Miller has denied wrongdoing and hasn't been charged in the FBI probe but investigation still dogs Arizona's basketball program. Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller was answering questions at a press conference recently when the back-and-forth turned to the FBI's investigation into college basketball. The question: What was Miller's reaction to a news report that the NCAA may move forward with its investigation into potential rules violations, instead of waiting until after a series of related federal criminal trials end in the spring? "I'm not sure what you're saying," Miller said, shrugging and continuing his familiar response of deflecting questions about the scandal. With his 10th coaching season for Arizona underway and the team taking part in the Maui Invitational this week, Miller still struggles to shake the cloud that hangs over his basketball program. It has been more than a year since federal prosecutors … [Read more...] about Why Arizona Wildcats’ Sean Miller can’t shake FBI college basketball scandal
USA TODAY Sports college basketball writers Lindsay Schnell and Scott Gleeson provide their picks for the 2017-18 All-America first, second and third teams. First team ► G Jalen Brunson, Villanova: The junior guard took the reins as the Wildcats' go-to player, and his style of leadership fit perfectly for this veteran team. Brunson averaged more than 19 points and nearly five assists a game, but his imprint is felt off the stat sheet with his efficiency and consistency. ► G Devonte’ Graham, Kansas: The senior guard stepped into the shoes of last year's national player of the year, Frank Mason. He spearheaded the Jayhawks to their 14th consecutive Big 12 regular-season title, a terrific accomplishment because the league was as tough as it's ever been. Graham averaged more than 17 points and seven assists. ► G Trae Young, Oklahoma: Although the Sooners have plummeted — and so have Young's shooting percentages — in the … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Sports 2017-18 All-America college basketball team
VILLANOVA, Pa. — He is, according to Villanova coach Jay Wright, everything that’s right with college basketball, and “everything we should be celebrating.” Jalen Brunson is smart, tough, efficient, experienced and a terrific leader. He’s already a national champion, having averaged 9.6 points as a freshman starter on Villanova’s 2016 NCAA title team. And in a season dominated by one-and-done superstars, it’s Brunson, the veteran, who stands out. He is the 2018 USA TODAY Sports national player of the year in men’s basketball. “What Jalen does isn’t always appreciated publicly,” Wright told USA TODAY “What he’s trying to do is be the best leader and best example of a Villanova player to our young guys that he can be — and trusting that doing that is going to make him the best version of himself.” FRESHMAN OF YEAR: Oklahoma's Trae Young made instant impact for Sooners COACH OF … [Read more...] about USA TODAY Sports college basketball player of the year: Villanova’s Jalen Brunson
ATLANTA — Up on stage Tuesday, as he addressed a convention of women administrators from across college sports, NCAA president Mark Emmert almost seemed wistful talking about the public’s pronounced loss of faith in American institutions. From Congress to the news media to higher education, Emmert said, opinion polls show the trend lines of approval declining. And his field is no different, as Emmert acknowledged that the public trust of college sports is “still high, but moving the wrong direction.” Emmert’s diagnosis? “It’s often failure to look at the facts,” he said. But perhaps the real answer is taking place in a federal courtroom in Manhattan, where plenty of facts are being laid out about the sport Emmert’s organization oversees and, in fact, relies on to fund the NCAA’s very existence. Based only on the small amount of evidence and sworn testimony available in the first of three trials related to the … [Read more...] about College basketball under assault in federal trial, but how much does NCAA care?
The 2018-19 college basketball season begins tonight with a full slate of games filled with the top young players in the country. With changes to draft rules on the horizon, the era of one-and-done in college basketball may be drawing to a close. But for this season at least, the college game will again be dominated by freshmen making brief cameos in college towns across America. Here are the top 10 one-and-done players you’ll be watching in college basketball ... briefly. 1, 2, 3. R.J. Barrett F, Zion Williamson F, Cameron Reddish F, Duke ESPN rated them 1-2-3 in this season’s recruiting class. NBAdraft.net forecasts them to go 1-2-4 in next year’s draft (with Sekou Doumbouya of France at No. 3). And yeah, of course they’re all going to Duke. Barrett is 6 feet 6 inches tall but quick enough to play shooting guard. Williamson is one of the best jumpers the game has seen. Reddish can score and pass. The three begin their college careers on Tuesday against No. 2 … [Read more...] about These College Basketball Players Will Be Fun to Watch (for One Year Only)