points game – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ Thu, 17 Mar 2022 12:32:16 +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 points game – Eight FUT http://eight-fut.com/ 32 32 Kiwi basketball players want to make noise at March Madness https://eight-fut.com/kiwi-basketball-players-want-to-make-noise-at-march-madness/ Wed, 16 Mar 2022 23:34:46 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/kiwi-basketball-players-want-to-make-noise-at-march-madness/ Six Kiwi basketball players are hoping to make a name for themselves on the biggest stage when they take to the court at one of the biggest events on the American sporting calendar. A generic view of the March Madness logo on a pitch. (Source: Getty) Sam Waardenburg, Dan Fotu, Sam Mennenga, Quinn Clinton, Yuat […]]]>

Six Kiwi basketball players are hoping to make a name for themselves on the biggest stage when they take to the court at one of the biggest events on the American sporting calendar.

Sam Waardenburg, Dan Fotu, Sam Mennenga, Quinn Clinton, Yuat Alok and James Moors will all take part in March Madness, the American college championship where the best teams in the country compete in a knockout format.

It attracts tens of millions of viewers from the United States and around the world and strongly highlights promising young prospects.

It’s the kind of opportunity that can overwhelm even the best players, but the Kiwis say they are ready to show the world what they are capable of.

Waardenburg, 23, helped his University of Miami team return to the tournament for the first time since 2018.

The 208cm (6ft 10) forward has bounced back brilliantly after missing the entire 2021 season with a foot injury. He assumed the role of the team’s starting center.

In January, he scored a career-high 21 points, including five three-pointers to help Miami not only upset, but smash North Carolina, while also playing a part in a bittersweet win over Duke. one of the best teams in the campaign.

Miami finished the season 23-10, earning them a 10 seed in the March Madness tournament. They are scheduled to face seven-seeded University of Southern California on Friday (Saturday NZT), and Waardenburg believes his side have what it takes to advance to the next round, highlighting wins over Duke and North Carolina earlier in the season.

“We know we can really beat anyone when we play well,” Waardenburg told 1News.

“Our expectation is to go in there and win this thing.”

Although confident, Waardenburg doesn’t have fond memories of March Madness.

The former Rangitoto College student was just a freshman when Miami was eliminated in the first round of the 2018 tournament thanks to a last-second buzzer-beater by underdogs Loyola Chicago.

The moment was made worse when Loyola keeper Donte Ingram hit the shot over Waardenburg’s outstretched arm.

Loyola Chicago's Donte Ingram hits a buzzer against Miami's Sam Waardenburg to win the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.

It’s a memory he’s leaning on as he prepares for this year’s edition of the tournament.

“What I see as the biggest change between the regular season and the start of the tournament is a huge increase in the amount of media you’re going to have to deal with,” Waardenburg explained.

“At this time of year, I like to turn off my phone, not only from the media, but also from friends asking for tickets. It’s something that’s a little distracting at this point, but for our first-graders year, the media will take on a whole new level.

“It’s exciting, nerve-wracking, it’s all these different emotions, it’s just an experience I’m grateful for and one of those once-in-a-lifetime opportunities really. You have to accept it and you have to embrace it. to like. “

Rangitoto College alumnus Dan Fotu is also taking on a leadership role for his Saint Mary’s University team, which returns to the tournament for the first time since 2019.

Like Waardenburg, Fotu was just a bright-eyed freshman on the occasion and admitted to being “a bit stunned” when Saint Mary’s was knocked out in the first round.

But Fotu says his team are ready to make a name for themselves this time around.

Saint Mary’s have been on a tear this season, beating the top team in the entire country, Gonzaga, to earn a fifth seed at March Madness, the school’s highest ranking.

“We’re just a good all-round team from number one to number 12. We know what our role is,” Fotu told 1News.

“We’ve been in the top 10 in the country for defense probably all season now and we play other teams at our pace and we like that, we’re strong there.”

They certainly are. In all three meetings Saint Mary’s have had against Gonzaga this season, they’ve held star center Chet Holmgren to just eight points per game. Holmgren is expected to be a top-three pick in the upcoming NBA draft.

“Chet is a guy who can do anything. He’s seven feet tall, he can dribble, he can shoot. I think he’ll go far, I think he’s definitely in the top five,” Fotu said.

“We have good defenders so he didn’t really show that against us.”

“We focus on playing D well, we wear shirts that say gritty not pretty, that’s just our philosophy, we’re gritty and we get to work.

“I hope to at least reach the sweet 16, at least two games.”

Fotu isn’t the only Kiwi on Saint Mary’s roster, with guard Quinn Clinton hailing from Christchurch.

“It’s so good to have a Kiwi as well as two Aussies [on the team]“, Fotu said.

“It really helps in a team full of Americans. It’s a sense of belonging, I can go to their apartments and relax and have a joke.”

Meanwhile, former Westlake Boys student Sam Mennenga will make his NCAA Tournament debut after helping his Davidson team qualify for the first time in four years.

The 6-foot-9 (206cm) stretch four has shot the lights from three-point range this season, hitting 44% from beyond the arc.

It’s the kind of pace former Davidson guard Stephen Curry would be proud of, and Mennenga said the now-NBA star has been very supportive of the team this year.

“He was on a few zooms with us and communicated with us. He gave us good tips, tricks and keys,” Mennenga said.

“It’s pretty special to have him with us and around our program.”

Stephen Curry led Davidson to a historic run at the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Mennenga was thrilled to take to the pitch on his tournament debut and said he carried a ton of confidence after some superb recent performances.

“Being able to compete on a national level, but almost really on a global level in terms of viewership and all that stuff, it’s going to be a special experience and I’m excited and ready for that,” Mennenga said.

Davidson will face prestigious Michigan State University in the first round, a program that has produced a host of NBA stars, including Magic Johnson and Draymond Green.

But Mennenga said his team can surprise people.

“We were expected to finish sixth in the [A-10] conference, we finished first…the team has a ton of confidence to surprise even more people.”

Mennenga won’t be the only Westlake Boys alumnus at the tournament, with Moors also making his tournament debut for Colorado State.

James Moors (right) playing for Colorado State.

This is the first time Colorado State has qualified for the tournament since 2013, although it may be short-lived as they will face heavily favored Michigan in the first round.

Moors only played a minor role on the Colorado State bench, but made the most of his minutes, shooting an incredible 74.5 percent from the field for the season.

Finally, another Rangitoto College alum, Yuat Alok, will make his first March Madness appearance after a long college career that saw him bounce back in the United States.

Yuat Alok (right) celebrates with his teammate after scoring against New Mexico.

Alok played on six different teams over six years, but finally found a home during his senior year at New Mexico State University.

A tough first-round match at the University of Connecticut awaits, but anything can happen in a tournament full of uncertainty and surprise.

Calendar of Kiwis participating in March Madness (NZT):

James Moor- Colorado State v Michigan, Friday, March 18, 5:15 a.m.

Yuat Alok- New Mexico State vs. UConn, Friday, March 18, 11:50 a.m.

Dan Fotu/Quinn Clinton – Saint Mary’s v Indiana, Friday, March 18, 12:20 p.m.

Sam Waardenburg – Miami v USC, Saturday, March 19, 8:10 a.m.

Sam Mennenga – Davidson vs. Michigan State, Saturday, March 19, 2:40 p.m.

Shaedon Sharpe’s NBA moment will come when the time is right https://eight-fut.com/shaedon-sharpes-nba-moment-will-come-when-the-time-is-right/ Tue, 15 Mar 2022 20:36:55 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/shaedon-sharpes-nba-moment-will-come-when-the-time-is-right/ Years before Shaedon Sharpe went from unknown to one of the most talked about NBA draft prospects, he was cut from the Ontario team at the age of 15. His father, Robert, remembers this milestone day. They had just left tryouts at the University of Toronto and were walking together when Shaedon turned to his […]]]>

Years before Shaedon Sharpe went from unknown to one of the most talked about NBA draft prospects, he was cut from the Ontario team at the age of 15.

His father, Robert, remembers this milestone day. They had just left tryouts at the University of Toronto and were walking together when Shaedon turned to his father and said, “I can’t believe I got cut.”

“It just made him hungrier to go out and prove everyone wrong,” Robert Sharpe said today. “The work ethic in practice has been strengthened. He constantly wanted to be in the gym. We saw a change soon after.

Shaedon Sharpe is now enrolled at the University of Kentucky, one of the top NCAA men’s basketball programs, after being ranked by ESPN as the No. 1 high schooler in his class. But with March Madness set to kick off this week, you won’t see it on the pitch. He enrolled in Kentucky, after graduating from high school, to develop his skills for the upcoming college season. He trains with the team, helping the Wildcat prepare for the NCAA tournament, where he is ranked number 2.

There’s speculation among NBA draft junkies that the six-foot-six guard won’t play a game in the NCAA. ESPN’s latest draft simulation predicts that Shaedon would be a top 10 pick if he declares himself eligible and the NBA gives its approval.

“Hearing that I could be a top-10 draft pick is cool and exciting,” Shaedon said. “Three years ago (after being cut by Team Ontario), I didn’t think I would be in this position right now.

According to ESPN, Shaedon’s athleticism, shooting power and creative ability have NBA teams considering him a lottery pick. With its seven-foot frame and wingspan, it has all the tools teams want.

“I would describe my game a bit like Bradley Beal (and) Devin Booker, players who could step into their shoes and create their own shot,” he says. “I feel like I’m really good at attacking the circle and finishing above the circle, but also widening my game, shooting all three (while involving) my teammates.”

Shaedon could make the June 23 draft because he graduated high school early and will be 19 in May. He and his family dismissed the speculation.

“Our plan, and Shaedon’s plan, is to go back to school,” says his mother, Julia. “We have our circle. This circle has always been a small circle, where we know and trust everyone. These are the kind of people we will listen to when the time comes.

Many wonder how a child from London, Ontario, a city best known for hockey and football, could make such a leap. It’s no mystery to the Sharpe family. They remember all the long journeys and dedication that got to this point.

It all started with the sound of the school bell, and when Robert and Julia came home from work around 4 p.m. Twice a week, the whole family would drive from London to Toronto, about five hours round trip, so Shaedon could work with some of the best developing coaches in the GTA. The long drives in their 2006 Pontiac Montana van were worth it. Robert tries not to think about fuel bills, even if he would do it again. And he says Shaedon thanked him for the ride every time they pulled up to the family driveway.

“Without him, I don’t think I would be where I am now,” Shaedon says. “I’m just thanking my parents.”

Those moments of gratitude meant the world to a father who just wanted to see his son prove to the world just how good he was.

“Honestly, I know a lot of parents looked at us and said, ‘Man, you’re crazy traveling after work and being so dedicated,'” Robert said. “But we saw the love and the look in his eyes when he walked onto the pitch… We said if you go all the way we’ll support you.”

Football was in fact Shaedon’s first love in London. Robert said he knew his son had athletic talent at the age of five, when he grabbed a soccer ball with one hand. He then played competitively for the London Junior Mustangs. At the time, he used basketball to condition himself. But when he broke his right leg in a football semifinal before starting high school, the family decided it was time for a change.

“We called it divine intervention,” says Julia. “We said: it is God who makes the decision for you. This was around the time the movie ‘Concussion’ was released and still to this day we haven’t watched it.

Mo Haidar, Shaedon’s Grade 10 coach, recalls the first time he heard whispers about a rising London basketball talent.

“When I first heard about Shaedon, I was just cautiously optimistic,” Haidar says. “But when he first stepped onto the pitch, I was a believer. After that first try or practice, you could see him straight away. He was different.

Shaedon went on to score a record 58 points in a game for Haidar’s London Basketball Academy on the national junior circuit.

“London is a quiet little town, but it’s really known for its hockey. I was originally going to play hockey, but I wanted to change to football (and now) basketball,” Shaedon says. “I just want to bring basketball to the city. I feel like I helped basketball in London.

A day stood out for Haidar. on a snowy day when he received text messages from most parents and players saying they were unlikely to make it to a scheduled practice. The coach decided to go anyway, just in case someone showed up.

“I went to the gym and Shaedon was the only one there. He was there before me,” Haidar said. “I said to myself: there is a meter of snow outside, he does not live nearby and he is there before me. It was just a testament to his work ethic and his drive to want to improve. He is the definition of a gym rat. He just wants to play basketball.

This hard work has paid off. About a year after the heartbreak of being cut by Team Ontario, Shaedon made the national under-16 team. He traveled to Brazil in 2019 and helped Canada win a silver medal at the FIBA ​​Americas Championship.

At the same time, he was making a name for himself in Nike junior basketball with Uplay Canada, the same team where NBA stars RJ Barrett and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander honed their craft. He then played basketball at prep school in Kansas and Arizona. And last summer, he was the Nike league’s leading scorer, averaging 22.6 points in just over 28 minutes per game.

He arrived in Kentucky in January amid a frenzy of speculation about his future and trained with the team while taking lessons. He was not alone. Her older sister, Amari, also moved there after finishing her studies, to help her prepare for the next stage of her life.

“When Shaedon was younger, I always did little interviews with him, and pretended he was a big NBA star and asked him interview questions, and he laughed and couldn’t answer them,” says- she. “I feel like I helped him train for what’s going on right now because there’s a lot of media coverage.”

The drive from London to watch Shaedon’s train now takes seven hours to Kentucky, but the family are used to road trips. And they can’t get enough of watching him on the pitch.

“Seven hour drive? We joke with the coaching staff and tell them: you are our neighbours,” says mum Julia. “We’re going to be here every chance we get, because seven hours is literally nothing.”

Shaedon Sharpe alongside his older sister Amari and younger brother Nishayne after enlisting at the University of Kentucky.


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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.


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


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.


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.

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:


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.


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.


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:


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


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


Jourdan Joseph, #3, first year student


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.

Stars in the Making: Ranking the NBA’s Best Draft Prospects This Year | brand voice https://eight-fut.com/stars-in-the-making-ranking-the-nbas-best-draft-prospects-this-year-brand-voice/ Mon, 14 Mar 2022 15:57:35 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/stars-in-the-making-ranking-the-nbas-best-draft-prospects-this-year-brand-voice/ Details When we talk about the “future” of college basketball, it most likely means reaching the biggest league of them all: the NBA. The NBA is where champions are created and legacies are planted. It’s almost every player’s dream to make it to the NBA. Each year, the NBA selects a few players who deserve […]]]>

When we talk about the “future” of college basketball, it most likely means reaching the biggest league of them all: the NBA. The NBA is where champions are created and legacies are planted. It’s almost every player’s dream to make it to the NBA.

Each year, the NBA selects a few players who deserve to live their dreams big. In this article, we’ll take a look at some of the top prospects likely to make it to the NBA this year.

Chet Holmgren – Gonzaga Bulldogs

  • 14.4 points per game
  • 9.7 rebounds per game
  • 3.6 blocks per game
  • 61.6 FG%

Although Chet Holmgren plays center, he moves faster and better than most guys at his position. The only problem is that Holmgren might not be able to handle the NBA basketball physique. In a game against Duke, players like Paolo Banchero easily went toe to toe with him. Obviously, Holmgren didn’t like the physical game.

Scouts see the upside and potential in Chet Holmgren, and he’s currently considered the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. Before he decides to turn pro, Chet Holmgren and the Bulldogs will have a tough fight in this year’s tournament. March Madness odds have Gonzaga at +400 at the time of this writing.

Jabari Smith – Auburn Tigers

  • 16.9 points per game
  • 6.9 rebounds per game
  • 42.5 3P%

A crucial skill that every NBA team wants in a player’s repertoire is the three-point shot. Jabari Smith of the Auburn Tigers is a 6’8 foot forward who can make it rain from the arc. Shooting an incredible 42.5 from the three-point line, Smith’s three-point prowess is a welcome addition to any NBA team.

When Jabari Smith isn’t shooting from the arc, he enjoys getting baskets on open runs and layups. He can also defend, averaging 1.1 steals per game and knocking out opposing players. Currently, Smith should move up to 2nd, but that could improve with a solid outing this March Madness. Look for Jabari Smith to help lift the Tigers this season.

Paolo Banchero – Duke Blue Devils

  • 16.9 points per game
  • 7.8 rebounds per game
  • 3.0 assists per game

In their match against Chet Holmgren and the Gonzaga Bulldogs, scouts got a first look at what Paolo Banchero could do in the big leagues. Banchero scored 21 points to help the Duke Blue Devils to an 84-81 win over the Bulldogs. Teams looking for a player to integrate into their attacking system should have no problem inserting Paolo Banchero into their roster.

As a talented scorer, Banchero can get points from jumpers and drive to the basket. He also shows an ability to hit those three points. He should be third overall in the repechage. However, if he continues to show off his polished game, a push to the 1st choice isn’t at all impossible.

Jaden Ivey – Purdue Boilermakers

  • 17.4 points per game
  • 4.8 rebounds per game
  • 3.1 assists per game

If you’re looking for the most physically gifted player in this year’s draft pool, look no further than Jaden Ivy. Standing at 6’4 feet with a wingspan reaching almost 6-10, he has that explosiveness you rarely see in college levels. As a player for the FIBA ​​U19 USA men’s basketball team, he continues his outstanding game.

Consistency is where Ivey fails to have. He needs to improve consistency, shooting off the dribble and decision-making to increase his draft stock. Apart from these issues, Ivey is a very capable player to succeed in the NBA.

AJ Griffin – Duke Blue Devils

  • 10.4 points per game
  • 3.8 rebounds per game
  • 48.7 3P%

NBA teams looking for a heavy wing should consider getting AJ Griffin from Duke. Standing 6-foot-6 and weighing over 222 pounds, he is one of the best three-point shooters in college basketball. Looking at Griffin’s physique, he has the same build as Jaylen Brown. Speaking of three-pointers, Griffin shoots a sizzling 48.7% from the arc.

AJ Griffin’s main issues are his decision-making and speed. When he’s not shooting, he’s just a big body on the floor. However, Griffin’s potential is high. Although he lacks speed, his slow shot is smooth as silk.

Averaging just 10.4 points per game, the game against North Carolina showed Griffin could quickly explode up the scoring column. In that game, he helped Duke win over North Carolina 87-67, with 27 points and a 50 3%P under his belt.


March Madness is ready to go into full swing, and we’re all excited to see who emerges victorious this year. Will Gonzaga get revenge on Baylor? Will Baylor stay on top? Or will there be a dominant team this year? The scouts will be spoiled because they will be able to see the best players at the collegiate level. Although there are other players eligible for the NBA Draft, the players mentioned above are among the top prospects who can make it to the NBA.

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Florida’s Best Basketball Players: The Gators’ All-Time Starting 5 https://eight-fut.com/floridas-best-basketball-players-the-gators-all-time-starting-5/ Fri, 11 Mar 2022 16:05:28 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/floridas-best-basketball-players-the-gators-all-time-starting-5/ It’s hard to fathom how many great players have stepped on the hardwood of the O’Connell Center. Almost every student who has attended the University of Florida can say they have witnessed greatness, whether it was a team, a player, or a coach. I watched players like Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Michael Frazier II and […]]]>

It’s hard to fathom how many great players have stepped on the hardwood of the O’Connell Center.

Almost every student who has attended the University of Florida can say they have witnessed greatness, whether it was a team, a player, or a coach. I watched players like Patric Young, Scottie Wilbekin, Michael Frazier II and Dorian Finney-Smith as Billy Donovan’s formidable college career came to an end.

For many, however, entering the O-Dome brings back fond memories of the consecutive national championship teams from the mid-2000s. In fact, when putting together this team of all-time great Florida Gators, I seriously thought about just copying and pasting one of these lineups. You can’t go wrong with Al Horford, Corey Brewer, Joakim NoahLee Humphrey and Taurean Green.

But if you think about it, there are actually a few more deserving players. And just to explain my thought process: I chose my all-time team based on player skill, not necessarily records or stats, although there are a lot of them.

Without further ado, Florida’s all-time starting five.

Florida Basketball’s All-Time Starting 5

Guard: Jason Williams (1997-98)

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Jason Williams played just 20 games with the Gators in his only season, 1997-98. He averaged 17.1 points per game and still holds the program of the single-match record for assists (17 against Duquesne in 1997).

The shrewd point guard went on to have quite a fine career in the NBA, but his legacy lives on in Youtube Highlights.

Guard: Bradley Beal (2011-12)

Bradley Beal talks to Billy Donovan in 2011.
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When it comes to talent, there’s no better choice than Bradley Beal. He spent a season with the Gators, posted terrific numbers and helped Florida advance to the Elite Eight.

He’s rightfully been one of the best players in the NBA with the Washington Wizards since being drafted third overall in 2012. The three-time All-Star put up 31.3 points per game last season, earning top honors All NBA.

Striker: Mike Miller (1998-2000)

Mike Miller dribbles during the 2000 NCAA Tournament.
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I need a knockdown shooter on my Florida team, and I’m going to Mike Miller.

Miller average of 13.3 points per season and shot 34.5% from beyond the arc in his two seasons. And who can forget his epic buzzer beater vs. Butler during the 2000 NCAA Tournament?

He went on to make 1,590 three-pointers in a long NBA career that included winning two NBA championships with the LeBron/D-Wade Miami Heat.

Forward: Al Horford (2004-07)

Al Horford played in the 2006 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament.
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Al Horford was the glue of these consecutive title teams.

In his junior season before heading to the NBA, he average of 13.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game. He is without a doubt one of the greatest players in Florida history, just like the teams in which he played a major role. He also had a pretty decent career in the NBA.

Center: Neal Walk (1966-69)

Neal Walk during his Florida Gator days.
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My God. This one tore me apart. Joakim Noah was and still is a legend. But I can’t deny Neal Walk, even though he played over 50 years ago.

The average 6 foot 10 walk 20.8 points per game during his three-year career — the most ever for any Gator — and grabbed more rebounds (1,181) than anyone in school history.

He then went second overall to the Phoenix Suns in the 1969 NBA Draft after a toss (seriously!) decided the Milwaukee Bucks took Lew Alcindor AKA. Kareem Abdul Jabbar.

off the bench

  • Joakim Noé (2004-07)
  • Udonis Haslem (1998-02)
  • Corey Brewer (2004-07)
  • Vernon Maxwell (1984-88)
  • David Lee (2001-05)
  • Chandler Parson (2007-11)
  • Matt Bonner (1999-03)
  • Kenny Boyton (2009-13)

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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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2021-22 SB Nation All-Big Ten Basketball Teams https://eight-fut.com/2021-22-sb-nation-all-big-ten-basketball-teams/ Tue, 08 Mar 2022 16:46:53 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/2021-22-sb-nation-all-big-ten-basketball-teams/ Every year I am happy to organize the SB Nation Big Ten basketball teams. I contact the respective conference blogs and request at least one ballot from each site. This year I received 16 ballots: LV plant – Thomas Bendit corn nation -Patrick Gerhart Bucky’s 5th Trimester – Drew Ham The Champagne Room – Matt […]]]>

Every year I am happy to organize the SB Nation Big Ten basketball teams. I contact the respective conference blogs and request at least one ballot from each site. This year I received 16 ballots:

LV plant Thomas Bendit

corn nation -Patrick Gerhart

Bucky’s 5th Trimester Drew Ham

The Champagne RoomMatt Rejc, Quentin Wetzel, Tristan Kissack,

Crimson QuarryLuke Norton

hammer and railsTravis Miller, Jace Jellison, Kyle Holderfield, Andrew Holmes

InsideNU Daniel Olinger

Land-Grant HolylandLemons Connor

Corn N’ Brew VonLozon

The only colors Ryan O’Bleness

On the banksAaron Breitman

And here are the selections:

SB Nation Big Ten Player of the Year: Keegan Murray – Iowa

It was a very, very close vote, as Murray edged Johnny Davis of Wisconsin by a 9-6 margin. Jaden Ivey also received a vote from Von to Maize N’Brew. Murray was excellent though. He leads the Big Ten with 23.3 points per game and helped Iowa have the No. 1 offense in the conference. Davis passed out a little late, but he’s also a worthy contender.

SB Nation Big Ten Freshman of the Year: Bryce McGowens – Nebraska

It was the closest vote yet, as McGowens edged out ohio stateof Malaki Branham 9-7. McGowens finished in the top 10 in scoring with 17.2 points per game and averaged 5.3 rebounds per game. Branham had an excellent first season at 13.2 points per game.

SB Nation Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year: Caleb McConnell – Rutgers

Last year there was a wide range of selections for this honor, but this year we have a unanimous winner. McConnell led the conference by a wide margin with 67 interceptions. He was the best perimeter defenseman in the league and a big reason Rutgers has the best defense in the league.

SB Nation Big Ten Coach of the Year: Greg Gard – Wisconsin

Gard was the overwhelming choice here, and with good reason. In the preseason, Wisconsin was picked near the bottom of the league, but instead won a share of the title. The Badgers won close game after close game and beat league favorite Purdue twice. It was a good season for the Gard and it is a more than worthy choice. He received 10 votes, with the rest split between four other coaches.

SB Nation Big Ten 6th Man of the Year: Trevion Williams – Purdue

Tre was a near unanimous selection here, receiving 14 of 15 votes and only state of michiganMalik Hall catches another. Few teams have the luxury of bringing a player of Tre’s caliber off the bench, but it’s no secret that when he’s on the line, Purdue is a significantly better team. A special note for Corn Nation’s Patrick Gerhart, who named the Big Ten umpires as the 6th man. He’s not wrong.

When it comes to actual teams from all of the Big Ten, this year’s first team was nearly unanimous. Three of the first five team members were named to the first team on everyone’s ballot. The methodology was simple: each player with a first team vote received 3 points, a second team vote was worth two, and a third team was worth one. Here we are:

SB Nation First Team all-Big Ten

Keegan Murray – Iowa – 48 points

Kofi Cockburn – Illinois – 48 points

EJ Liddell – Ohio State – 48 points

Johnny Davis – Wisconsin – 47 points

Jaden Ivey – Purdue – 46 points

Liddell and Cockburn are repeat first-team offenders from last year, while the other three are here for the first time. Ivey and Davis are likely off to the NBA this season, but both are terrific players who will be critical to their team’s success in the playoffs. Cockburn was also a third team member in 2019-20.

SB Nation Second Team all-Big Ten

Trayce Jackson-Davis – Indiana – 32 points

Hunter Dickinson – Michigan – 30 points

Ron Harper Jr. – Rutgers – 29 points

Zach Edey – Purdue – 25 points

Jamison Battle – Minnesota – 15 points

Trent Frazier – Illinois – 15 points

A tie for last place gives us six members of the second team, but the first four selections were pretty universal. Jackson-Davis received two first-team votes. He was a first team selection last year and a third team selection in 2019-20, so he joins Cockburn as the first players to make the SB Nation roster three times since I started do it. Harper was on the third team a year ago and is the most dangerous man in the league as time goes on. Dickinson was also a second teammate last year.

SB Nation Third Team all-Big Ten

Trevion Williams – Purdue – 14 points

Bryce McGowens – Nebraska – 12 points

Alfonso Plummer – Illinois – 11 points

Payton Willis – Minnesota – 11 points

Brad Davison – Wisconsin – 10 points

This is where the best freshman appears. He joins Williams, who was a second teammate a year ago. Tre also gives Purdue three selections, one from each team, which makes their third-place finish even more shocking. Illinois also put a player on all three teams.

Honorable mention

The following players have all received at least one third team nod on a ballot:

Malaki Branham – Ohio State (9 points), Pete Nance – Northwestern (6 points), Race Thompson – Indiana (5 points), Fatts Russell – Maryland (4 points), John Harrar – Penn State (3 points), Gabe Brown – Michigan State (2 points), Sasha Stefanovic – Purdue (2 points), Boo Buie – Northwestern (2 points), Max Christie – Michigan State (2 points), Alonzo Verge – Nebraska (1 point), Malik Hall – Michigan State ( 1 point), Tyler Wahl – Wisconsin (1 point), Geo Baker – Rutgers (1 point).

As always, a big thank you to my fellow writers for this. It’s a lot of work, but a lot of fun to follow it all.

Austin of Lady Rebs and Molinar of the Bulldogs voted best college basketball players in the state https://eight-fut.com/austin-of-lady-rebs-and-molinar-of-the-bulldogs-voted-best-college-basketball-players-in-the-state/ Mon, 07 Mar 2022 23:04:47 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/austin-of-lady-rebs-and-molinar-of-the-bulldogs-voted-best-college-basketball-players-in-the-state/ Shakira Austin of Ole Miss, a repeat offender, and Iverson Molinar of Mississippi State received the Peggie Gillom and Bailey Howell trophies, respectively, at an awards luncheon Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum. It says here that media voters across the state got it right by voting that MSHOF Executive Director Bill […]]]>

Shakira Austin of Ole Miss, a repeat offender, and Iverson Molinar of Mississippi State received the Peggie Gillom and Bailey Howell trophies, respectively, at an awards luncheon Monday at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Museum.

It says here that media voters across the state got it right by voting that MSHOF Executive Director Bill Blackwell said he was the closest in recent years. Ole Miss, 23-8 overall and 10-6 in the Southeastern Conference, was the top women’s team in the state, and Austin, which averaged 15.4 points and nine rebounds per game, was the Lady Rebels best player. Mississippi State, 17-14 overall and 8-10 in the SEC, was the best men’s team in the state, and Molinar, who will surely be named to the All-SEC team on Tuesday, was by far the best. Bulldogs player.

Obviously, there was some symmetry between the two prices.

Before we get into all the details, one of the most interesting moments on the program came when Ben Howland spoke about Howell’s legacy. Howland mentioned that Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe has averaged 15.3 rebounds per game this season and commentators are calling him the greatest college rebounder in decades.

Says Howland, “Bailey Howell averaged 17 rebounds per game his entire career!”

How good is it?

Of course, Howland could also have mentioned that Vanderbilt’s Scottie Pippen Jr. leads the SEC in scoring this season with 20.5 points per game. Howell averaged 27 per game for his career. It’s worth pointing out that Howell played in an era when there were no shot clocks, and coaches, including the great Babe McCarthy at State, often held the ball (“freezed it”) for long periods of time. periods.

Impossible to say what Bailey Howell would have done on average at today’s much faster pace. No wonder he was the second overall pick in 1959 behind another pretty good player named Wilt Chamberlain.

Austin took on fellow finalists Amyshya Williams-Holliday from Jackson State and Anastasia Hayes from Mississippi State. Williams-Holliday, who began his college career at State, led JSU to a perfect 18-0 Southwestern Athletic Conference record and 20-6 overall mark. She led the Lady Tigers in scoring with 19.8 points per game and rebounding with 11.2 per game. Hayes averaged 18.6 points per game for State.

Presumably, the close vote was between Austin and Williams-Holliday, both of whom have had standout seasons for successful teams. The two faced off in November with Austin scoring 24 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead Ole Miss to a 79-66 win. Williams-Holliday beat Jackson State with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Austin and Williams-Holliday have more basketball to play. Ole Miss should be a 6 seed, maybe even a 5 seed, in the NCAA Tournament. Jackson State will play Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the SWAC Women’s Tournament in Birmingham on Wednesday night.

Molinar, the State playmaker, averaged 17.8 points and 3.6 assists per game and saved some of his best performances for the toughest competition. For example, he scored 30 points in an overtime loss at Kentucky. He’s scored in double figures in every game in the state this season.

“As a good player as he is, he takes his studies as seriously as he does his basketball,” Howland said of Molinar. “As a good player and student as he is, he’s an even better person.”

Howell, a six-time NBA All-Star who still follows state basketball closely, thinks Molinar has the talent and the game to succeed at the NBA level.

“He has no weaknesses in his game,” Howell said of Molinar. “He can handle it, pass it and he’s a really good defensive player. If there’s one area where he can use some improvement, it’s in his long-range shooting. There’s such an emphasis in the NBA on three-point shooting.

Molinar won the Howell against finalists Jarkell Joiner of Ole Miss and Tyler Stevenson of Southern Miss. Joiner has averaged 13.4 points per game despite injuries this season. Stevenson led the Golden Eagles in points (14.7) and rebounds (7.7).

— Article credit to Rick Cleveland of mississippi today

How former IU basketball players are doing in the NBA through February – The Daily Hoosier https://eight-fut.com/how-former-iu-basketball-players-are-doing-in-the-nba-through-february-the-daily-hoosier/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 11:00:49 +0000 https://eight-fut.com/how-former-iu-basketball-players-are-doing-in-the-nba-through-february-the-daily-hoosier/ Seven former IU basketball players have played or will play at the highest level during the 2021-22 NBA season. We will be monitoring their seasons with monthly updates. Below, we summarize their performance so far with NBA stats and ratings over the five months of the season and provide a brief update on each player. […]]]>

Seven former IU basketball players have played or will play at the highest level during the 2021-22 NBA season. We will be monitoring their seasons with monthly updates.

Below, we summarize their performance so far with NBA stats and ratings over the five months of the season and provide a brief update on each player.

(Stats are through March 1)

Victor Oladipo –Miami

Although the exact date is unknown, Victor Oladipo is aiming for a return to court later this month after a second knee operation. The 29-year-old is looking to enter his ninth season in the NBA.

In 2020-21, he played nine games for Indiana, 20 for Houston and four games for the Miami Heat before re-injuring his right knee, averaging 19.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4 .6 assists per game.

A former NBA All-Star, Oladipo’s 2018-19 season was cut short by a right knee injury. He returned almost a year later.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22: N / A

Eric Gordon –Houston

Eric Gordon is now in his sixth season with the Rockets, who currently sit last in the Western Conference standings with a 15-45 record. Overall, he is in his 14and season in the NBA.

In the month of February, Gordon averaged 12.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game in six games played.

For the season, he’s shooting his highest percentage from the field by a margin of two percentage points.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 50/39

MPG – 29.6
Dot – 14.0
Rebounds – 2.0
Aids – 2.9
Blocks – 0.4
Flights – 0.5
FG% – .475 (career high)
3FG% – .412
FT% – 0.766

OG Anunoby –Toronto

Last season didn’t go the way the Raptors expected. After making the playoffs for seven straight seasons, that streak came to an end. They finished 27-45 overall and 12 seeded in the Eastern Conference.

However, this year was a different story. Not only are the Raptors in the hunt for the playoffs, as the seventh seed in the Eastern Conference, but OG Anunoby is posting career numbers in many major statistical categories.

Now in his fifth year in the NBA, all with Toronto, the 24-year-old Anunoby’s solid play on both sides of the court will need to continue if the Raptors are to return to the playoffs. Unfortunately for him and the Raptors, Anunoby recently suffered a broken right ring finger and there is no timeline for his return.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 42/42

MPG – 36.7 (career high)
Points – 17.5 (career high)
Rebounds – 5.5 (career tie)
Assists – 2.6 (career high)
Blocks – 0.6
Steals – 1.5 (career tie)
FG% – 0.436
3FG% – .351
FT% – .748

Thomas Bryant -Washington

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Last season Bryant suffered a torn ACL to his left knee in the first quarter of a 128-124 loss to the Miami Heat. The injury came at a time when Bryant was beginning to play regular basketball and was averaging career highs in minutes played and points per game.

Although not an ideal situation, Bryant recovered and was able to return to the field on January 12 in the Wizards’ 112-106 win over the Orlando Magic. He played 12 minutes and added six points.

His minutes have been limited but are getting longer and longer as he gets back to playing in NBA games, and Bryant, 24, has seen time both in the starting lineup and coming out from the bench.

With the Wizards currently the 11th seed and two games behind the Atlanta Hawks for the 10th seed, Bryant will play a major role in whether or not the Wizards succeed.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 9/19

MPG – 17.4
Points – 8.2
Rebounds – 4.0
Aids – 0.9
Blocks – 0.7
Flights – 0.3
FG% – 0.508
3FG% – .294
FT% – .852 (career high)

Cody Zeller – Free agent

After playing the first eight seasons of his career in Charlotte, Zeller joined the Portland Trail Blazers this season.

The 29-year-old served as a substitute, playing 27 games while averaging 5.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game in just over 13 minutes per game.

However, Zeller was waived by Portland in early February and is currently a free agent.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games started – 27/0

Dot – 5.2
Rebounds – 4.6
Aids – 0.8
Blocks – 0.2
Flights – 0.3
FG% – 0.567
3FG% – .000
FT% – 0.776

Romeo Langford -San Antonio

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Langford played well for the Celtics last regular season. In the Celtics’ final two regular season games, Langford played 21 and 34 minutes respectively. He scored 8 points in a 124-108 win over Minnesota on May 15. Then, in a 96-92 loss to the New York Knicks on May 16, he scored a season-high 14 points to go along with 4 rebounds.

Hoping the good game could continue, Langford started the season playing important minutes off the bench for a Celtics team that is in playoff contention.

However, Langford was dealt to the San Antonio Spurs in a trade involving Josh Richardson, Derrick White and a draft pick.

Langford is yet to play for Spurs.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 44/5

MPG – 16.5 (career high)
Points – 4.7 (career high)
Rebounds – 2.4 (career high)
Aids – 0.4
Blocks – 0.4 (career high)
Steals – 0.5 (career high)
FG% – .429 (career high)
3FG% – .349 (career high)
FT% – .588

Juwan Morgan Toronto Raptors / Maine Celtics (G-League)

On December 22, 2021, Morgan signed a 10-day contract with the Toronto Raptors.

He appeared in one game, a 144-99 Raptors loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, in which he scored five points and four rebounds in 27 minutes of action.

Then, on January 1, 2022, the 24-year-old was acquired by the Maine Celtics of the G-League after his 10-day contract expired.

Cumulative statistics 2021-22:

Games/Games Started – 1/0

MPG – 27.0 (career high)
Points – 5.0 (career high)
Rebounds – 4.0 (career high)
Assists – 1.0 (career high)
Blocks – 0.0
Flights – 0.0
FG% – .667 (career high)
3FG% – .500 (career high)
FT% – SO

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