How good might Harrison Barnes be in the NBA?

Harrison Barnes

There wasn’t a more highly touted recruit coming out of high school, other than LeBron James, than Harrison Barnes. People thought so highly of him that college basketball tabbed him as a preseason first team All-American. But his first few months of his freshman season were anything but All-American-esque. [Read more…]

Cody Zeller and Christian Watford returning to Indiana Hoosiers for 2012-13

Let the preseason No. 1 speculation officially begin for Indiana basketball.

The Hoosiers, widely expected to enter the 2012-13 season at or near the top of the polls, got huge news for their chances on that front as the university’s athletics department announced in a release that forwards Cody Zeller and Christian Watford would return for their sophomore and senior seasons, respectively, rather than declare for the NBA Draft.

Such was expected. I never thought Zeller would leave after one season of college basketball (although he could have been a lottery pick), and I didn’t get a hint of any current interest in Watford as a NBA prospect — his skill set is a bit lacking in areas and he isn’t being listed in any mock draft I see — so it’s not a surprise to see both guys announce their returns. It’s going to be truly fascinating to see this Indiana team next season. It will have the firepower to do great things.

This announcement does create one minor issue for the Hoosiers, though: They are oversigned by one scholarship heading into next season. Coach Tom Crean will have to show one guy the door to make enough room for his key returnees as well as for “The Movement” of 2012 signees.

Follow the jump for the release from Indiana University Athletics.

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Your Preseason All-American Kicker? Purdue Boilermakers Carson Wiggs

The Purdue Boilermakers aren’t exactly poised to have a banner college football season. They lost the guy that might have been the starting quarterback in Rob Henry, and I will consider their fanbase very lucky if they actually get to see a bowl bid.

But they do have “everybody’s all-american”…… at the placekicker position, in Carson Wiggs.

He was named a first team preseason All-American by SportsIllustrated.com.

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Evan Turner Headlines my USBWA Ballot

By Paul M. Banks

My first ever United States Basketball Writers Association ballot! Which includes voting for an all-district team (the Upper Midwest of course!), All-American team, national freshman of the year, coach of the year, and player of the year. In addition, the ballot includes player and coach of the year, for the district. Remember college basketball is bigger than Jesus to me, so here’s the list of who I tried to help canonize this winter.

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