By Cory Van Riper,
In the increasingly-open world of college basketball, transfers and newcomers play a huge role in shaping the identity of teams throughout the country. Here are the impact newcomers to watch for each Big Ten team in 2014-15.
By John Catona,
Being the leader of a top-flight college basketball program has changed over the past few decades. Recruiting has heated up, to the point one is expected to bring in a slew of “one-and-done’s” that fill up an arena as soon as they arrive on-campus.
By Arjun Karthikeyan
With Lebron James returning to play for the Cleveland Cavaliers many people began wondering what it would be like if all NBA players returned to their hometowns to play. While an interesting topic in its own merit, a peer and I began to wonder, what if colleges and NBA teams worked together to create a partnership? Imagine the excitement for fans that grow up in a city following both the collegiate and professional basketball teams that get to watch the best players for their collegiate team go on to play for the nearby professional team. The time overlap, for example, would allow Michael Jordan to play alongside James Worthy and then eventually Vince Carter in their professional careers. Forming this partnership would bring collegiate and NBA fans closer than ever. (more…)
By Matthew Pertz,
After a momentous win over nearby rival NC State in 2013, UNC coach Roy Williams lauded then-freshman Marcus Paige, saying, “My little freshman is a tough little nut. He’s getting better and better as we go along.” Initially, the phrase “tough little nut” does not sound like typical praise. In fact, it sounds rather patronizing and condescending, and Paige was confused by his coach’s remarks. “I really wasn’t sure how to take it. Whenever you hear the ‘little’ nickname, you’re not sure if he’s joking on me.” However, the nickname is indicative of Williams’ favorite character traits: heart, hustle, toughness, grit, and industriousness. Fast-forward to the present, and Paige is prepared to improve on his breakout sophomore campaign and prove his merit as the best player in the nation.
By Cory Van Riper-Rose,
With a few months to go before the 2014-2015 college basketball season kicks off, let’s examine the top three early season tournaments coming up this fall. Like every big college hoops fan, I like a good, old-fashioned bracket, so we’ll stick with tournaments that follow that format here.
By Amos Leak,
Lately, Philadelphia has not been as dominate in basketball as far as talent as he it has been in previous years. The city known for basketball with the talents of Aaron Mckie, Rasheed Wallace, Wilt Chamberlain, Earl Monroe, Kyle Lowry, Markieff and Marcus Morris have been looking for the next star to arrive in the NBA. Based on research and information, Jerrell Wright could be the next 1 to do so. Jerrell Wright is a 6’8” 245 lb. F from Philadelphia and is looking to take the opportunity and maybe becoming the next big thing from that pot of great Philadelphia players. He has not been projected in any round for 2015 draft but there is definitely room for improvement and that could all change. He has made a strong case in his career. (more…)
By John Catona,
The scene was a horrific one for Duke in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, as they could not stop the veteran-laden 14-seed Mercer squad from upsetting them in the first round. Star freshman Jabari Parker was a shell of the player he was during the regular season, and sophomore Rodney Hood could not even find the area code for the basket. The two combined to go a paltry 6-24 from the field, and 2-8 from three-point range. After the game one thing was apparent, Duke better change the way they play or they will experience more first-round exits in the near-future. (more…)
By Amos Leak,
There is always a big surprise in college basketball. The key is trying to find which player can be the biggest surprise of them all once the season is over.
By Brian Buckey,
For years now, Tom Izzo has built the Michigan State program on toughness and grit. That is not to say the Spartans have lacked talent, but they have built an identity as a team that defends and rebounds. That identity has led to extended success in the postseason. (more…)