Tweet of the Day: Two NBA Greats Welcomed Into the College Basketball Hall of Fame

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The National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame welcomed two of the sport’s all-time greats as part of its 2014 class on Tuesday.

Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and two-time NCAA champion Grant Hill joined Darrell Griffith at the top of a very unique and diverse class. The induction ceremony, which will be held in November, will also see Zelmo Beaty, an NAIA star at Prairie View A&M.

Additionally, two head coaches LSU’s Dale Brown and Maryland’s Gary Williams—both of whom reached the Final Four twice; basketball coach and author Glenn Wilkes Sr. and Five-Star Basketball Camp founder Howard Garfinkle join as 2014 Hall of Fame inductees.

The highlight of the class, however, is Shaquille O’Neal and Grant Hill.

Tweet of the Day: Young stars flock to Vegas for USA Basketball minicamp

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2013-FIBAcom-banner-Spain2014The Basketball World Cup (formerly known as the World Championship) will be held next summer in Spain, and the U.S. will be sending a team.

Who will be on it?

Who knows?

We’ll have more on that in the upcoming days. As it is 30, elite basketball players (all listed below) will spend the next five days in a Las Vegas training facility with Team USA in a minicamp.

Some of the NBA’s brightest young players are in attendance, hoping to show coaching staff that they have what it takes to play on the national stage.

The majority of players arrived in the Las Vegas heat Sunday morning, many took to Twitter sharing the exciting news.

Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders seemed extra grateful for the opportunity to play for his country. Along with his tweet, he Instagramed a picture of his Team USA jersey.

Larry Sanders Team USA practice jersey.

Larry Sanders Team USA practice jersey.

Every player is competing for an opportunity to play in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup and possibly the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil along with other top American players who already have their foot in the door.

The camp roster is currently set at 30 players (28 NBA, two collegiate) but is still subject to change. View the full roster below:

Ryan Anderson (New Orleans Pelicans)
Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors)
Bradley Beal (Washington Wizards)
Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies)
DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings)
Anthony Davis (New Orleans Pelicans)
DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors)
Andre Drummond (Detroit Pistons)
Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets)
Derrick Favors (Utah Jazz)
Paul George (Indiana Pacers)
Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls)
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte Bobcats)
Gordon Hayward (Utah Jazz)
George Hill (Indiana Pacers)
Jrue Holiday (New Orleans Pelicans)
Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers)
DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers)
Ty Lawson (Denver Nuggets)
Damian Lillard (Portland Blazers)
Doug McDermott (Creighton University)
Greg Monroe (Detroit Pistons)
Chandler Parsons (Houston Rockets)
Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks)
Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State University)
Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors)
Dion Waiters (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Kemba Walker (Charlotte Bobcats)
John Wall (Washington Wizards)
Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers)


The 6 O’Clock News: Zeller, Carter-Williams Go Pro; LeBron To Sit; Lawson May Return Tonight

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CodyZellerA busy week in the NBA continues to get busier. As the draft boards and playoff scenarios continue to change, we’ll keep you updated every day at 6 O’Clock.

Here’s the latest news around the league:

A Statistical Look Inside This Year’s Sweet 16

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ncaaIt was an exciting and historic first two rounds of the NCAA Tournament over the weekend, with the blue bloods of college basketball reaching the second week of the tourney along with surprise teams including LaSalle, Wichita State and No. 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast.

But what did it really take for the teams to win two, and in LaSalle’s case, three, games last week?

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Kotoch: 2013 Draft a Strong Year for One and Done Players

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The NBA draft is all about projections and potential.  A generation ago, most NBA executives’ strategy was to compare prospects based on their collegiate careers. Then the Fab Five arrived at Michigan, and suddenly the process was flipped upside down.  Underclassmen were scrutinized, analyzed and scouted thoroughly by NBA clubs who wanted to get the next big-time prospect.

While prospects with high upside are intriguing, they come with more risk than upperclassmen.  The lottery is annually dominated by underclassmen, primarily freshmen.

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