Category Archives: College

College Basketball Top Freshman Watch for 2014-15 – Jahill Okafor

Jahlil Okafor; Credit - Kelly Kline (Getty Images)

Jahlil Okafor; Credit – Kelly Kline (Getty Images)

By Tramaine Hicks,

Being the best high school player in the nation is not only an honor but also a burden. Many times people judge you on how well you compete in a game and other players cannot wait to get their chance to show you up. Though being the number one player in the nation does give the sense that you are the best player and no matter who you play you leave your mark on the game. This year Jahill Okafor has demonstrated why he is not only one of the biggest players in this year’s class but he is one of the most dominant players in his class.

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament NBA Prospect Recap

Markel Starks, Credit - Zimbo

Markel Starks, Credit – Zimbo

By Amos Leak,

The PIT, as they call it, is one of, if not the most inspirational tournament that takes place where some of the top senior talents around the country can get the opportunity to play with each other and showcase their skills. The PIT has been taking place in Portsmouth, Virginia since 1953 and can be the difference in a player who is under the radar making to the NBA. Cases such as Kyle O’Quinn, who played at Norfolk State University and was drafted in the second round by the Orlando Magic are stories that the PIT can say that have been a huge support to helping him making the jump at the next level. In 2012, he averaged 11.7 ppg and 11.7 rpg and won MVP of the entire tournament. This year featured some players that should be watched but were the best NBA Prospects that I saw during the tournament.

Colorado’s Spencer Dinwiddie – At a Crossroads

Spencer Dinwiddie, Credit Zimbio

Spencer Dinwiddie, Credit Zombi

By Jim Tal Evans

When he awoke in Seattle on January 12th, Spencer Dinwiddie’s basketball career was in a mighty good place. Continuing to build on an already noteworthy resume, the 6-foot-6, junior point guard was the undisputed ringleader of a surprising 14 and 2 University of Colorado hoop team that had climbed to a No. 15 ranking and was primed to keep living the Cinderella dream. The Buffaloes were creating some legitimate buzz and Dinwiddie, already an All-Pac-12 first team selection, was the principle reason why. The Buffs had become buff because the the calm and poised Dinwiddie was leading the way. At that moment, at least in a basketball sense, it was full speed ahead for the now 21-year-old out of Taft High in Woodland Hills, California.

Front and Center

Isiah Austin; Credit USA Today

Isiah Austin; Credit USA Today

By Mike Brinn,

Whether you are an avid college basketball fan or someone who just paid close attention to this year’s NCAA tournament, you had to have noticed the Baylor Bears and their post season run. Maybe you are like so many other dedicated Mike Brinn fans that wait in weekly anticipation for my next article to be published. Actually, if you are in that group, you’re probably by yourself. In any case, if you follow NCAA basketball at all you know by now how the Baylor Bears were turning up the heat and advancing through the bracket. One huge factor in their success was a 7’1 big man named Isaiah Austin. Austin, a projected 2014 lottery/mid round draft pick was defending the rim, grabbing rebounds and throwing down powerful dunks to show why many teams will want him. Who says there are no dominant Centers in basketball?

To Stay or not to Stay : The Jordan Adams’ Story

Credit - LA Times

Credit – LA Times

By Sagar Patel,

UCLA is finally in a spot that they want to be in after some bad years of not doing well in the tournament and completely missing the tournament in some cases. Steve Alford looks like the head coach they needed after Ben Howland fizzled out for the Bruins. Recruitment is back to what it once was and is again producing draft worthy talent. Earlier this week the Bruins sent two players to the NBA Draft with Kyle Anderson and Zach LaVine. UCLA has enough talent coming in next year that they should mimic the success they had this year. One prospect has an important decision to make about his future. Jordan Adams has to decide if he wants to return to UCLA or to head out with his fellow teammates and enter the NBA Draft.

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