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North Carolina has agreed to a contract extension with men’s basketball coach Roy Williams through 2018.
In the deal announced Thursday, Williams’ base salary will be $325,000 with supplemental income ranging from $1.35 million to $1.65 million.
He will receive a $30,000 expense allowance this season and $40,000 in each of the next six years and is also eligible for standard bonuses for reaching and advancing through the NCAA Tournament and for meeting or exceeding a NCAA academic progress rate.
It is similar to the four-year extension Williams signed in May 2007, in between the two national championships he won at the school in 2005 and ’09.
The Hall of Fame coach wasn’t the only one to agreed to a contract extension Thursday. UNC also agreed to extensions with women’s basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell and baseball coach Mike Fox.
“I’ve had the privilege to work with Roy, Sylvia and Mike — three of the true giants in their respective coaching worlds — for a long and successful period,” athletics director Dick Baddour said.
“Carolina is a special place and it’s people like them that makes it so. I am proud that one of my final responsibilities as director of athletics was to help secure their long-term commitment to the university.”
Hatchell is in her 26th season coaching the Tar Heels, leading them to a national title in 1994. Fox is in his 14th season and owns the best winning percentage in the country among active coaches. Both received extensions through 2018.
– Steve
Indiana University junior guard Maurice Creek underwent surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg Monday, according to coach Tom Crean.
It is the third serious injury in the last two years for Creek. He had surgery to repair a broken left patella in December 2009 and suffered a stress fracture in his right patella last season.
His status for the upcoming season has yet to be determined.
“This is a devastating blow to someone who has worked so hard to get himself in a position to help with this program,” Crean said. “He is going to receive the best medical care possible and we will take his recovery one day at a time.”
Creek has appeared in 30 games for the Hoosiers — 25 starts — and has averaged 11.5 points a game while shooting 37.1 percent from three-point range.
– Steve

2011 NBA Mock Draft

Posted: 23/06/2011 in NBA, NCAAB


1.) Cleveland Cavaliers (from LAC) – Kyrie Irving  – PG – Duke (freshman)

2.) Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams – SF/PF – Arizona (sophomore)

3.) Utah Jazz (from NJ) – Enas Kanter – PF/C – Turkey/Kentucky (freshman)

4.) Cleveland Cavaliers  – Jonas Valanciunas – C – Lithuania

5.)  Toronto Raptors Brandon Knight – PG/SG – Kentucky (freshman)

6.) Washington Wizards Jan Vesely – SF/PF – Czech Republic

7.) Sacramento Kings Kawhi Leonard – SF – San Diego State (sophomore)

8.) Detroit Pistons Tristan Thompson – PF – Texas (freshman)

9.) Charlotte Bobcats Kemba Walker – PG – Connecticut (junior)

10.) Milwaukee Bucks  – Marcus Morris – SF/PF – Kansas (junior)

11.) Golden State Warriors – Klay Thompson – SG/SF – Washington State (junior)

12.) Utah Jazz – Jimmer Fredette – PG – BYU (senior)

13.) Phoenix Suns – Markieff Morris – PF – Kansas (junior)

14.) Houston Rockets – Chris Singleton – SF/PF – Florida State (junior)

15.) Indiana Pacers Alec Burks – PG/SG – Colorado (sophomore)

16.) Philadelphia 76ers Bismack Biyombo – C – Congo 

17.) New York Knicks – Nikola Vucevic – C – USC (junior)

18.) Washington Wizards (from ATL) – Donatas Motiejunas – PF/C – Lithuania  

19.) Charlotte Bobcats (from NO) – Jordan Hamilton – SG/SF – Texas (sophomore)

20.) Minnesota Timberwolves (from MEM) – Marshon Brooks – SG – Providence (senior)

21.) Portland Trailblazers Kenneth Faried – PF – Morehead State (senior)

22.) Denver Nuggets – Tobias Harris – SF/PF – Tennessee (freshman)

23.) Houston Rockets (from ORL) – Iman Shumpert – PG/SG – Georgia Tech (junior)

24.) Oklahoma City Thunder Kyle Singler – SF – Duke (senior)

25.) Boston Celtics  Trey Thompkins – PF – Georgia (junior)

26.) Dallas Mavericks – Nikola Mirotic – SF/PF – Montenegro 

27.) New Jersey Nets (from LAL) – Reggie Jackson – SG – Boston College (junior)

28.) Chicago Bulls (from MIA) – Shelvin Mack – PG/SG – Butler (junior)

29.) San Antonio Spurs – Davis Bertans – SF – Latvia  

30.) Chicago Bulls Tyler Honeycutt – SG/SF – UCLA (sophomore)



1.) Norris Cole – PG – Cleveland State (senior)
2.) Justin Harper – PF – Richmond (senior)
3.) Darius Morris – PG – Michigan (sophomore)
4.) JuJuan Johnson – PF – Purdue (senior)
5.) Malcolm Lee – PG/SG – UCLA (junior)
6.) Jeremy Tyler – PF/C – Tokyo Apache
7.) Josh Selby – PG/SG – Kansas (freshman)
8.) Chandler Parsons – SF – Florida (senior)
9.) Jon Leuer – PF – Wisconsin (senior)
10.) Nolan Smith – PG/SG – Duke (senior)
11.) Jimmy Butler – SF – Marquette (senior)
12.) Travis Leslie – SG/SF – Georgia (junior)
13.) Charles Jenkins – PG/SG – Hofstra (senior)
14.) Jordan Williams – PF – Maryland (sophomore)
15.) Bojan Bogdanovic – SG/SF – Fenerbahe Ulke
16.) Cory Joseph – PG – Texas (freshman)
17.) Keith Benson – C – Oakland (senior)
18.) Andrew Goudelock – PG/SG – Charleston (senior)
19.) Greg Smith – PF/C – Fresno State (sophomore)
20.) E’twaun Moore – PG/SG – Purdue (senior)
21.) Malcolm Thomas – PF – San Diego State (senior)
22.) Xavi Rabaseda – SG – Regal FC Barcelona
23.) Jereme Richmond – SF – Illinois (freshman)
24.) Rick Jackson – PF – Syracuse (senior)
25.) DeAndre Liggins – SG – Kentucky (junior)
26.) Willie Reed – PF – St. Louis (junior)
27.) David Lighty – SG – Ohio State (senior)
28.) Matthew Bryan-Amaning – PF – Washington (senior)
29.) Jamine Peterson – PF – New Mexico Thunderbirds
30.) Julvan Stone – PG – UTEP (senior)
31.) Demetri McCamey – PG – Illinois (senior)
32.) Scotty Hopson – SG/SF – Tennessee (junior)
33.) Diante Garrett – PG – Iowa State (senior)
34.) Jamie Skeen – PF – VCU (senior)
35.) Brad Wanamaker – PG/SG – Pittsburgh (senior)
36.) Jon Diebler – SG – Ohio State (senior)
37.) Ravern Johnson – SG/SF – Mississippi State (senior)
38.) Xavier Silas – SG – Northern Illinois (senior)
39.) LaceDarius Dunn – SG – Baylor (senior)
40.) Lavoy Allen – PF – Temple (senior)
41.) Chris Wright – SF/PF – Dayton (senior)
42.) Ben Hansbrough – PG/SG – Notre Dame (senior)
43.) Justin Hurtt – SG – Tulsa (senior)
44.) Gary Flowers – SF – Southern Mississippi (senior)
45.) Mike Davis – SF/PF – Illinois (senior)
46.) Vernon Macklin – PF – Florida (senior)
47.) Michael Dunigan – PF – Hapoel Migdal Jerusalem
48.) DeAngelo Casto – PF – Washington State (junior)
49.) Jacob Pullen – PG/SG – Kansas State (senior)
50.) Terrence Jennings – PF – Louisville (junior)
51.) Pablo Aguilar – SF/PF – CB Granada
52.) Cam Long – SG – George Mason (senior)
53.) Delroy James – SF – Rhode Island (senior)
54.) Dougas Balbay – PG – Texas (senior)
55.) Gilbert Brown – SG – Pittsburgh (senior)
56.) Mark Payne – PG/SG – UC Davis (senior)
57.) Corey Fisher – PG – Villanova (senior)
58.) Austin Freeman – SG – Georgetown (senior)
59.) Alex Tyus – SF/PF – Florida (senior)
60.) Jeremy Hazell – SG – Seton Hall (senior)- Steve

NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Posted: 20/04/2011 in NBA, NCAAB


… as of Tuesday, April 20, 2011

1 Timberolves Kyrie Irving PG/SG Duke
2 Cavaliers Derrick Williams PF Arizona
3 Raptors Enas Kanter PF/C Kentucky
4 Wizards Donatas Motiejunas PF/C Lithuania
5 Kings Kemba Walker PG Uconn
6 Jazz Brandon Knight PG Kentucky
7 Pistons Bismack Biyombo PF Congo
8 Cavaliers Jan Vesely F Czech Republic
9 Bobcats Jonas Valanciunas C Lithuania
10 Bucks Jimmer Fredette PG BYU
11 Warriors Terrence Jones F Kentucky
12 Jazz Alec Burks SG Colorado
13 Suns Kawhi Leonard SF San Diego State
14 Rockets Tristan Thompson PF Texas
15 Pacers Marcus Morris SF/PF Kansas
16 76ers Markieff Morris PF Kansas
17 Knicks Tyler Honeycutt SG/SF UCLA
18 Wizards Jordan Hamilton SG/SF Texas
19 Bobcats Tobias Harris SF Tennessee
20 Timberolves Chris Singleton SF/PF Florida State
21 Blazers Kenneth Faried PF Morehead State
22 Nuggets Trey Thompkins PF Georgia
23 Rockets Shelvin Mack PG/SG Butler
24 Thunder Nolan Smith PG Duke
25 Celtics Jordan Williams PF Maryland
26 Mavericks JuJuan Johnson PF Purdue
27 Nets Jeremy Tyler PF USA
28 Bulls Kyle Singer SF Duke
29 Spurs Jon Leuer PF Wisconsin
30 Bulls Reggie Jackson G Boston College

– Steve

Duke G Irving declares for NBA Draft

Duke freshman point guard Kyrie Irving said Wednesday that he will enter the NBA Draft and plans to hire an agent.

Irving played just 11 games this past season after suffering a toe injury on his right foot that kept him out of 26. He received high praise for his first eight games before the injury, however, and returned to action just in time for the NCAA Tournament.

“This was a special year for me,” Irving said in a statement. “I love everything about Duke and I’m going to miss it. Duke has a special place in my heart. Even though I’m leaving this year, Duke will always be in my mind and my heart. I’m going to miss putting on that No. 1 jersey.”

Irving helped West Region No. 1 Duke make it to the Sweet 16 and averaged 17.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 2.0 assists in the tournament.

His coming-out game was a 31-point performance against then-No. 6 Michigan State in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge in December. It was only the fourth time in school history a freshman scored 30 or more points, but Irving was injured in Duke’s next game.

“Our whole program is overjoyed with having Kyrie here for one year and that he has the chance now to pursue a dream of being a high draft pick and a great player in the NBA,” said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We are totally supportive of Kyrie, his family and his decision.”

Irving is expected to be one of the top picks of the draft on June 23 in New York City.


– Steve

Top Dogs: Huskies beat Butler for title
From the depths of the valley mired by NCAA inquiry to the top of the college basketball world, Connecticut took Butler’s best punch but stood tall to win its third national championship, 53-41. “We are brothers, we were trusting of each other,” said UConn head coach Jim Calhoun. “This one means a lot.”

Jeremy Lamb scored all 12 of his points in the second half, Kemba Walker led the way with 16 points and nine rebounds, and Alex Oriakhi posted a double- double of 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Huskies (32-9), who won five games in five days to take the Big East Tournament in New York then rattled off six in a row to give Calhoun his third national championship, putting him in an exclusive club with John Wooden, Adolph Rupp, Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski as the only head coaches with three or more national titles. Calhoun, 68, also became the oldest head coach to win a national championship, surpassing Phog Allen, who won his last national championship at age 66 with Kansas.

“Coach gave me the keys (after last season),” said Walker. “From that point on, I just drove. I called these guys, told them that we were going to work hard.”

Shelvin Mack scored 13 points with nine rebounds and Chase Stigall, who made just 1-of-13 three-pointers until Monday night, made three treys for nine points. Butler (28-10) shot a championship game-worst 18.8 percent from the floor and lost in the title game for the second straight season.

“Forty-one points is not good enough to win any game, let alone the national championship game, but I was proud of our guys. We got decent looks in the second half, but we missed quite a few,” said Butler head coach Brand Stevens.

The Bulldogs’ shooting woes allowed the Huskies to take command in the second half.

UConn went on a field-goal drought on its own that lasted approximately eight minutes spanning both halves before Walker connected on a jumper. Lamb then scored five straight and Walker made 1-of-2 free throws to cap eight straight points for a 27-25 lead.

The Bulldogs’ offense was anemic, bothered by the Huskies length but also missing clean looks from deep and several inside layups over a scoreless seven-minute stretch. Butler’s six-point lead in the opening seconds of the second half became a double-digit deficit over time, as back-to-back layups by Lamb and Walker made the score 39-28. Butler scored its first points in the paint just before the six-minute mark, but Oriakhi countered with a slam and subsequent foul shot for a 43-30 advantage.

“We kept telling each other, ‘Keep shooting, shots are going to go in.’ It just wasn’t happening,” said Butler forward Matt Howard.

Butler got as close as eight, 49-41, on a Mack three-pointer with 1:41 to play, but never got closer.

Mack’s late trey capped a first half marked by a mixture of suffocating defense and shaky shooting, but the Bulldogs took a 22-19 lead into the locker room.

The Bulldogs shot just 22 percent and made only one shot inside the arc, yet got the bigger, stronger Huskies in foul trouble and held Walker to 3-of-11 shooting.

At the first media timeout, the two teams were a combined 1-of-18 from the floor, and UConn’s length was a major factor with three early blocks. Walker’s first basket came nearly seven minutes into the contest after he missed his first five shots, and in a rare sight, he was taken out for the first time in four games approaching the 12:00 mark.

The Huskies scored 10 of their first 13 points in the paint, and the Bulldogs didn’t convert a two-point field goal until Andrew Smith’s bucket with 10:20 to play.

Mack didn’t score until he made a free throw with just over nine minutes on the clock, and the Bulldogs collectively stayed in the game by racking up fouls on the Huskies, who saw both Lamb and Oriakhi saddled with two fouls each in the game’s first 11 minutes.

The physical affair continued with UConn making seven of its first eight field goals in the paint and Butler relying on the perimeter, including Mack’s first field goal, a trey to square the contest at 19-19 with just over four minutes on the clock.

Walker became the third Connecticut player with two fouls at the 2:46 mark, and neither team scored again until Mack’s long three against tight defense as the clock ran down. The 41 combined points in a half were the fewest in a championship game since Oklahoma A&M played NYU in 1945, and the Huskies’ 19 were the fewest for a single team in a tournament final since 1960.

– Steve

Mullin, Rodman headline 2011 Hall of Fame class
Chris Mullin and Dennis Rodman are among this year’s inductees for the Basketball Hall of Fame. The other eight members of the 2011 class are Artis Gilmore, Arvydas Sabonis, Teresa Edwards, Tara VanDerveer, Tom “Satch” Sanders, Tex Winter, Herb Magee and Reece “Goose” Tatum.

Mullin, already a Hall of Famer as a member of the 1992 U.S. Olympic “Dream Team” that was inducted last year, was among the 12 finalists that were announced in February. Rodman, Edwards, VanDerveer, Winter and Magee were the others from that group to be elected.

The other four were voted into the Hall by specific screening committees. Gilmore was selected by the newly-created ABA committee, while the veterans panel chose Sanders. Sabonis was the international committee’s pick and Tatum, a member of the Harlem Globetrotters, was selected by another new group, the early African-American Pioneers committee.

Enshrinement ceremonies are set for August 12 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Mullin, a finalist for the fourth year in a row, was a five-time NBA All-Star and collegiate standout at St. John’s, where he is still the all-time scoring leader and was named Big East Player of the Year an unprecedented three times. In addition to his 1992 gold medal, he also won Olympic gold as a collegian in 1984, then played 16 NBA seasons for Golden State and Indiana, amassing 17,911 points.

“The biggest thing is my coaches,” said Mullin, who first harkened back to his fourth-grade coach in Brooklyn before continuing. “Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca at St. John’s, in the NBA, I had so many great people to look up to.”

Rodman was arguably the premier small-forward rebounder of his generation, winning a record seven consecutive rebounding titles (1991-98). The controversial second-round pick of the Detroit Pistons in 1986 was also honored eight straight times as a member of the NBA’s All-Defensive team and won five NBA titles, two with Detroit and three with Chicago, but also had many off-court issues that helped made him a household name.

“It’s cool man. I feel kind of out of place,” Rodman said Monday. “[The Hall of Fame] could have went the other way. They could have said some the things you’ve done off the court are not conducive of the Hall of Fame.”

Gilmore starred for Kentucky of the old ABA, which rivaled the NBA from 1967 until merging with the more established league in 1976. He was a member of the ABA’s 30-man all-time team, won one ABA title and captured the MVP award in 1972. He was also a six-time All-Star in the NBA after the merger, finishing with more than 24,000 combined points.

Sabonis was known as one of the top big men in European history and also played in the NBA with the Portland Trail Blazers from 1995-2003. Considered one of the top passing centers of all-time, Sabonis was named the Euroleague’s MVP and was a two-time European Player of the Year. He also won Olympic gold and bronze playing for the old Soviet Union and with his native Lithuania.

Edwards, a women’s committee selection, was the first American basketball player to participate in five Olympic Games — winning gold four times and bronze in the fifth. In college, she was a two-time All-America selection while leading Georgia to the Final Four twice.

VanDerveer, also a women’s committee choice, began her collegiate coaching career in 1978 and continues today at Stanford. She has guided the Cardinal to a pair of NCAA championships with nine Final Four appearances, and has won more than 800 games during her tenure. On the international level, she guided the U.S. women to Olympic gold in 1996.

Sanders was a member of eight NBA championship teams with the Boston Celtics from 1961-69. He also coached the Celtics and was a coach on the collegiate level at Harvard. Following his coaching career he became instrumental in the development of the NBA’s Rookie Transition Program and was a founder of the player programs for the NBA.

Winter began his coaching career in 1947 as an assistant with Kansas State and compiled a 454-333 record as a collegiate head coach with the Wildcats, Washington and Long Beach State. He was also part of nine NBA championships with the Chicago Bulls and Los Angeles Lakers, and is known for building the foundation of the triangle-post offense that has fueled the success for both teams.

Magee has won more than 900 games at Division II Philadelphia University, where he has coached since 1966. His victory count is good for first all-time in NCAA basketball history for any level at the same institution and he continues to be active today at Philly U, where he has guided the school to 25 NCAA Division II Tournament appearances with one title.

Tatum, who will be enshrined posthumously, was the original clown prince of the Harlem Globetrotters and would be known as a basketball ambassador around the world for more than 25 years. He would play the important pivot position in the Globetrotter offense and was one of the first to shoot the hook shot with an arm span of 84-inches.

To be elected, finalists required 18 of 24 votes from the Honors Committee of the Hall of Fame.

Finalists that did not gain selection were Maurice Cheeks, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, Dick Motta, Al Attles and referee Hank Nichols.

– Steve