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GMs Bullish On Kevin Ollie As NBA Head Coach

Kevin Ollie has instantly become one of the hottest coaching commodities in basketball after winning the 2014 National Championship in his second season at Connecticut.

NBA teams will certainly pursue Ollie given his excellent reputation over a long career as a player.

“It’s just a matter of time,” said one NBA general manager. “The league will come calling. He’s a great communicator and has a calm demeanor. This win alone, however, doesn't just tilt the scale. It breaks it.” 

“He would be excellent,” another GM said following Monday night’s victory. “He’s a stud. He understands the NBA, he’s a leader, has faced adversity and fought through it.” 

One NBA executive said that whichever teams pursue Kevin Durant when he becomes a free agent will want to hire Ollie.

Durant has spoke often about how much he respected Ollie as a teammate.

Via Jeff Goodman/ESPN

UConn Beats Kentucky 60-54 To Win 2014 National Championship

Connecticut defeated Kentucky by a final score of 60-54 to win the 2014 National Championship.

Shabazz Napier had 22 points, 6 rebounds, three assists and three steals in the game and was named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four.

Ryan Boatright added 14 points on 5-for-6 shooting.

James Young led Kentucky with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Napier: We Sometimes Don't Have Money For Food

Shabazz Napier was asked about the possibility of compensation for college athletes.

“We as students athletes get utilized for what we do so well, and we’re definitely best to get a scholarship to our universities. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t cover everything. We do have hungry nights that we don’t have enough money to get food in. Sometimes money is needed. I don’t think you should stretch it out to hundreds of thousands of dollars for playing, because a lot of times guys don’t know how to handle themselves with money.”

Napier expressed concerns about universities profiting off jersey sales.

“I feel like a student athlete. Sometimes, there’s hungry nights where I’m not able to eat, but I still gotta play up to my capabilities. I don’t see myself as so much of an employee, but when you see your jersey getting sold, it may not have your last name on it, but when you see your jersey getting sold, to some credit, you feel like you want something in return.” 

Via Mike Singer/CBS Sports

UConn Could Become 2nd Team To Win Title Without McDonald's All-American

Connecticut is in the National Championship Game against Kentucky despite not having a McDonald's All-American on its roster.

Maryland in 2002 is the only team since 1979 to win the National Champions without a McDonald's All-American.

Shabazz Napier is a First Team All-American but wasn't a five-star recruit.


Florida, UConn, Kentucky, Wisconsin Have 46 Former Players In NBA

This season's Final Four schools, Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky and Wisconsin, have a combined 46 former players currently on NBA rosters. Fifteen of Kentucky's 21 current NBA players have entered the league since John Calipari arrived in 09-10.

Bradley Beal
Matt Bonner
Corey Brewer
Nick Calathes
Udonis Haslem
Al Horford
David Lee
Mike Miller
Joakim Noah
Chandler Parsons
Marreese Speights

Jeff Adrien
Ray Allen
Hilton Armstrong
Caron Butler
Andre Drummond
Rudy Gay
Jeremy Lamb
Emeka Okafor
Hasheem Thabeet
Charlie Villanueva
Kemba Walker

Eric Bledsoe
Keith Bogans
DeMarcus Cousins
Anthony Davis
Archie Goodwin
Josh Harrellson
Chuck Hayes
Terrence Jones
Enes Kanter
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
Brandon Knight
Doron Lamb
Jodie Meeks
Darius Miller
Nazr Mohammed
Nerlens Noel
Patrick Patterson
Tayshaun Prince
Rajon Rondo
Marquis Teague
John Wall

Devin Harris
Jon Leuer
Greg Stiemsma 

Via RealGM Staff Report

McDermott, Parker Headline AP All-American Team

Doug McDermott was a unanimous choice for the AP All-American First Team. McDermott is the first player to be on the All-American team in three straight seasons since Patrick Ewing and Wayman Tisdale in 1985.

Shabazz Napier, Sean Kilpatrick and Russ Smith were also seniors named to the All-American First Team, while Jabari Parker was the fifth member.

The second team consisted of Nick Johnson, Andrew Wiggins, Nik Stauskas, Melvin Ejim and T.J. Warren.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Louisville Beats UConn To Win American Athletic Conference Tourney

Louisville defeated Connecticut 71-61 to win the 2014 American Athletic Conference Tournament.

Russ Smith was named Tournament MVP.

On the All-Tournament Team were Isaiah Sykes, Sean Kilpatrick, Shabazz Napier, Chris Jones and Montrezl Harrell.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Sam Cassell Jr. Commits To UConn

Sam Cassell Jr. has committed to Connecticut for the 14-15 season.

He made the annoucement via twitter saying, "blessed to say I have committed to the university of Connecticut."

Cassell Jr. will join Kevin Ollie after playing for Chipola College, a junior college in Florida. Cassell Jr. had committed to Maryland, but they did not accept some credits from his prep school.

Ollie played with Cassell Jr.'s father, Sam Cassell, as members of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Via Dom Amore/Hartford Courant

Abdul-Malik Abu Chooses N.C. State Over UConn, Florida, Providence

Abdul-Malik Abu has committed to N.C. State, picking the Wolfpack over UConn, Florida and Providence.

Abu is a 6'8 forward ranked in the top-50 in the class of 2014.

Via Dom Amore/Hartford Courant
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