TAG: University of Connecticut

NBA, NBA Draft / Jul 26, 2011 / 3:30 pm

Dime Q&A: Lakers Rookie Ater Majok Tells His Hoops Journey

Ater Majok

When you heard Ater Majok‘s name called on Draft Night, you probably wondered who he was and why the Lakers would take him at No. 58. With a basketball career that stretches from Australia to Turkey to UConn, it’s no surprise that you probably haven’t heard of him. Well Majok has arrived on the NBA scene and is ready to turn some heads. I caught up with the Lakers’ newest big man to talk about his hoops journey, balling at UConn and cartoons. Read More »

College, Video / Jul 26, 2011 / 10:30 am

UConn’s Shabazz Napier Torches The Nets In Boston Summer League

Other than Kemba Walker, UConn’s national championship this year was in large part due to the play of freshman Shabazz Napier. Averaging 7.8 points, 3.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game in 23.8 minutes off the bench, Napier will start his sophomore season with the keys to the castle, especially after the transfer of Jamal Coombs-McDaniel. And in their absence, he’ll need to pickup a large portion of the scoring load. Something he seems just fine with. With that, check out some of highlights from the Boston Athletes United For Change Summer League at the Tobin Community Center in Roxbury, Mass.

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College / Jun 22, 2011 / 12:15 pm

Dime Q&A: UConn’s Jeremy Lamb Wants A Gold Medal

Jeremy Lamb

With an NCAA Championship to his name, UConn wing Jeremy Lamb is getting greedy when it comes to the hardware. As one of 13 – soon to be 12 – members of USA Basketball’s U19 squad, Lamb has a chance to add a gold medal to his resumé in the FIBA U19 World Championship Tournament, which runs from June 30 to July 10 in Latvia. Read More »

College, NBA, NBA Draft / Jun 1, 2011 / 1:45 pm

Dime NBA Draft Profile: UConn’s Kemba Walker

Kemba Walker

The NBA Draft is simply the most important time of the year for rebuilding franchises. Just ask the Portland Trail Blazers. Whether it is the next Michael Jordan and Kevin Durant, or the next Sam Bowie and Greg Oden, we are out to identify the legitimate prospects from the phony ones. Every week, we will deliver a profile of a top prospect and breakdown their game. We will give you player comparisons, ratings, outside opinions on the prospects, and much more. Last week we had Duke University’s Kyrie Irving, and this week’s prospect is University of Connecticut point guard Kemba Walker. Read More »

College / May 17, 2011 / 2:00 pm

Arizona’s Lamont “MoMo” Jones To Transfer, Future Plans Unknown

Lamont Jones

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 »

Video / Mar 31, 2011 / 4:00 pm

The Roar: UConn’s Rudy Gay vs. Kentucky’s DeMarcus Cousins

With UConn facing Kentucky in the Final Four this Saturday, you knew alumni were going to come out to support. So as part of Nike Sportswear’s “Bring On The Roar” campaign, watch Rudy Gay and DeMarcus Cousins talk about what playing for the Huskies and Wildcats means to them. Oh yeah, and Rudy was stuck in a closet during a tornado in Memphis.

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College / Mar 29, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Final Four: Losing Is Just As Important As Learning How To Win

Final Four

Words. Julian Caldwell

Conspicuously absent from this year’s Final Four are the top seeds that steamed rolled their way through the regular season. Instead, you see teams that struggled to perform like elite squads and drew questions of whether they even deserved tournament bids.

Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh, the four No. 1 seeds, came into the Big Dance with a combined 13 losses. Butler, Connecticut, Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth go into the Final Four with nearly triple that number. Read More »

College / Mar 16, 2011 / 5:00 pm

For UConn To Win, Kemba Walker Needs His Teammates To Step Up

Kemba Walker

Words. Julian Caldwell

The symbolism of freshman guard Jeremy Lamb taking an assist from junior Kemba Walker to put UConn up by one point late in the Big East Tournament final, and freshman Shabazz Napier nailing the final two free throws was almost too perfect.

Most of the attention on UConn’s backcourt goes to Walker, the explosive scorer who is expected to graduate this year and enter the NBA Draft with his stock sky high. Yet Walker is symbolically passing the ball off to freshmen guards Lamb and Napier, who have become integral pieces in the current success of the Huskies, and will likely play bigger roles in any future triumphs. Read More »

College, DimeTV, Video / Mar 14, 2011 / 10:30 am

DimeTV: Kemba Walker Is Ready To Win Another 6 Games

Kemba Walker scored 130 points over five days in the Big East Championship, easily eclipsing Eric Devendorf‘s previous tournament record of 84. But while his step-backs, fearless slashes to the basket and timely threes will forever live in Championship-week lore, his best play might not have involved any of these. Read More »

College, Video / Mar 12, 2011 / 12:00 pm

DimeTV: UConn’s Alex Oriakhi Talks The Secret Of Their Success

After yesterday’s thrilling overtime win over Syracuse in the Big East Tournament, we caught up with UConn’s Alex Oriakhi outside the locker room. Check out what he had to say.

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