Josh Newman

Josh Newman is an SNY.tv contributor, writing about college basketball and the Brooklyn Nets. He is also a staff writer at the Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, covering college basketball and college football. 

Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)
Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)

Critiqued for its perceived lack of dominance despite winning Group A, the United States saved its best for last on Sunday in the gold medal game.

Kevin Durant continued a career full of monster gold medal games, finishing with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting and four assists to lead the Americans to a 96-66 throttling of Serbia on Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. The gold medal is the United States' third straight and sixth in the last seven Olympics.

Playing in his record fourth and final Olympics, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony became the third American men's basketball player to win three gold medals. His first Olympics, the infamous 2004 Athens Games, yielded a bronze.

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Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)
Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)

Critiqued for its perceived lack of dominance despite winning Group A, the United States saved its best for last on Sunday in the gold medal game.

Kevin Durant continued a career full of monster gold medal games, finishing with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting and four assists to lead the Americans to a 96-66 throttling of Serbia on Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. The gold medal is the United States' third straight and sixth in the last seven Olympics.

Playing in his record fourth and final Olympics, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony became the third American men's basketball player to win three gold medals. His first Olympics, the infamous 2004 Athens Games, yielded a bronze.

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Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)
Carmelo Anthony, left, and Team USA teammate guard Kyrie Irving celebrate another U.S. men's basketball Olympic gold. (David E. Klutho-USA TODAY Sports)

Critiqued for its perceived lack of dominance despite winning Group A, the United States saved its best for last on Sunday in the gold medal game.

Kevin Durant continued a career full of monster gold medal games, finishing with 30 points on 10-for-19 shooting and four assists to lead the Americans to a 96-66 throttling of Serbia on Sunday afternoon in Rio de Janeiro. The gold medal is the United States' third straight and sixth in the last seven Olympics.

Playing in his record fourth and final Olympics, the Knicks' Carmelo Anthony became the third American men's basketball player to win three gold medals. His first Olympics, the infamous 2004 Athens Games, yielded a bronze.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman dish out a new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast. 

First up, former Nike executive Sonny Vaccaro calls in to discuss the latest in the Sneaker Wars. Then, Reggie Carter of Team IZOD joined the show in the 2nd quarter to chat about recruiting and Nike's decision to send 12 kids to the Bahamas in lieu of the Elite 24 showcase.

The guys continue the recruiting conversation in the 3rd quarter, and round out the show in the 4th quarter with some Team USA and NBA discussion.

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Mokan Elite Trae Young (11) reacts after a play during the second half of the Nike Peach Jam Finals against the PSA Cardinals at Riverview Park Activity Center. Mokan won 93-65. (Joshua S. Kelly)
Mokan Elite Trae Young (11) reacts after a play during the second half of the Nike Peach Jam Finals against the PSA Cardinals at Riverview Park Activity Center. Mokan won 93-65. (Joshua S. Kelly)

Under Armour's Elite 24 generally garners the most attention on the grassroots scene at this time of summer, but Nike, as usual, is not going to be outdone.

For the second year in a row, Nike is taking a 12-player roster to the Bahamas this weekend, culminating with a matchup against the Bahamian National Team on Saturday, the same day as Elite 24.

Obtained by SNY.tv on Tuesday morning, the Nike roster includes Mohamed Bamba, Brian Bowen, Troy Brown, Wendell Carter, Matt Coleman, Quade Green, Brandon McCoy, Billy Preston, Mitchell Robinson, Collin Sexton, Gary Trent, Lonnie Walker, P.J. Washington and Trae Young.

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Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay celebrates with guard Will Barton after a play in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)
Denver Nuggets guard Emmanuel Mudiay celebrates with guard Will Barton after a play in the fourth quarter against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Pepsi Center. (Isaiah J. Downing/USA Today Sports Images)

The Sports U trio of Naz Reid, Louis King and Jahvon Quinerly headline the local contingent for the Under Armour Elite 24, which released its rosters Thursday afternoon for the Aug. 20 game at Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pier 2. 

New York City natives Sid Wilson, Nick Richards, Hamidou Diallo and Moses Brown will also play in a game featuring top-end talent from across the country. Among the five-star recruits on the rosters are Trevon Duval, Kevin Knox and Brandon McCoy

Sources previously told SNY.tv that Duval, Reid, Quinerly, King, Brown and Wilson were invited to Elite 24. 

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College basketball doesn't kick off for another three months, but Markelle Fultz already has Washington fans excited.

The Huskies freshman point guard continued his strong play on the team's foreign tour to Australia and New Zealand, scoring a team-high 23 points on 9-for-14 shooting to go along with eight rebounds and five assists in a 92-79 win Sunday morning over the Mainland Eagles in New Zealand.

Fultz, the MVP of the FIBA Americas U18 Championship last month, has led Washington in scoring each of the first three games, and is averaging 24.7 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists.

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John Petty, Alabama's reigning Mr. Basketball and a top-10 wing in the Class of 2017, cut his list to five schools early Saturday morning.

The 6-foot-6 Petty, who plays for Huntsville (AL) J.O. Johnson High School and Team Penny on the Nike circuit, is down to Kentucky, Alabama, Kansas, Connecticut and Florida State.

The Wildcats and in-state Crimson Tide are the perceived favorites to land Petty. He is one of 14 players in the Class of 2017 to have a confirmed offer from Kentucky, according to Ben Roberts of the Lexington Herald-Leader. Petty is set to take an official visit to Alabama Aug. 25-26.

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NEW YORK - Samba Diallo didn't get much recruiting interest last season as a sophomore at North Jersey parochial power Pope John, but that soon changed.

A 6-foot-6 2018 Senegalese wing, Diallo put together a productive spring and summer on the Adidas circuit for the New York Jayhawks and now, the offers are coming.

Per Jayhawks program director Jay David, VCU, Iona, Hofstra, Stony Brook, Monmouth and Manhattan have all offered. American, Virginia, St. Joseph's and Towson have been in touch recently, while Diallo noted that West Virginia has been calling, too.

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NEW YORK -- The Adidas-sponsored Mass Rivals AAU program is growing up, and Taelon Martin looks primed to be a significant part of that.

The Mass Rivals 17-under team made waves this summer by going 21-0 at four tournaments in July, capped by winning the Adidas Summer Championships in Las Vegas. Meanwhile, Martin, a 2019 guard from Springfield (MA) Putnam Vo-Tech, split time this summer between the 15, 16 and 17-under squads, while picking up his first two Division I offers in June from the University of Massachusetts and the University of Rhode Island.

Aside from the Minutemen and Rams, Martin has interest from two other New England schools, Providence and Connecticut. As Martin's profile expands, his list of suitors will surely do the same.

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NEW YORK - Brandon Randolph cut his list to 12 schools late last month, but the 6-foot-6 shooting guard isn't offering up much beyond that on his recruitment.

"Soon," the 2017 Westtown (Pa.) School and PSA Cardinals standout told SNY.tv on Friday afternoon at practice for Saturday night's Big Strick Classic when asked when he might trim his suitors again. "I don't really have a timeline, but I know it's soon. "I would take on more offers, but these 12 have been recruiting me the hardest for a long time. I feel comfortable with these 12. I have a relationship with all of them, and that's great."

On July 24, the Yonkers, N.Y. native took to Twitter to announce he is down to a list of 12 that includes Louisville, Alabama, Miami, Arizona, Indiana, Notre Dame, Oregon, North Carolina, Kansas, Syracuse, Xavier, and Wake Forest.

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NEW YORK - Makai Ashton-Langford intends to cut his list soon but is also reiterating that three schools are working the hardest for his services.

"UConn, Louisville and Providence are showing the most love," the 6-foot-2 Brewster Academy point guard told SNY.tv Friday morning before Big Strick Classic practice at Gauchos Gym in the Bronx. "I'm probably going to wait to sign. I'm going to go on visits and we'll see where it goes from there.

"All three of them I think fit my playing style. All of the coaches have been talking to me a lot, and that's important. I want to have a good relationship with all the coaches. Who wouldn't want to be coached by Kevin Ollie, Rick Pitino and Ed Cooley?"

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One of the top centers in the Class of 2017 is headed to the ACC.

Malik Williams, a 7-footer who plays for Fort Wayne (IN) R Nelson Snider High School and Legit Basketball on the AAU scene, offered a verbal commitment to Rick Pitino and Louisville on Thursday afternoon via his Twitter account.

Williams, the No. 3 center and No. 32 overall recruit according to 247sports.com's composite rankings, is the first 2017 commit for the Cardinals.

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One of the nation's biggest summer basketball events is returning to New York.

Under Armour announced on Wednesday morning that the Elite 24 will take place at Brooklyn Bridge Park Pier 2, which is located along the East River, on Aug. 20. This marks the fourth straight year the game will be played in Brooklyn, and the third straight year it will be held at Pier 2.

For the second straight year, the event is NBA-sanctioned, meaning personnel from all 30 teams are expected to attend.

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Mar 2, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25) guards UCLA Bruins guard Jonah Bolden (43) in the second half of the game at Pauley Pavilion. Oregon won 76-68. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)
Mar 2, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Oregon Ducks forward Chris Boucher (25) guards UCLA Bruins guard Jonah Bolden (43) in the second half of the game at Pauley Pavilion. Oregon won 76-68. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports (Jayne Kamin-Oncea)

UCLA is preparing to take a trip to Australia next month, and it is doing so without two key pieces.

The school announced Tuesday that junior wing Jonah Bolden would forego his final two years of eligibility and turn professional and play in Europe. The news of Bolden leaving comes less than two weeks after sophomore guard Prince Ali underwent surgery to repair a torn left meniscus. That injury occurred on July 8 during a pickup game.

Wednesday on the 4 Quarters Podcast, Bruins assistant coach David Grace addressed Bolden, Ali, and several other topics.

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It took some doing, but USA Basketball is bringing more gold back stateside. 

After the United States Under-17 National Team won gold at the FIBA World Championship earlier this month, the U18 team followed suit on Saturday evening, capturing gold at the FIBA Americas Championship with a 99-84 win over Canada in Valdivia, Chile. 

Incoming Washington freshman Markelle Fultz was named tournament MVP after leading five players in double-figured with a team-high 23 points on 10-for-16 shooting to go along with five assists and five rebounds for the United States, which finished the tournament a perfect 5-0. Consensus five-star recruit P.J. Washington added 19 on 7-for-8 shooting in the win. 

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman drop an all-new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast. 

First up, NC State head coach Mark Gottfried calls in to talk about a busy July for all college coaches, recruiting, big offseason additions for the Wolfpack, and the future of the ACC. Then, Director of the RENS AAU program Andy Borman returns to the show to discuss Peach Jam, Hamidou Diallo, Jordan Tucker, and more.  

Later, Adam and Josh deliver full rundowns of the Peach Jam and the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown.

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Canada's Tristan Thompson goes up for a shot against France Sunday. (AP)
Canada's Tristan Thompson goes up for a shot against France Sunday. (AP)

The Canadian National Team will have to wait at least four more years for an Olympic bid.

Tony Parker scored a game-high 26 points, EuroLeague star Nando de Colo added 22 and France outlasted the Canadians, 83-74, in the final of the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Sunday in the Philippines.

France qualifies for the Olympics for the second straight time and ninth time overall, while Canada was denied its first bid since 2000. Coincidentally, Canada Basketball General Manager Steve Nash was on that 2000 Canada team, which was eliminated from medal contention in the quarterfinals by France.

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PHILADELPHIA - David Beatty cut his list to eight schools late last month, but that doesn't mean it can't still grow.

The Philadelphia native and star combo guard at St. Benedict's Prep led Philly Pride to a win over Team Takeover late Saturday afternoon at the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown, then clarified his recruiting situation.

"I'm still open, but I cut my list to eight schools because that's just who I'm interested in," said Beatty, who is a top-100 recruit and top-3 combo guard nationally according to 247sports.com's composite rankings. "I'm still open, so if any other school comes in the mix, I might be interested.

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(Tom Reifsnyder / Elevate Hoops)

PHILADELPHIA - Towards the end of a dominant showing from Sports U's 16-under team Saturday afternoon at the Elevate Hoops Summer Showdown, everyone was forced to hold their breath.

Naz Reid, a member of Sports U's 'Fab 5' and a 2018 five-star forward out of Roselle Catholic, went crashing to the floor with an apparent left leg injury in the second half of a win over Baltimore United. The No. 9 player in the Class of 2018 according to 247sports.com's composite rankings stayed down on the floor for several minutes before being helped to his feet and to the bench.

Reid was able to put some pressure on the leg as he walked back to a conference room inside Philadelphia University's Gallagher Athletic Center.

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(Tom Reifsnyder / Elevate Hoops)

PHILADELPHIA - As the July recruiting periods begin to unfold, Eli Brooks is beginning to pick up interest from high-major programs.

The Class of 2017 point guard from Spring Grove (Pa.) High School and the Jersey Shore Warriors AAU program recently visited Ohio State, Michigan and Villanova, all of which came aboard after a strong spring on the AAU circuit. Brooks said none of those three schools have offered yet.

The national-champion Wildcats, who are located approximately 100 miles west from Spring Grove, are an especially-intriguing program for the 6-foot-1 guard.

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Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 points and had six rebounds to help lead the USA U-17 team Sunday. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)
Gary Trent Jr. scored 17 points and had six rebounds to help lead the USA U-17 team Sunday. (Photo courtesy USA Basketball)

The possibility of a United States-Canada gold medal game at the FIBA U17 World Championships remains alive as both teams reached the round of 16.

Both countries handled business in their respective group-stage finales on Sunday. The Americans routed Egypt 104-57 in Zaragoza, Spain, to finish 3-0 on top of Group A. Later Sunday afternoon, Canada defeated China, 105-54, to polish off a 3-0 showing in Group C.

For the United States, Marquette commit Markus Howard led seven players in double-figures with a game-high 19 points on 7-for-13 shooting to go along with six assists and five rebounds. Gary Trent Jr. added 17 points and six rebounds.

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Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be seeking his third Olympic gold medal in Rio. (Adam Hunger)
Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will be seeking his third Olympic gold medal in Rio. (Adam Hunger)

Nursing injuries, seeking rest and growing Zika-virus fears haven't made putting together the United States National Team for the Rio Olympics easy, but the 12-man group appears set.

Reports surfaced on Saturday of Harrison Barnes and Kyrie Irving accepting U.S. spots. Those two got the roster to 12. They will reportedly join Kyle Lowry, Jimmy Butler, Klay Thompson, DeMar DeRozan, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Harrison Barnes, DeMarcus Cousins, Draymond Greene, and DeAndre Jordan.

USA Basketball is scheduled to officially announce the National Team roster on Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

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Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)
Dec 12, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Isaiah Briscoe (13) passes the ball against Arizona State Sun Devils guard Gerry Blakes (4) and forward Eric Jacobsen (21) in the second half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Arizona State 72-58. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)

NEW YORK -- Three players from the University of Kentucky were selected in the NBA Draft on Thursday evening, while three players from New Jersey were taken in the first round.

Had Isaiah Briscoe kept his name in the draft, it may have been four Wildcats and four Garden State products instead.

Like underclassmen teammates Jamal Murray, Skal Labissiere and Tyler Ulis, Briscoe, a former standout guard at Roselle Catholic, declared for the draft and was invited to the NBA Draft Combine last month. He worked out for six NBA teams, but ultimately decided to return to Lexington for his sophomore season.

"That's his decision," Murray said Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York. "He's NBA-ready, but needs another year to get better. Great body, great passion, he's very driven, motivated, so I think he'll be really significant at Kentucky.

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 (Noah K. Murray)
(Noah K. Murray)

The good news for the Nets is they have a first-round pick in the 2017 NBA Draft. The bad news is it isn't really theirs.

With the 2016 draft come and gone, this seems like a good time to touch on the Nets' draft-pick situation, which is dire. As part of the blockbuster draft-night trade in 2013 that sent the Nets Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, the Nets returned to the Boston Celtics -- among other things -- first-round picks in 2014, 2016 and 2018, with the latter two being unprotected.

Additionally, the Celtics have the right to swap first-round picks with the Nets in 2017. This is where the ugliness comes in.

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 (Benny Sieu)
(Benny Sieu)

NEW YORK - If you're looking for an example of the current strength of this new Big East, consider the first 18 picks of Thursday evening's NBA Draft.

Providence point guard Kris Dunn, the two-time Big East Player of the Year, was chosen fifth overall by the Minnesota Timberwolves. Later in the evening, Marquette freshman forward Henry Ellenson was viewed by many as a steal after he sat in the Green Room longer than expected, eventually getting scooped up by the Detroit Pistons. He is the Big East's first one-and-done since Pitt's Steven Adams in 2013.

Two of the league's stars getting picked early Thursday can only help the league's profile, but then consider that Seton Hall's Isaiah Whitehead was chosen 42nd by his hometown Brooklyn Nets, and Dunn's teammate, Ben Bentil, went 51st to the Boston Celtics.

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 (Brad Penner)
(Brad Penner)

NEW YORK - Tom Thibodeau has his point guard.

Already armed with several of the best young, dynamic players in the NBA like Andrew Wiggins and Karl-Anthony Towns, the Wolves added another, selecting Providence point guard Kris Dunn with the fifth overall pick of the NBA Draft Thursday evening at Barclays Center.

Dunn, a New London, Conn. native who was passed up at No. 3 by the Boston Celtics in favor of Jaylen Brown, is the highest draft pick out of the Big East program since Otis Thorpe went ninth overall in 1984. Dunn is the first Friar to be drafted since Ricky Ledo in 2013.

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 (Jerry Lai)
(Jerry Lai)

NEW YORK - There may have been drama at the NBA Draft regarding who would go at No. 3, but there was none at the very top.

As expected, LSU freshman sensation Ben Simmons was selected first overall by the Philadelphia 76ers, while Duke freshman wing Brandon Ingram went No. 2 to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Simmons going No. 1 makes it seven years in a row that a one-and-done college star was selected first overall (John Wall, 2010; Kyrie Irving, 2011; Anthony Davis, 2012; Anthony Bennett, 2013; Andrew Wiggins, 2014; Karl-Anthony Towns, 2015). Simmons joins Irving and Andrew Bogut as the only Australian players ever selected first overall.

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Simi Shittu plays against La Lumiere in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament. (AP)
Simi Shittu plays against La Lumiere in the DICK'S Sporting Goods High School National Basketball Tournament. (AP)

 

The United States Under-17 National Team entered the FIBA World Championships on Thursday afternoon a perfect 23-0 all-time at the event dating back to 2010.

That dominance didn't stop with Thursday's game.

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Jan 9, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum. The Wildcats defeated the Tide 77-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)
Jan 9, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari during the game against Alabama Crimson Tide at Coleman Coliseum. The Wildcats defeated the Tide 77-61. Mandatory Credit: Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports (Marvin Gentry)

John Calipari did an ESPN media tour on Thursday morning ahead of the NBA Draft, and things appeared a little awkward when the Kentucky head coach came on SportsCenter.

The topic turned to recent comments Calipari has made, which were construed as digs at University of North Carolina head coach Roy Williams and Louisville head coach Rick Pitino, both of whom are enduring lengthy NCAA investigations.

Pitino responded on Monday to the Louisville Courier-Journal, then came Thursday and SportsCenter host Jay Crawford interviewing Calipari.

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 (Geoff Burke)
(Geoff Burke)

NEW YORK -- In an NBA Draft widely perceived as a two-player event, multiple reports have surfaced this week that the Philadelphia 76ers will select Ben Simmons No. 1, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers selecting Brandon Ingram at No. 2.

If that holds true when the scene shifts to Barclays Center on Thursday evening, then this draft truly starts at No. 3. At that spot, nearly a half-dozen players have been mentioned in recent weeks, so when the Boston Celtics go on the clock, things could get interesting.

"They talked to me, I came in for a second workout and obviously, if I'm coming on for a second workout, they have some heavy interest," said Cal wing Jaylen Brown, who was once projected as high as No. 1 while a senior at Marietta (Ga.) High School, and is now projected at No. 8 by DraftExpress. "I talked to them about that, and things went well. Boston has a great history, great tradition, and it's a great city. I wouldn't mind being there."

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts after dunking the ball against the Albany Great Danes in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) reacts after dunking the ball against the Albany Great Danes in the second half of the game at Rupp Arena. (Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports)

NEW YORK - Rarely, if ever, does an NBA team allow a player it just drafted to represent his country at the Olympics in the same year.

There is too much newly-invested money in draft picks, and too much to learn in a short period of time, so NBA teams prefer their new guys focus on them, not on outside interests.

This is the problem facing Jamal Murray, who will hear his name called at the NBA Draft on Thursday evening. The Canadian sensation and former University of Kentucky star would like to play for Canada this summer, but based on how these things generally work, it seems unlikely.

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McDonalds High School All-American guard Malik Monk dunks during the McDonalds All-American Powerade Jamfest at the Chicago Theatre. (Brian Spurlock)
McDonalds High School All-American guard Malik Monk dunks during the McDonalds All-American Powerade Jamfest at the Chicago Theatre. (Brian Spurlock)

NEW YORK - John Calipari may have his best recruiting class ever next season, what with a whopping five five-star recruits.

The question now begs, who will be the best of that group? Skal Labissiere believes he has the answer.

"Malik Monk was one of my teammates (on the Nike EYBL circuit with the Arkansas Wings), and I think he can be the best player on that team," Labissiere said Wednesday afternoon at NBA Draft Media Day at the Grand Hyatt New York. "He's a high-flyer, he can really shoot the basketball. He's athletic, he has hang-time in the air and he's very competitive. He's a winner.

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 (Randy Sartin)
(Randy Sartin)

If Tyler Ulis does indeed have a significant hip issue, as is being reported, it comes as a surprise to John Calipari.

A report from Basketball Insiders last week stated that Ulis, Calipari's 5-foot-10 point guard who declared for the NBA Draft after his sophomore season, has a "pretty significant hip issue, which some believe may require surgery down the line."

Addressing the media via conference call on Tuesday morning, two days before the Draft, Calipari seemed as surprised as some other people.

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Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
Oct 3, 2015; Louisville, KY, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino talks to the media following a scrimmage at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

At some point this summer, Rick Pitino would like some clarification from John Calipari.

On June 14, Calipari appeared on Mike Lupica's podcast, and the subject turned to NCAA violations and whether coaches should be held accountable for what happens under their watch. Calipari's comments were perceived to be digs at Louisville's Rick Pitino, and North Carolina's Roy Williams, both of whom are dealing with NCAA investigations. This, after Calipari took a perceived shot at Duke's Mike Krzyzewski in late-May.

On Monday, Pitino responded to Calipari.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman prove that the college hoops season never really ends, as they deliver an all-new edition of The 4 Quarters Podcast. 

First up, former Manhattan and St. John's coach and current ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla returns to the show to chat about the NBA Combine, Hoop Summit, Terrance Ferguson, Josh Jackson, and more. Then, DeMatha Coach Mike Jones calls in to talk about Bam Adebayo, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, and others. 

Later, Adam and Josh cover the Jordan Brand Classic and the Sneaker Wars, and wrap the show with a look at the big recent transfers in college basketball.

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NEW YORK -- When Tony Bradley committed to the University of North Carolina on Sept. 2, he did so knowing senior big man Brice Johnson was on the way out. 

Johnson's Tar Heels career came to a close via last-second loss to Villanova in the national championship game earlier this month, so now the countdown to Bradley's arrival in Chapel Hill is on.

Replacing Johnson will be no easy task, seeing as how he averaged 17.0 points, 10.4 rebounds, but can Bradley at least make a significant impact?

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 (Brian Spurlock)
(Brian Spurlock)

NEW YORK -- Jamal Murray is off to the NBA, as is Tyler Ulis, so it appears incoming five-star point guard De'Aaron Fox will be running the show at the University of Kentucky next season.

Murray leaving Lexington after one season came as no surprise, but the ascension of Ulis to SEC Player of the Year and projected first-round pick this June was a radical development -- one that should work in Fox's favor.

"Everybody thought he (Murray) was gonna leave at the end of the year," Fox said Wednesday afternoon at the HSS Training Center after practice for the Jordan Brand Classic on Friday night at Barclays Center. "The biggest reaction was probably to Tyler. What he's done, and everybody thought since he was small, he would play four years. He proved everybody wrong. He's leaving some big shoes to fill."

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McDonald's All-American West guard Frank Jackson (3) takes a shot during the McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. (Brian Spurlock)
McDonald's All-American West guard Frank Jackson (3) takes a shot during the McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. (Brian Spurlock)

NEW YORK -- Duke has one point guard transferring, Derryck Thornton, and one coming in, five-star senior Frank Jackson, so we will never know what the dynamic would be like had both been on the same team next season.

When news of Thornton's transfer broke on Sunday, few people seemed surprised. Count Jackson among them.

"I'm gonna be honest with you, it didn't surprise me," Jackson told SNY.tv Wednesday morning at the HSS Training Center after he and his West teammates finished up practice for Friday night's Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. "I saw it throughout the season, but that's his decision, and that's what him and his family thought was best for him."

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Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) leaves the court after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of game eleven of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown)
Kentucky Wildcats guard Jamal Murray (23) leaves the court after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs during the second half of game eleven of the SEC tournament at Bridgestone Arena. (Jim Brown)

To the surprise of no one, Canadian freshman sensation Jamal Murray announced Friday he will forego his final three years of eligibility at the University of Kentucky and enter the NBA Draft. 

Murray will hire an agent, meaning he cannot return to school. 

Murray, the projected No. 6 pick according to DraftExpress, averaged 20.0 points per game, which is the most by a player at the school under seventh-year head coach John Calipari. He is the 17th one-and-done under Calipari.

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 (Jeffrey Becker)
(Jeffrey Becker)

Whether or not you believe John Calipari is a genius or is making a mockery of the new NBA Draft process, he is certainly trying to be different.

Kentucky's head coach took to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon to announce that all -- yes all -- of his eligible players, including his walk-ons, will submit their names for the June 23 NBA Draft.

A new rule in place beginning this year states that any underclassman can enter the draft and attend the NBA Draft Combine while still maintaining his eligibility as long as he does not retain an agent. In order to remain eligible, players have to withdraw from the draft within 10 days of the combine, which runs May 11-15.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver a fresh episode The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv.

First up, Fox Sports 1 Analyst Tarik Turner returns to the show for a full chat about everything going on in the Big East, including a surging Seton Hall and a struggling St. John's. Then, Archbishop Stepinac coach Pat Massaroni calls in to discuss the recruitment of Jordan Tucker and Aundre Hyatt.

Later, Adam and Josh cover college storylines out of Kansas, Rutgers, and the Ivy league, and then wrap it up with a recruiting round up and an SNY Invitational recap.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman dish out another episode The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv.

First up, former Manhattan and St. John's coach and current ESPN Analyst Fran Fraschilla calls in to chat about the Top 25, Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, St. John's, and Rutgers. Then, LSU assistant coach David Patrick joins the show to talk about Ben Simmons and the team's chances to make the NCAA Tournament. 

Later, Adam and Josh take a closer look at the local scene, including Iona, Manhattan, and St. John's, and then wrap it up with a recruiting round up and an SNY Invitational preview.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman are back with a brand new episode of the 4 Quarters Podcast.

The guys chat with two of the biggest names in college hoops. ESPN's Jay Bilas joins the show in the first quarter to talk about some of the good - not great - teams in D1. In the second quarter, SMU head coach Larry Brown calls in to discuss his undefeated squad, and the violations that have befallen the university.

Then, to round out the show, the guys touch on the Iona-Monmouth fight, the Rutgers "dumpster fire", and recruiting news from in and around the New York City area.

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Dec 9, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) shoots the ball against Eastern Kentucky Colonels forward Nick Mayo (10) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)
Dec 9, 2015; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats forward Skal Labissiere (1) shoots the ball against Eastern Kentucky Colonels forward Nick Mayo (10) in the first half at Rupp Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Zerof)

This has been a very trying season for highly-touted Kentucky freshman big man Skal Labissiere, but is the 6-foot-11 Haitian beginning to turn a corner?

Wildcats head coach John Calipari believes that may be the case, even if Labissiere's numbers don't completely support that notion.

"Getting Skal, he's slowly coming back to where he can give us minutes," Calipari said Monday morning on the SEC coaches teleconference. "He had a couple of blocks, some opportunities, he dunked some balls. He has a presence, but we got to see what are the max. minutes he can go right now because I don't want to throw him to the wolves like we did early, it just didn't work.

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman deliver a new episode of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, new interim UNLV head coach Todd Simon joins the show to discuss the state of the program and the current recruiting class. Then, Butler head coach Chris Holtmann calls in to talk about Roosevelt Jones, the Big East, and his recruiting philosophy. 

Later, Adam and Josh talk to Jason Curry of Big Apple Basketball about the event this weekend, including the big names that will be there like Rawle Alkins, Sacha Killeya-Jones, and more. Finally, the show wraps with a college hoops news round up, including all the rumors surrounding John Calipari and his future.

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John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

John Calipari denied his interest in returing to the NBA on Twitter, but behind the scenes he is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to run the Nets or the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.


John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

John Calipari could deny his interest in returing to the NBA as soon as during Monday morning's SEC conference call, but behind the scenes he is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to run the Nets or the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nets on Sunday fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned GM Billy King, who will now serve as a "consultant on the search process," according to Wojnarowski.

>>Nets fire Hollins, reassign King

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John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)
John Calipari is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to return to the NBA. (Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports)

John Calipari could deny his interest in returing to the NBA as soon as during Monday morning's SEC conference call, but behind the scenes he is reportedly seeking a 10-year, $120-million deal to run the Nets or the Sacramento Kings, according to a report from Yahoo's Adrian Wojnarowski.

The Nets on Sunday fired coach Lionel Hollins and reassigned GM Billy King, who will now serve as a "consultant on the search process," according to Wojnarowski.

>>Nets fire Hollins, reassign King

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Adam Zagoria and Josh Newman are back in 2016 with a new year of The 4 Quarters Podcast, covering college hoops, recruiting, and the NBA for SNY.tv. 

First up, ESPN's Jeff Goodman comes back to the show to talk Ben Simmons, Kentucky, College POY, and potential Tournament teams. Then, Thon Maker's guardian Ed Smith calls in to shine some light on Maker's recruitment and what comes next. 

Later, Adam and Josh take on some early Bracketology, while also highlighting some of the early storylines from the college hoops season - including Syracuse, SMU, and Monmouth. The show wraps up with a recruiting round up including updates on Rawle Alkins and DeAndre Ayton.

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