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NHR Top 100: #27 Draymond Green, SF, Michigan State

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 27 – Draymond Green, SF, Sr., Michigan State

If you play in a fantasy college basketball league, you are probably eye-balling Green as the number one spot. As David Fox of Rivals.com puts it, Green is the ultimate stat-stuffer. You can’t even debate it. Green gets so much done. Continue reading

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NHR Top 100: #28 Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Minnesota

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 28 – Trevor Mbakwe, PF, Sr., Minnesota

Mbakwe played for Matt Painter and USA Basketball over the summer and the Purdue coach recalled an interesting moment regarding the Gopher big man. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #29 John Shurna, PF, Northwestern

3 Nov

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By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 29 – John Shurna, PF, Sr., Northwestern

The Most Interesting Man in the World, he is not. In fact, John Shurna looks like a kid you’d see on Sunday helping his grandmother out of the family van in a church parking lot. He looks like the nicest of guys. Not that there is anything wrong with that. 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

Season highlights: Indiana

22 Oct

Tom Izzo, fighter pilot; Draymond Green, ambassador

15 Oct

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Michigan State never disappoints with Midnight Madness. In fact, I’d argue that the Spartans are the gold standard these days for tipping the season off right.

Tom Izzo has shown up as a Gladiator. He’s repelled to center court from the ceiling. He has driven out in a car. This year he came out in a fight jet. Well, a mini-fighter jet.

Here’s a peek into what was happening in East Lansing on Friday night. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #67 Tim Hardaway, SG, Michigan

24 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 67 – Tim Hardaway, SG, Soph., Michigan

If you look at the top 100 recruiting lists for the class of 2010, you’ll find Hardaway near the bottom if he is even on the list at all. Hardaway wasn’t a big-time recruit coming out of Palmetto High School in Florida. When he committed to the Wolverines, the news outside of Ann Arbor didn’t measure very well on the recruiting Richter scale. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #69 Aaron Craft, PG, Ohio State

22 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 69 – Aaron Craft, PG, Soph., Ohio State

Whatever you do, don’t look at the numbers when talking about Aaron Craft. They will deceive you because they don’t tell the story of the defensive dynamo.

The numbers never really tell the story for guys like Craft. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #74 Christian Watford, PF, Indiana

18 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 74 – Christian Watford, PF, Jr., Indiana

When you are the best returning player on a team like Indiana, regardless of how good or bad the Hoosiers were the year before, the attention spotlight will burn brightly on you. Welcome to the world of Christian Watford. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #80 Deshaun Thomas, SF, Ohio State

15 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 80 – Deshaun Thomas, SF, Soph., Ohio State

With David Lighty and Jon Deibler now gone, the need for points on the perimeter is at a premium in Buckeye land. With that, the rise of DeShaun Thomas is finally here. Continue reading