2015 NBA Mock Draft-Second Round (6/10/15)


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Here is the second round of The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have NOT been taken into account.  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.

Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

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2015 NBA Mock Draft-First Round (6/10/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s 2015 NBA Mock Draft where team needs and outstanding trades have been taken into account.  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.  Our NBA mock draft also appears on NBA.com’s consensus mock draft.

Check out a list of who has declared for the 2015 NBA Draft.

You can check out my NBA team needs pages posted at WalterFootball.com.

Be sure to check out our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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2015 College Basketball transfers list (6-5-15)


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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 2015-16 season.  Bookmark this page as we will continue to update the list as the off-season progresses.

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2016 NBA Mock Draft (4/11/15)


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Here is The Sports Bank’s extremely early 2016 NBA Mock Draft.  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.

CLICK HERE FOR THE FIRST ROUND OF OUR 2015 NBA MOCK DRAFT.

Be sure to check out our 2015 NFL mock draft as well.

And our 2016 NFL mock draft.

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Wisconsin among 5 NCAA Tourney teams likely regressing next season


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College basketball teams are experiencing more year-by-year turnover than ever before due to graduation, players leaving early for the NBA Draft (click here for a list of 2015 NBA Draft early entries), and transfers galore (click here for an up-to-date list of college basketball transfers so far this off-season.)   Here are five teams who made the 2015 NCAA Tournament this season but will likely take a step back next year.

Here are five teams who missed the tourney this year but should be dancing in 2015-16.  Also, check out my insanely early 2015-16 preseason Top 25 rankings. [Read more…]

2015-16 preseason Top 25 college basketball rankings


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Yes, I know the college basketball season just ended but it is still the perfect time to reveal my insanely early 2015-16 Top 25 college basketball rankings.  There are still a ton of x-factors as guys are deciding on whether or not they are going to enter the NBA Draft, players are transferring, and seven McDonald’s All-Americans have yet to make their college decision so consider these rankings a rough draft and expect an update in a couple of weeks.

Here is a list of which players have already announced they are transferring and where. Here’s a list of underclassman who have declared for the draft.

Leave a comment below if you think a team is too high, too low, not getting enough respect, or otherwise have an issue with something.

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Wisconsin Badgers this era’s ’80 Olympic Hockey team?


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Robb Vogel is the Sports Director for NBC 15 Madison. He’s covered the Wisconsin Badgers during every step of their amazing run to tonight’s championship game. Vogel (who can follow on Twitter @RobbVogel, the two Bs in his name stand for Badger basketball) will be courtside for tonight’s epic showdown between the Wisconsin Badgers and Duke Blue Devils.

Or pure good vs genuine evil as I put it.

Vogel was gracious enough to join us for an engaging and detailed podcast. We covered numerous topics in detail including the analogy between this year’s Badgers and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Men’s Hockey Team.

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Badgers Frank Kaminsky: great game, greater personality


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Wisconsin Center Frank Kaminsky, a Lisle native who did his prep ball at Benet Academy, is the front-runner to win the Naismith and Wooden awards; basketball’s equivalent of the Heisman Trophy. Kaminsky’s biggest competition for the awards is Duke Center Jahlil Okafor, a Whitney Young Magnet school product. Both Kaminsky and his teammate Duje Dukan are huge Chicago Bulls fans.

This year, the two best players are from Chicagoland and this phenomenon continues the strong tradition within a region that’s known for talent.

“So many good players across the board have come out of this area and there will continue to be good players,” said Kaminsky.

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Chicago Bulls have two big fans on #1 seeded Wisconsin


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Wisconsin Badgers senior Forward Duje Dukan is a big time Chicago Bulls fan, as he was a ball boy for the NBA franchise growing up. Dukan served in this role for eight years, as his dad currently an international scout for the team. Dukan’s dad has held that job since 1992.

He was key in signing Nikola Mirotic, who has emerged this season as the only true legitimate contender to the Minnesota Timberwolves Andrew Wiggins in the race for the NBA Rookie of the Year Award.

Dukan’s Dad works in the same Chicago Bulls office with the aunt of Frank Kaminsky, so Frank the Tank has also become a big Chicago Bulls fan. All that’s left to complete the proverbial circle of life is for the Bulls to draft Kaminsky.

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Frank Kaminsky describes his Wisconsin Badgers: “White Guys”


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Frank Kaminsky was the main man in propelling Bo Ryan to his first ever Final Four last night. It’s just the third Final Four in Wisconsin Badgers history. Kaminsky was a tour de force on the court, just as he’s been all season. And Frank Kaminsky has also found himself off the court. At least in the press room. Like his Coach, Kaminsky has given reporters soundbite gold.

There were a whole lot of press conferences and interviews during the Big Ten Tournament. But none featured a gem like this from Bo Ryan.

And yesterday, Frank Kaminsky, gave us this….

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Frank Kaminsky sets record straight on “NBA is boring” blog (exclusive)


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Wisconsin Badgers big man Frank Kaminsky went from total obscurity to NBA Draft prospect last season. He dropped 43 points in one pre-conference game and ended the season with a Most Outstanding Player in an NCAA Regional award. After guiding the Badgers to their first Final Four in 14 years, he decided to leave some money on the the table, by returning to school.

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VIDEO: Wisconsin Badgers release old Chris Farley “Matt Foley” bit


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“If you don’t go to the University of Wisconsin, you’re gonna end up eating government cheese and living in a van down by the river!” – Matt Foley, motivational speaker.

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