Roundup: ASU's Carson, UCLA's LaVine to enter NBA draft
This was expected – Jahii Carson officially declared for the NBA draft Wednesday. Here’s the press release from Arizona State. Carson posted top-10 scoring totals all-time at ASU in each of his two years, a list that also has James Harden, Eddie House, Byron Scott and Ike Diogu on it.
Kyle Anderson wasn’t the only Bruin who turned pro Wednesday, as Zach LaVine declared for the NBA draft as well. Turning our heads to football… Despite having some memorable moments as a running back last season, Myles Jack is keeping his focus on defense. Everybody remembers his game against Arizona where he had 120 rushing yards on six carries, but he also had 75 tackles on defense for the season, second most for a true frosh in UCLA history.
Enfield and Co. are suffering a big loss with leading scorer Byron Wesley announcing that he will transfer from USC. Wesley will graduate this summer and can therefore play somewhere else immediately next season.
Well even though Aaron Gordon is turning pro, Bruce Pascoe informs us that Gordon is intent on pursuing his college degree. Gordon’s older sis is graduating from Harvard in May, his older bro graduated from New Mexico, his dad got a degree from San Diego State and his mom has both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA, so you better believe Aaron doesn’t want to be left behind in the education department.
Let’s get to know Cuonzo Martin, Cal’s new head coach. Nice piece here courtesy of Andrew Murawa of Rush the Court.
Good read here from The Oregonian on Johnathan Loyd trying to break his basketball habits as he practices with the Oregon football team this spring and fights for a contributing role.
Former Colorado quarterback Darian Hagan will be inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame Thursday night, so the Denver Post takes a look at Hagan’s career at Colorado as an option QB. Also, I suggest you read this from B.G. Brooks, as he writes that Hagan will enter the hall of fame with a smile.
The Football Scoop staff reminds us why Mike Riley hired John Garrett as offensive coordinator, and part of it has to do with the OC being mic’d up in the video at the bottom of this article. And this is pretty cool – watch Brandin Cooks give his mom a new car.
Men’s volleyball is one of the most underrated sports in the NCAA, so maybe you should check out Stanford hosting UC Irvine Saturday in the quarterfinals of the MPSF tournament. James Shaw, Stanford setter, is an absolute joy to watch.
The NCAA women’s gymnastics championships start Friday, and the Utes are ready for the final push. You can watch it on ESPN3 starting at 11 a.m. PT Friday, but Utah won’t start until 5 p.m. PT alongside Alabama, Florida, UCLA, Nebraska and Penn State. (Stanford starts at 11 a.m. with Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Michigan and Illinois.)
Washington softball has been a powerhouse for quite some time, and the Huskies’ softball stars of today are still learning from the program’s previous hero, Danielle Lawrie. The 11th-ranked Huskies host No. 5 Arizona State in a three-game series starting Thursday night.
CougCenter has a preview of the Washington State-Oregon baseball series running Thursday through Saturday, a series the Cougs need to have if they want to make a serious push for a regional bid.