Archive - Article
There are all sorts of swell matchups this week, largely due to the ACC-Big Ten hookups.
Tuesday’s action includes Indiana at Syracuse (No. 6), Michigan at Duke (9) and Notre Dame at Iowa.
Wednesday it will be North Carolina at top-ranked Michigan State, Wisconsin (14) at Virginia and Maryland at Ohio State (4).
Another one to watch Monday: Florida (12) at Connecticut (7).
Just as knowing is half the battle, being an NBA ready talent is only half of what makes or breaks an NBA career. The D-League, Euroleagues, and cashier lines are littered with former NBA fodder; soon to-be-stars for whom prodigious athletic skill wasn't quite enough to keep their proverbial cup of coffee warm. Some are injury-riddled, some are befuddled by glaring holes in their game, most just never came to the realization that being a superior athlete often just isn't enough.
The talent level present in today’s college game continues to astound on a nightly basis. From point guards to centers, and from BCS conferences to the mid-majors, the NCAA game is fully saturated. This week’s Stock Watch was hardly an easy task to compile, with names like Olivier Hanlan and Nick Johnson being scrapped from the list.
Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State
A lot of folks are tagging this “the season of the freshman”.
And if you’re still reading this, there is no need to ID which schools those three gentlemen attend, right?
But this could very well also turn out to be “the season of the point guard”.
The 2013-2014 college basketball season is under way. The Pac-12 conference will provide great excitement due to many teams getting back their key players from the year before along with incoming freshman already creating buzz for the 2014 NBA draft. Inter-conference games will be very competitive and will deliver exhilarating matchups throughout the season.
Three teams begin the season ranked in the top 25 (Arizona, Oregon, UCLA) and will have to perform well in their difficult in-conference schedules in order to stay ranked throughout the season.
This college season and the 2014 NBA draft promise to be among the best in years. The top pick will likely be a battle to the end. All three of the top players (Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Julius Randle) have, incredibly, lived up to the hype thus far, and then some. Without further adu here is a look at our first extended mock draft of the year.
With the college basketball season in full swing and players starting to elevate their games and putting some separation between themselves and their counterparts at each position, we take a look at this week's risers and fallers on the mock drafts.
James McAdoo 6-9 230 PF/SF North Carolina Jr.
The 2013-14 season opened in nifty fashion, with the heavily touted double-dip in Chicago last Tuesday night proving to be quite worthy of all the pre-hyperbole – as did the mega-frosh who were on display.
This week’s feature game figures to be the Oklahoma State (No. 7) vs. Memphis (10) in Stillwater that could be re-played a week later in Orlando as part of the Old Spice Classic.