Which former MLB all-stars were the best basketball players?

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College Hoopedia is a must-read site for any diehard basketball fan, and they reinforced that notion on Sunday when they published an all-inclusive list of MLB all-stars that also played college basketball.

Included in that list: Jackie Robinson, Dave Winfield, Bob Gibson, Tony Gwynn and Lee Smith, names that every baseball is going to know.

But since 1997, only eight players have made a major league all-star team after playing college hoops. Here are the five best hoopers on that list:

Tony Clark: Clark hit 251 career homeruns and made the 2001 all-star team, but his basketball exploits may be more storied. He average 43.7 points as a senior in high school, setting what was a record with 2,549 points scored in a career and breaking Bill Walton’s record with 1,337 points as a senior. He eventually went to Arizona before transferring to San Diego State, where the 6-foot-7 Clark averaged 11.5 points.

Kenny Lofton: Lofton made six all-star teams from 1994-1999 with the Cleveland Indians. In college, he was the back-up point guard for the Arizona Wildcats when they made the 1988 Final Four and started on a Sweet 16 team, setting season and career records for steals. He’s one of two people to play in the Final Four and in the World Series.

Chris Young: Young played two seasons at Princeton. He was named Rookie of the Year in both baseball and basketball as a freshman, finishing the year as a second team all-Ivy League selection in hoops. As a sophomore, he was first team all-Ivy when he averaged 13.8 points and 6.3 boards. Young was an all-star in 2007.

Tony Gwynn: The hall-of-famer set records at San Diego State for assists in a season and a career before heading to the big leagues.

Randy Winn: Winn played for two seasons at Santa Clara as a back-up to Steve Nash. The limited minutes that Winn received eventually pushed him to baseball, which looks like a brilliant decision in hindsight. He was an all-star in 2002.

David Justice, Matt Thornton and Jeff Shaw round out the list.

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.