2015 NBA Mock Draft (6/30/14)


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Now that the 2014 NBA Draft is in the books, draft nets like myself can look ahead to next year’s class.  Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely premature 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  Click on the player’s name for an in-depth draft profile.  By the way, The Sports Bank had the most accurate NBA Mock Draft in both 2011 and 2012 along with the second most accurate mock in 2013.

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UPDATED: Complete 2014 College Basketball transfers list


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College basketball transfers are becoming a growing trend.  Here is a list of players from the marquee conferences who are transferring out of their respective programs after this past season and a list of college basketball transfers who will be eligible to play at their new school for the 2014-15 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

UPDATED: 6/3/14

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UPDATED: 2014-2015 preseason top 25 college basketball rankings


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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.)

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2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology


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Yes, I know the 2014 NCAA Tournament just ended but I’m already thinking ahead to next March.  Here is an extremely early projection of the 2015 NCAA Tournament Bracketology.   You will notice on the Bracket Matrix grades that The Sports Bank’s bracketology has been more accurate than ESPN’s Joe Lunardi four of the past five years.  

Click here for The Sports Bank’s 2014-15 preseason Top 25 rankings

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How will Marquette’s Steve Wojciechowski fare as a recruiter?


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Long-time Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski was introduced as the new Marquette head basketball coach on Tuesday.  The first-time head coach has helped recruit some of the top talent in the country for the past decade but now faces a new challenge at Marquette because let’s be honest; Duke recruits itself and Marquette is not Duke.

BREAKING: Jabari Parker very likely returning for his sophomore season

At the McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day on Tuesday, I spoke with several players who Wojo helped recruit and they had nothing but positive things to say about how Wojciechowski gets after it on the recruiting trail.

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Bruce Weber a leading candidate for the Marquette job


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Bruce Weber is well know for talking LOUDLY at press conferences; even when there is a microphone, and thus no need for AMPLIFYING HIS VOICE.

It’s something all college basketball coaches do: a lot of screaming. Well Bruce Weber is making a lot of noise right now, and he hasn’t even said a word. There’s a whole lot of noise building towards the idea of Weber leaving Kansas State to take the Marquette vacancy.

(UPDATE: With the elimination of Tennessee, Cuonzo Martin emerges as another leading candidate for the MU job)

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Marquette fans seem to love Bruce Weber to MU idea; KSU fans wish him well


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UPDATE 3-30-14: Bruce Weber named a leading candidate by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Still nothing definitive on Bruce Weber leaving Kansas State to become the Head Coach at Marquette. Here’s what we reported Monday morning, and analyzed why and why not Bruce Weber to MU would make sense. Nothing’s changed since then, other than what seems like the entire Milwaukee media, at least the whole television contingent, seriously jumping the gun on Shaka Smart to MU rumors.

All based off one tweet from a student television station producer. Yes, that’s actually exactly what happened. No Shaka, but Ben Howland has emerged as possibly the leading candidate.

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Shaka Smart officially not coming to Marquette; Media FAIL


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Shaka Smart is not coming to Marquette. He’s staying put at VCU. Therefore, all the media members jumping the gun yesterday saying Shaka Smart was a done deal…you might want to tweet a mea culpa right now.

Of course, this is just a rite of passage every March since 2011. “Shaka to school XYZ” stories have popped up every year since Smart’s improbable Final Four run. However, Shaka Smart is signed until 2019 and $1.2 million per season.

So, have fun with that buyout/trying to re-work that buyout clause.

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Eight Coaches that could replace Buzz Williams at Marquette


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UPDATE 3-30-14: Bruce Weber named a leading candidate by both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

You were probably shocked when you heard the news that Buzz Williams had left Marquette for Virginia Tech. It’s a step down in program although a huge step up in conference. From the outside, Buzz Williams bolting seemed like it came out of nowhere. Especially since Williams reportedly didn’t get along with former Marquette Athletic Director Larry Williams. Since Williams resigned, the thought was “oh, Buzz has more comfort and control now. Therefore, his position his more solidifed.”

Not so. Sources inside told The Sports Bank yesterday that MU has seen a Buzz Williams departure coming for some time, and that in the days ahead more information will come out that will make us understand why this happened. The source also said that the situation is actually the best for all involved.

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Buzz Williams leaving Marquette fallout; questions are plentiful


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“I don’t get it.” That’s been my baffled reaction since it was announced on Friday that Buzz Williams was leaving Marquette to become the head coach at Virginia Tech. So many questions and to this point outside of never-ending speculation on Twitter; so little answers.  This is just the tip of the iceberg for what is going to be a crazy off-season for Marquette.  Allow me to try and answer some of these burning questions.

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Bruce Weber to Marquette rumors: legitimate? Or K-State fan paranoia?


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(UPDATE: 3-30-14: Both the Chicago Sun-Times and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel name Bruce Weber a candidate for the job)

(UPDATE 3-25-14: Shaka Smart rumors discredited, Bruce Weber to MU idea beloved by Marquette fans, K-State fans wish him well)

A source close to the Marquette Athletic Department told The Sports Bank last night that Bruce Weber is interested in the Marquette opening. Which isn’t really news given that Weber was also rumored to be interested in the same job back when Buzz Williams was first hired.

Coincidentally, Kansas State fans have already started expressing concern online over the idea that Bruce Weber could be leaving KSU to come home to Milwaukee. Our source has not confirmed as of yet that Marquette has reciprocated any interest in Weber.  Of course, that hasn’t stopped Marquette fans from also expressing concern online over the idea that Bruce Weber could be leaving KSU to come home to Milwaukee.

So let’s get Donald Rumsfeldian and dig into all the “known unknowns” and “unknown knowns” in this situation.

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Va Tech website has wrong photo for new coach Buzz Williams


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If you’re a college basketball fan, you were probably shocked to hear the news of Buzz Williams leaving Marquette for Virginia Tech. It’s a substantial step down in program prestige, although also a huge step up in conference at the same time. We took time out of enjoying March Madness, the best week of the sports calendar to stay up late researching and compiling our list of potential candidates to replace Buzz Williams at Marquette.

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