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College / Oct 18, 2012 / 12:30 pm

A Broken System: College Basketball’s Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Tyler Hansbrough

Lately, there has been a lot of controversy about athletes targeting specific classes at the University of North Carolina. Allegedly, these classes included no tests or quizzes, no-show professors and attendance as a large portion of the class grade. While the issue of academic fraud received some attention, and people are calling for it to get more, UNC really is not the problem here. Read More »

College / Oct 11, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Patience Pays Off For N.C. State’s Richard Howell

Richard Howell

Richard Howell (photo. NC State Athletic Media Relations/Mark McIntyre)

Losing sucks. It is just that simple. Nobody puts on a jersey, laces up their shoes and checks into the game because they want to lose. It doesn’t happen, and while losing is something nobody likes, it is even harder to take for somebody who is used to winning. For North Carolina State senior forward Richard Howell, that pretty much summed up his first two years in Raleigh. Read More »

College / Sep 17, 2012 / 5:00 pm

The Evolution Of Tennessee’s Skylar McBee

Skylar McBee

Skylar McBee (photo. Tennessee Athletics)

Upon first glance, Skylar McBee does not look like a Division I basketball player. Maybe it’s the mop of long hair on his head that flops directionless when he runs up and down the court. Maybe it’s because he’s listed at 6-3 but is probably closer to 6-0. Or maybe it is the year-old mustache that seems suited more for a man going through his mid-life crisis than a 21-year-old college basketball player. Read More »

College / Aug 22, 2012 / 11:15 am

C.J. McCollum: The Duke Killer

C.J. McCollum

C.J. McCollum (photo. Brent Hugo/Lehigh Media Relations)

This story was originally published in Dime 70. Check newsstands nationwide now to see it in its entirety.

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Each year when Rivals, Scout and ESPN make their annual top-150 lists of the best recruits in the country, there are some players that slip through the cracks. These guys are the ones programs like Lehigh University must pursue. But sometimes, teams like Lehigh get lucky, and they find a diamond in the rough. Lehigh found that with C.J. McCollum. Read More »

College / Jul 18, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Northwestern Seeks An End To College Basketball’s Longest Streak Of Futility

Drew Crawford

Drew Crawford (photo. Stephen J. Carrera/Northwestern Athletics)

There are certain streaks in sports that have lasted so long that it seems like they will never end. One such streak, the New York Mets’ streak of seasons without a no-hitter, ended at 51 when Johan Santana no-hit the St. Louis Cardinals on June 1st. Another such streak nearly ended a few weeks ago as Andy Murray sought to become the first British man to win at Wimbledon since 1936 before he lost in the Final to Roger Federer. Perhaps the most infamous streak in all of sports belongs to the Chicago Cubs, who have not a World Series in 103 seasons and there is little hope for one this year with the team currently 14.5 games out of first place. Read More »

NBA / Jul 13, 2012 / 1:30 pm

Trading For Dwight Howard Would Be The Biggest Mistake Of Daryl Morey’s Career

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard

During the Dwight Howard trade rumors, three teams have been reported as potential landing spots for Howard: the Brooklyn Nets, Los Angeles Lakers and Houston Rockets (and the Atlanta Hawks have emerged as potential dark horses). For the Nets, a Howard trade is an absolute no-brainer. He wants to play in Brooklyn, which means he would sign a contract extension this season. With him in the lineup, the Nets would be an immediate championship contender, and the draw of Howard would continue to feed into the unprecedented publicity and buzz for the franchise. Despite wanting to get a deal done, the Nets recently pulled out of talks because they were tired of waiting around for the Magic. Read More »

College, NBA / Jul 9, 2012 / 11:00 am

Dime Q&A: Festus Ezeli and Will Barton Talk About The NBA Draft Process

Festus Ezeli

The NBA draft process is a once in a lifetime experience for those who go through it. While there are many broad similarities between the experiences of players during this process like hectic travel schedules and grueling pre-draft training, each player takes something different away from the process. I decided to talk to ten different players eligible for this year’s draft to ask them all the same set of questions to use as a means of comparing their experiences. Read More »

College, NBA / Jul 6, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Justin Hamilton And Darius Miller On The Pre-Draft Process

Darius Miller

Darius Miller (photo. UK Athletics/Chet White)

The NBA draft process is a once in a lifetime experience for those who go through it. While there are many broad similarities between the experiences of players during this process like hectic travel schedules and grueling pre-draft training, each player takes something different away from the process. I decided to talk to ten different players eligible for this year’s draft to ask them all the same set of questions to use as a means of comparing their experiences. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 5, 2012 / 12:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Orlando Johnson and Marcus Denmon Discuss The Pre-Draft Process

Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson (photo. UCSB Athletics)

The NBA draft process is a once in a lifetime experience for those who go through it. While there are many broad similarities between the experiences of players during this process like hectic travel schedules and grueling pre-draft training, each player takes something different away from the process. I decided to talk to ten different players eligible for this year’s draft to ask them all the same set of questions to use as a means of comparing their experiences. Read More »

NBA / Jul 4, 2012 / 12:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Maalik Wayns and Hollis Thompson On The Lead Up To The NBA Draft

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The NBA draft process is a once in a lifetime experience for those who go through it. While there are many broad similarities between the experiences of players during this process like hectic travel schedules and grueling pre-draft training, each player takes something different away from the process. I decided to talk to ten different players eligible for this year’s draft to ask them all the same set of questions to use as a means of comparing their experiences. Read More »