With the impending lockout upon us, basketball fans worldwide need something positive to look forward to. Rest assured, I’m here to deliver it. So regardless of when the NBA season starts next here, college basketball will be flooded with a freshman class of high flyers, headlined by Deuce Bello en route to Waco to play for the Baylor Bears. Enjoy!
Lamont Jones (photo. Luke Adams/Arizona Athletics Photography)
With 14 teams hoping for the ping-pong balls to bounce their way at tonight’s NBA Draft Lottery, everyone’s vying for a chance to draft Arizona’s Derrick Williams. Following the departure of this year’s Pac-10 Player of the Year and the Wildcats’ leading scorer, the weight was going to presumably transfer over to the shoulders of rising junior point guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones. Instead, Jones announced Monday that he will transfer to another school. Read More »
Maybe I’d been spoiled over the last few years and become too familiar with seeing my hometown represented at the McDonald’s High School All-American Game.
Since 2003, when Aaron Brooks ended a drought of nearly 20 years as the Seattle area’s first McDonald’s selection since Quin Snyder (1985), we’ve been cranking out certified All-Americans pretty consistently — namely Marvin Williams, Martell Webster, Jon Brockman, Micah Downs, Spencer Hawes, Abdul Gaddy, Peyton Siva and Josh Smith. Read More »
Once upon a time, high school basketball players were generally not as athletic as the pros. Back then, if you went to a high school game you were significantly less likely to see players go above the rim. Not anymore. We’ve come a long way since Hoosiers, to the point today where kids in the 15-to-18 year old set are unleashing the same — and sometimes better — level of vertical leap and style on their dunks as the grown-ups who get paid to do it. Read More »
As we wrote earlier, Deuce Bello took the crown as the winner of the 2010 Under Armour Slam Dunk Contest at the Boost Mobile Elite 24 in Venice Beach, Calif. this weekend. Brandon Jennings thinks he’s bananas. Need we say more?
If you’re not up on rising senior Nick Johnson (Gilbert, Ariz./Findlay Prep), then you better learn the name. The 6-3, 185-pound shooting guard is an absolute monster. Check out the Play of the Day from the first day of Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. You know, where elite point guard Josiah Turner (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento) throws the half-court alley-oop to Johnson who finishes it with the reverse. Light work.