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Coach K wins gold medal in final game with Team USA

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After a driving layup by Chris Paul that all but sealed a victory with 51 seconds remaining in Team USA’s gold medal game against Spain Sunday, head coach Mike Krzyzewski gave a display of emotion that we don’t typically see from the stoic and legendary college coach.

He jumped up in celebration as Team USA took a 104-93 lead, on its way to claiming the gold medal with a 107-100 victory in London.

That moment will be frozen in time for many if Krzyzewski holds to his word and says he is stepping down as Team USA coach, an announcement he made to the Associated Press Saturday.

It has been a memorable basketball year for Coach K, after becoming Division I’s all-time wins leader and now taking the Americans to a gold medal.

He was tapped to become the head coach of the US National Team in 2005, one year after perhaps the lowest point in US Olympic basketball history when they took home a Bronze from the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

”He was the right guy at the right time,” USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo told the Associated Press. ”He’s been so important to me in everything we’ve done in building the infrastructure and philosophy and standards – all of it. His legacy goes beyond the record on the court. We’re 52-1 since this all began, and hopefully we’ll be 53-1 after tomorrow. That’s a legacy in itself.

”I really love him and respect him.”

Coach K took this 2012 team, depleted by injuries in the frontcourt, and made a collection of all-stars into a cohesive unit as they marched toward Sunday’s gold.

Of course, a great deal of credit goes to the players as well, including LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who at separate times carried Team USA. Durant had 30 points against Spain. James added 19.

Don’t think that Colangelo will let Krzyzewski go without some serious efforts to persuade him to stay, but if this is the last chance we have to see him coaching on the international stage, it is memorable, picturesque, and fitting for the man who helped return Team USA to the top.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Despite being drafted into NBA, former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel headed to Spain

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Former Purdue forward Robbie Hummel has decided to take his professional career overseas, signing with El Obradoiro of Spain’s top professional league, the Lafayette Courier Journal is reporting.

Hummel had been drafted 58th overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2012 NBA Draft, but worked out an agreement that allows him to go to Europe.

“It is a done deal,” Hummel told the paper. “I am heading over to Spain. I’m excited. The Timberwolves and myself both agreed that it’s probably best for me to go overseas for a year.

“(The Timberwolves) have a lot of forwards on the team, but I still think the Timberwolves are my future.”

During his career at Purdue, Hummel tore his ACL twice, battling back both times and averaging 16.4 points and 7.2 rebounds per game this past season as a senior.

The Indiana native leaves Purdue ninth on the school’s all-time scoring list, as well as fourth on the all-time rebounding list.

As for his former team, they are currently in Italy for an overseas trip. The team recently visited the Vatican and is preparing for the 2012-13 season after finishing 22-13 this past year.

The Boilermakers welcome four Indiana natives to the team in 2012-13, led by Oak Hill (Va.) center A.J. Hammons.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Rodney Purvis won’t be on NC State’s Spain trip as NCAA reviews eligibility

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Rodney Purvis, a North Carolina native who is a key piece of coach Mark Gottfried’s 2012 recruiting class at NC State, will not make the European trip scheduled for the Wolfpack this month, the school announced Saturday.

In a release, the school explained that, as the NCAA Eligibility Center continues to review Purvis’ case, the 6-4 guard will stay home during NC State’s 10-day trip.

In compliance with NCAA rules, incoming freshmen must complete the review process before participating in foreign trips with their team during the summer.

The Eligibility Center has Purvis’ case under “extended review” because he was a part of the first graduating class at Upper Room Christian Academy (N.C.).

“Obviously the timing is not ideal,” head coach Mark Gottfried said in a release. “I’m disappointed he will not travel Sunday. He could join us once the process is completed, but my primary focus is making sure Rodney is ready to pursue his goals at NC State over the next four years.”

Purvis was originally committed to Louisville, but decommitted and pledged his name to NC State this past fall.

He joins guard Tyler Lewis and forward TJ Warren to round out the three-man class joining the Wolfpack in 2012-13. All three were McDonald’s All-Americans this past year.

NC State finished 24-13 this past season, including 9-7 in the ACC. Gottfried & Co. made a surprise run to the Sweet 16 before being eliminated by Kansas.

Gottfried is also dealing with the injured knee of guard Lorenzo Brown, a situation which he says the team is being “conservative” about, with the goal of being healthy by the start of the season.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_