NHR Top 100: #33 Reeves Nelson, PF, UCLA

2 Nov

PHOTO: Getty Images

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 33 – Reeves Nelson, PF, Jr., UCLA

Tough guy? Check. Great rebounder? Check. Mismatch? Check. Smack-talker? Check. Will tackle his grandmother for a loose ball? Check.

Sounds like a Big East power forward, right? Check…wait, don’t check that. Nelson, a California kid, is the resident tough guy in the Pac-12 and one of the reasons why the Bruins are being touted as a team to be reckoned with on the West Coast this year. Continue reading

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Politics + NCAA = Heated, emotional response from government leader

1 Nov

Former Oklahoma forward Kyle Hardrick and his family are fighting OU and the NCAA over unpaid medical expenses. (PHOTO: ESPN)

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

“(The NCAA) is one of the most vicious, most ruthless organizations ever created by mankind. I think you would compare the NCAA to Al Capone and to the mafia.

“It’s a systemic, ongoing, prolonged abuse of thousands and thousands of innocent young men and women who are only trying to make a life for themselves and live the American dream.”

And with that, folks, we have a story. Continue reading

#Dunkage: Top 2011 rim benders

1 Nov

Catch a glimpse of some of the top freshmen in the country this year. Are you excited yet? This bunch of rookies are a collection of Midnight Madness festivities rolled into one.

Inside the SEC: Nov. 1

1 Nov

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

SEC Media Day Recap

Justin Young already gave us a rundown of some of the memorable quotes from SEC basketball media day, which you can check out here and here.

But here are some more that are most SEC fans will find interesting. Continue reading

Kevin Durant, super cool human

1 Nov

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

With the NBA in lockout, the game’s best rising superstar is doing what any other 20-something should be doing this time of year. He’s on a college campus, hanging out with the co-eds and playing flag football.

After tweeting his boredom and wanting to play flag football, a very aware Oklahoma State student reached out to the Oklahoma City Thunder superstar and made it happen. Continue reading

NHR Top 100: #34 Maalik Wayns, PG, Villanova

1 Nov

PHOTO: VUHoops.com

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

Number 34 – Maalik Wayns, PG, Jr., Villanova

Is anyone else surprised that Villanova isn’t being talked about as a top 25 team? Yes, they lost Corey Fisher and Corey Stokes – a combined 31 points a game from the backcourt. But remember when Scottie Reynolds, an All-American, graduated? Nova recovered nicely with Fisher. Continue reading

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

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

PHOTO: Getty Images

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