Jack Scheuer’s Off The Boards – December 17, 2014 Edition

Off The Boards

By Jack Scheuer

December 17, 2014 Edition

I’ve talked to several NBA scouts who are very impressed with Wisconsin center Frank Kaminsky, and they feel sure he will be a lottery pick. If that information is accurate, then there are quite a few reasons why he would seem to be the perfect draft selection for your 76’ers. First of all he’s a 7-footer, and the Analytics obviously love those big guys (Bynum, Noel, Embid).  Secondly, for a guy that size he’s a very good shooter, and the team certainly needs a big man who can provide some offense.  And, probably the best reason of all as to why the Sixers should draft Kaminsky, is his nick-name: He’s known as Frank the Tank.
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Duke’s Jahlil Okafor has been wildly heralded as the best big man in the nation, and the 6-11 freshman has indeed been impressive. However, Willie Cauley-Stein looks to me like an even better prospect.  At 7-0, 240, the Kentucky junior is very active, runs the court well, is an impressive inside scorer, and outstanding on defense.  He’s also a solid bet to lead the country in blocked shots.
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Trivia Time: Who holds the Division 1 career record for the  highest 3-point shooting average? Hint: He’s currently a Division 1 coach. Answer at the end of the column.
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Some big-time hoops coming up at the Wells Fargo.  On Saturday, streaking Villanova meets long-time rival, the Syracuse Boeheims, who, for the first time in recent memory, are not ranked in the top 25.  The Orange have 3 good local players in Rakeem Christmas, B.J. Johnson, and Trevor Cooney, plus promising freshman, 6-10 Chris McCullough.  Then on Monday, Temple plays 10th ranked Kansas featuring 6-8 freshman Cliff Alexander.  The Owls are hoping  recent eligible transfers Devin Coleman and Jesse Morgan  will provide some much needed offense.
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This and That: Kyle Lowry is having a terrific year with red-hot Toronto.  The former Wildcat guard is averaging just over 19 points and 7 assists….Unfortunate for Penn, that after getting it together and winning 3 straight, they had to be off for 13 days.  Also unfortunate is that their next game is at Vanderbilt….Indiana’s 6-6 leaper Troy Williams is the son of Boo, the ex-St.Joe’s stalwart…. Tell me that you’re familiar with Incarnate Word, the school who upset Nebraska last week (me neither).  They’re located in San Antonio, and went 21-6 last season, their first in Division 1….Drexel meets tough Penn State in Allentown on Saturday.
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Answer to Trivia Time: Virginia coach Tony Bennett hit 3-pointers at a 49.7 clip in his career at Wisconsin-Green Bay.

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