By Michael Almonte
For the first time in years, the UNLV Rebels will have high expectations heading into the 2012-2013 season led by star Mike Moser. The 6’8 Power forward opted to return for his junior season after passing up the NBA Draft. Moser led the team in both scoring 14.1 and rebounding 10.6. With a nice mid-range jumper, a solid rebounder and shooter from the three-ball, Moser is ready for a massive season in 2013. Conference Player of the Year is a possibility and his NBA Draft stock should only sky rocket come next June. (more…)
By: Derek McClanahan
There’s a buzz building in Ann Arbor, Michigan and it is not just because football season is just around the corner. Coach John Beilein has successfully put the University of Michigan basketball back on the map. Michigan is currently ranked eighth in Andy Katz’s early preseason rankings for next season, and could end up being higher. They bring back one of the top point guards in the country in Trey Burke, scoring wing Tim Hardaway Jr., and a top 10 recruiting class led by big man Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III.
McGary is originally from Indiana, but played at the prestigious Brewster Academy in New Hampshire. McGary once peaked as high as the number two player in the class of 2012, but eventually slid a bit and is considered a top 20-40 recruit by most recruiting sites. It was a long, drawn out process during his recruitment to get his signature but the in the end he chose to go to the University of Michigan over Duke, North Carolina, Florida, Maryland, and Kentucky. (more…)
By Nikolas DavisMost people, including fans of Michigan basketball, expected their star point guard Trey Burke to declare for the NBA draft. After much speculation and to their surprise he decided to return another year in order to help his team reach their hopes of being the winners of the National Championship and be crowned as the last team standing.
After a long thought process and time spent talking with his coach and family Burke made the decision to return to Ann Arbor to improve himself as a player as well as making himself a stronger person. This was the correct decision considering the amount of guards already committed to the NBA draft as well as the opportunity to work on his skills. (more…)
By C.E. PetersonWhen Gopher fans heard the news of Trevor Mbakwe’s return the word, ecstatic, can only barely describe their reaction. The NCAA granted Mbakwe a 6th year of eligibility and in all of that time, he has only played in a full season, once.
Starting his career for Tom Crean at Marquette, Mbakwe battled through a knee injury to play less than 10 games before transferring to play for Tubby Smith and Minnesota. Hectic, may be just the word to describe Mbakwe’s college career as in his first season at Minnesota he sat out to deal with felony assault charges. The next year, Mbakwe’s only full season thus far, he excelled averaging a double-double and becoming a dominant force in the Big 10. The next season, with expectations high in the Twin Cities, Mbakwe came down awkwardly attempting to grab a rebound and limped off the court. The MRI revealed a torn ACL, and the season was over for him less than ten games into the season, yet again. (more…)
By Sarin SaagarThe University of Arizona has long been one of the most storied programs in the history of college basketball. From 1985-2009, coached (for the majority of that period) by the legendary Lute Olsen, the Wildcats reached the NCAA tournament 25 consecutive seasons, even earning the moniker “Point Guard U” as a testament to the success of Wildcat point guards (Mike Bibby, Jason Terry, Gilbert Arenas, etc). That NCAA streak did end up coming to a halt in 2009 season in Sean Miller’s first year at the helm, as an inexperienced group finished 4th in the conference and did not engage in any sort of post season play for the first time in a long time. The following year, however, the Wildcats found themselves right back on top, and led by forward Derrick Williams (now with the Minnesota Timberwolves), advanced all the way to the Elite Eight. However, Williams’ departure to the NBA proved to be too much of a loss for Arizona, and they found themselves once again left watching the Big Dance from the sidelines. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
The St. Mary’s Gales are looking to make the NCAA Tournament for consecutive years for the first time in school history entering the 2012-2013 college basketball season. Coming off a 27-6 season that culminated with winning the WCC regular and conference championship, the Gaels lost a tough second round game to Purdue 72-69 in the tournament a year ago. (more…)
By Chris Ramirez
Minneapolis, MN – Tubby Smith has agreed to a contract extension to continue coaching at the University of Minnesota through the 2016-17 season.
Financial terms of the contract were not released at this time. Director of Athletics Norwood Teague said; “I am pleased to announce that Coach Smith and Gopher Athletics have agreed on a contract extension.” “Tubby took over our program at a difficult time and quickly got it headed back in the right direction, both athletically and academically. Since then, Gopher basketball has continued to make strides under his leadership with four postseason appearances, including last year’s exciting run to the NIT title game. I look forward to working with Coach Smith into the future to help lift Gopher basketball to even greater heights.” (more…)
By Derek McClanahan
Two of the biggest storylines in college hoops the past three years will be settling in to their new conference this upcoming season. Butler and Virginia Commonwealth University, previously of the Horizon and CAA respectively, will both be looking to make some noise in their inaugural season in the Atlantic 10. Both Butler and VCU have achieved great success in the previous couple seasons and will be looking to continue their success in the Atlantic 10. (more…)
By J. DeVance
Filling the shoes of one dominant figure can be a strenuous task. Measuring up to five is even more challenging, especially when their accolades are constantly on display as a reminder of the expectations that were left behind.
But that’s the way of life at Kentucky where growing up fast is not only expected, it’s required. (more…)
By Nikolas Davis
After a strong season that Baylor fell just short of their ultimate goal by losing in the elite eight to the soon to be national champions Kentucky Wildcats the Bears also lost their three primary forwards to the NBA Draft. Luckily they got a commitment from one of the top prospects in Isaiah Austin, an 18 year old 7-foot big man that can impact the team right away. (more…)