Bryce Alford, the ULCA Bruins guard, casually drop-kicked a ball the length of a basketball court and into the opposite hoop. I don’t know how many takes it took to get this footage. What I do know is that Alford did a hell of a job acting casual after sinking the improbable shot.
Three Oregon basketball players are not participating in team activities following the release a police report that alleges the three men sexually assaulted a woman at a party and then an apartment this past March. Damyean Dotson, Dominic Artis and Brandon Austin are all named in the disturbing police report that has extremely graphic details. Its so bad that the police officer who took the statement from the woman opens the report by saying she “almost started crying” learning the details.
According to the Oregonian, the case will not be prosecuted due to insufficient evidence. However, the district attorney’s office did offer up the following:
“While there is no doubt the incidents occurred, the conflicting statements and actions by the victim make this case unprovable as a criminal case.”
Dotson and Artis, sophomore guards, averaged 9.4 ppg and 4.1 ppg, respectively. Austin is a highly-touted recruit who transferred from Providence and was expected to contribute significantly to the Ducks next season.
Michigan forward Mitch McGary was considering a return to the Wolverines after an injury-plagued sophomore season, but a looming one-year suspension from the NCAA after testing positive for marijuana will lead him to the 2014 NBA draft instead.
“Being a part of a program that values integrity, it is important to let everyone know of a poor decision I recently made,” McGary said in a statement released by the school Friday. “I tested positive for marijuana during the NCAA tournament. We were notified of that result after the Final Four.”
“I regret thoroughly disappointing my family, coaches and administration,” the statement read. “Despite all of this they have been understanding and helpful over the last couple of weeks. I take full responsibility for this poor choice and want to apologize to everyone, especially those I have grown close to during my fabulous two years at the University of Michigan.”
The 6-foot-10 McGary played in only eight games in 2013-14 before a back injury ended his season in mid-December.
Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports spoke with the potential first-round pick, who admitted using marijuana while hanging out with a group of friends ahead of the 2014 NCAA tournament. He was then tested—despite not playing for Michigan in the Big Dance due to injury—and informed of the failed test.
The report notes the NCAA rule in place at the time of the failed test was an automatic one-year ban from competition. If it had been a test from the school, McGary would have only been suspended for three games next season.
Jabari Parker is leaving Duke for the NBA, which is no surprise at all. Parker, the most complete freshman in the country – and perhaps the “best” rookie in the sport since Kevin Durant – will be a Top 3 pick, probably after the Kansas tandem of Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid. Depending on who wins the lottery, Parker could certainly go 1st overall.
Ultimately, I boiled my decision down to two simple questions:
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow as a basketball player?
Which environment — college or the NBA — offers me the best opportunity to grow and develop off the court?
The answer to both questions is undeniably the NBA.
There is something else. My father, Sonny, played in the NBA. I know firsthand that the career span of a pro basketball player is finite. The lucky ones play until their mid-30s. With that perspective, I shrink my professional career with each year that I remain in college. It’s ironic, but true.
The story here, though, is Duke, which will lose Parker and wing Rodney Hood to the draft – the latter is expected to go in the lottery, possibly in the Top 10 – but the Blue Devils are still expected to open next season as the No. 1 team in the country. It’ll be fashionable to bash Duke following another NCAA Tournament letdown, and the fact that they love the 3-pointer in the postseason, but we’re talking about a team that returns three rotation players (Quinn Cook, Rasheed Sulaimon and Amile Jefferson) to go along with the best recruiting class in the country. Toss in Marshall Plumlee, who improved a bit as a sophomore and should be better by December, considering he’ll be going against Jahlil Okafor in practice, and you’re going to have a well-rounded team that should win the ACC and get back to the Final 4.
The 2013-14 college basketball season belongs to Connecticut.
A day after Shabazz Napier and his Huskies capped off an improbable run to the men’s championship, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart did the same on the women’s side. The Connecticut forwards combined for 39 points and held Notre Dame to 35.5-percent shooting, as the Huskies pulled away in the second half for a 79-58 win.
The victory makes Connecticut the second men’s and women’s teams in history to sweep their Division I tournaments—joining the 2003-04 Huskies. But while the UConn men were defined by a dominant singular run by one player and a series of captivating, down-to-the-wire contests, only the opposite can be said about the women, who won their ninth national championship.
College basketball fans look forward to watching the “One Shining Moment” video that wraps up each NCAA tournament. This year, someone has decided to create a video that captures the complete opposite of the traditional video.
This year’s NCAA tournament featured many heartbreaking moments because there were so many games that were decided in the final seconds. “March Sadness” gives fans a chance to relive all of the close finishes from this year’s tournament.