Wednesday, April 13, 2011

News On The Horizon 4/13/2011

NBA labor strife benefits NCAA game--Fox Sports

While Sullinger and Jones both maintain that a potential NBA work stoppage didn’t play an integral role in their decision, it is a factor.

“It is — especially for me,” said Butler junior guard Shelvin Mack, who announced Tuesday he was declaring for the draft but wouldn't sign with an agent. “I’m like a late first-rounder or a second-rounder, and if I stay in and go in the second round, it’ll be tough because there probably won’t be workouts for me to make the team.”

Mack is admittedly confused but has heard from numerous people there will, in fact, be a work stoppage of some kind. He, like most of these kids, is completely in the dark about how long it will last.

Butler's Mack in draft ... at least for now--Parrish: The Thoughts
Shelvin Mack to test NBA draft process--ESPN
Utah Jazz close difficult season vs. Nuggets--Deseret News

It sucks that you're not in the playoffs; that's what you ultimately want to do," Jazz rookie Gordon Hayward said after Monday's 90-78 win at New Orleans. "But I think we can try to just treat the games as a learning experience, try to get better from them as a player and build for the future."

Sounds like the 21-year-old has been listening to his coach, who has been extolling the need for playing smart, hard and together despite the circumstances.
Though disappointed his team's plans went awry, Jefferson admitted he's optimistic about the Jazz's future. He loves Corbin. He gets along with teammates. And he believes good things will happen with Utah's blend of veteran experience, including himself, Paul Millsap and Devin Harris along with promising young talent in Hayward and Derrick Favors.
"Anytime you go on the floor, you want to pick up a victory — especially because it's the last one, playing in front of your home crowd," Hayward added. "You don't want to let them down, so it'll be important."

Utah Jazz gameday--Deseret News
Utah Jazz’s Ronnie Price is a rare breed--Salt Lake Tribune

Remove the late-season development of rookies Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors and Jeremy Evans, and the mid-career progression of Paul Millsap, and the Jazz’s season has been a mess bordering upon failure.

Butler's Shelvin Mack drops name into NBA draft--The Indy Star
Butler star went pro long before the NBA--The Indy Star
Butler's Shelvin Mack submits name for NBA draft--The Indy Star
Mack opts for NBA draft--Indy Star Butler Insider
Butler celebrates '11 basketball season--WISH TV
Butler’s Shelvin Mack Declares For NBA

Let the rebuilding begin--Loyola Phoenix
Give the man some time--Loyola Phoenix

Phoenix Working Hard to Improve in Spring

NCAA should not pay student-athletes to play sports--UWGB Fourth Estate

Bollant Receives Coach of the Year

The Best Class just got better--PantherU

WSU hoops heads to Italy in August--Dayton Daily News
Raiders to play basketball in Italy--Wright State University Sports
Raiders Combine Basketball and Life Experiences During Trip to
Men's Basketball Heading to Italy This

Green Bay women's basketball head coach Matt Bollant named Coach of the Year--Horizon League Network

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