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Local prospects Fair, Usher, Smith headed to NBA Summer League

Posted on 28 June 2014 by WNST Staff

After no local college or high school player was selected in the 2014 NBA Draft, a few have received another opportunity to pursue a possible NBA future.

Former City College standout CJ Fair will get his chance with the Dallas Mavericks in the Summer League. According to the Syracuse Post-Standard, the former Syracuse star’s camp believed the Mavs would draft him in the second round but traded away their picks earlier in the week to re-acquire center Tyson Chandler.

Former Walbrook star Roscoe Smith has found a Summer League spot with the Los Angeles Lakers, according to SNY.tv. Smith finished his college career at UNLV after winning a national championship at UConn.

Davon Usher will get his opportunity with the Golden State Warriors in Summer League play according to the Bay Area News Group. Usher had a stellar career at Baltimore’s Digital Harbor High School before playing collegiately at Delaware.

The Miami Heat and Denver Nuggets will both give former Towson University forward Jerrelle Benimon a chance to participate in Summer League play. Benimon was a two-time CAA Player of the Year after transferring to Towson from Georgetown.

To this point, there is nothing known about the chances of former Aberdeen star Devon Saddler (Delaware) or former Patterson star Aquille Carr (NBA D-League Delaware 87’ers) getting an opportunity to play in Summer League.

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B&B Big Story Banter: NBA Draft Winners & Losers

Posted on 27 June 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 NBA DRAFT WINNERS: Barry Kamen

Los Angeles Lakers: The worst NBA team in Los Angeles stocked up on SEC talent, landing F Julius Randle with the 7th overall pick, and acquiring combo guard Jordan Clarkson from the Washington Wizards in round two. Prior to injury concerns, Randle was widely considered to be a top 5 talent. Randle is a polished lefty who has great passing abilities for his size, and should be on of the few players in the NBA Draft Lottery to make an immediate impact. In Clarkson, the Lakers get a productive player from Missouri that can guard both positions and could see significant minutes for the team if the Lakers decide to move forward without Steve Nash. The Lakers still have plenty of work to do, and the jury is still out on how Kobe Bryant will play in his return from injury, but acquiring a player of Randle’s caliber at number 7 is a great starting point for the offseason.

Jabari Parker Milwaukee BucksMilwaukee Bucks: The team with just 15 wins last year truly had nowhere to go but up. The Bucks used their four picks on NBA-ready players (trading their last selection, Lamar Patterson, to the Hawks), with the crown jewel being F Jabari Parker with the 2nd overall pick. I feel very strongly that Parker is the best player in this year’s class, and the opportunity for the Chicago native to become a star for a Midwest team that needs a star to build around. In the second round, the Bucks selected French wing player Damien Inglis, who is an above-average defender that will benefit from practicing against Parker. My favorite pick of the Bucks was was former LSU F Johnny O’Bryant. Another SEC talent, O’Bryant is an undersized power forward who is a great rebounder for his size. O’Bryant’s ceiling is probably Reggie Evans, but there’s a role for him behind Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson.

San Antonio Spurs: The rich just get richer. The Spurs traded both of their second round selections for cash, and used the final pick in the first round on UCLA G/F Kyle Anderson. Anderson is a carbon copy of Boris Diaw who fits the pass-first style of the Spurs. Anderson will likely come off of the bench to begin the season, but will certainly find a way to average 25 minutes per game.


2014 NBA DRAFT LOSERS: Brett Dickinson

Toronto Raptors: The most mind-boggling pick of the entire first round was Bruno Cabolco of Brazil; a small-forward that is three to four years away from even contributing.  Maybe he pans out and becomes the hidden gem in this draft, but why not move down and acquire extra assets before selecting him? It seems Toronto was stuck on their man and did not play into his value at all when considering their 20th pick.  Not to mention their best player, All-Star wing Demar Derozan, plays the same position! For a team that was making strides in the Eastern Conference playoffs, they did nothing to help develop their roster into a contender next season.

Tyler Ennis Phoenix SunsPhoenix Suns: For a team with three first round picks, none were used to address their biggest needs in the low post or at outside shooter.  Instead, they added two small forwards (T.J. Warren, Bogdan Bogdanovic) and a point guard (Tyler Ennis) with those selections, which are the deepest positions on their roster. Passing on players like forward Adriean Payne and shooting guard Gary Harris will hurt the playoff chances next year and their long-term future as well. As a team that made major improvements in 2013-14, they may be doomed to take a step back, unless they overpay to resign key free agents guard Eric Bledsoe and forward Channing Frye.

Dallas Mavericks, Portland Trailblazers, Golden State Warriors: These are the teams that did not have any selections or trade into the deepest draft of possibly the past decade. It is just terrible team planning for not throwing your hat into a draft that saw tons of first round talent slip into the second round.  Many of the players selected will make up the heart of the next generation for the NBA; and the Mavericks Trailblazers and Warriors didn’t select any of them.


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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 24 June 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Legends Football League-Atlanta Steam @ Baltimore Charm (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Arena); WNBA: Connecticut Sun @ Washington Mystics (Friday 7pm Verizon Center), San Antonio Silver Stars @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm Verizon Center); MLL: Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Florida Launch (Saturday 7pm from Boca Raton, FL live on YouTube); Boxing: Tori Nelson vs. Nicole Williams (Saturday 6pm Du Burns Arena); Auto Racing: NASCAR Quaker State 400 (Saturday 7:30pm from Sparta, KY live on TNT); Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night Nate Marquardt vs. James Te Huna (Saturday 5am from Auckland, New Zealand live on UFC Fight Pass), UFC Fight Night Cub Swanson vs. Jeremy Stephens (Saturday 10pm from San Antonio live on Fox Sports 1)

10. Great American Backyard Campout (Saturday 6pm Oregon Ridge); Transformers: Age of Extinction“, “Snowpiercer” and “They Came Together” out in theaters (Friday); 300: Rise of an Empire” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

None of this means much of anything for me-so instead I’ll post this new photo of Sofia Vergara that came out Monday. You can thank me later.

9. Thank You Festival feat. Tiesto (Thursday 4pm Merriweather Post Pavilion); Katy Perry (Tuesday & Wednesday 7pm Verizon Center); OneRepublic/The Script (Friday 7pm Jiffy Luve Live), Toby Keith (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live), Avicii (Sunday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Ben Folds (Wednesday 8:15pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo! (Friday 8pm Power Plant Live); Say Anything (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Drive-By Truckers (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live); Diana Ross (Saturday 8pm Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric); Dr. John (Tuesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Air Supply (Friday 8pm Rams Head Center Stage); Primus (Sunday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Lake Street Dive (Tuesday 7pm 9:30 Club); Jamestown Revival (Sunday 8:30pm Gypsy Sally’s); Rebirth Brass Band (Sunday 2pm DC Jazz Festival); Ed Sheeran “X”, Phish “Fuego” and Clutch “Earth Rocker Deluxe” available (Tuesday)

I’m including Katy Perry this week. Let’s just go ahead and move on so we don’t have to talk about it any further.

Say hello to Kevin Van Valkenburg at the Truckers’ show.

Lake Street Dive is rather enjoyable.

Someday I’ll be coming home…to see Jamestown Revival.

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Brett & Barry Big Story Banter: NBA Lottery Mock Draft

Posted on 21 June 2014 by WNST Audio

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B&B Big Story Banter: NBA Lottery Mock Draft

Posted on 20 June 2014 by WNST Staff

As the NBA Draft is rapidly approaching (even though the season just ended last week), lots of news and rumors are swirling around the NBA.  Considered to be one of the deepest drafts in the past decade, there is still a lot to be answered on team needs and prospect fits.  The uncertainty on how things will shake out has grown with top overall player Kansas center Joel Embiid now needing foot surgery.  So here is our attempt to predict the picks in the NBA Lottery for 2014, as we alternate amongst the worst teams in the league.


1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas Forward)- BRETT

Though they are still trying to entice LeBron James to return home and play the same position as Wiggins, his upside is too great to pass up.  He would give them the athletic wing that can take over games alongside point guard Kyrie Irving. He already has the defensive skill set to cover the likes of LeBron, Carmelo and Paul George in the Eastern Conference.


2. Milwaukee Bucks: Jabari Parker (Duke Forward)- BARRY

Despite their bad luck in the NBA lottery, Milwaukee still lands the best all-around player in the draft. Parker’s body and offensive skillset are his most impressive assets, with his defensive abilities being a slight liability. Coupled with Giannis Antetokounmpo, the Bucks have an uber-talented nucleus that could compete in the Eastern conference in a couple of years.

3. Philadelphia 76ers: Joel Embiid (Kansas Center)- BRETT

Embiid now has major injury concerns, trying to bounce back after a balky back and now a foot injury.  But he has the greatest potential of anyone in the draft. The Sixers have already proven they are willing to wait an entire season for the top prospect in the draft to be healthy (i.e. selecting and resting Nerlens Noel last season). The possibility of pairing those two big men with Rookie of the Year Michael Carter Williams makes them a scary team in the future.


4. Orlando Magic: Aaron Gordon (Arizona Forward)- BARRY

Gordon is a strong kid with outstanding athleticism in the mold of a Blake Griffin. Magic F Tobias Harris played well towards the end of the year, meaning Gordon could be a spark off the bench early in the season while he continues to add weight to play the power forward position. With two picks in the top 12, the Magic will look to establish themselves as immediate playoff contenders, and Gordon can be the spark they need.

5. Utah Jazz: Julius Randle (Kentucky Forward)- BRETT

Randle is a plug and play prospect that has the physical tools to dominate the low post.  He has good footwork and  by adding some bulk could be Karl Malone 2.0 for Utah fans. He may have a limited upside, but should become an All-Star playing the pick and roll with last year’s first round pick Trey Burke.


6. Boston Celtics: Noah Vonleh (Indiana Forward)- BARRY

While his numbers at Indiana are nothing special, Vonleh’s frame and ability to be a stretch power forward intrigues a number of NBA teams. At the moment, the only other power forward on the Celtics is Brandon Bass, a stretch PF in his own right. A healthy Rajon Rondo could make all the difference for Vonleh and his development.


7. Los Angeles Lakers: Dante Exum (Australia Guard)- BRETT

The Lakers whole organization is still holding onto the hopes that Kobe Bryant can still carry them.  By selecting Exum, they get a distributor to run their offense, while having the ability to guard any of the wing positions. He has the potential to be a superstar, as he played well internationally against some top competition.


8. Sacramento Kings: Dario Saric (Croatia Forward)- BARRY

Finally…my first pick for a Western Conference team! As a 6’10” Croatian headed to Sacramento, the comparisons to Peja Stojakovic will be easy to make. However, Saric is a much better passer, and not much of an outside threat. Saric immediately becomes Sacramento’s starting power forward in a lineup that features score-first PG Isaiah Thomas and  the talented DeMarcus Cousins. Saric’s statistics won’t impress early, but they won’t have to.

9. Charlotte Bobcats: Doug McDermott (Creighton Forward)- BRETT

Michael Jordan has slowly been adding nice pieces to the Bobcats, getting them into the playoffs in 2014.  McDermott is a great shooter that could serve a huge role for a team looking for more scorers. McDermott is also a coaches son and brings in leadership qualities to help a young core grow into contenders.


10. Philadelphia 76ers: Nik Stauskas (Michigan Guard)- BARRY

As they look to the future with the Embiid pick to start, they select someone that can fill a need and help right away here. The backcourt of reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and Stauskas, coupled with the debut of Nerlens Noel, makes Philadelphia one of the most intriguing teams in the NBA. Stauskas will be asked to do what he did at Michigan: bury three pointers and turn the team into a winner.


11. Denver Nuggetts: Rodney Hood (Duke Guard)- BRETT

The Nuggetts need a dynamic wing to play alongside Ty Lawson and some of their low post players. Hood has good length and the ability to score from anywhere on the court. Playing in the uptempo offense will help create lanes and open spots at the three point line for Hood.


12. Orlando Magic: Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State Guard)- BARRY

In what could be the steal of the draft, the Magic land a dynamic talent with the perfect situation. After drafting Gordon in the top 5, Orlando lands another top 5 talent in this slot. While MCW-Stauskas in Philadelphia sounds like a fun young backcourt, the idea of Smart and Oladipo together sounds dynamic. Add in the mentorship from PG Jameer Nelson, and Smart has no excuse to fail.


13. Minnesota Timberwolves: Zach LaVine (UCLA Guard)- BRETT

LaVine has been one of biggest risers during the draft process, displaying great athleticism.  Minnesota needs to find playmakers, especially if Kevin Love is traded and LaVine has the ability to create from either guard position. As a team looking for an identity, the need to look for as much potential as possible.

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Baltimore native Carr declares for NBA Draft

Posted on 21 April 2014 by WNST Staff

(Sports XChange) Aquille Carr (Patterson) made a name for himself on YouTube and was headed to play for Seton Hall. Now he has his sights set on the NBA after declaring himself eligible for the upcoming draft.

As a sensational high school player, he earned the nickname “The Crimestopper” and was noted for his ball-handling and scoring. He scored 52 points in his final high school game.

Carr decommitted from Seton Hall to follow a different path.

In March of 2013, the 5-foot-6 point guard decided to pursue a professional career in the Chinese Basketball Association. He was drafted in the NBA Development League draft in October.

The 20-year-old Carr played 10 games for the Delaware 87ers. He averaged 10.7 points in 14.0 minutes per game, averaging more turnovers (2.1) than assists (1.9).

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SLAM’s Klein believes Kansas’ Embid is top prospect in NCAA

Posted on 11 January 2014 by WNST Audio

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Len first Terp selected in Top 10 since Wilcox in 2002

Posted on 27 June 2013 by WNST Staff

Len is the highest drafted Terrapin since Steve Francis went 2nd overall in 1999

BROOKLYN – Alex Len was selected fifth overall in the first round of the NBA Draft by the Phoenix Suns on Thursday evening.

Len, a 7-foot-1 center from Antratsit, Ukraine, is the 18th player in Maryland history to be taken in the first round, and is the highest drafted Terrapin since Steve Francis went second overall in 1999.

“We are very proud of Alex,” said head coach Mark Turgeon. “He has worked extremely hard to become a top five selection in the NBA Draft. He is committed to getting better each day and will continue to do so as he makes the transition to the NBA. Alex has come such a long way in just two years both on and off the court and we are all very excited for what the future holds for him. This is a great day and exciting time for the Maryland Basketball program.”

In two years at Maryland, Len transformed his body and game, adding more than 30 pounds of muscle and nearly doubling his scoring average from his freshman to sophomore year. Len led the team in rebounds (7.9 per game) and ranked second in scoring (11.9 per game) as a sophomore in 2012-13. He also led the Atlantic Coast Conference in blocked shots and was a member of the All-ACC Defensive Team.

Len is the first Terrapin selected in the first round of the draft since 2010, when Greivis Vasquez was taken 28th overall by the Memphis Grizzlies.

Besides Vasquez, Jordan Williams (2011, New Jersey Nets), James Gist (2008, San Antonio), D.J. Strawberry (2007, Phoenix) and Steve Blake (2003, Washington) were Maryland’s most recent selections in the draft, all taken in the second round.


Maryland Basketball in the NBA Draft

– 1st top-10 selection since Chris Wilcox in 2002

– 15th top-15 pick

– 18th first-round pick

– 59th Maryland player selected in the NBA Draft


– Terps –

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 25 June 2013 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLL-Chesapeake Bayhawks @ Hamilton Nationals (Saturday 7pm from Hamilton, ON live on YouTube); WNBA: Phoenix Mercury @ Washington Mystics (Thursday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network), Tulsa Shock @ Washington Mystics (Sunday 4pm from Verizon Center live on Monumental Network/NBA TV); Boxing: Gennady Golovkin vs. Matthew Macklin (Saturday 9:45pm from Mashantucket, CT live on HBO)

10. Heart/Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience (Tuesday 8pm Jiffy Lube Live), Kid Rock (Friday 6:45pm Jiffy Lube Live), Brad Paisley (Saturday 7pm Jiffy Lube Live); Counting Crows/The Wallflowers (Tuesday 7pm Wolf Trap), The Temptations/The Four Tops (Thursday 8pm Wolf Trap), Straight No Chaser (Sunday 8pm Wolf Trap); Ballyhoo!/Authority Zero (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Richard Cheese & Lounge Against The Machine (Friday 8pm 9:30 Club); Jason Isbell (Monday 7:30pm Birchmere); Taproot (Saturday 7pm House of Rock); Lunar Bay Music & Arts Festival feat. moe., Keller Williams (Saturday & Sunday Susquehanna State Park); Dundalk Heritage Fair feat. Three Dog Night/Jefferson Starship (Friday-Sunday Dundalk Heritage Park); Mavis Staples “One True Vine” and Wale “Gifted” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I’m going on vacation next week, but apparently the music world picked this week? I mean, the Counting Crows used to be really good but their show might as well be in Eastern Europe…

I love the idea that Ballyhoo! might be Charm City’s next significant band…

Jason Isbell is a rock star, but again…how far can I go to see him?

Mavis Staples…Mavis Staples…I could sing of my love for Mavis Staples…

9. Tracy Morgan (Saturday 8pm Warner Theatre), Guy Torry (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv), Paul Mooney (Thursday-Sunday Baltimore Comedy Factory); The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday); White House Down” and “The Heat” out in theaters (Friday); “The Gathering” (Friday 5pm McHenry Row/Penn Station Plaza)

I’m just going to suggest you watch this Tracy Morgan/David Letterman interview on repeat…

I think I might start my own food truck for “The Gathering.” I’ll probably call it “Historic Pigtown”…

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Former Greyhound Etherly to work out with Wizards

Posted on 19 June 2013 by WNST Staff

Etherly To Participate In Pre-Draft Workout For NBA’s Wizards


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Former Loyola University Maryland men’s basketball standout Erik Etherly (Alexandria, Va./Annandale H.S.) will participate in a pre-draft workout for the NBA’s Washington Wizards on Wednesday.

The two-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference First Team forward averaged 15.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in 2012-2013 as the Greyhounds finished with a 23-12 record.

Etherly, who graduated in December with a bachelor of arts in communications, played in 93 games, making 89 starts, during his three seasons at Loyola. He averaged 13.4 points, 7.2 rebounds, 1.3 blocked shots and 1.2 steals per game for the Greyhounds.

During his career, he helped Loyola win 62 games, including 47 over the course of the last two. The Greyhounds reached the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1994 during Etherly’s junior season (2011-2012), and they advanced to postseason play in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1949-1950, reaching the CIT Quarterfinals this season.

He also is the first player in Loyola history to earn All-District honors in consecutive years from the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC). Over the final seven games of the 2012-2013 regular-season, Etherly had five games with 22 or more points, including three-straight with 23-plus.

Etherly’s 1,245 career points are 20th in Loyola history, and he joined teammate Robert Olson to accomplish the rare feat of reaching 1,000 career points in the same game in January at Fairfield University.

His 450 rebounds are 17th in program history, and his rebounds pre game mark is eighth. Etherly’s 121 career blocked shots are third all-time, and he is ninth in free-throws made.

Earlier, this spring, Etherly attended the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational.

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