Archive for July, 2013

Ohio State Basketball: The 5 Most Unpredictable Players in Buckeyes History

Posted by Scott Polacek on July 31 2013 Add Comments
Coaches and diehard fans desire consistent excellence from their college basketball programs. Everyone wants that star player they know is good for 20 points and 10 rebounds a night, even when they are at their worst. But sometimes a little unpredictability can be exciting. The unpredictable player can go off for 30 points one night and then disappear for the next three games. They may make everyone’s hair a little grayer, but they sure are fun ...

The 10 Biggest Winners of July’s College Basketball Recruiting Showcases

Posted by Doug Brodess on July 31 2013 Add Comments
The month of July always delivers competitive play and gives emerging high school basketball stars a chance to show their stuff on courts around the country. This summer's full national slate did not disappoint. Here are the 10 biggest winners of July's college basketball recruiting showcases. Some of these players were already highly valued, but they made their case to move up in the recruiting rankings. Some of these were thought of as hopefuls at best. Coming out the other ...

Michigan Basketball: Breaking Down Wolverines’ Future at Every Position

Posted by Zach Dirlam on July 31 2013 Add Comments
The 2013-14 season has yet to begin, but it is never too early to look ahead, especially when the future is as bright as it is for the Michigan basketball program. Coveted recruits from across the nation have recognized the Wolverines can put them in the NBA.  Some positions are clearer than others. One in particular cannot be judged until after the class of 2014 signs national letters of intent.  Michigan has established a solid foundation to ...

Ranking the 10 Deepest College Basketball Teams for the 2013-14 Season

Posted by Scott Henry on July 31 2013 Add Comments
Which is more important to winning in college basketball: a couple of dominant talents or reliable, versatile depth? Any college basketball coach would envy a squad with two or three McDonald's All-Americans, but there's also a lot of value in going 10-deep with players who play their roles and aren't preoccupied with trying to shine for NBA scouts. Most of the 15 teams in this slideshow—the top 10 plus a handful of honorable mentions—have a couple of ...

Report: Ja’Quan Newton Cuts Villanova from His List of Prospective Schools

Posted by Joe Tansey on July 31 2013 Add Comments
Just a day after the Villanova Wildcats received the commitment of point guard Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph's/Baltimore, MD) for the class of 2014, they received some disheartening news from another potential point guard. Local product Ja'Quan Newton (Neumann-Gorretti/Philadelphia, PA) released the list of his final six schools on Wednesday and the Wildcats failed to make that list. Newton, who is ranked 67th in the ESPN 100, was also considering Big Five schools Temple and St. Joseph's. Both ...

UNC Fans Can’t Agree on What to Do with PJ Hairston in Indefinite Suspension

Posted by Scott Polacek on July 31 2013 Add Comments
Passions would run high in a fanbase as devoted as North Carolina’s if Roy Williams got a haircut, so you can bet that P.J. Hairston’s adventurous summer has caught the attention of Tar Heel supporters. The team’s returning scorer was most recently cited for speeding and careless and reckless driving, but that is only the tip of the iceberg. He has driven two rental cars tied to convicted felon Haydn “Fats” Thomas, been arrested on charges ...

Ranking the 10 Biggest Falls from Grace in College Basketball History

Posted by Doug Brodess on July 30 2013 Add Comments
Stories about coaches and athletes falling from grace are always sad. When the details surface, the influences of greed, desperation and fear have usually ravaged lives, devastated careers and altered hoops history. “What could have been” becomes “what never will be.” Here are the 10 biggest falls from grace in college basketball history. These are stories of con artists and cover-ups, deception and dishonesty, all in the world of big-time college hoops.  Begin Slideshow

Villanova Basketball Recruiting: How Phil Booth Signing Affects Wildcats

Posted by Joe Tansey on July 30 2013 Add Comments
On what was supposed to be a very quiet last Tuesday in July, the Villanova Wildcats received some good news in regards to the class of 2014. It was announced on Tuesday afternoon that Phil Booth (Mount St. Joseph's in Baltimore, Maryland) will join the Wildcats for the 2014 season. Booth becomes the second player to sign on for the class of 2014 after Mikal Bridges (Great Valley/Malvern, Pennsylvania) committed to the program a few weeks ago. With ...

UNC Basketball: How Shaky Is Roy Williams’ Plan B with P.J. Hairston Suspended?

Posted by Rollin Yeatts on July 30 2013 Add Comments
North Carolina isn't exactly blessed with a cast of proven veterans heading into the 2013-14 season. No player at UNC has more than a year of starting experience. Even worse, Roy Williams only has three true wings at his disposal. That includes P.J. Hairston, who just got nailed with an indefinite suspension. Where do the Tar Heels go from here? Coach Williams will have to implement Plan B, which entails a lot of position juggling, given the severe ...

UCLA Freshman Eddie Vanderdoes Reportedly Ruled Eligible to Play 2013 Season

Posted by Alex Ballentine on July 30 2013 Add Comments
It appears that the ongoing saga surrounding UCLA defensive tackle Eddie Vanderdoes' recruitment has finally come to an end.  According to David Woods of, the 6'4", 305-pound defensive lineman has been ruled eligible to play for the Bruins this season.  Vanderdoes, who was ranked as the top defensive tackle (and No. 6 player overall) in the nation, according to 247Sports' composite rankings, made waves in the offseason when he originally signed his letter of intent with ...