Posted on: September 27, 2011 9:35 am
Edited on: September 27, 2011 9:51 am
By Jeff Goodman
Tyler Hansbrough, in preparation for the NBA lockout, has spent the entire offseason in Chapel Hill.
Unlike a year ago, the Indiana Pacers forward is healthy.
"Last year and this year are totally different," said Hansbrough, who wasn't able to do anything a year ago prior to the season. "Last year I sat out pretty much the whole year."
Hansbrough, who is living with Bobby Fraser in Chapel Hill, has been able to get an inside look at this year's North Carolina Tar Heels group - which has been tabbed by many as the preseason No. 1 team in America.
Here are a few thoughts:
- The player who has impressed him the most? Freshman P.J. Hairston. "I'm really high on him. He's way more athletic than I thought. He can really shoot it and he's exactly what we need. If he can play defense ... I'm a little worried about his defense."
- On Harrison Barnes: "When he first came in last year, he forced some shots and you could tell that he felt as if he had to do things himself. Now he's more relaxed, he's smooth instead of forcing things to go his way. He's letting the game come to him. ... He's just not one of those guys who is going to blow you away, though, and take over a game. He's just smooth in how he does it."
- On Kendall Marshall: "He's not the most athletic guy, but he's really good at what he does - passing the ball and getting the ball to people in the right spots to score. He's just very smart about the game and can really find people ... and he never seems to get rattled."
- On who are the leaders of this team: "I'd say Kendall. He's a vocal guy and tells his teammates what they need to do. I think (Tyler) Zeller leads by example, kind of like I did when I was there, but he isn't as vocal."
- on John Henson: "He can really rebound and block shots. He's still improving his offensive game - and it's still a little raw. He's definitely put time in the weight room, but John's never going to be a physical guy. That's just not his game."
- On freshman James McAdoo: "I really like him, I think he's got a chance to be really good. I want to see him develop a few moves. He needs to get a feel for the system. I don't think he's ever played in an up-and-down pace like what Coach Williams runs. I think he'll be a big-time player, but it may take until the middle of the season for him to break out."
- Hansbrough said that former teammate Bobby Frasor, who played overseas last season, is leaning towards trying to getting into coaching.
Posted on: September 22, 2011 3:28 pm
By Jeff Goodman
UConn will face Arizona in the second edition of the Carrier Classic.
A source told CBSSports.com that the Huskies opponent is expected to be Sean Miller and the Wildcats - a team that will likely challenge for a Final Four berth a year from now.
A contract hasn't been signed yet, but the date will likely be Nov. 9, 2012.
This year's inaugural Carrier Classic will feature top-ranked North Carolina and Michigan State on an aircraft carrier in San Diego on Veteran's Day - Nov. 11.
The court will be surrounded by seating for about 7,000 fans, with most of the tickets going to active military personnel.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 10:13 am
By Jeff Goodman
WOLFEBORO, N.H. - Exactly one year ago, the question from coaches was whether or not Mitch McGary could play in the Big Ten - or another big-time league.
Now he's the No. 2 player in the nation.
The 6-foot-10 McGary, an Indiana native spending his second year at Brewster Academy (N.H.), has taken three visits and could take three more.
McGary went to Michigan for a rainy football game a few weeks ago, where he hung out with fellow Chesterton High (Ind.) product Zack Novak. Then he went to North Carolina and most recently, took an trip to Duke.
McGary didn't deny the fact that his parents favor Duke while his summer coach with the SYF team, Wayne Brumm, likes Michigan.
He also said he's still taking it all in right now.
"I'm keeping quiet," he said. "I'm putting it down on paper and seeing what school fits me. I'm not sure when I'll commit."
Could today be the day?
It's when Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will travel to Brewster and meet with McGary.
Roy Williams and John Beilein were both at the school on Wednesday. Billy Donovan and Mark Turgeon came earlier in the week while John Calipari is set to make an appearance on Saturday.
"It's brutal trying to figure it all out, but I know I have great options," he said.
Ones that weren't there a year ago.
McGary said he would like to take visits to Florida, Kentucky and Maryland - but he's not sure if and when that will happen.
Posted on: August 3, 2011 1:29 pm
Edited on: August 4, 2011 10:47 am
By Jeff Goodman
ACC Offseason Report
Boston College – Joe Jones left to become the head coach at Boston University and Steve Donahue has decided to promote Woody Kampmann and hire Izzi Metz as his new director of basketball operations. The Eagles will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and have non-league games against Providence (12-8) at home, UMass (11-21) and Penn State (11-30). Dallas Elmore transferred out of the program while Oregon transfer Matt Humphrey is eligible this season.
Clemson – The Tigers are in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have non-league games at Iowa (11-29), at Arizona (12-10) and against South Carolina (12-4). Donte Hill (Old Dominion), Noel Johnson (Auburn) and Cory Stanton (Lipscomb) all transferred out of the program.
Duke – The Blue Devils will go to China and Dubai from Aug. 14-26. Mike Krzyzewski brought back former player Jeff Capel, who was fired as head coach at Oklahoma in the offseason. He moves into the spot of Nate James, who was reassigned. The Blue Devils will play in the Maui Invitational and also have a loaded non-conference slate: vs. Michigan State in the Champions Classic in NYC (11-15), at Ohio State (11-29), vs. Washington in NYC (12-10), at Temple in Philadelphia (1-4), vs. St. John’s (1-28).
Florida State – Andy Enfield got the head job at Florida Gulf Coast and was replaced by Dennis Gates (Nevada). The Seminoles will play in the Battle of Atlantis in the Bahamas on Nov. 23-27 and also go to Florida (12-22) and play at Michigan State (11-30). Jeff Peterson transferred in from Arkansas and will be eligible this season as a graduate student.
Georgia Tech – New coach Brian Gregory brought Billy Schmidt from Dayton, hired Josh Postorino, Chad Dollar and Amir Abdur-Rahim as the director of operations. The Yellow Jackets will play in the Charleston Classic (11-17/20) and will have non-league games against Northwestern (11-29), at Georgia (12-7) and vs. Alabama (1-3). Brian Oliver transferred to Seton Hall and Brandon Reed is eligible this season after transferring from Arkansas State.
Maryland – Mark Turgeon brought Scott Spinelli and Dustin Clark (director of basketball operations) with him from Texas A&M, hired Dalonte Hill (Kansas State) and kept Orlando “Bino” Ranson. The Terps will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have non-league games vs. Illinois (11-29), against Notre Dame (12-4) in D.C. and against Temple at the Palestra (1-21). Haukur Palsson left the program to play pro ball back home.
Miami – Jim Larranaga brought his staff with him from George Mason: Chris Caputo, Eric Konkol, Michael Huger and he kept Mike Summey as the director of basketball operations. The Hurricanes will play at Purdue (11-29), vs. Rutgers (11-15), at Ole Miss (11-25), vs. Memphis (12-6) and at West Virginia (12-11). Trey McKinney-Jones (UMKC) and Kenneth Kadji (Florida) are both eligible this season after sitting last year.
N.C. State – Mark Gottfried put together the ex-Charlotte staff of Bobby Lutz, Orlando Early and Rob Moxley. He also hired Jeff Dunlap as his director of basketball operations. The Wolfpack will play in the Legends Classic and also will face Indiana (11-30) and Syracuse (12-17) at home, and will play at Stanford (12-4). Ryan Harrow (Kentucky) transferred out while N.C. State added one-year Cal State Bakersfield point guard Alex Johnson, who is eligible this season.
North Carolina – The Tar Heels will play Michigan State on Nov. 11 in San Diego on an aircraft carrier and will also play in the Las Vegas Invitational. Roy Williams’ team also plays Wisconsin at home (11-30) and at Kentucky (12-3) in the non-conference slate. Larry Drew transferred to UCLA.
Virginia – The Cavaliers will play in the Paradise Jam and also have non-league games vs. Michigan (11-29), vs. George Mason (12-6), at Oregon (12-18) and at LSU (1-2 or 1-3). Will Regan (Buffalo) transferred out of the program.
Virginia Tech – Adrian Autry (Syracuse) left and Dennis Wolff left the director of operations spot to become the head women’s coach at Virginia Tech. Robert Ehsan (Maryland) replaced Autry and Jeff Wulbrun takes Wolff’s spot. The Hokies will play in the Preseason NIT and also have non-league contests at Minnesota (11-30), vs. Kansas State (12-3 or 12-4), at Oklahoma State (12-31) and vs. BYU (1-25). Manny Atkins transferred out to Georgia State.
Wake Forest – Walt Corbean has been moved up from director of operations, replacing Mark Pope, who left for BYU. Jeff Nix, a former NBA assistant, takes Corbean’s old spot. The Demon Deacons will play in the Old Spice in Orlando and also have non-conference games at Nebraska (11-30), at Seton Hall (12-10) and vs. Richmond (12-3). Ari Stewart (USC) transferred out of the program and Melvin Tabb was suspended and is leaving as well.
Offseason reports: Big 12 | Pac-12 | Big Ten
Posted on: July 27, 2011 10:50 am
Edited on: July 28, 2011 12:21 pm
By Jeff Goodman
One of these years I’ll get back to the Maui Invitational.
But I’m guessing it won’t be in 2012.
The field was officially released today and it’s solid, but not spectacular. It reads as follows: North Carolina, Butler, Illinois, Marquette, Texas, Mississippi State, USC and Chaminade.
I wanted to go this year with a stacked field that includes Duke, Kansas, Memphis, Michigan, UCLA, Tennessee, Georgetown and Chaminade. However, the issue is actually the mediocre 76 Classic that I would have hit following Maui.
The lone time I’ve actually been to the Maui Invitational was on my honeymoon (yes, my wife is pretty cool) back in 2000 when Arizona beat Illinois to win the event.
Other than, of course, the honeymoon portion of the trip – it was the chance to sit next to the late Pete Newell and pick his brain on the rickety bleachers in the Lahaina Civic Center.
Posted on: July 15, 2011 8:57 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2011 9:57 pm
By Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish
Leslie McDonald’s junior season at North Carolina could be in jeopardy after he suffered a torn ACL on Thursday night, his father told CBSSports.com on Friday.
``I talked to him this afternoon," Leslie McDonald Sr. told CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish. "It is torn"
Asked how his son is dealing with the news, McDonald Sr., answered, "Not good. Basketball is very important to him, but I told him his whole life isn’t basketball and he’s going to be OK."
The 6-foot-4 McDonald -- who came off the bench and averaged 7.0 points in just 15.7 minutes per game last season -- suffered the injury in a Pro-Am game, according to John Harrington, who coached McDonald in high school at Briarcrest Christian in Memphis.
"He did a little stepback move and the knee just buckled on him," Harrington told Parrish. "I just hate it for him."
This is an obvious blow to the Tar Heels, who are expected to be the nation's top-ranked team in every preseason poll. But it's possible UNC will be able to absorb the loss of its top 3-point shooter -- especially if sophomore Reggie Bullock is healthy. The Tar Heels are also adding a talented freshman shooter in P.J. Hairston.
Posted on: June 28, 2011 1:39 pm
Edited on: June 28, 2011 2:59 pm
By Gary Parrish
Jeff Goodman and I spent Monday doing a 2012 NBA mock draft.
We alternated picks.
I took Harrison Barnes first.
Goodman took Anthony Davis second and said he would've taken him first.
(Note: Looks like I'm the smart one. Again.)
Then we knocked out the next 28 picks and among the players never selected was Wisconsin's Jordan Taylor, which led to a few emails that asked the following questions: "Are you an idiot? Did you forget about Jordan Taylor?"
Answer to Question No. 1: Maybe
Answer to Question No. 2: No
As everybody should know by now, being a great college player doesn't necessarily make somebody a great NBA prospect, and Taylor might be an example of that. I'm not ready to give up on his NBA prospects just yet because he could reasonably go late in the first round of any draft and then develop into a quality NBA point guard. I don't know. But the fact that Taylor is a tremendous college guard means nothing ... except for that he'll be a First Team Preseason All-American.
Speaking of, I decided to take a look at how some preseason All-American teams might look.
If I'm doing two teams, here's what I've got:
G: Jordan Taylor (Wisconsin)
G: Austin Rivers (Duke)
F: Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
F: Anthony Davis (Kentucky)
F: Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
G: Tu Holloway (Xavier)
G: John Jenkins (Vanderbilt)
F: Jeremy Lamb (Connecticut)
F: Terrence Jones (Kentucky)
F: Perry Jones (Baylor)
Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:46 pm
Edited on: June 17, 2011 2:39 pm
The aircraft carrier pictured above is the USS Carl Vinson. It's toured the blue of this globe, helping protect and serve our country for three decades. Its call sign is "Golden Eagle." (So American, so awesome.) And it is now and forever famous for being the ship that was responsible for dumping Osama bin Laden's body into the Indian Ocean less than a day after United States Special Forces took out one of the most sinister terrorists in the history of this planet.
Next stop: San Diego, to host a college basketball game.
Organizers say it's all but certain that the Michigan State-North Carolina basketball game on Veterans Day will be played aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the aircraft carrier that carried Osama bin Laden's body to a burial at sea.If you need a sense of how big the Nimitz-classified Naval ship is, click the pic. It's said to be "99 percent" certain that this ship will be chosen, and if it's not, the Ronald Reagan will get hosting duties. College basketball, under some scrutiny in recent years, is doing a number of things to up its visibility in the early part of its season. Playing a game on an aircraft carrier is out of the box, different and certainly a gimmick worth trying. Some believe it to be a waste of money, but ESPN will actually foot a large part of this bill, and the game will have a majority of uniformed officers as spectators.
Aside from 9/11 and 10- and 20- and 25-year anniversaries of bin Laden's killing, there won't be a better time to recognize the job our troops have done than this upcoming Veterans Day, the first after the May 1 mission was completed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. The game will an amazing piece of unprecedented scenery, but will also, really, function as a backdrop for a celebration and appreciation to all those who have the guts and courage to defend our country.
Photo: Getty Images