Author Archives: Samuel Bass

Former Oklahoma State Star Phil Forte is Bringing Experience From Playing into the Coaches Box

Phil Forte

Phil Forte gained a lot of experience in his five years at Oklahoma State, where he became the sixth all time scorer in school history. Now, he aims to take his knowledge to the sidelines as he is embarking on a career in coaching.   As a coach, Forte uses a lot of strategies he learned as a player to

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Top Five Assistants in College Basketball

Behind every successful college team is a well rounded coaching staff. The head coach receives most of the credit for the team’s success, however, he has assistants to help with in-game adjustments, strategy, and recruiting.   Many assistants go unnoticed until they step out from the shadow of the head coach and become a head coach for themselves. However, many

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Five College Basketball Coaches on the Hot Seat

The coaching carousel in college basketball is ever moving, and the pressure on coaches to maintain success is always high. As a result, coaches are always being judged by administration, and a lot have only a few seasons to turn a program around before being dismissed and replaced.   Especially in storied programs, fans expect sustained success, and multiple consecutive

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Senior Spotlight: Virginia Basketball’s Mamadi Diakite and Braxton Key

Virginia Basketball

Mamadi Diakite entered Virginia’s basketball program in the 2014-15 season, taking a redshirt year and becoming a solid player in his four year career. After declaring for the draft in 2019, Diakite returned to school with the expectation as the go-to guy. Braxton Key transferred to Virginia after the 2018 season and was a key to Virginia’s championship run, especially

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Five Most Passionate Fan Bases in College Basketball

Behind every great college basketball program is a great fan base. What makes college sports so special, especially hoops, is the support the teams receive from students, alumni, and fans around the country. Home court is pivotal in college basketball, and creates an advantage unlike any other in sports due to the passion each fan base brings to games. With

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Each College Basketball Recruiting “Bust” Since 2000

As the popularity of the “one and done” keeps increasing in college basketball, people want to keep up with what happens on the recruiting end for teams. This results in a bigger spotlight for players in high school, whether from college recruiters or the media. Since 1998, RCSI has released high school recruiting rankings for basketball, and since then, Rivals,

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Former College Hoops Star Xavier Silas is Taking his Vast Experiences to the Coaching Box

Xavier Silas experienced two different worlds at the college level, and it helped him play professionally and become successful as a coach. Silas began his career at Colorado, averaging 12 points a game in his freshman year and 9.7 in his sophomore campaign. Despite these impressive numbers as an underclassman, Silas decided to transfer after his sophomore year. Colorado’s head

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ACC Awards and Tournament Predictions

A down year for what usually is college basketball’s most dominant conference has provided some interesting storylines thus far. Florida State has quietly crept into being a national powerhouse. UNC, despite having freshman sensation Cole Anthony, finished last in the ACC. And Georgia Tech finished fifth in the league, which is a surprise in its own. The regular season came

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