Big Blue Links for Saturday:
John Calipari’s one-and-done streak continues, writes Gary Parrish of CBS Sports. Calipari is 22-of-22.
Thon Maker and Skal Labissiere situations could change future patterns, says Matt Norlander of CBS Sports. Maker was the No. 10 choice. Labissiere ended up as the 28th pick after buzz said he could go as high as No. 9. Mike DeCourcy of the Sporting News doesn’t agree.
Duke could dominate the 2017 NBA Draft, says the Big Lead.
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Calipari tries to put the NBA draft in perspective via a post on his blog. "I want all of my guys to be drafted in the top 10 picks, and when they’re not I’m disappointed. But by being drafted, each player can prove themselves to an NBA team."
Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo has a stat that should be a reality check for future NBA hopefuls. It has to do with the NBA Draft Combine.
Alex Poythress and Kyle Wiltjer didn’t make Sports Illustrated’s list of top 10 undrafted players. Poythress will play with Orlando in the Summer League. Witljer has hooked up with Houston.
Louisville’s Christian Onuaku goes at No. 37, reports Jeff Greer of the Courier-Journal.
Undrafted Kyle Wiltjer agrees to deal with Rockets, reports Fox 26 in Houston.
The Boston Celtics overrated their stock of eight draft picks, says Christopher Gasper of the Boston Globe.
Oklahoma City made a good trade, but Thunder will miss Serge Ibaka, says Berry Tramel of The Oklahoman.
The Hawks got their wings and there’s nothing wrong with that, says Mark Bradley of the AJC.
Yahoo’s Michael Lee breaks down the winners and losers from Thursday night. He didn’t like the Kings’ draft.
Brandon Ingram could be Los Angeles' next big thing, says Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times.
Dick Vitale makes his predictions concerning which players will contribute right away in the NBA. He likes Buddy Hield, Kris Dunn and Denzel Valentine.
Timberwolves think Kris Dunn is a great fit, reports Kent Youngblood of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Malachai Richardson going to Kings was “like an animal lifted off my back,’” reports Mike Waters of Syracuse Post Standard.
Jason Jones of the Sacramento Bee explains how Sacramento turned one first-round pick into three on Thursday night. One of those picks was Skal Labissiere.
Deyonta Davis' rush to leave Michigan State made for a painful night, writes TSN's Mike DeCourcy.
Undrafted Indiana guard Yogi Farrell signs with the Brooklyn Nets.
North Carolina says it will respond to the NCAA about investigation by July, reports Yahoo.
Avery Johnson’s energy level has not waned, says Cecil Hurt of the Tuscaloosa News.
California junior guard Jordan Mathews is transferring to Gonzaga, reports Jeff Goodman of ESPN.
UK to unveil statues of its 1st 4 black football players on Sept. 22. They are Nate Northington, Greg Page, Wilbur Hackett and Houston Hogg.
Bud Dupree is ready to take next step with Steelers, reports Ray Fittipaldo of the Macon Telegraph.
A pair of Tennessee offensive linemen are leaving the program, reports Kevin Connell of Gridiron Now.
Grand Valley State is building the biggest video board in Division II football, reports Football Scoop.
Richard Skinner of WKRC in Cincinnati makes the case for the Reds holding on to Jay Bruce and Zack Cozart. Both are having nice bounce-back seasons.
Reds lose 13-4 to Padres, reports C. Trent Rosencrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Todd Frazier has hit 20 home runs but has a batting average of .198, according to Baseball Reference.
Does Von Miller have the guts to sit out the 2016 season? asks Mark Kizla of the Denver Post.
Eastern Kentucky is renovating its baseball and softball facilities, reports the school.
Kentucky swimmer Danielle Galyer is a candidate for the 2016 Olympics, reports the school.
Bill Simmons' new show gets tepid ratings and reviews, reports Awful Announcing. Will Leitch of Sports on Earth disagrees. So does Ian Crouch of the New Yorker. Michael McCarthy of Sporting News thought Ben Affleck ruined the show.
John Walters of Newsweek lists the 59 most insane moments in the O.J. Simpson Made in America series.