Posted on: September 16, 2010 9:08 am

Rivers now considering just three schools

Austin Rivers has cut his list of potential colleges to three -- Duke, Kansas and North Carolina.

"Those are the three schools I'm going with right now," Rivers told Scout.com recruiting analyst Evan Daniels. "I'm planning to visit all three."

Rivers told Daniels he's visiting North Carolina on Oct. 1 and Duke on Oct. 15, and that he's yet to schedule a visit to Kansas. Notably missing from the final three is Florida. Rivers was once committed to the Gators, but has seemingly eliminated Billy Donovan's program from contention despite it being just 120 miles from his home in Winter Park, Fla.

MaxPreps.com ranks Rivers second in the Class of 2011.

He's first at Rivals.com and third at Scout.com.
Posted on: September 3, 2010 8:52 am
Edited on: September 3, 2010 8:55 am

Rivers will attend Duke's Midnight Madness

Former Florida pledge Austin Rivers has announced he'll attend Duke's Midnight Madness on October 15.

"I'm going to Duke's Midnight Madness," Rivers Tweeted late Thursday. "My mom's already scheduled it!"

Rivers is No. 1 in Rivals.com's Class of 2011 national rankings and regularly described in recruiting circles as someone who will eventually sign with Duke. That said, the 6-foot-3 guard is still also officially considering Florida, Kansas, and North Carolina. He's the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers.
Posted on: August 2, 2010 8:56 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 8:58 pm

Two former PGs entering college coaching

Former UCLA point guard Tyus Edney will join Ben Howland's staff as the director of basketball operations, UCLA announced Monday. Meantime, former Duke point guard Greg Paulus has accepted a job at Navy, where he'll be a full-time assistant for Billy Lange.

"I’m excited to get started and help out the team in any way I can,” Paulus told FoxSports.com. "This is a great opportunity for me to learn from a great coach in Coach Lange. ... I want to thank [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski] and all he’s done to help me. I plan to utilize my experience at Duke and Syracuse to help me at Navy."

Paulus is 24 years old.

He played four years of basketball at Duke, then one season of football for Syracuse.

Edney is 37 years-old. He's best known for his length-of-the-court drive and score that allowed UCLA to make a run that culminated with a victory over Arkansas in the championship game of the 1995 NCAA tournament.

"I'm really excited because this is something that I've always wanted to do," Edney said in a statement released by the school. "I'm very fortunate to be ending my pro career now with this opportunity presenting itself. I'm thankful that Coach Howland gave me this opportunity and has the confidence that I can bring something new and exciting to this great program."
Category: NCAAB
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: July 22, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 1:17 pm

Note to Duke haters: Smith is likable Blue Devil

LAS VEGAS -- I spent a good bit of time in the presence of Nolan Smith throughout last season's NCAA tournament, then again earlier this month at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and I must tell you that the Duke guard is becoming one of my favorite players to be around. He's smart, funny, engaging, and I was reminded of this again last night when I bumped into Smith at the Wynn Hotel.

That's where Smith and all members of the USA Basketball Men's Select Team are staying this week in between training sessions. Predictably, a few players -- Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, Butler's Shelvin Mack, Duke's Kyle Singler and Smith, etc., -- were hanging around on the Wynn's main floor and taking in the scene last night like any self-respecting college student would. It provided an opportunity to spend 20 minutes catching up with Smith, who was appreciative of his frontrunner status for this season's CBSSports.com All-America team.

But that's not the point.

The point is that he's just easy.

There's some substance to Smith and the likability factor runs high.

So you can hate Duke if you want, but you'd be silly to hate Nolan Smith.

Just wanted to say that as I head out to watch the men's national team, the men's select team, and some of the nation's best high school prospects (via the adidas Super 64 and Fab 48 summer tournaments). But before I go, one more thing: When I spoke with Smith earlier this month, he had yet to play with incoming freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. Since then, though, Smith said the two have spent many days on the court together.

Early impression?

"He's really good," Smith said with a smile. "I'm excited."

(Note: The best way to keep up with me today will be on Twitter. Click this link to follow.)
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:23 pm

Coach K lands a third Plumlee

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski secured a third commitment from the Plumlee family Saturday when Marshall Plumlee told Scout.com that he plans to sign with the Blue Devils in November.

Marshall Plumlee is the  younger brother of Duke forwards Miles and Mason Plumlee.

The 7-foot center is rated 40th by Scout.com and 81st by MaxPreps.com in the Class of 2011.

He chose Duke over Virginia.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:11 pm

Column on Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith

CLEVELAND -- I visited with Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith before I left Akron for Cleveland.

Then I wrote a column.

Click this link to check it out.

And while you do that, I'll be changing into my riot gear.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 22, 2010 9:39 pm

NCAA making hires/Taylor King overhyped

You know what I've noticed?

I've noticed I often check other basketball writers' blogs more than I check the actual basketball pages at their sites, and sometimes I miss new columns because of it. And though it's possible I'm the only person in the world who operates this way, just in case there are others like me I'm going to start posting columns here each time a new one publishes to ensure we're all on the same page every day.

I trust you won't mind.

So with that introduction, here are my two latest columns: Click this link to read one from Monday about how the NCAA is doubling the members of its Basketball Focus Group, which suggests the governing body is at least trying to make cheating more difficult. Click this link to read my reaction to the news that Taylor King's career at Villanova has come to a close after just one season.
Category: NCAAB
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