2017 NBA Mock Draft (Version 2.0)

The NBA draft will take place on June 22 and we will do our best to predict where everyone will get selected. Some websites do their mock drafts based on “best player available” but we try to focus on team needs: for example, if a team like Phoenix already has Eric Bledsoe at the 1-spot, then they are probably not selecting a PG with the #4 overall pick. So, please see our 1st round predictions below and then let us know in the comments section what looks good and what might need a re-pick.

#: TEAM-NAME, POSITION (SCHOOL OR COUNTRY/YEAR)
1: Boston-Markelle Fultz, PG (Washington/FR)
2: LA Lakers-Lonzo Ball, PG (UCLA/FR)
3: Philadelphia-De’Aaron Fox, PG (Kentucky/FR)
4: Phoenix-Josh Jackson, SG/SF (Kansas/FR)
5: Sacramento-Jayson Tatum, SF (Duke/FR)
6: Orlando-Jonathan Isaac, SF/PF (Florida State/FR)
7: Minnesota-Dennis Smith, PG (NC State/FR)
8: New York-Malik Monk, SG (Kentucky/FR)
9: Dallas-Frank Ntilikina, PG (France/INTL)
10: Sacramento-Lauri Markkanen, PF (Arizona/FR)
11: Charlotte-Zach Collins, C (Gonzaga/FR)
12: Detroit-Luke Kennard, SG (Duke/SO)
13: Denver-Donovan Mitchell, SG (Louisville/SO)
14: Miami-John Collins, PF/C (Wake Forest/FR)
15: Portland-Justin Jackson, SF (North Carolina/JR)
16: Chicago-Justin Patton, C (Creighton/FR)
17: Milwaukee-Jarrett Allen, C (Texas/FR)
18: Indiana-TJ Leaf, PF (UCLA/FR)
19: Atlanta-Terrance Ferguson, SG (USA/INTL)
20: Portland-Harry Giles, PF/C (Duke/FR)
21: Oklahoma City-Bam Adebayo, PF/C (Kentucky/FR)
22: Brooklyn-Ike Anigbogu, C (UCLA/FR)
23: Toronto-OG Anunoby, SF/PF (Indiana/SO)
24: Utah-DJ Wilson, PF (Michigan/SO)
25: Orlando-Jawun Evans, PG (Oklahoma State/SO)
26: Portland-Isaiah Hartenstein, PF (Germany/INTL)
27: Brooklyn-Rodions Kurucs, SF (Latvia/INTL)
28: LA Lakers-Jordan Bell, PF/C (Oregon/JR)
29: San Antonio-Caleb Swanigan, PF (Purdue/SO)
30: Utah-Ivan Rabb, PF/C (California/FR)

The Hoops HD Report: 2016-2017 Season Finale!

We are back for the final Podcast of the 2016-2017 season!  We do an in depth recap of the Final Four and National Championship games, and share our opinions on the whistle-fest that was the second half.  We also look back at some of the more defining and indelible moments of the NCAA Tournament, and of the entire season.  We also discuss the recent coaching changes and talk about whether or not we feel those programs are on the right track.

 

UNDER CONSTRUCTION (and other notes)

-We are doing a bit of house cleaning here at Hoops HD.  As a result, we have deactivated some of our plugins, including the plugin that allows us to post mp3 audio files.  Therefore, there will not be an audio only format of this show available for the next couple of days, but we will upload it for you once we’ve made those changes.

-As mentioned above, this is our last podcast that pertains to the 2016-2017 season, but it is hardly our last podcast.  We will be doing at least one podcast per month, and perhaps more if we are able to line up the guests that we want.  In September, we will once again kick things off with our Pre-Preseason Show and if everything goes according to plan you’ll begin to see Chad Sherwood’s Conference Previews and Jon Teitel’s interviews appearing at that time.  By the time October rolls around we’ll once again be posting content on a daily basis (mostly previews) and that will continue all the way through the end of next season.

-(Stepping out of puppet character) I want to thank the entire staff here at Hoops HD for everything they do and for everything they did this season.  I hope this site is a lot of fun for everyone who reads it because I can assure you it is a TON of fun for me.  I love the daily routine of it all throughout the season of writing up the daily News, Notes, and Highlighted Games, and doing the podcasts throughout the weeks.  When I sit back and think about the amount of work that everyone puts into this, I’m rather amazed.  The Nitty Gritty Rankings, the frequent Bracketology Updates, the preseason interviews and conference previews, the organization of the Mock Selection Committee, the organization of the different podcasts, and the overall maintenance of the site is all done by people other than myself.  I always say that I don’t play fantasy sports or online video games.  I do this, and I love doing this, and I have a blast doing it with everyone that works on and contributes to the site.  It helps remind me of why it is that I love college basketball, and sometimes I need that.  I hope that we’re still doing it when we’re all in our sixties.

In the meantime, the countdown to the Second Friday in November is on!!!

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For all you radio lovers, below is an mp3 version of the show…

Congrats to the 2016-2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Champion North Carolina Tarheels!!

The second half wasn’t pretty, but winning ugly is better than losing pretty.  Gonzaga had a fantastic season.  Out of the 39 games, and 78 halves of basketball that they played, about 75 of those halves were fantastic.  It was a whistle-fest and it was hard for either team to develop any offensive flow, but you have to credit the defensive intensity on both sides as well.  North Carolina’s big men shut down Gonzaga in the post.

We will be recording our Hoops HD Report Season Finale either Wednesday or Thursday night of this week.  We’ll recap the Final Four, look back on some of the bigger stories from this season, and have some other talking points as well.  Things will be slowing down here, but by no means will they be coming to a complete stop.

The Countdown to the 2017-2018 season has begun!!! CLICK HERE!!

NCAA Championship Monday!!!

Gonzaga’s brand and past success puts them in league with the other power programs, but still no one outside of the Power 5/Big East has won the National Championship since UNLV did it in 1990.  The last time it happened before that was Louisville in both 1980 and 1986, but Louisville was always considered a power program and they have since joined a power conference.

Villanova won it all last year, and was the first non FBS (formerly 1A) team to win the title since UConn did it in 1999 (and UConn has since transitioned up to the FBS).  The last time it happened before that was when that same Villanova school won it in 1985.

The last time a team without football of any kind won it all was Marquette in 1977.  Marquette is now a member of the Big East.

So, the question is when was the last time a school without football of any kind, and that is also outside the Power Five/Big East, won the National Championship??

It’s been a while.

It’s been since 1963 when Loyola Chicago won it all.

So, Gonzaga has kind of broken the mold.  They emerged from a league that was almost always a one bid league and typically not inside the bubble to a program that both made the NCAA Tournament and routinely won tournament games.  They parlayed that into becoming nationally relevant and were regulars in the Top 25.  That in and of itself is a huge accomplishment.  We’ve seen teams have great seasons and/or tournament runs, but aside from Butler (who is now in the Big East) almost none of them became a permanent fixture at the level that Gonzaga has, and although Butler made it to the final game in back-to-back years, they didn’t manage to win it all.  Gonzaga has a chance to do that tonight.

North Carolina was here a year ago.  They won their Final Four game against Oregon in a game that was sloppy at times, particularly down the stretch.  Oregon seemed to come up empty on key possession after key possession, but somehow kept themselves in the game and even had a chance to win it in the final seconds.  North Carolina missed four straight freethrows that could have extended a one point lead to three points, which is awful, but they managed to get two consecutive offensive rebounds off of the missed freethrows, and Oregon never got a chance to win the game on the final possession.  They weren’t always great during the season, but they’ve looked really good in this tournament after they blew out a very good Butler team, and then held on for dear life to knock off Oregon and Kentucky.  Their path to the championship game has been more challenging (at least when you look at the seeds) than Gonzaga’s has.  They were also this deep a year ago.

Gonzaga vs South Carolina was a fantastic game to watch.  It was the opposite of sloppy.  South Carolina fell behind by as many as 14 in the second half and it really looked like Gonzaga was going to blow it open, but they scored 16 straight points and got the lead.  Gonzaga’s defense picked it up after that and stopped South Carolina from converting on several key possessions, but it was a very well played game on both ends.  Gonzaga is a great tournament story because of what was listed above, but South Carolina’s story may be even greater.  I can’t say enough about the job Frank Martin has done there.  I don’t know if I’ll even attempt it.  The program was routinely missing the NIT and had no electricity around it at all.  Had he just gotten them into the NCAA Tournament I would have praised the job he’s done.  He got them to the Final Four!!  If there are words in the English language that can properly illustrate how amazing that is then I don’t know what they are.

Tonight is always an exciting night, but for me (and a lot of us on the staff) it feels like the last great hit song of a great concert.  As great as it is, there is a part of you that doesn’t want the show to end.  That’s how I feel, and I think that’s how some of at Hoops HD feel.  We won’t see another college basketball game of any kind until the last week in October (or thereabouts) when preseason exhibition games begin, and we won’t see another meaningful or competitive game until that always anticipated (if you’re us) second Friday in November.  I say this every year, and as each year goes by, the more true I think it becomes.  I actually like November better.  I like knowing that the greatest expanse of college basketball is still in front of us.  The Tournament is great.  The Final Four is great.  The Championship Game is great.  But, ALL of college basketball is great, and I like November because that is when we have so much of it in front of us.

But, tonight will be great too!!  And, possibly historic if Gonzaga can pull it off.

Final Four Rundown (and CIT/CBI Recap): Saturday, April 1st

CLICK HERE to view our most recent Hoops HD Report, where we give a much more extended breakdown of each team and the games today.

#7 SOUTH CAROLINA VS #1 GONZAGA  (CBS, 6:09pm, est).  Just about everyone (including myself) is picking Gonzaga to win this game, but South Carolina’s overall play, particularly their defense, has been so good throughout this tournament that you can’t just write them off.  This is a team that beat Duke, who many felt should have been a #1 seed, and who blew Baylor off the court, so simply based on the road each team took to get here, South Carolina’s has been more impressive.  Both teams play great defense, and Gonzaga has certainly shown that they’re capable of scoring, even against tough defenses like West Virginia.  I like the Zags a little better, but am not ready to just write off South Carolina.

#3 OREGON VS #1 NORTH CAROLINA (CBS, approx 8:49, est).  Oregon had to sweat out their Round of 32 game against Rhode Island, as well as their Sweet Sixteen win against Michigan, but then pulled off what I still think is the most shocking single game performance when they ran away from Kansas in the Elite Eight.  North Carolina had some trouble with Arkansas, but then beat Butler without too much trouble and then downed Kentucky on a near last second shot.  North Carolina has looked like the better team especially when you consider Oregon isn’t at full strength, but it seems silly to keep pointing that out considering that Oregon has made it this far while not being at full strength.  UNC could be dealing with injuries of their own.

OTHER GAMES PLAYED ON FRIDAY

Last night, the CIT came down to an exciting finish between Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Saint Peter’s. The Islanders were able to draw a foul while attempting a game-tying 3 pointer with 3 seconds left in regulation. They were able to hit all 3 free throws to tie the score. After SPC inbounded the ball cross court in front of their bench, they called their last timeout to set up one last play. They inbounded cross-court to someone who had an open drive to the bucket and managed to draw a foul with under a second remaining. Trevis Wyche hit the first free throw for the Peacocks and intentionally missed the 2nd one – Corpus Christi’s last-second prayer went unanswered to give Saint Peter’s a 62-61 victory and their first CIT title.

Elsewhere, Wyoming ended up with another 24-point victory to win the CBI championship. This time, they got off to a fast start with a 42-23 halftime lead. Coastal Carolina was unable to put together any runs of significance, and Wyoming won their first postseason tournament since winning the 1943 NCAA Championship.

Under The Radar Postseason News, Notes and CBI/CIT Championship Previews – Friday, March 31

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TCU left little doubt as to who was the hottest team outside of the NCAA Tournament last night. They got out to an 11-point lead at halftime last night and outscored Georgia Tech by 21 in the 2nd half to cruise to an 88-56 victory over the Yellow Jackets in the NIT Championship game last night. Kenrich Williams had 25 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Horned Frogs – Williams was also named Most Outstanding Player in the NIT for his efforts.

Elsewhere last night, the 3-point shooting contest and slam dunk contest were held last night at Grand Canyon’s on-campus arena in Phoenix. Peter Jok (Iowa) won the men’s 3-point shooting contest and Kendred Wesemann (Kansas State) won the women’s 3-point shooting contest. The finals between Jok and Wesemann ended in a tie, but Weseman ended up winning the overall contest on having the best overall round throughout the night. Rodney Prior (Georgetown) ended up winning the slam-dunk contest.

CBI (Game 3)

COASTAL CAROLINA at WYOMING (7:00 PM, ESPNU). Wyoming forced a decisive third and final game with an 81-57 win over Coastal Carolina on Wednesday night. While Justin James and Alex Aka Gorski provided Wyoming their main firepower, the Chanticleers were able to get 6 guys in double-figures in the scoring column in their win on Monday night.

CIT (Championship)

SAINT PETER’S at TEXAS A&M-CORPUS CHRISTI (9:00 PM, CBS Sports Network). Thanks to a relatively easy victory over Furman on Wednesday, Saint Peter’s will make their second trip to Texas (following a win at Texas State in the quarterfinals) in the CIT. Their opponent will be Texas A&M-Corpus Christi – the Islanders earned the right to host the championship game with a 79-61 win at UMBC.