Given his lack of experience in organized football it was unlikely that former Miami power forward Erik Swoope was going to hear his name called during this weekend’s NFL Draft. But his athleticism and size resulted in some NFL teams taking a look, with Swoope working out for the Denver Broncos last month.
Late Saturday night Swoope tweeted that he’ll have the opportunity to earn a spot in the NFL, with the Indianapolis Colts offering him a spot as a free agent.
As a senior Swoope averaged 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds per game for the Hurricanes, shooting 51.4% from the field. But Swoope finished the season well, reaching double figures in six of Miami’s final seven games. Swoope’s best offensive performance during that stretch came in an 85-70 win at NC State, as he scored 15 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
Swoope is the only college basketball player that could be afforded the possibility of joining a team as a free agent. Last week it was reported that former Kansas power forward Tarik Black was receiving some interest from NFL teams, with Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers even putting him in touch with a team scout.
Will that lead to Black putting on the shoulder pads at some point? Who knows, but given Swoope’s path to a free agent deal anything is possible.
Three players with Division I college basketball experience were drafted this weekend: tight end Austin Sefarian-Jenkins (Washington; Tampa Bay Buccaneers), wide receiver Bruce Ellington (South Carolina; San Francisco 49ers) and cornerback Demetri Goodson (Gonzaga, played football at Baylor; Green Bay Packers).
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: