Michigan sophomore Nik Stauskas has impressed NBA scouts this season, and he is widely regarded as a first-round pick who may go just beyond the lottery should he opt to come out.
Chad Ford has Stauskas at No. 15 to the Boston Celtics on his Big Board, while Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com has Stauskas at No. 20 to the Toronto Raptors.
Along with fellow Canadians Andrew Wiggins of Kansas and Tyler Ennis of Syracuse, Canada could have three of the top 15 or 20 picks come June.
A strong candidate for Big Ten Player of the Year honors, Stauskas is averaging 17.3 points, 3.5 assists and 3.3 rebounds for the Big Ten regular-season champion Wolverines. He’s shooting 49 percent from the field and 46 percent from beyond the arc.
“Stauskas is one of the top five shooters in college basketball,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “A player who can score in a variety of ways whether it be catch-and-shoot, coming off a screen, mid-range game as well as a game off of the dribble. He has demonstrated the ability to handle the ball and make plays either for himself or his teammates. To read more of this story, click here
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Eric Paschall came up short in his ultimate goal of winning the National Prep Championship on Wednesday, but the Fordham-bound guard served notice that he could be a force in the A-10 over the next several years.
The 6-foot-6 guard went off for 25 points and 6 rebounds in the semifinals when St. Thomas More beat Syracuse-bound Chris McCullough and IMG Academy, 93-86. To read more of this story, click here
The latest on the Jackson Davis recruitment is this.
Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and associate head coach Kevin Keatts are expected to watch him Friday night when Lafayette plays Henry Clay in the first round of the Kentucky 11th Region tournament, his father told SNY.tv.
“They moved practice up an hour so Rick can get there in time,” Johnathon Davis said by phone. To read more of this story, click here
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Jared Terrell wasn’t feeling it a year ago when Brewster (N.H.) Academy lost in the National Prep Championship game to Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.).
“We was here last year and came down the same road and got to the finals and didn’t cap it off,” the 6-foot-3 Oklahoma State commit told SNY.tv after dropping 20 points in an 84-61 victory over NMH in the semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College. “But I think we have a good enough team to finish it off this year.” To read more of this story, click here
By JOHN PAVIA
Special to ZAGSBLOG
POINT PLEASANT BEACH, N.J. – After capturing a championship at the Shore Conference Tournament last Saturday and an opening-round win over Asbury Park in the Central Jersey, Group 1 tournament on Tuesday, Matt Farrell led his Point Beach team to a second-round 82-50 win over Middlesex to continue their stellar season for at least one more game.
“We share [the ball] together,” Farrel told SNY.tv. “When we move the ball we’re very good. We made shots and we shoot the ball very well. I missed a couple easy ones tonight and when they’re not falling for me, I try and get other people involved. When we share the ball though, we can be very good.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Illinois was two deep on Wednesday for Josh Sharma, a 7-foot junior from Northfield Mount Hermon.
Illini head coach John Groce and assistant Dustin Ford watched Sharma, who managed just 2 points as NMH was crushed by Brewster (N.H.) Academy, 84-61, in the semifinals of the National Prep Championships at Albertus Magnus College.
Creighton assistant Pat Sellers was also among those in the stands.
“Definitely could’ve played harder, definitely missed some opportunities for a rebound here or there,” Sharma told SNY.tv. “It was not a good performance from us overall.” To read more of this story, click here
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Chris McCullough hopes Tyler Ennis will return to Syracuse next year to be his point guard.
And the 6-foot-10 McCullough thinks it will happen, too.
“I’m pretty sure, I think he’s staying,” McCullough told SNY.tv after putting up 8 points as IMG Academy lost to St. Thomas More, 93-86, in the National Prep Championship semifinals on Wednesday at Albertus Magnus College.
“I talked to him last week and he said he’s still thinking about it. He didn’t make a decision yet. But hopefully he stays.” To read more of this story, click here
Dusan Ristic, a 7-foot, 240-pound center originally from Novi Sad, Serbia, will announce his college choice on Saturday afternoon before his team’s game with Prime Prep, Sunrise Christian (KS) coach Kyle Lindsted told SNY.tv.
Ristic visited Arizona this past weekend and Lindsted previously told SNY.tv, ”He’s Arizona’s to lose.”
Lindsted said Ristic came to the U.S. from Serbia to play with countryman Vasilije Pusica, a 6-4 combo guard from Belgrade, who is Ristic’s close friend.
Ristic played with Red Star Belgrade’s youth team and is projected as the No. 26 pick in the 2015 NBA Draft by Draft Express.com. To read more of this story, click here
Louisville will have a very big time when it joins the ACC next year.
On Monday the Cardinals added 7-foot-2 Anas Osama Mahmoud to its 2014 recruiting haul. The news was first reported by Jody Demling.
Mahmoud is an Egyptian currently playing at Orlando (FL) West Oaks Academy.
“There’s a lot of things I can say about my decision, but the thing that makes the difference to me is the relationship between me and the staff and players,” he told MidwestBallers.com of his decision. “I am going to be playing for one of the best coaches in the world. He can lead me to be the best player I can be.”
He is Louisville’s sixth commit in 2014, joining point guard Quentin Snider, small forward Shaqquan Aaron, power forward Jaylen Johnson and centers Chinanu Onuaku , who is 6-10, and Matz Stockman, who is also 7-2.
“I need to improve all my skills and become stronger because my dream is to play at the highest level,” Mahmoud said. “Not only college, I have to work hard to reach the NBA and be the first Egyptian to make it there.”
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The Boss and The Final Four together?
Count me in.
Bruce Springsteen will headline the NCAA March Madness Music Festival next month in Dallas.
Springsteen and the E Street Band will close the free, three-day festival on April 6 at Reunion Park, the downtown lot where the NCAA Final Four was played in 1986. To read more of this story, click here