Monday, July 4, 2011

News On The Horizon 7/4/2011

Experts: Top 10 things to like about July recruiting period--CBS Sports

Gary Parrish, Senior Writer

1. Seeing Shaka Smart in a VCU shirt and Brad Stevens in a Butler shirt

I'm not one of those who believes coaches should be loyal in college basketball or that they owe anything to anybody other than themselves and their families. So you'll never hear me complain when a man parlays success at one level into a massive pay raise and bigger job at another. Whatever you think is best for you is fine with me. It's your life. But, that said, it's still nice to see that some men value personal happiness over money and television games, which is why it'll be nice to see Smart and Stevens on the circuit recruiting to the CAA and Horizon League.

Lamb leads US over China 82-66 in FIBA Under 19s--Yard Barker
NBA lockout could prove beneficial for Utah Jazz--Salt Lake Tribune

Utah’s age isn’t showing. The Jazz’s core is composed of Paul Millsap, Al Jefferson and Devin Harris — all of whom averaged at least 15.2 points last season and none of whom exceeds 29 years. Sixth man C.J. Miles just recorded his sixth season as a professional, yet is only 24. But Utah’s biggest coup comes in the 21-and-under bracket. The Jazz’s Gordon Hayward, Derrick Favors, Enes Kanter and Alec Burks were all selected with lottery picks in the 2010 and 2011 drafts. Favors and Kanter have All-Star potential, while Hayward has the ability to become an all-around stud. However, the latter is the only one old enough to legally drink — Hayward is 21, while Favors, Kanter and Burks are 19.
The removal of Andrei Kirilenko’s albatross-like contract will also aid the Jazz’s bottom line. As will the fact that Jefferson is the only remaining athlete on Utah’s roster earning major NBA money. He tops Utah’s 2011-12 payroll at $14 million, is only under contract for two more years, and is vying with Millsap and Harris as the Jazz player most likely to be traded once O’Connor is allowed to again use his cellphone for NBA-related deals. Veteran reserve center Mehmet Okur is set to make $10.8 million next season, but he’s in the final year of his deal and unlikely to command another long-term extension. No one else on the Jazz’s roster makes more than $10 million per season. Stars such as Millsap ($6.7 million) and Harris ($9.3 million) are affordable in the NBA’s upside-down financial world; young guns Favors and Hayward barely make a dent in the vault; rookies Kanter and Burks cannot sign contracts until the lockout ends.

Wizards prepare for lengthy NBA lockout--Washington Post

Second-round pick Shelvin Mack was drafted last week and barely had enough time to get in a few workouts with Coach Flip Saunders and his staff at Verizon Center before he was barred from the practice facility.
Mack said he thought about the lockout when he decided to enter the draft after his junior season at Butler, but now that it has arrived, he plans to use the opportunity to continue pursuing his degree while working out with his college coaches in Indianapolis. “I planned all along to take summer classes, because I didn’t graduate. I’ll take it day by day, to get in the best shape possible. The season can start at any moment. I want to make sure I come in and be ready to play.”

Marshall thriving for Team USA--Indy Star Butler Insider
USA Edges Serbia At FIBA World
Marshall Helps USA To 82-66 Win Over

Lockout cuts to the core with Heat--Miami Herald

An Inside Look into the Sports Information Office--Panther Blog Zone

Valpo's Bryce Drew got the 'business' his NBA rookie season--The NWI Times
Basketball player Capobianco transfers from IU to Valpo--The NWI Times
Capobianco transfers from IU to Valpo--The NWI Times
Welcome Bobby Capobianco--Section EE

Recruiting heats up this week at UD, WSU--Dayton Daily News
Former WSU star enjoying Germany--Dayton Daily News

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