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ACC Basketball: League-wide Early-Entry Update

After a dominating March (other than the final game), the A.C.C. was one heck of a basketball conference in 2015-2016.  That is the good news.  The bad news is that so much talent inevitably leads to a departure of such high-skilled talent.  For a few, it is graduation.  For the underclassmen, however, it is the temptation of the NBA.  Here is the latest update on what ACC players are leaving:

      • Abdul Malik Abu 6-8 240 PF NC State So.
      • Anthony Barber 6-2 185 PG NC State Jr.
      • VJ Beachem 6-8 200 SF Notre Dame Jr.
      • Malik Beasley 6-5 195 SG Florida St. Fr.
      • Jaron Blossomgame 6-7 220 SF Clemson Jr.
      • Brandon Ingram 6-9 195 SF Duke Fr.
      • Demetrius Jackson 6-1 194 PG Notre Dame Jr.
      • Chinanu Onuaku 6-10 245 C Louisville So.
      • Xavier Rathan Meyes 6-2 190 PG Florida St. So.

The sad part, of course, is that several of the players on this list are not even likely to be drafted at all.  One can only hope that it is worth it ultimately.  It is easy to criticize, but being able to get paid a living wage to play basketball is not the worst thing in the world either.

There are still a few players to keep an eye on.  Syracuse’s Malachi Richardson and North Carolina’s Justin Jackson had deep March runs and could be drafted in the first round (albeit the latter half).  If you are fans of those schools, you might want to hold off on expectations for 2016-2017 that include them.

If you hear any news before we do, please do not hesitate to share here or on Twitter.

ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential

ACC Lottery Picks–1990s Quiz – By TheConfidential.

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THE NBA DRAFT, ACC RECAP

Not sure why the title of this entry is all-caps, but… well… too lazy to fix it.  In any event, the ACC had a very good NFL draft, with 9 players drafted in the first round.  The first round of the NBA draft went pretty well too, with 7 of the first 30 selections coming from the ACC.  Overall, 12 of the 60 selections were ACC… exactly 20%.  Given that 14 players were from foreign countries, that means that 12 of 46–selections were ACC, more than 25%.  Not too shabby.  Nicely done, ACC!

 

#
Team
Player
H
W
P
School
1
 Minnesota
Karl-Anthony Towns
7-0
250
C
Kentucky
2
 LA Lakers
D’Angelo Russell
6-4
195
PG/SG
Ohio State
3
 Philadelphia
Jahlil Okafor
6-11
270
C
Duke
4
 New York
Kristaps Porzingis
7-1
230
PF
Latvia
5
 Orlando
Mario Hezonja
6-8
215
SG/SF
Croatia
6
 Sacramento
Willie Cauley-St…
7-0
242
C
Kentucky
7
 Denver
Emmanuel Mudiay
6-5
200
PG
Congo
8
 Detroit
Stanley Johnson
6-6
242
SF
Arizona
9
 Charlotte
Frank Kaminsky
7-1
230
C
Wisconsin
10
 Miami
Justise Winslow
6-6
222
SG/SF
Duke
11
 Indiana
Myles Turner
6-11
240
C
Texas
12
 Utah
Trey Lyles
6-10
240
PF
Kentucky
13
 Phoenix
Devin Booker
6-6
205
SG
Kentucky
14
 Oklahoma Cty
Cameron Payne
6-2
185
PG
Murray St.
15
 Atlanta
Kelly Oubre
6-7
205
SF
Kansas
16
 Boston
Terry Rozier
6-2
190
PG
Louisville
17
 Milwaukee
Rashad Vaughn
6-5
200
SG
UNLV
18
 Houston
Sam Dekker
6-9
220
SF
Wisconsin
19
 Washington
Jerian Grant
6-4
200
PG
Notre Dame
20
 Toronto
Delon Wright
6-5
180
PG/SG
Utah
21
 Dallas
Justin Anderson
6-6
230
SG/SF
Virginia
22
 Chicago
Bobby Portis
6-11
245
PF
Arkansas
23
 Portland
Rondae Hollis-Je…
6-7
210
SF
Arizona
24
 Cleveland
Tyus Jones
6-1
185
PG
Duke
25
 Memphis
Jarell Martin
6-9
240
PF
LSU
26
 San Antonio
Nikola Milutinov
7-0
225
PF/C
Serbia
27
 LA Lakers
Larry Nance Jr.
6-9
230
PF
Wyoming
28
 Boston
RJ Hunter
6-6
185
SG
Georgia St.
29
 Brooklyn
Chris McCullough
6-9
200
PF
Syracuse
30
 Golden St.
Kevon Looney
6-9
222
PF
UCLA
31
 Minnesota
Cedi Osman
6-8
215
SF
Turkey
32
 Houston
Montrezl Harrell
6-8
255
PF
Louisville
33
 Boston
Jordan Mickey
6-8
240
PF
LSU
34
 LA Lakers
Anthony Brown
6-7
210
SG/SF
Stanford
35
 Philadelphia
Guillermo Hernan…
6-11
250
PF/C
Spain
36
 Minnesota
Rakeem Christmas
6-9
245
PF/C
Syracuse
37
 Philadelphia
Richaun Holmes
6-9
245
PF
Bowling Green
38
 Detroit
Darrun Hilliard
6-7
220
SG
Villanova
39
 Charlotte
Juan Vaulet
6-7
200
SG/SF
Argentina
40
 Miami
Josh Richardson
6-6
200
SG
Tennessee
41
 Brooklyn
Pat Connaughton
6-5
215
SG
Notre Dame
42
 Utah
Olivier Hanlan
6-4
185
PG/SG
Boston College
43
 Indiana
Joseph Young
6-2
185
PG/SG
Oregon
44
 Phoenix
Andrew Harrison
6-6
215
PG/SG
Kentucky
45
 Boston
Marcus Thornton WM
6-3
180
PG/SG
William & Mary
46
 Milwaukee
Norman Powell
6-4
215
SG
UCLA
47
 Philadelphia
Arturas Gudaitis
6-10
255
PF
Lithuania
48
 Oklahoma Cty
Dakari Johnson
7-0
260
C
Kentucky
49
 Washington
Aaron White
6-9
220
SF/PF
Iowa
50
 Atlanta
Marcus Eriksson
6-7
190
SG
Sweden
51
 Orlando
Tyler Harvey
6-4
180
SG
Eastern Washi…
52
 Dallas
Satnam Singh Bha…
7-2
290
C
India
53
 Cleveland
Sir’Dominic Poin…
6-6
190
SF
St. Johns
54
 Utah
Daniel Diez
6-8
220
SF/PF
Spain
55
 San Antonio
Cady Lalanne
6-9
240
C
Massachusetts
56
 New Orleans
Branden Dawson
6-7
230
SF/PF
Michigan St.
57
 Denver
Nikola Radicevic
6-5
200
PG/SG
Serbia
58
 Philadelphia
JP Tokoto
6-6
195
SG/SF
North Carolina
59
 Atlanta
Dimitrios Agrava…
6-10
235
PF
Greece
60
 Philadelphia
Luka Mitrovic
6-8
200
SF/PF
Serbia

Opinion on Changing NCAA Basketball Rules

ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan recently opined regarding 5 rules changes that he would like to see in NCAA basketball governance.  Specifically, he raised the following 5 opinions:

  • I would create a strict, low, revenues and expenditures cap
  • I would lobby for a constitutional amendment to prevent any and all further changes to the structure of the NCAA tournament
  • I would allow players to return to college basketball after the draft if they went undrafted or failed to earn a contract by a given date
  • The salary of the NCAA’s president is getting cut
  • I would force a video game company to make a really good college basketball game

One suspects that the last entry was tongue-in-cheek, but the other four seem serious.  Then again, none of them seem likely.  The major conferences are not going to agree to a spending cap and our US Constitution seems to have bigger issues than NCAA sports.  The cutting of the NCAA President’s salary is a populist measure, at best.  So what are rule changes that make sense?  The Confidential has a few.

Read more…

Louisville Headlines: May 26, 2014

In opening I would like to say thanks to all our vets on this Memorial Day.

With the academic year coming to a close the headlines are slowing down but there is still plenty to talk about. Here are a few of the top stories.

Academic; the NCAA recently released their annual Academic Progress Rate (APR). Once again the University of Louisville has excelled as 9 teams posted perfect scores. They are: mens basketball, football, mens tennis, mens and womens golf, womens lacrosse, softball, womens soccer and volleyball. They showed that student athletes can excel on the field & in the class room. Also mens basketball and womens golf are in the top 10% in their sport in the latest multi year APR which measures academic eligibility, retention and graduation. They both posted perfect APR’s for the four year period from 2009-13. Overall over 100 student athletes recieved their degrees this spring, including Teddy Bridgewater who left early for the NFL draft.
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Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams Stock Falling

Few questioned the decision by Syracuse’s Michael Carter-Williams to forego his last two years of college basketball and enter the NBA draft.  After all, NBA draftniks had been drooling and fawning over MCW for the entire season.  The phrase “certain lottery pick” is enough to convince the Confidential that any player should turn pro.  But this one is getting ugly.

The good news for MCW is that Chad Ford has stated to Syracuse.com that scouts either “love” or “hate” MCW.  So some scouts still love him.  But others hate him?  That seems harsh… presumably they just dislike his game.  But that is bad news.

Even worse is this quote from Ford:

“I know his agent thinks that I’m insane to have him, I think right now, I have him projected outside the lottery,” Ford said. “I think Dallas is a very good possibility for him at 13 and Sacramento is a good possibility for him if Anthony Bennett is off the board. Other than that, I just haven’t identified the other teams where I think he is a fit and they’re high on him.”

The good news for MCW is that he is still likely to be a first-round pick and get guaranteed money.  If so, the decision to go pro was unquestionably a sound move.  If the flaws in his game were not corrected next year, that extra year of college would be wasted.

But it is still a shame to see someone leave school when the “potential” outweighs the “actual.”  If only the NBA and college basketball could work together to allow kids a chance to continue to develop their game in college, without making that a risky proposition from a business sense.

FSU Sets School Record – Tops for NFL Draft

This is my first post for ACC Confidential as the new contributor for the Seminoles of Florida State. I grew up in the middle of Big 10 country (Indiana), but fell in love with all things FSU during my first game at the Doak. Im looking forward to a turn around in ACC football and total domination during the basketball season.

Let’s begin…

Florida State had 11 former players drafted in this week’s NFL draft setting an all-time school record and leading all teams. 2012 Champion Alabama had 9 players drafted. The Noles got off to a fast start with three players drafted in the first round on Thursday evening and another two in the early portion of the second round accounting for 5 of the first 42 picks.

Seminoles drafted in the Top 42 picks:
EJ Manual QB 16th (Bills)
Bjoern Werner DE 24th (Colts)
Xavier Rhodes CB 25th (Vikings)
Tank Carradine DE 40th (49ers)
Menelik Wilson OT 42nd (Raiders)

Obviously the cupboard was filled with talent for the Noles last year.

Jimbo and Quarterback U?

With the selection of EJ Manual in the first round of the draft, Jimbo Fisher has solidified his reputation for developing quarterback talent. Fisher has now coached three recent quarterbacks that were drafted in the first round. In addition to Manual, Christian Ponder (2011) and JaMarcus Russell (2007)-from Fisher’s days in LSU-were drafted in the first round.

ACC All Over the 1st Round of the 2013 NFL Draft

When previewing the NFL draft, it was noted that there were numerous players with ACC connections expected to be taken in the first round.  With the first round completed, the ACC more than held its own.

  • Jonathan Cooper, a guard from North Carolina, was taken by the Arizona Cardinals at pick #7
  • In one of the true draft surprises, the Buffalo Bills selected Florida State quarterback E.J. Manuel with the 16th pick.
  • Syracuse’s Justin Pugh, an offensive lineman, was taken nineteenth by the New York Giants.
  • Tyler Eifert, a tight end from Notre Dame, was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals at pick #21.
  • The Indianapolis Colts selected Florida State defensive end, Bjoern Werner with the 24th pick.
  • In a mini-run on Florida State Seminoles, the Minnesota Vikings followed up by taking cornerback Xavier Rhodes.
  • The Houston Texans selected Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, a wide-receiver, with the 27th pick.
  • The 28th pick was North Carolina’s Sylvester Williams, a defensive tackle.

Thus, of 32 players taken, 25% have ties to the present or future of the ACC.  Even excluding Pugh and Eifert, the ACC contributed nearly 20% of the first round.  That is fine by any standard.

In case you were wondering, the SEC had 12 players drafted and the Pac-12 had 5 players drafted.  The Big XII had three players drafted.  Brigham Young, the AAC (Houston), the Mac (Central Michigan), and the Big 10 (Wisconsin) had one player drafted each.  There is no doubting the supremacy of the SEC, but the ACC has, once again, supplied players to the NFL disproportionate to its success on the field.

Notably, no players from Virginia Tech, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Miami, Louisville, or Pittsburgh were selected in the first round either.  It is hard not to be excited about the potential for the new-look, newly-revenued ACC when it comes to football.

N-C-A-Absurdity

The college basketball season just ended.  You knew that from your bracket.  Heck, even Ned Flanders would think a bracket is too much fun to be immoral.  But the season just ended two days ago.  And guess when the deadline is for college underclassmen to decide whether to turn pro?  Next freakin’ Tuesday, according to Syracuse.com, who laid this all out for Syracuse fans wondering what CJ Fair is going to do.

This is the timeline:

  • April 8, 2013: Championship Game
  • April 10, 2013: The deadline to apply for an assessment from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee
  • April 15, 2013: The deadline to receive assessment from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee
  • April 16, 2013: NCAA Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline

That’s right.  The underclassmen in the Final Four have exactly one week to decide that they are not going to make themselves eligible for the draft.  The most important decision of their respective lives, and the NCAA gives kids as little as one week to decide.  Even worse, a kid like CJ Fair can receive his “assessment” on April 15 and get a whole 24 hours to decide.  24 hours.

An NCAA apologist might say that a kid could still decide to go pro between April 16 and April 28.  However, anyone choosing to go pro during that period would give up their NCAA eligibility.  There is no chance to return to college at that point.

It gets better.  The purpose of moving up the dates to crunch this timeline was…. get ready for this… to benefit the student-athlete.  That’s right, the NCAA is actually telling the world, with a straight face presumably, that they tightened the deadlines to help kids.  The Syracuse.com article stated as follows: “The NCAA moved this date up in 2012 ‘to help keep student-athletes focused on academics in the spring term and to give coaches a better idea of their roster for the coming year before the recruiting period is closed,’ according to the organization.”  Right.  The latter part of the sentence is true, but not the former.  This has nothing to do with helping kids.

If the NCAA cared about the players, it would allow them to go all the way through the draft, see where they are drafted, and then decide whether to come back to college.  Indeed, as long as the player did not sign a contract, why should they be deemed to have lost their amateur status?  Larry Bird was drafted by the Boston Celtics in 1978.  He played for Indiana State in the 1978-1979 season.  He then went pro for the 1979-1980 season, and the rest is history.  Despite the Boston Celtics holding his rights, amateur athletics did not come to a halt.  Things worked out quite well, actually.

Surely, you say, it would be improper for any current college athlete to be drafted and stay in college, right?  Well, not if you are a baseball player.  The MLB draft is set up to allow the drafting of three categories of players:

  • High school players, if they have graduated from high school and have not yet attended college or junior college;
  • College players, from four-year colleges who have either completed their junior or senior years or are at least 21 years old; and
  • Junior college players, regardless of how many years of school they have completed

A high school player that is drafted, but chooses not to sign gets to go play college baseball.  The NCAA will let him play.  For a while, as the college baseball player will not be eligible again for the MLB draft until he turns 21 or completes his junior season.  So, somehow, the NCAA allows drafted, but unsigned, baseball players to compete.  It works the same way in hockey.

So, why is there one set of rules for baseball and hockey, but a much more onerous set of rules for basketball and football?  If you are an optimist, you think it is because the NCAA makes so much money with football and basketball, that they care a lot more about keeping the amateur ranks clean.  But, if you think about it, that cannot be.  If it was only about ratings and attendance, keeping the best basketball and football players around would be even more profitable.  If you are a pessimist, you might suspect racism.  Right?  The more “white” the sport, the more likely the NCAA is to allow you to be drafted and return to college nonetheless.  At the very least, with a largely African-American sport such as basketball, the NCAA is more than willing to force kids to make a decision, one that will either be smart or terrible, in one week.  Every time a basketball player leaves early, is not drafted, and is never heard from again… it is a warning sign to others that might consider leaving early.  The NCAA will gladly ruin someone’s life to protect their cash cow.  Especially when they are ruining a young African-American male’s life.  Yes, this is a pessimistic view, all right.

Hey… if you can find a rationale for having different rules for the different sports, feel free to share it.  The Confidential would love to hear why it must be different.

Whatever the reason, it is just one more example of just how absurd the NCAA is.  But you knew that already…

 

 

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