Senior year should be a time for mastery, exploration, and rigor, as colleges want academically inquisitive, passionate, and talented students.
Kyle Wiltjer kept Gonzaga's unbeaten conference record alive this week with huge games against Pacific and St. Mary's. The Portland, Ore. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from February 16th to February 22nd.
Like every new dad, as I held my newborn son, I dreamed of teaching him to play catch, shoot a basketball, and ride his first bicycle. But Max was different. A premature twin, I couldn't hold him for months, and when I did, he fit in my two hands. A few months later, I found out Max had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
Darrun Hilliard had a clutch week for Villanova in tough road wins at Providence and Butler. The Bethlehem, Pa. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from February 9th to February 15th.
Dean Smith clearly touched many individual lives, but he also affected the world in which he lived. He was especially committed to fighting racial discrimination and wasn't afraid to speak out against the nuclear arms race, and he publicly opposed the death penalty -- all issues that didn't have great support in his environment.
He is in us, in the students--he is in our passion and our drive and our love and our character. We strive to achieve balance and success and good-valued morals and happiness in our lives.
Drexel's Damion Lee has been perhaps the most underrated player in the country this season and had two standout performances in wins over Northeastern and UNC-Wilmington.
Freshman D'Angelo Russell had a pair of standout performances this week and proved that he's a legitimate one-and-done prospect.
Brad Waldow was nearly unstoppable this week as St. Mary's defeated San Diego and BYU. The Shingle Springs, Calif. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from January 12th to January 18th.
In life, not everyone is blessed with the genes of athleticism. Hard work and the right mindset can to a certain extent make up for lack of natural talent, but this is rarely seen.
Mo'ne, caught the world by storm in the Little League World Series this past summer. She became the first Little League player ever to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated. Her jersey was inducted into the National Baseball Hall-of-Fame, and recently, she was named AP's "Female Athlete of The Year." But that's all a given -- you can read news-feeds for that. So let's take it a little deeper.
Arkansas opened SEC play this week with a pair of victories behind two outstanding performances from Bobby Portis. The Little Rock, Ark. native has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from January 5th to January 11th.
Junior Sterling Gibbs helped Seton Hall start Big East play with back-to-back victories over ranked opponents. After playing a crucial role in wins over St. John's and Villanova, Gibbs has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week.
Big-time college sports is a classic case of economic and social injustice bred of a plantation mentality disguised by the term "student-athlete." It's past time for the amateur myth to be blown up in college athletics, just as it was for Olympic athletes.
UNLV handed Arizona its first loss of the season and followed it with a blowout win over Southern Utah. Christian Wood recorded a pair of 20-10 performances and has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from December 22nd to December 28th.
One has to ask, if the system is really fair if it doesn't acknowledge or understand abusive coaching styles and how that affects an athletes' performance? We need to also realize that all people are not created equal and some thrive in environments where others are harmed and scarred for life.