It’s not often that a player’s draft stock improves following a season-ending injury, but that’s reality for Vanderbilt freshman guard Darius Garland. Garland, a 6-foot-2 point guard, tore his left meniscus two minutes into the first half against Kent State on November 23. Coming into his fifth game of the season, the five-star point guard and McDonald’s All-American had led Vanderbilt to a perfect 4-0 [ . . . ]
When I think of Dean Wade, the first word that comes to mind is understated. He is quietly productive on the floor. He is certainly not brash anywhere at any time. And despite being one of the most productive players in the history of Kansas State basketball, not many NBA analysts are giving him strong consideration for this year’s draft. The good news for Wade [ . . . ]
It’s been nearly a year since we last saw Jontay Porter play in an official game. To be exact, his last outing was on March 16, 2018 vs. Florida State, as Porter and his Missouri teammates were knocked out in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Porter reclassified to play with his more highly touted brother Michael at Mizzou, and despite being a very [ . . . ]
Any man who is almost a half-foot shorter than his father would seemingly have little chance to be a professional basketball player, but if you are the son of 7-foot-7 Manute Bol, who was a rim-protecting specialist in the NBA from 1985 to 1995, it’s a different story. The son, 7-foot-2 Bol Bol, not only should play in the NBA, but also should be a [ . . . ]
Just a few months past his 19th birthday, Luka Doncic will enter the 2018 NBA draft with perhaps the greatest resume of all time for a prospect. The son of a former European professional basketball player, Doncic has regularly practiced and played against players much older than him since the age of eight. He signed his first professional contract at the age of 13 …
Despite averaging 43 points per game in high school and being a McDonald’s All-American, Trae Young entered his freshman season at Oklahoma without a great deal of fanfare. That quickly changed around Thanksgiving, at the PK80 Tourney, where he averaged 34.7 points and 6.7 assists in three games vs. Arkansas, Portland, and Oregon.