By Tim Donohoo
To round out our 14 picks in this month’s NBA Draft we go with a pair of Tar Heels. Tyler Zeller, Carolina’s 7-foot center/power forward has the rare combination of size, athleticism and offensive tools for a center. The senior out of Washington, Indiana has good size and is very mobile.
Zeller is a decent leaper for a big man and has some speed. His jump hook from the right side can be unstoppable. Possesses a soft touch and can hit the jumper within an 18-foot range. He can play an up tempo NBA style of game. Averaged 16 points and nine rebounds for a North Carolina squad that lost to Kansas in Elite 8 action (St. Louis) at last spring’s NCAA Tournament. Hits on 55 percent of his shot attempts from the field and knocks down 80 percent from the stripe. (more…)
I can never ever remember when the consensus No. 1 overall pick in the NBA drafted has waited this long to sign with an agent or agency. But Kentucky’s Anthony Davis is still mulling his choices, apparently between the Wasserman Media Group, Creative Artists Agency and Bill Duffy’s BDA Sports. Racine Journal-Times
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
Sources say the Cavaliers are very high on the 20-year-old small forward (Harrison Barnes) and appear unlikely to let him slip past them at the No. 4 slot in the June 28 draft. While this week’s predraft combine in Chicago (June 6-7), and the team workouts thereafter, could always change things, rival executives are planning for Barnes to be off the board by the time the fifth pick (Sacramento) rolls around. SI.com
“Our perimeter is an area that we’d like to add a little youth, whether it’d be the one (point guard), the two (shooting guard) or the three (small forward),” Blanks said. “We want to inject some youth in that. When you look at our roster and compare it to the draft, we feel like we’ll be able to do that in a big and impactful way.” Arizona Republic (more…)
Moe Harkless: I think I’m going to surprise a lot of people there because I don’t think a lot of people know that I can shoot the ball as well as I can. I think I’ll probably be able to show my athleticism and, you know, the things that they do the testing on. I think I’ll surprise a lot of people. DraftExpress.com (more…)
By Brandyn Smith
The talent of this year’s draft class for centers is probably as low as it has ever been. With the shift of the league to big men who can stretch the floor and have mobility, the need for a true center has diminished. With that being said, there is no substitute for size and length so let’s take a look at the top five center prospects in this year’s NBA draft. (more…)
Alex Kennedy: The Boston Celtics will be holding a pre-draft workout in the next few days. They’re working out a bunch of big men, according to sources. Twitter
Here are the Safe Bets: Harrison Barnes, North Carolina, sophomore small forward (6-foot-8, 215 pounds): No one is predicting the next coming of Kevin Durant, but Barnes is seen by most as a high-level scorer whose skills should translate at the next level. He averaged 17.1 points last season, but left Tar Heels fans wanting more at the end as he shot just 32.8 percent in four NCAA tournament games. Still, executives are confident he’ll be a productive pro even though he’s not a great athlete and his dribble-drive game needs work. “Is he going to be an All-Star? I don’t know, but it’s not like he’s going to be a bust either,” a front-office source said. SI.com (more…)
By Michael Almonte
2012 is an Olympic year and the games take place from July 27th-August 12th in London, England. Since 1992 the US Men’s basketball team has been comprised of NBA players winning the gold every time except in 2004. 1988 was the last time college players participated in the Olympic Games finishing with the bronze medal. Imagine if college players were the ones competing in the games and which 12 current players would be chosen to represent their country? Also, which coach could make all these talented and different personalities co-exist?
The perfect coach to lead to the charge would be Kentucky’s coach John Calipari who can create a winning atmosphere and explain to the players the significance of playing with pride for your country. (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
St. Louis, MO – Tyshawn Taylor poured in a game-high 22 points and the Jayhawks scored 12 unanswered points before time expired to secure their trip to New Orleans with an 80-67 victory over North Carolina in the Midwest Regional final on Sunday.
All of KU’s starters finished in double-figures, including 18 points from Thomas Robinson to go with nine rebounds and 15 points from Jeff Withey, who also supplied eight boards and three blocks, two of which came in the final minutes and helped prevent a final UNC run. Travis Releford and Elijah Johnson netted 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Jayhawks. (more…)