Denzel Valentine on Wearing Michael Jordan’s Number

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Denzel Valentine wasted no time beginning his transition to “the league.” The Chicago Bulls selected him with the 14th and final pick of the  NBA Draft Thursday night. By Monday he was at Bulls headquarters to meet the media and display his #45 jersey, the number both he and his Dad wore with the Michigan State Spartans, and briefly worn by Michael Jordan himself during his 1994 Bulls comeback. 

In the media session, Bulls GM Gar Forman said that Zel showed up with four or five large duffel bags, indicating that he’s moved in now and ready to hit the ground running.

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Bulls Denzel Valentine on Future of Michigan State Hoops (Exclusive)

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It was #DenzelValentinesDay at Chicago Bulls headquarters on Monday. Denzel Valentine, the last pick in the 2016 NBA Draft Lottery, by the Chicago Bulls at #14, was unveiled to the local media for some Q&A. Zel will wear #45 with the Bulls, the same number that both he and his Dad wore at Michigan State.

It’s also the same number that Michael Jordan briefly wore in 1994 during the first season of his historic comeback.

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Draymond Green Makes USA Rio Olympics Roster

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USA Basketball announced on Monday that Golden State Warriors forward and Michigan State Alum Draymond Green will be part of the 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men’s Basketball Team. #USABMNT

The full roster of players selected for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team, which is seeking a third consecutive Olympic title when they compete in the Rio Summer Olympiad includes:

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How Denzel Valentine Fits in with the Chicago Bulls

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Denzel Valentine is the first NBA Draft lottery pick to come out of Michigan State since 2001 (Jason Richardson).

The Chicago Bulls selected the AP National Player of the Year and Big Ten Player of the Year with the 14th pick in tonight’s NBA Draft. Bulls GM Gar Forman said at the Bulls practice facility Thursday night that he thought Denzel “was a fit on so many levels, a big time winner.”

Forman also said that Zel fit into the direction that the Bulls wanted to go, indicating that the team is “wanting to get younger and more athletic, and play with pace.”

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2017 NFL mock draft 6-20-16

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A 2017 NFL mock draft? Yes, a 2017 mock. It’s never too early. However, it is still extremely early, thus the order was randomized and team needs were very lightly taken into account here, and in some cases not at all. The Sports Bank is the only independently owned, mom and pop on the internet with a mock draft for the top four American professional sports leagues. Be sure to check out our 2017 NFL mock draft, 2016 NBA mock draft, 2016 MLB mock draft and 2016 NHL mock draft.

Enjoy the 2017 NFL mock draft, some player descriptions were filled in, others will be completed as we go along.

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Suspended Draymond Green the NBA’s New #1 Villain

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Usually, in this time and space, we write a Draymond Green puff piece. It’s become a rite of passage, as we’ve published a feature in this vein the past couple years. Perhaps that tradition is ending now though as the media are placing the proverbial black hat on Green. It’s deserved now too as he’s been suspended for game 5 of the NBA Finals, due to his, uhm, making his presence felt in an opposing player’s groin area.

He might be the next NBA star to fill that James Posey, Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Anthony Mason kind of role. His Western Conference Finals performance left a lot to be desired. Hard to find a coach or fan who would desire seeing one of their players kick an opponent in the junk.

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Draymond Green Can Win Over Even the Golden State Haters

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Editor’s note: This Draymond Green essay is a guest contribution to The Sports Bank by Memphis Grizzlies fan Mare Keane

Let me start this by saying that the Golden State Warriors are not my team. 

I despised them in 2013.  I wrote them off in 2014 as a bunch of big headed guys who thought they were better than they actually were, and dubbed Steph Curry the next injury-laden Derrick Rose. 

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Deyonta Davis a Late Lottery Pick Says Fran Fraschilla

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While Denzel Valentine may or may not be selected ahead of Deyonta Davis in the 2016 NBA Draft, it’s very likely that Davis is the Michigan State player with more long term NBA career potential. In the short term, Davis’ draft stock might not be as high as Valentine’s.

Deyonta Davis declined to participate in the physical portion of the draft combine, meaning that he now must prove himself in private workouts with teams.

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Steve Mariucci on What Connor Cook Brings to the Oakland Raiders

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What a tumultuous NFL Draft for Michigan State Quarterback Connor Cook.

Entering Thursday, many people thought he had a decent chance at becoming a first round pick. We covered the multiple destinations within round one where he could have conceivably landed. If he didn’t go round one, then we almost certainly thought he’d be selected in round two or three on Friday night. However, it didn’t happen as Connor Cook was to night two what Laremy Tunsil was to night one.

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Gruden: Connor Cook, Christian Hackenberg are 1st-Rounders

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A year ago at this time, most draftniks believed that three Big Ten quarterbacks- Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg, Michigan State’s Connor Cook and Ohio State’s Cardale Jones, would likely be taken in the first round of the NFL Draft.

Today, there’s a chance none of them will, and the Big Ten conference drought could very well live on. Yes, you have to go all the way back to 1995, when Penn State’s Kerry Collins was the fifth overall pick, a first-round selection by the then nascent expansion franchise Carolina Panthers.

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2016 NFL Draft FULL LIST of Green Room Invites

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The 2016 NFL Draft will be soon be upon us- just two weeks and change now. For the second year in a row, my hometown becomes draft town, as Chicago will once again host the NFL’s selection party. Here’s who made the cut into this very select group of 25. Ohio State leads the way with five; tying the all time record.

Here’s a link to more on that. Also, here’s the link to our latest mock draft.

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Michigan State’s Deyonta Davis Enters NBA Draft; Hires Agent

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(Update: Deyonta Davis declares for the NBA Draft, signs with an agent. Therefore, he will forgo his eligibility. Here is the link to the school’s press release. Below is the Deyonta Davis feature we ran a couple weeks ago)

Michigan State big man Deyonta Davis is anything but a verbose guy. At McDonald’s All-American Game Media Day last year, he gave short answers; like wise when MSU came to Northwestern in late January. However he can also be efficient with his answers.

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