Roundup: Steve Kerr named NBA Coach of the Year
Congratulations to Wildcat alum Steve Kerr for being named NBA Coach of the Year after leading the Golden State Warriors to a league-record 73-9 mark. He missed the first 43 games of the season due to complications from two offseason back surgeries. Fellow Arizona alum Luke Walton held down the proverbial fort in his absence.
In other NBA news, Russell Westbrook had a near-triple-double to lead Oklahoma City past Dallas, piling up 36 points, 12 rebounds and nine assists in the Thunder’s 118-104 Game 5 victory, eliminating the Mavs from the postseason. Afterwards, Westbrook was more than happy to talk some trash to Charlie Villanueva, but it might have been Kevin Durant who had the best line at the very end of the video. #shotsfired
The NFL Draft is Thursday, and the big question is which quarterback do you go with at No. 1 – Jared Goff or Carson Wentz? Jon Wilner breaks down the intangibles for us.
Meanwhile, former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams said that he’s better than Jared Goff, telling the Dan Patrick Show on Monday that “if I’m not as good as (Goff), then I am better than him… I’m not going to sit here and say he’s better than me because there’s nothing that he’s doing that I can’t do.” Adams is projected to go on the third day of the NFL Draft (Rounds 4-7), if at all.
Here’s a 2016 NFL Draft preview of Colorado wide receiver Nelson Spruce courtesy of Pac-12 Network. He’s only the Pac-12’s career receptions leader and the Buffs’ career leader in receiving touchdowns and receiving yards.
Jeremy Cluff of The Arizona Republic reminds us that Arizona State has produced 24 first round NFL Draft picks, with Damarious Randall going 30th overall last year to Green Bay being the latest example (he was the first Sun Devil to be selected in the first round since 2003).
Here’s an NFL Draft capsule of Oregon State offensive lineman Isaac Seumalo, who is projected to go as high as the third round by CBS Sports (ESPN and NFL.com have him going in the fifth round). Thanks to Gina Mizell for the link.
Washington women’s golf earned a No. 4 seed in the NCAA Regionals, it was announced Monday. The Huskies, who are headed to Baton Rouge, are one of nine Pac-12 women’s golf teams heading to NCAA Regionals (May 5-7).
Sticking with golf, Stanford women’s golf will host a regional as a No. 3 seed. The Cardinal won the national championship last year in dramatic fashion.
Kevin Gemmell gives us his three takeaways from Utah’s spring game. He’s a fan of this Tyler Huntley fellow, the true frosh QB.
Mark Sandritter of CougCenter provides us with his takeaways from Washington State football’s spring game.
CBS Sports ranks USC at No. 2 in its “Linebacker U” ratings, trailing only Miami. The Trojans have had 13 linebackers drafted and eight Pro Bowl selections for said LBs over the last decade.