head coach – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 14:20:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://eight-fut.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/icon-2022-01-26T105543.185-150x150.png head coach – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 Surprising Rules College Basketball Players Must Follow https://eight-fut.com/surprising-rules-college-basketball-players-must-follow/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:15:47 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/surprising-rules-college-basketball-players-must-follow/ 1 Blood from a wound should be cleaned up as soon as possible. The players have exactly 20 seconds to take care of everything from a badly scraped knee to a bleeding nose or else they have to leave the game. The rule also applies to an irritated (or lost) contact lens. 2 No jersey […]]]>

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Blood from a wound should be cleaned up as soon as possible.

The players have exactly 20 seconds to take care of everything from a badly scraped knee to a bleeding nose or else they have to leave the game. The rule also applies to an irritated (or lost) contact lens.

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No jersey number can end in 6, 7, 8 or 9.

NCAA only offers players a total of 37 jersey numbers to choose from – and none of them include 6, 7, 8 or 9. Why? These numbers require two hands to sign, which complicates matters for referees.

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Don’t take your teammates.

We’d file this one under things that should be left unsaid, but there’s a real rule which states “climbing or lifting a teammate to gain greater height” is not allowed.

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Players on the bench must remain seated.

Well, most of the time. The one exception in the rulebook? “Reacting spontaneously to exceptional play, sitting on the bench immediately afterwards.”

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No jewelry can be worn during the game.

It’s a security issue. If your team wins, you can wear your best jewelry to the after-party, but not on the field.

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You must return your jersey.

Men’s and women’s leagues follow the same rule to 1. Prevent sweat from dripping onto the court. 2. Prevent injuries, such as tripping over loose fabric or getting caught on an opponent. 3. Give players more movement while shooting a ball.

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Long fingernails are also prohibited.

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You have to be big.

Alright, alright, it’s not exactly a to reign, but it certainly helps. In NCAA Division 1, the average male player is just under 6’5″while the average player is 5’6″ tall.

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You must maintain a certain GPA.

Division I students must earn at least six credit hours each term and meet their school’s GPA requirements for graduation. They must also obtain 40% of their diploma by the end of the second year, 60% by the end of the third year and 80% by the end of the fourth year.

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Homework should be done on the go.

Many teams travel with an advisor who is responsible for keeping players on the right academic path, with tutoring and help with setting up study schedules. “It’s what coaches sell to their parents and to them on recruiting visits, which we’ll do our homework on the road,” said Chris Barbour, assistant director of student-athlete academic support services at the Xavier University. Recount WCPO.

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You gotta fly coach…sometimes.

During the regular season, it’s up to schools to decide how they want their students to travel – some spend big money in private planes, while others travel by coach.

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Living with teammates is not mandatory.

But who wouldn’t want to live with peers who have the same busy schedule as you? A standard 60 percent of Division I male basketball players live exclusively with their teammates.

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Don’t expect special dorms.

These top players may be on the road to the NBA, but they won’t be treated like LeBron James just yet. Even though universities build housing specifically with student-athletes in mind, NCAA Rules “requiring that student-athlete residence halls house at least 51% of general population students and provide no special treatment to athletes.”

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But there are a few advantages.

In 2021, the Supreme Court sided with student athletes over the NCAA in a case regarding educational benefits. Now schools can sign players with just about anything as long as it’s related to education. A former senior NCAA official, Oliver Luck, Recount NPR this could mean a year abroad, internships, law or medical tuition, etc.

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You get unlimited meals.

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You can refuel at halftime.

Eating simple or “fast” carbs – those that can be digested easily – is key to feeling ready for the second half of a match. It is common for players to have a snack during halftime. For Duke, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are the favorites of the team.

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Being paid to play in the past makes you ineligible.

Why? The NCAA tries to keep amateurism in the sport. Internationally, things work differently and many teenagers grow up being paid by clubs. When they reach college age and apply to top US universities, many are not eligible.

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You must have completed your secondary education in four years.

In a sad turn of events, Colorado freshman Evan Battey was put on trial academically ineligible by the NCAA for the 2017–18 season after his discovery, he repeated ninth grade. He took a year redshirt and was able to train with the team, but not compete or travel.

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But college can take longer than four years.

The NCAA offered a “free year” to athletes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and disrupted the 2020-21 season. For this reason, super seniors are becoming more and more common.

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Do not post leads on social media.

According to a Stanford social media guide, current athletes can follow potential recruits online, but aren’t allowed to comment or praise them for any commitments until the news is officially announced. They are also not supposed to post or retweet photos of the prospect’s recruiting visit.

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You can monetize your name, image and likeness.

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So, yes, you can be an influencer.

Prior to 2021, players were not allowed to accept brand deals or sponsorships. When the ban was lifted, some athletes became social media stars in their own right. Louisiana State University’s Shareef O’Neal (yes, Shaquille O’Neal’s son) has over 2.5 million instagram followers and earning potential on social networks of 3.5 million dollars a year.

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You can also register your brand name.

UConn player Paige Bueckers has $1 million social media earning potential – and she’s taken advantage of it”paige bucketsnickname by launching a sportswear line.

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But not everything can (or should) be shared online.

In 2021, Ohio Bobcats guard Michael Brown Jr. landed in hot water during post a TikTok video about the NCAA tournament bubble in Indianapolis. He showed his personal identification information, as well as the tracking devices that everyone had to wear inside. He then deleted the video and re-uploaded it without the security issues.

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Only two family members get a free ride to the Final Four.

Reaching the NCAA Tournament semi-finals isn’t easy, but athletes can lend their support. In 2015, the NCAA launched a program that pays each player $3,000 in total to cover travel, hotel and meal expenses for two family members. This increases to $4,000 for championship games.

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Men and women have separate weight rooms at the NCAA Tournament.

This resulted in a big controversy in 2021, when several women’s teams complained that they did not have equal equipment and training space compared to men.

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You must return home immediately after a March Madness loss.

In 2021, Oregon State Beavers were kicked out of their hotel after their Elite 8 loss and were told to catch a flight home at 1:15 a.m. Brutal.

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Don’t ask the coaches for favors.

Need help moving? Sorry, the staff cannot do any favors for players outside of the game. In 2000, UNLV’s Chris Richardson was famous struck with an offense after his assistant coach helped him move a mattress.

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Don’t ask coaches for money either.

In a sadder story, in the 1980s, North Carolina State head coach Jim Valvano bought out one of his players. a return plane ticket to attend her grandmother’s funeral. Upon his return, everyone faced the consequences.

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Prepare to give up all your free time.

Being a Division I athlete is no joke. Players could spend at least 25 hours per week in the Arena for things like practice, film breakdown, rehabilitation, etc.. Factor that into the time you need to go to class, do your homework, travel for games, and you have a busy schedule.

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Sleep should take a back seat.

With such a busy lifestyle, plus the jet lag from all that travelling, there just isn’t much time to sleep. According to an NCAA study, a third of student-athletes sleep less than seven hours a night.

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You may not use tobacco during practice or a game.

Smoking is absolutely prohibited for student-athletes, and its use may result in disqualification from competitions. It makes sense to be honest.

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You must wear a light uniform at home games.

Have you ever noticed that it’s very easy to tell who the home team is when watching a game? There is a reason for this. Visitors wear dark colors and hosts wear light colors.

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You must eat with your team when traveling.

At least at Rutgers. the school guide says “all meals must be with the team unless otherwise directed by the coaching staff.” Players must also show up to meals with their school’s sports equipment.

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The purchase of Wi-Fi at the hotel is prohibited.

On the road, every little expense is monitored. A player from Oklahoma once spent $9.95 for internet service, but then incurred an NCAA code violation. After another UNC-Asheville player tweeted about needing Wi-Fi to do homework during March Madness in 2016, the NCAA announced that it would provide it free to tournament attendees.

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You cannot wear a microphone.

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You cannot use live video for coaching.

Men’s teams are prohibited from using any video during play or practice timeouts (except for certain “experimental” case), but women’s teams are allowed to use preloaded sideline tapes.

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Before, you couldn’t dunk during warm-ups.

Before 2015, the pre-game dunk was worth a penalty to the players. While he was considered “showboating“and a sign of bad sportsmanship, it’s now seen as a way to cheer up the crowd for the upcoming game.

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Women are not allowed to dunk a dead ball.

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Men should also follow dead ball etiquette.

That of men rule book doesn’t mention a specific consequence for diving on a deal ball, but it does say a technical foul can be issued “when the ball is dead and involves unnecessary, unacceptable or excessive contact.”

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HBCU basketball teams that have won an NCAA Tournament game https://eight-fut.com/hbcu-basketball-teams-that-have-won-an-ncaa-tournament-game/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 19:21:46 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/hbcu-basketball-teams-that-have-won-an-ncaa-tournament-game/ The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us as the NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight with the top four. The Texas Southern Tigers will be in the top four, who will try to advance to the Round of 16 when they face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Last year, Texas Southern and Norfolk State made […]]]>

The most exciting time in college basketball is upon us as the NCAA Tournament kicks off tonight with the top four.

The Texas Southern Tigers will be in the top four, who will try to advance to the Round of 16 when they face Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Last year, Texas Southern and Norfolk State made history by winning their respective first four games, marking the first time two HBCUs have won a game in the NCAA Tournament.

While the Tigers look to repeat history tonight, the Spartans have already qualified for the 64-team pool as they face the number one seed and defending NCAA champions Baylor Bears.

With that in mind, let’s take a look back at the times the HBCUs have won games in the NCAA Tournament.

1980 – Alcorn State

In SWAC’s first year of participation in the NCAA Tournament, when there were just 48 entrants, the Alcorn State Braves wasted no time in becoming the first HBCU men’s team to win a victory.

Led by Hall of Fame head coach Davey Whitney, the Braves were 28-1 overall and a perfect 12-0 record in the conference.

Their team included two-time SWAC Player of the Year and future NBA veteran Larry Smith, who averaged 20.1 points and 15.1 rebounds in 26 games.

Passing Southern and Grambling State in the conference tournament, Alcorn received the eighth seed in the Midwest Region against the South Alabama Jaguars in the first round.

The Braves entered the tournament on a 21-game winning streak and extended it to 22 games when they defeated South Alabama 70-62.

Smith was the star of the game for Alcorn State, finishing with 18 points and 17 rebounds, tied by junior center Eddie Baker who also had 18 points and junior guard EJ Bell with 16 points.

1983 – Alcorn State

Three years later, Alcorn State is now in its third NCAA tournament in four years, losing in the first round in 1982.

This time around, the Braves went 18-9 in the regular season and 10-4 against SWAC in beating Texas Southern to win the SWAC crown.

In the tournament, the Braves played in the play-in seeking the 12th and final seed in the Midwest Region by defeating Xavier 81-75.

Four players scored in double figures for Alcorn, led by second-year guard Michael Phelps who had 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field, adding six interceptions.

1984 – Alcorn State

A year later, the Braves beat Texas Southern for the second straight year to win their third straight SWAC title.

They played in the play-in again this time against Houston Baptist to be the 12th seed in the Midwest Region.

Alcorn passed Houston Baptist winning 79-60 again led by Michael Phelps who scored 21 points on 8-of-15 shooting, adding five rebounds and three assists.

1993 – South

The first non-Alcorn State HBCU team to win a game in the The NCAA tournament was the Southern Jaguars in 1993.

Southern finished with the second-best record this season by beating regular-season champion Jackson State in the Conference Tournament 101-80 to claim the NCAA Tournament berth.

They entered as the 13-seeded West Region against the four-seeded Georgia Tech in the first round. After trailing at halftime, the Jags beat Georgia Tech 54-34 in the second half to win 93-78.

Also Read: Poll: Which HBCU Team Had the Biggest NCAA Tournament Upset, Southern, Coppin St., Hampton or Norfolk St.?

Southern was led by 1994 SWAC Player of the Year Jervaughn Scales, who filled the stat sheet with 27 points, 18 rebounds, three steals and three blocks.

Senior forward Leonard White also had a big game with 18 points, 11 rebounds, five steals and two blocks.

1997 – Coppin State

In 1997 we had the first MEAC team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament, the culprit being the Coppin State Eagles.

After finishing the regular season with the MEAC’s best record, Coppin defeated North Carolina A&T 81-74 to win the MEAC crown.

The Eagles won the tournament’s 15th seed over the second-seeded South Carolina Gamecocks in the first round.

Coppin shocked the world by upsetting South Carolina 78-65, becoming the third 15-seeded player to win an NCAA tournament game since expanding to 16 teams per region in 1985.

Danny Singletary led the Eagles off the bench in the game with 22 points and five steals, followed by Antoine Brockington with 20 points and three steals.

The Eagles nearly became the first HBCU to move to the Sweet 16 but fell short to the Texas Longhorns 82-81.

2001-Hampton

Four years after Coppin State’s massive win, the Hampton Pirates earned their own victory in the 2001 NCAA Tournament.

Hampton had the MEAC’s best record this season crossing the conference tournament beating Morgan State, Norfolk State and South Carolina State by an average margin of 17 points.

The Pirates received the 15th seed in the West Region against Iowa State, a two-seeded team led by future NBA point guard Jamaal Tinsley.

In a close outing, Hampton escaped with a 58-57 victory with MEAC Player of the Year Tarvis Williams recording 16 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks.

2004 – Florida A&M

Florida A&M’s road to the NCAA Tournament in 2004 was far more difficult than the teams that came before them.

The Rattlers finished the regular season with an 11-16 overall record and a 10-8 MEAC record, the fifth-best record in the conference.

FAMU eliminated co-regular season champions South Carolina State and Coppin State en route to securing a berth in the tournament.

They opened March Madness as the only play-in game beating Lehigh 72-57 to claim sole possession of the 16 seed in the St. Louis area.

Senior guard Terrence Woods spearheaded the Rattlers’ victory with 24 points and five steals.

2010 – Arkansas-Pine Bluff

In the last year before the NCAA Tournament instituted the First Four, the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions became the last team to win what was called the play-in in 2010.

UAPB finished the regular season with a 14-15 record including 14-4 against SWAC in defeating Texas Southern to win the conference title.

In the play-in, the Golden Lions beat Winthrop 61-44 to fight their way to the 64-team field in the South Region before losing to eventual champion Duke in the first round.

2012 – Norfolk State Spartans

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The 2012 Norfolk State Spartans are the last HBCU team to win an NCAA Tournament Round of 16 game.

The Spartans were the worst in first history, going from a 10-19 record in the 2011 season to a 26-10 record in the 2012 season.

They were led by MEAC Player of the Year Kyle O’Quinn who was the conference rebounder and shot blocker.

Norfolk defeated Bethune-Cookman to win the MEAC and received the 15th seed in the West Region of the tournament over two-seeded Missouri.

In a close contest, the Spartans survived the 86-84 victory by pulling off the major upset with O’Quinn shining once again with 26 points on 10 of 16 shooting, adding 14 rebounds and two blocks.

Meanwhile, Pendarvis Williams and Chris McEachin each scored 20 points in the game.

2013 – North Carolina A&T

The North Carolina A&T Aggies’ unlikely run to the MEAC title saw them finish the regular season in the middle of the pack tied for the sixth-best record in the conference.

The Aggies cruised through Florida A&M, North Carolina Central, Delaware State and Morgan State to win the conference for the first time in 18 years.

They were also the first team in five years to advance from the first round of the MEAC tournament to win the title.

NCAT continued its unlikely run to the NCAA Tournament by winning 73-72 in the top four over Liberty, becoming the undisputed 16th seed in the Midwest Region.

2015—Hampton

Like North Carolina A&T, the 2015 Hampton Pirates also won the MEAC after a less than spectacular regular season finishing sixth in the conference.

After wins over Morgan State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Norfolk State and Delaware State, the Pirates secured their NCAA Tournament berth in the top four against Manhattan.

Hampton continued his good fortune by beating Manhattan 74-64 before losing to the top-seeded Kentucky Wildcats, who featured a team loaded with future NBA All-Stars Devin Booker and Karl Anthony-Towns among others. future NBA talent.

2018 – South Texas

Prior to last year, Texas Southern was the last team to win a game in the NCAA Tournament.

After winning their third SWAC title in the past four seasons, the Tigers added a fourth in 2018 by beating Arkansas Pine-Bluff to punch their ticket to the big dance.

Texas Southern faced North Carolina Central in the top four, which is the only time to date that two HBCUs have faced each other in the NCAA Tournament.

The Tigers emerged 64-46 winners with a 25-point performance from Demontrae Jefferson.

Tonight, Texas Southern could join Alcorn State, becoming the second HBCU team to win three games overall in NCAA Tournament history.

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TCC basketball teams head to tournament https://eight-fut.com/tcc-basketball-teams-head-to-tournament/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 01:50:07 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/tcc-basketball-teams-head-to-tournament/ The Tacoma Community College (TCC) men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned a spot in the AFAC tournament, which will be held March 17-20 and March 26-27 at the Walt Price Fitness Center at Everett Community College. The event will be broadcast live on the AFAC website. Titan women’s basketball team Under head coach Jennifer […]]]>

The Tacoma Community College (TCC) men’s and women’s basketball teams have earned a spot in the AFAC tournament, which will be held March 17-20 and March 26-27 at the Walt Price Fitness Center at Everett Community College. The event will be broadcast live on the AFAC website.

Titan women’s basketball team

Under head coach Jennifer Keyes, who has steadily built the women’s program over the past three years, the team has gone from an uneven start to a winning season.

“We’ve had some ups and downs since the season started in November, but we have a great group of kids who compete really hard and have bonded really hard over the last 6 months,” Keyes said. “I hope our experience and the magic of March Madness helps us win a tournament match or two!

Keyes is assisted by Keeshia Thomas and Shoni Pritchett, who played at the TCC from 2016 to 2018 and joined the team as a coach this season.

The team’s statistics managers are:



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Freshman point guard, Shiho Isono, #20. Isono is an international student-athlete from Japan. In conference, she averages 19.3 points per game on 40% shooting from the field, 84% from the free throw line. With 3.9 interceptions, she is one of the Titans’ best defensemen.



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Second-year guard, Adrienne Washington, #30. Washington is averaging 9.9 points per game on 40.3 percent shooting on goal in the conference and also contributing 7.9 rebounds and 2.6 steals. Adrienne will be graduating in the spring with her AA DTA. She also signed a scholarship with Eastern Oregon University where she will continue her career as a volleyball player.



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Second year, Makanalani Montoya, #3. Montoya is contributing 7.6 points per game on 31.9 percent shooting and 84.6 percent from the free throw line. She has an assist-to-spin ratio of 1.1. Montoya is an exercise science major graduating in March and is a team captain.

Titan men’s basketball team

For the men’s team, the berth in the tournament could be an important step on the Titan’s path back to status as one of the most dominant programs in AFAC history. The team is led by head coach Rashi Wortham, a former Foss High School and Titan Basketball player who was part of the winning team in the TCC’s NWAC Tournament in 2002. Wortham is assisted by Turner Cagle, who played for Lincoln High School, and David Brown, who played professional basketball.

“Our guys played hard and trusted each other. They trusted the process,” Wortham said. “It’s hard to change the culture, but the guys really listen, they really rely on what I say, and they play as hard as they can.”

Wortham has relied on the core of solid players he found when he started coaching at TCC last year. He hopes to reestablish TCC as the hub of basketball talent in Tacoma.

“The pros, the overseas guys would come back out of season and play with us. Covid has changed that. This spring, if we can, I’d like the local players to come back. That the program isn’t just for TCC , but for the South Sound and Tacoma.

The team’s statistics managers are:



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Jared Franklin, #33, 2n/aas a sophomore*, averaging 13 points and 8 rebounds.



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Solomon McGuiness, #5, 3rd-sophomore year*, averaging 13 points and 7 rebounds.



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Jourdan Joseph, #3, first year student



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Alileyon Ford, #10, NWAC’s second-best 3-point shooter

“Our leadership comes from the defensive presence of our second point guard Bryce Parker,” Wortham said. “He keeps the best players day after day.”

*Athletes normally have two years of athletic eligibility to play at a community college. In 2020-21, athletes gained a third year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

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Current and former Kansas State basketball players react to Bruce Weber’s resignation https://eight-fut.com/current-and-former-kansas-state-basketball-players-react-to-bruce-webers-resignation/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 12:58:43 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/current-and-former-kansas-state-basketball-players-react-to-bruce-webers-resignation/ While many fans were ready for a change and for Bruce Weber to become Kansas State head coach, current and former players shared their love and appreciation for the former Wildcat coach via social media. Throughout his time in Manhattan, Weber’s teams won two Big 12 titles and also made a trip to […]]]>

While many fans were ready for a change and for Bruce Weber to become Kansas State head coach, current and former players shared their love and appreciation for the former Wildcat coach via social media.

Throughout his time in Manhattan, Weber’s teams won two Big 12 titles and also made a trip to the Elite Eight. The Milwaukee native has guided the Wildcats to five NCAA tournaments.

In 2012-2013, K-State was led by Rodney McGruder and assisted by Martavious Irving, Jordan Henriquez, Angel Rodriguez, Shane Southwell, Thomas Gipson and Will Spradling. Although he didn’t necessarily recruit them out of high school, Weber considered them family and maintained strong relationships with his former players.

After a few tough seasons, Weber’s rebuilding class came together to win a Big 12 title, led by Barry Brown, Dean Wade and Kamau Stokes.

Here are reactions from former and current Wildcats to the news of Weber’s resignation.

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Duke basketball players have the chance to change the narrative around the team https://eight-fut.com/duke-basketball-players-have-the-chance-to-change-the-narrative-around-the-team/ Wed, 09 Mar 2022 16:12:25 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/duke-basketball-players-have-the-chance-to-change-the-narrative-around-the-team/ Duke basketball players have a chance to change the narrative around the team. Each team is remembered for something that happens during the season. Unfortunately for Duke basketball players, that something happened on Saturday night. After the Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the last home game under head coach Mike Krzyzewskithis Duke […]]]>

Duke basketball players have a chance to change the narrative around the team.

Each team is remembered for something that happens during the season. Unfortunately for Duke basketball players, that something happened on Saturday night.

After the Blue Devils lost to rival North Carolina in the last home game under head coach Mike Krzyzewskithis Duke team will be known as the one that lost Coach K’s last game at Cameron Indoor Stadium to the Tar Heels archives.

Krzyzewski told the crowd after the loss that the performance was “unacceptable” but that “the season has been very acceptable”.

Of course, that could be true because the regular season, despite Saturday, was a success. But that doesn’t mean much.

Duke is playing for postseason championships, not regular season championships.

This batch of Blue Devils must play with this recognition, and they have the opportunity. Unless Duke wins the ACC and/or the NCAA Tournament, this team will be remembered for losing on Saturday.

He won’t be remembered for potentially having five first-round NBA draft picks on his roster.

He won’t be remembered for having ACC Freshman and ACC Defensive Player of the Year on his roster.

He won’t even be remembered for winning by 20 points in the Dean Dome earlier in the season or other wins over Kentucky and Gonzaga.

This team will be remembered for losing 94-81 in the last home game of Mike Krzyzewski’s career in North Carolina.

Duke’s basketball fate isn’t solely in his control

The sting of Mike Krzyzewski losing his last game at home to North Carolina would be greatly lessened if the Blue Devils held the table for the rest of the season, but there is a scenario in which no one remembers the events of Saturday at all. .

There’s a strong possibility that Duke and North Carolina will meet in Brooklyn, New York for the ACC Tournament Championship on Saturday night, a week after the Tar Heels ruined the special night in Durham.

A victory in this match and almost all is forgiven.

An NCAA Tournament Championship and this team is known as an iconic Duke team.

If the top seeds advance, North Carolina’s path to the ACC Tournament Championship would include Virginia Tech and Notre Dame.

Duke’s path would include Florida State and Miami (FL).

There’s plenty of basketball left to play, but the Blue Devils have a chance to change the narrative around this year’s edition of the team.

The story is not over yet.

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Kentucky’s Best Basketball Players: Kentucky’s All-Time Starting 5 https://eight-fut.com/kentuckys-best-basketball-players-kentuckys-all-time-starting-5/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 22:20:28 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/kentuckys-best-basketball-players-kentuckys-all-time-starting-5/ Here’s a stat for you: The Kentucky Wildcats produced 43 NBA draft picks since John Calipari took over as head coach of the program in 2009. To put that into perspective, Duke, the next closest school, has produced 28. Clearly Lexington, Ky., is the place to go for young high school players with NBA aspirations. […]]]>

Here’s a stat for you: The Kentucky Wildcats produced 43 NBA draft picks since John Calipari took over as head coach of the program in 2009. To put that into perspective, Duke, the next closest school, has produced 28. Clearly Lexington, Ky., is the place to go for young high school players with NBA aspirations. .

I would be remiss to say that the University of Kentucky is nothing more than an NBA factory. The Bluegrass-country team has pride of place among blue bloods in college basketball. His Continue speaks for itself: Eight national championships, 17 Final Fours, 59 NCAA Tournament appearances and 33 SEC titles. Only UCLA has more national championships, and only UCLA and North Carolina have more Final Four appearances.



From Adolph Rupp and Joe B. Hall to Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith and Cal, Kentucky has as illustrious a hoops history as anyone. Naturally, with so much success, that means several phenomenal basketball players have stepped onto the Rupp Arena floor. But who would be the program’s all-time starting lineup?

I could choose any current NBA players and have a starting five that would put most schools to shame. However, this is Kentucky we’re talking about, and historic players deserve just as much recognition as those from the Calipari era. So let’s go.

Here are Kentucky’s all-time starting five.

Kentucky Basketball’s All-Time Starting 5

Guard: John Wall (2009-10)

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John Wall was the nation’s most electric player in his only college basketball season. Like Anthony Davis, Wall was also the SEC Player of the Year, SEC Rookie of the Year, and a consensus First-Team All-American. Not bad for a diaper dandy.

The point guard, along with DeMarcus Cousins ​​and Eric Bledsoe, were the first of many elite prospects Calipari would bring to Lexington. Wall was the crown jewel, however, and used his blistering speed to average 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 6.5 assists.

His insane athleticism, goalscoring and passing abilities make him the perfect guy to run the show.

Guard: Tony Delk (1992-96)

Kentucky shooter Tony Delk shoots at Virginia Tech in 1996.
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It’s never a bad thing to have more shots, and there’s no better shooter in Kentucky history than Tony Delk. The shooting guard has shot 39.7% from downtown in his four-year career, including a ridiculous 44.3% as a senior.

Delk, along with Antoine Walker and Walter McCarty, headlined “The Untouchables” and led Big Blue Nation to their sixth national championship in 1996. The natty was the icing on the cake of an already incredible season for Delk, who went on to be named the NCAA Finals. Four Most Outstanding Players and already had an SEC Player of the Year award to his name.

Delk left Lexington as program all-time leader three-pointer with 283, a mark he still holds to this day.

Striker: Jamal Mashburn (1990-93)

Kentucky forward Jamal Mashburn prepares for a layup against Duke in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
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Pure and simple, Jamal Mashburn was a stallion during his three seasons at Kentucky. He had some good underclass years, but he really stepped up his game as a junior. That year he was a consensus All-American, SEC Player of the Year, and led the Wildcats to the 1993 Final Four, where they barely fell to Michigan’s Fab-Five.

Mashburn was a dynamic bucket-getter and left Kentucky as the fourth leading scorer in the program (he’s now sixth). Had he stayed for his senior season, he likely would have held the No. 1 spot.

Forward: Anthony Davis (2011-12)

Anthony Davis disputes a shot during the 2012 National Championship game against Kansas.
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Anthony Davis had one of the most dominant college basketball seasons in recent memory. For one, he was a defensive force and averaged an astonishing 4.7 blocks per game, which made it nearly impossible to get a clean look against him in the paint.

Second, you need look no further than his performance against Kansas in the 2012 national title game to gauge his impact. Davis scored just six points but had six shots and 16 rebounds en route to a 67-59 win. It’s rare to find a player who can make such a big difference without needing to score.

Third, the big man has won every conceivable award he could, such as National Player of the Year, SEC Player of the Year, SEC Rookie of the Year, SEC Defensive Player of the Year, and Most Valuable Player. remarkable from the NCAA Final Four to accompany the First-Team All-American and First-Team All-SEC nods.

As the catalyst for the Wildcats’ most recent national title run, Davis was a bona fide lock to make the all-time team.

Center: Dan Issel (1967-70)

Kentucky legend Dan Issel poses for a photo before facing LSU in 1970.
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I could very well defer to recency bias and put Karl-Anthony Towns here (believe me, it’s a hard omission being a Minnesota Timberwolves fan), but who would I be to leave probably the best player in the history of the program and a famous Basketball Hall of Member?

Like his fellow Wildcats in the lineup, Dan Issel received his fair share of individual recognition, such as being a two-time All-American and a three-time All-SEC. But, part of what makes Issel’s career standout, aside from being the program’s all-time leading scorer, is his cold rivalry with LSU star Pete Maravich.

Maravich averaged a ridiculous 44.2 points per game during his college career (he was obviously awesome, but let’s not forget his dad was the coach) while Issel averaged 25.9 points. per game, including 33.9 as a senior. Issel and Maravich were the top two SEC Players of the Year in each of their three seasons at their respective schools, with Maravich coming out on top each time. However, Issel had much more success as a team, with Kentucky making two Elite Eight appearances with a Sweet Sixteen.

“Pistol Pete” is widely regarded as the greatest college player of all time, but Issel measured up to him as well as anyone else. He was also exceptionally successful ABA and NBA career.

Off bench:

  • Cliff Hagan (1950-54)
  • Jack Givens (1974-78)
  • Kenny Walker (1982-86)
  • Anthony Walker (1994-96)
  • Karl Anthony Towns (2014-15)

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LeBron James drops 56 points in Lakers win over Warriors https://eight-fut.com/lebron-james-drops-56-points-in-lakers-win-over-warriors/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 05:55:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/lebron-james-drops-56-points-in-lakers-win-over-warriors/ At least for now, the Los Angeles Lakers have stopped the bleeding. You won’t be surprised to learn that it took LeBron James a huge night. The Lakers superstar almost single-handedly ended the team’s four-game losing streak on Saturday, leading a second-half rally to defeat the Golden State Warriors 124-116. James finished the game with […]]]>

At least for now, the Los Angeles Lakers have stopped the bleeding. You won’t be surprised to learn that it took LeBron James a huge night.

The Lakers superstar almost single-handedly ended the team’s four-game losing streak on Saturday, leading a second-half rally to defeat the Golden State Warriors 124-116. James finished the game with 56 points, the most he had ever scored in a single game in a Lakers uniform, on 19 of 31 shooting (6 of 11 from deep) with 10 rebounds and three assists.

The highlight came when the Lakers reduced what was once a 14-point deficit to six points midway through the fourth quarter. James threw three 3-pointers on three straight possessions, a personal 9-0 run to give Los Angeles the lead.

The exclamation point came a few minutes later, when James flew in for a dagger via alley-oop.

It was a vintage James night, and historic too. By Statuettehe is the first player in NBA history to have a 50-point game both before turning 21 and after turning 35.

When asked to describe the victory after the game, James was candid:

“Desperation. A four game losing streak, our season has been up and down. I would say desperation and inspiration, we played inspired basketball against a really good team. We needed this win.”

It’s hard to fault James for being desperate. You’ve probably heard of the Lakers’ struggles this season. Even with Saturday’s win, the team is still seven games under the .500 mark at 28-35 and in ninth place in the Western Conference.

Lakers’ struggles don’t go away with 1 win

Beyond the record, discord rages in the Lakers organization, especially around point guard Russell Westbrook, who amassed 20 points, four rebounds and four assists on Saturday. The Lakers were set to trade Westbrook at the deadline, a fact made even more awkward by the fact that James’ agents would be upset the team refused to include a 2027 first-round pick to wrap up the deal. ‘case.

Even on Saturday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that there had been a push in the Lakers organization for head coach Frank Vogel, himself very much in the hot seat, to demote Westbrook from the starting lineup.

While all of this was going on, the Lakers languished on the field and in a very public way. Thanks to the wonders of nationally televised games, to which the Lakers are no strangers, the whole country had witnessed a 1-5 streak for the team entering Saturday. In total, the Lakers had lost 11 of their last 14.

The end result was speculation over James’ future with the team and mockery from the home crowd. A single win won’t change the shape of the season, but the Lakers will see every win as a hopeful turning point while they’re this low.

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Former UNC basketball players react to Tar Heels win over Duke https://eight-fut.com/former-unc-basketball-players-react-to-tar-heels-win-over-duke/ Sun, 06 Mar 2022 04:25:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/former-unc-basketball-players-react-to-tar-heels-win-over-duke/ Former UNC basketball players react on social media to Tar Heels’ big win over Blue Devils In what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of college basketball’s biggest rivalry, the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the final game at home […]]]>

Former UNC basketball players react on social media to Tar Heels’ big win over Blue Devils

In what turned out to be one of the biggest upsets in the history of college basketball’s biggest rivalry, the North Carolina Tar Heels defeated the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the final game at home of coach K.

It was an intense atmosphere from the start, with more than 100 former Duke players in the stands to send their beloved coach in the right direction: with a victory over their hated rival.

Only, it did not happen like that, because the Tar Heels had other projects in mind.

And with one of the best halves we’ve seen from a North Carolina team in the last three seasons, the Tar Heels took a two-point second-half deficit and beat the Blue Devils by 15. after the intermission. Once the final buzzer sounded and the score read 94-81, a dejected Duke crowd was as blue as the shirts they were wearing.

North Carolina players, coaches, alumni and fans felt a little differently, however, and their forceful reactions could be seen on the field, in the locker room and especially on social media. From former coaches and players to a future retired Hall of Fame football player and more, we’ve captured a number of those reactions and posted them below for your viewing pleasure. Looked.

2017 National Champion, Justin Jackson

UNC basketball player from 2012 to 2016, Brice Johnson

Proud owner of the greatest shooter in NCAA tournament history, Marcus Paige

Vince Carter, former UNC basketball player and future NBA Hall of Famer

Former North Carolina player and longtime NBA head coach George Karl

2005 National Champion, Jawad Williams

Formerly Dexter Strickland, member of the UNC basketball program from 2009 to 2013

Former North Carolina football and basketball player, Julius Peppers

Former North Carolina player and head coach Matt Doherty

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Best Arkansas Basketball Players: Arkansas’ All-Time Starting 5 https://eight-fut.com/best-arkansas-basketball-players-arkansas-all-time-starting-5/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 15:19:37 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/best-arkansas-basketball-players-arkansas-all-time-starting-5/ Eric Musselman is building something special in Arkansas. In his three seasons at the head of the bench, Musselman recorded at least 20 victories. He has two top-10 wins to his name this year alone, proving the Razorbacks can compete with anyone in the country. Musselman has the ball rolling now, but the Arkansas Razorbacks […]]]>

Eric Musselman is building something special in Arkansas. In his three seasons at the head of the bench, Musselman recorded at least 20 victories. He has two top-10 wins to his name this year alone, proving the Razorbacks can compete with anyone in the country.

Musselman has the ball rolling now, but the Arkansas Razorbacks also have an illustrious hoops history. During the second half of the 20th century, mainly under the head coach Nolan Richardson, the Hogs were among college basketball’s elite teams. Need proof? Take a look at the rafters at Bud Walton Arena. You’ll see one national championship, one national title runner-up, six Final Four appearances, seven SEC tournament titles, and 24 regular-season conference titles.



This kind of resume just doesn’t happen without great players. Believe me, Arkansas has had plenty. But, if we could go back and search through the Razorbacks’ impressive collection of hoops, who would form the best starting lineup?

Let’s find out.

Arkansas Basketball’s All-Time Starting 5

Guard: Sidney Moncrief (1975-79)

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No fuss. Sidney Moncrief is the tallest player to step on the Arkansas hardwood. “The Squid” is the second top scorer in program history and the best rebounder of all time, which is impressive considering he was a 6-foot-3 guard. Additionally, he was the center of the 1978 Final Four team.

Moncrief and Corliss Williamson (we’ll get to that later) are the only two Arkansas players to retire their jerseys. The shooter then had a fantastic NBA career after his days in Fayetteville, too. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2019.

Guard: Todd Day (1988-92)

Todd Day leads the way against Texas in 1992.
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Day and Moncrief would form a formidable backyard on talent alone, but I suspect they would have great chemistry as they had similar careers. They both led their team to the Final Four (Day led the 1990 team). They were both the program top scorer at one point (Day surpassed Moncrief’s 2,066 career points with 2,395 of his own – a mark that stands to this day) and they won SWC Player of the Year (Day in 1991, Moncrief in 1979).

The two-time American shooting guard averaged 18.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals on his four-year career. Besides his stats, Day was a winner, and for those reasons, he’s an obvious pick.

Striker: Corliss Williamson (1992-95)

Corliss Williamson celebrates his participation in the 1995 Final Four.
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Corliss Williamson carried the 1994 team on his back to a national championship. He was nothing short of amazing in March of that year, averaging 21.6 points and 8.2 rebounds in wins over North Carolina AT&T, Georgetown, Tulsa, Michigan, Arizona and Duke.

Winning a national championship is of course the ultimate prize in college basketball, but Williamson has also received his fair share of individual accolades. He was named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player in 1994; he is a two-time SEC Player of the Year and a two-time All-American.

The striker also had a solid NBA career and was an active member of the Detroit Pistons team that won the title in 2004. As I mentioned before, Williams’ No. 34 jersey is the only uniform that was retired besides Moncreif’s.

Forward: Bobby Portis (2013-2015)

Bobby Portis shoots a free throw against SMU in 2014.
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How not to include Bobby Portis? The 6-foot-10 forward became a fan favorite during the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2021 NBA championship run. Before his professional success, Portis was a star for his national team.

The Little Rock native averaged 15 points and 7.9 rebounds per game during his time in Fayetteville and won the 2015 SEC Player of the Year award. That same year, he led the Hogs to their first NCAA Tournament in seven seasons.

Call him BP, Bobby Buckets or the mayor of Milwaukee, Portis shone at the college level and continues to do so in the NBA.

Center: Oliver Miller (1988-92)

Oliver Miller dunks against Murray State in the 1992 NCAA Tournament.
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Miller and Day were the anchors for one of the most successful stretches in Razorback history. We know about the 1990 Final Four, but the duo also led Arkansas to four straight regular-season conference titles and three conference tournament titles. Additionally, Day and Miller shared the SWC Player of the Year award in 1991, which is virtually unheard of for their teammates.

It’s odd to call a 6-foot-9, 280-pound man undersized, but Miller was a bit shorter than the average center. Nonetheless, he played a physical game and had great skills around the rim.

off the bench

  • Lee Mayberry (1988-92)
  • Joe Kleine (1981-85)
  • Alvin Robertson (1981-84)
  • Joe Johnson (1999-2001)
  • Moses Moody (2020-21)

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Alabama’s Best Basketball Players: Alabama’s All-Time Starting 5 https://eight-fut.com/alabamas-best-basketball-players-alabamas-all-time-starting-5/ Tue, 01 Mar 2022 19:50:35 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/alabamas-best-basketball-players-alabamas-all-time-starting-5/ There is no denying that the University of Alabama is first and foremost a football school. Bear Bryant started the program over 60 years ago and Nick Saban built perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history. You could say the Alabama Crimson Tide had some success on the grill and few would argue with that. […]]]>

There is no denying that the University of Alabama is first and foremost a football school. Bear Bryant started the program over 60 years ago and Nick Saban built perhaps the greatest dynasty in sports history. You could say the Alabama Crimson Tide had some success on the grill and few would argue with that.

But once the football season is over, Alabama fans turn their attention to the hardwood. Comparing the basketball program to football is unfair. In fact, comparing just about any basketball program to Alabama’s football program is unfair. That doesn’t mean Crimson Tide fans are any less passionate about their hoops.



Over the years, Alabama has had some great performances, like CM Newton’s teams winning three consecutive SEC regular-season championships from 1974-76. Or upsetting No. 1 seed Stanford at the tournament. NCAA 2004 and reached the Elite Eight. Now, head coach Nate Oats has the tide in the right direction and looks set to be an SEC title contender for years to come.

From the days of Newton to David Hobbs to Avery Johnson and Oats, several basketball greats have played their hearts out at Coleman Coliseum. If we took players from all those eras and put together a team of players, they could give anyone a hard time.

Let’s take a look at Alabama’s all-time starting five.

Alabama Basketball’s All-Time Starting 5

Guard: Colin Sexton (2017-18)

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Colin Sexton has only played a season in Tuscaloosa, but the “Young Bull” has made its mark. In his only college basketball campaign, Sexton’s 19.2 points per game led the team in scoring. His best performance was a 27-point outing against Texas A&M in the SEC tournament that was capped by a buzzer-beating floater.

The 2018 SEC freshman was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers with the eighth overall pick in that year’s NBA draft. He’s had a solid pro career so far averaging 20 net points per contest across four Seasons.

Along with his scoring ability, Sexton has the toughness and competitive edge you want in a ground general. I am a big fan.

Guard: Latrell Sprewell (1990-92)

Latrell Sprewell takes on the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2004 Western Conference Finals.
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Latrell Sprewell turned into a highly prized NBA prospect in his final season at Alabama. The shooter, along with Robert Horry and James Robinson, carried the Tide to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 1992. For the yearhe averaged 17.8 points and 5.2 rebounds.

In the NBA, Sprewell quickly became one of the best young players in the league, earning an All-NBA First Team nod in the second season. However, his career was derailed because he, uh, smothered in the big moments. But at his peak, Sprewell was among the best hoopers on the planet.

Striker: Robert Horry (1988-92)

Robert Horry attacks the rim during an NBA playoff game against the Denver Nuggets.
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Speaking of the early 90s, we can’t leave out “Big Shot Bob”.

Horry was an absolute stalwart for the Tide during his four years on campus. Sure, he could shoot, but he was a swat fiend and he’s still the block program all-time leader nowadays.

Of course, Horry earned a notorious reputation in the NBA as a member of seven (!) title teams with the Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and San Antonio Spurs. Put the stone in that man’s hand with the game on the line and you won’t be disappointed.

Forward: Reggie King (1975-79)

the all-time leader in Alabama program history, Reggie “The Mule” King was the driving force behind The Tide’s three conference titles in the mid-1970s. all-time Alabama, Eddie Philips. He also had 10.8 rebounds per game.

The king did not spend six seasons in the NBA with the Kansas City Kings and Seattle SuperSonics and was out of professional basketball at age 29. Still, “The Mule” has a solid record as Crimson Tide’s best hoop of all time.

Center: Leon Douglas (1972-76)

Leon Douglas is one of the greatest centers in Alabama basketball history.
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Another essential contributor to the successful ’70s Bama teams, Leon Douglas was a force to be reckoned with. Douglas did the All-SEC team in each of its four years on campuswinning the SEC Player of the Year twice, as well as two All-American honors.

Douglas is third on the all time score list and is tied for second in career rebounds with King. In his senior year, he averaged 20.6 points and 12.4 rebounds per game — the kind of production any coach would kill for.

The big man was the Detroit Pistons’ fourth overall pick in the 1976 NBA draft, but he only spent seven years in the league before embarking on a professional career in Europe. The tandem of Douglas and King was lethal.

off the bench

  • Eddie Phillips (1978-82)
  • Jerry Harper (1952-56)
  • Buck Johnson (1982-86)
  • James Robinson (1990-93)
  • Trevor Releford (2010-14)

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