In preparation for the NBA Draft, we examine several advanced statistical categories to determine which players stand out both good or bad to help solidify our opinions on their strengths and weaknesses. Read More. Written by Dan Hanner on Jun 17, 2013
Jerry Sloan maintains a close relationships with Jazz management, making his return to the franchise this summer an easy transition even without an official position as consultant to this point. Read More.
Gonzaga's Kelly Olynyk has been named Player of the Year in the West Coast Conference.
Joining Olynyk on the All-Conference First Team are teammates Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos, along with Brandon Davies and Tyler Haws of BYU, Matt Dellavedova of Saint Mary's, Cole Dickerson of USF, Marc Trasolini and Kevin Foster of Santa Clara, and Anthony Ireland of Loyola Marymount.
Mike Hart won Defensive Player of the Year, while Stacy Davis won Newcomer of the Year honors.
The thirty candidates for Naismith Men's College Player of the Year were announced on Tuesday.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV Jared Berggren, Wisconsin Trey Burke, Michigan Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Ian Clark, Belmont Rotnei Clarke, Butler Jack Cooley, Notre Dame Allen Crabbe, California Seth Curry, Duke Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Sean Kilpatrick, Cincinnati Shane Larkin, Miami Doug McDermott, Creigton Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Ben McLemore, Kansas Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Mike Muscala, Bucknell Victor Oladipo, Indiana Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga Brandon Paul, Illinois Mason Plumlee, Duke Otto Porter, Georgetown Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Russ Smith, Louisville Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Jeff Withey, Kansas Nate Wolters, South Dakota State Cody Zeller, Indiana
The 2012-13 Naismith early season watch list was released on Wednesday.
Below is a full list of nominees:
Kyle Anderson, UCLA Chane Behanan, Louisville Kenny Boynton, Florida Lorenzo Brown, NC State Trey Burke, Michigan Isaiah Canaan, Murray State Michael Carter-Williams, Syracuse Rotnei Clarke, Butler Jack Cooley, Notre Dame DJ Cooper, Ohio Aaron Craft, Ohio State Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's Gorgui Dieng, Louisville Michael Dixon Jr., Missouri Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State Tim Frazier, Penn State Archie Goodwin, Kentucky Elias Harris, Gonzaga Pierre Jackson, Cincinnati CJ Leslie, NC State Mark Lyons, Arizona Trevor Mbakwe, Minnesota James Michael McAdoo, North Carolina CJ McCollum, Lehigh Doug McDermott, Creighton Rodney McGruder, Kansas State Ben McLemore, Kansas Tony Mitchell, North Texas Mike Moser, UNLV Shabazz Muhammad, UCLA Nerlens Noel, Kentucky Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Mason Plumlee, Duke Otto Porter, Georgetown Alex Poythress, Kentucky Phil Pressey, Missouri Andre Roberson, Colorado Peyton Siva, Louisville Marcus Smart, Oklahoma State Michael Snaer, Florida State Jarnell Stokes, Tennessee Adonis Thomas, Memphis Deshaun Thomas, Ohio State Christian Watford, Indiana Jeff Withey, Kansas Nate Wolters, South Dakota State BJ Young, Arkansas Patric Young, Florida Cody Zeller, Indiana
Saint Mary's is under an NCAA investigation for possible recruiting violations, according to sources.
Mike McAlpin, Saint Mary's director of media relations, acknowledged to USA Today that the school is in contact with the NCAA.
"Saint Mary's College and the NCAA have been working cooperatively on a matter related to the men's basketball program," McAlpin told the newspaper in an email Friday afternoon. "To respect the integrity of that process, the college will have no further comment at this time."
Saint Mary’s received a verbal commitment from Dane Pineau, a 6-foot-9 forward who attends Melbourne Grammar School in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
"I'm really excited to come play for the Gaels," said Pineau, whose father played for the Melbourne Tigers of Australia's National Basketball League. "I went over for a visit in late December and the people over there were just great."
Pineau is a member of the Australian under-19 national team.