HOOP CLICKS: Next Big College Star From... Western Kentucky University?

Mitchell Robinson image via Kentucky.com

Mitchell Robinson image via Kentucky.com

Five-star 2017 recruit Mitchell Robinson picks a very unlikely suitor

Forget Duke, forget Kentucky, seven-foot basketball phenom Mitchell Robinson will attend Western Kentucky University for at least one year before turning pro. Robinson is ranked as the 11th-best recruit in 2017 class by Rivals.com, and some writers are calling him the best WKU recruit in 50 years.

 

How did WKU do this? Likely a family connection. Former UNC standout Shammond Williams — Robinson's godfather — was recently hired as an assistant to the WKU coaching staff. The present WKU head coach, Rick Stansbury, was the lead Texas A&M assistant recruiting Robinson when the big man was briefly committed to the Aggies last year. 

 

Another reason could be that WKU has one of the best mascots in all of college sports, "Big Red"; a giant, hilarious, red blob that I absolutely have to mention in any article about WKU.

 

United States Olympics roster set

Zika Virus concerns aside, 12 men are ready to play for the USA

Team USA's Lebron James  By Christopher Johnson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalite/8120723548/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Team USA's Lebron James  By Christopher Johnson (http://www.flickr.com/photos/globalite/8120723548/) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

After much consternation, the final 12-man roster for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Men's Basketball team has been decided. Many stars declined to play after long playoff runs, injuries or other reasons.

 

Several top golfers have withdrawn from this year's Olympics over concerns from the Zika virus. The virus is mosquito-borne and has been linked to a risk of severe birth defects. Although no NBA players have specifically cited the health risk as a reason for not playing, it is assumed that the virus is playing a role in participation.

 

USA Today has ranked this year's Rio team as the 5th-best U.S. Olympic men's basketball team since the 1992 Dream Team.