Posted on: August 27, 2010 9:33 am
Edited on: August 27, 2010 9:33 am

Sallie, Coleman won't play for Cards

Louisville coach Rick Pitino announced Friday morning on a local radio show that Roburt Sallie and Justin Coleman will not play for the Cardinals this season, according to a report in the Louisville Courier-Journal.

Sallie played the past two seasons at Memphis and was attempting to earn immediate eligibilty at Louisville by graduating from the C-USA school and enrolling in a graduate program not offered at Memphis. He fell short. Meantime, Coleman failed to qualify academically. The 6-foot-7 forward was a consensus top 50 recruit from the Class of 2010. His absence will leave Pitino without his top incoming prospect.

Louisville will open this season Nov. 16 against Butler.
Posted on: August 26, 2010 9:29 am
Edited on: August 26, 2010 10:33 am

Butler never really cared about tempo

I spent Monday and Tuesday at Larry Shyatt's coaching clinic in Florida, then spent Wednesday traveling home and writing a column about the experience. I focused more on the concept of the event than I did any lessons learned. But Butler's Brad Stevens made a point during his allotted time that I found interesting, and I wanted to highlight it here.

Stevens was the clinic's first speaker.

He spoke about man-to-man defensive principles.

In the process, Stevens touched on the Bulldogs' trip to the Final Four, and how most previewing games suggested that Butler must "control the tempo" to have a chance to succeed -- first against Michigan State, then against Duke. But guess what? Stevens never once mentioned "tempo" or "pace" or anything like that to his players.

"We didn't care about tempo," Stevens said. "We weren't trying to pound the ball into the ground [on offense and run the shot clock]. We just wanted to be hard to score on."

In other words, Stevens said a review of Butler's win over Michigan State in the national semifinals and loss to Duke in the title game showed that Michigan State and Duke, not Butler, actually led in time of possession, point being that there's no merit to the theory that Butler's goal was to stall offensively and by extension shorten the game. Again, Stevens never discussed that with his players. All he asked was that they prevent transition buckets and "be hard to score on," and that strategy caused Michigan State and Duke to use a higher percentage of the shot clock because the Spartans and Blue Devils had a difficult time getting good shots early in a possession. So the games slowed, sure. But it wasn't Butler "controlling the tempo" that slowed things, Stevens said. It was Butler's willingness to do whatever necessary to be "hard to score on" that actually lowered the pace and final scores, which should come as a surprise to all those who insisted last March and April that the Bulldogs were determined to shorten the game.
Posted on: August 23, 2010 7:22 am

Coaching clinic in Florida

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- I'm spending the next couple of days -- i.e., Monday and Tuesday -- here on the Florida campus, and not because I'm starting graduate school. Rather, I'm speaking at an annual coaching clinic organized by Florida associate head coach Larry Shyatt. It should be both fun and educational. I'm glad I'm involved.

Here's the rundown of Monday speakers:

9:15: Brad Stevens
10:30: Del Harris
12:00: Me
1:45: Jeremy Foley
2:30: Jamie Dixon, Shaka Smart, Matthew Driscoll
4:00: Buzz Williams
5:15: Rick Turk
6:30: LuAnn Humphrey
7:45: Billy Donovan

Coaches scheduled to speak Tuesday include Matt Painter, Sean Miller, Travis Ford, Scott Duncan, Mike Hopkins, Brendan Suhr, and Kevin Eastman. I'll try my best to Tweet anything interesting. So make sure you're following me at this link.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 8:53 am
Edited on: August 12, 2010 8:55 am

Musselman raves about Zeller

Eric Musselman will be introduced today as the new coach of Reno's NBDL franchise.

Good for him.

I've gotten to know Eric over the past few years because of his work with high school prospects, and his passion for basketball is easy to spot. He's the son of a coach, someone who belongs on the sideline. So it's nice to see him get another opportunity at the professional level, this after spending the first part of the week instructing a group of Class of 2011 standouts in the adidas Nations tournament.

Yes, that was Musselman coaching the winning team Monday night on CBS College.

Asked for some thoughts, he told me LeBryan Nash and Quincy Miller were his two most talented players, that Deuce Bello is an "NBA athlete," and that it would've been nice to have coached Kevin Ware, a 6-foot-4 guard committed to Tennessee who was injured. But the highest praise was reserved for Cody Zeller, the 6-10 forward from Indiana, consensus top 20 national recruit, and younger brother of former Notre Dame player Luke Zeller and current North Carolina standout Tyler Zeller.

"I loved coaching him," Musselman said. "He's a winner -- a big who plays so hard and can shoot. Great kid."

Zeller is still considering three schools: Butler, Indiana and North Carolina.

He plans to visit all three before making a decision.
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team

Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: May 5, 2010 5:19 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2010 5:22 pm

Butler's Hayward to remain in NBA Draft

Butler sophomore Gordon Hayward will, as expected, forfeit his final two years of college eligibility and remain in the NBA Draft, the Indianapolis Star reported Wednesday.

An an official announcement is expected Friday.

Hayward averaged 15.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per game this season.

He led Butler to the national championship game.
Posted on: April 8, 2010 5:23 pm
Edited on: April 8, 2010 5:43 pm

Butler signs Stevens to 12-year extension

Brad Stevens signed a 12-year contract extension with Butler on Thursday and effectively ended any chance that he'll leave the school for a more lucrative offer after leading the Bulldogs to this week's national title game.

"[My wife] Tracy and I are thrilled and very thankful for the opportunity to continue to play a role for Butler University," Stevens said. "We are already looking forward ro the 2010-11 season."

Details of the contract were not disclosed because Butler is a private university.

Stevens, 33, just completed his third season at Butler.

The Bulldogs finished second in the AP poll and are third in the 2010-11 CBSSports.com preseason Top 25 (and one).
Posted on: April 5, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2010 3:54 pm

Could this be for preseason No. 1, too?

INDIANAPOLIS -- Duke and Butler are playing for the national championship tonight.

Are they also playing for next season's preseason No. 1?

If you assume Kyle Singler and Gordon Hayward wil both return to school -- and that's only an assumption, at this point -- then either school would make a reasonable No. 1. Yes, Duke will lose Jon Scheyer, Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. But McDonald's All-American Kyrie Irving should take over at point guard and be joined in the backcourt by Nolan Smith, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry, the latter of whom averaged 20.2. points as a freshman at Liberty and will be eligible at Duke next season. Singler would still be on the wing as a combo forward, and the Plumlee brothers will be up front with incoming freshman Josh Hairston.

That's not a bad team.

Meantime, Butler would return four of five starters -- including its top three scorers in Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack. The only notable players missing would be Willie Veasley and Avery Jukes, and I bet Brad Stevens will figure out a way to get by without them. In other words, Butler should be strong again regardless of what happens tonight. And if a Butler win is what happens tonight then you shouldn't be surprised when the Bulldogs start next season right where they would've finished this one -- on top.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Butler, Duke
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