TAG: Joel Embiid

Latest News / Apr 9, 2014 / 1:28 am

Report: Joel Embiid Set To Declare For 2014 NBA Draft

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports)

After Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported that Jayhawks freshman center Joel Embiid would declare for the 2014 NBA Draft, Embiid denied the claim in a tweet to Woj. But now “multiple sources” are telling Adam Zagoria of SNY.tv Embiid plans to announce he’ll declare for the draft in a press conference with Kansas coach Bill Self on Wednesday at 2 p.m. Central time. Read More »

College / Apr 8, 2014 / 1:00 pm

5 Schools With The Best Chance Of Winning The NCAA Title Next Year

Marcus Paige

Marcus Paige (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

This year, the NCAA tournament was special and was nothing short of amazing. From heartbreakers, thrillers, dances and game-winners, this tournament had it all. You have to give props to what Kevin Ollie and UConn accomplished after a year removed from participating in any kind of postseason, beating Kentucky for the national championship. Read More »

College, NBA Draft / Apr 3, 2014 / 6:10 pm

Dime Q&A: Seth Davis On Final Four & Why He’d Take Jabari Parker No. 1

Seth Davis

Seth Davis (Sean Dougherty/USA TODAY)

With the Final Four just days away, Dime had the opportunity to speak with Seth Davis, renowned college basketball reporter for CBS Sports and Sports Illustrated. We discussed a range of issues, including highlights from March Madness, NBA Draft prospects and the league’s age-minimum. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Apr 2, 2014 / 2:45 pm

5 NBA Draft Prospects That Could Transform Lottery Teams Right Now

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

To think that we’re only three weeks away from the start of the playoffs; the special time of year where all of the “It’s only the regular season talk” stifles and the “Win or go home” mantra begins. While 16 teams prepare their final rosters and create the lineups they believe will lead them to a title, the other 14 plan for the draft, as they wait to see where the ping-pong balls bounce this year. Read More »

NBA / Mar 27, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Update: Joel Embiid Still Deciding Whether To Enter NBA Draft

Joel Embiid

Joel Embiid (Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports)

UPDATE: Joel Embiid tweets that he’s still deciding whether to enter the 2014 NBA Draft despite the earlier report from Wojnarowski. Embiid’s mentor, Luc Richard Mbah a Moute of the Timberwolves — who hails from Embiid’s native Cameroon — also says that Embiid is still weighing his options about his future. Read More »

College, NBA / Mar 25, 2014 / 4:45 pm

Bobby Knight Says The NBA “Raped” College Basketball

Jim Nance, Bobby Knight

Jim Nance, Bobby Knight (Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports)

One-and-done has become the normal trajectory for the top players in men’s college basketball after the NBA instituted an age requirement for eligibility in their Draft. The change has led to a lot of self-righteous indignation on the part of “educators,” believing the NBA offers a poor substitute for a college degree. That argument is the same that led to the NBA’s age requirement in the first place. But now, with the NBA set to debate the NBPA — whenever they decide to elect an executive director to replace Billy Hunter — about increasing that age requirement to 20 years of age, and the wide open NBA futures of some of the top players in this year’s freshman class, it’s opened the floodgates on the debate once again. Bobby Knight has walked right through that newly open terrain with his recent comments that the NBA has “raped” college basketball. Read More »

College, Mock Draft, NBA, NBA Draft / Mar 24, 2014 / 1:30 pm

Dime Mock Draft 2.0: Would You Still Take Andrew Wiggins No. 1?

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid

Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid (photo. Kevin Jairaj/USA TODAY Sports)

Okay, so maybe this year’s NBA Draft class isn’t quite as good as we thought. There are no LeBrons. No KDs. There might not even be a D-Wade in here. The class from 2003 is much better, and let’s not even go into discussions concerning the ’96 class or 1984. With that being said, there is a ton of talent, and we also have to remember: it’s not even April yet. With so many young players coming out, we can guarantee your opinion of them will be drastically different once we get closer to the summer. Read More »

College / Mar 20, 2014 / 11:45 am

The 25 Most Exciting Players To Watch In The NCAA Tournament

Andrew Wiggins

Andrew Wiggins (Denny Medley/USA TODAY Sports)

That time of year we all love so dearly is finally here–it’s March, folks. Once a year we crowd around our television sets and engulf ourselves with endless brackets to get a glimpse of potential upsets and stars of tomorrow. So who are they? Read More »

College / Mar 19, 2014 / 3:30 pm

NCAA Tournament: South Region Preview

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

The South region is headlined by some big-name programs. Florida sits atop the bracket as the No. 1 overall seed. Kansas and Andrew Wiggins will have to avoid an upset without Joel Embiid to reach the second weekend in Memphis. A struggling Syracuse team looks to revitalize its defense in hopes of making the Elite Eight for the third year in a row. Dayton, Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin will all be looking to upset some other big-name universities in Ohio State, UCLA and VCU. Read More »

College / Mar 19, 2014 / 2:30 pm

The Only 8 Teams That Can Win The NCAA Tournament This Year

Gary Harris

Gary Harris (Reese Strickland/USA TODAY Sports)

The Madness in March is underway. Those that call college basketball boring will now experience a change of heart as dreams will come true and hearts will break. March creates some of the greatest memories for sports fans all over the world. What does this year’s tournament have in store? No one knows, because what cannot be seen can’t be predicted. Read More »