Sean Progar, Menelik Watson

Former Marist center Menelik Watson picked by Oakland Raiders in 2013 NFL Draft

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The Oakland Raiders trade with the Miami Dolphins gave them a second-round pick on Day 2 of the 2013 NFL Draft. With the 10th pick in the second round, the 42nd overall, the Raiders selected Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson.

The Manchester, England native started off his collegiate career at Marist … as a basketball player. Listed at 6-foot-8 at Marist, Watson averaged 4.7 points and 3.3 rebounds per game, averaging 16 minutes of action for the Red Foxes. The Red Foxes were 6-27 (3-15 MAAC) in Watson’s only season as a college basketball player.

Watson finished that season and transferred to Saddleback Community College (Calif.), where he began to play football for the first time. Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk mentioned Watson has raw talent and high potential.

Watson was the fifth Florida State player drafted at time his name was announced. The Raiders finished 4-12 in the 2012 season.

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PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.