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: 

Sprung: Top Pick Bennett Has Historically Bottomed Out

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Anthony BennettPoor Anthony Bennett tried to keep his head up.

His right shoulder was heavily wrapped after a 31-point loss to the Knicks, and there was disappointment in his eyes.

Bennett had another empty, unremarkable game just two days after a seemingly encouraging 15-point performance against New Orleans. It turns out that it was just a blip in a season of disappointments for both player and team.

Kotoch: 2013 NBA Mock Draft 1.0.1

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Things have changed since we published Mock 1.0 on April 1. The NCAA field is down to four teams, and a couple of the players in our Top 30 have decided to return to school or wait another year in Europe (Darko Saric).

Hence, Mock 1.0.1.

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NCAA Selection Sunday: Names and Games to Know About

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Sportsbook.agIt’s Selection Sunday, and March Madness officially kicks off this week.  Now that the brackets are out, office productivity around the country will take a nose dive.

While there is so much excitement around the games and tradition, NBA teams will be watching closely trying to find their next draft pick.

Here is a look at a few games and top prospects in each region to keep an eye on.

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UNLV Rebels: Five Facts for the NCAA Tourney

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Sportsbook.agFor the fourth consecutive season, the UNLV Rebels are going to the NCAA Tournament. They finished the 2012-13 regular season at 25-9 and were granted with a No. 5 seed.

So what do you need to know about UNLV?

1. If there is anything you need to know about UNLV, it’s that they move the ball well and crash the boards hard. They’re sixth in the nation in rebounding and ninth in assists. Point guard Anthony Marshall (5.8 assists) and power forward Anthony Bennett (8.0 rebounds) are major reasons why.

2. The Rebels have a potential No. 1 overall draft choice in Anthony Bennett. The freshman big man is currently averaging 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds and 1.3 blocks on a slash line of .538/.379/.701. Most importantly, he’s battle-tested against major conference opponents.

3. UNLV is not necessarily an elite defensive team, as they rank rank 83rd in opponent points per game. With that being said, they’re an athletic team that limits opponents to 38.8 percent shooting from the floor. Despite being made up of more athletes than elite defenders, they’re also eighth in blocks.

UNLV4. UNLV hasn’t made it to the Sweet Sixteen since 2007. In that time, they’ve made four NCAA Tournament appearances and made three Round fo 64 exits. Will 2013 be any different?

5. The Rebels own victories over five NCAA Tournament participants. That includes New Mexico, Iowa State, California, San Diego State and Colorado State.

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