Basketball players – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 12:17:22 +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 Basketball players – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 Former United men’s basketball players are making an impact at the professional level | Mizzou Men’s Basketball https://eight-fut.com/former-united-mens-basketball-players-are-making-an-impact-at-the-professional-level-mizzou-mens-basketball/ Sat, 19 Nov 2022 05:45:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/former-united-mens-basketball-players-are-making-an-impact-at-the-professional-level-mizzou-mens-basketball/ Across 3 continents and 5 different leagues, seven players represent Missouri men’s basketball at the professional level. 19 days into November, here’s how they’ve fared throughout the month so far. Clarkson and Porter Jr shine in the NBA During his four-game winning streak from Nov. 4-9, Jordan Clarkson scored 20, 23, 22, and 23 points […]]]>

Across 3 continents and 5 different leagues, seven players represent Missouri men’s basketball at the professional level. 19 days into November, here’s how they’ve fared throughout the month so far.

Clarkson and Porter Jr shine in the NBA

Jontay Porter and Smith impress in the G-League

Marcus Denmon scores 29 goals for Greek side Peristeri

Two successful Tigers in Asia

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Omos is one of many basketball players to become professional wrestlers https://eight-fut.com/omos-is-one-of-many-basketball-players-to-become-professional-wrestlers/ Fri, 18 Nov 2022 06:00:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/omos-is-one-of-many-basketball-players-to-become-professional-wrestlers/ After hanging up his basketball jersey for the final time, Omogbehin joined the line of former basketball players turning to professional wrestling – a roster of wrestlers that includes The Big Show, Kevin Nash, Nia Jax and Bayley. In October 2018, Omogbehin was part of WWE’s highly touted rookie class, which included Mia Yim and […]]]>

After hanging up his basketball jersey for the final time, Omogbehin joined the line of former basketball players turning to professional wrestling – a roster of wrestlers that includes The Big Show, Kevin Nash, Nia Jax and Bayley. In October 2018, Omogbehin was part of WWE’s highly touted rookie class, which included Mia Yim and Matt Riddle. WWE’s new 7ft 3in, 370lb giant makes his in-ring debut in July next year on a house show “WWE NXT”, according to Sports Illustrated.

Omos immediately made his impact every time he made his WWE debut, first defeating Scott Parker and Shane Matthews in a two-on-one handicap match in his ‘NXT’ debut, then becoming a intimidating doorman character on “Raw,” before making his official main roster debut alongside future tag team partner AJ Styles. After lining up with Styles on the main roster, WWE gave Omogbehin the name “Omos”.

With Styles, Omos found immediate success on the main roster. The unlikely tag team won the “Raw” Tag Team Championship at WrestleMania 37 in 2021, defeating The New Day for the belts after Omos pinned Kofi Kingston. Their tag team has since disbanded and Omos has moved on to picking fights of his own size. In the latter half of 2022, WWE’s Biggest Man was locked in a feud with Braun Strowman, most recently taking him on in a losing effort at WWE Crown Jewel in November.

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Top 10 Greatest NCAA College Basketball Players Of All Time https://eight-fut.com/top-10-greatest-ncaa-college-basketball-players-of-all-time/ Thu, 17 Nov 2022 08:11:10 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/top-10-greatest-ncaa-college-basketball-players-of-all-time/ Everyone is drawn to the NCAA tournament because of its zest for life and intense emotions. Exceptional players who have the potential to become household names in the NBA also start their careers there. An element that attracts the public is the presence of young players. A player will have a better starting point later […]]]>

Everyone is drawn to the NCAA tournament because of its zest for life and intense emotions. Exceptional players who have the potential to become household names in the NBA also start their careers there. An element that attracts the public is the presence of young players. A player will have a better starting point later if his college career has been successful.

This ranking is based on a variety of things. We look at each player’s accomplishments throughout college basketball history. Other important factors include wins like NCAA/ACC Player of the Year, Big Ten Championship, or National Championship. The best college basketball players of all time are listed below.

10. Elvin Hayes-Houston (1966-1968)

In 1966, Elvin Hayes became Houston’s first African-American basketball player. Over the next two seasons, he led the team to the Final Four. His stats are remarkable. He has eight games with 25 points and five games with 20 rebounds in the NCAA Tournament. These figures are comparable to the illustrious Bill Russell and Jerry West.

9. Magic Johnson – Michigan State (1978-1979)

After just two seasons in the NCAA with the Michigan State team, Earvin “Magic” Johnson shot to fame and started playing professionally. This rapid development served as an example for later college basketball cultures. With the Spartans, point guard Johnson had two excellent seasons, including his second. In 1979, he guided an average college basketball team to victory over the Sycamores in the national championship game.

8. Larry Bird – Indiana State (1977-1979)

In addition to being referred to by the intriguing nickname “Hick from French Lick”, Larry Bird has been a true superstar since his freshman year. Through his involvement, Sycamores felt they had achieved the ultimate goal of making the NCAA Championship Game. Unfortunately, the former Hoosiers’ brand of play goes against Bobby Knight’s instructions. Bird can find what she’s looking for in the state of Indiana.

7. Wilt Chamberlain – Kansas (1956-1958)

Wilt Chamberlain dominated the NCAA Tournament early on, posting stats no one could have predicted for a rookie. He had a total of 52 points and 31 rebounds in his first game against Kansas. To reach the national championship game, Chamberlain overcame racism and talent skepticism. He is still “cared for” with extreme caution by their rival state of North Carolina.

6. Jerry West – West Virginia (1957-1960)

Jerry West, who leads the team in scoring, comes from West Virginia. Apart from having the famous NBA tournament outline, it also has a commendable game stat. While playing for the Mountaineers in the NCAA Tournament, West averaged 25 points and 13 rebounds. In a 1959 game against Berkeley, he came dangerously close to winning the national championship. They led by six points at halftime, but in the closing seconds they lost 71-70.

5. Oscar Robertson – Cincinnati (1957-1960)

The Big O has consistently produced outstanding results, living up to its nickname. In his time at the college level, Oscar Robertson averaged 15 rebounds and 7 assists. Robertson also averaged 34 points in each game. Big O won three Consensus National Player of the Year awards while facing Cincinnati in three seasons. We already know his outstanding playing ability from that.

4. Bill Walton–UCLA (1971-1974)

Few college basketball teams can surpass UCLA’s accomplishments in the NCAA Tournament, making them a truly great empire. This NCAA tournament team is creatively led by a renowned head coach and boasts a solid roster of players. Bill Walton was one of the Bruins’ iconic figures at the time. He is one of the best passing centers in NCAA history.

3. Bill Russell – San Francisco (1953-1956)

Bill Russell deserves to be in third place on the list because of his accomplishments. This reliable center has established himself as a bulwark for any team since his rookie year. A season ago there were a lot of outstanding players, but then there was a drop in performance. What sets Russell apart is his ability to maintain his strength throughout the NCAA Tournament.

2. Pete Maravich—LSU (1968-1970)

“Pistol” Pete Maravich is ranked second among the greatest college basketball players of all time. Maravich averaged 44.2 points per game throughout his time playing college basketball. His throws are incredibly accurate and fast, living up to his name. You should also know that the three-point line is not visible at the moment.

1. Lew Alcindor – UCLA (1967-1969)

Lew Alcindor is the hero of the UCLA team and left an illustrious legacy for this NCAA team. He is fully capable of becoming the greatest college basketball player in history.

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6 gay professional basketball players who were absent during the competition https://eight-fut.com/6-gay-professional-basketball-players-who-were-absent-during-the-competition/ Wed, 16 Nov 2022 17:07:50 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/6-gay-professional-basketball-players-who-were-absent-during-the-competition/ When John Amaechi has come out publicly in 2007, he was ahead of his time, sharing that he is gay and a former professional basketball player. Six years later, Jason Collins followed suit while still competing in the NBA – Amaechi was out after playing for several NBA teams. Ever since Collins showed the world […]]]>

When John Amaechi has come out publicly in 2007, he was ahead of his time, sharing that he is gay and a former professional basketball player. Six years later, Jason Collins followed suit while still competing in the NBA – Amaechi was out after playing for several NBA teams.

Ever since Collins showed the world you could be a gay man in professional basketball, there’s been a trickle of gay athletes to follow, most recently the former NBA player and current Australian professional basketball player Isaac Humphries.

Here are the gay men who blazed the trail on basketball courts around the world.

Jason Collins, United States

The man who started it all, Collins came out publicly on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 2013.

Derrick Gordon, Cyprus and Germany

Gordon came out publicly while competing in college for the University of Massachusetts. After a few years away from basketball, he was signed to play in Cyprus and then in Germany.

Uri Kokia, Israel

Kokia broke huge barriers in Israel when he came out publicly in 2017.

Marco Lehmann, Switzerland

Lehmann plays basketball professionally in Switzerland and he represents the country internationally playing 3×3.

Daniel Arcos, Chile

Arcos posted a three-page letter on social media while performing for CD Castro.

Isaac Humphries, Australia

Humphries was released while competing for Melbourne in the Australian National Basketball League. He played for the Kentucky Wildcats in college and briefly for the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA.

If we missed anyone, please let us know in the comments.

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Startup helps basketball players capture hoop highlights https://eight-fut.com/startup-helps-basketball-players-capture-hoop-highlights/ Sun, 13 Nov 2022 09:09:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/startup-helps-basketball-players-capture-hoop-highlights/ Nov. 13—JASON SYVERSEN FINALLY works for a company he can tell you about. The engineer has spent most of his career in cybersecurity, notably at Siege Technologies, a research and development company he launched in 2009 in Manchester and which was acquired in 2016. His resume includes eight years at BAE Systems and two at […]]]>

Nov. 13—JASON SYVERSEN FINALLY works for a company he can tell you about.

The engineer has spent most of his career in cybersecurity, notably at Siege Technologies, a research and development company he launched in 2009 in Manchester and which was acquired in 2016.

His resume includes eight years at BAE Systems and two at DC working for the Department of Defense.

What was he doing at work? He had no right to say that.

Now he can talk about basketball.

Although SportsVisio’s technology is proprietary, there’s nothing top secret about its purpose. The Manchester startup uses artificial intelligence to automate statistics, analysis and video highlights for basketball players, gleaning data from real-time footage that users can view on a smartphone. The company recently closed $3.1 million in seed funding.

“At Siege, we did a lot of classified work that I couldn’t talk about or it was technically very complicated, and people didn’t understand if I was allowed to talk about it,” Syversen said in an interview the latest. last week. “But it’s really fun. You can show people what you’re doing. Even my kids get it.”

The current iteration of SportsVisio involves the use of two smartphones. The company is developing a new version that will only require a single phone and will have controls on a tripod. Since launching its product two weeks ago, the company has attracted half a dozen customers and has around 30 on the waiting list. They hope to add 25 high schools or colleges this month, charging $350 per season.

“We’re slowly rolling it out to each of them, trying to fix the bugs and get the single-camera solution in place,” he said.

Syversen agreed that SportsVisio shares some similarities with Helios, an Exeter-based company that helps hockey players improve performance through the use of body-worn sensors and a smartphone app.

SportsVisio, whose product uses computer vision technology but does not include hardware, sees a large market for youth and amateur gamers, their coaches and parents.

“At the moment, we are focusing on basketball stats and video clips, which we will develop more on the entertainment side,” he said. “We’re going to add Snapchat-style filters, where you can put a fireball on the ball or on the hoop and add music and put the clips on social media, sort of to meet the needs of the younger generation . Not everyone is going to turn pro. Some people just play for fun.”

The $3.1 million funding round was led by Hyperplane Venture Capital, a Boston-based firm that focuses on early-stage tech companies, especially those that use artificial technology. The round also included Geek Ventures, Sovereign’s Capital and a few other investors.

“With the advancements in cutting-edge devices over the past few years, we have seen a dramatic decrease in the cost of deploying large-scale computer vision applications,” said John Murphy, founder and managing partner of Hyperplane, in a statement. communicated.

SportsVisio employs approximately 25 people, including seven in Manchester. The rest work from remote locations, including Canada, Florida and South America.

Here’s what “retirement” looks like for Syversen, who has six children and is a longtime basketball player and youth league coach.

The Dunbarton resident remained with Siege Technologies for about a year after the company was acquired by Virginia-based Nehemiah Security. He was able to financially retire at the ripe old age of 42 in 2019.

Syversen didn’t need more money, but he did need a goal.

“You can sit by the pool and just drink mojitos or play golf all day, but I don’t think that’s what humans were created for,” said Syversen, who founded a charitable foundation and seeded it with most of his income from the sale of his business. He plans to invest all the money he earns from SportsVisio into the foundation, which supports nonprofit organizations.

As well as being CEO of SportsVisio, he manages 10X Venture Partners, an angel investment group in Manchester, and sits on the boards of four non-profit groups.

He is also active with Shiloh Community Church on the West Side of the city. Syversen grew up in a Christian home and cites how faith transformed her parents’ lives and influenced her upbringing.

“I think people make Christianity more complicated than it is. It’s really about loving God, loving your neighbor,” he said.

“And what does it mean to love God? It usually means to love your fellow man. You should love God by living a life where you are dedicated to trying to serve the people around you.”

Mike Cote is editor for news and affairs. Contact him at mcote@unionleader.com or (603) 206-7724.

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author. They do not represent the views and opinions of the sponsor, its members and affiliates.

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Several Elite HS Basketball Players Join Jr. NBA Leadership Program https://eight-fut.com/several-elite-hs-basketball-players-join-jr-nba-leadership-program/ Fri, 11 Nov 2022 16:11:59 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/several-elite-hs-basketball-players-join-jr-nba-leadership-program/ The second cohort of the Jr. NBA Court of Leaders consists of some of the best boys and girls basketball players from the classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026. Top-ranked men’s basketball players Isiah Harwell (No. 5, Class of 2025), Isaiah Evans (No. 16, Class of 2024) and Bryson Tucker (No. 19, Class of 2024) […]]]>

The second cohort of the Jr. NBA Court of Leaders consists of some of the best boys and girls basketball players from the classes of 2024, 2025 and 2026.

Top-ranked men’s basketball players Isiah Harwell (No. 5, Class of 2025), Isaiah Evans (No. 16, Class of 2024) and Bryson Tucker (No. 19, Class of 2024) headline the men’s game. The top three ranked girls from the class of 2024 – Jaloni Cambridge, Joyce Edwards and Judge Carlton – headline the entrants.

Players were selected based on their leadership qualities in tournaments, camps and other competitions, in accordance with Jr. NBA guidelines. The group of 12 was selected by a committee of the NBA’s Youth Development Group and contacted with an invitation to participate.

Each player is connected to an NBA, WNBA and G League mentor. The group will receive guidance on career advancement and leadership training through webinars, workshops, and other guidance on topics such as decision-making, mental wellness, and civic engagement. They also collaborate on social responsibility projects.

In addition, the group will participate in educational trips. Programming begins this weekend in Washington, DC, where athletes will visit the White House, the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Here is the full list of participants:

  • Jaloni Cambridge
  • Justice Carlton
  • AJ Dybantsa
  • Joyce Edwards
  • Isaiah Evans
  • Caleb Gaskin
  • Leah Harmon
  • Isiah Harwell
  • Olivia Olson
  • Jason Richardson II
  • Bryson Tucker
  • Ava Watson

More stories:

NBA All-Star son Peja Stojakovic chooses Stanford for college commitment

Duke signs four commitments from its top-ranked 2023 recruiting class

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Fantastic basketball players to buy low, sell high; plus 12 waiver wire targets https://eight-fut.com/fantastic-basketball-players-to-buy-low-sell-high-plus-12-waiver-wire-targets/ Thu, 10 Nov 2022 23:15:54 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/fantastic-basketball-players-to-buy-low-sell-high-plus-12-waiver-wire-targets/ Now that we’re a few weeks into the regular season and the dust is starting to settle a bit, fantasy managers whose teams are struggling might be itching to hit the panic button. So let’s start this week’s column with some suggestions for players to consider buying low and selling high, as you try to […]]]>

Now that we’re a few weeks into the regular season and the dust is starting to settle a bit, fantasy managers whose teams are struggling might be itching to hit the panic button.

So let’s start this week’s column with some suggestions for players to consider buying low and selling high, as you try to exploit your other fantasy enemies.

Buy low: Trae youngATL

Not only has Young been nursing a shin injury lately, but he’s shooting just 38% from the field and 30% from 3-point range. Compare that to last season, when Young shot 46% from the field and made 38% of his treys. Delete Murray cut Young’s rebounds and assists and robbed him of some of his shine, but Young will still be a fantastic Top 15 player once his shooting efficiency normalizes.

Sell ​​expensive: Donovan MitchellKEY

Mitchell got off to a flying start for the ridersbut he received a boost at the start of the season due to Darius Garland already missed six games. In Cleveland’s first six games of the season, when Garland had just 13 minutes of action, Mitchell exploded for 32.2 points, 4.5 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 7.0 attempts. free throws per game.

But in the three games Garland played more than 30 minutes, those numbers dropped to 29.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 5.3 free throw attempts per game. If you need an assist boost, you may be able to trade it directly for Young.

Buy low: LaMelo ballCHA

It was a full month ago when Ball badly sprained his left ankle. Not only has he yet to play a game this season, but the Hornets have been pretty quiet when it comes to providing updates on his rehab and recovery. As a result, the team with LaMelo in your league might come up with trade deals, and come up with two healthy, reliable players with far fewer upsides than LaMelo might fit.

Sell ​​expensive: Keldon JohnsonSAS

We all knew Johnson’s usage rate was going to see a huge boost this season, but we didn’t know how effective he would be and if he’d be able to improve on his lackluster defensive numbers. Well, we are 10 games into his season and the results are telling. All of Johnson’s shooting percentages have improved from last season and he’s been searing from deep, shooting 3.8 treys per game on nearly 43% shooting from behind the arc. He’s also dishing out 3.8 assists and catching 1.1 steals per game, which are big improvements from last year.

If you drafted Johnson expecting him to make the Top 50 this season, the outlook is looking good for you. But what if his 3-point shot starts to wane as opposing teams start focusing more on him, and what if the Spurs decide to close it in the second half of the season to improve their lottery chances? Offer Johnson more of a low-level point guard like Mount Morris because LaMelo is not as insulting as he would have been a month ago.

Buy low: Jarrett AllenKEY

When I think of Allen’s offensive role, I imagine him rolling to the basket for a thunderous jam. Last season, Allen had 2.9 dunks per game and shot 67.7% from the field, making him one of the most valuable centers. This season, he’s also throwing 2.9 dunks per game, but he’s only shooting 53.3% from the field after 10 games played. However, it’s important to remember that Cleveland’s top passer, Garland, has missed more than half of his games so far, which resulted in fewer quality shots for Allen early on.

Sell ​​expensive: Ivica ZubacBAC

As someone who has consistently drafted Zubac over the past two years, it’s extremely disappointing to finally see him break out this season, as I’ve chosen not to draft him at all this year. Last season his 24.4 minutes, 8.5 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game were career highs, but now he’s blowing those numbers. Going into Wednesday’s games, Zubac ranked seventh with 11.1 boards per game, while shockingly leading the league in shot blocking with 2.5 rejections per contest. Given those garish numbers, you might be able to trade it in for Domantas Sabonis if you add sweetener.

Buy low: Klay ThompsonGSW

Thompson has been icy to start the season, shooting just 36 percent from the field and less than 33 percent from 3-point range. Compare that to his career ratings, which are over 45% from the field and better than 41% from behind the arc. Is Klay 100% healthy? Probably not, but he still has a positive impact when he’s on the pitch, and I expect him to gradually improve as the season progresses.

Sell ​​expensive: Jordan ClarksonUtah

In Clarkson’s last two seasons combined, he made just 33 percent of his 3-pointers and gave away just 2.5 cents a game. After 12 games this season, he’s made 42% of his treys and handed out 5.2 assists per game. Even his rebounds and blocks are way above his previous career highs, but I don’t think his current output is sustainable. If you’re trying to pull off a 2-for-1 upgrade, Clarkson could be the perfect throw-in player right now.

Buy low: Jabari Smith Jr.HOO

While his fellow top rookie Paolo Banchero was pretty reliable early on, Smith struggled mightily. His love for all three is a bit of a concern, as 55% of his field goal attempts have come from behind the arc so far. The biggest problem is that he only shoots 30% of both 3-point range AND 2-point range. But we know most rookies improve as the season progresses, and the Rockets will continue to power Smith’s major minutes. Since it currently does more harm than good, you can probably get it for pretty cheap.

Sell ​​expensive: Kelly Oubre Jr.CHA

On paper, Oubré’s combination of 17.6 points, 1.3 steals and 2.5 triples per game is somewhat enticing. But in reality, he should produce a lot more for Charlotte given that LaMelo has been out all year, Cody Martin only played a scant minute, and the two Gordon Hayward and terry rozier missed a handful of games. I suggest packing Oubre with someone while you still can, as he may soon be dropped off. Along the same lines, perhaps mason plumlee can help you close the deal on a 2-for-1 player upgrade.


Waiver Wire

Next, let’s explore a dozen players to consider adding your waiver thread, from shallow leagues to ultra-deep leagues…

Jalen SuggENT — 63% registered
In the absence of a specific timetable for the returns of either Markelle Fultz Where Anthony Cole, Suggs should definitely be on more lists now. He doesn’t score much and his shooting percentages are mediocre, but the beefy 5.0 cents and 2.2 steals per game carry a lot of weight.

Max StrusMIA – 53% enrolled
In some teams, I have both De’Andre Hunter and Strus, but if you ask me to choose between them, it’s Strus all the way. Their points and rebounds per game are nearly identical, but Strus is averaging 1.2 extra triples per game, while Hunter’s combo of just 1.7 assists + steals + blocks per game must be near the bottom among regulars. the league.

isaiah jacksonIND — 47% registered
Jackson is coming off a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds Wednesday in just 18 minutes of action. We also know that a monster block game is imminent. The consistency is not there yet, but the benefit is palpable.

patrick williamsCHI – 33% enrolled
After adding Pat-Will a few times last Sunday, I was pleased to see him smash four shots on Wednesday, bringing his total to 12 blocks in his last seven games. His score comes and goes, but he becomes an enforcer for Chicagodefense.

Monk MalikSAC – 30% registered
That’s laughable Evan Fournier is currently registered in the same percentage of leagues as Monk, because the latter has done a serious job. Although he hasn’t started a single game yet, Monk is still dropping 12.0 points, 4.3 assists and 2.2 treys per game, while making 14 of 15 giveaways so far.

Cameron PaynePHO — 29% registered
It was a good time for Payne this week as he was coming back from a left foot problem just like Chris Paul fell with a right heel problem. It doesn’t seem like a very serious injury to Paul, but the Suns play it safe with their trusty vet. Every time CP3 has come out over the past few years, Payne has proven himself to be quite solid and reliable.

Aleksej PokusevskyOKC – 29% registered
After sitting out a few games with a shoulder issue, Poku came back on Wednesday to have his best game of the season, posting 17 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, 4 treys and just 1 foul. two fold. extra minutes against Milwaukee. Would he have put up the same stat line if Giannis had played? Bwahahaha, of course not!!!

Tari ReasonHOU – 25% registered
Eason has been hard to trust when it comes to starting lineups, but surely he should be listed in more than a quarterback of all fantasy leagues. On Wednesday, he shot just 5 of 15 from the field in 21 minutes of action, but had 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals against the skillful and athletic. raptors.

Seth’s CurryBKN – 19% registered
After starting his season with a rusty 1-of-12 from the field, Curry finally broke out on Wednesday, scoring 23 points on 6-of-11 shooting from deep. We know he can shoot and the opportunity is there for him to step in now for the Nets.

George NiangPHI – 9% enrolled
An offensive opportunity opened up in Philadelphia with James Harden sidelined for the following month, and Niang was the first player to really take advantage, draining seven triples with a few interceptions against a still tough Suns team last Monday. In ultra-deep leagues, he’s worth a look.

Andre NembhardIND — 3% enrolled
Christian Koloko has been the most fantasy-worthy player among second-round rookie draft picks so far, but Nembhard is also starting to make some noise, now that Chris Duarte is sidelined with an ankle injury. The rookie guard has dished out 15 assists in his last three games, with the potential to steal as well.

Sims of JerichoNYK – 0% registered
True Las Vegas summer league fans know who Sims is, as he’s proven to be a physical freak in that setting for the past two summers. The Sims played more than 27 minutes in a game just four times last season for the Knicks, but on Wednesday he had a chance early in the season to really step up, and he was able to produce 7 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 27 minutes. It will lose all its value once Michael Robinson is coming back from his knee injury, but Sims is showing he’s ready to be a consistent rotation player.

(Top photo: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports)

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More female college basketball players are feeling comfortable above the rim https://eight-fut.com/more-female-college-basketball-players-are-feeling-comfortable-above-the-rim/ Mon, 07 Nov 2022 18:27:00 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/more-female-college-basketball-players-are-feeling-comfortable-above-the-rim/ Fran Belibi joined an exclusive club when she participated in the NCAA Tournament last season. While she was only the third woman to do so in the tournament and eighth overall in college history, the Stanford forward knows there will soon be more. “There are definitely more girls who can play above the edge,” Belibi […]]]>

Fran Belibi joined an exclusive club when she participated in the NCAA Tournament last season.

While she was only the third woman to do so in the tournament and eighth overall in college history, the Stanford forward knows there will soon be more.

“There are definitely more girls who can play above the edge,” Belibi said.

Her historic dunk capped off a great basketball game where she had a block on one end, then finished it with the one-handed slam. Belibi, who dived three times in college, knows there are others already in college who can do it but may not want to because they are afraid of missing out.

“They just don’t try to do it. I think by doing it and seeing other dunks in the NBA, a lot more people are like they can do it, let me try it,” she said. “Making it in a game depends on your athletic ability and game time and score.”

Belibi is well aware of the history of dunks in women’s college basketball, citing Georgeann Wells as the first to do so in a game. Elon’s coach Charlotte Smith was the second to look back when she played for North Carolina.

Smith recalled that three of his Tar Heels teammates, including former track star Marion Jones, could also dunk. The quartet of players lined up behind each other before games and put on a show that intimidated fans and opponents alike.

“We would literally line up back to back,” the 6ft Smith recalled. “We would dunk four times in a row. It was exciting for us and exciting for our opponents, who stopped their warm-ups to watch us dunk.

There have only been eight players who have dived in a college game. Joining Wells, Smith and Belibi are Michelle Snow, Sancho Lyttle, Candace Parker, Sylvia Fowles and Brittney Griner, who holds the record with 18 of nearly three dozen college dunks that have occurred.

This number should soon increase. Dawn Staley has her own dunk in freshman Ashlyn Watkins, who won the high school dunk contest last spring.

“We’re going to see it a lot more,” the South Carolina coach said. “Ashlyn is an incredible athlete. It doesn’t take much for him to dive into one of our exercises. It’s nothing for her to do. I think she will do it in a not necessarily fast game. She can do it in a kind of crowd.

Staley said two of his other players can dunk as well, although they haven’t done so in a match yet. She said she sees a lot of high school players at AAU tournaments in the summer playing above the edge. Staley knows dunks definitely add excitement to the game and help it grow, but that’s not why most fans tune in to watch the women play.

Watkins is shy and quiet when talking about his ability to dive. She credits the strength and conditioning coaches at Gamecocks for helping her get stronger so she can perform above the edge.

“They came in handy,” said Watkins, who remembers dunking on a nine-foot rim in fifth grade and a 10-footer in eighth. “Making my quads, calves and glutes stronger so I can still stand up when I’m tired.”

Watkins said she thought about diving into the Gamecocks exhibition match last week but saw two girls approaching her and didn’t want to risk injury in the match.

Oregon coach Kelly Graves had his own pair of potential dunkers in Phillipina Kyei and Sedonna Prince. Prince’s college career is over after suffering an elbow injury. The 6-foot-8 Kyei, who hails from Canada, easily enjoys training.

“We were one of the few schools that could have a practice dunk contest,” Graves said with a laugh. “There are definitely a lot more players who can do it now than when I started coaching. They are bigger and stronger and can jump higher.

Smith hopes to see more women doing it soon and she will be happy to welcome them to the group.

“It’s really exciting to have been one of the founders of the dunk club,” Smith said. “We’ll have to get t-shirts made and give them to everyone who makes it.”

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Former basketball players Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd present at the WTA Finals on Day 4 https://eight-fut.com/former-basketball-players-dirk-nowitzki-and-jason-kidd-present-at-the-wta-finals-on-day-4/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 12:58:32 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/former-basketball-players-dirk-nowitzki-and-jason-kidd-present-at-the-wta-finals-on-day-4/ The 2022 WTA Finals saw former basketball players Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd attend the action live at Dickies Arena on Day 4. The former basketball players appeared to be enjoying some quality time in the gallery watching the best players in women’s tennis battle it out at year-end championships. The official WTA Twitter account […]]]>

The 2022 WTA Finals saw former basketball players Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Kidd attend the action live at Dickies Arena on Day 4. The former basketball players appeared to be enjoying some quality time in the gallery watching the best players in women’s tennis battle it out at year-end championships.

The official WTA Twitter account posted a video showing the pair chatting and enjoying their time in the stands over a glass of beer.

Dirk Nowitzki has a special relationship with tennis as a his foundation annually hosts the Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic. Throughout the tournament, the foundation aims to raise funds for charity. The Dallas Mavericks special adviser was happy to bring the tournament back this year in September after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19.

“We couldn’t put it on for a few years, so it’s amazing to be back,” Nowitzki said. “It’s our fundraiser for our foundation and it’s been wonderful,” he said.

Jason Kidd joined Nowitzki, 44, on Thursday to indulge in watching his favorite sport outside of basketball. Both individuals rooted for homegirl Coco Gauff on day 4 but had to return home disappointed after world number one. 4 lost their second match of the group stage against Daria Kasatkina.


WTA Finals day four action wraps up as Iga Swiatek remains undefeated

Caroline Garcia and Iga Swiatek at the 2022 WTA Finals
Caroline Garcia and Iga Swiatek at the 2022 WTA Finals

The WTA Finals had plenty of action for fans on Day 4 as Iga Swiatek scored another comprehensive victory. The world No. 1 faced French Caroline Garcia on Thursday. It was yet another straight-sets win for the Pole as the match ended 6-3, 6-2 in her favor.

The other singles match of the day saw Coco Gauff in action against eighth seed Daria Kasatkina. The two players faced off in the early stages of the match and the first set was decided in a tie-break. Kasatkina won the tie-break and took an early lead in the second set, which she then held to seal victory in straight sets.

Meanwhile, Gabriela Dabrowski and Giuliana Olmos won the first doubles match of the day against Lyudmyla Kichenok and Jelena Ostapenko. Another match saw Veronika Kudermetova and Elise Mertens continue their fine form in the tournament as they recorded an easy win over Anna Daniliana and Beatriz Haddad Maia.

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NIL money is a magnet for college basketball players https://eight-fut.com/nil-money-is-a-magnet-for-college-basketball-players/ Fri, 04 Nov 2022 08:47:54 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/nil-money-is-a-magnet-for-college-basketball-players/ The NCAA’s name, likeness, and image policy has opened the doors for college basketball players to earn a little — and sometimes a lot — of money while they’re still in school. There are players who have NIL deals with Gatorade, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dollar Shave Club, even Kool-Aid. Players from small Division I schools […]]]>

The NCAA’s name, likeness, and image policy has opened the doors for college basketball players to earn a little — and sometimes a lot — of money while they’re still in school.

There are players who have NIL deals with Gatorade, Buffalo Wild Wings, Dollar Shave Club, even Kool-Aid. Players from small Division I schools were able to get in on the action, also, making appearances at local car dealerships to team up with a local restaurant.

This has kept players like Oscar Tshiebwe of Kentucky, the AP Player of the Year, and Gonzaga’s Drew Timme in school when they might otherwise have flown to the NBA. It also gives top rookies an attractive reason to take the college route, which improves the sport as a whole.

“It’s definitely going to bring a lot more talent into college basketball, but it’s also going to keep a lot of talent in college basketball,” said Travis Branham, national basketball analyst for 247Sports.

Elite recruits once had two options after high school: college or trying their luck playing professionally. The professional route became more limited when the NBA in 2006 required players to be 19 or at least a year past high school to enter the draft.

Now rookies have choices galore.

College is obviously still on the table and the plethora of foreign leagues leaves professional options open to players who want to be tested in this way. Two other options have opened up in recent years: NBA’s G League Ignite and Overtime Elite.

Overtime Elite was originally designed as a professional league to accelerate the development of 16-19 year old players. The league has an accredited educational component, as well as branding, health, performance and nutrition.

Players received $100,000 contracts and were therefore ineligible to play collegiately.

Now, Overtime Elite offers a scholarship option, allowing players to retain college eligibility and receive $100,000 for college if they decide not to turn pro.

Overtime Elite had already spoken with the NCAA about offering scholarships so its players could maintain college eligibility before the NIL policy was announced in July 2021.

The six-team league playing in Atlanta currently has 20 players under professional contract, 10 scholarships. The Overtime Elite crop of players includes Naasir Cunningham, one of the Class of 2024’s top rookies, as well as twins Ausar and Amen Thompson, who could end up being NBA lottery picks next year.

Overtime Elite signed a deal this week with Amazon to broadcast 20 of its games live over the next three years.

“NIL changed the whole landscape of all of this,” said Overtime Elite general manager and head of basketball Damien Wilkins. “It allows players to be legally paid for their name, image and likeness. In return, it gave us a scholarship option, so now we can go out and recruit guys more widely.

The NBA G League Ignite was created to allow future high school students to develop professionally and compete against professional G League players. Ignite has a much smaller recruiting pool; the program is looking for players who are likely to be drafted in the first round of the NBA Draft. Alumni include Houston Rockets’ Jalen Green and Golden State’s Jonathan Kuminga.

“NIL hasn’t affected our recruiting,” Ignite head coach Jason Hart said. “If a child wants to go to university, he will go there, NULL or not. We are not trying to entice children with money. If you come here and you’re a lottery pick, whatever money you get or first year’s salary here, that’s not the generational wealth you can create by being drafted way up high.

The goal for every elite player is to reach the NBA. NIL offers players a way to stay in school, earn money, and maybe grow their games even further.

“I think you’re going to see much better decisions from the kids in terms of testing the waters and staying in the NBA draft,” Branham said. “Year after year, we see mind-blowing decisions from kids who declare for the NBA draft, stay in the NBA draft, and have no stock in the NBA draft. Obviously, there’s nothing wrong with being a second-round pick, but there’s no guaranteed money, so best to stay in college then.

Or try one of the other options now available.

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