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x factor players for three contending teams

Chane Behanan and Chris Smith, Louisville Card...

Chane Behanan and Chris Smith, Louisville Cardinals (Photo credit: MattBritt00)

At NCAA basketball level each team has a problem, albeit small, to solve. Or can be a player whose eventual development can mark the difference between a good and a great season. So let’s see what or who can be the x factor for some of the best teams for next season. Continue reading



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Basketball recruiting: weekly rundown

In recent days many top 100 players have committed to division-one campus.

Anthony Barber goes to North Carolina State in the ACC. Fast in the open field, is compared to  B.Jennings. Last year  the 6’1″ athlete has improved a lot in managing the team and certainly has the potential to get to the NBA. Continue reading

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Players to watch in 2013 class: playmaker and shooting guard

The wave of guys who will arrive on campus for the 2013/2014 season is shaping up as one of the largest among those of the recent past. In addition to those seven, maybe eight, superstars expected to go with the one and done route, there are many guys with plenty of potential and the need to work to refine the various aspects of their game. Another difference with the recent classes is the distribution of talent in all five positions, both physically and technically.

So the following list aims to identify, for each role, players with great room for improvement:


Elite playmaker and elite athlete, this is the new lead guard in NBA, from Rose to Wall and Westbrook.

Rysheed Jordan(6’3″ ) has that type of strength and athleticism needed to reach these high standards. Will certainly have to improve in many aspects of his game, the outside shot and ability to run the team above all. But when it comes to ideal body for basketball, at his age, it is hard to find better. Other athletes worth mentioning at the lead guard position are Jaron Hopkins (6’4″), maybe more a combo guard of Jordan but  with similar physical abilities, and UCONN bound Terrance Samuel (6’3″), another super athlete with good playmaking abilities but not very dangerous as scorer.


This position in the NBA is experiencing a particular evolution: the game gets faster and faster and there are often undersized players (Ellis, Lou Williams, the two Gordon) and in some cases the opposite (Paul George). In short, it has become increasingly difficult to find the classic two guard: 6’5 “/ 6’6”, good athleticism, good shot from outside and ability to penetrate (Kobe, JRSmith, J.Johnson).

Robert Hubbs(6’6″) emerged from the pack this spring and has serious NBA upside being dangerous from all three scoring position without settling for outside shots. I expect him to improve before joining a  division 1 campus, since it is described as a tireless worker and a smart guy.

Jabari Bird(6’5″) has probably the best in between game of the whole class along a well rounded game, similarly to Zak Irvin (6’7 “) , a future Michigan wolwerine, a good shooter and slasher with an aggressive mindset.

Next part we’ll select player to watch for the three remaining positions.

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