By Michael Almonte
By Jason Bleznick
When scouting a player the term “NBA Potential” gets thrown around a lot. It seems that most players in college are considered “NBA potential” athletes, but what about the select few that are ready to play at the next level tomorrow. I’m not talking about guys that could be superstars a couple of years down the round or use the word potential. These guys can step onto an NBA court tomorrow and compete with the best talent in the world. Since I am looking at players under a different level of scrutiny the list is not as big you may think; players like Austin Rivers and Perry Jones and many of the top rated talent in college are not in this group. The reasons are different for every player, but when you talk about being ready for the NBA there can’t be too many flaws in your game. You need physical and mental toughness to succeed not just pure athletic ability. Below are the six players that I believe can play in the NBA right now. This was not planned out, but they are all underclassmen. The reason is I first had to look at athletic ability and work my way through all aspects of their game. When it came down to the end I felt there were only six players that had all the attributes I was looking for. (more…)
By Nicholas Garton
By Tim Donohoo
Fans of Xavier basketball in Cincinnati and throughout the country are thanking their lucky stars for 6-foot senior guard, Tu Holloway, opting to remain at XU for his final year of eligibility. This gem of a player is worth the price of admission alone. He can do it all. Sure to be an NBA lottery pick if the pro season gets under way this time next season.
Holloway missed the first game of the year, a 74-63 win over Morgan State, due to a mandatory one game suspension for allegedly playing in two summer leagues, a secondary violation of NCAA rules. He will be in uniform Nov. 15 when his club takes on Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) in Cincinnati. (more…)
By Nicholas Garton
Battle lines have been drawn, the field generals have carefully crafted their strategies, and the foot soldiers are ready to go. All things are ready and war is upon us.
For the Michigan State Spartans men’s basketball team no amount of cliches and war talk can over-prepare them for or overhype their season opener next week. Next Friday night the Spartans head to San Diego to face the nation’s number 1 team- the North Carolina Tar Heels- in an epic clash…….on an aircraft carrier. (more…)