November 2011 Basketball Wiretap

Perry Jones III Scores 27 In Sophomore Debut

Nov 30, 2011 12:12 AM

Perry Jones III scored 27 points on 14 shots from the floor in his sophomore debut. Jones had been suspended for the first five games of the 11-12 season.

Freshman Quincy Miller didn't play in the game due to a rolled ankle. Miller had been Baylor's leading scorer at 15.2 points per game.

Jones tied a career high in scoring, which was initially set last February against Texas A&M.

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Dedmon Out 4-6 Weeks With Stress Injury In Right Foot

Nov 29, 2011 6:38 PM

Dewayne Dedmon has a stress injury in his right foot and is expected to miss four to six weeks.

Dedmon is a sophomore transfer on USC and a candidate for the NBA Draft.

At first, the injury, which was revealed by an MRI on Monday, was deemed a stress fracture.

But team athletic trainer David Borchardt amended that to note that it is a "stress injury" and that Dedmon will be immobilized for one week.

Dedmon suffered a fractured right hand during the preseason.

"I just look at it like, I'll be back," Dedmon said Tuesday. "It's not like it's at the end of the season where I can't finish out the season, but I can hopefully be back before conference."

"It affects us greatly," Kevin O'Neill said. "You can't replace 7-foot, 250 pounds, especially in the situation when we have so many inexperienced guys."

Los Angeles Times

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27 NBA Scouts Expected For Duke, Ohio State Game

Nov 29, 2011 6:24 PM

At least 27 NBA scouts are expected to attend Tuesday's Duke at Ohio State game in Columbus.

Austin Rivers, Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins and Ryan Kelly are amongst the top prospects for Duke, while Ohio State features Jared Sullinger, William Buford, Aaron Craft, Deshaun Thomas and Shannon Scott.

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Tags: Austin Rivers, Jared Sullinger, Seth Curry, Mason Plumlee, Aaron Craft, William Buford, Ohio State Buckeyes, Duke Blue Devils, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General

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Beal Responds To Donovan's Emphasis On Rebounding

Nov 29, 2011 5:52 PM

Bradley Beal had 22 points and 10 rebounds in Florida's 96-70 win over Stetson.

"Coach (Billy) Donovan has always been on me about rebounding and I did whatever it took to push the ball on the offensive end, just trying to rebound as much as I could," Beal said.

Orlando Sentinel

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Austin Rivers Using Negativity As Motivation

Nov 29, 2011 4:46 PM

Austin Rivers has become a polarizing figure already in his short college career.

An article last week from ESPN's Sebastian Pruti pointed out flaws in Rivers' game.

"I never ever worry about it," Rivers said. "Those people's jobs are to critique. The coaches and my teammates are happy with the way I'm playing. It's sports and there's nothing I can do about it. I'm not going to call ESPN and be like, 'Hey, can you stop that.' "

Rivers said he uses the negativity as motivation.

"I see it as motivation and they will be wrong by the end of the year," Rivers said of his critics

Charlotte Observer

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2012 NBA Draft Scheduled For June 28th

Nov 28, 2011 5:58 PM

The 2012 NBA Draft has been confirmed for Thursday, June 28th.

Because the start of the season has been pushed back, Game 7 of the NBA Finals would take place on Tuesday, June 26th.

John Schuhmann/NBA.com

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Calhoun: Drummond Does Things That Are Special

Nov 28, 2011 2:15 AM

Jim Calhoun singled out Andre Drummond for his role in Connecticut's 78-76 win on Saturday over Florida State.

"I thought Andre Drummond established the game early for us, which really, really helped us. I heard some foolish things about what he was and wasn't after a game or two. He does things that are special. The reason I say that, he got tired down the stretch. When we went up seven, eight, nine points, they started avoiding the middle a little bit, all set up by those early blocks by Andre. Those two freshmen [Ryan Boatright and Drummond] really gave us a spark."

Drummond had modest numbers in his first two games, but has increased his productivity and consistency in the most recent five games.

Hartford Courant

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Drummond Records Career High Seven Blocks Against Florida State

Nov 27, 2011 12:56 PM

Andre Drummond had 12 points, 10 rebounds and seven blocks in Connecticut's 78-76 win over Florida State in the third place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.

Drummond is averaging 12.6 points, 10.9 rebounds and 4.4 blocks per 36 minutes over his first seven games.

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Committee May Form To Review Age Minimum For Draft

Nov 27, 2011 2:32 AM

The NBA and Players Association are considering the formation of a committee to review the age minimum for the draft with the possibility of leaving the current rule stand.

“Only the agreement to have the committee may be part of the new CBA,” the source said. “I doubt it will have any affect on the 2012 draft.”

The proposed committee would look at a system that would permit high school players to declare for the draft, and if players aren’t selected, they can retain eligibility and still play college basketball. Those players would have to wait two years to re-enter the draft as all other players would have to under the new rule. 

But many executives are satisfied with the current rule.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Barnes Leaves Arena On Crutches

Nov 27, 2011 2:28 AM

Harrison Barnes left Orleans Arena on crutches following North Carolina's 90-80 loss to UNLV.

Barnes rolled his right ankle late in the first half. He came out of the game for several minutes before eventually returning to the game.

A team spokesman said the crutches were a precautionary measure.

Robbi Pickeral/ESPN

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LeBron Compares Kendall Marshall To Jason Kidd
Kendall Marshall is one of the best point guards in the country and averages better than 11 assists per game.

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Khem Birch Records Double-Double In First Start For Pitt
Khem Birch had 15 points and 10 rebounds for his first career double-double.

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

UCLA's Joshua Smith Out Of Shape
Ben Howland reiterated his concerns about Joshua Smith's stamina.

Los Angeles Times

Teague's Assist/Turnover Ratio Trailing Recent Calipari Point Guards
Marquis Teague is averaging 11.2 points per game on 57.5% shooting from the floor, but has an assist/turnover ratio of 0.80.

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Anthony Davis Continues Shotblocking Streak
Anthony Davis has posted at least three blocks in each of his first five collegiate games.

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Coach K Insists Rivers' Benching Was Strategic, Not Punishment
Mike Krzyzewski replaced Austin Rivers with Tyler Thornton and never subbed him back in.

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How Rivers Compares To Irving After Six Games
Austin Rivers is averaging 15.2 points per game with a True Shooting Percentage of 54.7%.

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UNC's Marshall Increasing Assist Rate
Kendall Marshall is averaging 0.36 assists per minute this season, compared to 0.25 as a freshman, giving him an assist percentage of 43.87%.

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Self Criticized Robinson For Lack Of Effort At Practice
Scouts were optimistic about Thomas Robinson due to his NBA physique and excellent per minute rebounding during his freshman and sophomore seasons.

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GM Prefers Jeremy Lamb Over Barnes
One GM believes Jeremy Lamb is the second best prospect of the 2012 NBA Draft class behind Anthony Davis.

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Anthony Davis Separating From Rest Of 2012 Draft Class
Many NBA scouts feel there is a sizable gab between Anthony Davis and the whoever ends up being rated as the No. 2 player.

Chad Ford/ESPN

Bradley Beal Scores Career High 22, Continues Double-Figure Streak
Bradley Beal scored a career high 22 points in his fourth collegiate game on Monday.

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O'Neill Encourages Dedmon To Go Get Ball
Dewayne Dedmon, USC's redshirt sophomore center, only had one shot attempt in the team's 42-36 loss to Cal Poly.

Los Angeles Times

Shabazz Napier Took Cues From Gibbs To Emerge As More Lethal Scorer
Shabazz Napier already had a strong reputation as a defensive player, but he is scoring more now from the point guard position.

Jeff Goodman/CBS Sports

Jared Cunningham Emerging As Two-Way Star For Oregon State
Oregon State's Jared Cunningham has emerged as the kind of offensive player to match his stature as one of the best defensive wings in the country.

Rob Dauster/Beyond The Arc

Sacre Goes For 16 And 10 In Vancouver Homecoming
Gonzaga defeated Hawaii 73-54 before a crowd of 9,687 at Rogers Arena.

ESPN

Austin Rivers Not Overly Concerned About Lockout
Austin Rivers is not paying much attention to the NBA's lockout, according to his father Doc Rivers.

Boston Globe

Drummond Making Continued Progress, Could Move Into Starting Lineup
Andre Drummond had 10 points, 14 rebounds and four blocks and is 'getting more comfortable'.

Hartford Courant

Nerlens Noel Looking To Build Upon Defensive Reputation
Nerlens Noel's favorite player is Kevin Garnett and he emulates his game on the defensive end of the floor with how he is active and talkative.

Lucas O'Neill/ESPN

Simeon Coach: Parker Wants To Be Best Basketball Player Ever
Chicago Simeon held a media day last week with local and national media in attendance.

Chicago Sun-Times