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Roy Rana is back coaching the World Team for the fourth time, with consecutive wins bringing his record to 2-1 in the Nike Hoop Summit. With Marin Sedlacek back in his 14th game as assistant coach, the World is hoping to run their winning streak to three. The roster is younger on the whole than last year, which contained a World roster most consider to be the deepest in game history. This year’s group also contains some intriguing prospects and names that will appear in the next few years of NBA Drafts.
The unbeaten Connecticut and Notre Dame teams hooked up in the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship game Tuesday night in Nashville.
Monday night in Arlington, TX, their male counterparts from Connecticut and Kentucky took a combined 18 defeats into their title game.
That speaks heavily to the competitive balance – at least for the 2013-14 season, that is – that is college basketball (of the men’s variety).
Stanley Johnson was one of the most impressive players at the McDonalds All American Practices last week in Chicago and our Wes Hinton was able to catch up with the Arizona signee.
NBADraft.net: What was it about Coach Miller that attracted you to the Arizona program?
#7 Connecticut vs. #1 Florida
A few weeks ago the fourth and last of the Nike Junior International Tournament qualification tournaments took place (Rome, L’Hospitalet and Kaunas the other venues). The winner was the home team of Red Star which dominated all the other teams with its full court zone press defense and deep roster. The final game against INSEP was the most challenging for the Serbians, due to the superior athleticism of the French players. Here is a list of the top prospects from the competition.
NBADraft.net: What made playing for Larry Brown at SMU was so appealing to you?
Emmanuel Mudiay: Well first of all I prayed about it and that’s where Jesus was leading me too, it’s also home. To me he’s the greatest coach of all time along with Phil Jackson and he’s the only coach to win an NCAA and NBA championship. Why not get coached by one of the greatest coaches ever?
It’s a 2014 Final Four that is chock full of compelling stories – and interesting paths each club took on its way to Arlington, TX.
What it is NOT is a foursome of clubs – minus one notable exception – with any “sure-fire” first-round selections in the next NBA Draft.
Only Kentucky, via freshmen Julius Randle and James Young, and sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein, seems assured of having first-round, “I’m gonna shake hands with Adam Silver!” moments on June 26.