The list of active college basketball players who will play in the London Olympics is a small one, and that’s been the case since professionals were first allowed to play back in 1992.
One of the few to get his chance to play later this month is College of Charleston senior point guard Andrew Lawrence, who is playing for his native (and hosts) Great Britain.
Lawrence will be key figure for the Cougars, who will play their first season under new head coach Doug Wojcik this winter.
And the experience of playing against so many established professionals while also representing Great Britain is something that should serve both Lawrence and the Cougars well in 2012-13.
“We may not even recognize him when he comes back here,” said Wojcik. “I think he will improve that much. Just playing against those pros around the world will just be invaluable to him.”
As a junior Lawrence averaged 13.0 points and 5.5 assists per game for Charleston, helping to lead the Cougars to a 19-12 mark and a third-place finish in the South Division of the Southern Conference.
In Great Britain’s 118-78 exhibition loss to the United States on Thursday, Lawrence accounted for six points and three rebounds.
Adjehi Baru and Trent Wiedeman both return but in addition to Wojcik’s arrival there’s also the graduation of Antwaine Wiggins to account for.
If Lawrence can use this summer as a springboard into 2012-13, the Cougars may likely be the biggest threat to reigning SoCon champion Davidson.
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It was the most anticipated matchup of the summer.
Zion Williamson vs. LaMelo Ball.
People were turned away at the door – and LeBron James reportedly came and went – as the gym reached capacity for SC Supreme’s 104-92 victory over the Big Ballers. That’s Williamson over Ball (LaMelo and LaVar).
The game was mostly spectacle, and you can see it’s top moments right here.
LaMelo Ball vs. Zion Williamson was insane, but it wasn’t quite crazy enough to wake up the sleeping toddler that Williamson’s coach is holding in his arms:
This is peak AAU basketball.
It will never be more AAU than that.
In a showcase game in the adidas Uprising event in Las Vegas on Wednesday night, LaMelo Ball — the youngest member of the Big Baller Brand — faced off with Zion Williamson, who is a force on youtube and a highlight machine.
The crowd was insane for the game:
According to a report from ESPN, there were even concerns about whether or not the game would actually be allowed to be played; the police and fire marshall considered shutting the event down.
Williamson, of course, put on a show in warmups:
At the time of this posting, there were more than 60,000 people watching a livestream of the game on BallIsLife’s facebook page:
(UPDATE: It’s now over 70,000)
The bracket of the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip off was revealed Wednesday, setting up a showdown between a 2016 Final Four participant and the 2016 Big 12 tournament champion.
South Carolina and Iowa State headline the event, which will be played Nov. 16-19, in Fajardo, Puerto Rico.
The Gamecocks are on the top half of the bracket, opening against Illinois State while the Cyclones are on the bottom half, squaring off against Appalachian State.
Boise State vs. UTEP is the other top-half quarterfinal while Tulsa vs. Western Michigan is the other.
The championship game of the Puerto Rico Tip Off on Sunday, Nov. 19.
Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan: