Video: Shawn Kemp Jr. on playing with Graves Disease (Seattle Times)
Washington forward Shawn Kemp Jr. has been a solid contributor for the Huskies this season, and he’s done so despite playing with Graves disease. In this video he discusses how the disorder has impacted his performance on the floor.
To build camaraderie needed to win together, Arizona first had to live together (Yahoo Sports)
Te Arizona Wildcats won 27 games last season and reached the Sweet 16. However, even with those accomplishments the remaining players wonder if they could have accomplished even more. Nick Johnson and Kaleb Tarczewski looked to change the chemistry, and with seven players living together their plan has paid off thus far.
College basketball caucus: Which freshman is most important? (USA Today)
The question of which freshman is the best in America is one that can be debated for hours, and the same goes for the question of which newcomer is most important to his team. A group of writers discussed this, with Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis being one of the picks.
Ship comes in for Fairleigh Dickinson Star (NorthJersey.com)
FDU senior guard Sidney Sanders Jr. has been a welcome surprise for first-year head coach Greg Herenda, whose Knights have surprised people within the NEC. Sanders is averaging nearly 19 points per game for FDU and may very well be the best player in the NEC.
Why we need a college basketball video game (Busting Brackets)
The Ed O’Bannon lawsuit, which led to Electronic Arts settling with the plaintiffs, hasn’t stopped some from pining for a college basketball video game. One hasn’t been produced since 2009, and it’s unlikely that there will be a new college basketball game anytime soon for legal reasons.
Wild horses couldn’t stop him (ESPN Dallas)
SMU has proven to be more formidable than some anticipated them being this season, with point guard Nic Moore leading the way for a team that has already beaten UConn in conference play. And head coach Larry Brown is of the belief that this group has what it takes to win the American and reach the NCAA tournament.
Best foot forward: how shoes united two Nigerian-born basketball players (Sporting News)
Appalachian State forward Michael Obacha made news earlier this month when he organized a shoe drive to help children in his native Nigeria. Obacha isn’t the first to make this move, with former Davidson forward Andrew Lovedale doing the same. The two have come together with the goal of helping those in their native country who lack the resources needed to succeed.
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
VIDEOS: Stephen Curry’s personally invites athletes to his select camp
John Calipari has a goal this offseason: to lose some weight.
“Mid-50s, I let it go a little bit,” Calipari said as he worked out on an elliptical. “Had a heck of a year. But going forward, gotta get in better shape. Gotta get the body right. Started a week ago. What I will say to you is really simple. I’m not showing you my body for a month.”
The reason why Cal needs to get into shape?
He’s going to have to coach this year, because Tyler Ulis is heading to the NBA.
“I shoulda got some of his salary,” Ulis joked.
Cal won’t have to coach too hard. He’s got one of the best recruiting classes in the country coming into the program, including three top ten players and five of the nation’s top 30 prospects.
Coaching changes can wreak havoc on a program’s recruiting class, and that’s been the case for UNLV thanks to the tumultuous nature of their search for a new head coach. Thursday evening one prospect who remained committed to the Mountain West program throughout the process that ultimately led to Marvin Menzies landing the job announced that he’s decided to reopen his recruitment.
“I was very much looking forward to the opportunity to be a Rebel this year,” Fisher wrote. “But there have been a lot of changes with the program since I committed to UNLV; changes that have made me reconsider whether UNLV is still a good fit for me. So with that in mind and after much consideration with my family, I have decided it’s best that I reopen my recruitment.”
Fisher’s decision leaves wing Justin Jackson as the lone member of UNLV’s 2016 class at this point, with Jackson telling Scout.com in early April that he was undecided as to whether or not he’d reopen his recruitment. The school’s search for a coach began in January when they parted ways with Dave Rice, promoting Todd Simon in an interim role.
After deciding not to retain Simon, who’s now the head coach at Southern Utah, UNLV hired former Little Rock head coach Chris Beard…who left for Texas Tech less than two weeks later. UNLV landed Menzies, who they passed over for Beard, and he’s got a lot of work to do to field a roster that will be competitive in the Mountain West next season.
As for Fisher, the Arlington, Tennessee native should be a popular prospect with his decision to reopen things. And with Memphis losing former commit Charlie Moore, the Tigers are in need of help at the point. The question now is whether or not new head coach Tubby Smith will look to reach out to Fisher.