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San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

San Diego State transfers recruiting success to backyard

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Many stories examine how Steve Fisher built San Diego State basketball in 16 years from a laughingstock team to a program with NCAA eight tournament appearances, 339 wins and the increasing number of Rivals 4-star recruits. Perhaps no example better – or...

Okafor dominates Aztecs in the middle and on the run

Okafor dominates Aztecs in the middle and on the run

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Outside the realm of San Diego State fandom, any college basketball fan that wants to see Kentucky's run to perfection snapped in the NCAA Tournament had to be encouraged by Sunday’s events at the Time Warner Cable Arena.After all, Duke center Jahlil...

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

Duke point guards Cook and Jones blend leadership

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Duke senior point guard Quinn Cook could have easily viewed himself as being pushed aside when highly touted freshman point guard Tyus Jones arrived on campus with NBA projections and his close friend with his own NBA future, 6-foot-10, 270-pound Jahlil...

Duke plays the role of top seed against Robert Morris

Duke plays the role of top seed against Robert Morris

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As the Virginia band members packed up their instruments near the Time Warner Cable Arena tunnel exit following the school’s NCAA Tournament win over Belmont, they stepped aside to make room for the Robert Morris band. They waited as the Colonials’ band...

Okafor takes team game from Chicago to Duke

Okafor takes team game from Chicago to Duke

Jahlil Okafor’s basketball identity grows nationally with each televised game the Duke freshman plays, but it is still basically this simple: He’s the big kid projected as the first pick of the 2015 NBA Draft. Similarly, Okafor arrived at Chicago’s Whitney Young High four...

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

Colangelo points to Dean assist for USA Basketball turnaround

One constant throughout tributes to Dean Smith focused on words of a great man with humble deeds rather than a great coach that won games and titles. That was true in the initial comments from players, colleagues and media retrospectives following the legendary North...

Looking back at Coach K and an early lesson

Looking back at Coach K and an early lesson

NOTE: I updated my 2015 story upon having a chance to coach Mike Krzyzewski about his time with Bobby Knight during Indiana’s.1974-75 season as a graduate assistant.By TOM SHANAHANThe first time Mike Krzyzewski crossed into my basketball circle was decades ago, although I was...

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Coach K and Gottfried in Holiday parking jam

Duke coach Mike Kryzewski, N.C. State coach Mark Gottfriend, North Carolina coach Roy Williams and Wake Forest coach Danny Manning have attended the Holiday Invitational to see such 5-star recruits as Kinston's 6-8 Brandon Ingram, Orangeville Prep's 7-1 Thon Maker and High Point...

No 1 South Carolina uses home crowd at Duke

No 1 South Carolina uses home crowd at Duke

No. 1-ranked South Carolina foiled Duke's upset bid before 6,004 fans at Cameron Indoor Stadium.www.newsobserver.com/...

Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Dawson displays what Parker saw in him

Ah, now we know what Duke freshman Jabari Parker meant when he said Branden Dawson’s presence on Michigan State’s roster was one reason he chose the Blue Devils over the Spartans.Parker, whose freshman averages of 19.2 points and 8.8 rebounds a game have enhanced already...