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2013 NBA Draft Player Development

  1. Allen Crabbe looking to prove he’s more than just a scorer

    Jun 25, 2013, 9:10 AM EDT

    California v UNLV

    Labels. They’re everywhere, and in many cases the easiest thing to do is attach a specific label to something or someone. When it comes to the NBA Draft process, receiving a particular label can be both a gift and a curse for prospects. A gift in the sense that if a player is good enough…

  2. Communication plays vital role in development of Marquette’s Vander Blue

    Jun 19, 2013, 11:30 AM EDT

    Butler v Marquette

    A recent growing buzzword in college basketball is the importance of the “culture” of a program. Culture within a college basketball program dictates how things work and it’s use as a word and as a concept is meant to influence players — and in some cases fans — into believing that certain activities or teachings…

  3. A broken foot failed to derail C.J. McCollum’s trek to the lottery

    Jun 18, 2013, 9:28 AM EDT

    AP photo

    Through 12 games in the 2012-13 season, Lehigh senior guard C.J. McCollum had done nothing to dispel the notion that he was one of the nation’s best players. With averages of 23.9 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game to that point in the season, McCollum was leading the country in scoring and well…

  4. The most important skill Michael Carter-Williams learned as a freshman? Work ethic

    Jun 17, 2013, 2:25 PM EDT

    Syracuse Orange Carter-Williams reacts as the official signals a three-point shot against the Indiana Hoosiers during the second half in their East Regional NCAA men's basketball game in Washington

    All things considered, Michael Carter-Williams had a pretty great sophomore campaign as the point guard for the Syracuse Orange. He averaged 11.9 points, 7.3 assists, 4.9 boards and 2.8 steals, which was impressive enough to get him into consideration as a lottery pick for next week’s NBA Draft once you taken into account the potential…

  5. Virginia Tech’s reliance on Erick Green didn’t hurt his chances at an NBA career

    Jun 14, 2013, 8:46 AM EDT

    Virginia Tech North Carolina Basketball

    Leading the country in scoring is not an easy thing to do. It’s even more difficult when playing in one of the Power Six conferences. In fact, prior to Virginia Tech point guard Erick Green leading the nation in scoring at 25.0 ppg in 2012-2013, the last player to be college basketball’s top point producer…

  6. Elite players returning to school and their impact on recruiting

    Jun 13, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Oklahoma St Players Return Basketball

    While much is made of how schools react to an unexpected departure to the professional ranks, just as important is how programs adjust when players decide to return to for another season. The decision can lead to a juggling act in some cases, with programs looking to keep as much talent as possible without surpassing…

  7. Can Isaiah Canaan make a splash in the NBA?

    Jun 11, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    NCAA Basketball Tournament - Murray State v Marquette

    Isaiah Canaan is a household name for college basketball fans. Murray State and the Ohio Valley Conference doesn’t typically generate household names in the powerhouse-dominated college basketball landscape, but if you take a cursory glance at Canaan’s four-year career as a Racer, you will quickly see how he broke the mold to become an unlikely…

  8. Planning for early departures begins well before April deadlines

    Jun 10, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    Pac 12 Basketball Tournament - First Round

    The days following the end of the college basketball season are important ones when it comes to the future of a program. Decisions have to be made by players with the potential to move on to the professional ranks, whether it’s to enter the NBA Draft or return to school for another season. With the…

  9. Kansas’ player development is nation’s best because Bill Self is selfish?

    Jun 7, 2013, 10:00 AM EDT

    Travis Releford, Bill Self

    John Calipari has built the Kentucky program into the HOV lane for high school prospects. To avoid the traffic jam that the one-and-done rule has turned college basketball into on their road to the NBA, those that are good enough simply take Coach Cal up on his offer. Spend one season in his hardcore, high-intensity…