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February 18th, 2016
The 2016 NBA Trade Deadline has come and gone without any 'stars' changing zip codes. After weeks of speculation around players like Dwight Howard, Al Horford, Greg Monroe and Jeff Teague, most teams decided to stand pat at the deadline and keep the status quo. With 1st Round Draft picks becoming more and more valuable to teams along with the unwillingness to take on another team's bad contracts, we can likely expect more trade deadlines to come and go without a ton of action.
Depending on your perspective, it was either another rough week for the Power 16 or a strong indication of just how “balanced” college basketball is this season.
Eleven of the 16 squads in last week’s rankings lost, including then-No.’s 2 thru 6. And No.’s 11 (Oregon), 12 (Texas A&M) and 16 (Louisville) each went zip-for-2.
6-foot-5, French point guard, Frank Ntilikina, first performed in front on NBA scouts at the 2014 Jordan Brand International game in Brooklyn at the Barclays Center. His ability to play the point guard position combined with his freakish wingspan rose a lot of eye brows and since then he has progresed well as a floor general and scorer. He is considered by scouts as one of the best prospects of the next generation in Europe and one of the great hopes for French basketball. We got the chance to catch up with him recently to learn more about what makes him tick.
Losses by No.’s 1 North Carolina (two of them) and Oklahoma (at Kansas State) last week opened the gates for some revamping at the top of the latest Power 16.
And the Big East and Big Ten conferences were the ones to take biggest advantage.
Villanova and Xavier are now in the 1-2 slots.
The Big East foes next meet in Cincinnati on Feb. 24. Villanova prevailed by 31 on New Year’s Eve in Philadelphia.
Anthony Barber, better known as 'Cat', has gone from NBA Draft afterthought, to one of the fastest rising prospects in the country. The 6'2 junior from Newport News, Virginia has been on a tear this season and is turning the heads of scouts each time he steps foot on the floor. He's the leading scorer in the ACC, to this point, at 23.4 points per game, ahead of Duke's Grayson Allen by over three points per game, and seventh in the country.
The Big East and Big Ten Conferences continue to dominate the upper portion of the weekly Power 16 ratings, with six teams among the top nine.
The Big East is represented by Villanova, Xavier and Providences (No.’s 3, 4 and 9, respectively) while the Big Ten has No.’s 5 (Michigan State), 6 (Maryland) and 8 (Iowa).
Junior 7-footer DeAndre Ayton is arguably the top basketball prospect in the nation, regardless of class. He may be the best pure talent to emerge at the center position in high school in multiple decades with guys like Greg Oden, Andre Drummond and Karl Anthony Towns, being in the conversation. Earlier this season, he transferred to Hillcrest Academy from Balboa City and has had a very strong showing all season. Coming from the Bahamas, Ayton has a very laid back demeanor, but is beginning to learn how to consistently flip the swich and become a beast out on the floor.
It was a nasty week, not only for the weather but for ranked college basketball teams, as well. Eight of the top nine teams in last week’s Power 16 – all but North Carolina – suffered a loss.
That bit of on-court upheaval resulted in North Carolina switching places with former No. 1 Oklahoma this week.
The 14th annual Flyin’ to the Hoop featured many top teams from Ohio and powers from across the US. Trent Arena was well represented by college coaches and fans ready to watch four days of competitive basketball. The players named to the All-Tournament Team were Seth Towns, Nick Ward, Alterique Gilbert, Josh Jackson, Trevon Duval, and Miles Bridges. Here’s a breakdown of the top player’s performances.
Josh Jackson 6’8 – Prolific Prep 2016