Senior Matchup: JP Macura, Trevon Bluiett vs. Gary Clark

This is a breakdown of the Seniors in the Crosstown Shootout, the Cincinnati city rivalry game where Xavier beat Cincinnati 89-76 this past weekend.  Unfortunately the Seniors didn’t really matchup directly very often as Trevon Blueitt didn’t play much small ball 4, instead he was went mainly against junior Jacob Evans (Cincy’s leading scorer).  Although there were a few battles between... Read more

Senior Matchup (PF): Kelan Martin vs. Keita Bates-Diop, Jae’Sean Tate

To checkout our full NCAA Senior rankings you can look at the 2018 NCAA Index.  Throughout the season will be breaking down intriguing positional matchups between a wide-range of players.  This week we check in on a group of 3 power forwards or also known as big wings, stretch 4’s, or versatile tall inside-out players.  Whatever you want to call... Read more

NCAA Warm-Up: Top Senior Guards

With the NCAA season starting and teams globally focusing in on this class of Seniors, here’s a quick positional preview of the upcoming 2018 NCAA Class.  And to start with a wider scope we are going with the Brad Stevens positional theory for easy organizing purposes: Ball-Handlers (Guards), Wings, and Bigs.  Which really means the idea of a ‘point guard’ now... Read more

Video: Team USA/Purdue Universiade Knockout Games

USA advanced past Israel in overtime in the quarter finals, blew out Serbia in the semis and eventually lost to Lithuania, who were without leaders Kacinas & Miniotas, in the final. Top players Serbia: Marko Tejic, Ilja Djokovic. Lithuania: Donatas Tarolis, Martynas Geben, Martynas Sajus, Evaldas Saulys, Ignas Vaitkus, Tomas Dimsa. For context, were the Lithuanian selection an LKL team,... Read more

Scouting the 2017 Portsmouth Invitational: NBA Draft Prospects

In my 4th trip to PIT this by far the best event.  This senior class isn’t particularly exceptional but some of the best seniors came, making the talent level higher.  Also less tradational big men were invited this year, so instead of classic PIT lineups with two 6’10”ers clogging up the middle, the lineups were more modern and translatable.  The... Read more