Archive for April, 2014

Indiana Basketball: Strengths and Weaknesses of Hoosiers’ 2014-15 Roster

Posted by Kyle Grand on April 30 2014 Add Comments
Since the end of the season, Indiana basketball's roster has seen major turnover. Through departure for the NBA, graduation and transfers, gone are Noah Vonleh, Evan Gordon, Jeff Howard, Will Sheehey, Jeremy Hollowell, Austin Etherington and Jonny Marlin. To fill the gaps, head coach Tom Crean and his staff hit the recruiting trail. So far, 247Sports.com indicates that they've added two new players, Jeremiah April and Tim Priller, to join Max Hoetzel, James Blackmon Jr. and ...

Ranking the 10 Most Athletic Incoming Freshman in College Basketball in 2014-15

Posted by Thad Novak on April 30 2014 Add Comments
College basketball’s incoming freshmen are usually on the raw side when it comes to skill development, but they can stack up very nicely against their older counterparts in terms of raw athleticism. The class of 2014-15 does nothing to defy that trend, with an impressive collection of high-flying wing players and bruising interior talent. North Carolina’s versatile Theo Pinson does his share in both categories. The 6’6” forward can mix it up inside, but he’s also ...

College Basketball Teams Set to Break Out in 2014-15 Season

Posted by Kerry Miller on April 30 2014 Add Comments
Hope springs eternal during the offseason, and there are 10 college basketball teams from major conferences with very legitimate hopes of reaching the 2014 NCAA tournament despite failing to accomplish so much as a winning record in conference this past season. Every year, there are a handful of teams that flip the script from "terrible" to "tournament" in one offseason. George Washington was 13-17 during the 2012-13 season, but the Colonials made the tournament in 2014. ...

What Myles Turner Recruiting Coup Means for Texas

Posted by C.J. Moore on April 30 2014 Add Comments
A year ago, if you were to tell anyone in the know around college basketball that Rick Barnes was a lame duck coach, that statement would not have been met with too much skepticism. Texas had lost its four leading scorers—two of whom transferred along with two other rotation players—off a dysfunctional team that was pretty mediocre. Barnes had gone another year missing out on the best recruits the state of Texas had to offer. The brand ...

Myles Turner to Texas: Longhorns’ Projected 2014-15 Rotation with 5-Star Big Man

Posted by Joe Tansey on April 30 2014 Add Comments
On Wednesday afternoon, top recruit Myles Turner announced on ESPNU that he would join the men's basketball program at Texas, per Brian Hamilton of SI.com. The commitment was a massive one for head coach Rick Barnes, who has been looking to put the program back on the map for a while.  Turner's presence inside adds to a monster frontcourt that will do damage in the Big 12 and on the national stage.  Here is a look at what ...

Myles Turner to Texas: Longhorns Land 5-Star Center Prospect

Posted by Matt Fitzgerald on April 30 2014 Add Comments
Only one high-profile college basketball program could have highly coveted 5-star center Myles Turner, and on Wednesday, the Trinity High School star committed to Texas. Evan Daniels of Scout.com was first to report the news, which gives a massive boost to the Longhorns' 2014 recruiting class:   Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports was quick to praise coach Rick Barnes: Turner rates as the No. 2 center in the country and the fourth-ranked prospect overall, according to 247Sports' composite ...

Preseason NCAA Basketball Rankings 2014-15: B/R Experts’ Updated Top 25 Poll

Posted by C.J. Moore on April 30 2014 Add Comments
With Myles Turner finally off the market and the NBA draft deadline passed, it's time to revisit our 2014-15 preseason top 25.  Most of the assumptions that my colleague Jason King and I made in the first set of rankings came true—unless, of course, that had to do with the Kentucky Wildcats.  The Wildcats created a shakeup at the top, and a few other NBA decisions moved several other teams up and down the rankings.  Barring any P.J. ...

Duke Basketball: What to Expect from Each Returning Blue Devil in 2014-15

Posted by Scott Polacek on April 30 2014 Add Comments
It is easy to get caught up focusing on a recruiting class during the college basketball offseason, especially when it is as loaded as the one Duke is bringing to campus next year.  However, the only way the Blue Devils will challenge for an ACC crown or make a run at the Final Four in 2014-15 is with contributions from their returning players. While those upperclassmen may not inspire the excitement that Jahlil Okafor and the ...

Michigan State Basketball: How the Spartans Stack Up with Rest of Big Ten

Posted by Brad Almquist on April 30 2014 Add Comments
The Big Ten's talent level dropped considerably with the departures of many of its top products. From Michigan State's perspective, losing Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Adreian Payne obviously diminishes the team's offensive firepower and leadership. However, Tom Izzo and company still faces a realistic chance to win the conference in 2014-15. At the moment, the clear favorite has to be Wisconsin. The Final Four-bound Badgers showed the country just how dangerous it was last season, ...

Setting 2014-15 Expectations for Each New CBB Coach in a Major Conference

Posted by Brian Pedersen on April 30 2014 Add Comments
Those initial moments following the hiring of a new coach can be full of excitement, hope and confidence. No matter the state of the program being inherited, that newcomer's arrival signals a change, one that's usually associated with an expectation of prosperity for the future. But then reality sets in, as does the realization that there's so much more to success in college basketball than just having a good coach. Of the 42 Division I schools that ...