Melo, along with Chris Johnson (Dayton), Jarrod Jones (Ball State), Kyle O’Quinn (Norfolk State), Miles Plumlee (Duke) and Jonathon Simons (Houston), worked out for the Pacers on Tuesday. Indianapolis Star
Indiana officials would like to work out guard Evan Fournier of France one more time so Pacers president of basketball operations Larry Bird can evaluate him. Bird missed Fournier’s first workout because of a personal matter. The Pacers have the 26th overall pick Racine Journal-Times (more…)
Tomas Satoransky, the clear-cut star of Day One, bowed out of the second day’s activities. Satoransky was around; I saw him at lunch in street clothes. But word had it he was pleased with his opening day performance in the camp, and was preparing to head to the states for individual workouts with various NBA teams. NBCSports.com
The Celtics had a handful of players in town on Friday, a group that included St. Bonaventure star Andrew Nicholson. Nicholson, who is 6-foot-9 with a 7-4 wingspan, told CSNNE.com that the workout in Boston “went well,” and added that it was the first of many he would have between now and next month’s draft. “I’ve got 13 more (workouts) lined up,” said Nicholson, who said he plans to be in Oklahoma City on Saturday for a workout. CSNNE.com (more…)
By Brandyn Smith
Don’t be surprised if Austin Rivers makes an impact in the league sooner than expected. Rivers has a game that is tailor made for the NBA. What separated him from being a prototypical Coach Krzyzewski player was his isolation type of game, and not being much of a team player. He showed at Duke that he has the capability to make the big shot and get to the free-throw line, as he averaged 15.5 ppg. He may have a cockiness about him that needs to be toned down somewhat, but his confidence is unquestioned. At 6’4 200 pounds, Rivers will go through his growing pains on defensive end against stronger shooting guards in the league, but his ability to score and create his own shot will keep him on the floor. Rivers will have some maturing to do as a potent scorer in he the league to learn what‘s a good shot and what‘s not. Once he learns that he will flourish, and be a premier scorer in the NBA. (more…)
Draymond Green knows some NBA teams will think he isn’t tall or quick enough to make it in the league. The former Michigan State star, though, said he wouldn’t come up short if his intangibles could be measured. “No one has more heart or a better work ethic than me,” Green said in a recent interview, gazing across a practice court toward two of the Final Four banners he helped the Spartans earn. Detroit Free Press (more…)
Draymond Green expects to be selected between the 20th and 30th pick in the NBA draft. Utah Jazz executive Walt Perrin says the ex-Michigan State star has realistic expectations. Green was the lone senior on The Associated Press’ All-America team last season. He might be overlooked by teams earlier in the first round because some scouts don’t think he’s tall enough to play power forward or quick enough to be a small forward. The 6-foot-7 Green says he wouldn’t come up short if teams could measure his heart and work ethic. SI.com (more…)
By C.E. Peterson
Player of the Year – Anthony Davis, Kentucky – The consensus player of the year, Davis did it all this year, and finally got Calipari the coveted national championship he wanted, for quite some time. His demeanor, presence, and motor were unmatched this year as Davis won nearly every imaginable trophy there is in college basketball. The best defensive player in the nation, Davis shot 64.2 pct from the field and is mature, beyond his years.
By Chris Ramirez
East Region Recap
Jared Sullinger totaled 23 points and 11 rebounds to help Ohio State beat Cincinnati 81-66. Deshaun Thomas scored 26 points. Cashmere Wright hit four of the Bearcats nine three-pointers, finishing with a team high 18 points in the defeat.
Syracuse survived a pair of Wisconsin’s potential game winners in the final seconds to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament with a thrilling 64-63 victory in the East Region semifinals. C.J. Fair led Syracuse with 15 points and seven rebounds, while Scoop Jardine had 14 points and Dion Waiters contributed with 13 points. Jordan Taylor and Jared Berggren paced the Badgers with 17 points apiece. (more…)
By Tim Donohoo
Fasten your seat belts and get ready! The Madness begins this week. The best sports week of the year. This is sure to be a tournament to remember with North Carolina, Syracuse and Kentucky all earning No. 1 seeds despite losses in their respective conference tournaments.
This year, strength of schedule was a major contributor in selecting the field. 112 teams won at least 20 games. Washington won the regular season Pac-12 Conference title winning 14 conference games, yet was left out of the tournament, becoming the first regular season champion of a “power” conference to be neglected from selection. Teams from the six power leagues have won every national title since 1990 (UNLV national championship). (more…)
By Tim Donohoo
Five players have observers of Big Ten basketball mesmerized with their play this season. A conference which has its fans stopping to take notice of the league’s best and improving athletes.