Andrew Wiggins Kansas Basketball

This is interesting, although no idea what it really means. According to Google, and their search data, Andrew Wiggins is the most popular player in Kentucky over the past year, or at least, the most searched for.

Most Popular Players Google Search

Of course, that’s not really the point of the article, which lists Lebron James as the most-search/popular, but it’s just an interesting nugget about college basketball and fans of one of the biggest programs.

Other interesting nuggets include Kobe Bryant being #2 on the list despite barely seeing the court this year, and tennis star Serena Williams being the only woman in the current top 10.

One thing that surprises no one: football still reigns supreme as America’s sport.

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Jabari Parker to the NBA

Jabari Parker Duke NBA

Jabari Parker made it official today by announcing his intention to enter the 2014 NBA draft, surprising…well, no one, really. Parker is expected to be a top 5 pick in the draft and could even be considered a number one possibility. Parker seems to have the most mature game of any of the early entries although that likely means he’s about as good as he’s going to get, which is still good enough to make an NBA team better.

Full game replay from the third broadcast game of Championship Sunday at the 2014 Phenom Hoops Challenge AAU tournament in Greensboro, NC. This game features Brand X 17U vs. Showtime Ballers 17U. Featured players for include Corey Sanders (PG, 6’1, 2015), wearing #3 for Showtime Ballers. Sanders holds offers from LSU, Southern Cal, Memphis, UNLV, Xavier and several others. Showtime was missing their heavily recruited shooting guard Dwayne Bacon in this game.

Replay from the second broadcast of Championship Sunday at the Phenom Hoops Challenge AAU tournament, originally aired on Sunday, April 13. This game features CP3 17U vs. Team Loaded (Jones) 17U.

Frank Howard basketball

Syracuse had a big day shuffling players yesterday after Jerami Grant declared for the NBA draft and Frank Howard committed to the Orange:

Howard, a high school junior, made a verbal commitment to the Orange during a television appearance on Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic Monday night. He picked SU from a final list that included Maryland, Georgetown, Virginia, N.C. State and Ohio State.

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Bruce Pearl Auburn recruiting

Bruce Pearl is wasting no time in trying to build his new Auburn program. News broke yesterday that Pearl landed the number one JUCO prospect in the nation, Cinmeon Bowers:

Junior college power forward Cinmeon Bowers announced his commitment to Auburn via Twitter on Sunday. Bowers, a 6-foot-7, 261-pound star from Milwaukee, is rated the nation’s No. 1 junior college basketball prospect by multiple major recruiting services.

This isn’t as quick as it may seem. Coaches who are not heading up a program still work the recruiting circuit so they know who they want to get as soon as they sign on with a program. But Pearl is also showing he doesn’t want to wait to show results, which is a reality of today’s modern coaching era. Auburn didn’t bring in Bruce Pearl so their team could languish in the NIT for years.

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This is the full game replay from the Phenom Hoop Challenge AAU tournament, featuring East Coast Fusion 17U vs. Brand X 17U. This game took place during elimination play on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

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Justin Martin Xavier

The wave of offseason transfer news this Spring continues. From Twitter:

Martin was Xavier’s second-leading scorer this past season. No word yet on where he might be headed. However, judging from the reaction of the Xavier faithful, this was clearly not expected, at least not by the general fanpop.

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UConn Women's Basketball NCAA Champions 2014

In a promotion connected to the NCAA Women’s national title game, Moe’s Southwest Grill ended up selling 20,000 $1 burritos to fans of the UConn Huskies after the women’s team won their ninth NCAA national title:

In a “If UConn wins, you win,” promotion, the 17 Moe’s Southwest Grill restaurants in the state lowered the price of burritos as the men’s and women’s teams advanced in the NCAA tournaments.

It is estimated that due to the promotion, Moe’s gave up about $500,000 of sales, but considering they had 20,000 burritos going out the door, there’s a good chance they’ll make that money back pretty quickly if they were able to bring in some new fans.

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Zach Price Missouri basketball jail mugshot

Zach Price, a junior forward who played this season with Missouri, has been dismissed from the men’s basketball program:

Price, a 6-foot-10 transfer from Louisville who sat out last season, was indefinitely suspended from the team April 3, the same day he was twice arrested on suspicion of domestic assault and assault.

It looks like the off-the-court issues surrounding Price were just too much for the University to accept or be involved with. It’s too be expected with the nature of the allegations against Price, which include stalking and ramming someone with his car.

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