Top College Basketball Teams 2013-14

Posted on November 18, 2013. Filed under: Basketball, NCAA Sports | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Our Top Teams…

November 2013

Another exciting college basketball season is underway! This should be an incredible season because there are a number of legitimate contenders. You will see some great matchups early in the year, including Michigan State-Kentucky and Kansas-Duke in Chicago early – November 12. That’s four of my top five teams squaring off in one night!

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1. Kentucky
John Calipari has reloaded big time. He has the top recruiting class in America by far, and this group should be special. Think about it — the Harrison twins (Aaron and Andrew), Julius Randle, Dakari Johnson, James Young, Marcus Lee —  WOW! Then add in veterans like Jarrod Polson, Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein to help the youngsters learn the ropes, and Big Blue Nation will be smiling.

2. MichiganState
Having Adreian Payne up front, plus a healthy Gary Harris, Keith Appling and Branden Dawson, is enough to believe the Spartans are legit contenders to cut down the nets in April. The Big Ten favorites will be cohesive and deep. Tom Izzo is a master motivator at tournament time and his team should make a deep run in 2014.

3. Louisville
Russ Smith’s decision to return to school gives Rick Pitino an even better chance of going back-to-back. Chane Behanan will be even tougher on the glass. Luke Hancock is more confident after being named Most Outstanding Player in the Final Four. I can’t wait to watch Louisville and Kentucky go at it in late December, and don’t forget about Chicago’s very-own Wayne Blackshear.

4. Duke
Mike Krzyzewski will have a more athletic team that will run, baby, run! Jabari Parker and Rodney Hood are newcomers to watch. Expect more from Quinn Cook and Rasheed Sulaimon. The return of Andre Dawkins will provide long-range shooting help.

5. Kansas
The Jayhawks moved up because of one name — Andrew Wiggins. There will be excitement for Rock, Chalk, Jayhawk with the diaper dandy leading the way at the Phog. I expect Perry Ellis to develop into a valuable performer.

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Monitoring of Student-Athletes

Posted on November 5, 2013. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Boys High School Basketball, Football, Girls High School Basketball, NCAA Sports, Sporting News, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

… a NEW trend: monitoring Student-Athletes Social Media

October 15, 2013

I’m almost certain, social media studies will be added to college curriculums especially for student-athletes. After all, some schools are watching a prospective athlete’s every move on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It’s no urban legend that athletes have lost scholarship offers and opportunities because of their actions on social media sites.

“We look at social media constantly,” one Mid-American Conference school’s recruiting coordinator said. “We have several eyes looking at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram all the time. Most of the kids seem to not get the fact that social media is open to the public. They also seem to not understand that scholarship offers have been lost because of things we’ve seen on social media.”

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Monitoring behavior of athletes has become a full-time job. Information travels more quickly than some people realize, and tracking social media has become easier thanks to rapid changes in software capability.

“We see everything from Twitter conversations to friend requests on Facebook to pictures from last night’s party on Instagram,” one longtime Big East assistant coach said. “We see it all and we share that information back and forth in a moment’s notice.”

The next time a player is at a party holding a red Solo cup, he or she might want to think twice about posting a picture of that on ANY site. But photos aren’t the only incriminating evidence left behind. Times and frequency of posts also are warning signs to colleges.

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Should College Athletes be Paid

Posted on October 11, 2012. Filed under: Baseball, Basketball, Football, NCAA Sports, Sports Business | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

College Atheletes… should they be paid?

September 2012

This editorial is part of our GREAT DEBATE feature ‘Should College Athletes Get Paid?’

An NCAA study revealed that college athletes spend about 40 hours per week just playing their sport. In return, college athletes receive payment in the form of a scholarship worth tens of thousands of dollars, a portion of which the IRS taxes as income.

Athletes who fail to participate in mandatory practices or games have their scholarships terminated. So college athletes are already paid to play.

So why all the fuss over this topic?

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