and... i like them? I think I like them.
Via @Sportscenter on Twitter. Not at all a surprise, but still another guy our three sophomores would potentially have to deal with in the draft order. Probably not a huge deal though, since Smart is a point guard and obviously none of Nik, Glenn, or Mitch are. I guess this could be looked at as an example of coming back to school NOT working out (because Smart in all likelihood would have gone higher last year than he will this year), but most of Smart's problems were not based on his play but rather his attitude, which I don't think we need to worry about with any of our potential early entries.
Parrish calls Kentucky "UK's Fab Five," and then follows up with this:
"On the other hand, if UK wins, Michigan's Fab Five will be permanently displaced as the sport's most accomplished first-year starting lineup, and wouldn't that be something?
No team has ever won a title starting even four freshmen.
Kentucky has a chance to do it starting five."
I guess I'll be rooting for UConn. What about you?
At least as of this minute (9:49 Pacific), Nik Stauskas is the cover boy on NBA.com, with a link to an article by David Aldridge ranking the 2014 draft's shooting guards.
Aldridge puts everyone in the pot, not just seniors or those who have declared, and ranks Nik ahead of Gary Harris, Kentucky's dynamic freshmen, and Arizona's Nick Johnson, amongst others. Probably the most interesting quote comes from an unnamed Western Conference Executive:
"He's got a little edge on his shoulder that you've got to have when you're a 6-6 white wing player in our league," a Western Conference exec said. "He's not going to be a (defensive) liability, but he's also not going to be the guy you put on the other team's best wing player."
White guys need an "edge". Got it.
Tried using my windows "snipping tool" to capture the page image for this post but MGoBlog doesn't seem to want to let me paste it into this window. Hopefully it's still there if you click this link: http://www.nba.com/
Direct link to the Aldridge summary of Shooting Guard prospects: http://www.nba.com/news/features/david_aldridge/david-aldridges-big-board-shooting-guards-2014-draft/index.html?ls=iref:nbahpt3a
As we shift our collective focus to football I wanted to put together a tribute video of sorts focusing on the MBB tournament runs of the past 2 years. Hope you enjoy it. Go Blue!
I think they found the one Nik Stauskas blooper of the tournament. Stauskas, Albrecht, and McGary included. A little surprised there was no Andrew Dakich or Aaron Craft.
I don't think Kentucky actually beat us. I'm starting to think destiny beat us. (And Wisconsin, and Wichita, and Louisville, and even K. St.)
On that note... let's go Huskies!!! Keep it out of SEC country Shabazz.