Now that the 2014-2015 college basketball season is in the rearview and the Duke Blue Devils are basking in championship glory, it’s time to look at what’s next for Duke before basketball fans go into hibernation awaiting the 2015-2016 season. (Just a hint, the Blue Devils may have the recipe for winning back-to-back titles.)
The calendar has officially flipped to May and the NBA Draft is just eight short weeks away. Some prospects are finishing up their final semesters of college (like you and I) while some have already left to prepare for the spring combines (not like you and I).
Earlier, we here at Dorm Room Hoops let you in on who we thought was going to be a reach and eventually be a dud in the this draft class. Now, sit back and learn who this year’s studs are in the 2015 NBA Draft Class.
Every year, NBA teams and their fans have a chance to play prognosticator when it comes to the draft and which players to select or pass on. To be perfectly fair, most drafted players don’t pan out in the end. Occasionally you get it right, but for the most part, draftees have their short run in the pros and move on to the next phase of life. Here are a few to look out for. (Just to be clear, I wish all of them well and hope they have a long successful career. Good luck, gents!)
In this way-too-early look at the 2016 NCAA Tournament, I’ll be giving my guess at which teams that made it this year will be missing out in the next. Whether due to graduating seniors, freshman superstars going to the NBA, or just plain not being very good, I don’t think they’ll make it to March.
It is widely believed that it is almost fact that the shot clock will be reduced from 35 seconds to 30 seconds by next season. NCAA rules committee chairman Rick Byrd, who is also the coach at Belmont, said that the move is likely to happen.
Until 1985, there was no shot clock at all in college basketball. Due to the lack of scoring, the NCAA adopted the 45-second shot clock in 1985. This is the same complaint we are hearing about today. The shot clock has been at 35 seconds since the start of the 1993 season, but people continue to say that games in the 50s are just boring to watch.
It’s no secret that many conferences have their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to the teams it consists of.
As such, many schools have bolted for different leagues or stayed to take advantage of weaker opponents. (We’re looking at you, Gonzaga …)
In the 2013-14 season, the realignment impact was clear for the bigger conferences. The trickle-down effect occurred in the following 2014-15 season for many of the smaller schools and conferences, with the exception of Louisville making the move to the ACC or Davidson making its long-awaited switch to the Atlantic 10.
With the Duke Blue Devils being crowned champions this past season, here are some conference moves we’d love to see before the upcoming season.
It’s another long off-season, and as the NBA Draft looms large above the minds of many young men, there is one in particular to whom it doesn’t. Kyle Wiltjer, from Gonzaga, has decided to return for his fourth season of college basketball. He was a redshirt freshman at the University of Kentucky before deciding to transfer to Gonzaga one year ago, which has proved to be a fruitful decision as the Zags had a great year with him and Kevin Pangos leading the way. Next year will be a different story, as always, and I think it’ll be a good one for Wiltjer.