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“It’s special what Coach Cal is doing down there because [to keep] almost a McDonald’s All-American together and all of them jell as one, that takes a special coach to do that,” Webster said. “In order to keep everybody happy and keep a smile on everybody’s face. That team could’ve went any way, it could’ve been a disaster or it could turn out like it is now. And you have to give Coach Cal and his staff all the credit for that. I don’t know how he did it, I don’t know how he do it, but that’s why he gets paid the big bucks.”
Ohio State freshman guard D’Angelo Russell has been selected the ZAGSBLOG National Player of the Week.
The 6-foot-5 freshman sensation appears to improve by the day. On the week, Russell averaged 30.0 points, 10.5 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He leads all freshmen in the country in scoring, averaging 19.4 points per contest. Not only has Russell demonstrated consistent shooting, the guard has displayed incredible and efficient passing on the season.
On Sunday, Russell scored 22 points and added 10 assists for his second double-double of the season and the Buckeyes (16-5, 5-3 Big Ten) knocked off No. 23 Indiana 82-70 in front of 17,322 fans at Value City Arena for their first winning streak in conference play.
“I guess they forgot about me because I was letting the game come to me,” Russell said, according to the AP. “I felt the cramps coming in so I had to be careful.”
NEWARK — Kentucky-bound point guard Isaiah Briscoe will find out soon whether he’s a McDonald’s All-American.
If the 6-foot-3 Briscoe gets the nod on Wednesday at 6 p.m. on ESPNU, he will become the 16th member of the NJ Playaz to make the prestigious game in 18 years. Former Playaz to make the McDonald’s game include the likes of Kobe Bryant, J.R. Smith, Kyle Anderson and Dajuan Wagner.
“It would be an honor playing in the McDonalds game,” Briscoe told SNY.tv Sunday after going for 11 points and 5 steals in a 70-44 beatdown of his former school, St. Benedict’s Prep, in the Newark National Invitational at The Prudential Center. “After watching it growing up, and for me to be a part of it, it just shows that hard work pays off.”
NEW YORK — Cheick Diallo had a courtside seat for history on Sunday afternoon.
The 6-foot-9 forward from Our Savior New American on Long Island sat courtside with teammate Kassoum Yakwe as Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski won the 1,000th game of his career with a come-from-behind 77-68 win over St. John’s.
“Out here At #MSG watched #St. John’s vs #DUKE ????,” he Tweeted with this picture.
St. John’s could’ve made quite an impression — on the college basketball world and on recruits — by knocking off the No. 5 Blue Devils but couldn’t close it out after taking a 10-point lead in the second half.