Rob Dauster

VIDEO: Hawai’i guard Sheriff Drammeh’s 70-foot game-winner for Sweden

Leave a comment

Sheriff Drammeh, a freshman on the Hawai’i basketball team, is playing for Sweden’s U-20 team in Portugal this week, and on Sunday, he hit the shot of his life.

Great Britain had erased a 15 point deficit to tie the game with just seconds left when Drammeh his a 75-foot prayer to win the game at the buzzer.

Drammeh played in 32 games but averaged just 1.7 points for the Rainbows this past season.

Roy Williams on knee pain: ‘It’s going to be better’

North Carolina head coach Roy Williams reacts after cutting the net after a regional final men's college basketball game against Notre Dame in the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 27, 2016, in Philadelphia. North Carolina won 88-74 to advance to the Final Four. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
(AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
1 Comment

Heading into this offseason, one of the major talking points regarding some of the biggest programs in the country was that North Carolina head coach Roy Williams may have coached his last college basketball game.

Between the NCAA investigation looming over the head of his program and the knee pain that he had been dealing with all season long, it made sense even if it had far more to do with speculation than it did with any clear indication from Roy that his career may be winding down.

Williams joined UNC alum Vince Carter on an NBA Summer League broadcast over the July 4th weekend, and he spent some time discussing his knee health and what that means for his coaching future.

And it was good news for the Tar Heels.

“Total knee replacement on my right knee, five weeks ago yesterday,” Williams told the NBA TV broadcast. “The surgeon assured my I could play golf in August, and I said, ‘I’m going to hold you to that.'”

If Williams is healthy enough to golf, he has to be healthy enough to be able to coach for at least one, if not a couple more seasons, right?

Sounds like it.

“I’m missing being able to get around,” Williams added. “I’ve got a cane. I can walk OK, but the cane, the doctor said, ‘if you have that, people realize there’s something wrong with you and they give you a little space.’ Last year, I hurt every day. At practice, I never sat down on a basketball court in 43 years until this past season.”

“It’s going to be better.”

Private funeral held for former Lady Vols coach Pat Summitt

Getty Images
Leave a comment

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A private funeral service for former Tennessee women’s basketball coach Pat Summitt was held Thursday.

Erin Freeman, who has been acting as a spokeswoman for the Summitt family this week, confirmed that the funeral took place Thursday in Clarksville, Tennessee. When Summitt died Tuesday at the age of 64, her family had issued a statement saying a private ceremony would be held in Middle Tennessee without disclosing a date or exact location.

Tennessee coach Holly Warlick, who played for Summitt and worked as an assistant on her staff for 27 seasons, tweeted Thursday that “She has been laid to rest. … Godspeed Pat. … Godspeed. U r home.”

About 30-35 of Summitt’s former Tennessee players as well as many of her former assistant coaches attended the private ceremony. The group of former players included Michelle Marciniak and Chamique Holdsclaw, who discussed the service via social media.

Holdsclaw said in an Instagram post that the service was “so beautiful.”

“It was so good to see our Lady Vol family,” Holdsclaw wrote. “We are going to miss you in the physical, but we should all know we have an angel pulling for us 24/7. I’m going to miss the great hugs you give. Sleep in peace.”

Holdsclaw noted that Marciniak gave one of the eulogies. Marciniak tweeted that “eulogizing Pat Summitt today (was) made easier with LVFL (Lady Vol For Life) support. Pat told us, `Trust me,’ and we did.”

Summitt won eight national titles and a Division I record 1,098 games in 38 seasons at Tennessee before stepping down in 2012, one year after announcing she had early-onset dementia, Alzheimer’s type.

A public ceremony to celebrate Summitt’s life is scheduled for July 14 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Tennessee’s campus. Thompson-Boling Arena includes the Lady Volunteers’ home court, which is named after Summitt.

VIDEO: Nigel Hayes impersonates Stone Cold Steve Austin

Nigel Hayes, Sandy Cohen
(AP Photo/Andy Manis)
1 Comment

Apparently there is something happening right now called the “Stone Cold Steve Austin Challenge”, so of course, Wisconsin forward Nigel Hayes had to participate in it.

I was never really a wrestling guy so I don’t know if this is a good impersonation or not.

But I do know that it is hilarious.

And what I really want to know is … are those actually beers or just sodas?:

Malik Newman transfers to Kansas

Mississippi State guard Malik Newman (14) dribbles past a Northern Colorado player during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)
AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis
1 Comment

Malik Newman has finally decided on a destination to continue his college career: Kansas.

The Jayhawks recruited Newman, who was a top ten prospect in the Class of 2015, out of high school, but he opted to stay home and sign with Mississippi State and Ben Howland. The season did not go as planned. Newman, a 6-foot-4 combo-guard, finished the season averaging an inefficient 11.3 points.

He would declare for the NBA Draft but, when it became clear that he was not going to be drafted in a spot that he wanted to get picked in, he announced that he would be leaving school.

Newman visited N.C. State, Oregon and Western Kentucky before ultimately settling on Kansas.

“I’m glad they wanted me again,” Newman told ESPN. “I love the basketball culture at Kansas, the way Bill Self holds guys accountable and love the atmosphere.”

Newman will have to sit out the 2016-17 season, one in which Kansas is a legitimate national title contender, and will have three years of eligibility remaining. Perhaps the best news for him: He’s going to be spending an entire season playing against a Frank Mason and Devonte’ Graham in practice. You will be hard-pressed to find a tougher back court than that duo anywhere in the country. So if Newman can’t figure out a way to improve over the course of the next 16 months, he may never be the player we thought he was going to be coming out of high school.

Prosecutors want records sealed in Mateen Cleaves sex case

Mateen Cleaves
(Photo by Gary Malerba/Invision for DICK'S/AP Images)
1 Comment

FLINT, Mich. (AP) Prosecutors want a judge to seal some court records in a sexual assault case involving former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves after his accuser’s name was made public this week in a court filing.

The Wayne County prosecutor’s office filed the motion Tuesday, the same day a judge canceled a hearing to determine whether the case would go to trial.

Cleaves’ attorney Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves’ accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce and wants the judge to disqualify the Wayne County prosecutor from the case.

Manley tells The Flint Journal the effort to seal records in the case is “unconscionable.”

The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.