Archive for June, 2013

Ohio State Basketball: Sales Pitch for Each Top 2014 Recruiting Target

Posted by Scott Polacek on June 30 2013 Add Comments
Ohio State’s 2014 recruiting class is on pace to rank in the top two or three of the country, but if Thad Matta lands another top prospect or two he could put the finishing touches on the No. 1 group come national signing day. The Buckeyes are heavy players for a number of the top remaining recruits, including Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones, Leron Black and Justise Winslow. Matta will have work cut out for him ...

Ranking the 20 Best Court Designs in College Basketball

Posted by Thad Novak on June 30 2013 Add Comments
College basketball is undergoing a wave of court customization, and not all of the results are pretty. With horror stories such as Oregon’s infamous can’t-see-the-forest-(or-midcourt)-for-the-trees look, it’s time to celebrate the schools that got it right—whether by finding a new look or keeping a good older one. One such program is Kansas State, whose recent redesign went in for the two-tone wood fad that’s becoming increasingly popular. The Wildcats’ version shows how it's done, using ...

North Carolina Basketball: Sales Pitch for Each Top 2014 Recruiting Target

Posted by Rollin Yeatts on June 30 2013 Add Comments
North Carolina's Roy Williams has already built up a very impressive cast of 2014 recruits. Top-15 prospects (ESPN 100) Justin Jackson, Theo Pinson and Joel Berry have all verbally committed to the Tar Heels, and Coach Williams has his eyes on three more at the top of the class.Each of the three could fill the greatest void on UNC's prospective 2014-15 roster.Leslie McDonald will be playing his final season at Chapel Hill in 2013-14, and ...

Michigan State Basketball: Sales Pitch for Each Top 2014 Recruiting Target

Posted by adam biggers on June 30 2013 Add Comments
Tom Izzo doesn't have to say much when giving the come to Michigan State-talk. The Spartans are a well-known entity in the world of college basketball. Prospects know about their success. They are familiar with Izzo's track record. In short, if they want to charge toward March every year while directed by one of the game's icons, picking Michigan State isn't a bad choice to make. High-end targets like Tyus Jones have their pick of the litter. Jahlil ...

Andrew Wiggins on Path to No. 1 Pick in 2014 NBA Draft

Posted by Benjamin Klein on June 30 2013 Add Comments
In roughly one year, soon-to-be NBA commissioner Adam Silver will step up to the podium and announce Andrew Wiggins, a forward from Kansas, as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2014 NBA draft. Go to the bank and take out all of your money. Then, bet on Wiggins going No. 1.Wiggins is one of the best high school prospects of all time, and there’s no question that he’s going to make a big impact ...

Florida Football: 2013 Stat Projections for Matt Jones

Posted by Tyler Piccotti on June 29 2013 Add Comments
Like Mike Gillislee in 2012, running back Matt Jones is expected to be one of the key weapons on the Florida Gator offense this season.The sophomore ended last season on a very high note. He recorded 162 rushing yards and scored two touchdowns over the course of Florida's final three games. This strong finish has left Gator fans optimistic that Jones' can keep the team's rushing attack at a high level.But what can we realistically ...

Andrew Brown to Virginia: Cavaliers Land 5-Star DT Prospect

Posted by Ryan Rudnansky on June 29 2013 Add Comments
According to Rivals' Adam Friedman, 5-star defensive tackle Andrew Brown has committed to the University of Virginia:The 6'4", 285-pound Virginia native has been courted by several high-profile schools during the recruiting process, ranging from the SEC to the Big 12 to the Big Ten. Alabama assistant coach Lance Thompson watched him play in September 2012 before the Crimson Tide went on their title run.Ranked as the No. 7 overall recruit and No. 1 defensive tackle ...

10 College Football Teams Most Likely to Underachieve in 2013

Posted by Randy Chambers on June 29 2013 Add Comments
The hype continues to build for college football teams as we inch closer to the season kicking off. Unfortunately for some, the season won't be all sunshine and rainbows. Some of the teams that are talked about the most and have all the talent will underachieve and be considered big disappointments. It happens every season.Last year, it was USC, West Virginia and Virginia Tech that held the crown. This year, a number of teams could fail ...

College Basketball Summer Reading List: 10 Books Every Fan Should Pick Up

Posted by Doug Brodess on June 28 2013 Add Comments
The 2013-14 college basketball season is still over 100 days from starting. Rather than waiting until mid-October to get in the mood for another awesome year of buzzer beaters and surprising upsets, take advantage of the summer to tear into some great books on college hoops. Here is a recommended reading list that will help you get behind-the-scenes stories from some of the best sports journalists in the business.Begin Slideshow

Andrew Wiggins Is Already Becoming Top Prospect in 2014 NBA Draft

Posted by Tyler Brooke on June 28 2013 Add Comments
Now that the 2013 NBA draft is over, teams are beginning to prepare for the 2014 draft, and Andrew Wiggins is the name that is already at the top of everyone’s list. The incoming freshman for the Kansas Jayhawks is coming into college as the No. 1 overall recruit from the 2013 recruiting class, and there’s little debate as to why.  This is simply an explosive athlete that can make plays and score inside and ...