After making the program’s first NCAA tournament appearance in nearly two decades, the James Madison Dukes will be playing on a new court in 2013-14.
During the spring the James Madison athletic department asked fans to submit their ideas for a new court design, resulting in some 65 submissions. From there the athletic department cut the list down to ten, giving fans the opportunity to provide feedback on the final submissions. On Saturday the school announced its decision, choosing a design that features the school’s secondary logo.
“Several months of planning and tweaking have culminated in a layout that will be uniquely JMU while instilling heightened spirit and pride,” James Madison AD Jeff Bourne said in the release. “I’d like to commend our folks for their hard work to identify a bolder, more distinctive appearance while also thanking the many fans who participated in our social media design campaign.”
In addition to the two images of Duke Dog, James Madison’s signature and the CAA logo are on the court. Now that the design of the court has been determined, head coach Matt Brady can go about his business in earning a second consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.
Sophomore Andre Nation returns after averaging 9.3 points and 3.1 rebounds per game as a freshman, and he’ll be asked to lead the way for a team that has to replace its top three scorers from a season ago. JMU adds six freshmen to the program with five being front court players. With Rayshawn Goins (12.1 ppg, 7.3 rpg) and A.J. Davis (12.2, 3.6) out of eligibility, the Dukes will need their young big men to hit the ground running.
Five-star Class of 2018 point guard Darius Garland revealed the final six schools that he’s considering on Friday.
The N0. 12 overall prospect in the Class of 2018, according to Rivals, the 6-foot-0 Garland is one of the top floor generals in the nation as he is still considering Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, UCLA and Vanderbilt.
A native of Nashville, Garland is a potentially elite perimeter threat at the college level as he’s one of the more deadly three-point marksmen in the nation.
Garland spent this spring and summer playing with Bradley Beal Elite in the Nike EYBL as he averaged 16.8 points and 4.8 assists per game in the league this spring.
The #DriveByDunkChallenge isn’t raising money or awareness for ALS like the #IceBucketChallenge did three years ago, but it’s something harmless and fun to do to pass the time during the dog days of summer.
Sensing an opportunity to join an Internet craze, while also following in the footsteps of his former player Kentucky star, Wildcats head coach John Calipari got involved with his own dunk late Friday night.
And his video is much funnier than I thought it would be.
While most #DriveByDunkChallenge videos are done by healthy and spry teenagers who are cruising neighborhoods during the day, Calipari, and his hip replacement, got in on the fun with a late-night dunk.
I love that Calipari ditched the ball behind his back while running back to the car after the dunk.
Most people who participate in the challenge usually have their own ball and keep it with them through completion. But Calipari either picked up a random ball in the driveway or just he lost the handle with his own ball and had a turnover.
The next time Calipari goes hard on one of his point guards for losing control and playing too fast, remember this moment.
Thomas is coming off a breakout sophomore campaign for the Bluejays. He started all 35 games, averaging 12.3 points, 5.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Aside from the increase in offensive production, Thomas served as one of the top defenders in the Big East. He shared the Big East Defensive Player of the Year Award with Villanova’s Josh Hart and Mikal Bridges.