By Josh Miller,
If you haven’t been living under a rock since the college basketball season started, then you know the 2014 draft class could be one of the best—and perhaps comparable to the 2003 class and maybe even the 1996 class. While one-and-done freshman are the norm now, not all of them reach their full potential and become the players they are projected to be out of college. This class however, seems a little bit different. The talent is undeniable, but also the maturity level, poise, and potential for growth is clearly visible among the notable players such as Kansas’ phenoms Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Duke’s Jabari Parker, Dante Exum out of Australia, and Oklahoma State sophomore Marcus Smart. All of these players are a bit unique and all have something special about their games. Obviously, the mock drafts project them to get drafted by lottery teams, but that might not be the best fit for them, as we’ve seen players time and time again wallow on miserable teams.
By Amos Leak,
The College Season is over. NCAA and NBA are getting ready to embark on a new generation of players, administration, coaching and rules. When you are in the middle a huge power change in what could affect these guys and their college career, there seems to be opportunity for growth. There’s no telling what will happen in the next coming month but the change of the meals for college students have started the power movement. With the opportunity to join the biggest brand in the world under the Jordan Brand, the Barclay Center hosted some of the most extremely talented players in high school basketball. Will they all become NBA Players, there’s no telling, but the talent on display seems like the right direction to a great 2014-2015 college year.
By Sagar Patel,
One of the more impressive teams throughout the college season was the Arizona Wildcats. The Pac-12 Juggernaut had an impressive run at the beginning of the season, leading to multiple weeks as the number one over ranked team in the nation. The team itself also boasted a plethora of good players. Aaron Gordon showed he was one of the nation’s top freshmen and a top NBA prospect. On the other side you have a veteran player in junior guard Nick Johnson who had a great season, so great that he lifted his draft stock from a low second round prospect to now a first round prospect. The 2013-2014 season was a great one, but it could have been better. How you say? Well the Wildcats did not even have one of their best players on the court.
By Ed Cooley,
Providence College Men’s Basketball shocked many this past season when they stormed their way through the Big East Conference Tournament, beating Creighton in the championship game, and earned themselves a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Although they fell to North Carolina in the first round, they certainly went farther this season than most anticipated for them. Now the question that is on everyone’s mind is just how much they will do next season. Was this trip to the tournament a one-time deal, or are the Friars going to stick around for a while?