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Preseason Big East Player of the Year: the gift and the curse?

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At Big East media day on Wednesday it was announced that the coaches selected Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva as their preseason Player of the Year. That’s quite the honor for Siva, who is coming off of a season in which he struggled with health early but once at full strength helped lead the [more]

Debate!: Who you got? Lute Olson or Jim Calhoun

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In 2008, Lute Olson retired from coaching at the ripe old age of 74, having spent the past 25 years taking Arizona from a West Coast afterthought and turning them into a national championship program that was a mainstay in the top 25 through the majority of his tenure. Just four years later, Jim Calhoun [more]

With added athleticism, Abdul-Malik Abu drawing high-major interest from across the country

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J.–Last summer, Abdul-Malik Abu was a rising sophomore with a wide body that he wasn’t afraid to throw around in the lane. The secret was, though, that he wasn’t nearly done growing or developing. Now a rising junior, Abu has completely reshaped his body, hitting the weight room and transforming his game from [more]

Former UConn forward Rudy Gay to play in Jim Calhoun charity game, receive Role Model award

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Rudy Gay will be among the former Connecticut players in town for Jim Calhoun’s charity game this upcoming week, but he will also be getting another honor, according to Dom Amore of the Hartford Courant. Gay is set to receive the Middlesex County Chamber of Commerce’s “Role Model of the Year” award for his work [more]

Hoop Group Buzzer Beater Classic (NYC) Preview

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NEW YORK, N.Y.–The Hoop Group Buzzer Beater Classic tips off Saturday and runs through Sunday, concluding the 2012 July live recruiting period. Below is NBCSports.com’s preview of the 17U and 16U divisions: Marquee Player 17U: Isaiah Whitehead, Juice All-Stars (N.Y.) Whitehead picked up the intensity on Day 2 of Live in AC this week, so [more]

‘Live In AC’ Preview Part II: Team Takeover (DC) favorites to win 16U

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Wednesday begins another five-day live recruiting period for Division-I coaches and, along with the events going on in Las Vegas, “Live in AC” begins in Atlantic City, N.J. Below is a preview of the 16U division, which feature high-major talent and should draw high-major coaches to the stands to watch and evaluate. Check out NBCSports.com’s [more]