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January 10th, 2015
From January 4th to 6th C.B. L’Hospitalet held the second of the four qualification tournaments (Rome, Kaunas and Belgrade the other venues), of adidas Next Generation Tournament. The winner was the Spanish team from Real Madrid in the final game over their eternal rival FC Barcelona, after having crushed every opponent during the three days of competition.
Here it is a list of the prospects that showed the most potential, in a tournament that lacked elite NBA prospects:
Luka Doncic (1999, 6’6”, SG, Real Madrid, Slovenia)
By Lukas Peng
The majority of people in the basketball world assumed Emmanuel Mudiay's playing days in China where long over. Everyone expected him to go back home, rehab and get ready for pre draft workouts. However the latest update has him practicing with the team and it looks like he will be ready to return to action soon.
The best conference in the country – the ACC, although those in support of the Big 12 could make a viable argument – features some dandy matchups in the next week.
And the North Carolina Tar Heels, who have won their past five games by an average margin of 21.6 points, will be playing host to two of them. Coach Roy Williams’ crew takes on No. 11 Notre Dame on Monday night and then No. 7 Louisville Sunday afternoon.
As we sit and watch the rookie class of 2015 become the draft of the infirmed and underperformed, the sophomore class of 2014, the group without a star, has begun to show that perhaps they have more going for them than was initially thought. While Giannis Antetokounmpo is perhaps this draft's sole shot at superstardom, players like Ben McLemore, Victor Oladipo, Steven Adams, [Player: Nerlens Noel and Kentavious Coldwell-Pope have shown that they are able contributors at this level.
December 29th, 2014
By Lukas Peng
With the CBA season well into its second half, Emmanuel Mudiay is no longer on the official roster. He suffered an ankle injury in late November versus Xinjiang, a game in which they ended up losing. Without Mudiay, the team lost the next game versus then undefeated Liaoning. That was the last time Guangdong lost.
Conference play begins in earnest as we prepare to burst through into 2015 a second past midnight on Thursday.
And there’s going to be some nifty conference openers on the final day of 2014: Penn State at Wisconsin (Big Ten); Butler at Villanova and St. John’s at Seton Hall (both Big East); UNLV at Wyoming and Boise State at Colorado State (both Mountain West).
So a little over a quarter into the 2015 NBA season and the only thing that seems certain about this heavily anticipated rookie class is that they can't wait until 2016 to show us what they can do. The 2015 NBA season will undoubtedly have several themes before its end, but for this group of first-timers, the 2014-'15 season will go down as the year of the injured rook.
The “Kentucky is the most dominating team since . . .” chatter could get even more pronounced after John Calipari’s team visits Louisville Saturday.
If the Wildcats bus back to Lexington with anything approaching a dominant performance over Rick Pitino’s club, their being unbeaten going into the NCAA Tournament may border on the likely.
The Wildcats are far from anything approaching an exceptional team on the offensive end of the floor right now.