Posts Tagged ‘Basketball’

Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1

November 17th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Saint Joe’s Hawks Begin Season 0-1 | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
Saint Joe's takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

Saint Joe’s takes on Drexel tonight at 7:00 pm.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks’ basketball team lost all three of their All-A-10 players from last season, leaving head coach Phil Martelli with an inexperienced group of guys and roster spots to fill.  Langston Galloway, Ronald Roberts, Jr., and Halil Kanacevic all logged a lot of minutes on the court, which played a role in earning an NCAA tournament bid last March.  It didn’t, however, allow some of the younger players to gain experience.

Returning for the Hawks this season is Deandre Bembrey, last season’s co-Rookie of the Year in the A-10 as a freshman.  He’s suddenly a leader of this Saint Joe’s team this season, but don’t expect the sophomore to crack under the pressure – he was good for 4 assists and 8 points Friday night against Fairleigh Dickinson.  Senior Chris Wilson, who averaged 9.1 points and 2.8 assists per game last season, also performed well Friday night, going 5/13 from the field. Isaiah Miles, a junior this year at SJU, is off to a great start – in Friday night’s game, Miles scored 12 of the Hawks’ 57 points and was good for 14 rebounds and 3 assists.  Joining Bembrey, Miles, and Wilson as returning players are 6’8” Javon Baumann, 6’3” Evan Maschmeyer, and 6’6” Brendan Casper for the Hawks’ bench.  Notably missing from the court is senior forward Papa Ndao, who is out for the season for an undisclosed medical reason. Martelli fully expects Ndao to be a presence at practice and at games, providing leadership where he can.

New to the Saint Joe’s roster are freshmen Shavar Newkirk, a 6’0” point guard from the Bronx, and 6’6” forward James Demery from North Carolina. Obi Romeo (6’10”) and Markell Lodge (6’7”) are also new forwards that add some options for the Hawks’ frontcourt.

Saint Joe’s had a successful season in 2013-2014, but this year could be a bumpy road for the Hawks.  While Martelli has a good deal of talent in front of him, it’s a lot of new talent – these newcomers will really need to step it up and follow the example of the few poised veterans on the team.  Unfortunately, in Friday night’s 58-57 game, Fairleigh Dickinson slipped past Saint Joe’s in the end. The Hawks play the Drexel Dragons tonight at 7:00 pm. You can purchase tickets at

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LaSalle Basketball Preview

November 12th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on LaSalle Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General
The Explorers begin their 2014-2015 season this weekend.

The Explorers begin their 2014-2015 season this weekend.


LaSalle Explorers lost just four players to graduation from the 2013-2014 season, but head coach John Giannini’s team will surely look a lot different this year.  Losing guards Tyreek Duran, Sam Mills, Tyrone Garland and Taylor Dunn will not likely bring an end to LaSalle’s guard-dominant play, however.  Jordan Price and Cleon Roberts, both 6’5” redshirt sophomores, are ready to contribute to backcourt production.

Joining Price and Roberts as guard is 6’2” redshirt freshman Amar Stukes, who averaged nearly 20 points per game as a high school senior.  D.J. Peterson, a 6’6” senior, and Khalid Lewis, a 6’3” redshirt junior, are both in great positions to contribute to Giannini’s team with leadership.  Redshirt junior Rohan Brown, sophomore Hank Davis, and junior O.J. Lewis will likely not see much playing time, but having these three guards on the bench could very well prove to be beneficial this season.  Freshman Johnnie Shuler, at 5’11”, rounds out LaSalle’s guard roster this year.  Needless to say, filling the shoes of Duran, Mills, and Garland will be no easy task.

Senior forwards Jerrell Wright (6’8”) and Steve Zack (6’11”) are projected to be Giannini’s starters this season.  Freshman Yevgen Sakhniuk from Ukraine appears to be the only non-starting forward who hasn’t already redshirted a year – 6’10” Tony Washington, 6’9” Jermaine Davis, and 6’6” Rohan Brown have all taken sabbatical seasons.  They are now playing as a freshman, a sophomore, and a junior, respectively.


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Villanova Basketball Preview

November 11th, 2014 by AmyMac | Comments Off on Villanova Basketball Preview | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, General

Villanova's season begins this weekend.

Villanova’s season begins this weekend.


Jay Wright’s veteran Wildcats squad, heavily favored to win the Big East this season, returns to the court this Friday.  Villanova hasn’t won back-to-back conference titles since 1982 and 1983, but with four returning starters, anything less than a title would be a huge disappointment.

James Bell, last season’s top scorer as a senior, will certainly be missed this year. Josh Hart, a 6’5” sophomore, will likely be his replacement as a starting guard. Expect to see fellow guard Darrun Hilliard, a 6’6” senior, to lead this 2014 team; as one of the country’s best, he averaged 17.3 points per game last March. There’s no reason Hilliard shouldn’t win Big East Player of the Year this season. Junior guard Ryan Arcidiacono (you’ll remember that he had a breakout freshman year in 2012) didn’t bank as many points last season, but his shooting efficiency continues to improve.  Hopefully, we’ll still see his aggressiveness on the court.

Sophomore forwards Kris Jenkins and Darryl Reynolds, 6’6” and 6’8”, respectively, will add depth to Wright’s team, but 6’7” redshirt senior JayVaughn Pinkston will be the one to watch.  At 260 pounds, he’s hard to miss.  If Pinkston uses his dominant size to consistently impact games, he will undoubtedly be one of the best players in the Big East.  Center Daniel Ochefu, a 6’11” junior, will add his passing, blocking, and rebounding skills to the mix.


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Could/will the NBA eventually add a third-round again to the NBA Draft?

June 28th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Could/will the NBA eventually add a third-round again to the NBA Draft? | Filed in Basketball, General, Sports


Sportswriter Chris Sheridan reported roughly three-years ago that the likelihood of the NBA adopting a third round in the NBA Draft each and every year is fairly high. The NBA, just so you know, hasn’t had a third round in the annual draft since 1988. I bet you all the money in the world that you couldn’t guess off the top of your head who was the first third-round pick in that year’s draft in ’88. Go ahead and take a crack at it.

Give up? Clue: It was a one-year, 1.5 points/game player.

The Clippers’ Rob Lock.

Anthony Mason, out of Tennessee State, was the most famous third-round pick in that year’s draft; he was drafted 53rd-overall by Portland. Mason went on to play 13 seasons in the league, with six-different teams, averaging 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds/game as a power forward/center.

Fast forward to 2014, and the question still remains 26-years later: should the NBA start a third-round in the draft again?


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2014 Philadelphia 76ers NBA-Draft Recap

June 28th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on 2014 Philadelphia 76ers NBA-Draft Recap | Filed in Basketball, Sixers, Sports

 NBA Draft Review

(Orlin Wagner/AP Photo)

So the Sixers made a couple of interesting moves, both via trade and with their selections, on Thursday night in the 2014 NBA Draft. Here’s a recap of what happened, in all.

First off, most importantly, with the third-overall pick they selected Kansas’ center Joel Embiid, fairly surprisingly. Many had reported, from reputable sources, that Sixers’ GM Sam Hinkie was willing to still draft highly-touted but injured product Joel Embiid if he was still available by the third pick. And he was. Cleveland, who had the number-one overall pick (again), went the safe route with their pick in selecting Embiid’s former teammate at Kansas, guard Andrew Wiggins. With the second-overall pick, next, Milwaukee selected small-forward Jabari Parker out of Duke. Based on how the draft fared, it’s safe to say that the first two teams picking in Cleveland and Milwaukee went the safe route with their picks considering Embiid’s foot injury and current rehab stint. Embiid is slated to miss 4-6 months in recovering from successful navicular-bone foot surgery.

Did the Sixers take a high risk yesterday in selecting Embiid? Yes. Will the pick, considering Embiid’s talent and prowess, pay off in the long run once he’s healthy? That remains to be seen; whether or not he can remain healthy in future years, contribute, and play up to his potential.


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Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft

June 27th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Sixers select Kansas center Joel Embiid with 3rd pick in NBA Draft | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

(Charlie Riedel/AP)

The speculation is up; the draft commenced and Philadelphia finally has an answer as to who’ll be their top pick in this year’s draft.  That honor belongs to Joel Embiid.

A bit of background on Embiid, he’s not only a center that played collegiately for Kansas (2013-14) but a 7’0, 250-pound one at that. He owns a similar frame, in terms of past NBA players, — successful ones at that — to Hall-of-Famer Hakeem Olajuwon and former Sixer, and defensive player of the year, Dikembe Mutombo.  All three were in the 7-foot, 250-pound range physically, as well as originally being from/near Africa.  Albeit a way-smaller (and small sample size in general) sample size, and comparing one player’s collegiate stats to another’s professional, Embiid also shared another fact with Mutombo; a very-similar stat line. Mutombo, in 1196-career NBA games, averaged 9.8 points — in which I’ll round that figure off to 10 points/game — and 2.8 blocks/game. In comparison, despite his sample size being much lower at 28 games, Embiid averaged a combination of 11.2 points/2.6 blocks per game last season; his lone collegiate one.

Embiid averaged a point/game higher and .02 blocks/game lower, roughly, than Mutombo; though Embiid’s Jayhawks only played in 40-minute games,  compared to the NBA-minutes regulation/game of 48. Like his two predecessors/similar players listed above, assuming this to be true, Embiid is a passionate, emotional, honest, yet loving team player.


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Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM

June 25th, 2014 by Kyle Lutz | Comments Off on Why Charles Barkley should be a future NBA GM | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

(H. Rumph Jr/AP Photo)

Sir Charles Barkley paid a visit and made his way onto the Philly-Sports-Talk set yesterday afternoon to discuss any and all things sports, specifically the 76ers. Within that visit and the panel’s conversations, he brought up and discussed further the aspect of becoming an NBA general manager, especially at this time of the year in the off-season, with the Draft Lottery, Draft, free-agency period, and so forth taking place for GMs. He made it be known as well that he would love to seriously someday be an NBA GM, for the right team, at the right time in his career/life; possibly for the 76ers or Suns (two of his former teams). So let’s go through the motions: who, what, when, where, why, and how. That is, pertaining to Barkley becoming an NBA GM, specifically for the 76ers in the future after Sam Hinkie’s tenure here ends.

Who- Sir Charles
What- The title of being an NBA general manager
When- Realistically, I could foresee him delving into being a GM as soon as three-four years from now; given the timing and job is right for him Where– Potentially, hopefully, and realistically in Philadelphia; where it all started for him. Or in any of the other 29 NBA cities; Phoenix realistically as well Why- Because of his knowledge, experience, and love for the game; because he’d be the right man for the job considering all of that
How- Either in Philadelphia if Sam Hinkie abruptly is fired/retires/re-signs, or elsewhere when a GM vacancy opens up, as soon as this upcoming season (more…)

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