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College, NBA Draft / Jun 26, 2013 / 2:30 pm

Dime Q&A: College Stars MoMo Jones & Ian Clark Take You Inside The NBA Predraft Process

Ian Clark

With the advent of websites like Synergy and more advanced connectivity in basketball scouting, there are very few players who can fly under the radar anymore. It used to be that mid-major players were questioned about whether their skills would hold up against higher levels of competition, but with the success of guys like Damian Lillard, Paul George and Kawhi Leonard, much of those concerns have been alleviated. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 24, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Started From The Bottom Now We Here: Chris Flores Led An Amazing College Turnaround At NJIT

Chris Flores

If you are a college basketball fan, it is likely you have never heard of the NJIT Highlanders. It is equally as likely you didn’t know there was a school known as NJIT (short for the New Jersey Institute of Technology), and that said school competes in Division I. For the diehard college basketball fans, you likely know of NJIT due to their incredible back-to-back seasons of futility in 2007-08 and 2008-09 in which they went 0-29 and 1-30 in consecutive seasons. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 19, 2013 / 2:15 pm

We Asked 7 Second-Round Draft Prospects To Pitch Themselves To NBA Teams

Brandon Paul

With the NBA Draft approaching, every guy going through the draft process is pitching themselves. Teams are looking at their on-court skills as well as their off-court demeanor as they seek to find who will help their team. I recently caught up with a number of second-round prospects and asked them to pitch themselves to an NBA team. Here’s what they had to say. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 11, 2013 / 4:30 pm

What Makes Ray McCallum Jr. Unique As A NBA Draft Prospect Starts With His Dad

Ray McCallum Jr.

If you look at the Rivals.com or ESPN Top 100 prospects each year, there is a list of schools next to each one that they are considering. Most are considering high-major schools in power conferences like the Pac-12 and SEC. Ray McCallum Jr. was no different. Three of his final four schools coming out of high school were Arizona, UCLA and Florida. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / May 31, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Peyton Siva Talks Horse Racing, His NBA Future & Rick Pitino’s Tattoo

Peyton Siva

By now everybody knows about the magical run Louisville made to the NCAA title this year. A preseason favorite to win it all, the Cards won the Big East title before winning the whole thing in dramatic fashion. While their miraculous run will be defined by the team’s ability to overcome the devastating injury to Kevin Ware, the team shared a bond that went even deeper than that. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / May 30, 2013 / 1:30 pm

Julius Mays: Kentucky’s “Other” One-And-Done Star

Julius Mays

Ever since the NBA raised its minimum age limit from 18 to 19 years old in 2006, the one-and-done phenomenon has taken off. Since players can no longer jump right from high school to the pros, many elite basketball programs are now mere checkpoints for top players on their way to the NBA. In the last few years, no program has personified this one-and-done phenomenon more than the University of Kentucky. Read More »

College / Mar 1, 2013 / 2:30 pm

From Dime 72: Before The NBA, Jamaal Franklin Has Unfinished Business At San Diego State

Jamaal Franklin

This feature was originally printed in Dime 72. Check your local newsstands now to see the piece in its entirety…

Instant gratification has quickly become the M.O. of major college basketball. Recruits are showered with attention from the sixth grade through high school. Coaches are quick to tell them they are on the fast track to the NBA. Jamaal Franklin heard it. But he’s not ready to leave college just yet. Read More »

College / Jan 23, 2013 / 2:30 pm

The Extraordinary Journey Of Ole Miss’ Murphy Holloway

Murphy Holloway

Transferring is so commonplace in college basketball some even call the issue an epidemic. NCAA transfers must sit out a year unless they are granted a waiver to play immediately. These are supposed to be granted in situations where a player must play closer to home because of family or other mitigating circumstances. However, now essentially any person looking to transfer can file a petition for a waiver and have a chance to get cleared immediately. Read More »

NBA / Dec 28, 2012 / 11:30 am

Avery Johnson Wasn’t The Problem In Brooklyn

Avery Johnson

Avery Johnson was fired as head coach of the Brooklyn Nets yesterday, less than one month after winning the NBA’s Coach of the Month award. Ownership, after spending $330 million in the offseason on roster upgrades, wasn’t happy with the team’s progress as they went from an 11-4 record to sitting at .500 with 14 wins and 14 losses. Unfortunately for Johnson, he was never going to see the finished product on this team, as he was in a no-win position as soon as he was hired. Read More »

Overseas / Nov 27, 2012 / 11:45 am

Dime Q&A: Former Auburn Star Talks About Playing Basketball Amidst Violence In Israel

Kenny Gabriel

If you have turned on the news lately, you would be hard pressed to not know at least a little bit about what is going on in Israel right now. Missiles have been fired from the Gaza Strip into Israel over the past few weeks by terrorist organizations, and the Israeli military has responded with airstrikes designed to take out the stockpiled weapons and missile launching areas. Read More »