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College, NBA Draft / Jun 27, 2013 / 4:30 pm

Dime Q&A: N.C. State Stars Lorenzo Brown & Richard Howell Dish On Being Underrated

Lorenzo Brown

Lorenzo Brown (photo. NC State Media Relations)

North Carolina State’s Lorenzo Brown is among the top-rated point guards in this year’s NBA Draft. That’s not a debate. At 6-5, the slick ballhandler and passer offers NBA teams an intriguing blend of point guard skills and size. Read More »

Olympics, Overseas / Aug 27, 2012 / 11:15 am

How Matt Scott Became One Of The Best Wheelchair Basketball Players Ever

Matt Scott

Matt Scott (photo. Matt Scott)

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

Every young athlete grows up dreaming to become the next Michael Jordan, the next Aaron Rodgers, the next Albert Pujols. But Matt Scott couldn’t because of a debilitating birth defect. He decided instead to become one of the best wheelchair basketball players ever. Read More »

College / Jul 13, 2012 / 11:30 am

From Dime #69: Elena Delle Donne – Home Sweet Home

Elena Delle Donne

Elena Delle Donne (photo. Mark Campbell-UD Media Relations)

This story was printed in Dime #69…

Every so often, a player will come along with the potential to redefine a sport. But passing up this chance? That almost never happens. Elena Delle Donne was considered a future legend coming out of high school before she gave it all up. After taking a detour, she’s playing basketball again, history in her sights. This is her story. Read More »

College, NBA / Jul 9, 2012 / 1:30 pm

David Michaels: The Ongoing Journey From Division III To The NBA

David Michaels

David Michaels (photo. Greg Lehman)

When the discussion turns to David Michaels during his first two college years, the young man himself doesn’t hold back during this brief flashback.

“Average,” Michaels deadpans. “I didn’t see basketball as an outlet for me as a profession so all I was thinking was that, ‘hey, I made the team.’ I was content with just having my name on the roster. I was just an average person in general. I underachieved to the highest level.” Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 21, 2012 / 2:00 pm

Dime Q&A: Damian Lillard Speaks On His Life & His Doubters

Damian Lillard

Damian Lillard (photo. Weber State Athletics)

Damian Lillard is not letting the current love affair NBA teams have with his game get to his head. He recognizes the work still to be done, more people to prove wrong and an Oakland hoops tradition to carry on. The 6-3 point guard’s everlasting chip on the shoulder is birthed out of past underrating and overlooking. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 20, 2012 / 4:00 pm

Penn’s Zack Rosen Working To Be The Next Jeremy Lin

Zack Rosen

Zack Rosen (photo. Penn Athletics)

The years of countless sweat and skill-building sessions in stuffy gyms punctuated with tears of those who have been along for the journey since the beginning. The tailored suite, draft cap and embrace with commissioner David Stern. A select few young men will experience this moment next Thursday night at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for the NBA Draft.

For some players such as University of Pennsylvania product Zack Rosen, their entrance into the league is more Greyhound than the private jets the lottery lifestyle can provide. Brace yourselves for Rosen’s extravagant draft night plans. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Jun 6, 2012 / 2:45 pm

Dime Q&A: Kyle O’Quinn Is The 2012 NBA Draft’s Best Kept Secret

Kyle O'Quinn

Kyle O'Quinn (photo. Mark Sutton)

As the catalyst for the Norfolk State University basketball program the past few years, big man Kyle O’Quinn will forever live in the “One Shining Moment” lore after the No. 15-seeded Spartans took down No. 2 Missouri 86-84 in a West Region second round NCAA tournament game in March. They were just the fifth team to pull off the 15 vs. 2-seed upset.

The win was a crowning moment in a season full of honors for the 6-10, 240-pound Jamaica, Queens native by way of Campus Magnet High School. O’Quinn earned the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards after putting up 15.9 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. He led the MEAC and tied for fifth nationally with 20 double-doubles. Going up against the top mid-major talent in the country, he was also awarded the Lou Henson Award given to the nation’s top mid-major player. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 20, 2011 / 4:00 pm

The NBA Draft’s Most Unlikely Participant

Damon Powell

Damon Powell (photo. Courtesy of Court Vision XL)

NBA arenas, chartered flights, five-star hotels and being set financially; all of these things were supposed to happen for Damon Powell. Despite some setbacks, he still finds himself one step closer to his ultimate goal. Read More »

D-League, NBA / Feb 7, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Meet The Newest Full-Time Member Of The NBA

Zabian Dowdell

Zabian Dowdell (photo. NBA Development League)

In January, Phoenix signed guard Zabian Dowdell for the D-League’s first Gatorade Call-Up of the season. Today, the Suns announced they have signed him for the rest of the year. Could it have been his What’s My Name? feature in Dime #62? Perhaps. Either way, take a minute to learn more about the newest full-time member of the Association. Read More »

College / Dec 22, 2010 / 12:00 pm

Kawhi Leonard Has San Diego State Thinking Final Four

Kawhi Leonard

Kawhi Leonard (photo. SDSU Media Relations)

Last night, San Diego State sophomore Kawhi Leonard had his eighth double-double of the season with 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Aztecs (13-0) downed San Francisco 62-56 in the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. And while Leonard may not be a household name yet, he will be soon. With San Diego State currently ranked seventh in the nation, you better believe they’ve set the bar high for this season. Read More »