Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins a prize for smart NBA teams

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Some team will snag Charles Jenkins sometime in the NBA draft’s first round. Whoever makes the pick will look very smart someday. (Which means it’ll probably be the Spurs.)

Jenkins, the Hofstra star who left as the school’s all-time leading scorer and even had his jersey retired before the end of his senior season, is a 6-3 senior combo guard who has a scorer’s mentality and a point guard’s brains. If his physical gifts, on-court exploits and awards – he was back-to-back CAA player of the year – aren’t enough to convince teams to take him in the teens, a couple of excellent statistical stories should.

The first comes from SI.com’s Luke Winn, who declares Jenkins the sleeper of the 2011 draft.

Smart college hoops fans and NBA scouts know how good Jenkins was, but Winn compared him to the other elite guards of the draft and showed he might just be the best of the bunch because of his proficiency in isolation possessions – otherwise known as the NBA’s default offense.

Jenkins rates better than Boston College’s Reggie Jackson, Colorado’s Alec Burks, BYU’s Jimmer Fredette, Providence’s Marshon Brooks and Washington State’s Klay Thompson in terms of isolation efficiency (1.119 points per possession)and is just behind Fredette in spot-up isolation efficiency (1.360 to 1.475 PPP). And it’s not like Jenkins thrived in isolation occasionally. Only Brooks and Fredette had higher usage isolation percentages

Even more impressive? When Jenkins had a clutch-and-shoot opportunity with a guy in his face, he scored 1.3898 PPP, 15th nationally. Yes, he was playing mostly against CAA foes, but in case you missed it, the CAA had some damn fine teams this season. Jenkins can score. Simple as that.

As a helpful guide for people wondering just who Jenkins’ efficient scoring ways might compare to in the last 10 years of college hoops, John Templon from NY Buckets ran some similarity scores. NBA onlookers might want to take note of three of the top 10 guys: Delonte West, Jameer Nelson and Eric Maynor.

Those numbers account for a host of factors, too: usage %, points per possession, turnover rate, free-throw rate, three-point/field goal attempts, effective field goal percentage, assist rate and offensive rebound percentage. As John writes, it’s essentially everything a player might do on offense. For Jenkins to be compared to West and Nelson – two mid-major guys who’ve either started or been the first guy off the bench during their NBA careers – that’s some high praise.

As a comparison, all three of those guys were taken between the 20th and 24th picks in their respective drafts. If Jenkins lasts that long, a good team will grab him — and be delighted.

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VIDEO: Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson throws down under-the-legs dunk after making 3-pointer

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Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.

Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.

It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.

VIDEO: Manute Bol’s 6’11” son Bol Bol throws down in-game under-the-legs dunk

McPherson's Jacob Loecker attempts to steal the ball form Shawnee Mission-Bishop Miege's Bol Bol during the first quarter of the boys' Class 4A Division I state championship basketball game Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Salina, Kan. (Travis Morrise/The Hutchinson News via AP)
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Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.

The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.

Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.

Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year

Iowa State guard Nazareth Mitrou-Long defends Buffalo guard Jarryn Skeete during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 84-63. (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Iowa State got a boost to its roster for next season as senior guard Naz Mitrou-Long has been granted a hardship waiver by the Big 12 conference.

“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”

The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.

CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law

Protesters rally against House Bill 2 in Raleigh, N.C.,  Monday, April 25, 2016. While demonstrations circled North Carolina's statehouse on Monday, for and against a Republican-backed law curtailing protections for LGBT people and limiting public bathroom access for transgender people, House Democrats filed a repeal bill that stands little chance of passing. (Chuck Liddy/The News & Observer via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.

The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.

The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.

 

VIDEOS: Stephen Curry personally invites athletes to his select camp

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, holds the championship trophy and Andre Iguodala holds the series MVP trophy as they celebrate winning the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cleveland, Wednesday, June 17, 2015. The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers 105-97 to win the best-of-seven game series 4-2. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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As he did last year, the NBA’s MVP is sending out personal invites to Under Armour’s SC30 Select Camp for some of the best high school and college point guards in the country.

It’s a pretty cool thing for the kids. Can you imagine how you would feel as a high school junior getting a personalized invitation to a camp from Stephen Curry himself?