Sep 15, 2014 2:17 PM EDT
The United States won the World Cup of Basketball while avoiding Spain in the championship game, and it was hardly a relevant moment in the mainstream sports' culture. USA Basketball also advanced their winning streak, with their most recent loss dating back to 2006.
The championship game was aired against Week 2 of the NFL season.
As one GM told Yahoo Sports, "[Outside of the U.S. team], there's more talent and more interest from basketball fans in the NBA summer league than this event."
After the 2016 Olympics in Rio, the World Cup of Basketball and Olympic Games are destined to become an under-22 developmental tournament.
"We need to get our vets out and move our younger players in," one NBA general manager told Yahoo Sports. "The support's there for the change, and it's getting stronger."
Mike Krzyzewski's run as head coach of USA Basketball has allowed him unique access to top level recruits such as Jabari Parker and Jahlil Okafor.
Sep 14, 2014 12:16 PM EDT
Chance Comanche has committed to Arizona.
Comanche is a 6'10 center in the class of 2015 out of Beverly Hills High School.
Comanche is a top-100 player and is considered to have tremendous upside.
Sep 14, 2014 11:47 AM EDT
Mike Krzyzewski believes his experience as a college coach in which the NCAA tournament is a single-game elimination format is a strong attribute for his job as head coach of the United States.
"We know that we're watched closer than anybody," Krzyzewski said. "And I'm the most prepared [coach] to do that, because we've been closely scrutinized for at least 25 years in college basketball. Actually it helps that I'm coming from that environment.
"Another thing I think that helps when we're in these competitions is that one-and-done is what we live all the time, whether it's an ACC tournament or an NCAA tournament. I've been in 150 to 200 one-and-done games."
Sep 11, 2014 3:26 PM EDT
Dedric Lawson is reclassifying from the class of 2016 to 2015 to join his brother KJ Lawson at Memphis next season.
Lawson would immediately give Memphis even more depth in the frontline.
Sep 11, 2014 10:55 AM EDT
Jalen Brunson ended his recruiting on Wednesday when he committed to Villanova over Illinois.
Brunson is a left-handed, pass-first lead guard that excels at running his team and can also score as needed. He can attack the lane and deliver the ball in drive, draw-and-kick, or drop-off situations.
Brunson is ranked No. 22 by ESPN for the class of 2015.
Brunson gives coach Jay Wright not only a five-star floor general, but the best senior in the state of Illinois who was also named the 2014 Illinois Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior.
"Coach Wright is a genuine guy," Brunson said. "What he says is what he is going to do. He will push me and make me work for my time."
Sep 09, 2014 10:30 AM EDT
John Calipari is finalizing plans to host an unprecedented two-day campus scouting combine at Kentucky for NBA executives to evaluate his roster of potential prospects.
Calipari has invited officials of the 30 NBA teams to send personnel to Lexington, Ky., on Oct. 11-12 to watch his players do everything from run full-court five-on-five and NBA-style pick-and-roll sets to individual skill work.
The event will also allow Calipari to impress top high school recruits on campus visits.
After the combine, Calipari plans to shut out NBA executives and scouts from his practices for several weeks – perhaps even months – into the season, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
NBA personnel aren't allowed to interact with college undergraduates, but Calipari can simply shape his workouts to be conducive to the NBA's needs.
As one executive laughed, "We're just there as B-roll for his recruiting videos."
Sep 06, 2014 6:45 PM EDT
Bol Bol, the son of the late Manue Bol, has emerged as one of the top high school freshmen prospects in the country.
Bol is 6'10 with a high skill level attending Overlank Park North High School in Kansas.
Manue Bol played in the NBA for nearly a decade at 7'7.
Sep 05, 2014 10:13 PM EDT
Antonio Blakeney committed to Louisville on Thursday as a member of the 2015 class.
Blakeney is rated as a five-star prospect by every major scouting service and is the No. 16 player in the ESPN 100. He chose the Cardinals over Kentucky, LSU, and Missouri.
Jeff Borzello of CBS Sports spoke of his ability: "The 6-foot-4 Oak Ridge (Fla.) product is one of the best scoring guards in the senior class, capable of getting his own shot against any defender and getting points in a variety of ways. Blakeney can go off the bounce or knock down shots from the perimeter, and his mid-range and baseline jumpers are also effective. He is also a terrific athlete and produces highlight-reel dunks in transition. Blakeney averaged 19.5 points on the Nike EYBL circuit playing for Each 1 Teach 1, shooting 44 percent from the field."
Blakeney joins Donovan Mitchell, Deng Adel, and Raymond Spalding in Louisville's 2015 recruiting class.
Sep 02, 2014 7:02 PM EDT
Oregon State added three basketball commitments on Tuesday in Tres Tinkle, Stephen Thompson Jr. and Derrick Bruce.
Tinkle, a 6-foot-7 small forward, is ranked as the No. 45 prospect in the ESPN 100 and the top player in the state of Montana. He's the son of recently hired head coach, Wayne Tinkle.
Thompson Jr. is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Southern California. He is rated as the No. 55 prospect in the ESPN 100 and the fourth best player in California. His dad is also on staff as an assistant coach.
Bruce is the lone Tuesday commit without a dad on the coaching staff. He's a three-star point guard from Elev8 Basketball Academy in Florida.
The recent commits join three-star big man Drew Eubanks in the 2015 class, who committed to Oregon State last week. He is rated as the top prospect in Oregon by ESPN.
Oregon State has not reached the NCAA Tournament since 1990, but the 2015 recruiting class could help rebuild the program.
Aug 26, 2014 12:16 PM EDT
Patrick Ewing and sports agent David Falk have donated $3.3 million toward the construction of the John R. Thompson Jr. Intercollegiate Athletics Center.
"Coach Thompson was my coach, mentor and friend," Ewing said. "He guided me through a very formative period in my life and helped me prepare for success on and off the court. Giving back to the University in his honor is special."
"This is a very special opportunity for me to honor a man I love and respect," Falk said. "To do it together with Patrick Ewing, who was a dominant figure in both John's basketball program and in my career, makes it even more rewarding."
The Thompson Athletics Center is a $62 million project, a ceremony for the building is scheduled for Sept. 12.
Abdul Razak Shanun moved from Ghana to the United States in 2012.
Indiana has received a commitment from Emmitt Holt, a 6'7 forward from Vermont Academy.
John Calipari had an opportunity to leave Kentucky for the Cavaliers and he says he would have likely stayed in Lexington even if he had known LeBron James would eventually join him.
Prince Ali has committed to UCLA for the class of 2015.
Alex Owens is the No. 108 recruit in the Class of 2015 and is the second commitment in that class for Providence.
Calvin Godfrey averaged 13.1 points and 8.8 rebounds last season at Southern before being ruled ineligible due to poor APR scores.
Aug 04, 2014
Chase Jeter has committed to Duke for the class of 2015
Chase Harler averaged 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game last season at Wheeling Central High School.
Allonzo Trier chose Arizona over Washington, UCLA, Kansas and Louisville.
Jamal Jones will sign in the NBA Development League in hopes of boosting his stock for the 2015 NBA Draft, a source told RealGM.
Todd Mayo told RealGM that he plans to sign in the D-League and place his name in next Juneís NBA Draft.
Emmanuel Mudiay has agreed upon a $1.2 million deal with Guangdong.
Emmanuel Mudiay committed to SMU, but he may not be academically eligible to play his freshman season.
Andrew Wiggins played one season at Kansas, which is an Adidas school.
Jalen Adams has committed to Connecticut
Shabazz Napier was a fixture on the Deanís List during his time in college, majoring in sociology.
Tyler Dorsey wants to be a point guard, but some believe he is better suited as a shooting guard.
Antoine Mason averaged 25.6 points last season.
Billy Donovan has remained in contact with the Cavaliers in regards to their head coaching vacancy.
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