New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni gestures during their NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks in Dallas

Mike D’Antoni coaching at the college level? You never know.


Mike D’Antoni has coached at the professional level for his entire coaching career, most recently running the New York Knicks before deciding that he’d had enough of coaching in the Big Apple.

Currently an assistant on Mike Krzyzewski’s staff at the Olympics, the question regarding D’Antoni is what his next move will be.

Could we see D’Antoni on a college bench in the near future? Well, the idea began to grow on him as he accompanied his son on some college visits, according to Dan Bickley of the Arizona Republic.

D’Antoni, 61, never envisioned himself as a college coach. He can be stubborn and headstrong, and he badly wanted to prove his system could work in the NBA. But in the process of taking his son on college visits, his perspective began to change.

“You think about it,” D’Antoni said. “You look at it and think, ‘Oh, that could be fun.’ One thing I do know from taking my son around is that anytime you step on a college campus, you feel energy.

“You feel an excitement that’s not there, normally, where the business (of basketball) takes over. And obviously, when you feel the excitement; things go through your head.”

Of course, with D’Antoni stating in the article that he’s moving back to the Phoenix area ‘with or without a job,’ the immediate thought of some may be the state of affairs at the major college in the area.

Arizona State currently has a head coach in Herb Sendek, but the Sun Devils have won just 22 games over the last two seasons.

And with a style of play that has been cited in some circles as one reason for the many empty seats at Wells Fargo Arena, this could be a big year in regards to the future of the program.

Sendek was not hired by new Vice President for University Athletics Steve Patterson, who already has prodded the coach to be more visible in the community. Sendek has 22 wins in the past two years, and his system carries a different stigma: boring.

That’s an uninformed perception, and it should change with the unveiling of Jahii Carson in a few months. If not, the current ASU coach will be on the proverbial hot seat.

The thought of D’Antoni running his “eight seconds or less” system at the college level would excite just about any fan base should he decide to try coaching at the college level.

Could that happen in the near future? Never say never.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

VIDEOS: Rhode Island, Maryland exchange heated words in Cancun

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No. 2 Maryland finally found their rhythm on Wednesday night, blowing out a good Rhode Island team, 86-63, in the finals of the Cancun Challenge.

Melo Trimble and Rasheed Sulaimon combined for 34 points and eight assists on 13-for-14 shooting and Robert Carter added 15 points, nine boards, three assists and three blocks. Peak Maryland, which is what we saw tonight, is really dangerous.

But Peak Maryland wasn’t the story after the game, as tempers flared in the waning minutes.

It started when Maryland coach Mark Turgeon called a timeout with less than two minutes remaining. Jake Layman had just hit a three to put Maryland up by 24 points and Turgeon wanted to get his walk-ons in the game. Hurley said to the Maryland bench, “We’ll see you again, boy,” according to Inside Maryland Sports, which prompted this reaction from Turgeon:

After the game, the two teams had to be separated in layup lines. According to reports from IMS and from the Baltimore Sun, Hurley was cursing at Maryland players as he was shaking their hands after the game. According Doug Gottlieb, who called the game for CBS Sports Network, Trimble said that the Rhode Island team wanted to “fight us”:

Wayne Selden stars as Kansas wins the title in Maui

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The last time we wrote about Wayne Selden in this space, it was my colleague Scott Phillips who questioned, after a poor performance in the Champions Classic, whether or not Selden is capable of bring a primary scorer for a team with NCAA title aspirations.

At the time, it wasn’t an unfair question to ask.

Selden is a former top 15 recruit. He is a guy who was expected to go one-and-done that played poorly in the first big game of his third year on campus. But after three days it Maui, it appears that the old Wayne Selden is gone.

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He capped an MVP performance in the Maui Invitational with 25 points and seven boards on 8-for-11 shooting as the No. 5 Kansas Jayhawks knocked off No. 19 Vanderbilt, 70-63, in the title game. Selden was terrific for the entire weekend, averaging 21.5 points in the two games against Division I competition and shooting 12-for-17 from beyond the arc in the three game tournament.

It was the best that we’ve seen Selden play during his Jayhawk career, and it came in a game the Jayhawks desperately needed it. Vanderbilt is a damn good team. They’re ranked 19th, which may actually be too low, and they seem to clearly be the biggest challenger to Kentucky in the SEC. They jumped out to a double-digit lead on Kansas in the first half as the Jayhawks seemed to be sleep-walking early in the game.

Enter Selden. He drilled three threes in the first half and scored 13 of the 26 Jayhawk points to keep them close. In other words, he played like a star on a night Kansas desperately needed someone to step up and play like a star. Remember: this is a dude that had enough talent and potential in high school to be considered a McDonald’s All-American and a potential lottery pick. The ability is there:

(That move is filthy.)

The question has always been whether or not he is capable of putting it all together, of being the guy that can be relied upon to make the big play in the big moment, to carry a team with title aspirations.

And to be fair, the jury is still out in that regard. Are we just going to ignore those four free throws he clanged down the stretch?

But seeing Selden have this kind of performance in a game like this against a team that is this good is unquestionably a positive for Kansas moving forward.