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!)
The 2015 NCAA basketball season is in the books. Many games came down to a last second shot while a few big games were decided by some key moments. I’m going to give you my top 10 game-changing shots of the 2015 season.
A fair warning, this doesn’t include a lot of the regular season — mainly tournament shots or in one case, a tournament birth. Without further ado, let’s get this ball rolling.
Rick Barnes took the job at Tennessee recently to try to bring the Vols’ basketball program back to where it was during the Bruce Pearl era. Pearl, who was fired when NCAA violations surfaced, had the fans, players, and staff on the bandwagon with a culture change. It worked for Bruce, but what does Barnes need to do to achieve the same success?
The Vanderbilt Commodores were a very young team in the 2014-2015 season. In fact, Vandy ranked as the fifth-youngest in all of college basketball. Vandy was able to finish the season with a 21-14 record after sitting at 11-10 at the end of January. But with all of the team’s major contributors returning and the stability under head coach Kevin Stallings, this Vanderbilt team is one to look out for in 2015-2016.
It’s has been rumored for years that Florida men’s head basketball coach Billy Donovan would make the jump from the NCAA to the NBA. Well, that day could soon be approaching. The Oklahoma City Thunder fired head coach Scott Brooks on Wednesday and the Thunder have taken public interests in a few candidates in the college realm, including Donovan.
The NBA Draft is fast approaching, and the Dorm Room Hoops team has come together to talk about all of the different angles surrounding early departures and lottery picks in this week’s video podcast.