‘Lose Some More for Okafor,’ ‘Play Like Clowns for Towns,’ ‘Cede the Day for Mudiay': Let the Tanking Mottos Begin

The NBA season has begun.

Tank you very much.

Yes, it’s never too early to break out the Tanking Mottos for teams like the Philadelphia 76ers, the Los Angeles Lakers and maybe even the Knicks, who got drilled by the Chicago Bulls in their season opener last night by 24 points.

FiveThirtyEight.com projects the Sixers to have the NBA’s worst record at 20-62. But have you seen their roster? Twenty wins might be optimistic.

After that, FiveThirtyEight projects Kobe and the Lakers will win 24 games — and that was before Julius Randle broke his leg in the season-opener.

The site then has Utah (28 wins), Milwaukee (29), Sacramento (29), the Knicks (31), Boston (32) and Orlando (32) bringing up the rear. To read more of this story, click here

UConn’s Boatright Looking to Win Back-to-Back NCAA Titles; Ollie Visits Tucker, Talks Recruiting

BoatNEW YORK — Kemba Walker won his NCAA championship as the point guard at UConn in 2011.

Shabazz Napier led the Huskies to the title in 2014.

Now Ryan Boatright is next up.

“Ain’t no getting around that,” Boatright, UConn’s lone senior, said Wednesday at the American Athletic Conference media day at the New York Athletic Club.

“I know it and everybody else knows it, that it’s my turn to lead the team. My main thing is winning another championship and I know that it’s gonna take everybody on my team from me all the way down to the practice players to do that.” To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Thomas Ruled Academically Ineligible

In the wake of the WCC transcript scandalKeith Thomas has been ruled academically ineligible to compete for the St. John’s men’s basketball team this season.

The University said it had learned that Thomas does not meet the academic standards required by the NCAA for transfers.

“Academic integrity is treated very seriously at St. John’s University and we are committed to maintaining high academic standards for all of our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Chris Monasch. “Our athletic compliance office recently became aware of information that triggered an additional review of Thomas’ academic credentials at Westchester Community College. Our assessment and decision are in accordance with University and NCAA policies.” To read more of this story, click here

Larry Brown Says Calipari Must Eventually Trim Rotation

Cal-BrownNEW YORK — Larry Brown says his friend John Calipari will eventually have to trim his rotation and abandon hopes of playing 10-12 players this season.

“I know Cal, he’s going to want to win a national championship. He’s going to have to get down to eight or nine and he will,” the SMU coach and Naismith Hall of Famer said Wednesday at American media day at the New York Athletic Club.

Calipari, whose team features nine McDonald’s All-Americans, is experimenting with a platoon system in which he plays 10-12 guys, giving them all exposure to NBA scouts. To read more of this story, click here

Chris Clarke to Announce Thursday

Chris Clarke, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Virginia Beach (VA) Cape Henry Collegiate School, will announce his college choice at 2:40 p.m. on Thursday, his father told SNY.tv.

Clarke is considering UConn, Creighton, Tennessee and Virginia Tech and has visited all four schools.

Clarke averaged 12.5 points this summer with Boo Williams on the Nike EYBL circuit, and 14.7 points at the Peach Jam. He made the ZAGSBLOG All-Peach Jam 2nd Team after leading Boo to the semifinals.

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Derryck Thornton Cuts to 10

Derryck Thornton, a 6-foot-2 2016 point guard out of Findlay Prep, has cut his list to 10 schools, he told Scout.com.

Thornton is considering Duke, Kentucky, Michigan, Louisville, Arizona, California, USC, Miami, UNLV and NC State.

“I feel like I’m really focusing on the 10 schools I narrowed it down to,” Thornton told Scout. “I can really see myself playing at one of the these schools.”

Thornton and 2016 Gill St. Bernard’s guard Tyus Battle have talked about possibly playing together in college if it works out for both. To read more of this story, click here

St. John’s Looking into Keith Thomas’s Transcript in Wake of WCC Scandal

St. John’s is looking into Keith Thomas’s transcript in the wake of the Westchester Community College transcript scandal, multiple sources close to the situation told SNY.tv.

“We are looking into it,” one school source said.

If it turns out WCC changed Thomas’s transcripts, he could be ruled a non- or partial-qualifier by the NCAA. If he’s deemed a partial qualifier, he would remain on scholarship but won’t be permitted to play. He currently has two years of eligibility and could end up having just one if he loses a year.

A Mount Vernon, N.Y., native, the 6-foot-8 Thomas averaged 15.3 points and 15.7 rebounds last season at WCC. He chose the Johnnies over Loyola-Chicago and Fordham in May.

St. John’s is counting on Thomas to provide frontcourt scoring and rebounding after the losses of several key frontcourt players, including JaKarr Sampson, who made the Philadelphia 76ers roster, and Orlando Sanchez, who will play for the Knicks’ D-League team in Westchester.

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