How many American players tripped all around the world to play basketball? In last fifty years, thousands and thousands of ballers. In the early ’80s, one of them found his way in Italy, John Ebeling, a Trenton NJ native. Read More »
ihoops named Len Elmore its new CEO yesterday. The hiring of the former Power Memorial High School Catholic League city champ, raised on tournament basketball here in NYC, is a signal that the joint NBA/NCAA initiative is ready to make its mark on all footprints of amateur ball in this country. Read more at: Len Elmore becomes CEO of ihoops.
As a Columbia University student, I am used to the fact that our chances to make the Big Dance are slim. Coming from a sports powerhouse like St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, I was used to seeing my Alma Mater go State each year in a myriad of sports. Ivy League basketball has it good compared to other conferences, all an Ivy League program has to worry about are teams who do not invest their most into athletics. A decent team in the Ivy can make the Big Dance every year with little hassle compared to a tougher division. But the question lies whether they can stay long enough at the Big Dance to take pictures, get a drink of punch, and in the end win the title of King.
The Big Red proved that an Ivy can make it to the Big Dance and mingle with the crowd. In a few hours we will see the Cornell Big Red at the Sweet Sixteen against stars such as John Wall, Eric Bledsoe, Patrick Patterson, and DeMarcus Cousins. So what if their names were plastered all over ESPN while we saw hints of highlights from the Big Red here and there. I’m a man of odds who converted into a man of hope. The Cornell Big Red resurrected hope in my veins for something better. I won’t put my Alma Mater down anymore after this Cinderella Story!
Spencer Haywood was Public Enemy #1 when he filed an anti-trust suit against the NBA in 1970. A combination of old-school labor rules and protectionist policy by the NCAA kept players from participating in the L before their college class graduated. Spencer’s case ended up going to the Supreme Court and paved the way for players who were NBA-ready before 4 years of college ball.
Read Steve Aschburner’s Q&A at NBA.COM.
Verbals: Corey Grooms
In the past, many student-athletes have opted to correct their academic situation by enrolling in multiple prep schools as a post grad student or re-classifying themselves/repeating a grade when they transfer to another school. However, the NCAA has implemented a new rule that will change the landscape of college basketball and it affects the class of 2011 and beyond.
Levance Fields has garnered plenty of attention here as of late, (here and here) and for good reason. His formative asphalt roots personify veteran leadership, rugged defense and stylish play on the ‘wood. Peep the highlights from last Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen matchup between Levance’s Pitt Panthers and the Xavier Musketeers. Fields’s between-the-legs Boogie and high arching fader from 3 had me envisioning blacktop glory and soon-to-come professional dollars (or Euros) for the burly Brooklyn guard. His defensive positioning and steal on the ensuing possession weren’t bad, either.
Someone told me that Rick Apodaca has the most phenomenal jumper he’d ever seen. I think I agree. Seeing day after day the practices of Carife Ferrara in the Italian League and Apodaca taking his jumpers, I can admire the harmony of his movement, the glide in the air just before the release of the ball from the hands.