, the NCAA were left with little option.

“I have made the decision to conduct our upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement. He continued:

“While I understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our sports, my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing in the United States. The decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of coaches, administrators, fans and, most importantly, our student-athletes. We recognize the opportunity to compete in an NCAA national championship is an experience of a lifetime for the students and their families. Today, we will move forward and conduct championships consistent with the current information and will continue to monitor and make adjustments as needed.”

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Mid-Majors Ready for March Madness, But Look to the Big East for Surprises https://www.talkbasket.net/74514-mid-majors-ready-for-march-madness-but-look-to-the-big-east-for-surprises https://www.talkbasket.net/74514-mid-majors-ready-for-march-madness-but-look-to-the-big-east-for-surprises#respond Sat, 07 Mar 2020 20:08:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=74514 YPSILANTI– It is a very up-down and fluid end of season basketball year. Providence has beaten five ranked team in a row. The Big East will have a slew of teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 is definitely back and like the Big East, will get very favorable seeding and many selections. UCLA has won seven in […]

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Mid-Majors Ready for March Madness, But Look to the Big East for Surprises

YPSILANTI– It is a very up-down and fluid end of season basketball year. Providence has beaten five ranked team in a row. The Big East will have a slew of teams in the NCAA Tournament. The Pac-12 is definitely back and like the Big East, will get very favorable seeding and many selections. UCLA has won seven in a row.

But before March Madness…….conference champions will have to be crowned. The Mid-Majors usually only one team per conference.

It was Senior Day at Eastern Michigan University and the men’s basketball team was suffering. They trailed the Central Michigan Chips by double digits with around five minutes to go. EMU got the faithful at the Convocation Center buzzing and vibrating as they had a spectacular 16-2 run. This earned them a very hard but rock-solid 67-63 victory. The Eagles (16-13) got their first lead in the game when junior Thomas Binelli (Bologna, Italy) set up senior Boubacar Toure (Dakar, Senegal), who dunked with two-hands.

Toure was chopped at the basket and sank the foul shot for a three-point play. This extended the lead to 63-61 in favor of Eastern Michigan. That was at 1:14 of the second-half. It was EMU’s first lead of the game. On the season, CMU fell to (13-16).

Toure ranks first in EMU program history with a 65.7 field-goal percentage (245-of-373). Head coach Rob Murphy said post-game that Toure was a dream to coach. “He is also a great student,” Murphy added. Murphy coached his 300th career game (160-140) at EMU. 

First things first, after the Mid-American Conference Tourney and any further post season play, Toure will definitely get some pro offers.

Eastern Michigan ranks second in the nation in steals per game (10.0). Ty Groce (Ypsilanti, MI) leads the way with 54 steals followed by Yeikson Montero (Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) with 53 and Noah Morgan (Mt. Vernon, N.Y.) with 43.

Eastern Michigan clinched the Michigan Mid-American Conference Trophy. The trophy rotates and is held by the team who has the best head-to-head record in each season of each sport.

The men’s basketball trophy originated in 2006 with Western Michigan claiming the inaugural trophy. It is sponsored by the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.

Down along the I-94 Freeway, the Horizon League recently announced that three-point sensation, Antoine Davis of Detroit Mercyand Xavier Hill-Mais of Oakland were First Team honorees. All-Defensive Team accolades went to Chris Brandon of Detroit Mercy and Blake Lampman of Oakland was named to the All-Freshman squad.

Next week after conference champions are determined it will be bracket-time for NCAA March Madness. Las Vegas will again be ground-zero for spectacular spectator action and plenty of sports-talk about the science of basketball bracket-ology. There will be plenty of excitement Coast-to-Coast, because in March…..anything can happen.

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Kentucky AD: There will be consequences for fan yelling racial slur https://www.talkbasket.net/73775-kentucky-ad-there-will-be-consequences-for-fan-yelling-racial-slur https://www.talkbasket.net/73775-kentucky-ad-there-will-be-consequences-for-fan-yelling-racial-slur#respond Thu, 05 Mar 2020 10:23:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=73775 Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has tweeted that “there will be consequences” for a fan shown in yelling a racial slur at a Tennessee fan near the end of the Volunteers’ win over the Wildcats on Tuesday. Supporter Ethan Williams tweeted a video of himself shouting at Kentucky fans as they left Rupp Arena towards the […]

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Kentucky AD: There will be consequences for fan yelling racial slur

Kentucky athletic director Mitch Barnhart has tweeted that “there will be consequences” for a fan shown in yelling a racial slur at a Tennessee fan near the end of the Volunteers’ win over the Wildcats on Tuesday.

Supporter Ethan Williams tweeted a video of himself shouting at Kentucky fans as they left Rupp Arena towards the end of the contest, which Tennessee won 81-73.

Williams’ video and another from a spectator, who identified herself as Ashley Lyles to Lexington TV station WLEX, who stopped and yelled a racial slur as she left the venue.

Lyles later made a public apology for her actions and stated that she doesn’t want to just apologise with her words, but also in her actions moving forward.

She called her actions “unacceptable, period.”.

Via AP:

Lyles apologized in a statement released by the TV station in which she called her reaction “unacceptable, period.” The apology added, “My words were hurtful and hateful and have no place in this world. I apologize to the University and state of Kentucky for the embarrassment I have caused. I want my apology not just to be in words, but in actions moving forward.”

Barnhart said Wednesday night in a series of posts on his Twitter account that an incident like the one that occurred at Rupp “has no place at the University of Kentucky.” The AD added that while the person in question is not a season-ticket holder, “there are still ways to ensure those actions are not repeated at future UK events.”

Barnhart tweeted that the school has reached out to the fan who was the victim of this “abusive and inexcusable language” to apologize personally. He added, “That’s not who we are as an athletics department.”

With March Madness fast approaching, and the online sports betting world preparing for a number of bets from excited fans, worldwide, especially those that will log on to betoclock.com, where they will find online betting guides for all sports across the globe this has come as an unwelcome event from NCAA organizers.

For Kentucky, they are to stay in the spotlight as they will also be taking part in the first NCAA game to be played in London on December 6, when they play Michigan at the 02 Arena.

That begins a series of three games in three against their rivals from Ann Arbor.

March Madness commences March 17 with the Final Four held in Atlanta.

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NBA Draft No. 1 Ahead of NCAA March madness https://www.talkbasket.net/73654-nba-draft-no-1-ahead-of-ncaa-march-madness https://www.talkbasket.net/73654-nba-draft-no-1-ahead-of-ncaa-march-madness#respond Wed, 04 Mar 2020 20:55:49 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=73654 The 82nd annual edition of the Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 17, 2020, and will conclude with the championship game on April 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Jeremy Woo from Sports Illustrated unleashes his top 80 prospects. Anthony Edwards, a shooting guard who came to Georgia with massive expectations at the top […]

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NBA Draft No. 1 Ahead of NCAA March madness

The 82nd annual edition of the Tournament is scheduled to begin on March 17, 2020, and will conclude with the championship game on April 6 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta. Jeremy Woo from Sports Illustrated unleashes his top 80 prospects.

Anthony Edwards, a shooting guard who came to Georgia with massive expectations at the top of the list, had a solid season, averaging nearly 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists, despite his team struggles. Edwards continues to look like the favorite to be the No. 1 pick in what NBA executives consider a weak 2020 NBA draft class.

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Jimmer talks Jimmermania, responding to pressure and playing ball in three continents https://www.talkbasket.net/73131-jimmer-talks-jimmermania-responding-to-pressure-and-playing-ball-in-three-continents https://www.talkbasket.net/73131-jimmer-talks-jimmermania-responding-to-pressure-and-playing-ball-in-three-continents#respond Mon, 02 Mar 2020 20:14:41 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=73131 When Panathinaikos OPAP announced the signing of former NCAA scoring ace Jimmer Fredette, only an underwhelming minority of basketball fans didn’t know what to expect. Known for his outstanding shooting abilities and range, Fredette quickly made a name for himself. In fact, the name itself prevailed completely over his surname, partly because the so-called “Jimmermania” […]

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Jimmer talks Jimmermania, responding to pressure and playing ball in three continents

When Panathinaikos OPAP announced the signing of former NCAA scoring ace Jimmer Fredette, only an underwhelming minority of basketball fans didn’t know what to expect. Known for his outstanding shooting abilities and range, Fredette quickly made a name for himself. In fact, the name itself prevailed completely over his surname, partly because the so-called “Jimmermania” had taken U.S. hoops by storm in the early ’10s. Fredette was voted the 2011 National Player of the Year in college basketball after ranking as the leading scorer in the NCAA during his senior season for the Brigham Young University Cougars.

That has probably been the exceptional part of his career so far, the one that provoked President Barack Obama’s and Kevin Durant’s praise. The former called Fredette the “best scorer obviously in the country”, while the latter went even further, maintaining that he was “the best scorer in the world”. Those statements were hardly verified when Jimmer, selected with the 10th pick in the 2011 NBA draft, took the big stage. His underwhelming physical presence did not help him much nor did his defensive skills. Thus, he saw little playing time across four teams over five NBA seasons. He spent two and a half seasons at Sacramento, where he had probably his best games, but his presence with the Bulls, the Hornets, the Knicks and the Suns did not him or the franchises.

After the NBA, Fredette moved to China, where he took the nickname “The Lonely Master” and hoops in Asia soon caught fire. In the Chinese League, he was both the leading scorer and the MVP in 2017, averaging 37.6 points per game. Euroleague giants Panathinaikos OPAP had already started to knock on his door, but to no avail. However, in the summer of 2019 Jimmer relented to the Green’s call, bringing his talents, his nicknames, his fame and of course his family, to Athens, Greece.

It goes without saying that the Euroleague is a competition as demanding as any in the world, but overall the experienced guard who recenty turned 31, has been putting up good numbers in the 2019-2020 season: 13.6 points on 42.7% three-pointers and 96.5% free throws (best percentage by any PAO player in many years). His team is conversely presenting a mediocre 14-12 tally, so far good enough for a play-off berth, but certainly well below their fanbase expectations.

Jimmer Fredette talked to TalkBasket.net about his rookie Euroleague campaign, the way he deals with pressure and the diverse basketball worlds he has met in his professional journey.

Q: Jimmer, have you figured out what it takes to be successful in Europe and what distinguishes a good from a top player over here?

A: I think like I’ve played pretty well this season. With the time and the opportunity given, I feel like I’ve done some really good things. I continue to get better each and every day. Obviously, it’s a different game than where I’ve come from, whether it be the NBA or China. In the NBA, the spacing is a lot different, the three-point line is farther, the defensive three seconds … all these things. It’s much more free flowing, one-on-one basketball, very three-heavy oriented at this point, analytics-driven. It’s very different than European basketball, which is a little bit more tactical. In Europe, you can pack the paint and you’ve got to get ball movement. Then, Chinese basketball is different than that: the ball is in one guy’s hands a lot all the time, meaning they make decisions. They play super physical over there and really beat you up. So, they’re all different kinds of basketball, but at the same time they’re all fun.

Q: Which were the factors that facilitated your adjustment?

A: I’ve had some good people that helped me acclimate to the Europen game quicker. Nick (Calathes) and Tyrese (Rice) taught me a lot during this time. I can keep getting better every day as a player, but so far it’s been good.

Q: Do you think that a third NBA opportunity could be in the cards for you in the near future?

A: I don’t know. I have no idea at this point. I try not to be worried too much about it. Just playing this game and getting prepared for what’s going on this season.

Q: Did you enjoy playing for the Sacramento Kings?

A: Yeah, for sure. I had a great experience playing for the Kings and for all the teams I’ve played for. I’ve played for several different teams in the NBA and I obviously had some great times and also some bad times throughout my career, but I wouldn’t change anything. It’s been a really great ride.

Q: Panathinaikos had tried to sign you in the past. Why didn’t the case go any further?

A: Yes, they were trying to get me there for quite a while. It wasn’t anything that did not go well. I just felt like I had some other opportunities at that point. I was in China for three years. That worked really well for myself and my family and that’s what we decided to do at that time. It was the best situation for us. Then, this year, we felt like Panathinaikos was a good situation to be able to come in and try this out. We’re having a good time so far.

Q: Did you know you were one of PAO’s owner favourite players?

A: Haha, that’s good. No, I didn’t know that, but it’s great.

Q: How did you respond to the “Jimmermania” that surrounded you since High School?

A: I know, but I don’t worry about it too much. I don’t put too much expectation on it. Just go out there and have expectations for myself to play well and help the team win. If I’m doing that and I’m working hard every day, then that’s all I’m really worried about.

Q: This means that the pressure that Panathinaikos players usually deal with suits your mentality?

A: Like I said, it doesn’t bother me that much. Fans are always going to have expectations, wherever you play, individually and as a team. That’s nothing new as a basketball player. You’ve been going through that in your whole life. So you just have to block the outside noise out, in order to focus on your team, on what’s going on in the locker-room and on the practice court. The best teams are the ones that can do that. Then you can make something special happen. We got to continue to try get better.

Q: I have asked many players their opinion, but I’d like to have yours as well. Have you ever considered applying for a foreign passport?

A: No, I have not. I’m not saying I would never do that, but I haven’t thought about it.

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Zion Williamson names one difference between the NCAA and the NBA https://www.talkbasket.net/71958-zion-williamson-names-one-difference-between-ncaa-and-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/71958-zion-williamson-names-one-difference-between-ncaa-and-nba#respond Wed, 26 Feb 2020 09:13:56 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71958 The number one pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson, adjusted to the big league instantly. Former Duke Blue Devils star is putting dominant performances night in and night out. He was asked what the main differences between the NCAA and the NBA are. According to him, the two competitions are quite similar. “I […]

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Zion Williamson names one difference between the NCAA and the NBA

The number one pick of the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williamson, adjusted to the big league instantly. Former Duke Blue Devils star is putting dominant performances night in and night out.

He was asked what the main differences between the NCAA and the NBA are. According to him, the two competitions are quite similar.

“I feel like it’s pretty similar. I feel like the only difference is there’s no student section, pretty much,” Zion said.

In his debut season, the 19-year-old forward is averaging 23.3 points and 7.1 rebounds per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Williamson’s highlights against the Lakers:

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8 NCAA Top Teams That Might Win The 2020 March Madness Title https://www.talkbasket.net/71456-8-ncaa-top-teams-that-might-win-the-2020-march-madness-title https://www.talkbasket.net/71456-8-ncaa-top-teams-that-might-win-the-2020-march-madness-title#respond Mon, 24 Feb 2020 07:31:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71456 The March Madness season is set to unveil a few more weeks away. A lot of college hoops are now starting to scout those schools who can emerge as top teams or even Cinderellas for this year’s NCAA season. Looking into the March Madness tradition, there are 68 college and university teams that will be […]

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8 NCAA Top Teams That Might Win The 2020 March Madness Title

The March Madness season is set to unveil a few more weeks away. A lot of college hoops are now starting to scout those schools who can emerge as top teams or even Cinderellas for this year’s NCAA season.

Looking into the March Madness tradition, there are 68 college and university teams that will be chosen after a thorough seeding process. The NCAA selection committee is responsible for selecting these teams following their guidelines. A team might be seeded to some considerations such as their overall performance, the opponent type, etc.

This week, reports were handed out, and sixteen teams from four different NCAA regional conferences topped the seeding process. Out of these sixteen teams, eight teams are seen to give out an exemplary performance, playing statistics, and topped the NCAA tournament odds 2020, making them worthy of the NCAA title this year.

Let’s meet this magic eight teams and see if they can be this year’s NCAA superstars.

Kansas Jayhawks

The Kansas Jayhawks are seen as the toughest team to compete in the 2020 March Madness. According to some sports enthusiasts, the Jayhawks have topped all reviews and rankings for the upcoming NCAA season.

One of the things that make this team a strong contender strong are their player line-ups Bill Self and Udoka Azubuike, who have good defense and offense skills.

Baylor Bears

The Baylor Bears don’t want to get left behind as they are also one of the NCAA teams that will give a strong head start for the 2020 March Madness. This promising team has a strong line-up of starting players this year, including Davion Mitchell, Freddie Gillespie, and MaCio Teague. All these names were transferees to the Baylors who had been contributing excellent scores for the team.

Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have been topping the NCAA seeding for three consecutive years. They are one of those teams who earned the cheers and approval of the hoops. However, despite their popularity, they failed to enter the Elite Eight last year.

For this year, the Bulldogs are hoping for a strong comeback. Hence, they train harder and improve their playing tactics while allowing their front runners  Killian Tillie, Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, and Filip Petrusev to showcase their best shooting skills.

Duke Blue Devils

This team is also seen to give out tough challenge plays for the NCAA this season. Vernon Carey, their go-to-player, has been doing great for the team, and is seen as one of their weapons to win the title this year. Duke Blue Devils does best in both defense and offense. They’re in it to win it for the 2020 March Madness.

San Diego State Aztecs

The San Diego State Aztecs have the most compelling basketball profile since 1990. They were one of those teams in the NCAA that recorded the least defeats. One of the reasons why they are worthy of the NCAA title this year is their key players, which include KJ Feagin, Yanni Wetzell, and Malachi Flynn.

Maryland Terrapins

Jalen Smith, who is one of the leading defensive players in the NCAA for the past couple of years, gave the Maryland Terrapins a new ray of hope to bag the NCAA title this year. Aside from that, this team has many perimeter shooters who had been precisely throwing scores for the Terps.

Seton Hall Pirates

One of the reasons why Seton Pirates are also a strong candidate for the NCAA title this year is the yearly improvement of their performance. Thanks also to Myles Powell has been working hard for the team and showing impressive plays every time he’s inside the court. Also, they have the strongest defensive players, such as Quincy McKnight and Romaro Gill.

Michigan State Spartans

The last candidate to make it to the Magic Eight for the 2020 March Madness are the Michigan State Spartans. One of the things their weapons to arm in the upcoming NCAA season is their rookie point guard, Rocket Watts. The Spartans believed that the game is not a one man’s show, so Xavier Tillman and Cassius Winston are also helping out to ace their games.

Takeaway

The ranking and seeding process for the 2020 March Madness is not easy as each school must showcase an exemplary performance in the pre-NCAA season. As mentioned,  the NCAA selection committee has revealed the top four schools from the East, West, South, and Midwest conferences, which made it through a tough seeding process. Out of these schools, eight teams were seen to give out action-packed performances inside the court and might win the NCAA crown this year. Wondering who would win among these eight teams? Let’s wait until the 2020 March Madness will  kick in.

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Fan hits FULL COURT shot to win $11,111 (VIDEO) https://www.talkbasket.net/71333-fan-hits-full-court-shot-to-win-11111-video https://www.talkbasket.net/71333-fan-hits-full-court-shot-to-win-11111-video#respond Sun, 23 Feb 2020 19:46:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71333 Half court shots during basketball games are impressive. But have you seen a full court shot by a fan? Joe Thompson, Montana State University student did just that to win $11,111. He did it during NCAA basketball game between Montana State Bobcats and Montana Grizzlies, which was won the the latter.

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Fan hits FULL COURT shot to win $11,111 (VIDEO)

Half court shots during basketball games are impressive. But have you seen a full court shot by a fan? Joe Thompson, Montana State University student did just that to win $11,111.

He did it during NCAA basketball game between Montana State Bobcats and Montana Grizzlies, which was won the the latter.

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Kentucky-Michigan details revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/71035-kentucky-michigan-details-revealed https://www.talkbasket.net/71035-kentucky-michigan-details-revealed#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 21:20:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=71035 The anticipated clash between NCAA giants Kentucky and Michigan will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday, December 6, tipping-off at 6pm (local time). Tickets are due to go on sale on February 27 at 10am through AXS.com and the O2 Arena. Kentucky recently signed a three-year deal with Michigan that will […]

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Kentucky-Michigan details revealed

The anticipated clash between NCAA giants Kentucky and Michigan will take place at the O2 Arena in London on Sunday, December 6, tipping-off at 6pm (local time).

Tickets are due to go on sale on February 27 at 10am through AXS.com and the O2 Arena.

Kentucky recently signed a three-year deal with Michigan that will take the Wildcats to London and add a home-and-home series for the following two years.

Beginning with the O2 Arena in London, Kentucky and Michigan will play three consecutive seasons.

Kentucky will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for the 2021 game, and Kentucky will host Michigan in Rupp Arena in 2022.

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LSU to retire the jersey of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf https://www.talkbasket.net/70951-lsu-to-retire-the-jersey-of-mahmoud-abdul-rauf https://www.talkbasket.net/70951-lsu-to-retire-the-jersey-of-mahmoud-abdul-rauf#respond Fri, 21 Feb 2020 11:32:18 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=70951 LSU Basketball will retire Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s jersey next week. The ex-Tiger’s star will see his jersey going up in the rafters in the home game’s halftime against Texas A&M. Abdul-Rauf, at the time named Chris Jackson, won back-to-back SEC Player of the Year awards as a member of the Tigers. Furthermore, he was named a […]

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LSU to retire the jersey of Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf

LSU Basketball will retire Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf’s jersey next week. The ex-Tiger’s star will see his jersey going up in the rafters in the home game’s halftime against Texas A&M.

Abdul-Rauf, at the time named Chris Jackson, won back-to-back SEC Player of the Year awards as a member of the Tigers. Furthermore, he was named a First-team All-American for the 1988-89 and 1989-90 seasons.

The Denver Nuggets selected Abdul-Rauf with the No. 3 overall pick in the 1990 NBA Draft. He played in Denver for six seasons being the 1993 Most Improved Player of the year.

In his last season in the Nuggets’ uniform, the point guard made headlines after he refused to stand for the national anthem because he viewed the U.S. flag as a symbol of oppression.

At first, the NBA suspended Abdul-Rauf for a few games, but then both sides reached to a compromise that he would stand with his head kneeled and his eyes closed.

The LSU guard played also for the Sacramento Kings(1996-98) and the Vancouver Grizzles(2000-01) in the NBA, while he stayed in professional basketball untill 2011.

From 2003-11, the point guard played for multiple teams overseas in Russia, Greece, Italy, Saudi Arabia and Japan. Also, in 1998-1999 season, he played for the Turkish club Fenerbahce without finishing the season.

He is currently taking part in the BIG-3 League as a member of the Three Headed Monsters team.

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Deron Williams imitates his clutch free throw at a fans section https://www.talkbasket.net/69350-deron-williams-imitates-his-clutch-free-throw-at-a-fans-section https://www.talkbasket.net/69350-deron-williams-imitates-his-clutch-free-throw-at-a-fans-section#respond Wed, 12 Feb 2020 06:01:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=69350 It looks like the game is in his blood. He imitates his famous clutch free-throw during the Michigan State vs. Illinois basketball match. Michigan State basketball defeats Illinois, 70-69.

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Deron Williams imitates his clutch free throw at a fans section

It looks like the game is in his blood. He imitates his famous clutch free-throw during the Michigan State vs. Illinois basketball match. Michigan State basketball defeats Illinois, 70-69.

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Loyola Marymount to honor Hank Gathers with statue outside Gersten Pavilion https://www.talkbasket.net/68955-loyola-marymount-to-honor-hank-gathers-with-statue-outside-gersten-pavilion https://www.talkbasket.net/68955-loyola-marymount-to-honor-hank-gathers-with-statue-outside-gersten-pavilion#respond Mon, 10 Feb 2020 04:02:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68955 Hank Gathers, one of the best college basketball players of all time, never got the chance to showcase his impressive skills at the pro level. His death of cardiac arrest at age 23 in 1990 shocked and saddened basketball fans throughout the United States. Thirty years later, Loyola Marymount University will honor the Lions legend […]

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Loyola Marymount to honor Hank Gathers with statue outside Gersten Pavilion

Hank Gathers, one of the best college basketball players of all time, never got the chance to showcase his impressive skills at the pro level. His death of cardiac arrest at age 23 in 1990 shocked and saddened basketball fans throughout the United States.

Thirty years later, Loyola Marymount University will honor the Lions legend with a statue outside its home gym, Gersten Pavilion. The university announced last week that the statue will be unveiled on Feb. 29 before the Lions’ final home contest of the season, a West Coast Conference clash with the University of San Francisco.

Ex-LMU bench boss Paul Westhead, who coached the Los Angeles Lakers to their 1979-80 NBA title (Magic Johnson’s rookie season), and the 1989-90 Lions squad are scheduled to attend the event. The school is set to honor the team during a halftime ceremony.

Cause of death

Hank Gathers was diagnosed with heart problems (an abnormal heartbeat) during his senior season. He collapsed on the court on March 4, 1990, in a WCC Tournament game against the University of Portland. (That also happened on Dec. 9, 1989, in a game against the University of California, Santa Barbara.)

Gathers was pronounced dead after being taken to a hospital. An autopsy later showed that a heart-muscle disorder caused his death.

Hank Gathers: a two-way force

In his junior season, Hank Gathers averaged 32.7 points and 13.7 rebounds in 1988-89, leading the NCAA Division I in both categories. Wichita State’s Xavier McDaniel, who averaged 27.4 points and 15.0 rebounds in the 1984-85 season, was the only other player to accomplish the feat.

As a senior, Gathers averaged 29.0 points and 10.8 rebounds per game.

The Philadelphia native began his college career at USC in 1985. He and ex-Dobbins Technical High School teammate Bo Kimble transferred from USC to LMU and had to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. As sophomores, they began to put their stamp on the LMU program. They thrived in Westhead’s breakneck pace basketball, which used a full-court press to bewilder opponents.

Gathers scored 22.5 ppg as a sophomore. It was a sign of things to come.

Honoring an icon

In June 2019, the university announced that a Hank Gathers statue would be unveiled outside its arena. This month, the school revealed more details.

In recent years, there have been poignant remembrances of Hank Gathers, including from the Los Angeles Times and Bleacher Report, among others.

The Los Angeles Times also published a lengthy reaction piece from Hank Gathers’ hometown after his passing.

The 1989-90 LMU Lions remain a cultural touchstone. Which is one reason many people recall the tragedy of Hank Gathers’ death and the team’s subsequent run to the Elite 8.

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Schoolcraft College is Ranked #3, with 4-0 run last week https://www.talkbasket.net/68909-schoolcraft-college-is-ranked-3-with-4-0-run-last-week https://www.talkbasket.net/68909-schoolcraft-college-is-ranked-3-with-4-0-run-last-week#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 20:27:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68909 LIVONIA– The Men’s Basketball team at Schoolcraft College is currently ranked number three in the country. That was according to the latest poll of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball committee. The team is 21-1 and will soon have a final home stand before the playoffs.  Schoolcraft went 4-0 recently beating […]

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Schoolcraft College is Ranked #3, with 4-0 run last week

LIVONIA– The Men’s Basketball team at Schoolcraft College is currently ranked number three in the country. That was according to the latest poll of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men’s basketball committee. The team is 21-1 and will soon have a final home stand before the playoffs. 

Schoolcraft went 4-0 recently beating Oakland Community College, Mott Community College (19), Henry Ford College and Delta. The Ocelots compete in the Eastern Conference of the Michigan Community College Athletic Conference (MCCAA) and in Region XII of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).

“Our goal is to win a national championship each and every year, but if we could trade a national championship for graduating everyone and moving them on to a four year school, we’re going to take that every single time,” said new head coach Corey McKendry last season.

“Junior college isn’t the final destination for most of these players. Some will transfer to bigger colleges and universities, but these guys feel like they can also have fun and win now, while still working toward their future goals.” . (McKendry, 35 years old, was appointed head coach mid-season last year.) 

Sophomore Tre Harvey is leading the team in scoring with 14 points per game. In addition, a balanced attack is very evident. The scoring is being shared, resulting in a potent powerhouse. David Wren, D’Quarion Cole, Carl Bow, Zavon, Godwin and Kemon Bassett are all in double figures. On the season, Schoolcraft is averaging 88 points per game.

“We take a lot of pride in helping them get to where they want to go,” McKendry added.

The team’s next home game will be Saturday, Feb. 15th at 3:00 p.m. against Delta. The Ocelots also have home games on Wednesday, Feb. 19th and Wednesday, Feb. 26th both at 7:30 p.m.

The NJCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Tournament will be March 17-21, 2020 and presented by Danville Area Community College in Danville, IL. The Danville Area Community College and the City of Danville are hosting the tourney for the 27th consecutive year.

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Harry Giles’ & Jabari Parker’s moments of joy after Duke won the game after overtime against North Carolina https://www.talkbasket.net/68815-harry-giles-jabari-parkers-moments-of-joy-after-duke-won-the-game-after-overtime-against-north-carolina https://www.talkbasket.net/68815-harry-giles-jabari-parkers-moments-of-joy-after-duke-won-the-game-after-overtime-against-north-carolina#respond Sun, 09 Feb 2020 06:54:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=68815 Former Duke players, Harry Lee Giles III [Duke (2016–2017)] and Jabari Ali Parker [Duke (2013–2014)] celebrates Duke wins over North Carolina 98-96 at Sacramento Kings locker room.

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Harry Giles’ & Jabari Parker’s moments of joy after Duke won the game after overtime against North Carolina

Former Duke players, Harry Lee Giles III [Duke (2016–2017)] and Jabari Ali Parker [Duke (2013–2014)] celebrates Duke wins over North Carolina 98-96 at Sacramento Kings locker room.

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Kentucky’s John Calipari says he deserved technical foul https://www.talkbasket.net/67870-kentuckys-john-calipari-says-he-deserved-technical-foul https://www.talkbasket.net/67870-kentuckys-john-calipari-says-he-deserved-technical-foul#respond Wed, 05 Feb 2020 07:17:57 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=67870 John Calipari received a technical foul during the 15th-ranked Wildcats’ 80-72 home victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night. The longtime University of Kentucky basketball coach was asked about picking up a ‘T’ during the post-game news conference. “The technical, deserved or not deserved?” a reporter asked. As expected, Calipari, who’s in his 10th season […]

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Kentucky’s John Calipari says he deserved technical foul

John Calipari received a technical foul during the 15th-ranked Wildcats’ 80-72 home victory over Mississippi State on Tuesday night.

The longtime University of Kentucky basketball coach was asked about picking up a ‘T’ during the post-game news conference.

“The technical, deserved or not deserved?” a reporter asked.

As expected, Calipari, who’s in his 10th season at Kentucky, gave an interesting answer.

“Oh, yeah, my thing is real simple. If an official — this is just my belief, I may be wrong in this — but if you miss a call and don’t make a call, it don’t matter what the coach does. Take it. Take it.

“And so, you know, in that case, I did enough to deserve it. But I’m just — we’ve had a couple games now, I’m getting kind of up to in here now and so I’ve got to stand up for these kids. I can’t let stuff happen, or it’s OK to — I’m not going to let that happen.

“Now, this crew tonight did a good job on this game I thought. I mean, if they called a foul down here, they called a foul down here. You can’t take the last 10 fouls they fouled us on purpose. You have to eliminate those. But you know, it was a physical game. They were physical. And guess what? We were physical.”

Details of the disputed play

With 1:16 to play against Mississippi State, John Calipari was T’ed up for raising objections to a basket interference call on Kentucky’s Nick Richards.

Recent ejection for John Calipari

The Kentucky mentor was ejected on Jan. 18 after being assessed two technical fouls with 8:18 left in a Southeastern Conference game at the University of Arkansas. The Wildcats won 73-66.

“I think it happened so fast we couldn’t really react to it,” assistant coach Kenny Payne was quoted as saying by NBC Sports, responding to a question about said when asked stepping into the heated exchanged between Calipari and the officials. “Unfortunate for me especially, sitting there having to coach the game in the end in a critical point in the game where it’s turning in their favor. But these kids are resilient.”

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Flashback to 1980: Arizona State’s best-ever starting lineup https://www.talkbasket.net/67415-flashback-to-1980-arizona-states-best-ever-starting-lineup https://www.talkbasket.net/67415-flashback-to-1980-arizona-states-best-ever-starting-lineup#respond Mon, 03 Feb 2020 08:38:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=67415 Longtime Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen recently wrote a compelling piece that looked back at the Arizona State men’s basketball team’s talented starting lineup 40 years ago. The Sun Devils started five future NBA draft picks on Jan. 26, 1980, against the University of Arizona Wildcats. Not surprisingly, it was a convincing victory for […]

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Flashback to 1980: Arizona State’s best-ever starting lineup

Longtime Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen recently wrote a compelling piece that looked back at the Arizona State men’s basketball team’s talented starting lineup 40 years ago.

The Sun Devils started five future NBA draft picks on Jan. 26, 1980, against the University of Arizona Wildcats.

Not surprisingly, it was a convincing victory for the visitors. Coach Ned Wulk’s squad pounded the Wildcats 97-72 that night in Tucson, Hansen noted in his column.

Trivia challenge: Arizona State hoop history

By the way, I believe the answer to the following trivia question would be ranked at the top of any chart for hoop history in terms of difficulty:

Who were the five starters for the Sun Devils against the Wildcats in the game mentioned above?

I suspect a few die-hard basketball fans might be able to name two — or possibly three — of the five starters.

I wonder how many Division I college teams’ starting-five lineups (from any game) in the years after ASU’s aforementioned feat have all been drafted and played in the NBA.

The University of Michigan’s Fab Five from the early 1990s (Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson) came close. But Jackson wasn’t drafted by an NBA club and never played in the league.

The gut instinct is this, though: The University of Kentucky and Duke University lineups have probably come close or done so.

Trivia answer

Lafayette “Fat” Lever and Byron Scott started in the backcourt, and Alton Lister, Sam Williams and Kurt Nimphius teamed up in the frontcourt for the Sun Devils.

Hansen described that starting lineup this way in his column: “Size, power and national championship talent. If that’s not the most skilled starting five since the league (the Pac-12 Conference, which was the Pac-10 in those days) added Arizona and ASU, it’s no worse than 1-A. They combined to play in 3,899 NBA games.”

The two-time All-Star Lever’s NBA career began in 1982 and continued until 1994. Lister (1981-98), while Scott (1983-97; three NBA championship rings), Williams (1981-85) and Nimphius (1981-90) also had memorable experiences in the NBA after competing in the same starting lineup while at Arizona State.

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Insane high school dunk by future NBA superstar Jalen Romande Green https://www.talkbasket.net/66365-insane-high-school-dunk-by-jalen-romande-green https://www.talkbasket.net/66365-insane-high-school-dunk-by-jalen-romande-green#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 22:11:58 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66365 It looks like this guy is ready for the NBA. Is the NBA ready for him? What can we say: remember the name – Jalen Romande Green! No doubt, he will become a future NBA superstar. In that order: Michael Jordan -> Kobe Bryant -> LeBron James -> Jalen Romande Green. Save this post for […]

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Insane high school dunk by future NBA superstar Jalen Romande Green

It looks like this guy is ready for the NBA. Is the NBA ready for him? What can we say: remember the name – Jalen Romande Green! No doubt, he will become a future NBA superstar. In that order: Michael Jordan -> Kobe Bryant -> LeBron James -> Jalen Romande Green. Save this post for history marks. Trust us.

Jalen Romande Green (born February 9, 2002) is an American basketball player who attends Prolific Prep in Napa, California. A consensus five-star recruit, he is considered the best shooting guard in the 2020 class, with ESPN ranking him number one overall. Green spent his first three years attending San Joaquin Memorial High School in Fresno and left as its all-time leading scorer.

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Ja Morant to have college jersey retired https://www.talkbasket.net/66329-ja-morant-to-have-college-jersey-retired https://www.talkbasket.net/66329-ja-morant-to-have-college-jersey-retired#respond Tue, 28 Jan 2020 18:37:33 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=66329 Murray State basketball coach Matt McMahon announced that the program will retire Ja Morant’s No. 12 jersey on Feb. 1. Morant is expected to attend the ceremony with his family. Murray State went 54-11 in Morant’s two seasons, winning back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular season titles. Morant led the program to the NCAA Tournament […]

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Ja Morant to have college jersey retired

Murray State basketball coach Matt McMahon announced that the program will retire Ja Morant’s No. 12 jersey on Feb. 1.

Morant is expected to attend the ceremony with his family.

Murray State went 54-11 in Morant’s two seasons, winning back-to-back Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) regular season titles.

Morant led the program to the NCAA Tournament both years.

He recorded a triple-double, just the ninth in men’s NCAA tournament history, in an upset win against fifth-seeded Marquette in the 2019 tournament.

It was Murray State’s fourth tournament victory in school history.

Morant became the first player in NCAA history to average at least 20 points and 10 assists in a single season, as he averaged 24.5 points and 10.0 assists per game.

In just 65 games, he set various program records, including the single-season scoring record (808 points) and career assists (532).

Morant also earned consensus first-team All-American, the Bob Cousy Award (given by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame to the top men’s collegiate point guard), the Lute Olson Award (given to the most outstanding non-freshman men’s college basketball player in NCAA Division I), OVC Player of the Year (2019) and First-team All-OVC (2018, 2019).

The No. 12 will be the 11th number retired in program history.

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A Close Finish at Historic Calihan Hall for the Victorious Titans https://www.talkbasket.net/65939-a-close-finish-at-historic-calihan-hall-for-the-victorious-titans https://www.talkbasket.net/65939-a-close-finish-at-historic-calihan-hall-for-the-victorious-titans#respond Sun, 26 Jan 2020 18:39:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=65939 DETROIT– Sophomore Alonde LeGrand hit a fadeaway jump shot with four-tenths of a second left to give the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team a conference win against the visiting UIC Flames, 70-69.  It was high hoops drama in the afternoon from historic Calihan Hall when down the stretch, sophomore Antoine Davis hit a […]

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A Close Finish at Historic Calihan Hall for the Victorious Titans

DETROIT– Sophomore Alonde LeGrand hit a fadeaway jump shot with four-tenths of a second left to give the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team a conference win against the visiting UIC Flames, 70-69. 

It was high hoops drama in the afternoon from historic Calihan Hall when down the stretch, sophomore Antoine Davis hit a three to make it a one-point game. After UIC missed a one and one free throw attempt, LeGrand was able to hit a game-winning shot. “UIC collapsed on Antoine and that freed up Alonde,” according to Titans head coach Mike Davis.

Sophomore Marquis Moore led the way with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Chris Brandon finished with 15 points, eight boards and three blocks and Davis added 13 points with four helpers. 

Detroit Mercy was able to start strong, as they lead by as many as 16 points in the first half. Brandon gave the Titans momentum with some spectacular dunks. UIC was able to answer back with a run of their own, going into halftime down nine. 

The Titans were outrebounded 34-28 on both ends of the floor, but were able to score 30 points in the paint.  

Detroit Mercy takes on Oakland Friday night, Jan. 31, at Calihan Hall. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m.

Game Notes:

  • Detroit Mercy leads the HL and is fifth in the country in free-throw percentage at 79.1 percent
  • Davis came into the game third in the country and leading the Horizon League in scoring at 23.8 points per game
  • Miller has reached double figures in eight of the last 12 games

Amidst the star-studded backdrop of Hall of Fame weekend and the Alumni Chili-Cookoff, the gymnasium was filled with former Titan student-athletes. Honored at pregame and at halftime, were former men’s basketball players Eli Holman and Willie Green. They had their jerseys retired.

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Peyton Place in Berlin: Former NCAA champ Peyton Siva discusses basketball and life under coaching legends Rick Pitino and Aito Reneses https://www.talkbasket.net/64983-peyton-place-in-berlin-former-ncaa-champ-peyton-siva-discusses-basketball-and-life-under-coaching-legends-rick-pitino-and-aito-reneses https://www.talkbasket.net/64983-peyton-place-in-berlin-former-ncaa-champ-peyton-siva-discusses-basketball-and-life-under-coaching-legends-rick-pitino-and-aito-reneses#respond Sun, 19 Jan 2020 13:46:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64983 TalkBasket.net looks into ex-Louisville standout Peyton Siva’s trajectory, from his years with the Louisville Cardinals and his brief NBA stint with the Pistons to Europe’s premier basketball competition. It may have taken more than three years of overseas basketball for Peyton Siva to be able to make his Euroleague debut with Alba Berlin, but once […]

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Peyton Place in Berlin: Former NCAA champ Peyton Siva discusses  basketball and life under coaching legends Rick Pitino and Aito Reneses

TalkBasket.net looks into ex-Louisville standout Peyton Siva’s trajectory, from his years with the Louisville Cardinals and his brief NBA stint with the Pistons to Europe’s premier basketball competition.

It may have taken more than three years of overseas basketball for Peyton Siva to be able to make his Euroleague debut with Alba Berlin, but once he got started, the 29-year-old guard had no problem adapting to a higher level. Despite having played only 13 out of the German side’s total 20 games, Siva has made a streak of great performances, most notably in Alba’s road wins against Olympiacos Piraeus and Red Star Belgrade. The common denominator would be what Siva himself calls a “hectic crowd”, since both Greeks and Serbian fans are keen supporters of their teams.

Nevertheless, things in life always come with a price and that’s the case with the 2013 NCAA champion with the Louisville Cardinals. Siva had to talk his father out of suicide and also keep his family together, with the help of his mother. Leading Louisville to two Final Fours and the title in his senior season gave him the chance to establish a close relationship with Rick Pitino, his coach at the time and now at the helm of Greek giants Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. The Seattle-born point guard was drafted by the Detroit Pistons, who selected him with the 56th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft, but he never really caught on in the NBA.

Since 2016, he’s stationed in Berlin, being coached by European basketball great Aito Garcia Reneses who, as Siva admits in his interview with TalkBasket.net, reminds him greatly of his friend and mentor Rick Pitino. Here is what Peyton Siva said, right after Alba Berlin’s road win over Olympiacos in Greece.

Q: This was your first time in Greece. How did you experience the game?

A: It was cool, man. I really enjoyed playing in front of these fans. They were loud, crazy, everything you hear about. So, it was really fun to get out here in Greece and play in front of this spectacular and hectic crowd. I’ve heard a lot of stories about them. The game was tough. Luckily, I think that we caught them in the changing of coaches, which is very tough for a team. We tried to take advantage of that and our guys did a great job just competing on the glass and making shots that helped us out. It was a very good road win for us.

Q: What’s in store for Alba Berlin this year?

A: Hopefully, we can stay healthy and now that we finally got everybody back, we’ve found a good rhythm. We should continue step by step to try to get wins and compete.

Q: How are you feeling after the injuries that held you back?

A: I’ve been injured throughout the whole year and right now I’m trying to get back in shape. I’m not there yet, but I’m trying to do whatever I can to help the team win: bring a little bit of energy off the bench, give Martin Hermannsson a breather, get everyone involved and find my rhythm.

Q: You’ve been playing with Alba Berlin since 2016 and last summer you signed for two more years. What’s keeping you in Berlin?

A: I really like it. It’s a great city for me and my family. Obviously, Aito coming back influenced me to come back too. I also had the chance to achieve my goal to play in the Euroleague. I’ve always wanted to play there and prove myself and I feel like Alba was the best spot that I could do that.

Q: You won the NCAA championship with Louisville, then you had a chance in the NBA. Was there anything that went wrong?

A: No, it just didn’t work out in the NBA. We had a lot of management changing, but now I have the chance to play at the highest level in Europe and I enjoy it. Some players have the chance to play in the NBA, some don’t. So, I made the best out of it and I continue to work as if I’m trying to make the NBA, but I’m very happy to be playing in Euroleague against the best teams in Europe. I wanted to help Alba get there. It was huge.

Q: What do you like the most about playing the Euroleague?

A: I love the competition. I get to play against guys that I played against in college, guys like Mike James, Shane Larkin, some Euroleague legends like Spanoulis and stars like Campazzo. You always want to play against the best in Europe and being able to do that is pretty fun.

Q: Is really the Euroleague like college basketball, but with 30-year-olds, as Rick Pitino has described it?

A: No, I think it’s a lot tougher than college basketball. The guys are more talented, obviously more experienced, but there are also similarities as far as the defensive toughness and packing the paint. So, I agree with him there.

Q: Despite not being able to meet with Pitino in Athens, do you speak with him regularly?

A: We have a great relationship. I didn’t meet him while in Greece because I was told that they live on the other side of Athens and I don’t know the dynamics. Hopefully, when they come to Berlin, we’ll get the chance to meet and talk. We keep in touch. I congratulated him on his coming back to Europe. We talked over the summer. He explained to me the situation about whether he was going to stay with Panathinaikos or not. He told me that he liked it. He really enjoyed Greece a lot. I like communicating with him and we talk a lot about life outside of basketball.

Q: Were you surprised at him taking over Panathinaikos last year?

A: I was very surprised but I knew he was going to coach somehow. That’s in his blood. He can’t sit down and relax for too long. He has to coach something. He needs to be doing something and I knew he was going to go coach somewhere.

Q: You had some family problems in the past, especially with your parents. How did you manage to handle the situation and to what extent has all this led up to you being the man you are right now?

A: I think my faith helped me out a lot, just trusting in God with anything I had to do. Luckily now, I have a great relationship with my father. We talk all the time, he texts me every day. My mom was the strong one because she kept us tacked, while my brother and sister always watch out for her.

Q: Is it true that Pitino advised you to take a relationship sabbatical in order to get your mind off basketball and perform better at Louisville ?

A: Yeah, he told me a lot back in college. Mostly his main story was to stay focused on basketball at the time. He kind of said it half-jokingly, but he meant it a lot. I eventually married my girlfriend after graduating. I stayed focused and obviously it worked out because we won the championship.

Q: What’s the one Pitino advice that you hold on to?

A: Never get too high or too low. We live in a microwave society. The fans can hate you in one second and love you the next. That was the key during the NCAA tournament. I was having kind of a down year and he was telling me that the fans wouldn’t remember anything once I started playing well.

Q: Does Aito Garcia Reneses remind you of Pitino in the way he’s mentoring young and inexperienced athletes at the Euroleague level?

A: Yes, in the sense that coach Pitino treated everybody the same, whether you were a walk-on or the star player. Aito does the same. He treats the young guy just the way he’s treating Luke Sikma. It shows the coaching ability. He’s not scared to apologise out there at any time and that just shows his confidence and his ability to coach and develop players.

Q: He’s a coaching legend in Europe, despite not having won the Euroleague. One of his most famous sayings is that winning is not everything. Does this apply to Alba Berlin as well?

A: Winning the Euroleague is very tough, but hopefully we can try before he goes out. He always tells us to get better step by step and not to worry too much about winning. Obviously, our goals are to win the German League and Cup, but also to get better in the Euroleague.

Q: Would you say that Alba is an anxious free team this year?

A: Yeah, we’re playing with a free spirit. That’s what we got to do. Now we just have to continue to have fun and to improve. The two road wins in Greece is something big for us.

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San Diego State to retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/64724-san-diego-state-to-retire-kawhi-leonards-jersey https://www.talkbasket.net/64724-san-diego-state-to-retire-kawhi-leonards-jersey#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2020 19:04:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64724 Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State Aztec to have his jersey retired during a ceremony on Feb. 1. Leonard led the Aztecs to a program-best 34-3 record and a Sweet 16 tournament appearance in the 2010-2011 season. They lost to the eventual champions, Connecticut, led by Kemba Walker. In his two-year college […]

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San Diego State to retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey

Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State Aztec to have his jersey retired during a ceremony on Feb. 1.

Leonard led the Aztecs to a program-best 34-3 record and a Sweet 16 tournament appearance in the 2010-2011 season.

They lost to the eventual champions, Connecticut, led by Kemba Walker.

In his two-year college career, Leonard led the Aztecs to two Mountain West Conference titles and two NCAA Tournaments, including the school’s first Sweet 16.

He also earned second-team All-American honors in 2011.

Leonard averaged 14.1 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field over 70 games in two seasons.

He is just one of three players in program history to average a double-double for his career.

Leonard is expected to be present at his No. 15 jersey retirement, as the Los Angeles Clippers also have a game that afternoon.

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Alyssa Ewing James becomes college coach like her famous uncle https://www.talkbasket.net/64231-alyssa-ewing-james-becomes-college-coach-like-her-famous-uncle https://www.talkbasket.net/64231-alyssa-ewing-james-becomes-college-coach-like-her-famous-uncle#respond Sun, 12 Jan 2020 13:14:14 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=64231 Alyssa Ewing James is following in the footsteps of her famous uncle. Which means after her playing career, she has become a college basketball coach. Nowadays, Patrick Ewing is the Georgetown University men’s basketball coach. Alyssa started working this season an assistant for the St. Francis College women’s hoop squad. As noted in a recent […]

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Alyssa Ewing James becomes college coach like her famous uncle

Alyssa Ewing James is following in the footsteps of her famous uncle.

Which means after her playing career, she has become a college basketball coach. Nowadays, Patrick Ewing is the Georgetown University men’s basketball coach.

Alyssa started working this season an assistant for the St. Francis College women’s hoop squad.

As noted in a recent article in The Tablet, the newspaper of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, New York, she spent one season at Caldwell (New Jersey) University, playing under Linda Cimino. Then, James transferred to Binghamton University in New York, where Cimino was hired to coach.

Playing three years for the America East Conference school, James, a forward, had significant achievements, including all-conference honors in 2015-16, 2016-17 and 2017-18. What’s more, she was the America East Defensive Player of the Year recipient three times. She became the conference’s all-time leader in blocked shots (270).

Now, Alyssa Ewing James is working under Cimino, who is in her second season at the helm for St. Francis College.

“It’s been a different experience seeing the game from this side of the court,” James told The Tablet. “I’m definitely still learning, but I’m just happy to have all these great coaches that we have here at St. Francis.”

Insights about Patrick Ewing

The Tablet article noted that James “was too young to remember seeing her uncle star for the Knicks, (but) of course has heard the stories and seen the highlight reels from his Hall of Fame career.”

“The thing about him (Ewing) that pushed me to be the basketball player that I was had to be his work ethic,” James told the newspaper. “Hearing the stories of how he worked hard every summer with other players to get better and improve made me want to be a better player, a better teammate and a better captain.”

James sought advice from her uncle before agreeing to work on Cimino’s staff, The Tablet reported.

“He said, ‘If this is what you want to do and you love the game, you’ll be ready to help the girls overcome any obstacles, and that’s all that matters,’ ” James was quoted as saying.

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Bronny James, 15, has an offer from Kentucky, 4 more colleges interested https://www.talkbasket.net/63403-bronny-james-15-has-an-offer-from-kentucky-4-more-colleges-interested https://www.talkbasket.net/63403-bronny-james-15-has-an-offer-from-kentucky-4-more-colleges-interested#respond Sat, 04 Jan 2020 14:00:13 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63403 The son of LeBron James is already being recruited by colleges despite being just 16 years old. Bronny James (LeBron James Jr.) is high school freshman at Sierra Canyon. He is part of the 2023 class. According to 247sports, Bronny has an offer from Kentucky already with four more colleges showing interested. The four other […]

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Bronny James, 15, has an offer from Kentucky, 4 more colleges interested

The son of LeBron James is already being recruited by colleges despite being just 16 years old. Bronny James (LeBron James Jr.) is high school freshman at Sierra Canyon. He is part of the 2023 class.

According to 247sports, Bronny has an offer from Kentucky already with four more colleges showing interested.

The four other colleges are Duke, Kansas, North Carolina and UCLA. Out of these, Duke appears to be the favourite due to connection between LeBron James and coach Mike Krzyzewski.

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University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery celebrates Philadelphia’s rich basketball history https://www.talkbasket.net/63271-university-of-iowa-coach-fran-mccaffery-celebrates-philadelphias-rich-basketball-history https://www.talkbasket.net/63271-university-of-iowa-coach-fran-mccaffery-celebrates-philadelphias-rich-basketball-history#respond Fri, 03 Jan 2020 11:34:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=63271 Philadelphia’s established basketball culture and traditions have greatly influenced University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery. Just ask him. McCaffery, who is in his 10th season at the helm, was asked about the city’s hoop culture in the run-up to the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten game against Penn State on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The […]

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University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery celebrates Philadelphia’s rich basketball history

Philadelphia’s established basketball culture and traditions have greatly influenced University of Iowa coach Fran McCaffery.

Just ask him.

McCaffery, who is in his 10th season at the helm, was asked about the city’s hoop culture in the run-up to the Hawkeyes’ Big Ten game against Penn State on Saturday at the Palestra in Philadelphia. The game marks Iowa’s first visit to the Palestra since 1961.

The Hawkeyes are 11-3; the Nittany Lions are 11-2.

On Thursday, a reporter inquired: “Most of us have never been to the Palestra. What’s it like? What was it like for you? What striking memories do you have of having been there for the years you were there?”

McCaffery, a University of Pennsylvania point guard from 1980-82, brings his team back to his hometown with an abundance of memories.

“You know, my memories are a little bit different because it starts with my mom and dad bringing myself and my brother to games when we were kids, like young,” McCaffrey said. “You want to sit up in the student section, you want to watch the games, you want to throw streamers, watch the really good players, maybe get to meet them, something like that.

“And then as a high school player, you want to get your team to the Palestra. Here it’s kind of we want to get to the state tournament. We want to get to Wells Fargo Arena. There you want to get to the Palestra. That’s where you want to go. So I had the opportunity to do that.

“Then you hope to be recruited by one of those five teams so you get to play there. Well, I got recruited by the one that that’s our home arena, so we practiced there every day and played pickup there in the summer, that kind of thing.

“So, there’s so many incredible memories. I’ve seen great high school games there, great players after I became a coach. I saw Kobe Bryant play there, Wilt Chamberlain has played there, the Sixers would play there back in the old days.”

Special city for basketball

He continued: “But the thing that was really special about it is throughout the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s, there were always doubleheaders, so you went and you stayed there for six, seven hours, and you watched four teams play, and nobody left. It wasn’t like, okay, I’m rooting for Villanova, they play in the first game so I’m going to dinner while Penn plays South Carolina. It wasn’t like that. Everybody stayed, watched both games. There was actually a TV package, before cable, you could actually watch those games on those old UHF stations. So if you grew up in Philadelphia, you watched all the games, you knew all the players, you knew all the coaches.

“Chuck Daly was coaching at Penn. He was the Dream Team coach, the first one. Rollie Massimino won the national championship. Harry Litwack and John Chaney are in the Hall of Fame. Paul Westhead revolutionized how to play fast while he was at LaSalle. Jack Ramsay is in the Hall of Fame. Jack McKinney ended up coaching the Lakers. Jimmy Lynam was a head coach in the NBA for many years after coaching at St. Joe’s. Bob Weinhauer took us to the Final Four; he will be at the game. He was my coach; he’ll be at the game on Saturday. Because ironically enough, at 7 p.m., Penn plays Princeton in the Palestra. So 9,000 people will leave, 9,000 more will come in and watch that game.

“So it was a very — and remains a very close-knit basketball community in Philadelphia that would convene every Saturday night at the Palestra, but oftentimes on Tuesday or Wednesday during the week, they also played double-headers during the week.”

Influence on coaching career

During Thursday’s media session, Fran McCaffery was also asked the following: “How do you think that Philadelphia basketball which you grew up on, lived on, has influenced the rest of your entire coaching career?”

“Well, you could argue that it’s influenced the coaching profession, when you think about all the guys — I just gave you a litany of Hall-of-Famers, so it’s different styles of play,” McCaffery stated. “So it definitely impacted me as a player, as a coach. Pretty much all of us remain close at some level. We all know each other, whether it be Jay Wright, known him for 30 years, and the guys that are there now, Pat Chambers, of course, I’ve known him since he was an assistant at Villanova.

“But it’s something that — if you’re talking about — let’s say you were at the Final Four and you’re talking to basketball people. They will refer to all of those people that I just mentioned, myself included: Well, he’s a Philly guy. So everybody understands what that means. He played or coached in Philadelphia, and he was influenced by watching — when I’m watching Paul Westhead score 107 points a game before the clock and before the 3-point shot. They were trying to score in four seconds, and nobody did that before.

“Jack Kraft played a match-up zone. Nobody played a match-up zone in those days. Things like that.

“John Chaney and Don Casey was the temple of zones. He replaced Harry Litwack and then went on to coach the Clippers, and Chaney replaced him. They played the zone kind of better and differently than most other teams.

“Penn had its run with Dick Carter and Chuck Daly and Bob Weinhauer winning multiple Ivy League championships, NCAA Tournament runs. In ‘79 we went to the Final Four, which was the last time an Ivy League team did that, and it may never happen again.”

In the final analysis, Fran McCaffery knows how unique and special basketball history is in Philadelphia.

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Rick Pitino and Adidas settle legal battle https://www.talkbasket.net/62189-rick-pitino-and-adidas-settle-legal-battle https://www.talkbasket.net/62189-rick-pitino-and-adidas-settle-legal-battle#respond Tue, 24 Dec 2019 11:27:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=62189 Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino and sports fashion giant Adidas have settled on a legal dispute that began in 2017. That specific terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the two parties released a joint statement that acknowledged the issues had been settled. Pitino filed a lawsuit stating that Adidas had “knowingly and recklessly caused […]

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Rick Pitino and Adidas settle legal battle

Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino and sports fashion giant Adidas have settled on a legal dispute that began in 2017.

That specific terms of the settlement were not disclosed, but the two parties released a joint statement that acknowledged the issues had been settled.

Pitino filed a lawsuit stating that Adidas had “knowingly and recklessly caused him emotional distress when its employees conspired to bribe University of Louisville basketball recruits.”

The lawsuit was initially dismissed by a federal judge who ruled that the two sides must settle the case in arbitration.

“Adidas and Coach Pitino have entered into a confidential settlement agreement resolving all matters between them,” the statement said.

“Over sixteen years working with Adidas, Coach Pitino demonstrated his passion for the game of basketball and his commitment to excellence both on and off the court.

“We wish Coach Pitino the best in his new role as head coach of Panathinaikos, the Greek national team and any future endeavors.”

Pitino also sued the University of Louisville for a breach of contract, seeking the money he felt was still owed to him.

Both Pitino and the university settled in September, resulting in Louisville agreeing to call the coach’s exit a resignation instead of a firing. Pitino however didn’t receive any money.

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Ambitious website Dave’s Joint delivers quality coverage of basketball in New York City and beyond https://www.talkbasket.net/61618-ambitious-website-daves-joint-delivers-quality-coverage-of-basketball-in-new-york-city-and-beyond https://www.talkbasket.net/61618-ambitious-website-daves-joint-delivers-quality-coverage-of-basketball-in-new-york-city-and-beyond#respond Wed, 18 Dec 2019 10:45:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=61618 Dave’s Joint is a basketball website dedicated to coverage of middle school, high school, streetball, college and pro basketball, especially in and around New York City. Thus, there are endless opportunities for the site’s founder and editor-in-chief, David Cordova, to chase stories and conduct interviews at arenas and gyms, big and small. For Cordova, the […]

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Ambitious website Dave’s Joint delivers quality coverage of basketball in New York City and beyond

Dave’s Joint is a basketball website dedicated to coverage of middle school, high school, streetball, college and pro basketball, especially in and around New York City.

Thus, there are endless opportunities for the site’s founder and editor-in-chief, David Cordova, to chase stories and conduct interviews at arenas and gyms, big and small.

For Cordova, the website is a labor of love. And it’s not only about the printed word. David is passionate about photography and capturing images of games and the faces of basketball personalities. He posts frequently on Twitter and Instagram and celebrates the achievements of local teams, players and coaches. He also has an appreciation for the history of the game, and sometimes posts old newspaper clippings, giving followers a chance to brush up on, say an all-NYC tournament team from 1994.

Website’s content

Dave’s Joint was established in 2015. The website showcases articles on up-and-coming NYC area high school players, men’s and women’s college teams and prominent names. Recently posted on the site are articles about Jalen Rose, Dan Hurley and Penny Hardaway.

What’s more, Cordova produced an ambitious 16-part summer reporting series, “This is New York.” Here is part 16: The Magical Summer of R.J. Davis, which offers a thorough account of Davis’ high school accomplishments, summer ball tournaments, including the Nike Peach Jam and NBPA Top 100 Camp, future aspirations and college recruiting news.

Interesting details were included about the NBPA Top 100 Camp. “I felt amazing,” said Davis, citing the fact he was playing in front of the scouts, “They say the NBPA Top 100 is considered to be one of the best camps, you know, just to play in front of NBA scouts, and I did well there, pick & roll, finding guys, it was amazing. I’ll probably say that was one of my best camps I’ve performed at.”

Q&A with Dave’s Joint founder

I recently caught up with David Cordova via email to learn more about his passion for basketball, his website and creating something that contributes to the overall landscape of hoop media in the Big Apple.

What prompted you to begin your website? Did you see an opportunity to carve out your own niche in the crowded Big Apple media landscape?

I started Dave’s Joint back in 2015 because I always had a passion for basketball, and also for writing. Ever since I was young, I always loved sports and I wanted to one day be involved in a major way.

And as far as carving out my niche, I feel as if I have made my brand very accessible to the people throughout the last four years. At the present time, print media is dying out and there’s really no coverage of high school sports, due to the fact that there are seven Division I colleges, and about a dozen professional teams (Knicks and Nets in basketball, Mets and Yankees in baseball, Giants and Jets in football, etc. So the opportunity to cover high school sports is there. And also, the general public is very receptive to what I’m providing for them because I am able to relate to them.

What is the mission of Dave’s Joint as a media outlet? And how would you describe the focal points of news coverage?

The mission of Dave’s Joint is about providing quality content for the people about basketball in New York City and basketball in other areas. It’s all about telling stories about the basketball culture. In describing the focal points of news coverage, it’s just to make the people feel comfortable when they’re telling you their story, but to also portray them in a way that they would want to be portrayed, because after all, it is their story.

What are short-term and long-term goals for the website?

My short-term goals for the site is to continue to provide good content, but also to expand into basketball photography. I have been taking pictures for the last 11 months with my Canon camera, which was given to me as a present by my mentor, Cleon “Silk” Hyde. Ever since then, I have been taking pictures of games every chance I get. Ever since I have had my camera, numbers for my site has quadrupled, and more people are looking at my stuff than ever before. As far as long-term goals, I want it to be in the same conversation as some bigger publications. I want this site to cater to certain demographics, like the dads that love sports, the old guys that love to check out the young generation, the street guys that love to see the games, the AAU coaches, the college coaches, the high school coaches, the tournament directors, etc.

In a so-called normal week can you highlight how much time you devote to reporting, interviewing, gathering material for articles, etc. for the website? And which types of stories do you generally prioritize?

At the present time, with my work schedule as an advocate counselor at Brooklyn Democracy Academy in the Brownsville section of Brooklyn and then after work with going to games, it’s tough to get to writing. I try to devote at least three or four days to putting out new content for my readers.

Is it a one-man operation? Or do you have a few others working alongside you, too?

Yes, this is a one-man operation. I like to have things done a certain way and it’s hard to trust others to do things for my brand, so for the present time, I’d much rather handle things on my own.

As you consume basketball news and peruse websites, magazines, newspapers and social media, are there a few local, regional and national media outlets that you look at as models for how you operate Dave’s Joint? Can you cite a few examples?

As someone that reads a lot of articles, there are certain publications that I try to model after, such as SLAM, the now-defunct Bounce Magazine, the New York Times, Bleacher Report and The Athletic. And I also look at old articles from the old days from the New York Daily News and Newsday. I like to think of my work as educated sportswriting, but something that I can use to appeal to the those in the inner-city or the ‘hood, as we like to call them.

To me, it’s interesting to look back at many of the photos you post of old newspaper clippings on Twitter. From interactions with readers and followers, is it clear that a few of these articles are clearly favorites? On a related point, do you see this as an opportunity to be a curator of hoop history?

Honestly, when it comes to posting the old pictures, I don’t really have any favorites, but I just like to look at some old clips of players that were big names in college or in high school. For example, Chris Webber, Felipe Lopez, Stephon Marbury, Chris Mullin, etc. I’ll find some stuff of them from high school or college or in their earliest years in the NBA. And yes, I want to definitely contribute to the NYC hoops culture and just the culture of hoops, period, as best as I can. I want Dave’s Joint to be a movement even outside of New York. A lot of people outside of the city, even in different states, know about my brand.

There’s no shortage of compelling human interest stories in and around New York City to potentially pursue about former and current basketball players. That said, what are a few favorites stories that immediately come to mind for their intrigue, drama, powerful narrative, etc. when you take stock of your reporting archive? Can you cite a few examples and offer a bit of background on why you consider them among your favorites?

As far as my favorite stories, I have over 400 articles that I’ve written, so there’s so many that I can relate to. But at the same time, there is one that will stand out to me. There is an article that I wrote about this player named Jawaun Daniels from Harlem. He is a kid from Harlem that is currently playing Division I basketball at Prairie View A&M University in Texas. His story is unique because he played high school ball at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, New Jersey. The summer before his senior year of high school, he wound up being arrested along with around 20 other people for a bunch of charges. And then for about two months, he was in one of the most notorious prisons in the country, Rikers Island. And then the sad part about that ordeal is that one of the days in there was his 18th birthday. He told me that he was on lockdown on his birthday, which means that he had to stay in his cell throughout the entire day. As far as the charges, the judge spared him, and gave him another chance. But unfortunately, he could not play basketball during his senior year of high school. It is something similar to what Allen Iverson endured when he was in high school. After that, he graduated high school, and then he went to two years of community college at two different schools and then graduated from Odessa College with his associate’s degree and is now going for his bachelor’s and playing out the remaining two years of his eligibility. But in between the time before college, in the summer of 2017, he played in the first summer of Nike’s NY vs. NY tournament and won the Player of the Summer award. Kids like him are success stories and I feel like if given a chance, these kids will be able to rise from their shortcomings and become better people. Since I published his story, I’ve received about 6,000 views and I’ve had many people tell me that they liked the article. Even college coaches. So that’s basically the one article that will always stand out to me.

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Shane Battier’s keys to life for athletes after they retire https://www.talkbasket.net/60490-shane-battiers-keys-to-life-for-athletes-after-they-retire https://www.talkbasket.net/60490-shane-battiers-keys-to-life-for-athletes-after-they-retire#respond Sun, 08 Dec 2019 14:37:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60490 According to Shane Battier, there are three things that athletes should focus on after their playing days. In a recent interview with the website Kulture Hub, Battier, who starred at Duke University and played on two title-winning teams with the Miami Heat during his 13-season NBA career, elaborated on this topic. “You have to stimulate […]

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Shane Battier’s keys to life for athletes after they retire

According to Shane Battier, there are three things that athletes should focus on after their playing days.

In a recent interview with the website Kulture Hub, Battier, who starred at Duke University and played on two title-winning teams with the Miami Heat during his 13-season NBA career, elaborated on this topic.

“You have to stimulate your mind, you have to work on constantly improving,” Battier told the website. “That was the fulfilling part of my career, the improvement.”

Battier said the three key concepts are:

Don’t stop looking for new ways to improve.

Relish the journey and the opportunity, not just the endgame.

Stay woke to opportunities and lessons that present themselves.

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Michigan State retires No.23 jersey of Draymond Green https://www.talkbasket.net/60104-michigan-state-retires-no-23-jersey-of-draymond-green https://www.talkbasket.net/60104-michigan-state-retires-no-23-jersey-of-draymond-green#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 14:03:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60104 Michigan State officially retired No.23 jersey of Golden State Warriors forward, and three-time NBA champion, Draymond Green. Green becomes just the 10th player in Spartan men’s basketball history to have a jersey retired, joining Scott Skiles (No. 4), Mateen Cleaves (No. 12), Steve Smith (No. 21), Johnny Green (No. 24), Shawn Respert (No. 24), Jay […]

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Michigan State retires No.23 jersey of Draymond Green

Michigan State officially retired No.23 jersey of Golden State Warriors forward, and three-time NBA champion, Draymond Green.

Green becomes just the 10th player in Spartan men’s basketball history to have a jersey retired, joining Scott Skiles (No. 4), Mateen Cleaves (No. 12), Steve Smith (No. 21), Johnny Green (No. 24), Shawn Respert (No. 24), Jay Vincent (No. 31), Greg Kelser (No. 32), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (No. 33) and Morris Peterson (No. 42).

He is the all-time leading rebounder in Michigan State history, with 1.096. He also ranks second in career steals (180), sixth in career blocks (117) and 18th in career scoring with 1,517 points. 

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Bethel High School gym named in Allen Iverson’s honor https://www.talkbasket.net/60064-bethel-high-school-gym-named-in-allen-iversons-honor https://www.talkbasket.net/60064-bethel-high-school-gym-named-in-allen-iversons-honor#respond Wed, 04 Dec 2019 09:53:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=60064 Allen Iverson excelled as a Bethel High School basketball player in Hampton, Virginia, before moving on to great feats with the Georgetown University Hoyas and Philadelphia 76ers. On Tuesday, Bethel High honored Iverson by naming its gym the Allen Iverson Gymnasium. The school gym also has a new court named in his honor. The Basketball […]

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Bethel High School gym named in Allen Iverson’s honor

Allen Iverson excelled as a Bethel High School basketball player in Hampton, Virginia, before moving on to great feats with the Georgetown University Hoyas and Philadelphia 76ers.

On Tuesday, Bethel High honored Iverson by naming its gym the Allen Iverson Gymnasium. The school gym also has a new court named in his honor.

The Basketball Hall of Famer attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony outside the gym on Tuesday. There were hundreds of attendees at the event.

“It’s about my family and my hometown, in that order,” Iverson was quoted as saying by the Daily Press, a Virginia newspaper. “Knowing these people love me and respect me and root and cheer and believe in me, that’s everything.

“This place is who I am. It’s what I represent.”

At the ceremony, he also said: “I am Virginia. I am Virginia,” he said, wiping tears from his eyes. “It means so much to me that y’all have been here for me — always on my team, always in the huddle with me, always in the foxhole. We are Virginia.”

A local hero

One of the dignitaries, who spoke before the honored guest, summed up AI’s legacy this way, according to the Daily Press: “Allen Iverson will be remembered for the way he competed with immeasurable heart and determination.”

Bethel executive principal Ralph Saunders also weighed in on Iverson’s role in the community and remarkable basketball career.

“His exceptional talent has taken him all over the world, but he always remembered his hometown and where it all began here at Bethel,” Saunders was quoted as saying. “He’s been giving back quietly and without fanfare, and today we thank him for all he’s done and all he continues to do.”

Teenage troubles

Iverson spent his first three high school years at Bethel High. Then, he was involved in a highly publicized brawl at a bowling alley and spent time time behind bars as a teenager. “He was convicted of maiming by mob and sentenced to five years in prison,” the Daily Press reported, “but Gov. L. Douglas Wilder granted him clemency after three months at City Farm, citing insufficient evidence to convict.” He went to Richard Milburn High School as a senior and graduated from RMHS before heading off to Georgetown to play for John Thompson.

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Kansas Wins Maui Jim Tourney in Overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/59949-kansas-wins-maui-jim-tourney-in-overtime https://www.talkbasket.net/59949-kansas-wins-maui-jim-tourney-in-overtime#respond Tue, 03 Dec 2019 06:59:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59949 LAHAINA–  The Kansas Jayhawks won in overtime against the Dayton Flyers in the Championship game of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament. It was standing-room-only at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday. The Maui Jim NCAA tourney is the premier Thanksgiving-time college basketball tournament. It is produced by ESPN.  The Flyers led at half-time 37-36, but […]

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Kansas Wins Maui Jim Tourney in Overtime

LAHAINA–  The Kansas Jayhawks won in overtime against the Dayton Flyers in the Championship game of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational basketball tournament. It was standing-room-only at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday. The Maui Jim NCAA tourney is the premier Thanksgiving-time college basketball tournament. It is produced by ESPN. 

The Flyers led at half-time 37-36, but the Jayhawks broke away in overtime for a 90-84 final.

“That was a great basketball game. Two good teams competing against each other and in a terrific atmosphere. Proud to be a part of it and certainly very fortunate that we came out on top,” said Kansas coach Bill Self.

Senior center Udoka Azubuike and sophomore guard Devon Dotson were awarded Tournament MVP awards. Both scored career highs in the championship game with 31 points by Dotson and 29 points by Azubuike.

Udoka Azubuike of the University of Kansas is hugged by teammate Tristan Enaruna after the Jayhawks beat Dayton in overtime in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational championship game at the Lahaina Civic Center.

At the post-game presser, Self was asked if it was the best performance he’s seen of Devon and Udoka play on the same day. Self said emphatically, “Yeah, yeah, I would say so.I don’t have all the stats, but they both got their career highs tonight, didn’t they? So, yeah, I would say that’s the best. I was excited. You look at different things, Dok didn’t turn the ball over. And so he was patient on the post, he didn’t dribble as much, so there were some positive things that he did that was very good. And Dot, I don’t know how he has the energy to play that fast. He’s a welcome addition too. But that’s the best 1-2 punch we have seen maybe with anybody in a while in our program.”

Spartans Defeat Bulldogs, 93-85

Michigan State advanced to the 5th/6th place game of the 2019 Maui Jim Maui Invitational tournament after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs, 93-85 on Tuesday in a close game.

The Spartans led Georgia by 21 points at the half with Cassius Winston scoring 28 points in the game. In the second half, Georgia had a big run, scoring 54 points and making it a two possession game, with Anthony Edwards scoring 37 points for the Bulldogs.

2020 Maui Jim Field

The 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational boasts yet another strong field, headlined by four-time Maui champion North Carolina. The Tar Heels have an impressive 18-3, record on the Valley Isle. They won the tournament championship in 1999, 2004, 2008 and 2016.

The field also includes two other former Maui champions: Indiana (2002) and Providence, which won the inaugural Maui Invitational in 1984.

Besides Providence, Davidson, Chaminade and Virginia played in the first tournament.  Davidson is making its Maui return after going 0-2 in the four-team ’84 event. Also coming to the Lahaina, for the Nov. 23-25, 2020 tournament are Alabama, Stanford, Texas and UNLV.

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Maui Jim Basketball Tourney Hosted by Chaminade University, and ESPN https://www.talkbasket.net/59755-maui-jim-basketball-tourney-hosted-by-chaminade-university-and-espn https://www.talkbasket.net/59755-maui-jim-basketball-tourney-hosted-by-chaminade-university-and-espn#respond Sat, 30 Nov 2019 18:31:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59755 LAHAINA–   The 36th edition of the one of the nation’s premier early season NCAA basketball tournaments, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament will take place Nov. 25-27, at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui. Of special interest is the free youth clinic on Saturday November 23. The Chaminade University men’s team will do […]

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Maui Jim Basketball Tourney Hosted by Chaminade University, and ESPN

LAHAINA–   The 36th edition of the one of the nation’s premier early season NCAA basketball tournaments, the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Tournament will take place Nov. 25-27, at the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui. Of special interest is the free youth clinic on Saturday November 23. The Chaminade University men’s team will do the instructing. The activities will start at 2:00 PM. with check in at 1:30 PM. The first 100 participants will receive a Nike Basketball t-shirt.

First round matchups will feature Georgia squaring off against Dayton, and Virginia Tech taking on Michigan State in the top half of the bracket. In the bottom half of the bracket, Kansas will face Chaminade and BYU will go head-to-head against UCLA.  

One of the most unexpected human elements of the highly ranked Michigan State season is the unexpected tragedy that happened to befall their top guard, Cassias Winston.  Cassius’ brother, Zachary Winston, was a sophomore guard at Division III Albion College.  Zachary died Nov. 9, after he was struck by a westbound Amtrak train.  The incident turned the Winston family’s lives upside down.  Cassius Winston didn’t slow down from the pain.

Devon Dotson of Kansas puts up a shot as Dayton’s Dwayne Cohill defends in the Maui Jim Invitational.

“I told myself that if I could play at my lowest, at the most difficult time to play that the next time it hits me, the next time it’s hard to get out there, it won’t be as hard as that first time,” Winston said.  Cassius said he appreciated the constant support Coach Tom Izzo gave he and his family.

Michigan State is making its fifth all-time appearance in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational, boasting an 8-4 record and a Maui Invitational title in 1991.

All 12 games of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational will be televised on either ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU, and streamed on ESPN3.  The tourney is produced by Kemper-Lesnik out of Chicago.

Clinic preregistration: www.mauiinvitational.com/clinics 

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu inducted into George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame https://www.talkbasket.net/59297-pops-mensah-bonsu-inducted-into-george-washington-athletic-hall-of-fame https://www.talkbasket.net/59297-pops-mensah-bonsu-inducted-into-george-washington-athletic-hall-of-fame#respond Mon, 25 Nov 2019 08:26:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=59297 Pops Mensah-Bonsu has been inducted into the George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. The university held a ceremony to honor its 2019 inductees on Nov. 8. Mensah-Bonsu currently serves as the general manager of the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go. “The Hall of Fame is our greatest honor and this group represents a commitment […]

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Pops Mensah-Bonsu inducted into George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame

Pops Mensah-Bonsu has been inducted into the George Washington Athletic Hall of Fame. The university held a ceremony to honor its 2019 inductees on Nov. 8.

Mensah-Bonsu currently serves as the general manager of the NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go.

“The Hall of Fame is our greatest honor and this group represents a commitment to discipline and excellence at the highest degree,” said Tanya Vogel, GW’s director of athletics and recreation. “Their achievements were made possible through sheer determination, and we look to use their example to inspire our current and future generation of champions.”

In a news release announcing the GW Hall of Fame inductees in August, which was posted on the athletic department website, Mensah-Bonsu’s many accomplishments as a college and pro player were cited.

It stated:

Pops Mensah-Bonsu (CCAS, BA ’06) averaged double figures and led his team in blocks all four seasons at GW from 2002-06. Among the league’s top rookies with 10.1 points and 5.7 rebounds per game as a freshman starter in 2002-03, Mensah-Bonsu provided 11.6 points and 5.4 boards in a reserve role en route to being named the Atlantic 10’s Chris Daniels Most Improved Player as a sophomore on GW’s 2004 NIT team. He then averaged 12.6 points and 6.6 rebounds as a junior, earning Second Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Championship Team honors as he helped GW capture its first-ever A-10 Championship title and make the 2005 NCAA Tournament. Mensah-Bonsu cemented his legacy on GW’s banner 2005-06 team, capturing First Team All-Atlantic 10 and All-Defensive Team honors with a career-best 12.6 points and 6.7 rebounds. Pops, whose professional playing career spanned nearly a decade in the NBA, Europe and the 2012 Olympics with his native Great Britain, ranks 25th all-time at GW with 1,308 points on 58.4 percent shooting, fourth with 141 blocks and just outside the top 10 with 676 rebounds.

Pops’ thoughts

In an Instagram post on Nov. 16, Pops Mensah-Bonsu reflected on the honor and what it means to him.

“Last week I was blessed with being inducted into GW Athletics Hall Of Fame!” he wrote. “My boy @shawnjamesbk told me not to be too humble as this is a big accomplishment. It’s not in my nature to boast or brag (unless I’m on the court‍♂) but my boy @kha_law told me something that I hadn’t realized until last week. He reminded me that I came to this country in 99’ and played my first NBA game in 06’. In the span of 7yrs I went from playing JV basketball as a sophomore in high school to playing on the best team in the NBA as a rookie. Friday night was the induction, during my speech I had planned to thank many of the people who helped me along this journey but due to the emotions of the moment I missed the opportunity to thank everyone. To those I may have missed, especially the ones in attendance, forgive me for not recognizing you. Know that you played an integral part on my life and career, and for that I love and thank you. Thanks to @meghan.mcpeak and @kay_symonds12 for the production. Documentary coming soon!”

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Former NBA and Greek League player dies https://www.talkbasket.net/58369-former-nba-and-greek-league-player-dies https://www.talkbasket.net/58369-former-nba-and-greek-league-player-dies#respond Fri, 15 Nov 2019 20:14:35 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58369 Anthony Grundy, who played for North Carolina State, the Atlanta Hawks and several teams overseas, passed away at the age of 40. Grundy was stabbed after an alleged domestic violence dispute in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky. He played at NC State from 1998 to 2002, where he earned All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Defensive […]

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Anthony Grundy, who played for North Carolina State, the Atlanta Hawks and several teams overseas, passed away at the age of 40.

Grundy was stabbed after an alleged domestic violence dispute in his hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.

He played at NC State from 1998 to 2002, where he earned All-ACC First Team and All-ACC Defensive Team honors as a senior.

After coming off the bench in his first two seasons, Grundy led the team in points, rebounds and assists, averaging 17.8 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in his senior year.

Grundy is the ninth leading scorer in NC State history with 1,641 points.

Reaction to Grundy’s death flooded in from former players, including Indiana University head coach Archie Miller, who was teammates with Grundy.

Former NC State player and current Indiana Pacers forward T.J. Warren also tweeted his condolences.

Current NC State head coach Kevin Keatts also shared his thoughts.

Grundy’s professional basketball career lasted from 2002 to 2014, as he played mostly for European clubs and briefly for the Hawks during the 2005-2006 NBA season.

He was the Greek League’s top scorer during the 2007-2008 season when he played for Panellinios B.C., averaging 21.5 points per game, while also being named to the “Greek League Best Five,” also called the “Greek Basket League Pentad,” an annual award for the five best players of each season of Greece’s top-tier level professional basketball club league, the Greek Basket League.

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Conner Frankamp: A career path through High School stardom and overseas basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/58095-conner-frankamp-a-career-path-through-high-school-stardom-and-overseas-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/58095-conner-frankamp-a-career-path-through-high-school-stardom-and-overseas-basketball#respond Wed, 13 Nov 2019 21:14:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=58095 When Rethymno Cretan Kings announced the signing of Conner Frankamp, those who delved into the former Kansas and Witchita State combo guard’s resume, were in for a surprise. It’s not uncommon for a player with only one year of professional experience under his belt to join the ranks of a team trying to avoid relegation […]

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Conner Frankamp: A career path through High School stardom and overseas basketball

When Rethymno Cretan Kings announced the signing of Conner Frankamp, those who delved into the former Kansas and Witchita State combo guard’s resume, were in for a surprise. It’s not uncommon for a player with only one year of professional experience under his belt to join the ranks of a team trying to avoid relegation in the Greek League.

The suprising part comes when someone comes across the info that Frankamp was actually one of the most celebrated High School players in the USA, in addition to having won two gold medals in FIBA Youth Tournaments with his National Team (2011 FIBA Americas Under 16 Championship and 2012 FIBA Under 17 World Championship).

His unimpressive college imprint largely prevented him from getting drafted, but at the age of 24, Frankamp may have strong reason to believe that the best is yet to come his way. After six games, he is the scoring leader in the Greek League. Furthermore, he ranks second in Performance Index Rating, fourth in fouls drawn and fifth in steals.

Rethymno, a team with a 1-5 record in the League, was eliminated by AEK Athens, who made the Greek Cup quarter-finals. In that game, Frankamp scored 11 points, his personal low while in Greece. TalkBasket.net caught up with him and the perennial Lakers (and Tiger Woods) fan talked about his career goals and the players that have had an impact on him.

Q: What’s the main focus for Rethymno Cretan Kings?

A: We have to keep improving. We left a few games slip away early in the season and hopefully we can make some more wins as the season goes on.

Q: Are you satisfied with your performances so far?

A: Yes, I think I’ve played well. Coach put me in a good position to do that and my teammates have done a great job as well. I’m enjoying it so far.

Q: Do you prefer playing at point or shooting guard?

A: I like playing point guard; getting guys involved and run the team.

Q: You have a 1+1 deal with Rethymno. How probable is to see you with the team next year?

A: We’ll see what my agent and I will come up with. Right now, I’m focused on this year.

Q: You played in the Summer League with the Lakers. Was it a dream come true for you?

A: It was really cool, yeah. Actually, I grew up a Lakers fan. I loved Kobe growing up. He was my favourite player ever. It was cool seeing LeBron work out every single day after our workout.

Q: Would you return to Las Vegas next year?

A: Yeah, I would. Hopefully, I’ll get another opportunity to do that and maybe get a chance to play more. It’s not a decision that I’ve made, though.

Q: Do you think of playing in the NBA one time?

A: That’s a dream that I still have as my ultimate goal. I think it’s something realistic for me. I keep in touch with NBA people, like Fred VanVleet who went to Wichita State, Landry Shamet, as well as many others.

Q: Who used to be your role model while growing up?

A: I like Steph Curry and Steve Nash a lot. I used to watch them often and later on I tried to adjust all of my game to what they were doing. I also love Kobe, but I’m not 6’6” and so athletic (laughs). I like everything about him: his will to win and the fact that he always took the clutch shot when the opportunity was given to him.

Q: Did you use to watch European/overseas basketball?

A: I did a little bit, as I got older. I like the style because it also suits me fine. As of now, I haven’t had any favourite teams in Europe, but when I got the chance, I like watching the games of a couple of friends who play at the EuroLeague level. Actually, I hook up on my TV and watch the EuroLeague at home. I have EuroLeague Pass. It’s really good basketball and the teams are at a high level. I feel like my game can reach that level as long as I keep improving.

Q: Were you disappointed at not getting drafted last year?

A: I didn’t have a great college career. In fact, I felt that I was held back a little bit and I wasn’t able to show what I could do. I don’t really know the reason why. That’s in the past and I’m focusing on the future.

Q: However, you did have a great High School career.

A: Yes, I did. I went to Kansas and Wichita State. Now, I’m in Greece. So, I just go with the flow and let the chips fall where they may.

Q: Would you say that you were the Jimmer Fredette of the High School game?

A: A little bit. I used to love Jimmer while growing up, actually. I watched his games a lot. He was an amazing player and now he’s having an amazing career in Europe too. It’s good for him.

Q: Since we’re talking about a scorer, how hard is it to score in Europe?

A: I had a really good defender guarding me in our game vs AEK Athens (Howard Sant-Roos), one of the best I’ve played against. He’s long, athletic and did a good job on me. Keith Langford is a great player. He went to Kansas too and so did Mario Chalmers.

Q: Did you expect that a player of his caliber would ever play overseas?

A: He’s getting a little bit older, but this is a great place for him to be and I’m sure he will succeed wonderfully. I think he’ll like it and make the best of what he has. I haven’t been following his career, but I will now that he’s playing in Greece.

Q: Other players that you keep in touch with?

A: I’m friend of Ron Baker who plays for CSKA. He went to Witchita State. I keep following him as much as I can. I think that he’s having a hard time adjusting to playing overseas and being away from home. He’s a great guy and he’ll figure it out.

Q: You got to represent the Under-16 and Under-17 USA Team in world competition. How was the experience?

A: I won gold medals with both teams. That was a dream come true and one of the coolest things that has ever happened in my career. Just being able to represent the USA was awesome.

Q: Did you expect Team USA to falter in the World Cup?

A: I did not expect that. Some of the players were injured for USA and they wanted to protect their body for the NBA season. It takes a toll on players’ knees and legs playing and doing too much once the season stops.

Q: Why do you have a Tiger Woods photo on your twitter profile page?

A: I love Tiger. He’s my favourite player of all time. I play golf a lot, actually. I play it every day in the summer.

Q: One of your most recent retweets was of a Greek scouter’s comment on your resemblance to Kevin Pangos. Which are the similarites between you and him?

A: He was really good at Gonzaga. He’s a great player and I’ll take that as a compliment, for sure. We’re both select point guards, plus we shoot and run the team really well.

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Five-star prospect commits to the University of Kansas https://www.talkbasket.net/57967-five-star-prospect-commits-to-the-university-of-kansas https://www.talkbasket.net/57967-five-star-prospect-commits-to-the-university-of-kansas#respond Tue, 12 Nov 2019 17:13:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57967 Five-star 2020 guard Bryce Thompson has announced his commitment to the University of Kansas. Thompson chose the Jayhawks over North Carolina, Oklahoma and others. “It’s Kansas. It’s a great, storied program with a Hall of Fame coach,” said Thompson. “I built a relationship with the coaching staff over a long period of time during my […]

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Five-star prospect commits to the University of Kansas

Five-star 2020 guard Bryce Thompson has announced his commitment to the University of Kansas.

Thompson chose the Jayhawks over North Carolina, Oklahoma and others.

“It’s Kansas. It’s a great, storied program with a Hall of Fame coach,” said Thompson. “I built a relationship with the coaching staff over a long period of time during my recruiting process.”

Thompson continued, “I enjoyed my time with the players while on my official visit. I like their up-tempo style of play and hope to contribute as a freshman. Lawrence is a four-hour drive from home. So it’s close, but not too close. I leaned on my parents when coming to this decision. As former college athletes, they’ve been through the recruiting process and I trust them to highlight areas I may have missed. We took most visits as a family and debriefed after each one. I’m grateful to have my family to lean on through this process. They know my goals and are committed to helping me position myself to achieve them. I don’t take them for granted.”

Thompson becomes the Jayhawks’ first five-star commitment since the 2018 class.

He was ranked as the 25th overall player in the ESPN 100 and No. 1 in the state of Oklahoma.

According to 247Sports‘ Composite rankings, he was ranked as the 19th overall player and No. 1 in the state of Oklahoma.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard averaged 24.4 points per game and shot 45.8 percent from three-point range for the Oklahoma Run PWP grassroots program on the Under Armour Association circuit last spring and summer.

Thompson, who has been described as a “big-time scorer who can knock down shots from all three levels,” will give Kansas coach Bill Self an immediate scoring and shooting boost.

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Indiana University coach Archie Miller: ‘There’s no load management in college basketball’ https://www.talkbasket.net/57765-indiana-university-coach-archie-miller-theres-no-load-management-in-college-basketball https://www.talkbasket.net/57765-indiana-university-coach-archie-miller-theres-no-load-management-in-college-basketball#respond Sun, 10 Nov 2019 14:13:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57765 Load management is a phrase that won’t go away anytime soon. That said, coaches use different approaches to decide when and how to give players rest. And yes, some coaches aren’t very fond of the aforementioned phrase that’s become part of the sport’s vernacular. A post-game news conference in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday illustrates this […]

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Indiana University coach Archie Miller: ‘There’s no load management in college basketball’

Load management is a phrase that won’t go away anytime soon.

That said, coaches use different approaches to decide when and how to give players rest. And yes, some coaches aren’t very fond of the aforementioned phrase that’s become part of the sport’s vernacular.

A post-game news conference in Bloomington, Indiana, on Saturday illustrates this point.

Indiana University head coach Archie Miller delivered this view after the Hoosiers’ 85-71 win over visiting Portland State.

A reporter asked him about forward De’Ron Davis’ limited time on the court in IU’s second game of the season.

Reporter: “De’Ron only played four minutes. Is that just due to load management?”

Miller responded by saying, “Load management? What is that?”

As a follow-up point, the reporter stated, “Coming back from injury.”

Miller: “Load management? Load management, is that something they got going on in the NBA or something like that?”

Reporter: “Correct.”

That prompted a brief dissertation on the subject, courtesy of the Hoosiers mentor.

Miller said, “I think (Los Angeles Clippers coach) Doc Rivers got fined $50,000 for talking about load management. I don’t think I should talk about load management.

“There’s no load management in college basketball. You play every minute you can play. In De’Ron’s case I thought his minutes in the game were pretty good. I told him after the game, he should have got a little bit more run there. The way our team is built now, you have to find a way on the floor with your opportunities and cash in. He’ll do that.

“Load management?”

For basketball purists, load management is a concept as foreign as rock formations on the moon.

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New NBA mock draft https://www.talkbasket.net/57488-new-nba-mock-draft https://www.talkbasket.net/57488-new-nba-mock-draft#respond Wed, 06 Nov 2019 21:54:09 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57488 The State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday helped tip-off the new college basketball season by featuring the top four teams in the country and the No. 1 overall pick discussion is wide open. There are multiple candidates who stand out right now, but the prospects aren’t the only thing to talk about. The eventual draft […]

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New NBA mock draft

The State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday helped tip-off the new college basketball season by featuring the top four teams in the country and the No. 1 overall pick discussion is wide open.

There are multiple candidates who stand out right now, but the prospects aren’t the only thing to talk about.

The eventual draft order will also be very interesting now that the Golden State Warriors will more than likely land in the lottery.

There is always the chance that the New York Knicks will finish with the league’s worst record and the New Orleans Pelicans have struggled early as well.

Bleacher Report’s mock draft order was based on the NBA standings through Nov. 5 and the following descriptions are courtesy of Bleacher Report:

1. New York Knicks: Cole Anthony (North Carolina, PG, Freshman)

Photo: Jim Hawkins, Inside Carolina

Compared to LaMelo Ball and Georgia’s Anthony Edwards, the Knicks should already be super familiar with and high on Anthony, who was the MVP of the McDonald’s All-American Game, Jordan Brand Classic and Nike Hoop Summit, is a member of USA Basketball and a participant at multiple NBA-sponsored camps.

He checks boxes with NBA tools, athleticism, genes (son of Greg) and a highly skilled shot-creator, shot-maker and passer. Maturity and a reputation for being a basketball junkie should create wiggle room from scouts when questions about his shot selection and turnovers start to pop.

For the Knicks, eventually pairing Anthony alongside RJ Barrett would be a key step forward in their rebuilding process.

2. New Orleans Pelicans: Anthony Edwards (Georgia, SG, Freshman)

Photo: UGA Athletics: Tony Walsh

Teams could wind up viewing Anthony Edwards’ ceiling as the highest based on his physical profile (6’5″, 225 lbs), explosive athleticism and scoring skill set, which includes high-level shot-creation moves and a bag full of specialty-dribble jumpers.

Comparisons to bouncy go-to options such as Donovan Mitchell and Victor Oladipo are bound to surface. He’ll play his entire freshman season at 18 years old, so scouts will ease off when he inevitably takes a bad shot, floats or gets lost on defense.

Georgia may have a tough time in the SEC, which will work against Edwards’ case to be the draft’s No. 1 pick. He’s still a strong bet to consistently put up between 15-25 points while giving teams flashes of three-level scoring and highlights above the rim.

3. Memphis Grizzlies: LaMelo Ball (Illawarra Hawks, PG/SG, 2001)

KINGBOROUGH, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 20: LaMelo Ball of the Hawks drives to the basket during the NBL Blitz pre-season match between Illawarra Hawks and Perth Wildcats at Kingborough Sports Centre on September 20, 2019 in Kingborough, Australia. (Photo by Steve Bell/Getty Images)

LaMelo Ball continues to position himself for No. 1 overall consideration overseas, consistently looking like one of the best players on the NBL floor.

Questions about his maturity and approach have quickly faded, despite his team’s lack of success (1-7). Second in the league in assists with 5.75 per game, he’s making an obvious effort to play the right way. Ball’s playmaking and passing have popped the most, as the 18-year-old regularly creates highlights with nifty ball-handling, vision and high-level deliveries using both hands.

Scouts love his ability to create shots for teammates, easily his most valued skill at the moment. But he’s also flashed excellent touch on runners and impressive finishing coordination at the rim.

Just 9-of-46 from three, Ball has had trouble shooting from deep. But he has hit at least two triples in three consecutive games, and his obvious shot-making range should ultimately help ease concerns for the 6’7″, 18-year-old point guard producing against pros.

4. Golden State Warriors: James Wiseman (Memphis, C, Freshman)

Photo: Kenny Stubblefield, 247Sports

James Wiseman has fans and hesitant scouts around the league who either see incredible upside or question his polish and feel.

Being an explosive 7’1″ center, it’s easy to see why the banged-up Golden State Warriors will be tracking him closely. Wiseman’s size, length and bounce should translate to easy dunks and blocks at Memphis, while flashes of post moves and outside touch point to enticing offensive potential.

Landing in Golden State would also be a huge help to Wiseman, who would benefit from being surrounded by shooters and passers in a full-strength lineup alongside Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, D’Angelo Russell and Draymond Green. He’ll just want to avoid lapses in awareness and effort when it comes to shot selection and defense, weaknesses that could raise concern and push him down boards.

5. Chicago Bulls: Tyrese Maxey (Kentucky, SG, Freshman)

Photo: Elsa/Getty Images

No prospect helped himself more on Tuesday in New York than Tyrese Maxey. He finished with 26 points and controlled Kentucky’s offense, giving it timely penetration and shot-making.

He also buried Michigan State in the final minute with a dagger isolation pull-up from NBA range.

A 6’3″, powerful combo guard, Maxey shook defenders with hesitations, leading to 10 free-throw attempts and high-percentage floaters. He looked comfortable scoring and passing off ball screens, and he demonstrated his signature shot-making with three triples.

Nitpickers may point out he lacks traditional size at 6’3″ for a 2 and natural playmaking skills to run the point full time. But his driving ability, build for taking contact, runner game, shooting and defensive toughness are too strong for an inch or two to make a difference when evaluating his fit and potential.

Regardless of who’s drafting at No. 5, Maxey appears on his way toward becoming a “best player available” option after Anthony, Edwards, Ball and Wiseman.

6. Sacramento Kings: Deni Avdija (Israel, 2001, SF/PF)

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – FEBRUARY 28: Deni Avdija, #8 of Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv in action during the 2018/2019 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season Round 24 game between Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv and Darussafaka Tekfen Istanbul at Menora Mivtachim Arena on February 28, 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Seffi Magriso/Euroleague Basketball via Getty Images)

Scouts will put more stock into Deni Avdija’s MVP performance at the FIBA U20 European Championships than his play this year for Maccabi Tel Aviv, since the 18-year-old is only averaging 10.4 minutes in Euroleague.

A 6’8″ combo forward, Avdija is a combined 6-of-16 from three this season, playing mostly off the ball. But over the years, it’s the flashes of creation and facilitating, as well as improving defense, that will lead to teams overlooking his lack of production in 2019-20.

While there may be questions about whether he has All-Star potential—based on a lack of explosion and shooting consistency—Avdija should emerge as one of the draft’s high-floor, most well-rounded prospects.

7. Cleveland Cavaliers: Jeremiah Robinson-Earl (Villanova, PF, Freshman)

Photo: Kelly Kline / Under Armour

Villanova continues to churn out NBA players—the latest being impressive Golden State Warriors rookie Eric Paschall. And Jeremiah Robinson-Earl should be the next after leading USA to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Cup, guiding IMG to the GEICO Nationals Championship and impressing scouts during a one-and-done season.

At 6’9″ and 232 pounds, he compensates for limited bounce with size, strength, skills and basketball IQ. Robinson-Earl has soft hands around the basket, good footwork in the post and improving touch extending out to the arc.

Despite lacking obvious upside or star potential, he makes winning plays and should be an excellent fit at Villanova.

8. Orlando Magic: Nico Mannion (Arizona, PG, Freshman)

Photo: Sam Forencich/USA Basketball/Getty Images

Even if Markelle Fultz flashes enough glimpses of his old self, the Orlando Magic should still be drawn to guards in the upcoming draft.

Mannion will get looks in the late lottery by running Arizona’s offense with an admirable balance of scoring, shooting and distributing.

Competitive, 6’3″, well-rounded and presumably productive, he should earn trust from teams in his offensive abilities, even if there are concerns about his length, explosiveness and defense.

9. Washington Wizards: Jaden McDaniels (Washington, SF/PF, Freshman)

Photo: Icon Sportswire/Getty Images

The game looks easy for Jaden McDaniels, a smooth, 6’9″ scorer with a wing’s skill set.

But how well and often will he be able to execute it? Scouts could see both a high ceiling and low floor for McDaniels, whose highlights will say top five and lowlights will raise questions about his intensity, polish and ability to impact winning.

Tantalizing upside could be enough for a team such as the Washington Wizards to play the patient game with McDaniels, an obvious talent in need of NBA coaching.

He’s a potential candidate to rise or take a tumble down the board by our next mock draft.

10. Oklahoma City Thunder: Killian Hayes (France, PG, 2001)

Photo: nbadraftroom.com

Teams looking for playmakers will look closely at Hayes, the 18-year-old Frenchman averaging 6.4 assists during Eurocup play and 5.4 assists in the German League per game.

He just dished out 11 dimes against Euroleague team Alba Berlin on Sunday. He’s developed into an advanced facilitator off the dribble and ball screens, and he’s even made promising early progress as a shooter, having hit a combined 10 of 30 threes after making just 14 of 77 last season.

His scoring upside isn’t as high as Mannion’s, as there are still questions about Hayes’ jump shot, in-between game and explosiveness/strength at the rim. But the right team should value his knack for setting the table, finding teammates and putting pressure on defenses in transition.

11. Detroit Pistons: Theo Maledon (France, PG, 2001)

A shoulder injury has led to a wait-and-see approach on Maledon, who’s out recovering for ASVEL. However, performances for his national team and in France’s Jeep Elite league have Maledon slotted in the lottery with college basketball just getting starter.

The 6’4″ point guard has popped in previous settings with his passing IQ, shooting, defense and visible maturity. Teams may question his upside, which could seem limited because of uninspiring athletic ability. But enough below-the-rim ball-handlers have succeeded in the NBA with sharper skill levels and basketball IQ.

12. Atlanta Hawks: R.J. Hampton (New Zealand Breakers, SG, 2001)

Ball has overshadowed Hampton, the other American teenager in the NBL who’s averaging 10.5 points and 2.3 assists on 9-of-21 three-point shooting through six games.

He did struggle in exhibition matchups against the Oklahoma City Thunder (2-of-11) and Memphis Grizzlies (1-of-8), with questions about his ability to separate surfacing after his trip back to the U.S. Still, the 6’6″ combo guard has flashed enough glimpses of ball-handling, passing and shooting for an 18-year-old.

His draft ceiling and floor have started to appear early, with Hampton a good bet to fall in the No. 6-20 range.

13. Portland Trail Blazers: Onyeka Okongwu (USC, C, Freshman)

More of an older-school big without a perimeter game, the 6’9″, 245-pound Okongwu provides a devastating mix of power, bounce, quickness and finesse.

Buy stock into his debut of 20 points, 13 boards and eight blocks. With NBA tools, he’ll build a case by giving USC easy baskets, a high-percentage post option, elite rim protection and energy. Teams initially in wait-and-see mode on Okongwu should be ready to believe by conference play.

14. Memphis Grizzlies (via Utah Jazz): Isaiah Stewart (Washington, C, Freshman)

Teams should already have a good feel for Stewart and his projected NBA identity. There isn’t anything overly exciting about his upside, but the right team will see value in a high floor propped up by tools, power and motor around the basket.

He’s also made strides as a shooter, and his jump shot should surprise anyone who feels Stewart is limited to finishing and rebounding.

15. Atlanta Hawks (via Nets): Tyrese Haliburton (Iowa State, PG, Sophomore)

Haliburton backed up his FIBA U19 World Cup performance over the summer by opening his sophomore season with 12 points, 14 assists and six steals. Though he lacks explosiveness and two-point scoring skills, the 6’4″ sophomore separates himself with advanced passing IQ and defensive instincts.

Another step forward as a shooter and self-creator should lock him into the first round and potentially push Haliburton into the lottery.

16. Charlotte Hornets: Samuell Williamson (Louisville, SF, Freshman)

Veteran forwards on Louisville will make it tough for Williamson to consistently produce, but flash plays of advanced shot creation, shot-making and passing should draw first-round interest. He’s a 6’7″, three-level scorer whose tools and skill level will make it easy to overlook his stat averages and so-so athleticism.

17. Milwaukee Bucks (via Pacers): Josh Green (Arizona, SG/SF, Freshman)

A big role awaits Green at Arizona, where his strengths and weaknesses should be easy to spot. He’ll earn fans with his athleticism, slashing, passing and open shot-making. On the other hand, questions could arise about his creation ability and shooting consistency.

He can give teams a little of everything, including energy, but no core specialty to bank on. Either way, Green should be one of Arizona’s key starters and an immediate contributor with NBA athleticism and a versatile skill set to build on.

18. Houston Rockets: Oscar Tshiebwe (West Virginia, C, Freshman)

The right team could see Tshiebwe beefing up its front line and giving it easy baskets off rim runs, lobs, rolls and offensive rebounds. The more flashes of shooting touch he shows, the faster teams will ignore his 6’9″ size—and the higher he’ll move up boards.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves: Isaac Okoro (Auburn, SF/PF, Freshman)

Expected to fill Chuma Okeke’s role at Auburn, Okoro projects as an immediate contributor for his defensive toughness and ability to guard inside and out. He’ll win over scouts with his physical tools, at 6’6″ and 225 pounds, and impact over stats and flashy scoring.

Shooting will be a key that unlocks his draft stock, and though not known for it, the eye test believes in his made jump shots in high school.

20. San Antonio Spurs: Trendon Watford (LSU, SF/PF, Freshman)

A 6’9″ forward who likes to handle the ball and score facing up, Watford will make himself easy to identify as an NBA prospect. His identity revolves around offensive versatility, though he’ll need enough flashes of spot-up and pull-up shooting to solidify a top-20 case.

21. Toronto Raptors: Tre Jones (Duke, PG, Sophomore)

Jones’ scouting report doesn’t appear like it will change much based on his performance against Kansas Tuesday night, when he finished with 15 points, six rebounds, seven assists and two steals. He missed all four of his threes, but teams will value his ball pressure and passing IQ in a backup role worth filling with a late first-round pick.

22. Dallas Mavericks: Scottie Lewis (Florida, SG, Freshman)

Lewis’ athleticism and defense should keep scouts patient with his offense. He’s still a transition weapon, slashing threat and capable shot-maker, and he impacts game with his ball pressure and intangibles. Regular signs of pull-ups, floaters and catch-and-shoot jumpers should lock Lewis into the No. 15-30 range.

23. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Nuggets): Precious Achiuwa (Memphis, SF/PF, Freshman)

Achiuwa should immediately stand out with 6’9″, 225-pound size, athleticism and face-up offensive ability to play the wing. He’s not advanced in any one area, lacking strong shot-creation and shooting skills. But his tools and skill set should buy him time, as long as he flashes enough glimpses of finishing on the move, touch and defensive versatility.

24. Los Angeles Clippers: Matthew Hurt (Duke, PF, Freshman)

Hurt flashed his shot-making against Kansas in Duke’s opener, knocking down three triples and a short step-back jumper. It doesn’t appear he’ll offer much inside or defensively, lacking strength and athleticism. But this late, teams will see a big who can stretch the floor and make high-IQ plays.

25. Phoenix Suns: Bryan Antoine (Villanova, SG, Freshman)

A shoulder injury will delay Antoine’s debut and possibly lead to a slow start. But scouts are well aware of his combo skills and pesky defense. They’ll show eventually at Villanova. Even if the injury keeps him sidelined for longer than expected, teams will be willing to take a first-round flier on Antoine’s scoring potential and quickness at both ends.

26. Boston Celtics: Patrick Williams (Florida State, PF, Freshman)

The NBA scouting lens should quickly pick up Williams’ chiseled 6’8″ frame and athleticism. But he’ll create first-round buzz by showing off face-up offense and outside touch. He’ll be a potential-over-polish prospect capable of rising into the lottery with consistent production and encouraging shooting numbers.

27. Boston Celtics: Aaron Henry (Michigan State, SG, Sophomore)

Henry’s 20 points, eight rebounds and six assists against LSU in the NCAA tournament helped lead to breakout expectations for 2020. Joshua Langford being out months with a foot injury should create an even heavier workload for Henry, a 6’6″ 2-guard who’ll rise up boards by building on last year’s flashes of shot creation and shooting.

28. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Jordan Nwora (Louisville, SF, Junior)

Nwora opened his junior season with 23 points against Miami, looking the part of an NBA scorer with 6’7″ size and high-level shot-making. Leading a strong Louisville team to a successful season should ultimately reflect favorably on his stock, even if his assist numbers remain low and his defense doesn’t improve. Nwora has scoring-specialist potential.

29. Miami Heat: Obi Toppin (Dayton, PF, Sophomore)

Toppin returns as a breakout candidate after averaging 14.4 points and ranking in the 90th percentile off post-ups, transition, cuts, rolls, put-backs and general finishes around the basket, per Synergy Sports. An exciting athlete with developing touch (11-of-21 on three-pointers), Dayton’s sophomore should enter the first-round mix by taking another step as a shooter and defender.

30. Los Angeles Lakers: Trevelin Queen (New Mexico State, SF, Junior)

Queen starts on sleeper watch after registering per-40-minute numbers of 20.4 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.0 blocks on 60.3 percent shooting inside the arc. Poised for a bigger role, he checks boxes with shot-making, passing skill and defensive playmaking ability.

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Which colleges have the most active NBA players https://www.talkbasket.net/57400-which-colleges-have-the-most-active-nba-players https://www.talkbasket.net/57400-which-colleges-have-the-most-active-nba-players#respond Tue, 05 Nov 2019 19:17:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57400 College basketball is back and some schools historically have sent more players to the NBA over the last decade, such as the “blue bloods” of college basketball including Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina. Former players from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and UCLA led the list of 128 Division 1 colleges that had one or more […]

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Which colleges have the most active NBA players

College basketball is back and some schools historically have sent more players to the NBA over the last decade, such as the “blue bloods” of college basketball including Kentucky, Duke and North Carolina.

Former players from Kentucky, Duke, North Carolina and UCLA led the list of 128 Division 1 colleges that had one or more former players on 2019-20 NBA opening-day rosters, which was Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

There were also 61 foreign players on 2019-2020 opening-day rosters that did not play for U.S. colleges, while 14 players went straight from high school to the NBA.

The following list of schools and their respective number of players in the NBA is based on opening-day rosters on Oct. 22:

  1. Kentucky (29)
  2. Duke (24)
  3. North Carolina (UNC) (14)
  4. UCLA (13)
  5. Arizona (11)
  6. Kansas (11)
  7. Texas (11)
  8. Michigan (10)
  9. Indiana (8)
  10. Iowa St. (8)
  11. Southern California (USC) (8)
  12. Villanova (8)
  13. Washington (8)

Those numbers changed a little for a couple schools from opening-day rosters to current, active players on NBA rosters:

The New Orleans Pelicans could put an all-Duke lineup on the court if they wanted to (once Zion Williamson is healthy), as they have five Blue Devils on their roster.

That lineup would look something like this:

  • PG – Frank Jackson
  • SG – JJ Redick
  • SF – Brandon Ingram
  • PF – Zion Williamson
  • C – Jahlil Okafor

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Great expectations for Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as a senior https://www.talkbasket.net/57209-great-expectations-for-seton-halls-myles-powell-as-a-senior https://www.talkbasket.net/57209-great-expectations-for-seton-halls-myles-powell-as-a-senior#respond Mon, 04 Nov 2019 11:59:06 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=57209 Die-hard college basketball fans aren’t surprised when standouts from perennial powerhouse programs like Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and Kentucky are included on the preseason award lists. Seton Hall’s Myles Powell doesn’t fit into that category, but he has helped elevate the Pirates to national prominence and raised his own profile, too. The senior guard […]

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Great expectations for Seton Hall’s Myles Powell as a senior

Die-hard college basketball fans aren’t surprised when standouts from perennial powerhouse programs like Duke, North Carolina, Michigan State and Kentucky are included on the preseason award lists. Seton Hall’s Myles Powell doesn’t fit into that category, but he has helped elevate the Pirates to national prominence and raised his own profile, too.

The senior guard is the Big East Conference preseason player of the year.

What’s more, Powell is Seton Hall’s first preseason Associated Press All-American since the news wire established its preseason team in 1986. (The 65-member national media panel also selected Michigan State guard Cassius Winston, Marquette guard Markus Howard, Louisville forward Jordan Nwora and Memphis center James Wiseman.)

ESPN college hoops analyst Seth Greenberg is impressed with Powell’s skill set.

The Pirates are No. 12 in AP’s preseason top 25 poll. They open their season on Tuesday at home against Wagner. Seton Hall clobbered both foes in recent preseason exhibition games, winning 81-52 and 112-38, both times in South Orange, New Jersey, on campus.

Big expectations

Indeed, expectations are high for Powell and his team this season.

Jerry Carino, who covers college hoops for the Asbury Park Press, penned an October feature on Powell that highlights his athletic skills while also detailing how he’s responded to being the Big Man On Campus.

Headline: “Myles Powell, All-American: Senior’s legacy at Seton Hall goes beyond the scoring

Secondary headline: “The Pirates first-ever preseason All-American has one goal for his senior year: ‘I want to make history.’ He knows points alone won’t do it.”

The article began this way:

Members of the Seton Hall basketball team were lingering on the court, basking in the moment after a big win at the Prudential Center last March, but Myles Powell was not among them. The Pirates’ star walked up into the crowd, removed his sneakers and gave them to a young fan who had visited the locker room before the game.

“For him to go into the stands and find that kid, to me that’s a sign of maturity and how big of a heart he has,” head coach Kevin Willard said. “It was awesome, even if it cost me a pair of shoes.”

“That’s a small price to pay for Seton Hall’s biggest star in a generation, since All-American Terry Dehere rained threes for P.J. Carlesimo’s early 1990s powerhouses. Others have possessed more raw talent, but Powell’s rare combination of production, drive and magnetism has the Pirates positioned to make noise on the national stage this winter.

Dedication pays off

As a college freshman, Powell’s path to stardom was no guarantee. First, he needed to make a major lifestyle change.

The New York Post examined that issue in a recent column by Zach Braziller.

Here’s a key snippet of the story:

Powell arrived at Seton Hall in the spring of 2016 out of shape and not ready to play big-time college basketball. He was 240 pounds, looking every bit like someone who had earned the nickname ‘Cheese.’ In his first individual workout, he lasted just 15 minutes. Strength and conditioning coach Jason Nehring dubbed him ‘Butterball.’

“Three years later, the 6-foot-2 Powell is the picture of perseverance, set to become the first player from his family to graduate college and 831 points shy of the Seton Hall all-time scoring mark owned by Terry Dehere (2,494). His decision to return to school for his senior season set the program up for its most anticipated season in nearly two decades, a preseason No. 12 ranking and the Big East coaches’ pick to win the league.

“ ‘I’d say it’s almost like one of those quotes you read in a book,’ Seton Hall coach Kevin Willard said. ‘If you don’t give up on your dreams and you combine that with hard work, anything’s possible.’ ”

Myles Powell Credit: Twitter/SetonHallMBB

Improvements every year

Powell’s numbers have increased in key statistical areas in each of his three previous seasons. Scoring-wise, he’s raised his average from 10.7 points to 15.5 to 23.1, which was No. 13 in the NCAA Division I ranks and second in the Big East last season. His rebounding average increased from 2.2 to 2.6 to 4.0 per game; his assists rose from 0.9 to 2.8 to 2.9. His total steals increased from 30 as a freshman to 34 to 68. His 3-pointers made rose from 68 to 94 to 107.

A powerful reminder of Myles Powell’s ability and potential to shine at the next level came during a Big East Tournament game in March. What happened? He dropped 29 points on Georgetown in the first half, making 10 of 14 shots.

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Michigan State to retire the jersey of Draymond Green https://www.talkbasket.net/56575-michigan-state-to-retire-the-jersey-of-draymond-green https://www.talkbasket.net/56575-michigan-state-to-retire-the-jersey-of-draymond-green#respond Tue, 29 Oct 2019 11:19:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56575 Michigan State announced on Monday (28/10) that they will retire the jersey of Draymond Green (No.23) on December 3. “This is a fitting honor for one of the ultimate winners in Michigan State history,” the head coach of Michigan State, Tom Izzo said. Green, who has been a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State […]

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Michigan State to retire the jersey of Draymond Green

Michigan State announced on Monday (28/10) that they will retire the jersey of Draymond Green (No.23) on December 3.

“This is a fitting honor for one of the ultimate winners in Michigan State history,” the head coach of Michigan State, Tom Izzo said.

Green, who has been a three-time NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors (2015, 2017, 2018), spent four years with Michigan State (2008-2012).

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Roger Galo on TalkBasket.net: “The biggest challenge (of developing a new shooting mechanism) is the fear of the unknown” https://www.talkbasket.net/56312-roger-galo-on-talkbasket-net-the-biggest-challenge-of-developing-a-new-shooting-mechanism-is-the-fear-of-the-unknown https://www.talkbasket.net/56312-roger-galo-on-talkbasket-net-the-biggest-challenge-of-developing-a-new-shooting-mechanism-is-the-fear-of-the-unknown#respond Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:34:51 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56312 One of the most accomplished college players of all time, coach Roger Galo, talks about developing his own shooting mechanism, The Galo System. In an exclusive interview with TalkBasket.net, Coach Galo analyses his shooting mechanism, refers to the challenging aspects of developing one, explains how important confidence and shooting mechanism are for a player’s shooting […]

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Roger Galo on TalkBasket.net: “The biggest challenge (of developing a new shooting mechanism) is the fear of the unknown”

One of the most accomplished college players of all time, coach Roger Galo, talks about developing his own shooting mechanism, The Galo System.

In an exclusive interview with TalkBasket.net, Coach Galo analyses his shooting mechanism, refers to the challenging aspects of developing one, explains how important confidence and shooting mechanism are for a player’s shooting accuracy and more.

You have developed your own shooting mechanism, named The Galo System. What are its special characteristics and how is it helpful to the players and their shooting accuracy?

“Essentially, I have developed the “Holy-Grail” of basketball shot-making. Its components are based on years of research, experimentation, and principles taken from various sciences.

Unfortunately, much of what we are taught and trained to do is riddled with challenges and contradictions, which explains the low shooting percentages and the frequency of hot and cold shooting performances.

The components I’ve discovered and engineered are categorically superior across the board and perform reliably across all areas of scoring, especially within the context of a game.

Because my movements are rooted in the sciences of kinesiology, biomechanics, physics, anatomy, and mathematics, they are not only more efficient and effective, they are more repeatable, contributing to consistency.

A significant characteristic is that much of it is intuitive, making it faster, simpler to implement, and easier to master.

An economy of motion makes it not only more reliable, but also faster to execute, making it harder to block and offering more scoring opportunities due to its speed and efficiency.”

How difficult is it for the players to change their shooting mechanism and get used to a new one in order to improve their shooting?

“It really depends on the level of the player, how long they’ve been playing, and how long those habits have existed.

The reality is that even the higher level players in college, the NBA, or the international level, regardless of their stats, generally all consider themselves to be good shooters. Very few admit that they are not.

It is akin to the attitude that every coach is a shooting coach. Every coach thinks they know shooting. I’ve come across many shooting coaches who are not in tune with exactly how they (themselves) shoot.

Therefore, they may verbally describe something or explain how to do something but when they are actually shooting to demonstrate, the instructions don’t match up. I’ve had college seniors and aspiring next level players (NBA, G-League, and international) who have completely overhauled their shots with my system in weeks.

Much of the process depends on what is going on between their ears. Changing their movements and empowering them with a higher level of understanding seems to make so much sense to them.

Introducing specific proprietary drills with which they begin assimilating the technique allows them to more effortlessly and quickly master this shot than any basketball experts thought possible.

The belief that it takes hundreds of thousands of repetitions to become a great shooter stems from conventional wisdom directly connected to the traditional basketball shooting form that’s been coached and is still being trained over the past 50 years.

So much has evolved in nearly every aspect of the game, except the shot. I achieve faster and bigger gains in far shorter time and with far fewer repetitions than basketball pundits care to acknowledge or believe.

But, if this system is as I’ve described it, and is that scientifically supported, and more intuitive, wouldn’t it follow logically that the player would perform better?”

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Photo: Roger Galo

What are the challenging aspects of developing a new shooting mechanism, which is different from the usual ones?

“There are several challenges. The biggest challenge is the fear that the vast majority of coaches feel when they see someone shooting differently than those around them.

The fear of the unknown, the temptation to discredit it without knowing anything about it- despite the fact that players I train may be literally breaking records, numerous records on the offensive side of the ball or are ranked highly as a “shooter or scorer.”

It’s an indication of how closed-minded the basketball community is towards shooting. Ironically, that’s not the attitude regarding yoga, analytics, core strengthening, cross training, sports psychology, nutrition, recovery, or anything else.

It’s like they’ve accepted there is no other way to shoot, that it’s impossible, doesn’t exist, no way, no how.

I’ve literally had some very good shot-makers leave me and regress because of the pressure exerted from their coaches and their teammates stemming from the fact that they have not seen or read about this system, and they’ve not seen a video of it.

Since it is so fresh and new, there are not many who they can research. Every player around them is shooting entirely differently than they are. I’m very guarded, almost to a fault, for not allowing my shooting system to be seen publicly because coaches and players steal from each other.

Connected to this fear issue is the issue of ego getting in the way. There aren’t too many coaches who can accept that somebody might know more than they do, especially if they’ve been at it a while.

That ego oftentimes is accompanied by a provinciality that prevents them from learning and growing. It gets in the way of them thinking “this might have value.”

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Photo: Roger Galo

What are the key elements that affect a player’s shooting accuracy? is it confidence? shooting mechanism? both?

“I believe it’s both. The mechanics play a bigger role than the mind. Confidence is part of the mind. If a player is taking a shot while allowing doubt to creep into their mind before they’ve even launched it, then that is going to contribute more to missing.

But what I’ve experienced with the Galo Shot-Making System is that the mechanics are so reliable, repeatable, intuitive, and effective that confidence, if it were an issue, is eliminated by virtue of experiencing the success they’re having and watching how many more shots they’re making.

The newfound, higher level of control, accuracy, consistency, and understanding is so empowering that one’s confidence level soars.

For example, I was the 3rd leading scorer in the country and an NBA prospect, having shot many, many years with the traditional method with all of its challenges.

I am now confident, more prepared, more accurate, and faster as a shot-maker than I’ve ever been and I’m proving it against younger, high level basketball players.

I’m taking and making shots I never had the confidence to take against longer, taller, more athletically superior players than those I played against in college.

Do you think this shot-making system had much impact on me, my psyche as a scorer? Absolutely! One’s confidence is bolstered by watching that ball go through the basket so effortlessly and so regularly.

Doubting oneself’s ability to get a shot off and make it becomes a non-issue. Doubt leads to passing up the shot and getting the ball to a teammate that many times isn’t in the best position to shoot.”

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Check out historic Calihan Hall for University of Detroit Mercy hoop action https://www.talkbasket.net/56314-check-out-historic-calihan-hall-for-university-of-detroit-mercy-hoop-action https://www.talkbasket.net/56314-check-out-historic-calihan-hall-for-university-of-detroit-mercy-hoop-action#respond Sat, 26 Oct 2019 15:21:31 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=56314 The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball head coach, Mike Davis starts his second year and it will be his 19th as a Division-I head coach.  He is looking forward to the tough non-conference schedule he has set up for the Titan’s.   Detroit Mercy has a roster of 13, sparked by sophomore Antoine Davis, […]

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Check out historic Calihan Hall for University of Detroit Mercy hoop action

The University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball head coach, Mike Davis starts his second year and it will be his 19th as a Division-I head coach.  He is looking forward to the tough non-conference schedule he has set up for the Titan’s.  

Detroit Mercy has a roster of 13, sparked by sophomore Antoine Davis, who is the leading returning scorer in the country at 26.1 points per game.  He broke the NCAA freshman record held by Stephen Curry with 132, 3-pointers.  Post-season, he was recognized as a freshman All-America and a finalist for National Freshman of the Year. 

Last week Davis was named the Preseason Horizon League Player of the Year.  He is the first Titan to earn the preseason honor since Ray McCallum in 2012.  Last season, Davis was the Horizon League Freshman of the Year and a finalist for the USBWA Wayman Tisdale Award for National Freshman Player of the Year. 

Davis ended his season leading the Horizon League in scoring at 26.1 points per game, third in the nation, and tallied 784 points.  This was a Titan and Horizon League freshman record and just one point off the school record for points in a season.

Antoine was also named to the 20-man Jerry West Shooting Guard Watch List by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Back in the Titan fold are some other experienced sophomores in Chris Brandon, Willy Isiani, Marquis Moore and Boe Nguidjol.  All had playing time last season. 

The big game on the home schedule will be the Metro-Series contest against Oakland at historic Calihan Hall on Jan. 31.  It is part of the Horizon League’s Wildcard Weekend on ESPNU.

Tuesday, December 10th has the Titans travelling to South Bend to take on Notre Dame.

The non-conference home schedule will feature match-ups with Eastern Michigan (Dec. 7), Toledo (Dec. 14), Northeastern (Dec. 19) and SIU Edwardsville (Dec. 21).

The Lady Titans are entering their fifth season under head coach Bernard Scott and 43rd season as a program overall.   “I’m really excited about the team and the young ladies we have on the team,” Scott said. He further added, “It was a great summer.  Having eight new faces, it just added a fresh start to the program.  All of those young ladies brought energy along with the returners.  It was probably the best summer we’ve had since I’ve been here, it was a very productive summer and right now it shows because we are further ahead than we’ve been in the past.”

The Lady Titans will work around senior forward Zoey Oatis (Detroit, Mich. / Cass Tech), who was among the Horizon League leaders in steals and blocks a year ago.

Alumni and senior citizen season tickets are just $100 and with a choice of Upper Reserved or General Admission level seats and also include season passes to women’s basketball.  For more information or to purchase season tickets, contact Director of Ticket Operations & Sales Justin Hairston at 313-993-1700 ext. 7301 or at hairstjj1@udmercy.edu.

Road Trip, Nov. 24-26 MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas

           Games at Clark High School near the campus of UNLV

The Titans join a field that includes California-Irvine and Louisiana-Lafayette as part of the Welterweight Division of the MGM Grand Main Event in Las Vegas.  UC-Irvine was 31-6 overall and 15-1 in the Big West, advancing to the NCAA Tournament and beating Kansas State in the first round.  Louisiana Lafayette was 19-13 last season and 10-8 in the Sun Belt.  This portion of the tourney will be played at Clark High School near the campus of UNLV.

The battle for the Heavyweight Championship of the MGM Resorts Main Event will tip-off with Colorado vs. Wyoming and TCU vs. Clemson in first-round match-ups on Sunday, Nov. 24 at T-Mobile Arena.  The sixth-annual men’s college basketball tournament, being played on a weekend for the first time, starts at 5:00 p.m. PT.  Colorado-Wyoming followed by TCU-Clemson at 7:30 p.m.  

Brooks Downing, President and CEO of bdG Sports, the tournament promoter had this to say, “This may be our best field yet as excitement is extremely high at Clemson and TCU heading into the new season.”  The consolation and championship games will be played on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. PT, respectively.

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Florida Gators land 2020 Russian wing player https://www.talkbasket.net/54371-florida-gators-land-2020-russian-wing-player https://www.talkbasket.net/54371-florida-gators-land-2020-russian-wing-player#respond Fri, 04 Oct 2019 19:21:28 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=54371 Four-star recruit Samson Ruzhentsev verbally committed to the University of Florida on Friday (Oct. 4). Ruzhentsev is a 6-foot-7 wing out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee and he is a native of Moscow, Russia. Ruzhentsev talked to 247Sports about his commitment: “I’m going to Florida,” Ruzhentsev said. “It really came down to […]

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Four-star recruit Samson Ruzhentsev verbally committed to the University of Florida on Friday (Oct. 4).

Ruzhentsev is a 6-foot-7 wing out of Hamilton Heights Christian Academy in Chattanooga, Tennessee and he is a native of Moscow, Russia.

Ruzhentsev talked to 247Sports about his commitment: “I’m going to Florida,” Ruzhentsev said. “It really came down to Ole Miss and Florida. It was a really hard choice for me. At first, before I visited Florida, my favorite was Ole Miss, but then after I visited I just felt like it was the place that I wanted to be. I had a better connection with the players.”

Florida’s coaching staff reportedly aggressively recruited Ruzhentsev for over a year and they were able to build a strong relationship with him.

“They offered at the beginning of my junior year and started recruiting me end of my junior year hard,” he said. “They’ve been down multiple times and they talk to me. It wasn’t really hard to build a relationship with them. They are really good people.”

Ruzhentsev is Florida’s first verbal commitment of the 2020 recruiting class, as he ranks No. 110 overall in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, but No. 53 overall in the Top247.

This summer, Ruzhentsev competed for Russia in the FIBA U18 European Championship in Greece, where he led Russia in scoring with 12.3 points per game and helped them to a sixth place finish.

Per 247Sports, here is Ruzhentsev’s evaluation: Good size for a wing. Physically immature frame with solid base, OK length and plenty of room to get stronger. Confident scorer with ability to put up points from all three levels. Streaky/inefficient shooter at this stage, but solid mechanics. Should improve efficiency with reps/strength. Plus athlete with impressive body control. Should be a versatile defender with added strength. Improving feel and shot selection will be important for hitting ceiling. Has NBA upside, but reasonably safe floor as high major starter with normal progression.

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Examining Tom Shirley’s remarkable coaching career https://www.talkbasket.net/53345-examining-tom-shirleys-remarkable-coaching-career https://www.talkbasket.net/53345-examining-tom-shirleys-remarkable-coaching-career#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:55:53 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53345 Philadelphia-based sports reporter Matt Leon introduces the latest episode of his podcast (“1-On-1 With Matt Leon”) on longtime women’s college basketball coach Tom Shirley with an appropriate description: “model of consistency.” What has made him consistent? What has made him passionate about his job for decades? Shirley is entering his 31st season at the helm […]

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Examining Tom Shirley’s remarkable coaching career

Philadelphia-based sports reporter Matt Leon introduces the latest episode of his podcast (“1-On-1 With Matt Leon”) on longtime women’s college basketball coach Tom Shirley with an appropriate description: “model of consistency.”

What has made him consistent?

What has made him passionate about his job for decades?

Shirley is entering his 31st season at the helm for the Jefferson University Rams. He landed the coaching gig in 1989 at Philadelphia College of Textiles & Science, which became known as Philadelphia University in 1999. (Philadelphia’s merger with Jefferson University occurred in 2017. Both institutions of higher learning were established in the 1800s.)

Shirley has a 777-351 overall record, first running the show for DeSales (Pa.) University at the NAIA and NCAA Division III ranks from 1981-89.

Leading the NCAA Division II Rams, Tom Shirley is 628-278, including a school record 29-victory campaign — against three defeats in 2018-19. Under his leadership, the Rams have produced 22 seasons with 20 or more victories.

What’s more, they had 25 straight winning campaigns, from 1991-92 to 2015-16.

Asked about his longevity and if it “seems possible” that he’s had the job this long, Shirley responded by saying, “No, it seems like I was 26 yesterday … and I don’t know where the years went.”

Shirley’s mindset

Approaching another season, Shirley describes what lies ahead in runner’s language.

“Well, we kind of talk about the terminology of sprinting and jogging and walking,” he told Leon on the podcast.

“And now (in September) we’re in the sprint mode,” the coach/athletic director said.

Early on in the podcast, Leon asked him: “When did coaching becoming something that you thought would be a direction?”

His response: “I really didn’t think it was when I left college in ’76. I graduated from Allentown College (now DeSales).”

Tom Shirley credit: philadelphia.cbslocal.com

Becoming a coach

After college, he revealed, he worked for Ford Motor Company for about 4 1/2 years “because my father told me that’s what I should do.”

He continued: “I really didn’t like the corporate concept. I didn’t like the fact that I’d have to move. I kind of knew I was going to stay a neighborhood guy, and I wrote letters to school saying I just want to be in athletics. I want to do something in sport, and the next thing you know Father (Daniel G.) Gambet, who was the president of Allentown College, called me and said he had an opening for athletic director.”

It was a phone call that changed his life, leading to a career in sports.

Like anyone else, Tom Shirley learned on the job.

“I don’t think that the very first year or second year I knew that I wasn’t very smart, and I just kind of incorporated some basic things that I learned in high school, learned in college,” he noted.

It took Shirley a couple years to grasp that “it’s all about recruiting.”

Incorporating the coaching styles of Philly coaching legend Herb Magee (1,096 career wins entering the 2019-20 campaign), the men’s bench boss for Philadelphia Textile/Philadelphia/Jefferson since 1967, and others helped Shirley develop his own system.

“In my third or fourth year is when I really started to realize that I had to get smart and lean on other people and do some recruiting,” said Shirley.

In a results-based business, Shirley thrives on the daily measuring stick of having results out in the open.

“The thing I like about this the most is if I was to be car salesman, it may take me three months to finalize a deal,” Shirley related. “These deals are closed in 90 minutes, so you know at the end of the day — you won or you lost. And that’s how you’re judged, winning or losing. I like that part of it.”

A winning recipe

“If you have the right players in the right positions running the right stuff, you are going to be successful,” Shirley commented.

The 42-minute podcast episode can also be accessed via this link: https://kywnewsradio.radio.com/media/audio-channel/tom-shirley-model-consistency

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Texas Tech University legend Andre Emmett reportedly shot & killed https://www.talkbasket.net/53356-texas-tech-university-legend-andre-emmett-reportedly-shot-killed https://www.talkbasket.net/53356-texas-tech-university-legend-andre-emmett-reportedly-shot-killed#respond Mon, 23 Sep 2019 16:38:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53356 Andre Emmett, former Texas Tech University star, has reportedly been shot & killed in Dallas at the age of 37. Emmett played college basketball for four years at Texas Tech University under Bob Knight. Currently, he is the Red Raiders’ 2nd all-time leading scorer and the 4th all-time leading scorer in the Big 12. During his junior and senior year, […]

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Texas Tech University legend Andre Emmett reportedly shot & killed

Andre Emmett, former Texas Tech University star, has reportedly been shot & killed in Dallas at the age of 37.

Emmett played college basketball for four years at Texas Tech University under Bob Knight. Currently, he is the Red Raiders’ 2nd all-time leading scorer and the 4th all-time leading scorer in the Big 12.

During his junior and senior year, Emmett proved to be one of the best scorers in college basketball averaging 21.8 and 20.6 points per game, respectively. He also earned Unanimous 1st team All-Big 12 honors his junior and senior year and Consensus All-American honors his senior year. Emmett capped off his college career by winning the 2004 NCAA Slam Dunk Contest.

During his professional career Emmett played for 24 different teams in USA, Europe, South America and Asia, among them the Memphis Grizzlies (8 games), Lietuvos Rytas and the New Jersey Nets (6 games). His last team was Capitanes de Arecibo in Puerto Rico.

Emmett was also participating in the BIG3 league for two seasons.

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Rick Pitino and Louisville resolved their dispute https://www.talkbasket.net/53124-rick-pitino-and-louisville-resolved-their-dispute https://www.talkbasket.net/53124-rick-pitino-and-louisville-resolved-their-dispute#respond Thu, 19 Sep 2019 21:17:17 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=53124 Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville have reached a settlement regarding their lawsuits, which were filed in 2017. Pitino will receive no money from Louisville, while his personal file will reflect that he resigned from his place as head coach of the team. “Today, I move on to a new chapter in my life. […]

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Rick Pitino and Louisville resolved their dispute

Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville have reached a settlement regarding their lawsuits, which were filed in 2017.

Pitino will receive no money from Louisville, while his personal file will reflect that he resigned from his place as head coach of the team.

“Today, I move on to a new chapter in my life. I am very proud of the many accomplishments my teams achieved at Louisville.

I’m so thankful and honored to coach such dedicated athletes. I’m also disappointed in how it ended. But as head coach I am held responsible for the actions of all team members,” the Hall of Famer coach said in a statement released by his lawyer.

Pitino sued the University of Luisville, seeking more than $35M, while the university filed counterclaims, pursuing damages allegedly caused by the former basketball coach.

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Larry Brown dishes out a lifetime of basketball stories https://www.talkbasket.net/48217-larry-brown-dishes-out-a-lifetime-of-basketball-stories https://www.talkbasket.net/48217-larry-brown-dishes-out-a-lifetime-of-basketball-stories#respond Mon, 22 Jul 2019 10:16:21 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=48217 In an incredibly revealing interview lasting 90 minutes, legendary coach Larry Brown looks back on his unique career. On the “Catch & Shoot” podcast, Brown covers a lot of ground — decades of stories, too. Dean Smith and Frank McGuire, Michael Jordan and Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford, […]

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Larry Brown dishes out a lifetime of basketball stories

In an incredibly revealing interview lasting 90 minutes, legendary coach Larry Brown looks back on his unique career.

On the “Catch & Shoot” podcast, Brown covers a lot of ground — decades of stories, too.

Dean Smith and Frank McGuire, Michael Jordan and Jerry West, Oscar Robertson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford, Bill Russell and Wilt Chamberlain, Donnie Walsh and Doug Moe, Larry Bird and Julius Erving, Rick Barry and Chauncey Billups, Dikembe Mutombo and Eric Snow, Boris Diaw and Raymond Felton, Darko Milicic and Billy King. These are just some of the individuals Brown mentioned in a wide-ranging conversation last week with “Catch & Shoot” hosts Adam Stanco and Noah Coslov.

Brown, now 78, is recovering from his fourth hip surgery. He last worked as FIAT Turin bench boss.

He recently visited Las Vegas to watch the Utah Jazz play in the NBA Summer League.

“I learned a lot,” Brown said on the podcast, “even though I don’t understand the game anymore. It’s a different game, but it was great being around Quin (Snyder) and his staff and watching the players.”

He added: “I’m trying to figure out what to do next.”

Current goals

“What do you want to do next?” he was asked.

“I’d like to do what Tex Winter and Johnny Bach and Pete Carril did — you know, go to some (NBA) team and help young players and maybe young coaches,” the Naismith Memorial basketball Hall of Fame mentor said. “But I think the game has changed so much that I don’t think they’d put a lot of stock in older guys, the value of old coaches, so I don’t really know.

“I get to watch a lot of people that have been important in my life that I coached or played for me, and they invited me, they always invite me to watch them practice and give my ideas, and I’m the one that always learns. I spent two years in Philly watching (Villanova’s) Jay Wright coach, which was an unbelievable experience in a positive way and got to see some other Philly guys, so that was fun. But I just have been with so many great coaches, and I’d kind of like to share what I was taught with some of these young players.”

How the game has changed

Asked what he doesn’t understand about the game anymore, Larry Brown offered this perspective: “Well, I think players are playing too young. If you look around now, the culture of the game, I don’t mind guys coming out like they come out in baseball after high school, you could play tennis or golf when you’re young or be a musician. But basketball is different. Years and years ago, if you look at the benches of NBA teams, they were with veteran players and when the veterans got a chance to play, they were prepared to play and it was all about winning. Now we get these 19-year-old kids and everybody is drafting them based on their athleticism and potential, and I don’t know if they’re all ready. I don’t know if they all understand how to play and I don’t think it’s their fault.

“When you go to college now and you play one year, people put you in a system and they really don’t get a chance to really teach you.

“My first coaching job, I was a freshman coach at North Carolina. You didn’t even play until after your freshman year, and that whole year was spent on fundamentals. Now the young kids go to teams that most of the time the best prospects go to teams with losing records. … And I think they’re put in a real difficult situation and I don’t think it’s their fault.”

He went on: “…It’s a video game now, the 3-point shot, the bad shots, the way the game is refereed now Allen would average 50 and Michael Jordan. You can’t even get near a guy, and it’s really hard to guard. Shot selection is different. This analytics, I trust all the information you can get to me is great, but I was doing analytics when I was 14 years old. I was taught to look at a stat sheet and know what a good shot was and what a bad shot was and the fact that we had to get to the free-throw line a lot, we had to take a high-percentage shot, we had to take care of the ball, we had to guard our own man, we had to get back on defense. We had to make our teammates better — do what we did best.

“Now I think there’s so many analytics that are taking place that people are forgetting what kids are cut inside, what their heart is like. And the greatest quality, I think, is when you’re a coach and you don’t have to beg a guy to play hard. How do you evaluate that? Coaches that have to coach effort usually don’t last long.

“So I don’t know. I admire the ability of guys. When I watch Golden State play, I’m just mesmerized by the way the ball moves and the way each guy makes sacrifices for one another, but not everybody can play like Golden State. They have five guys that can get a rebound and initiate the fast break and they are all willing passers. I don’t see that. I don’t see the ball going inside, and when I was taught to play, if you got the ball inside you had a chance to get fouled, you had a chance to take a high-percentage shot, you had a chance to get an offensive rebound, and the last thing: you had a chance to get back on defense, and transition defense was vital. So I don’t know. It’s just different.”

A lifetime of reflections

A large segment is devoted to Allen Iverson, which provides fascinating reflections on their unique relationship.

One snippet: “Allen, I mean, so many people just loved this guy, and they had reason to because you know the passion of the fans in Philly. When you walk on the court in the arena in Philly and you see what Allen did night in and night out, knowing what he was going through physically, to not love him you had to be really callous, to not appreciate what he was trying to do. And all the players I coached would always ask me about guys like David Robinson, like David Thompson, I would always bring up players that I coached and admired in the qualities that they had…”

Toward the end of the interview, Brown admitted he’s been fortunate to have endless opportunities in the game. “It’s even hard to imagine how lucky I’ve been,” Brown said. “You know, I coached at Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, SMU. I mean, how many guys get to do that? Start in the (ABA), coach AAU, be involved with so many Olympic teams and on the Olympic team (1964 Tokyo Games). I mean, it’s just remarkable how my life turned out the way it was, because I wanted to be a high school history (teacher) and coach baseball, basketball and football, and all of a sudden, I look back on what I was allowed to do, and it was crazy…”

Show summary

Pure Hoops Media summed up the episode this way on the podcast’s website: “Larry Brown has done more in coaching than almost anyone … ever. He spent a solid 90 minutes with Noah Coslov and Adam Stanco. They talked in depth about his relationship with Allen Iverson, his many coaching stops, Broadway shows, cars, Coach Dean Smith, his history with Gregg Popovich, Rick Barry, and many others. As Coach Brown told the guys, ‘some coaches have a coaching tree, I have a forest.’ His recall of details from 60 years of playing and coaching is remarkable.”

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Getting to know new University of Alabama coach Nate Oats https://www.talkbasket.net/47440-getting-to-know-new-university-of-alabama-coach-nate-oats https://www.talkbasket.net/47440-getting-to-know-new-university-of-alabama-coach-nate-oats#respond Mon, 15 Jul 2019 03:13:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=47440 The Beatles pioneered innovation in music. Perhaps the prime example was “A Day In The Life.” Decades later, we can examine revealing portraits about people from various professions and backgrounds in contemporary day-in-the-life interviews, documentaries, etc. Such is the case with new University of Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats, too. In just under […]

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Getting to know new University of Alabama coach Nate Oats

The Beatles pioneered innovation in music. Perhaps the prime example was “A Day In The Life.” Decades later, we can examine revealing portraits about people from various professions and backgrounds in contemporary day-in-the-life interviews, documentaries, etc. Such is the case with new University of Alabama men’s basketball head coach Nate Oats, too.

In just under 10 minutes, one learns a lot about Oats’ personality, passion for coaching, family and zest for life.

In the past few months, Oats, who was hired in late March, has started to put his stamp on the Crimson Tide basketball program.

As seen on the video, produced by AL.com, Oats has big expectations for Alabama after a successful four-season stint at the University of Buffalo, where his team compiled a 96-43 record: 20-15 in 2015-16, 17-15 in 2016-17, 27-9 in 2017-18 and 32-4 this past season. The Bisons made back-to-back trips to the NCAA Tournament in the last two seasons. (He succeeded ex-NBA guard Bobby Hurley at Buffalo.)

What’s more, as noted in an Alabama athletics department news release, Buffalo’s rise in national prominence occurred under his watch.

“The Bulls were ranked for 20 weeks in the Associated Press Top-25 throughout the 2019 season, which marked the first time in school history the program had earned a national ranking,” the news release stated. “Buffalo went on to climb as high as No. 14 in the nation which was the highest ranking by any MAC team in past 40 years. Additionally, the 32 victories on the year was the most wins ever by any Mid-American men’s basketball program.”

Coaching vision

Speaking to AL.com, the 44-year-old Oats outlined his approach to coaching.

It began by answering a straight-forward question: “What is the Nate Oats era going to look like and will it be different than other eras?”

“Everybody is their own man and they do things differently and the previous coaches have their strengths and I’ll have my weaknesses,” Oats said. “But … six years ago, I was coaching high school. I’ve got some energy. I want guys to play free. I want guys to play with a ton of confidence.”

Valuing mentors

University of Alabama football coach Nick Saban is one of the greatest leaders of all time in his sport. For a Saban-coached team, a national title is the expectation every year.

Working on the same college campus as Saban, Oats admitted he’ll try to soak up some of Saban’s impressive knowledge about leadership.

“He is one of the best, he might be the best coach in all of team sports (today),” Oats told AL.com. “It is stupid not to try to learn some stuff from him.”

Oats said he’ll make time to go watch some of Alabama’s fall football practices. That way, he’ll have chances to observe Saban running the show.

Before joining Buffalo as a top assistant to Hurley, Nate Oats earned distinction at Romulus High School in Michigan. He guided the varsity team to a 222-52 record and seven straight conference titles in 11 seasons.

Ex-NBA guard and bench boss Avery Johnson coached Alabama from 2015-19.

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NCAA To Allow Basketball Tournament Games https://www.talkbasket.net/44488-ncaa-to-allow-basketball-tournament-games https://www.talkbasket.net/44488-ncaa-to-allow-basketball-tournament-games#respond Fri, 21 Jun 2019 13:00:42 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44488 With online casino games booming, almost all the casinos operating worldwide offer the players with a plethora of online games to try, explore and discover. Also, the rapid growth in technology has given rise to mobile casino games which enable the players to play slot games on phone anywhere, anytime. Apart from these, the breaking […]

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With online casino games booming, almost all the casinos operating worldwide offer the players with a plethora of online games to try, explore and discover.

Also, the rapid growth in technology has given rise to mobile casino games which enable the players to play slot games on phone anywhere, anytime.

Apart from these, the breaking news is that the NCAA is all set for its first Basketball championships as the Supreme Court has declared sports wagers to be legal.

However, the concerned governing body of sports is quite apprehensive about the same, but has eventually accepted the verdict made by the Supreme Court.

NCAA had a really tough time in making the sport wagers legal and their efforts went in vain as the Supreme Court denied their request last year. Nevertheless, their efforts eventually paid off as the Supreme Court finally decided to reconsider its decision.

What Does NCCA Have In Store?

Women tournament games and other sports games will be streamed in various places including Mississippi, Washington and more.

The future NCAA tournament games will take place in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Providence and Rhode Island where sports wagers have been legalized.

The NCAA is still in the process of understanding as to how to acknowledge legal bets. The NCAA Vice President stated that “we anticipate that probably by 2020 or 2021 there will be potentially 30 states that are allowing sports wagering.”

Besides these, the governing bodies of NCAA also decided that the new gambling policies will be considered in their next meeting and they will seek guidance and suggestions from the conferences that are not much finicky about the nature of gambling to their events.

Did you know?

The Pac-12 and the West Coast Conference held their men’s and women’s tournaments in Las Vegas recently.

Is Sports Betting Really Legal?

Well, although sports betting has been made legal, there are a few states which still restrict the wagers made on various sports events.

There are namely five states where sports betting is made legal namely Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

On the other hand, places such as Delaware and Rhode Island do not allow bets on in-state college teams. And the same is the case with New Jersey.

But, the state has a provision which allows bets on multi-site collegiate tournaments as long as the games are played outside New Jersey.

Furthermore, the District in Columbia has also permitted sports betting, but does not specify anything about college sports although the law is not yet put into effect.

In the parts of Washington, the law permits sportsbooks at stadiums and arenas. Also, Ted Leonis, a popular American businessman and investor supported sports gambling by coming up with a sports bar in the arena which later would be transformed into a sportsbook.

What’s Cooking?

The various operators of the sportsbooks are all super-excited about their business. The Mississippi fans associated with the Beau Rivage Casino in Biloxi are all thrilled as they can now bet on the Mississippi State which include the Mississippi men’s teams and the Mississippi State women team as well who are geared up to host the first and second round games. Earlier, the sportsbook did not offer bets on regular-season womens’ games.

“Absolutely, it’s a positive,” Will Hall, manager of the Beau Rivage sportsbook, said about having local teams in the tournament.

He also added that “I’ll tell you what else is going to be a big draw is the LSU men’s team. They’re extremely popular down here. I think next year with our exposure and stuff that we’ll get this year, it’ll be over the top.”

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An In-depth Overview of the Gambling Behaviours In NCAA Student https://www.talkbasket.net/44424-an-in-depth-overview-of-the-gambling-behaviours-in-ncaa-student https://www.talkbasket.net/44424-an-in-depth-overview-of-the-gambling-behaviours-in-ncaa-student#respond Mon, 10 Jun 2019 21:45:01 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44424 Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organisation which aims at monitoring and regulating athletes from various North American institutions. Besides these, it also organizes athletic campaigns and programs in various universities in the United States and Canada. Did you know? NCAA Basketball, which is popularly known as World […]

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An In-depth Overview of the Gambling Behaviours In NCAA Student

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is a non-profit organisation which aims at monitoring and regulating athletes from various North American institutions.

Besides these, it also organizes athletic campaigns and programs in various universities in the United States and Canada.

Did you know?

NCAA Basketball, which is popularly known as World League Basketball, is a basketball video game developed by Sculptured Software.

This was indeed the first basketball game for a console to utilise a 3D perspective. The game uses the Super Nintendo’s Mode 7 to create a 3D players’ perspective that later became the standard for other basketball video games.

According to Flux magazine, which originated in the United States, this video game was declared to be the 75th best video game of all time.

Background

Four iterations of the year 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 were examined and surveyed in order to gauge the attitude and behaviour of the student-athletes across the NCAA divisions. This approximately summed up to more than 84,000 students in total.

As per the surveys, which were undertaken by the respective campus faculty representatives, it was observed that 60% and above NCAA member schools participated.

The analysis and scrutiny were done for 22 sports and a well-equipped and high-data standard was utilised in order to create accurate and unbiased national aggregates of all the 22 sports.

Result

The study made from the iterations revealed that the overall rate of gaming among the NCAA men decreased considerably.

Taking into account the entire population, it was observed that women gambled comparatively lesser than men and the overall student participation in gambling reduced despite the coming of the online casinos.

Nevertheless, one of the major highlights is that although the participation of the players in both the casino as well as live dealer games seem low, the samples reveal that the players have shown great involvement in sports games.

Among the student-athletes who have ever wagered on sports, only 21% of men and 5% of women reported losing more than $50 in a day.

This being the case, the sports wagering behaviour of the players can result in problem gambling.

The 2016 survey reveals that four per cent of men who had gambled in the past year reported one-day gambling losses of $500 or more which is quite huge and this can indeed be one of the major concerns with respect to gambling in the years to come.

Well, on the other hand, fantasy sports also seem to be extremely popular and well-liked among the student crowd. Twenty per cent of men and 3% of women in the 2016 study reported having participated in the fantasy leagues organised by the gambling houses.

Furthermore, with the rapid development seen in the technological sector, it becomes obvious that the gambling sector is and will be subjected to changes in the future be it in its game variety offered, the gameplay design and the wagering enhancements.

The wagering enhancements will doubt offer the players with numerous opportunities by way of contests and a number of international sports leagues.

Dwelling Deep Into the Changing Attitudes of the Student-athletes

Most of the student-athletes strongly feel that gambling houses should stop advertising about their services at the college sporting events and college sports telecasts.

It is also important to have continued developments and innovations in educational programming in order to protect the well-being of the student-athletes.

With the passage of time, the gambling opportunities and technologies are sure to grow and evolve and laws regulating the industry are liable to change. Hence, constant evaluation and training of the student-athletes, coaches and athletics administrators are necessary.

And this to be effective, the program formulated must cover everything pertaining to gamble and wager, keeping in focus the strict nature of gambling and sports wagering in our society.

The program should also help all the college athletics in recognizing the risks connected with problem gambling and provide up-to-date information on the science and technology of gambling and sports wagering.

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From Portugal to the NBA? https://www.talkbasket.net/44229-from-portugal-to-the-nba https://www.talkbasket.net/44229-from-portugal-to-the-nba#respond Fri, 07 Jun 2019 11:11:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=44229 Neemias Queta began playing basketball at age 10 in the youth sections of F.C. Barreirense, then he moved to Benfica before to make NCAA. After a successful year in Utah State, his name started to sound as a NBA Draft candidate. Overall, Queta is considered an amazing rim protector. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game during […]

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From Portugal to the NBA?

Neemias Queta began playing basketball at age 10 in the youth sections of F.C. Barreirense, then he moved to Benfica before to make NCAA. After a successful year in Utah State, his name started to sound as a NBA Draft candidate.

Overall, Queta is considered an amazing rim protector. He averaged 2.4 blocks per game during his freshman year at Utah State and it seems like that should translate well to the next level. He has roughly a 7’4 wingspan.

Queta is an athletic big who runs the floor extremely well. His ability to finish around the rim is pretty good, which makes him a very dangerous player on Pick and Roll situation and circling around the basket. He isn’t scared of contact and can really finish above the rim with one of two hands. Queta also makes passes you would not expect from a player like him.

The Portuguese prospect has also shown the ability of make threes.

No doubt, Queta has the chance to become the first Portuguese born player drafted into the NBA

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Zion Williamson won the John Wooden Award https://www.talkbasket.net/41312-zion-williamson-won-the-john-wooden-award https://www.talkbasket.net/41312-zion-williamson-won-the-john-wooden-award#respond Sat, 13 Apr 2019 11:56:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41312 The Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson won the John Wooden Award. Williamson joined Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis as the only freshmen to win this award. The 18-year-old has already won the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, USBWA and NABC Player of the Year, the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Tournament […]

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Zion Williamson  won the John Wooden Award

The Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson won the John Wooden Award.

Williamson joined Kevin Durant and Anthony Davis as the only freshmen to win this award.

The 18-year-old has already won the Naismith Award, Oscar Robertson Trophy, USBWA and NABC Player of the Year, the ACC Player of the Year and the ACC Tournament MVP, per ESPN.

This season, Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.

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Virginia Cavaliers are the 2019 NCAA Champions https://www.talkbasket.net/41098-virginia-cavaliers-are-the-2019-ncaa-champions https://www.talkbasket.net/41098-virginia-cavaliers-are-the-2019-ncaa-champions#respond Tue, 09 Apr 2019 14:10:38 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=41098 Virginia Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in overtime (85-77) in the Final of the 2019 Final Four and earned the title for the first time in their history. De’Andre Hunter led the winners with 27 points and nine rebounds, with Kyle Guy adding 15 points. On the other hand, Davide Moretti had 15 points for the […]

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Virginia Cavaliers are the 2019 NCAA Champions

Virginia Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in overtime (85-77) in the Final of the 2019 Final Four and earned the title for the first time in their history.

De’Andre Hunter led the winners with 27 points and nine rebounds, with Kyle Guy adding 15 points. On the other hand, Davide Moretti had 15 points for the losing squad.

This was the first time since 2008 that the Final of the NCAA was decided in overtime. The Final Four was held in Minneapolis.

Guy was named the MVP of the Final Four.

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Virginia to face Texas Tech in the NCAA Final https://www.talkbasket.net/40956-virginia-to-face-texas-tech-in-the-ncaa-final https://www.talkbasket.net/40956-virginia-to-face-texas-tech-in-the-ncaa-final#respond Sun, 07 Apr 2019 04:24:19 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40956 Virginia and Texas Tech defeated Auburn and Michigan State, respectively, and advanced to the Final of the NCAA. Auburn came back from a double-digit deficit, but Kyle Guy made three free throws, with 0.6 seconds to go, and Virginia advanced to the National Championship Game (63-62). In the other semi-final, Texas Tech played excellent defence […]

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Virginia to face Texas Tech in the NCAA Final

Virginia and Texas Tech defeated Auburn and Michigan State, respectively, and advanced to the Final of the NCAA.

Auburn came back from a double-digit deficit, but Kyle Guy made three free throws, with 0.6 seconds to go, and Virginia advanced to the National Championship Game (63-62).

In the other semi-final, Texas Tech played excellent defence and rallied past Michigan State (61-51) to qualify to the Final. This will be the first-ever Championship Game for Texas Tech.

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Zion Williamson named Player of the Year in the NCAA https://www.talkbasket.net/40901-zion-williamson-named-player-of-the-year-in-the-ncaa https://www.talkbasket.net/40901-zion-williamson-named-player-of-the-year-in-the-ncaa#respond Fri, 05 Apr 2019 18:05:26 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40901 Although he didn’t lead his team to the Final Four, Duke power forward Zion Williamson was named Player of the Year in the NCAA. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, […]

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Zion Williamson named Player of the Year in the NCAA

Although he didn’t lead his team to the Final Four, Duke power forward Zion Williamson was named Player of the Year in the NCAA.

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Williamson averaged 22.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 2.1 steals and 1.8 blocks during the season and comfortably earned the award, as he received 59 of the 64 votes.

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The 2019 NCAA Final Four is set https://www.talkbasket.net/40732-the-2019-ncaa-final-four-is-set https://www.talkbasket.net/40732-the-2019-ncaa-final-four-is-set#respond Mon, 01 Apr 2019 13:11:44 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40732 The NCAA Elite Eight came to an end on Sunday (31/03) and the four teams that will compete for the title have been decided. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Michigan State stunned the grand favourite […]

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The 2019 NCAA Final Four is set

The NCAA Elite Eight came to an end on Sunday (31/03) and the four teams that will compete for the title have been decided.

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Michigan State stunned the grand favourite Duke in Washington (68-67), while Auburn made the surprise and eliminate Kentucky in overtime (77-71) at Kansas City.

As a result, the four teams that will participate in the Final Four are Texas Tech, Virginia, Michigan State and Auburn.

Texas Tech will face Michigan State and Virginia will go head-to-head with Auburn. The Final Four will take place from April 6th to April 8th at Minneapolis.

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Virginia and Texas Tech advanced to the NCAA Final Four https://www.talkbasket.net/40678-virginia-and-texas-tech-advanced-to-the-ncaa-final-four https://www.talkbasket.net/40678-virginia-and-texas-tech-advanced-to-the-ncaa-final-four#respond Sun, 31 Mar 2019 13:48:59 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40678 Texas Tech and Virginia became the first two teams that officially secured their place to the NCAA Final Four. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Texas Tech defeated Gonzaga (75-69) at Anaheim on Saturday (30/03) and […]

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Texas Tech and Virginia became the first two teams that officially secured their place to the NCAA Final Four.

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Texas Tech defeated Gonzaga (75-69) at Anaheim on Saturday (30/03) and made history, as they will play in the Final Four for the first time.

At the same time, Virginia beat Purdue at Luisville (80-75) and also clinched a Final Four spot.

Texas Tech will face the winner of tonight’s (31/03) battle between Duke and Michigan State, while Virginia will play against Kentucky or Auburn.

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Duke and Zion Williamson reached the Elite Eight https://www.talkbasket.net/40609-duke-and-zion-williamson-reached-the-elite-eight https://www.talkbasket.net/40609-duke-and-zion-williamson-reached-the-elite-eight#respond Sat, 30 Mar 2019 12:30:34 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=40609 Duke came very close to elimination for a second straight game, but defeated Virginia Tech (75-73) and qualified for the Elite Eight. All major sporting events are on ESPN+. Sign up here for a free one-week trial and enjoy the top teams and athletes in action only on ESPN+ Virginia Tech had a four-point lead at halftime […]

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Duke came very close to elimination for a second straight game, but defeated Virginia Tech (75-73) and qualified for the Elite Eight.

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Virginia Tech had a four-point lead at halftime (34-38), but Duke turned things around, took a 53-52 lead in the middle of the second half and sealed the deal.

Virginia had the chance to tie the game and force an overtime, but missed three shots in the final 15 seconds and were defeated.

Zion Williamson (23 points), RJ Barrett (18 points, 11 assists) and Tre Jones (22 points) combined for 63 of the “Blue Devils” 75 points.

Duke will face Michigan State for a place in the Final Four.

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Buffalo Wins Third Straight MAC Title https://www.talkbasket.net/39631-buffalo-wins-third-straight-mac-title https://www.talkbasket.net/39631-buffalo-wins-third-straight-mac-title#respond Mon, 18 Mar 2019 17:31:36 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39631 CLEVELAND– ‘March Madness’ began in this Ohio venue, the Q, as the University of Buffalo took the men’s Mid-American Conference title over Bowling Green State, 87-73. The Bulls (31-3) were placed in the tough West Regional as the sixth seed. If they win their first game they will face the winner of the Texas Tech […]

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Buffalo Wins Third Straight MAC Title

CLEVELAND– ‘March Madness’ began in this Ohio venue, the Q, as the University of Buffalo took the men’s Mid-American Conference title over Bowling Green State, 87-73. The Bulls (31-3) were placed in the tough West Regional as the sixth seed. If they win their first game they will face the winner of the Texas Tech / Northern Kentucky game.

It looked like it would be a romp as the Bulls jumped out to a 28-13 early lead. The Falcons fought back and closed the half on a strong run to cut the margin to 39-38. Jeremy Harris, who scored a game-high 31 points, was named the MAC Tournament MVP for Buffalo.

Coach Nate Oates said after the BGSU game, “First time I looked at the stats. I didn’t know who had what. I know Jeremy (Harris) hit a few buckets. They played us tough and we’ve been taking everybody’s best shot. I like the way our guys started the game out. I thought when our shots were dropping, I thought our defensive intensity lacked a little bit there, let them back in the game. We weren’t getting stops, weren’t getting out in transition as much and weren’t scoring as much. They made that game tough all the way up to, I don’t know when we opened it up, but I’m guessing about the eight-minute mark of the game. It was pretty tight all the way up through maybe even later than that, six minutes, something in there.”

Coach Oates received his second straight MAC Coach-of-the-Year honors.

He further added, “Then we overcame the fact that we got out-rebounded by 14. It’s obviously not a way to win games, but we shot the ball a lot better in the second half. I thought our assisted turnover ratio was really good. Our turnovers were down, we only had nine. And Jeremy just got cooking. We’ve been calling him Mr. March kind of for a reason.”

Buffalo has depth as senior C.J. Massinburg was named the MAC Player of the Year and is the team’s leading scorer at 18.3 points per game. Senior forward Nick Perkins won his third straight MAC Sixth Man-of-the-Year award and also made first-team all-conference for the second year in a row.

Big West Tourney at the Honda Center

Big West Tournament champion UC Irvine earned the No. 13 seed in the South Region and drew Kansas State in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament. The Anteaters will tip against the fourth-seeded Wildcats on Friday, March 22 at 11:00 a.m. (TBS) in San Jose, Calif. at SAP Center. UCI (30-5), the Big West’s first 30-game winner since national runner-up UNLV (34-1) in 1990-91, enters the postseason with a school record 16 game winning streak.

UCI won its second conference tournament championship and NCAA Tournament berth on Saturday at Honda Center with a 92-64 victory over Cal State Fullerton. The 28 point margin of victory is the largest in Big West Tournament championship game history, surpassing the previous mark of 25 by UNLV versus San Jose State (94-69) in 1987.

Mountain West Finishes Big in Las Vegas

Nevada (29-4) and Utah State (28-6) will represent the Mountain West in the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as announced with Sunday’s bracket selections.

This year represents the 17th season that the Conference has had at least one at-large selection to the NCAA tournament. Utah State punched its ticket to the program’s first NCAA Tournament since 2011, winning the 2019 Air Force Reserve Mountain West Men’s Basketball Championship over San Diego State. 2019 Mountain West Player of the Year and Tournament MVP Sam Merrill led the Aggies with 24 points in the championship game, while 2019 Mountain West Freshman of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Neemias Queta added 17 points and eight rebounds. The Aggies surged ahead with a 13-0 run to start the second half, and held the Aztecs to just 25 points in the second half.

Nevada earned an at-large berth into the NCAA Championships and will play Florida (19-15) on Thursday at the 14,039 seat Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines, Iowa. The game will tip at 3:50 p.m. PT on TNT. The Wolf Pack is the seventh seed in the West Regional and the Gators earned the 10th seed. The winner advances to play either No. 2 Michigan or No. 15 Montana on Saturday.

Nevada is making its ninth trip to the NCAA Tournament and third in a row under head coach Eric Musselman.

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2019 March Madness Predictions – Three Unlikely Teams to Feature at the Top https://www.talkbasket.net/39460-2019-march-madness-predictions-three-unlikely-teams-to-feature-at-the-top https://www.talkbasket.net/39460-2019-march-madness-predictions-three-unlikely-teams-to-feature-at-the-top#respond Fri, 15 Mar 2019 14:57:50 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39460 With days to go until the 2019 March Madness tournament kicks off, basketball fans – and bettors in particular – are trying to figure out which team will take the trophy home. All eyes are on the Duke Blue Devils, the favorite of numerous sportsbooks. The team has several things going for it: great talent […]

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2019 March Madness Predictions – Three Unlikely Teams to Feature at the Top

With days to go until the 2019 March Madness tournament kicks off, basketball fans – and bettors in particular – are trying to figure out which team will take the trophy home.

All eyes are on the Duke Blue Devils, the favorite of numerous sportsbooks. The team has several things going for it: great talent with several pro-level players, good leadership, a good history and much more.

However, there are several other teams that are showing great promise against all the odds. These are teams that you usually bet your money on, but this article will convince you otherwise.

Virginia

There are several reasons why you should be skeptical of theVirginia Cavaliers. For starters, the team performed poorly in the last season – it suffered a first-round loss to UMBC in a humiliating match.

Secondly, Billy Beane himself has confessed that the team’s otherwise effective strategy for regular seasons never seems to work when it comes to the playoffs.

However, the Cavaliers plan to do some things differently this time around. The team has upgraded its formidable strategy that involves a glacially deliberate offense and elite-packed defense. If all goes well, this strategy should see it realize just as much success in the playoffs as it has in the regular seasons.

The Cavaliers also have new talented players, with the most notable of them being De’Andre Hunter. Hunter has shown great talent on the court and is bound for the NBA. He was not present during last season’s humiliating defeat to UMBC and he is expected to help change the team’s misfortunes this season.

The Cavaliers have the fifth best offense efficiency rating and the 11th lowest offensive turnover rate. They can also shoot 40.2% from three.

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Tennessee

Tennessee’s Vols may seem out of place in this list considering their history. The team has largely gone unnoticed in past seasons. It has never made it to the Final Four.

The closest it came to greatness was in 2010, when it made it to the Elite Eight – it is also worth mentioning that it once made it to the season’s final weekend in 2003. So, what is different about 2019?

For starters, the Vols have two exceptional players who may very well put them among the top eight (and hopefully top four) teams this season: Grant Williams and Admiral Schofield. Both players have demonstrated exceptional talent and may well be on their way to the NBA. Secondly, the team boasts of being 33rd nationally in terms of height, which is an invaluable advantage.

However, the Vols have one major shortcoming – their defense, currently ranked 39th nationally, is very weak.

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North Carolina

North Carolina has been gaining favor with fanatics and sportsbooks for several good reasons. It is, in fact, taunted as the next best thing after the Duke Blue Devils.

North Carolina has performed exceptionally well this season compared to most other teams, including Duke. It is ranked among the top 25 in efficiency and can shoot better than previous teams.

It also has in its ranks three seasoned players who are poised to navigate all the hurdles of the game and act as motivators for the freshmen. It is also under the leadership of one of the most notable coaches in the sport: Roy Williams.

The Tar Heels have a good history and are expected to maintain this trend comes the 2019 tournament. If they fail to take the trophy home, you can be sure that they will end up among the top four teams.

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Where to Watch March Madness 2019

CBS Sports and Turner Sports have won exclusive rights to broadcast the March Madness this season on cable TV and several of their online platforms include truTV, TBS, TNT, and CBS Sports.

However, you can stillstream March Madness live from anywhere in the world on a variety of online streaming platforms including YouTube TV, Hulu, DirecTV Now, and many more. All you need is the ExpressVPN to mask your IP address and give you access to the same privileges as fans in the U.S.

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Duke Blue Devils forward Zion Williamson played for the first time since injuring his knee on February 20 and scored 29 points (13/13 FG), grabbed 14 rebounds, handed out two assists, tallied five steals and blocked a shot in 36 minutes of action in the Duke’s 84-72 win over Syracuse on Thursday night.

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Zion Williamson to play vs Syracuse https://www.talkbasket.net/39399-zion-williamson-to-play-vs-syracuse https://www.talkbasket.net/39399-zion-williamson-to-play-vs-syracuse#respond Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:49:07 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=39399 Duke Blue Devils announced that forward Zion Williamson will play in tonight’s game against Syracuse. The 18-year-old player suffered a mild knee sprain in the game against the Tar Heels on February 20. This season, Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, while shooting at 68.3 percent from the floor.

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Zion Williamson to play vs Syracuse

Duke Blue Devils announced that forward Zion Williamson will play in tonight’s game against Syracuse.

The 18-year-old player suffered a mild knee sprain in the game against the Tar Heels on February 20.

This season, Williamson is averaging 21.6 points and 8.8 rebounds, while shooting at 68.3 percent from the floor.

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Detroit Mercy Freshman Sets Record https://www.talkbasket.net/38687-detroit-mercy-freshman-sets-record https://www.talkbasket.net/38687-detroit-mercy-freshman-sets-record#respond Sat, 02 Mar 2019 19:49:02 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38687 DETROIT– Freshman Antoine Davis broke Stephen Curry’s NCAA single-season record for freshmen 3-pointers, sinking his 123rd triple of the year. It broke the NCAA’s freshman 3-point record previously held by Curry. After the game Davis said, “It was a relief, I just wanted to keep going, win the game.” In 2006-2007, Curry attended Davidson in […]

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DETROIT– Freshman Antoine Davis broke Stephen Curry’s NCAA single-season record for freshmen 3-pointers, sinking his 123rd triple of the year. It broke the NCAA’s freshman 3-point record previously held by Curry. After the game Davis said, “It was a relief, I just wanted to keep going, win the game.”

In 2006-2007, Curry attended Davidson in North Carolina who then played in the Southern Conference and now plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

The Detroit Mercy sensation and team won a close contest in historic Calihan Hall over IUPUI, 87-85. Davis tossed in 20. He worked for them all. There were 13 lead changes. Senior Josh McFoley had 23 points for the winners and freshman Marquis Moore had his best game of the season, grabbing 10 rebounds and adding 10 important points.

It was about three minutes into the second half when Davis broke the record in the south basket and he got a standing ovation from about the 4,000 in attendance.

With the win, Detroit Mercy (11-18, 8-9 Horizon League) secured a road game in the playoffs. The Horizon League finals will be at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit March 11-12.

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Davis on Verge of Breaking Record but Oakland Wins Rivalry Game https://www.talkbasket.net/38333-davis-on-verge-of-breaking-record-but-oakland-wins-rivalry-game https://www.talkbasket.net/38333-davis-on-verge-of-breaking-record-but-oakland-wins-rivalry-game#respond Mon, 25 Feb 2019 08:39:10 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38333 ROCHESTER–It was billed as a “Barn Burner,”the rivalry game between Detroit Mercy and Oakland University. The O’Renawas packed and it was standing room only. The 40-plus member Golden Grizzlies pep band for athletics had the record crowd charged-up and rocking. Before the game, Oakland coach, Greg Kampe crossed the court and shook hands with longtime […]

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Davis on Verge of Breaking Record but Oakland Wins Rivalry Game

ROCHESTER–It was billed as a “Barn Burner,”the rivalry game between Detroit Mercy and Oakland University. The O’Renawas packed and it was standing room only. The 40-plus member Golden Grizzlies pep band for athletics had the record crowd charged-up and rocking.

Before the game, Oakland coach, Greg Kampe crossed the court and shook hands with longtime supporter and alumnus, Ken McCarter. The color guard from the Rochester Police Department looked sharp and well-ordered, while Chiara Clayton nailed the national anthem. All the while, public address announcer Kevin Beers kept revving up the home supporters with his version of, “Three pointer, 1-2-3.”

It was quite a show and Oakland responded better than expected. The Golden Grizzlies jumped out early and cruised over Detroit Mercy, 95-75.

On the Detroit Mercy ledger, Antoine Davis needed to make four 3-pointers to tie Stephen Curry’s NCAA freshman record of 122. Davis, who scored 20 points, shot 3-for-10 from 3-point range.Davis entered the day as the nation’s second-leading scorer at 26.6 points per game. His next opportunity will be at historic Calihan Hall, against IUPUI, Thursday at 7:00 P.M.

Coach Kampe said after the game, “Eighty-percent of their points come from three guys……we had a plan to shut those players down.”Braden Norris had a great game in the paint for Oakland, scoring 23. Xavier Hill-Mais added a game high 29 and Brad Brechting grabbed 12 boards.

Because of the outcome, it was also free pizza from Buddy’s for all those who attended. Buddy’s has a promotion, if Oakland wins and scores 85 or more points—free pizza.

Both teams are jockeying for Horizon League play-off positions and their final two games are essential. The Horizon League Finals will be March 11-12 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit.

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Mike Krzyzewski: “Zion Williamson wants to play at Duke” https://www.talkbasket.net/38312-mike-krzyzewski-zion-williamson-will-play-at-duke https://www.talkbasket.net/38312-mike-krzyzewski-zion-williamson-will-play-at-duke#respond Sun, 24 Feb 2019 16:51:11 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38312 Following Duke’s 75-65 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking about Zion Williamson and his situation, said, per Sports.yahoo.com: “He wants to play. He loves being at Duke. He’s handled everything all year great. He’s such a great kid. We would never play a kid who’s not ready to play. […]

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Mike Krzyzewski: “Zion Williamson wants to play at Duke”

Following Duke’s 75-65 victory over Syracuse on Saturday night, Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, speaking about Zion Williamson and his situation, said, per Sports.yahoo.com:

“He wants to play. He loves being at Duke. He’s handled everything all year great. He’s such a great kid. We would never play a kid who’s not ready to play. We’d never play a youngster who didn’t want to play. So, it’s not about that.”

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Zion Williamson will not play on Saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/38180-zion-williamson-will-not-play-on-saturday https://www.talkbasket.net/38180-zion-williamson-will-not-play-on-saturday#respond Fri, 22 Feb 2019 17:08:22 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38180 The Duke forward Zion Williamsom will miss the matchup against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday. The 18-year-old player has been diagnosed with a grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is day-to-day.

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Zion Williamson will not play on Saturday

The Duke forward Zion Williamsom will miss the matchup against the Syracuse Orange on Saturday.

The 18-year-old player has been diagnosed with a grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is day-to-day.

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Zion Williamson suffers grade 1 knee sprain https://www.talkbasket.net/38056-zion-williamson-suffers-grade-1-knee-sprain https://www.talkbasket.net/38056-zion-williamson-suffers-grade-1-knee-sprain#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 23:55:32 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=38056 Duke freshman Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is day-to-day.

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Zion Williamson suffers grade 1 knee sprain

Duke freshman Zion Williamson has been diagnosed with a grade 1 right knee sprain and his status is day-to-day.

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Zion Williamson has an $8 million injury insurance https://www.talkbasket.net/37967-zion-williamson-has-an-8-million-injury-insurance https://www.talkbasket.net/37967-zion-williamson-has-an-8-million-injury-insurance#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 13:45:03 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=37967 Duke forward Zion Williamson has an $8 million loss of value insurance, according to Darren Rovell of The Action Network. The 18-year-old player cannot collect on the insurance policy unless he will be picked 16th or later in the upcoming NBA draft.

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Zion Williamson has an $8 million injury insurance

Duke forward Zion Williamson has an $8 million loss of value insurance, according to Darren Rovell of The Action Network.

The 18-year-old player cannot collect on the insurance policy unless he will be picked 16th or later in the upcoming NBA draft.

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Nike appeal to Zion Williamson and his current situation https://www.talkbasket.net/37951-nike-appeal-to-zion-williamson-and-his-current-situation https://www.talkbasket.net/37951-nike-appeal-to-zion-williamson-and-his-current-situation#respond Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:41:25 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=37951 Duke forward Zion Williamson suffered knee injury on Wednesday’s game when his left Nike sneaker fell apart in the first minute of the matchup against North Carolina. Following Williamson’s injury, Nike made a statement on the issue, per Bleacher Report: “We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery. The quality and […]

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Nike appeal to Zion Williamson and his current situation

Duke forward Zion Williamson suffered knee injury on Wednesday’s game when his left Nike sneaker fell apart in the first minute of the matchup against North Carolina.

Following Williamson’s injury, Nike made a statement on the issue, per Bleacher Report:

“We are obviously concerned and want to wish Zion a speedy recovery. The quality and performance of our products are of utmost importance. While this is an isolated occurrence, we are working to identify the issue.”

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Jordan Mickey on Louisville scandal case: I want to believe that coach Pitino is not thinking about that any more https://www.talkbasket.net/35441-jordan-mickey-on-louisville-scandal-case-i-want-to-believe-that-coach-pitino-is-not-thinking-about-that-any-more https://www.talkbasket.net/35441-jordan-mickey-on-louisville-scandal-case-i-want-to-believe-that-coach-pitino-is-not-thinking-about-that-any-more#respond Sun, 20 Jan 2019 12:36:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35441 Jordan Mickey has been a great addition to Khimki Moscow Region’s roster this year. His combination of uncanny athletic ability and three-point efficiency has rendered him one of the most versatile big men of the Euroleague competition. Despite Khimki’s hands-down loss to Olympiacos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, Mickey gave a fierce battle against […]

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Jordan Mickey on Louisville scandal case: I want to believe that coach Pitino is not thinking about that any more

Jordan Mickey has been a great addition to Khimki Moscow Region’s roster this year. His combination of uncanny athletic ability and three-point efficiency has rendered him one of the most versatile big men of the Euroleague competition.

Despite Khimki’s hands-down loss to Olympiacos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium, Mickey gave a fierce battle against Nikola Milutinov, finishing the game with 21 points on 7/10 two-pointers and 2/3 threes and grabbing 7 rebounds. Even his rookie season in the Euroleague proves to be also his last one, the 24-year-old center will have left his mark. “In truth, I wanted to sign him last year, but then I did not have that opportunity”, were the words of Giorgos Bartzokas when the Russian club made the player’s signing official.

Mickey spent the past three seasons with the Boston Celtics and the Miami Heat in the NBA, averaging 4 points and 3.6 rebounds in 23 games with Miami last season. He played college basketball for Louisiana State University before being selected by the Celtics with the 33rd overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft.

In June 2012, he took an official visit to Louisville, accompanied by his father James. Both Jordan and James were reportedly impressed with Louisville coach Rick Pitino on the visit. “Coach Pitino is a phenomenal coach. Throughout most of our visit, he’s so hands on” , said the elder Mickey.

About three and a half years after that visit, in October 2015, Jordan Mickey and his then teammate, Celtics rookie Terry Rozier, saw their names being featured in an ESPN report as well as in a book by an Ohio woman, who claimed she provided strippers and prostitutes to Louisville basketball recruits from 2010 to 2014. Rozier and Mickey eventually chose LSU over Louisville and, whenever asked, they attempted to deflect questions about the allegations. Mickey went so far as to claim he doesn’t remember his Louisville recruiting visit.

However, Rozier was more eager to comment on Rick Pitino’s share of responsibility: “I will say that Coach P, as far as the dorm situations and visits, he’d go out to eat with the recruits and their parents. As far as after that, he wouldn’t know. I can say his nose is clean”. Pitino said he had no knowledge of the parties, but his reputation had already been damaged, almost beyond repair.

Jordan Mickey was asked by TalkBasket.net to comment on the issue and that’s what he said:

Q: Rick Pitino has been sitting on Panathinaikos’s bench for almost a month. What do you think of him and his decision to coach in Europe?

A: I think he’ll be fine. The truth is that he’s a Hall Οf Fame coach who led Louisville to the championship. He’s been around for many years. A lot of guys are willing to play for him because of his resume.

Q: As a prospective college player, you traveled to Louisville, but eventually ended up going to LSU. What happened exactly?

A: I did. I went on a visit to Louisville, I had fun and enjoyed it. I just felt more comfortable in LSU that year.

Q: Did you have a difficult time afterwards, with the allegations concerning the sex scandal?

A: I don’t think about what happened in the past. People moved on. It’s behind everybody. I want to believe that coach Pitino is not thinking about that any more.

Mickey took the time to answer other questions as well:

Q: What’s the reason that Khimki did not manage to be more competitive against Olympiacos?

A: It was a tough game. We ended up losing, but we played hard and they were just a better team tonight. I think that we could have scored more. Some guys just had to be more aggressive. We missed some open shots that we normally hit. It’s a matter of us getting into the gym and continue to work.

Q: Was it a matter of absences as well?

A: Yes, we’re missing Shved and Anthony (Gill) is not at 100%. That’s no excuse because guys have to play and step up. Shved is a big part of our team, but Olympiacos has one of the best defenses in the Euroleague. They are a good team. We just have to be more aggressive.

Q: How are you feeling in Khimki?

A: Pretty good. I feel I’m having a good year. I want to continue to get better to help my team get some more wins.

Q: As an ex-NBA player, do you believe that Nikola Milutinov belongs there?

A: He’s a good player and has a big body. I wouldn’t have any doubt if I saw him in the NBA. It’s his choice.

Q: Which are your ambitions, regarding this year and the ones that follow?

A: Right now, my ambition is to help my team win and try to get us to the play-offs. I just want to continue to fire up my basketball career. My focus right now is Khimki basketball.

Q: How did you make the decision to come to Europe and Khimki?

A: I just wanted to keep playing because I spent three years in the NBA and didn’t get to play a lot. I wanted to play the game I love and have some fun. That’s what drew me to come over here.

Q: Is there something you keep from your NBA years?

A: Just hard work. I always got to work hard because you never know when opportunities come. That’s what I try to do: make the most of my opportunities.

Q: What’s the reason behind players like you, Derrick Williams or Sean Kilpatrick choosing to play in Europe?

A: Guys like us just want to play. Some of us have played in the G-League and our talent was recognised there. So, we came here to play at the next highest level, right below the NBA, which is the Euroleague. Guys come here to play for a year or two and a lot of them go back to the NBA, making careers out of it.

Q: Would you compare the Euroleague to the NBA or the G-League?

A: I’d compare it to the NBA. Guys out here are talented, extremely skilled and athletic. That’s the reason why the Euroleague is right below the NBA.

Q: Who’s the most talented player and who’s the most difficult opponent you’ve met in Europe so far?

A: Truthfully, the most talented is probably Alexey Shved. He’s an exceptional talent as far as scoring the ball and creating situations for his teammates. He’s a great player. As an opponent? That’s a difficult one … Probably De Colo. He makes things happen, shooting and scoring the ball, just like Shved, helping his team win.

Q: Is it true that before starting your career you studied how Dennis Rodman became a dominant rebounder?

A: Yes, it is. When I was coming out and first started playing basketball, my father told me: “If you want to stay on the floor, you got to play defense and rebound the ball”. That’s what I started with, then. Rebounding was one of the things that helped me get noticed. I’m trying to continue to further it: grab rebounds over bigger guys and use what I have against other players.

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Ignas Brazdeikis: “It was always my personal goal to play for Lithuanian national team” https://www.talkbasket.net/35139-ignas-brazdeikis-it-was-always-my-personal-goal-to-play-for-lithuanian-national-team https://www.talkbasket.net/35139-ignas-brazdeikis-it-was-always-my-personal-goal-to-play-for-lithuanian-national-team#respond Sun, 13 Jan 2019 13:52:24 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=35139 The Michigan Wolverines forward Ignas Brazdeikis would welcome an opportunity to become a Lithuanian citizen and possibly put on the national team jersey as well. “It would be great to represent my country, Lithuania. If I received a dual citizenship, it would open many doors to me and my family”, the 20-year-old player told basketnews.lt. […]

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Ignas Brazdeikis: “It was always my personal goal to play for Lithuanian national team”

The Michigan Wolverines forward Ignas Brazdeikis would welcome an opportunity to become a Lithuanian citizen and possibly put on the national team jersey as well.

“It would be great to represent my country, Lithuania. If I received a dual citizenship, it would open many doors to me and my family”, the 20-year-old player told basketnews.lt.

RELATED: Sabonis on Ignas Brazdeikis: “We will work to make him Lithuanian”

Iggy Brazdeikis, as he is known in Canada and the USA, was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, but his parents went to the United States (Chicago) when he was just two years old.

After switching place of residence several times, his family finally settled in Canada in Oakville which is near Toronto.

Brazdeikis has some basketball roots in his family, as his second aunt, Lina Brazdeikyte, won the 1997 EuroBasket Women with the Lithuania women’s national team.

Brazdeikis won the silver medal with Team Canada at the 2015 FIBA Americas U-16 Championship, averaging 9.2 points and 7.2 rebounds a game. He also played for Canada at the 2016 FIBA U-17 World Championship, averaging 14.7 points and 6.9 rebounds a game.

After graduating from highschool, Iggy followed the footsteps of Nik Stauskas, a fellow Lithuanian-Canadian, whose name in the past has been in consideration for the national team but never got real traction.

In his debut season for the Wolverines Brazdeikis is averaging 15.9 points and 5.4 rebounds. His performances are attracting the interest of many NBA scouts. As of now, he is projected to be drafted in the end of the first round of the NBA Draft 2019.

Understandably, Brazdeikis also attracted the interest of Lithuanian Basketball Federation, who is reportedly in contact with his family.

Though in order to be eligible for the Lithuanian national team, Brazdeikis would not only have to get permit from FIBA and the Canadian Basketball Federation but also obtain the Lithuanian citizenship which might be the biggest issue.

Dual citizenship is strictly limited under Lithuanian laws and it would be rather difficult for Brazdeikis to obtain it. He might try getting it by exception which allows giving Lithuanian citizenship to people who contribute significantly to Lithuania’s statehood.

Based on Lithuanian laws, if a citizen receives a citizenship from another country, he automatically loses the Lithuanian one. That was the case with Bazdeikis as well. The most famous case is that of Zydrunas Ilgauskas who accepted the American citizenship at the end of his basketball career.

It remains to be seen whether the Lithuanian Basketball Federation will at least try to take any steps in order to make Brazdeikis eligible for the national team. A lot will depend on what is the progress of the player himself and whether his desire to represent his home country will still be there.

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Detroit Mercy Freshman Scores 48 https://www.talkbasket.net/34861-detroit-mercy-freshman-scores-48 https://www.talkbasket.net/34861-detroit-mercy-freshman-scores-48#respond Sun, 06 Jan 2019 20:08:20 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34861 DETROIT– It was a very special night in historic Calihan Hall as the University of Detroit Mercy Titans rolled over Wright State University, 79-58. Freshman Antoine Davis hit for 48 points including 10-threes, as he led the Titans to a Horizon League victory. It was his first Horizon League home game on the historic court. […]

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Detroit Mercy Freshman Scores 48

DETROIT– It was a very special night in historic Calihan Hall as the University of Detroit Mercy Titans rolled over Wright State University, 79-58.

Freshman Antoine Davis hit for 48 points including 10-threes, as he led the Titans to a Horizon League victory. It was his first Horizon League home game on the historic court.

Wright State got off to a fast start and led early until Detroit Mercy went on a 16-2 run, taking the lead at 1:30 to go before halftime. Derrien King made the field goal and the Titans never relinquished the lead. At the break they led 34-27.

King chipped in 11 points and Gerald Blackshear grabbed eight rebounds for the winners. Loudon Love, Mark Hughes, Bill Wampler ended in double figures for Wright State. Hughes also came up with three steals.

But it was the electric performance by Davis, who was 15-24 from the field, that kept the Detroit Mercy faithful cheering. Even with a WSU defensive hand in his face, with his quick release, his aim stayed true. He stayed hot and consistent, “SWISH.” It was an exceptional performance. Davis leads the country (NCAA D-I) in 3’s made with 81.

First year coach, Mike Davis is the father of Antoine Davis. Detroit Mercy used an eight-man rotation.

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Rick Pitino on a possible return to the NCAA or the NBA: “I am only thinking of making the playoffs with Panathinaikos” https://www.talkbasket.net/34834-rick-pitino-on-a-possible-return-to-the-ncaa-or-the-nba-i-am-only-thinking-of-making-the-playoffs-with-panathinaikos https://www.talkbasket.net/34834-rick-pitino-on-a-possible-return-to-the-ncaa-or-the-nba-i-am-only-thinking-of-making-the-playoffs-with-panathinaikos#respond Sat, 05 Jan 2019 15:03:08 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=34834 Rick Pitino spoke with the media following the loss to Olympiacos (79-65) and addressed the rumours for a possible return to the NCAA or the NBA. “When I left last year, I said I wanted to go back to the NBA, and that’s why I took this job (at Panathinaikos), but right now to be […]

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Rick Pitino on a possible return to the NCAA or the NBA: “I am only thinking of making the playoffs with Panathinaikos”

Rick Pitino spoke with the media following the loss to Olympiacos (79-65) and addressed the rumours for a possible return to the NCAA or the NBA.

“When I left last year, I said I wanted to go back to the NBA, and that’s why I took this job (at Panathinaikos), but right now to be honest, I’m not thinking of anything except trying to make the playoffs with this organisation,” the 66-year-old Hall of Famer said.

“It’s not easy for a coach to come in and does not know the offense, defense and out of bounds plays. I have to find new ways, in order to win. I miss my family, but overall I am having a great time here. The owner has been great to me, and I am focused to be the coach here.”

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Paul Pierce: “Duke could take on the Cleveland Cavaliers” https://www.talkbasket.net/32513-paul-pierce-duke-could-take-on-the-cleveland-cavaliers https://www.talkbasket.net/32513-paul-pierce-duke-could-take-on-the-cleveland-cavaliers#respond Sat, 10 Nov 2018 22:01:15 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32513 Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst, Paul Pierce, speaking about Duke University’s players and their possibilities said, per ESPN: “They could beat Cleveland – you heard it here first.” The “Blue Devils” cruised past the Kentucky Wildcats (118-84) in the season opener on Tuesday. R.J. Barrett led the winners with 33 points, Zion Williamson […]

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Paul Pierce: “Duke could take on the Cleveland Cavaliers”

Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst, Paul Pierce, speaking about Duke University’s players and their possibilities said, per ESPN: “They could beat Cleveland – you heard it here first.”

The “Blue Devils” cruised past the Kentucky Wildcats (118-84) in the season opener on Tuesday. R.J. Barrett led the winners with 33 points, Zion Williamson and Cameron Reddish posted 28 and 22 points, respectively.

Meanwhile, the Cleveland Cavaliers, with one win and ten losses, are the worst team in the NBA so far.

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Tough Exhibition Losses for Wayne State, the Start of the Mike Davis Era at Detroit Mercy https://www.talkbasket.net/32292-tough-exhibition-losses-for-wayne-state-the-start-of-the-mike-davis-era-at-detroit-mercy https://www.talkbasket.net/32292-tough-exhibition-losses-for-wayne-state-the-start-of-the-mike-davis-era-at-detroit-mercy#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 18:12:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=32292 DETROIT— The men’s and women’s basketball teams from Detroit Mercy and Wayne State faced off in season opening exhibition games at Calihan Hall. Both contests were thrilling and came down to the last five seconds. The games were billed as the 3rd Annual City College Series benefiting the Detroit Public Schools K-5 program. Michigan First […]

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Tough Exhibition Losses for Wayne State, the Start of the Mike Davis Era at Detroit Mercy

DETROIT— The men’s and women’s basketball teams from Detroit Mercy and Wayne State faced off in season opening exhibition games at Calihan Hall. Both contests were thrilling and came down to the last five seconds. The games were billed as the 3rd Annual City College Series benefiting the Detroit Public Schools K-5 program. Michigan First Credit Union was a marketing partner. Before the game the new Director of the Detroit Sports Commission, Kris Smith, was introduced.

Sophomore Lexey Tobel drove to the basket from around the top of the key to break a 56-56 tie with a layup and three seconds left. This gave the Lady Titans a 58-56 victory over the never-say-die WSU Lady Warriors. Wayne State wasn’t able to get a last-second shot with 1.5 seconds left. Tobel led all scorers with 21 points. She said postgame, “I knew I had to finish this shot.”

In the nightcap and start of the new Detroit Mercy coach Mike Davis era, the Titans won on a game-winning three-pointer with less than two seconds left. Senior Josh McFolley hit the three, as the University of Detroit Mercy downed Wayne State, 79-76.

It was Davis’ first feel of the iconic building with a crowd and real game action. In June, Davis was hired as the 22nd head coach in Titans history. The veteran educator brings a load of experience in his 18 years as a head coach. He has accumulated an impressive 352-241 record with 14 postseason trips and nine appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Freshman Antoine Davis led all scorers with 20 points and McFolley added 17 points for the winners and Latin Davis added 15. Darian Owens-White had 18 points for Wayne State. Jacob Joubert, who played for Detroit Mercy last season, saw five minutes of action for Wayne State. Detroit Mercy was awarded 32 free throw attempts compared to only seven for WSU.

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Shaquille O’Neal’s son to miss the season due to heart surgery https://www.talkbasket.net/30491-shaquille-oneals-son-to-miss-the-season-due-to-heart-surgery https://www.talkbasket.net/30491-shaquille-oneals-son-to-miss-the-season-due-to-heart-surgery#respond Sat, 29 Sep 2018 15:18:23 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=30491 Shareef O’Neal, the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, will miss his first season at UCLA, because of heart surgery. O’Neal told TMZ on Friday he went to the doctor for a routine checkup. Following the medical examination, he discovered he had a medical issue in his heart. The 18-year-old player will undergo surgery and will return to […]

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Shaquille O’Neal’s son to miss the season due to heart surgery

Shareef O’Neal, the son of Hall of Famer Shaquille O’Neal, will miss his first season at UCLA, because of heart surgery.

O’Neal told TMZ on Friday he went to the doctor for a routine checkup. Following the medical examination, he discovered he had a medical issue in his heart.

The 18-year-old player will undergo surgery and will return to the court on time for the 2019/20 season.

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McFolley Gets Career-High, Titans Edged By UIC in Historic Calihan Hall https://www.talkbasket.net/27430-mcfolley-gets-career-high-titans-edged-uic-historic-calihan-hall https://www.talkbasket.net/27430-mcfolley-gets-career-high-titans-edged-uic-historic-calihan-hall#respond Tue, 06 Feb 2018 08:25:27 +0000 https://www.talkbasket.net/?p=27430 DETROIT– It was a cold and snowy Super Bowl Sunday but Junior Josh McFolley was hot as he tallied a career-high 30 points. It wasn’t enough as the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team fell, 78-69, to University of Illinois-Chicago in historic Calihan Hall. McFolley was a career-best 11-of- 23 from the field with […]

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McFolley Gets Career-High, Titans Edged By UIC in Historic Calihan Hall

DETROIT– It was a cold and snowy Super Bowl Sunday but Junior Josh McFolley was hot as he tallied a career-high 30 points. It wasn’t enough as the University of Detroit Mercy men’s basketball team fell, 78-69, to University of Illinois-Chicago in historic Calihan Hall.

McFolley was a career-best 11-of- 23 from the field with four 3-pointers and also came away with a career-best six steals and five rebounds. Graduate senior Roschon Prince posted 18 points with five rebounds and redshirt junior Kameron Chatman ended with 13 points, 10 rebounds and three steals.

Senior DeShawndre Black tied his career high with eight assists, playing all 40 minutes but he was cold from the floor, going 0-11. Sophomore Cole Long pulled down a career-best nine rebounds.

Detroit Mercy (7-18, 3-9 HL) started the game on a 7-0 run, but UIC (14-11, 9-3 HL) was able to cool off the Titans and take a 43-37 lead at half-time. The Titans got within four, 71-67 with 1:13 left in the game but UIC was able to hold on for the win.

Meanwhile, sophomore Dikembe Dixson scored a team-high 23 points for UIC as the third-place Flames clinched their sixth-consecutive victory. Sophomore guard Tarkus Ferguson had a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Ferguson and the Flames will play five of their next six games