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2014-15 College Basketball: The American's Top Freshmen, Transfers and More

posted on August 08, 2014
Until recent months, the No. 1 name atop the list of top freshmen in the American Athletic Conference would have been clear. SMU’s Emmanuel Mudiay may have been the top freshman in the country.The Mustangs may still be an NCAA Tournament team even without one of the NBA’s top prospects at point guard. That’s partly due to another influx of transfers into Larry Brown’s program. New arrivals from Xavier and Texas Tech — both eligible immediately — will give the Mustangs...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The Pac-12's Top Transfers, Freshmen and More

posted on August 06, 2014
Arizona has restored its spot atop the Pac-12 thanks to back-to-back signing classes headlined by major recruits. The trend should continue. Aaron Gordon spent one season surrounded by veterans last season. Now, Stanley Johnson will do the same for another Final Four contender.UCLA under Steve Alford hopes to follow the lead of the Wildcats. Alford will have two impact newcomers who were major recruits in Kevon Looney and, after a one-year delay, Isaac Hamilton.No program in the Pac-12 is able...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The Big 12's Top Transfers, Freshmen and More

posted on August 04, 2014
How does Kansas keep winning the Big 12 regular season title year after year? For starters, take a look at two of the top three newcomers in the league for 2014-15.In a season after the Jayhawks lost Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid to the top three picks in the NBA Draft, Kansas replaces them with another pair of standout freshmen. Granted, Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre might not be top draft picks in 2015, but they’ll make sure Kansas remains the favorite for an 11th consecutive Big 12 title.Kansas,...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The SEC's Top Freshmen, Transfers and More

posted on July 31, 2014
Even in a year when Kentucky will have an uncharacteristically veteran team, the Wildcats will feature some of the top freshmen in the SEC.Karl Towns, Tyler Ulis and Trey Lyles all could be impact players in the league for Kentucky even as they fight for playing time on the national runners up. Meanwhile, many other SEC teams are counting on transfers — from Division I and junior college — to keep them competitive in the league.Florida is looking toward a transfer and the brother...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The Big East's Top Transfers, Freshmen and More

posted on July 28, 2014
The Big East perhaps would like to say that help is on the way. The league produced four NCAA teams in its new alignment. And while the league had the national player of the year in Doug McDermott, no team made it to the Sweet 16.Reinforcements, though, aren’t immediately clear.Granted, Villanova returns the bulk of last year’s team and won’t need to rely on freshmen or transfers. But the impact newcomers in the league largely are going to teams that didn’t reach the field.Marquette,...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The ACC's Top Transfers, Freshmen and More

posted on July 24, 2014
The ACC may again be the home of the nation’s top freshman, only this time, there may be little room for debate.Duke’s Jabari Parker and Syracuse’s Tyler Ennis took turns as the nation’s most decorated freshman. At the same time Kansas’ duo of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid weren’t that far behind.The freshman of the year award eventually went to Parker, though. The award may stay at Duke once again thanks to the arrival of center Jahlil Okafor and the departure...
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2014-15 College Basketball: The Big Ten's Top Transfers and Freshmen

posted on July 23, 2014
The top programs in the Big Ten, for the most part, take a more traditional route for building rosters. Sign high school players and develop them into veterans.Sure, there are outliers. Ohio State pulls five-star recruits as well as any program in the country. Illinois under John Groce has been active in the transfer market.Even though the standard practice in the Big Ten tends to follow Michigan State, Wisconsin and Michigan, plenty of new arrivals should make an impact in the league.In the first...
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How College Basketball Teams Will Replace Their First-Round NBA Draft Picks

posted on June 27, 2014
College basketball coaches have known for several months the rosters spots they’d have to refill. For many, NBA draft day only reinforced that some of the replacement players are true replacements in name only.Creighton likely won’t have a player like Doug McDermott again. Michigan State  and UCLA lost players with unique skill sets in Adreian Payne and Kyle Anderson.The usual teams, though, will be in their usual position of reloading after the draft. Kansas and Duke lost players...
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NBA Draft Rumors and Predictions That Should Actually Happen

posted on June 25, 2014
The 2014 NBA Draft tips off Thursday, June 26. But before Commissioner Adam Silver receives his annual standing ovation — in what will be his first draft since taking over the top spot from David Stern — there will be plenty of rumor-mongering and internet-trolling. After all, this draft is headlined by the Canadian Tracy McGrady, Mormon Carmelo Anthony, Cameroonian Greg Oden and Australian Penny Hardaway. Here’s a rundown of the top pre-draft rumors and predictions heading...
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