By John Raffel
College basketball players who can’t find happiness at their first school of choice are hoping the second-time around proves to be the charm.
Several standouts across the nation have switched to new schools and will be ready to play for the 2012-13 season. (more…)
By: Matt Campbell
It’s never too early to start looking at which college prospects will have the biggest impact in the NBA. With the trend of younger players entering the draft, and teams drafting more on potential than ability to play right away, there is great value later in the draft for teams needing a player to step in and contribute immediately. Here is my list of the most Pro-Ready college prospects. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
With the start of the 2012-2013 college basketball season a few months away, fans should keep their eye on five sleeper teams looking to make some noise.
The Creighton Bluejays are coming off a 29-6 season losing to North Carolina in the second round of the NCAA Tournament a season year. The Bluejays will rely on junior Doug McDermott who led the team in both scoring 23.2 and rebounding 8.2. Senior point guard Grant Gibbs led the team 5.1 assists is back and with two new additions in shooting guard Isaiah Zierden and point Andre Yates, the Bluejays will be a factor. (more…)
By Josh Cohen
The 2011-12 St. John’s basketball season was supposed to redefine the Red Storm as a national title contender. After a surprising first season under coach Steve Lavin, in which St. John’s advanced in the NCAA Tournament and finished ranked in the top 20, Lavin had signed an unprecedented 9 recruits to suit up for St. John’s the following season. Ranked the #3 recruiting class in the country, expectations were very high in Queens, but a 13-19 season was more reminiscent of the disappointing seasons of the past decade than the bright future that fans hoped for. Two decommits, one transfer, and one NBA Draft pick later, St. John’s enters the 2012-13 season under the national radar. Although last season wasn’t the success Lavin sought, many of the 2011 recruiting class return, hungry to prove their place among the best in the country. (more…)
Maryland’s big Ukrainian center will have a chance to showcase himself in his first full season after having to sit out 10 games because of an NCAA suspension for eligibility issues. His unique skills set is what most teams will have to look out for from the big guy and could pose as a dominant threat in the ACC. (more…)
By Wesley Best
After a record breaking season, the Ohio University men’s basketball team will be looking to build off one of its best finishes in school history.
Coming off a Mid-American Conference Championship and a Sweet 16 finish in the NCAA Tournament, the Bobcats will be seeking to repeat the success of last season, with a roster full of experience and athleticism. (more…)
By Matt Campbell
Every year when March Madness arrives, one of the biggest topics on college basketball fans minds is the sleeper teams. Teams that come from conferences that don’t get as much national attention and can upset a big name program. Heres my list of 10 Mid-Major schools to be watching for come March.
By Antwan Staley
Alex Oriakhi, Missouri - Oriakhi was named a McDonald’s All-American, a Parade All-American and the Gatorade player of the year for the state of New Hampshire. He has had a less than stellar college career so far. He only averaged 6.7 points and 4.8 rebounds as junior last year for UCONN. Oriahki has since transferred to Missouri and will be eligible to play in the 2012-2013 season.
DeAndre Daniels, UCONN – I know Daniels was only a freshman last season, but he failed to live up to expectations last year. He only averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. The 10th ranked player overall and the No. 3 small forward in the class of 2011 should have more of an impact on a basketball team than that. (more…)
By Michael Almonte
College basketball fans should keep their eye on another West Coast team during the 2012-2013 season in the San Diego State Aztecs. Coach Steve Fisher has transformed this program over the past few years into a solid ball club where expectations are now high. The Aztecs are coming off a 26-8 season finishing second in the Mountain West conference losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament to North Carolina State.
The team will rely on their top three players’ especially junior Jamaal Franklin who led the team in scoring 17.4 and rebounding 7.9 a season ago. The 6’5 shooting guard scored a season-high 35 points last March in a road overtime win against TCU. This will be a big year for Franklin who will look to take his game to the next level. A deep tournament run by the Aztecs and the level of his play could sky rocket his NBA stock if he chooses to come out after the season. (more…)