Basketball Wiretap

LeBron James Praises Zion Williamson's Intangibles

Feb 15, 2019 5:48 PM

LeBron James praised Zion Williamson after watching him in person during Duke's win over Virginia last weekend.

"What strikes me? His agility and his quickness. For his size, how strong he is, to be able to move like the way he moves, he's very impressive. I mean, everybody can see the athleticism. That's obviously, that's ridiculous. But the speed and the quickness that he moves [with] at that size is very impressive," said James.

But James said he was most impressed with how Williamson is handling off-court pressures.

"The best thing I've noticed is he seems like a good kid. He seems like he's got his head on straight. And when they asked him about, you know, guys in our league and people who cover our league talking about, 'If I was Zion Williamson, I would sit out for the rest of the year,' he was like, 'That's [silly]. Why? I'm here to play basketball. I love to play basketball. I'm here at Duke, I'm having fun. These are my friends. I'm having a great time. Why would I sit out?' That's the type of s--- that strikes me. Everybody gets so caught up in the game itself. I look at the intangibles. And he seems like he has great intangibles and seems like a great kid," he added.


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Tags: LeBron James, Zion Williamson, NCAA, NCAA B-Ball IQ

UCLA Reportedly Targeting Tony Bennett As Next Head Coach

Feb 14, 2019 8:45 PM

UCLA are looking to hire Tony Bennett as their next head coach. 

“They are going hard after Tony Bennett and he has not said no yet,” according to a source.

Bennett's grinding style of play would be an issue in winning over UCLA fans.

“That cost [former coach Ben] Howland. They never embraced him because of his defensive approach. The low-scoring and methodical pace was not appreciated by Coach [John] Wooden or the fans," according to the source.

Adam Zagoria/Zags Blog

Tags: NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

Anthony Edwards Commits To Georgia

Feb 11, 2019 10:34 AM

Anthony Edwards has committed to Georgia.

Edwards is ranked as the No. 5 prospect in the incoming class of 2019. In a recent ESPN mock draft for 2020, Edwards is selected No. 2 behind Jaden McDaniels.

"The reason I picked the University of Georgia is because it's my home school," Edwards told ESPN's Paul Biancardi. "I want to put the state school back on the basketball map. Tom Crean is a great dude, and I believe in him coaching me and developing me. On my visit we watched film together, and he talks with so much energy."

Jeff Borzello/ESPN

Tags: Anthony Edwards, Georgia Bulldogs, High School, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General