On Tuesday morning, the official rosters for the Nike Point Guard and Big Man Skills Academy were released. Run by John Lucas, the Skill Academies are a chance for some of the nation’s best college and high school players to work out together along side some of the NBA’s best young players.
The Big Man Academy will be headlined by Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, while Kyrie Irving, Trey Burke and Michael Carter-Williams will be working with the guards.
I’ll be heading up to New Jersey tomorrow morning to watch the workouts, but for now, here are the rosters:
Marcus Foster, SO, Kansas State
Chad Frazier, SR, UAB
TJ McConnell, SR, Arizona
Kevin Pangos, SR, Gonzaga
Chasson Randle, SR, Stanford
James Robinson, JR, Pitt
Terry Rozier, SO, Louisville
Juwan Staten, SR, West Virginia
Isaiah Taylor, SO, Texas
Fred VanFleet, JR, Wichita State
Isaiah Whitehead, FR, St. John’s
Delon Wright, SR, Utah
Joe Young, SR, Oregon
Jawun Evans, 2015, Kimball (TX)
AJ Harris, 2015, Dunbar (OH) OHIO STATE
Kendall Small, 2015, Mayfair (CA) OREGON
Corey Sanders, 2015, Kathleen (FL)
Levan Alston, 2015, Haverford School (PA)
De’Aaron Fox, 2016, Cypress Lakes (TX)
Stevie Thompson, 2015, Bishop Montgomery (CA)
Aaron Holiday, 2015, Campbell Hall (CA) UCLA
Bryant Crawford, 2015, Gonzaga (DC)
Jalen Adams, 2015, Cushing Academy (MA)
KeVaughn Allen, 2015, North Little Rock (AR)
Malik Monk, 2016, Bentonville (AR)
Jalen Coleman, 2015, La Lumiere School (IN)
Shake Milton, 2015, Owasso (OK)
Kenny Williams, 2015, LC Bird (VA)
King McClure, 2015, Triple A Academy (TX) BAYLOR
Nick Noskowiak, 2015, Sun Prairie (WI) MARQUETTE
Eric Davis, 2015, Arthur Hill (MI)
Justin Simon, 2015, Temecula Valley (CA) ARIZONA
Darius Carter, JR, Wichita State
Shawn Long, JR, Louisiana-Lafayette
Robert Carter, JR, Maryland
Jordan Mickey, SO, LSU
Perry Ellis, JR, Kansas
Jonathan Holmes, SR, Texas
Jaleel Cousins, JR, South Florida
Jarell Martin, SO, LSU
Cliff Alexander, FR, Kansas
Larry Nance, SR, Wyoming
Alan Williams, SR, UC-Santa Barbara
Bobby Portis, SO, Arkansas
Georges Niang, JR, Iowa State
Przemek Karnowski, JR, Gonzaga
Sebastian Saiz, SO, Ole Miss
Marcus Derrickson, 2015, Paul VI (VA) GEORGETOWN
Donta Hall, 2015, Luverne (AL) ALABAMA
Noah Dickerson, 2015, Montverde (FL) GEORGETOWN
Henry Ellenson, 2015, Rice Lake (WI)
Deyonta Davis, 2015, Muskegon (MI) MICHIGAN STATE
Moustapha Diagne, 2015, Pope John XXIII (NJ) SYRACUSE
Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.
A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.
“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”
Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.
A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017
The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.
Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training
Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.
You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:
“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”
Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”
Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”
Tuesday was a busy and productive one for South Dakota State on the recruiting trail.
The Jackrabbits secured two 2017 commitments from the state of Wisconsin in Ryan Krueger and Alex Arians, a source tells NBCSports.com.
Krueger is a 6-foot-5 wing player from New London, Wisc. while Arians is a 6-foot-4 guard from Madison, Wisc., who also held an offer from Wright State, which is coached by former SDSU coach Scott Nagy. Both players spend their summers playing for the Wisconsin Swing grassroots program.
The pair make it a trio of commits for the Jackrabbits in 2017 with another Wisconsinite, Alou Dillon, pledging to first-year Jackrabbits coach T.J. Otzelberger, himself a Wisconsin native, earlier this summer.
South Dakota State went 26-8 last year and the bulk of the team that made the NCAA tournament last year, including sophomore Mike Daum, who led the team in scoring and rebounding as a freshman.