Defend the Throne

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By Jordan Dahan,

Lebron James is the king of the NBA, there is no denying that. He is the epitome of leadership and consistency. This year, only one objective is on his mind: repeat for the land. After a bold 3-1 Finals comeback against the Golden State Warriors last season, the Cleveland Cavaliers sent a clear message to the rest of the league. Now they will do whatever is necessary to hoist the Larry O’Brien championship trophy into the air once more.

“Hoops on Campus – “Anything & Everything College Hoops”: For the week of January 21, 2017

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By Regina Robinson,

Greatest Show on College’s Hardwood Earth

Definition of a circus shot:
When a player goes into acrobatic contortions to get the basketball to go in the basket, we commonly use the term “circus shot” to describe the feat. And that term came about probably because, as Merriam-Webster defines circus, it’s a “large arena enclosed by tiers of seats on three or all four sides and used especially for sports or spectacles (as athletic contests, exhibitions of horsemanship, or in ancient times chariot racing); a public spectacle; something suggestive of a circus (as in frenzied activity, sensationalism, theatricality, or razzle-dazzle).”

College and Pro Hoops Top 10 Incoming Freshmen: 2017-18 Season

Deandre Ayton; Credit – Nike

By Ryan Touhey,

1. Deandre Ayton 7’0/220 Center (Arizona): The senior from Hillcrest Academy is miles ahead of the field and a force to be reckoned with. With a physique (7’5 wingspan) and skillset that has been compared to the likes of NBA players such as Kevin Garnett, Ayton has the potential to shake up the Pac-12 for the Wildcats.

Weekly NBA Rookie Watch – January 20, 2017

Joel Embid; Credit – USA Today

By Andrew Kenny,

The season is at the halfway point and its clear to see which rookies have been able to translate their game in the NBA. It will be interesting to see how Ben Simmons is able to contribute to the team when he finally gets a chance to step on the court. As the 1st overall pick there is typically a lot of pressure to preform but thanks to Joel Embiid, Simmons can just go out there and play without that pressure. That should make for a great second half.

Five Reasons Why Washington Freshman Markelle Flutz Is Ready For the NBA

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By Jacob Gottlieb,

One of College Basketball’s stars that hasn’t found his way on to cable television that often this season is Washington freshman Markelle Fultz. Washington might be just 9-9, but last night Fultz led the Huskies to an 85-83 overtime victory against a talented Colorado team. He converted 13 field goals for 37 points in 43 minutes of game action. It’s hard to believe that he’ll be playing ball in Seattle come next fall as some people believe that he might be drafted #1 overall. Here are 5 reasons why Fultz might hear his name get called first on June 22nd: