Scotto: Future Stars Shine Bright in Jordan Brand Classic

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Jordan Brand Classic LogoThe Jordan Brand Classic introduced us to the game’s future stars. And from the looks of it, the future is bright.

Top recruits from Duke, Kansas and Kentucky dazzled in the All-American Game and showed why each program has drawn considerable buzz heading into next season.

Seton Hall – which had five recruits named to the Jordan Brand Classic – dominated the Regional Game.

Canada shined in the International Game once again thanks to Jahvon Blair’s MVP performance with the help of his fellow countryman, Anthony McNish.

In addition, Udoka Azubuike – a 14-year-old from Nigeria – looked like a man amongst boys poised to become the next top recruit in a few years.

Tweet of the Day: Shaq Finds Fault With Fox & Friends First

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Sunday night the NCAA Men’s Tournament came to a close as the University of Connecticut Huskies were crowned National Champions after defeating the preseason’s top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats 60-54.

UCONN point guard Shabazz Napier was named the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player.

The game was the story of the night, being reported on practically every news show. With so much coverage, there was bound to be some gaffs—and there was, as Shaquille O’Neal found out while watching Heather Childers on Fox & Friends First on Fox News.

Massive Twitter Reaction For Kentucky Final Four Victory

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Media pundits argue all of the time about which athletes contain the “clutch gene.”

Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Ray Allen, Tom Brady, John Elway rank among the greats in the respective sports. Even players like Tim Tebow have garnered acclaim for playing big in the clutch moments.

Kentucky Wildcats guard Aaron Harrison has proven himself to be a major “clutch” player with ice in his veins.

For three games in-a-row heading into the NCAA National Championship game, he has hit the go-ahead three-point shot to win. Three straight game winners. THREE. How clutch is that?

After having hit last-second shots to advance from the Sweet 16 to the Elite 8 and again to the Final Four, Wildcats’ fans (and college basketball fans in general) were on the edge of their seats as the final seconds ticked off the clock as the game was the Wisconsin Badgers to lose—up 73-71. The ball made its way into Aaron Harrison’s hands, and the rest is history.

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Gonzo on NCAAs: Guards Will Make the Difference in the Final Four

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Sheridan_hoops_banner (1)I was sitting at the famed Carnegie Deli in NYC over some matzoh ball soup with my dear friend and Jewish godfather (and also a recent basketball Hall of Fame nominee) Howard Garfinkel, who mentioned a quote from a once-famous basketball coach named Elmer Ripley.

The quote dates back more than 50 years and was delivered at a coaching clinic: “The big men are all the same. It’s the guards that make the difference.”

Being that I was once a proud point guard myself, and that Garf was always considered the King of discovering great guards, this quote has always stayed with me and has had a profound impact on my basketball philosophy.

Tweet of the Day: Former NBA PF Danny Manning Named HC For Wake Forest

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26 years ago today, power forward Danny Manning led the Larry Brown coached Kansas Jayhawks to a National Championship, scoring 31 points against the Oklahoma Sooners.

For the past two college basketball seasons, Manning has been the head coach at the University of Tulsa, where his efforts culminated in a 21-13 record, tying for first in Conference USA. He led the Golden Hurricanes to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where they fell to UCLA.

Now, he’s on the move again, having agreed to become the new head coach at Wake Forest University with hopes of restoring the Demon Deacons to their former glory.