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Seth Davis dishes on Jabari Parker possibly returning to Duke, DeAndre Daniels’ NBA potential

Seth-DavisHas Jabari Parker played his last game at Duke? That is a question NBA teams would like to have answered sooner rather than later as we inch closer to the June 26 draft. Parker is still a potential lottery pick. He picked a terrible time to have one of his worst games of the season against Mercer, but the talent is undeniable.

The longer Parker waits to announce his decision, the more speculation we hear about the possibility of him playing another season under Mike Krzyzewski. College basketball analyst and expert Seth Davis discussed Parker’s future with Larry Brown Sports on Friday.

“I’ve been saying for a while that I think there’s a good chance he’ll come back,” Davis said. “When I say good chance I mean relative to his situation. 99% of the kids in his position wouldn’t even hesitate to turn pro. He’s a different kind of kid. So instead of being 99% gone I would put him more 85% gone.”

Davis, who is serving Subway’s new Flatizzas with Jared the Subway guy at the Final Four this weekend, said Parker is ready for the NBA but could simply decide that he would rather play another year of college ball.

“Physically, emotionally, psychologically he’s ready,” Davis said. “It’s just a question of what he wants out of life. There’s worse things in life than being a sophomore in college. We’ll have to wait and see.”

Davis also offered his thoughts on the Final Four. He’s staying with Florida as his championship pick but could envision any of the four remaining teams cutting down the nets. Speaking of NBA potential, Davis believes UConn’s DeAndre Daniels has the tools needed to be an NBA All-Star.

“I think we could look five or 10 years down the road and say DeAndre Daniels was the best player on that UConn team,” Davis said. “He literally has no idea how good he is. It can be maddening to coach him and watch him. If that kid ever figures out how good he really is he can be an NBA All-Star. I think he’s that good.”

If you happen to be in Dallas this weekend, stop by Subway on 1222 Commerce Street and say what’s up to Seth and Jared. Enjoy the end of the Madness.

Adreian Payne throws down sick dunk, adds great bowling celebration (Video)

Adreian Payne may not have won the college slam dunk contest at Moody Coliseum in Dallas on Thursday, but he certainly had the best dunk and celebration of the night.

The Michigan State senior forward brought down the house with a sick double-clutch 360 that was just out of this world. As if his awesome dunk weren’t enough, he topped it off by bowling a strike that knocked down all the human pins.

Try to top that.

Well, Eastern Kentucky’s Marcus Lewis did. He won it all. You might remember Lewis from this ridiculous alley-oop he threw down last season.

But how about this from Payne:

Adreian Payne dunk

Incredible.

Here’s Bo Ryan cranking dat Soulja Boy (Video)

Bo Ryan Soulja BoyWay back in 2007, before sports blogs were really buzzing and back before people could access the internet on their tablets and smartphones the way they do now, Bo Ryan put out a video that in present day would have gone viral.

I mean this video is from so long ago that I had no idea it even existed. And it’s so long ago it was made back when Soulja Boy was still a thing.

Our friend Jersey Chaser mentioned this last weekend when Wisconsin was busy making the Final Four, and I finally got around to watching the video today. It blew my mind.

Just by looks, you’d think that Bo Ryan is one of those cranky, old white dudes. Not at all. He gets turnt.

Arizona police officer being investigated for leveling unsuspecting woman (Video)

Arizona-cop-levels-studetArizona students did not exactly handle their Elite 8 loss to Wisconsin with class. Thousands of students took the streets after the heartbreaking 64-63 defeat to express their anger, and the result was a bunch of tear gas and rubber bullets. Police were understandably on edge during the riots, but that doesn’t excuse what one officer did to an unsuspecting woman.

An Arizona student who went to University Boulevard on Saturday night to check out all the action was strolling along when a police officer absolutely leveled her out of nowhere. He was caught on camera knocking the young woman over a bike rack.

‘These girls had been trying to get to their car. The girl is on her phone not paying attention and this cop came out of nowhere and just leveled her,” Phoebe Landolt, who shot the video, told the Arizona Daily Star. “After that everyone just started yelling and she started crying.”

A police spokesman said the Tucson Police Department is aware of the video and is conducting an internal investigation. While we know officers and riot police have a difficult job to do in situations like these, that seemed completely uncalled for. The video clearly shows that the student was simply walking along and didn’t appear to be posing any type of threat. There should be consequences.

H/T Barstool Sports

Julius Randle’s mom had to leave at halftime to get home for work

Julius-Randle-KentuckyJulius Randle dominated the interior post during Kentucky’s win over Michigan on Sunday. His 16 points and, more importantly, 11 rebounds helped the Wildcats hang on down the stretch in what was one of the most exciting games of the tournament. And Randle’s unlucky mother didn’t even get to stick around to watch the end of the instant classic.

Randle’s mother Carolyn Kyles, whom the freshman credits for making him such a great basketball player, had to leave at halftime.

According to The Dagger, those who were sitting near Kyles said she was in tears at the thought of leaving with her son’s team down four in the most important game of his life. Kyles, a 6-foot-2 former basketball player, told The Courier Journal last week that she gave Randle everything she had on and off the court when he was growing up.

“I would push him around. He’d fall down and hop up all mad,” she said. “I’d throw hook shots on him, and it would just kill him. I couldn’t feel guilty, because this was the position I was in. I had to be both mother and father. I couldn’t be weak. I had to be strong. I couldn’t baby him. I had to make sure my kids were strong, show them how to get out there and fight for what they wanted. That’s what they saw in me every day.”

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending. Aaron Harrison knocked down a game-winning 3-pointer to send Kentucky to the Final Four in Arlington, which is located less than an hour from where Kyles lives in the Dallas area. She should have no problem arranging her work schedule around the Saturday night game.

Terrence Samuel got to slap Kevin Ollie back (Video)

Terrence-Samuel-slaps-Kevin-OllieUConn head coach Kevin Ollie delivered a hilarious slap to the face of freshman guard Terrence Samuel after the Huskies defeated Iowa State to advance to the Elite 8 on Friday. Samuel and some other players had been goofing around behind Ollie during his interview, so he reacted accordingly. The slap went viral almost immediately.

On Sunday, UConn knocked off Michigan State to punch its ticket to the Final Four. Ollie gave Samuel a chance to get him back.

“Terrence has gotta slap me to make sure I’m not dreaming,” Ollie joked during his interview.

Samuel then gave Ollie a love tap on the hat. If you ask me, he let his coach off easy. I would have taken that opportunity to smack him right across the face. With his team on its way to the Final Four, Ollie probably would have enjoyed every second of it.

H/T The Big Lead

Aaron Harrison hits game-winning 3-pointer (Video)

Kentucky freshman Aaron Harrison did not score a single point in the first half of his team’s Elite 8 matchup against Michigan on Sunday. It didn’t matter, because the freshman got scorching hot in the late part of the game and wound up playing the role of hero for the Wildcats.

Harrison hit a game-winning 3-pointer with just 2.6 seconds remaining to send his team to the Final Four. He single-handedly kept Kentucky in the game by knocking down four-straight 3-pointers in the final minutes of the game. His game-winner came from well beyond the arc with a hand in his face.

Aaron-Harrison-game-winner

Kentucky, a No. 8 seed, will take on No. 2 seed Wisconsin in the Final Four next weekend.

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