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.

In Their Own Words: 2014 McDonald’s All-Americans Describe Their Talents

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You’ve heard the saying: “The kids are alright.”

Well, these kids are more than alright.

As the NBA’s ever-evolving landscape of perimeter-oriented and multifaceted skill sets take the basketball world by storm on a nightly basis, the youth who aspire to compete against their heroes (in 2015 or beyond, thanks to the one-and-done rule) have keenly paid attention to the changes in the game and what they mean for their own personal development as players.

SheridanHoops caught up with nine of the 24 McDonald’s All-Americans at Tuesday’s media day to discuss their games: 

Tweet of the Day: NBA Prospect Joel Embiid Contemplates Kansas’ Loss

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The South Region No. 2 Seed Kansas Jayhawks suffered a frustrating loss at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, falling 57-60.

The Rock Chalk, Jayhawk faithful were disappointed to witness star freshman Andrew Wiggins fall short of expectations. Hoisting a mere six shots and making only one, he finished the contest with a dismal four points.

The Stanford Cardinal out-rebounded Kansas 37-35, which may not be terrible, however they also outscored the Jayhawks 30-20 in the paint.

Head coach Bill Self reinforced the difficulty of the matchup, stating that “the game was a struggle from the opening tip.”

Kansas star freshman Joel Embiid, who continued to sit out due to a stress fracture in his lower back, could only contemplate the loss and how things might have been different.

Considering that Kansas only managed two blocks, and 12 of their 20 points in the paint came from senior Tarik Black—who fouled out with five minutes remaining, one can only imagine that Embiid’s 7-foot presence would have made a drastic difference in the game’s outcome.

Unfortunately, injuries are a part of the game and some players must endure them.

With the tournament in the rearview mirror, all that remains for him is to do is to focus on his recovery and decide if he wants to leave Kansas for one of the NBA’s lottery teams next year.

Choices, choices.

 

Previous Tweet Posts:

Tweet of the Night: Kentucky upsets Wichita State, NBA players take notice

Tweet of the Day: Harvard Upsets Many Brackets; NBA Players Discuss

 

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Michael writes the Tweet of the Day for SheridanHoops.com and is also a correspondent for BleacherReport.com.

Updated NBA Mock Lottery — Jayhawks will go 1 and 2; Exum 5th

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As the All-Star break and Feb. 20 trade deadline draw near, it’s becoming increasingly clear to the neutral observer which teams are going to compete for the remainder of the regular season, and which teams are content on limping to the finish line.

Their hopes will then rest on securing a high lottery pick in this, the much hyped 2014 NBA draft. It’s been a while between mock drafts here at SheridanHoops since Joe Kotoch’s ‘Very Early Mock Lottery‘ was published, and we thought it was about time we revisit this freshmen- dominant cluster of NBA prospects.

As it stands now, in early February, here is how I see things panning out on the 26th of June.

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Bauman: Randle, Parker and Wiggins can improve upon spectacular performances

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Julius RandleCHICAGO — Three headlining freshmen. Three spectacular performances.

Julius Randle?

All he did was take his youthful Kentucky Wildcats and rally them with a dominant second half performance of 23 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State, one of the more consistently well coached and talented teams in college basketball.

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