Already a pro, Doncic set to join college stars in NBA draft

first_imgCarpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award And he might just be the most accomplished and intriguing player in this class.After capping his brilliant stay in Spain with another title, the Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected Thursday, a teenager whose resume is already more complete than even some of the most season veterans.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“He may be the most accomplished European teenager to ever come into the draft,” ESPN draft analyst Jay Bilas said. “You know, there’s very little that is unknown about him. He’s not some workout wonder that people are projecting. He’s accomplished things, and he has been seen in 5-on-5 against high-level competition for a number of years. He’s played professional basketball since he was 13.”Doncic couldn’t join Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley III and the other headliners in New York on Wednesday because he was en route from Spain after finishing off his dream season by helping Real Madrid win its ACB league championship Tuesday. The 6-foot-7 guard made a 3-pointer off one leg with the shot clock running down and Real Madrid clinging to a three-point lead, and his team held on to win the series in four games and allow him to get to Barclays Center in time for Thursday’s festivities, rather than stay behind for a Game 5. Bicol riders extend help to Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES After only 2 matches, Egypt eliminated from World Cup Even with Ayton, a native of the Bahamas, and Doncic at the top of the list of international candidates, the strength of this draft is at the college level. Power programs such as Duke (Bagley and Wendell Carter Jr.), Michigan State (Jaren Jackson Jr. and Miles Bridges), national champion Villanova (Mikal Bridges and Donte DiVincenzo) and Kentucky (Kevin Knox and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander) could have multiple players taken in the top 10-15 selections of the two-round draft, and teams looking for point guards could choose between freshmen Trae Young of Oklahoma and Collin Sexton of Alabama.They could give the NBA a second straight strong rookie class, after Utah’s Donovan Mitchell, Boston’s Jayson Tatum and 2016 No. 1 pick Ben Simmons of Philadelphia all helped their teams advance to at least the second round of the postseason.“I think it’s a transformational class,” Missouri’s Michael Porter Jr. said. “I think we’ve got a lot of different kinds of players: Deandre, Marvin, the big dudes who are special, and then me along with a couple other wings who can do a lot of different things, and then point guard, Trae, Collin Sexton, and then I heard that Luka dude — I ain’t seen much on him but I heard he’s special, too. So I think we’re a great draft, one of the best in a while.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next He had already been the MVP of both the Euroleague season and its Final Four, the youngest player ever to win both honors, as Real Madrid won that title as well.“I’m speechless,” he told the team’s website after Tuesday’s victory. “It has been the season of my life. It’s incredible.”The Phoenix Suns have the No. 1 pick and are widely expected to draft Arizona center Deandre Ayton, even though new coach Igor Kokoskov coached Doncic last summer on the Slovenian national team that won the nation’s first EuroBasket gold medal.Then it’s Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis and Dallas, and any of them could consider a player who’s only 19 but has been playing against some of the toughest competition outside the NBA for years. And while there may always be some skepticism of European players because Darko Milicic bombed so badly after being taken right behind LeBron James and ahead of Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade 15 years ago, it would be a surprise if Doncic failed after all he’s already done.“He should easily transition to the league really well,” Miami guard Lonnie Walker IV said. “I mean, look at what he’s doing in the Euroleague. You’ve got to respect what he’s doing. You can’t say he’s not good and he’s the MVP and everything of that spot. So pay respect where it’s due. He’s a great player. All you can say is tell him to continue to work hard and prove everyone that’s doubting him wrong.”ADVERTISEMENT Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Harvey Weinstein rape trial Cloudy skies over Luzon due to amihan Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Christopher Tolkien, son of Lord of the Rings author, dies aged 95 Taal victims get help from Kalayaan town View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding MOST READ Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina FILE – In this May 20, 2018, file photo, Real Madrid’s Luka Doncic (7) reacts with teammate Trey Thompkins after winning their Final Four Euroleague final basketball match against Fenerbahce, in Belgrade, Serbia. The Slovenian guard heads the list of international players expected to be selected in the NBA draft. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic, File)NEW YORK — Luka Doncic is about to become an NBA player, though he’s unlike the other top prospects who will be drafted.He’s already a pro. He’s already a champion.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Piers Morgan’s Arsenal blueprint: ‘Wenger out, ditch second rate striker’

first_imgPiers Morgan returned for a second stint as co-host of talkSPORT’s Drivetime show on Thursday and, as usual, he wasn’t short of an opinion on his beloved Arsenal.The long-time Gunners’ season ticket holder claimed to know exactly why the club continues to fall short in major competitions and explained what needs to be done this summer to turn them into winners again.First, axe Arsene Wenger: “I certainly believe we need a change [of manager]. Randomly, I had a conversation with Mo Farah this morning [Thursday] and we were talking about Arsenal and what he said to me was: ‘I moved to America for the main body of my training because I knew it would give me an extra half a second of speed which would make the difference between coming third or fourth and winning’. We now know that worked and he has won. What I am talking about at Arsenal is moving from Wenger, who is certainly a great manager and has been great for Arsenal, to something that would give us that extra percentage that takes us from being the bridesmaid to the bride. If you put Diego Simeone or Jurgen Klopp into the Arsenal set-up they would get rid of the dead wood, they would buy the right gritty, tough players to go around all the dazzlingly skilful players we have, and we would be seriously competitive again. Until we get the right attitude among the players, then we are not going to compete with the big boys.”Second, ditch Olivier Giroud: “Giroud is a second-tier striker. Mesut Ozil is used to having [Karim] Benzema and [Cristiano] Ronaldo in front of him. He currently has lesser players, excluding Alexis Sanchez. Giroud is scoring goals at the moment and playing quite well, and is a good striker, but he is nowhere near the level of a Ronaldo, a [Lionel] Messi, a [Luis] Suarez, a Neymar. Ozil, who is a thoroughbred racehorse, is playing in the Grand National, not the Derby, and he needs players around him who can play at the Derby level that suit his style of football.”And, finally, be ruthless in the transfer market: “Arsenal have got to bring in a world class goalkeeper we have not had since the days of [Jens] Lehmann and [David] Seaman and at least two central defenders, who are top, top drawer. Up front we have got to have an absolute predator. If we want to win things, we have got to be brutal in our policy of signing world class players and making sure they have around them the type of players that will bring out the best in them.”last_img read more