2013 NBA Draft stock report: Charleston Classic edition

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It wasn’t a star studded field but the Charleston Classic did afford college basketball nuts like myself to check out some competitive early season hoops.  Led by their spectacular guard play, the Colorado Buffaloes claimed the tourney title.  Though their play didn’t thrust them into the national spotlight, it certainly caught my attention and probably opened the eyes of some NBA GM’s as well.  Here are some players who either helped or hurt their 2013 NBA Draft Stock.

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Northwestern Beats Seton Hall; Wins College Hoops Tourney

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For the second time in three years, Northwestern, the only college basketball team from a power six conference never to have made the NCAA Tournament, has won an early season holiday basketball tournament.

In 2009, the Wildcats stayed home and beat a tourney bound Notre Dame team in the semi-finals of the Chicago Invitational Tournament. Then the Cats knocked off a talented, but overrated and underachieving Iowa State Cyclones squad to capture the tournament title at the UIC Pavilion.

This year, they beat LSU, Tulsa and Seton Hall out of the Big East in order to capture the Charleston Classic tournament title. In the tournament’s opener, NU’s John Shurna dropped 37, the most by any college player in a single game this far.

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Northwestern Destroys UT-PA; Preparing for LSU, Charleston Classic

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The University of Texas-Pan American Broncs (that’s Broncs not Broncos, not a typo- even though it really looks like one) didn’t do too well in their Chi-City college basketball double-header. DePaul got a big lead on them early; although UTPA fought back to within 5 in the second half. And the Blue Demons pulled away late to win 91-72.

When the Broncs came to Evanston to play Northwestern, they got almost doubled up; losing 60-36.

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99 in 99: #31 North Carolina State Wolfpack

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Am I the only who hears “The Wolfpack” and is now immediately drawn to the roof speech in The Hangover?  Anyway, this much is for sure; N.C. State will not be a one man Wolfpack as they return some talent while welcoming in a freshman class filled with a ton of hype.

The Sports Bank’s 99 team college basketball preview in 99 days breaks down the 72 power conference teams and top 27 mid-majors.  Click here if you missed teams #32-#99.

By: David Kay
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