For Villanova basketball fans, it’s a very long offseason. Especially when you consider the painful and disappointing way it ended, the Wildcats getting dismissed from March madness much earlier than anyone anticipated. Well, next year Villanova basketball will be very strong, as they’ll carry the flag for the Big East conference. In the summer, Wildcats fans, needs something to talk about.Follow paulmbanks
Aaron Gordon and Nick Johnson helped lead the Arizona Wildcats to a Pac-12 regular season championship and number one seed in the NCAA Tournament. While Gordon is the more coveted NBA prospect, it was Johnson who raked in post-season accolades including Pac-12 Player of the Year and Second Team All-American.
Even with his newfound hardware, Nick Johnson is considered a borderline first round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft due to the fact that is a combo guard with no true position at the next level. At the NBA Draft Combine, Gordon gave his fellow Wildcat a major vote of confidence.Follow paulmbanks
If you want to forecast how the professional basketball career of over-publicized, former Ohio State guard Aaron Craft, then look at the pro career of once over-publicized, former Notre Dame guard Ben Hanbrough.
If SIU is “Floor burn U,” then Ben Hansbrough was “Captain Floor Burn.” During his college basketball career, he was even grindier than his brother Tyler Hansbrough. Ben didn’t make any preseason Big East all-conference teams, but yet he was the 2010-11 BE POY. Ben Hansbrough and Aaron Craft aren’t that similar of players, but they do have some similarities; most importantly the bottom line of what their NBA future holds.Follow paulmbanks
Marshall Henderson made his way to the NCAA Tournament, even though the rest of his Ole Miss Rebels did not. He made the trip up to Memphis to watch the South Regional semifinals and root for Florida. Remember when Marshall Henderson mockingly did the ‘Gator Chomp’ at Florida after the Rebels beat UF in last season’s SEC tournament title game? The irony there was just delicious… The flamboyant and controversial (he’s got a bit of a checkered past, we’ll get into that in a minute) shooting guard saw his very prolific college basketball career end recently. Now we’ll see if he has any chance at a pro career.Follow paulmbanks
CBS Sports is bringing together Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio State and UCLA, for a new early season college basketball showcase, the CBS Sports Classic. Or basically, their answer to ESPN’s “Champions Classic.”
This has been in the works for some time. When covering the Champions Classic last year, we heard there was a second arrangement of this sport in the works. We knew this past December about the other three teams, other than Ohio State.Follow paulmbanks
Craig Robinson has friends in high places. Unlike myself, and Garth Brooks, who have friends in low places. However, Robinson’s political connections weren’t enough to save his job in Corvallis, Oregon. Sometimes it’s actually NOT about who you know (shocking I know) but more about the results you can produce.
Craig Robinson didn’t produce many results with the Oregon State basketball team, and the AP has reported this afternoon that the University has terminated his employment because of it.Follow paulmbanks
Now that we know which college basketball players have declared for the NBA Draft and top 2014 recruit Myles Turner has made his college decision, it is time to update my insanely early 2014-15 Top 25 college basketball rankings. Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and entering the draft. Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or if you notice an error in a projected roster. (Click here to see how my 2013-14 way too early preseason college basketball rankings turned out.)
Allow me to present to you my way too early 2014-2015 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings. (Check out The Sports Bank’s 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.)Follow paulmbanks
The deadline has passed for college basketball players to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft. Here is the up-to-date list of the 2014 NBA Draft early entries.
Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014 NBA Draft. Click on the player’s name for an in-depth scouting report.
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When I released my way too early 2014-15 preseason rankings, the Arizona Wildcats were the clearcut number one. Those were posted under the assumption that Aaron Gordon was leaving for the NBA Draft but that Nick Johnson would return for his senior season. With Gordon and Johnson both announcing they are turning pro, McDonald’s All-American Stanley Johnson now becomes an even more vital piece next season for Sean Miller.Follow paulmbanks
Studies show that the NCAA makes about $11 billion a year in revenue. Remarkably close to the $10.8 billion the NCAA received from CBS and Turner Sports to broadcast March Madness. The Chicago Sun-Times briefly printed that Anthony Davis received $120,000 for his one year at Kentucky. They quickly took it down and retracted it under the threat of lawsuit.
However, if Davis was had for $120,000 that’s actually below the average worth of a college basketball player. Then considering how Davis won all the national player of the year awards and led the Wildcats to a national title. Well, John Calipari really got a steal on his return of investment.Follow paulmbanks
The ESPN 30 for 30 series (along with Grantland, Outside the Lines, Nate Silver, Jay Bilas and a couple other programs/personalities) comprises what grown-ups and intellectuals go for when consuming the World Wide Leader.
If you’re under 14, or your intellectual development is, then by all means enjoy all the SportsCenter, NFL Primetime, Baseball Tonight, Numbers Never Lie, First Take, Around the Horn, Skip Bayless, Chris Berman, Jemele Hill, Ray Lewis, Darren Rovell, Stephen A. Smith rubbish that you wish. While you’re at the kiddie table, we’ll debate the best ESPN 30 for 30 films of all time.
And it’s highly debatable, as there’s so many great documentaries to choose from. Near impossible to limit this list to just ten. Here’s the ESPN 30 for 30 episode list Click the titles where highlighted for more on each one.Follow paulmbanks
With Andrew Wiggins expected to be the first pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, the Kansas Jayhawks have a hole to fill at small forward. Enter McDonald’s All-American, Kelly Oubre. The 6-7 Findlay Prep product should start for KU next season at small forward but is trying to be his himself and not replicate what the Jayhawks are losing in Wiggins.Follow paulmbanks