Here’s a look at some of the top non-conference college basketball events for the 2014-15 season.
Nov. 14: Veterans Classic, Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD
Teams: Tennessee vs. VCU, Michigan State vs. Navy.
Nov. 14: Armed Forces Classic, U.S. Coast Guard Air Station, Puerto Rico
Teams: Louisville vs. Minnesota
Nov. 18: State Farm Champions Classic, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis
Teams: Duke vs. Michigan State, Kansas vs. Kentucky
Nov. 20-21: 2K Classic, Madison Square Garden, NY
Teams: Texas vs. Iowa, Syracuse vs. California (Winners play Nov. 21)
By JACK LeGWIN
Special to ZAGSBLOG
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Following the Adidas Nations event this week in California, UCLA benefitted by hosting a trio of bigtime recruits in Jaylen Brown, Brandon Ingram and Thon Maker.
“Coach Steve Alford is a real down to Earth,” the 6-foot-6 Brown told SNY.tv earlier this summer when he broke down his schools. “Coach [David] Grace is a real cool guy. Everything is great about that program and everything over there.”
Actually, a water main recently broke at UCLA, flooding Pauley Pavilion but Brown told NBCSports.com before the visit he wasn’t concerned.
“[The UCLA coaches] said that Pauley is down, but it’s alright,” Brown said. “Everybody is tweeting me like it’s going to have some type of effect on my decision or something. It’s not. It’s fine.
Jalen Brunson, one of the top point guards in the Class of 2015, has set three official visits for later this summer, according to Joe Henricksen.
The Chicago Stevenson star will visit Illinois Aug. 29-31, Villanova Sept. 4-6 and Temple Sept. 11-13.
Brunson has cut his list to eight and is also considering Kansas, Michigan, Michigan State, Purdue and UConn.
Temple was reportedly set to hire Rick Brunson, the former pro and Jalen’s father, as an assistant coach but the elder Brunson was charged in July with criminal sexual assault and battery following an encounter with a massage therapist.
It remains unclear how that situation will impact Jalen’s recruitment by Temple or in general.
The July live period may be over,
Jonathan Nwankwo has set four official visits.
The 6-foot-9, 250-pound Nigerian big man visits Minnesota Sept. 5, Rice Oct. 3, Temple Oct. 17 and Tennessee Oct. 24.
Nwankwo recently cut his list to six schools — the aforementioned quartet plus Fordham and Seton Hall.
Nwankwo has visited Seton Hall and probably won’t take an official there.
The San Antonio Spurs made history on Tuesday by announcing that former New York Liberty star Becky Hammon has been hired as an assistant coach.
She is the second female assistant coach in NBA history, following Lisa Boyer, who served on the Cleveland Cavaliers’ staff under John Lucas in 2001-2. Boyer was part time and was not paid by the time, while Hammon will be a full-time paid employee.
“It’s a tremendous challenge, and it comes with tremendous responsibility,” Hammon said Tuesday, according to The New York Times. “There have been so many other women that are doing really, really great things, and I’m just kind of following in their paths.”