By JOSH NEWMAN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Whatever the preconceived notions of what an NBA point guard should be, 5-foot-11, 175-pound Phil Pressey doesn’t believe he is fighting those as he makes his way through the NBA Draft process this spring.
“I’ve played against bigger point guards, I really don’t see them as being more athletic than me, just taller,” the Dallas native and University of Missouri product told SNY.tv after his session at the Nets Draft Combine on Wednesday morning at PNY Center. “When it comes to athleticism, I match up with the best of them. If a guy is a couple inches taller than me, I don’t feel like that affects me at all. I feel like what I do is a lot better than what they do.”
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Seton Hall could bolster its frontcourt going forward if SMU transfer Blaise Mbargorba opts to stay local.
The 6-foot-11 center who played high school ball at The Peddie (N.J.) School has been approached by more than a dozen schools, but Seton Hall seems to be in good position right now.
“He likes Seton Hall, which is closer to home and he likes the situation,” Sandy Pyonin of the New Jersey Roadrunners told SNY.tv.
“I think it’s the best situation for him. Whether he goes there or not I don’t know.” To read more of this story, click here
Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski will return to coach Team USA in the 2016 Olympics, according to SI.com.
Coach K led the United States to gold medals at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London, but initially said he would not coach again.
Now he has reportedly changed his mind.
“I think it’s very close to being resolved,” USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo told SI.com. “That’s all I can say for sure.” To read more of this story, click here
Twenty-four players, including 16 with previous USA Basketball experience, have accepted invitations to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training camp that will be held June 14-19 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Here’s the roster:
2013 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Championship Team Training Camp Roster
NAME Pos. Ht. Wt. DOB School Hometown
Ryan Arcidiacono G 6-3 190 03/26/94 Villanova University Langhorne, Pa.
Bryce Alford G 6-3 175 01/18/95 La Cueva HS/(UCLA)* Albuquerque, N.M.
Brandon Ashley F/C 6-8 190 07/15/94 University of Arizona San Francisco, Calif.
Robert Carter C 6-8 250 04/04/94 Georgia Tech Thomasville, Ga.
Damyean Dotson G 6-5 200 05/06/94 University of Oregon Houston, Texas To read more of this story, click here
Theo Pinson is staying home.
NEW YORK — Anybody with a pulse figures that Canadian Andrew Wiggins will go No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
But can a Canuck possibly pull that feat off this year as well?
“I’m trying to get that No. 1 spot, too,” Canadian power forward Anthony Bennett told SNY.tv Tuesday night at the Draft Lottery. To read more of this story, click here
By JEREMY WOO
Special to ZAGSBLOG
CHICAGO — This year’s NBA draft class looks especially thin on shooters.
The lack of three-point specialists is Tim Hardway Jr.’s gain.
Hoping to solidify himself as one of the top long-range threats in the draft, Hardaway has showcased his jumper for NBA teams in workouts. Another strong showing in drills at last week’s Chicago Pre-Draft Combine greatly helped his stock.
ESPN’s Chad Ford bumped Hardaway up from No. 34 to No. 27 overall.
“I competed very well,” said Hardaway. “I gave it my all, didn’t take any plays or anything off in the drills. I tried to dominate everything I did. You got one or two chances to make a coach or GM happy, so you want to go out there and put in maximum effort while playing against these guys.” To read more of this story, click here
By JOE KOTOCH
With the NBA combine and draft lottery officially wrapped up, we can now update our Mock Draft to officially represent the 2013 NBA draft.
Cleveland won the lottery for the second time in three years and is primed to expedite its rebuilding effort with the first, 19th, 30th, and 33rd picks in the draft to go with tons of cap space and plenty of assets to pull off a big deal, including possibly trading center Anderson Varejao.
While in Chicago this past week, there was a lot of buzz on prospects such as Steven Adams, Reggie Bullock, Allen Crabbe, Cody Zeller and Rudy Gobert, among others. With the draft still over a month away, nothing is set in stone. To read more of this story, click here
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Knicks GM Glen Grunwald and head coach Mike Woodson met with the media on Tuesday and their message emphasized “continuity” with the current core group that lost to the Indiana Pacers in six games in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
“We’re in the period of time now where we have an opportunity to be successful,” Grunwald said of the team’s short window to compete for a title. “We were somewhat successful, not as successful as we wanted to be. We’re going to continue to try to improve this team.”
Grunwald said he would do his due diligence and try to improve the team, but because they are over the $74 million tax apron they are prohibited by league rules from engaging in sign-and-trades. So anyone dreaming of Chris Paul is probably living in a fantasy-world. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
If you haven’t heard of Brandone Francis, get used to the name.
The 6-foot-5, 205-pound junior combo guard from Jacksonville (Fla.) Arlington Country Day has catapulted himself from a 3-star recruit to a borderline 5-star recruit in the past couple months.
Francis’ coach, Rex Morgan, feels that Francis’ health has been a key to his recent emergence.
“He broke his wrist last year, hurt his knee this year and got sidelined with the flu for a little bit,” Morgan told SNY.tv. “Now he’s gotten healthier, started to knock down shots with more confidence, and now he’s in the best shape of his life.” To read more of this story, click here
The Nets will host the following NBA Draft eligible players Wednesday and Thursday at a league-wide combine
SESSION #1: WEDNESDAY, MAY 22, 9:30 a.m.
||Long Beach State
||Indiana To read more of this story, click here