By Andy Sweeney
ESPN 680 Host, Producer
Unlike the NFL, the NBA makes assembling a mock draft virtually impossible. At this point we still don’t know the lottery order and won’t until May 20th. Here’s a look on what the experts say and how I see each fit.
Chad Ford, ESPN.com - #6 Los Angeles Lakers
No idea if this is a good fit given we still do not know the future of head coach Mike D’Antoni. If D’Antoni is retained I think Randle makes a ton of sense. His ability to run and spread the floor would make him a good piece for that up and down offense. On the flip side, if D’Antoni is shown the door, you’d figure that would change schemes and drafting principles. On the other hand, for the past two seasons the Lakers have been begging for a backcourt mate for Kobe. Let's be hoenst, Steve Nash didn’t work out. Plain and simple. If Marcus Smart is still there, does he make more sense? I say he does.
NBA Draft Net and Jonathan Givony, NBA Draft Express - #4 Utah Jazz
I’m not sure this fit makes sense. Not that Utah wouldn’t roll the dice on Randle, but how he fits with their current roster. The Jazz gave a lucrative contract extension last offseason to Derrick Favors and still have another former UK product (kinda) in Enes Kanter who continues to improve. They’ve put major draft picks into developing a post game. After adding Trey Burke last season, I’d like to see them go guard. Many have Dante Exum going to Salt Lake City.
Chris Mannix, SI.com - #5 Boston Celtics
As far as team needs and fit Boston makes the most sense. The Celtics are completely retooling a roster that went 25-57 this season. Of course, Boston will have a major decision on what to do with Rajon Rondo (currently making 12.9 mil in 2012). Rondo becomes an unrestricted free agent in the 2015-16 season and will the Celtics max him out or let him walk. Either way, I have a strong feeling Danny Ainge already knows what he’s going to do. Randle would be a great addition to add to a young front court that includes Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk. I could also see Boston, much like Utah, unable to pass on a top level guard such as Marcus Smart.
Matt Miller, CBS Sports - #3 Orlando
Team wise we know the Magic stink. That won't change whoever they select in round one. BUT this would be a nice landing spot if Randle's looking for playing time ealry. The Magic, who went guard heavy in last year's draft, are extremely light at the PF spot. Combine Randle with C Nikola Vucevic and that's a strong frontcourt in the Eastern conference. Plus, miney wise it's good for Randle. Orlando has a very good chance of getting a top 3 pick.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. University of Louisville football head coach Bobby Petrino announced on Tuesday the addition of safety James Sample on the Cardinals’ program.
A former safety at Washington, the 6-foot-2, 200-pounder played for the Huskies in 2011 and 2012. Sample played in three games in 2012, and also saw action in two games in 2011 before his season ended early due to an injury.
“James is an outstanding football player who will help us fill a void on our football team,” Petrino said. “He has outstanding size at the safety position and will add immediate depth to this position on our football team.”
Before signing with Louisville, Sample attended American River College in California and will be eligible next season with two years of eligibility remaining.
Scholastically, Sample played at Grant High, where he was a first-team All-CIF San Joaquin Section as a senior, and was also named first-team All-Metro by the Sacramento Bee. He was selected first-team All-Delta Valley Conference and first-team All-NorCal by NorCalPreps.com.
A former four-start recruit by Rivals, Sample was tabbed a third-team all-state performer by ESPN.com after recording 109 tackles as a senior at Grant. He was a high school All-American after being voted to participate in the U.S. Army All-America Bowl.
As a junior at Grant High, Sample helped lead his team to a 12-1 record, when he recorded 111 tackles for the season and was named a first-team All-Metro and a PrepStar All-American.
Playing for Mike Alberghini, Sample was named to the Tacoma News-Tribune's "Western 100" list of top recruits in the West. He was the No. 9 safety in the country by Rivals.com, which also named him the No. 15 prospect in California.
Here's who I have in this years ESPN 680 player pool. Some good, some not so good, thus is the NCAA tournament.
BOLD - still playing
Italics - eliminated
1. Scottie wilbekin, Florida SOUTH - 10
2. Michael Frazier, Florida SOUTH - 3
3. Brendan Dawson, Michigan State EAST - 10
4. Caris Levert, Michigan MIDWEST - 6
5. Dustin Hogue, Iowa State EAST
6. Malcolm Brogdon, Virginia EAST
7. Tekele Cotton, Wichita State MIDWEST
8. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Arizona WEST - 13?????
9. Travis Trice, Michigan State EAST - 19
10. John Gasser, Wisconsin WEST - 7
11. Sam Dower, Gonzaga WEST
12. Andrew Harrison, Kentucky MIDWEST
13. Aaron Craft, Ohio State SOUTH - 16
14. Darius Carter, Wichita State MIDWEST
15. Shaq Goodwin, Memphis EAST
16. Justin Jackson, Cincinnati EAST - 13
17. Jordan Bachyinski, Arizona State MIDWEST - 25
18. Chris Crawford, Memphis EAST
19. Titus Rubles, Cincinati EAST - 9
20. Niels Giffey, Uconn EAST - 10
NBC to Present the “Run for the Roses” Through 2025
NBCSN to Televise Kentucky Oaks and Additional Programming throughout Partnership
STAMFORD, Conn. – – NBC Sports Group and Churchill Downs Incorporated (CDI) have reached a 10-year agreement extending NBCSG’s exclusive rights to the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks through 2025, it was announced today.
The 10-year renewal extends the partnership which began in 2001 and includes multiplatform rights to the Kentucky Derby, Kentucky Oaks, and Derby and Oaks day programming which will be televised on NBC and NBCSN and featured on NBC’s digital platforms.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with Churchill Downs for both the iconic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and are proud to have them as signature elements of our Championship Season,” said NBC Sports Group Chairman Mark Lazarus. “This decade-long deal is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Churchill Downs Incorporated and NBC Sports, and underscores NBC’s commitment to the sport of horse racing. We will continue to utilize the wide-ranging media platforms of NBCUniversal to surround the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with wall-to-wall coverage and extensive promotion.”
“This agreement extends our relationship with NBC to 25 years and includes what will be a very special historical moment, the 150th Kentucky Derby in 2024,” said Churchill Downs Chairman and CEO Bob Evans. “We will not only achieve our financial objectives with this deal, but we will also continue to benefit from NBC’s unique media assets and innovative perspective to help us continue to grow the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby brands.”
Utilizing NBC Sports Group’s “Big Event Strategy,” three of the last five Kentucky Derby races have recorded at least 16 million viewers. NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the Kentucky Derby over the last 13 races averaged over 2 million more viewers than the previous 12 Kentucky Derby broadcasts (14.3 million vs.12.0 million, up 19 percent).
The Kentucky Derby stands as America’s oldest continuously held major sporting event; this year’s 140th Run for the Roses is
By Andy Sweeney
ESPN 680 Executive Producer, Host
The much anticipated 2014 schedule for Louisville football was released this afternoon. For as pitiful as this past year was, let's face it, this makes up for it and more. The ony problem...who plays QB?
September 1, 2014 (Monday)
Miami (FL) @ Louisville, 8:00pm
September 6, 2014
Murray State @ Louisville
September 13, 2014
Louisville @ Virginia
September 20, 2014
Louisville @ FIU
September 27, 2014
Wake Forest @ Louisville
October 3, 2014 (Friday)
Louisville @ Syracuse
October 11, 2014
Louisville @ Clemson
October 18, 2014
NC State @ Louisville
October 30, 2014 (Thursday)
Florida State @ Louisville
November 8, 2014
Louisville @ Boston College
November 22, 2014
Louisville @ Notre Dame
November 29, 2014
Kentucky @ Louisville