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Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – June 22, 2016

by - Published June 22, 2016 in Columns
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Welcome to Talking Hoops with Ted Sarandis. In this edition, we focus largely on the upcoming NBA Draft. We also note the upcoming Hoopville Spring Finale this weekend in Boston, another part of a busy time.

First, we zero in on the NBA Draft, where reports surfaced that the top overall pick is now known, and there is no surprise there. We look at this draft as one that doesn’t contain a sure-fire franchise player, though we might look at it differently in a few years. Especially noteworthy to that end is that there are several players who were complete unknowns back in November but now figure to be lottery picks.

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After plenty of wins in college, Wiltjer hopes the NBA comes calling

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns
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Gonzaga has two players who figure into the NBA Draft coming up in less than a week. One is sure to be drafted in the first round and has a pedigree, while the other has been on the radar quite a bit in college but may not be drafted.

Unlike Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Wiltjer has no pedigree, but has plenty to offer a team that takes a chance on him.

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2015-16 Atlantic 10 Post-Mortem

by - Published June 21, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The Atlantic 10 celebrated 40 years in 2015-16, and it has seen a little bit of everything in the last year. In all, though, the conference looks to be in a very good place when it comes to the hardwood.

For starters, we saw Dayton and VCU remain among the conference’s elite. They were part of a three-way tie for the regular season title and were the top two seeds in the conference tournament. VCU had some growing pains in Will Wade’s first season at the helm, but they grew into a solid team that won an NCAA Tournament game.

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2015-16 West Coast Conference Post-Mortem

by - Published June 20, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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If the first couple of months of the off-season is any indication, the feeling in much of the West Coast Conference is that it appears to be at a crossroads. What was a strong top-to-bottom mid-major conference not all that long ago has turned into a predictable, top-heavy conference dominated by three schools.

There is still plenty of good basketball in the conference, to be sure, but from a competitive standpoint, it appears as though three schools have quite clearly separated from the rest of the pack.

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At the 2016 Boston Shootout, host BABC has a big day

by - Published June 8, 2016 in Columns, Recruiting
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BOSTON – While it isn’t the event of yesteryear with the plethora of big-time talent and all the memorable moments, the Boston Shootout continues on thanks to the Boston Amateur Basketball Club, the premier travel program in New England. After 1999, BABC took it over and started running it without seniors who would soon be in college, and it’s a solid event now for the region.

In the 44th iteration this year, the host program went 3-for-3, winning all age groups at Cathedral High School. The event featured teams from Maine, New Hampshire and New York in addition to Massachusetts. The freshmen team beat the Albany City Rocks, then the sophomores beat the New England Playaz before the juniors held off the DC Blue Devils in the final game of the weekend.

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After a tough end, North Carolina stars look towards the NBA Draft

by - Published June 8, 2016 in Columns
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Villanova’s national championship win will long be remembered for the finish. It’s also true that one reason it will long be remembered is that the Wildcats were not exactly loaded with can’t-miss NBA prospects – indeed, when the book is written on that team in a couple of years in that context, they may go down as the first team in about 30 years to win without a future first round draft pick on the roster. What is less remembered, though, is that they beat a team led by seniors, one of whom was nearly a hero but instead is mainly a footnote in that game.

There are reasons why it’s forgotten that North Carolina was led by seniors Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson. Mainly, it’s the fact that the Tar Heels came up on the short end. Partly, it’s that Paige missed time with an injury during the season. Perhaps a bigger contributor than that is the fact that a pair of Tar Heels declared for the NBA Draft as early entrants after the season, but both returned to school.

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2015-16 CAA Post-Mortem

by - Published June 7, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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The final season of the CAA under its first commissioner had a lot to remember. And when the season ended, the changes were only just about to begin, and they didn’t end with the retiring leader.

The conference had some good talent returning, and there was every reason to expect it to be as competitive as ever. That certainly panned out, although a three-game difference between the teams who tied for first and the three teams right behind them might not indicate it. Road teams had a particularly good year, winning exactly half the time in conference play, and no team ran the table at home. Seven of the ten teams had a winning road record in conference play, and only one of those teams didn’t have a winning overall road record (William & Mary finished 7-7, which is still .500).

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Wichita State stars hope to repeat their act at the next level

by - Published June 3, 2016 in Columns
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When the history book is written on Wichita State basketball, Fred VanVleet and Ron Baker will occupy a prominent place. They are the biggest reasons the Shockers have just had an amazing four-year stretch that began with a Final Four appearance, featured an undefeated regular season and ended with an impressive NCAA Tournament win before they bowed out in the next round.

Now, it’s on to the next act. And that next act has nothing certain about it – certainly nothing as certain as the place they will occupy in their alma mater’s basketball history book.

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2015-16 Ivy League Post-Mortem

by - Published June 3, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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Sometimes, the basketball gods get one right. In 2016, they got one right with Yale.

In 2015-16, the Ivy League didn’t quite continue to steady climb it had been on in recent years. It was in a nice up cycle, but this time around, it didn’t have the same feeling not only among the contenders, but also in the middle of the pack. Part of that is because Harvard, who has ruled the league in recent years, dropped off significantly first from graduation losses and then further a key injury. The Crimson still competed, but this was a very different team.

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2015-16 Big East Post-Mortem

by - Published June 2, 2016 in Columns, Conference Notes
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For three seasons now, the Big East has had its share of critics. First, that it’s not as good as the American Athletic Conference, the new conference formed from the split of the old Big East – a cry that grew louder when UConn won the national championship in the first year after the split. Next was that they overachieved, and they had a bunch of good schools but no national power. Then there were troubles in the NCAA Tournament, the ultimate measuring stick.

And in 2015-16, they were all obliterated. The conference had great validation come its way, none more so than on the last night of the season.

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