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April 6th, 2014
#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.
#1 Florida vs. #4 UCLA
How Florida made it here:
March Madness has lived up to its billing once again, providing incredible upsets and fantastic performances that we saw from Thursday to Sunday. No bracket was left unscathed and Warren Buffet keeps his billion dollars. The contestants of the Player Pool also succumbed to the unpredictability of the tournament, with each of us losing at least one member of our chosen team. Here are the scores heading into the Sweet 16, along with some analysis regarding where everyone stands moving forward. An asterisk and description is placed next to players that are no longer in the tournament.
#1 Virginia versus #4 Michigan State 9:55 EST