2017 NBA Draft is Full of Hidden Gems

NBA draft buzz hovers around the lottery names, which is to be expected. However, team success in the NBA is often the result of unearthing hidden gems from the latter-half of the first round, into the second round. The San Antonio Spurs built around such prospects, drafting Tony Parker No. 28; Manu Ginobili No. 57;…

Archaic NCAA Recruiting Rules Need Revisiting

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- The NCAA-mandated “quiet” period for recruiting was anything but at the University of Virginia last week. Visitors rotated in and out of the Cavaliers basketball offices, laughing and glad handing, but Tony Bennett and his staff had to be careful not to be caught outside for too long, lest they be accused…

Wrong NBA Draft Takes of Yesteryear

Each NBA draft brings with it a tidal wave of speculation, assertions and #TAKES of all shapes and sizes. The 2017 edition of this annual event is just a day away, and perhaps this year more than ever, the deluge of opinions has been overwhelming. Is an athletically gifted talent from a 2-16 Pac-12 team…

The College World Series and My Sports Bucket List

Each year in mid-to-late June, I promise myself that one day -- one day -- I will get to Omaha for the College World Series. The annual NCAA baseball championship may have moved from venerable Rosenblatt Stadium, but the history that comes with nearly seven decades followed the College World Series into TD AmeriTrade Park.…

Ranking The ACC-Big Ten Challenge Games for 2017

In a series pairing two of college basketball's deepest conferences, it's impossible to not feature at least a few quality matchups. Nevertheless, the games for the 2017 ACC-Big Ten Challenge, announced Thursday, missed some golden opportunities for marquee contests. The ACC-Big Ten Challenge occupies an important date on the college basketball calendar. The season's a…

College Basketball Top 25 Moves

Last week, I shared my observations on trends within the various college basketball top 25 rankings that surfaced following the NBA draft deadline. This week, it was my turn to take a crack at reshuffling projections. AthlonSports.com published my Top 25 Monday morning, and there are several noteworthy changes from the initial outlook I put…