By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
The state of Texas is loaded with talent, with De’Aaron Fox leading the next generation in the Lone Star State.
The smooth lefty out of Cypress Lakes High School is tearing it up at the beginning of his sophomore year, leading the team to the best start in school history at 7-1, most recently scoring 27 points, and adding 14 rebounds in a win over Dallas Richland.
“(The season), it’s been going well,” Fox told SNY.tv. “This is our best start as a program ever and I’ve been playing well.” To read more of this story, click here
Despite his lackluster play last week in the Bahamas, NBA executives and scouts are still understandably high on Kansas freshman Andrew Wiggins.
“His status isn’t about what he IS, it’s about what he CAN become,” one NBA GM who would take Wiggins No. 1 overall told SNY.tv.
Wiggins averaged just 8 points and 5 rebounds in Kansas’ last two games in the Bahamas — a loss to eventual champion Villanova and a win over UTEP — but by all accounts he was very ill.
“He was sick the whole trip but he still has to play and bring it,” said a source close to the Kansas program. To read more of this story, click here
By BEN BASKIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
NEW YORK – On Friday afternoon, Kentucky coach John Calipari hopped on WFAN in New York and talked college basketball with Mike Francesa. Francesa asked some good questions to the coach of the third-ranked team in the country but, in his inimitable style, rarely allowed Calipari to finish more than a sentence before cutting him off.
For instance, at one point, Francesa asked: “How did Wiggins get to Kansas?”
Calipari began to respond, “Well, I think again we had a whole group of guys and…” but Francesa interrupted him with “Did you recruit? Were you close? You had to be close on Wiggins. You’re close on everybody…How good is Wiggins?” To read more of this story, click here
NEW YORK — New Orleans center Anthony Davis suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left hand during the first quarter of the team’s 103-99 win Sunday over the Knicks.
“Going up for a lob [in the] first quarter, I got fouled and hit my hand on the rim,” Davis said as he sat at his locker after the game with his left hand wrapped.
It remains unclear how long Davis — averaging 19.6 points and 10.6 rebounds — will be out.
“I haven’t found anything out yet,” he said. “Most definitely hope that it’s a short-term thing, get back on the floor.” To read more of this story, click here
Following their appearance against Providence at the Barclays Center on Sunday, Kentucky will recruit in the area on Monday.
Assistant coach Kenny Payne will check in at Roselle (N.J.) Catholic, which is loaded with young talent, including 2015 guard Isaiah Briscoe, 2015 forward Chris Silva and 2016 guard Asante Gist.
“We are excited to have Kentucky coming in to see our underclassmen Monday,” RC coach Dave Boff told SNY.tv. “It shows our kids are drawing attention from the top programs.” To read more of this story, click here
Fairleigh Dickinson hadn’t beaten Rutgers since 1993 and had not taken down Seton Hall since 2006.
Now, in the span of six days they have beaten both New Jersey teams.
“It’s two huge wins for our program, but we’re just starting to win here and it just shows that what we do, we do it hard, we do it right and we do it all the time, and it could be successful for the future,” first-year FDU coach Greg Herenda coach told SNY.tv Sunday after his club won at Seton Hall, 58-54, to improve to 3-6. To read more of this story, click here
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
ASHEVILLE N.C.- Brandon Ingram put on a show Saturday afternoon in a 76-58 win for Kinston (N.C.) over Mount Tabor (N.C.) in the Coaches vs. Cancer classic.
The 13th ranked player in the country by ESPN, Ingram recorded 31 points, 12 rebounds, 5 assists, and 6 blocks, but felt like he has a lot of work to do to get where he wants to go.
“I felt like it was a good game, but there is always room for improvement,” Ingram told SNY.tv. “My communication with my teammates could definitely be improved. People say that I have a lot of potential, and a lot of upside. I’m just working hard right now to get there right now. This junior season is huge, so I’m just working hard.” To read more of this story, click here
John Calipari is currently in the same city as two NBA teams that are a combined 7-24, yet he downplayed his future as an NBA coach.
“I’m good,” the Kentucky coach said Saturday at Barclays Center, according to Brett Dawson of Rivals, adding that he’s “never been able to put kids on a stage like” the one he has at Kentucky.
As long as the Knicks and Nets continue to be horrendous, Calipari’s name will be linked to a return to the New York area. As discussed here, he is managed by CAA, which handles about half of the Knicks’ organization, including Carmelo Anthony and J.R. Smith. To read more of this story, click here
A doezen basketball teams won games at Madison Square Garden in November — and none of them were named the New York Knicks.
The Knicks went 0-6 this month on their home court, and an additional 2-5 on the road following Friday’s 97-95 loss at Denver.
Meantime, these 12 teams — six college and six NBA — won at least one game at the Garden. To read more of this story, click here
Perhaps the only funnier radio riff on Andrew Wiggins than Colin Cowherd’s question to Bobby Hurley earlier this year occurred Friday afternoon on WFAN in New York.
Mike Francesa, who clearly hasn’t watched a college basketball game yet this season, interviewed Kentucky coach John Calipari in advance of the Kentucky-Providence game Sunday at Barclays Center.
At one point, Francesa blurted out: “How did Wiggins get to Kansas?”
Calipari: “Well, I think again we had a whole group of guys and…” To read more of this story, click here