Archive | October, 2011

NHR Top 100: #35 Doug McDermott, SF, Creighton

31 Oct


By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 35 – Doug McDermott, SF, Soph., Creighton

There are a couple of mid-major darlings out there to start the season and one of the best is Creighton. Several key pieces are back, including McDermott. The 6-foot-8 wing was one of the most productive freshmen in America last year. Continue reading

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The best of the new faces

31 Oct

Iowa State is loaded with transfers. Will be enough to get the Cyclones to the NCAA tournament? (PHOTO: Bill Neibergall)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The transfer list gets bigger and bigger every year. For some programs, a transfer could add an instant impact and experienced player. Today we look at the best transfer in each of the power conferences. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #36 Jared Cunningham, SG, Oregon State

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 36 – Jared Cunningham, SG, Jr., Oregon State

The National Hoops Report is a big fan of the flying Beaver from NorCal, aka Flight Time.

He was a national favorite last year with his amazing put back dunk against Arizona (the best #dunkage of the season if you ask the NHR) and he’s also known for being a defensive dynamo. In fact, he’s one of the top five defenders in America. That’s a fact. Continue reading

Welcome back, Hummel

31 Oct

Twenty months after last playing for Purdue, many are wondering what player Robbie Hummel is when he steps onto the floor for the first time this year. (PHOTO: Big Ten Network)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

There are guys in college basketball that everyone seems to pull for. Robbie Hummel is one of those guys.

Maybe it is his floppy hair or aw shucks niceness of a good Midwestern kid. Or maybe it is because he plays basketball “the right way”, as the purists will often say.

Or perhaps it is because he’s been away from college basketball for 20 months and you just want to see one of the good ones overcome things that most people don’t even mess with – a rigorous rehab of back-to-back knee surgeries before assuming the role of team leader of a team that is looking to get back to the NCAA tournament. Continue reading

10@10: Scariest people involved with basketball

31 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Happy Sugar Day, folks. Since it is Halloween, we thought it would be a good time to bring back the 10 at 10 feature. With that in mind, who are the 10 scariest people involved with college basketball? If there is a player, coach, official, etc., not on this list, post your suggestion in the comments section below. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #37 Reggie Johnson, C, Miami

31 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 37 – Reggie Johnson, C, Jr., Miami

To understand why Johnson is so high on this list, you have to understand where he was just five years ago. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #38 C.J. Leslie, PF, N.C. State

30 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 38 – C.J. Leslie, PF, Soph., North Carolina State

Mark Gottfried has always had great production from his big men. He knows how to coach them and use them in his system. That being said, Leslie is in good position to have a monster season. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #39 Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

30 Oct

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 39 – Kendall Marshall, PG, Soph., North Carolina

I’m going to guess there won’t be a happier point guard in America this year than that of Marshall. Harrison Barnes to the left. John Henson to the right. Tyler Zeller in the middle. The game is played at 100 miles an hour. The spotlight will always shine on Chapel Hill. Continue reading

#Dunkage: Darius Nelson

30 Oct

UTEP freshman Darius Nelson gets us started in #dunkage this year during a Miner scrimmage. The Sacramento native went the length of the court to ruin a teammates night. Nelson scored 19 points in his team’s win in front of 3,000 people.

Nelson is one of eight freshmen for Tim Floyd this year and one of 10 newcomers. The Miners are going through an identity search during the preseason. With eight players scoring in double figures between the two teams in the scrimmage, Floyd will have plenty to sort through as UTEP tries to figure out who they are exactly.

Because of opportunity, Nelson could be one of the top freshmen sleepers in the nation. He’s slimmed up his body, improved his skill set (which was already pretty strong) and confidence will certainly come as the season progresses. – Justin Young

Small roster is no laughing matter for Southern Cal

29 Oct

Southern Cal will need Maurice Jones to stay healthy all year. That's no joke. (PHOTO: OC Register)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Kevin O’Neill is a funny guy but the only laughter that he’s letting out these days is in the form of a nervous chuckle.

The Trojans will be a brand new team this year. It was a fire sale, of sorts, around Trojan-land over the last two years and the Galen Center will have new faces running up and down the hardwood. It is never easy to project a team that has no base to judge a team on.

O’Neill doesn’t really have a clue either. Continue reading