CBS Sports' college basketball experts polled more than 100 coaches to get their pick to win it all by Gary Parrish @GaryParrishCBS 45s ago • 4 min read CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be posting the results on several questions we asked them.Duke and Kentucky remain the co-favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament, according to oddsmakers and I still have the Wildcats No. 1 in the CBS Sports Top 25 (and one). And then there's Kansas, which is an obvious alternative candidate to occupy the top spot of any preseason ranking of college basketball teams. In other words, … [Read more...] about Candid Coaches: Who will be the best team in college basketball in the 2018-19 season?
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Luka Doncic and Mohamed Bamba could be the brightest stars in this year's NBA Draft by Reid Forgrave @ReidForgrave 10m ago • 17 min read There's plenty of groupthink in NBA Draft circles. I guess that's just the deal: Team executives, scouts and pundits all move in the same circles and see the same players at the same tournaments and the same workouts. It makes sense that consensuses tend to emerge by the time a draft comes around. But a consensus is not always right. Go no further than just one year ago, when Markelle Fultz was considered by most to be the hands-down, for-sure, no-doubt top pick in the draft. While the jury is still out on Fultz – one injury-riddled, funky-shooting rookie year does not necessarily make a bust – you'd have to think the Philadelphia 76ers aren't thrilled about passing over Jayson Tatum, Donovan Mitchell and others for Fultz. Drafting NBA players is far from an exact science. Remember what Sam … [Read more...] about 2018 NBA Mock Draft: Deandre Ayton goes No. 1, but is he the best player in this year’s class?
Eric Galko Contributor @OptimumScouting Updated at 7:53 a.m. ET Updated at 7:53 a.m. ET Watch NFLNFL with fuboTV The 2018 NFL Draft class will be defined by its quarterbacks, as this year’s group of passers is the most intriguing in recent history. But N.C. State pass-rusher Bradley Chubb and Penn State running back Saquon Barkley could turn out to be just as valuable in the NFL as any of the QBs in this class. In addition, playmakers like USC running back Ronald Jones and Texas A&M wide receiver Christian Kirk might be selected higher than you think. On the flip side, Alabama defensive back Minkah Fitzpatrick and LSU running back Derrius Guice could slip on draft day. Note: This big board does not include quarterbacks, as they can’t adequately be ranked among other position groups. SIGN UP to stream the NFL Draft LIVE on DAZN in Canada NFL Draft Big Board: Best players in … [Read more...] about NFL Draft Big Board: Final ranking of best players in 2018 class
0 of 7 Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images With the 2017-18 season officially over, the college basketball world will now turn its attention to the NBA draft and the ongoing recruiting cycle for next fall. In the spirit of seeing what's next in the college game, we've decided to take a look at the best dunkers who will be stepping foot onto campus for the first time next season. Ahead, you'll find the seven best dunkers in the 2018 recruiting class—a list that features familiar, blue-chip prospects and under-the-radar names alike. Players are ranked based on their all-around explosiveness and highlight-reel abilities when it comes to playing above the rim on the offensive end of the floor. 1 of 7 247Sports Composite Rank: 18 Commitment: LSU Nazreon Reid doesn't have the same gravity-defying leaping ability of the guys ranked ahead of him. However, with a 6'9", 220-pound frame that looks like he could step onto an NBA court today and hold his own in the … [Read more...] about Ranking the Best Dunkers in College Basketball’s 2018 Recruiting Class
Making the case to return to school, or leave for the NBA for guys like Kentucky's Jarred Vanderbilt by Matt Norlander @MattNorlander 6m ago • 9 min read More than 100 college basketball players -- freshmen through juniors -- have already declared early for the 2018 draft. Many of these players, of course, will return to school. Of the crop that's opted to test the waters, only a handful have true on-the-fence decisions. Within that small group, a few players in particular are fascinating. Below, I've highlighted some men who have compelling reasons to leave -- and potentially stronger reasons to return. College basketball would no doubt benefit in a significant way if some or most of the players listed here opted to come back for another season. The chances all six guys do that, however, is slim. All of these players, as of this story's publishing, have yet to sign with an agent. What's the timeline for all of this? Here are the dates you … [Read more...] about NBA Draft 2018: The six college basketball players with the most agonizing stay-or-go decisions