Recently, I made a list of the 15 college freshman everyone should other than Andrew Wiggins. We won’t go through it all, but I’ll toss some names out there from it and you give me your first thoughts on them, cool?
Nigel Williams-Goss (University of Washington)
I was impressed you had him on your list. I saw him in Brooklyn at the Jordan Brand Classic and I loved him. He’s a big kid at his position and he really knows how to play the position. A lot of guys who play point guard are really two’s forced to make that adjustment in college but, he really knows how to play the point. He’s a real sleeper.
Rondae Jefferson (Arizona)
I saw him at Arizona. Not a great set skill, but definitely athletic. The Wildcats lack a guy who can make outside shots and he wont do that but he has a lot of upside.
Tyler Ennis (Syracuse)
I saw that (Orange head coach) Jim Boeheim made a comment that Ennis might not be as talented as other guys they’ve had in the past but, as good as Michael Carter-Williams was, the team might be better having a real pass first point guard controlling the ball.
Joel Embiid (Kansas)
It’s funny, with the whole Wiggins hype and people asking should the Lakers tank to get Andrew Wiggins, he might not be number one player picked in the draft. Embiid is 7-1 and unbelievably intriguing. Still he’s rough, not that polished but people like him.
One Shinning moment at the end of the NCAA tournament has become synonymous with CBS and March Madness. We get to watch and recap the triumphs and joys of the players, but what’s your personal “One Shining moment” career wise?
Well, to be able to work the NCAA tournament for CBS because, and I don't like to use the word brand, but my brand is identified with the tournament. People have a special place in their heart’s for it and to be associated with it is a special thing. Also this biography of John Wooden is the best thing I’ve ever done and the best thing I’ll ever do. It’s rare to have subject matter this good and deep.
People tend to cross off coaches of that era but I think, with the social and racial issues of that time, they dealt with even more than coaches of today. Given what you now know about him, and not in terms of X’s and O’s, could coach Wooden still be himself and coach college basketball today?
It’s a great question. The easy answer is he’d be great, but the real question is how would he have wanted to do things in this era? He never recruited. In all of his years, he said he took maybe a dozen home visits. He never recruited because he enjoyed where he lived and he wanted to be home for dinner. His feeling was this (UCLA) is a great school, they should want to come here. That wouldn’t have gone over today and he certainly wouldn’t have won 10 NCAA titles, but his whole M.O. to define success wasn’t about the numbers on the scoreboard. He might have looked around and decided he wanted to coach in high school because he’d rather teach and he was great at that too.
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