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The Best College Basketball Schools in the Country

Registering a beautiful result to your club demands a lot of sacrifices and self-driven motivation from various stakeholders. Loyal fans and ample playing grounds are featured to be those among the main building blocks for a successful team. Basketball just like any other game has taken the sports industry by storm. Various clubs and groups have stood against all the odds and come out with impressive results. The following are some the clubs that have been able to register good results and withstand pressure and various shortcomings to present adorable outcomes.

UCLA
It is one of the best programs in college basketball. Experienced coaches have helped this club register immense results. John Wooden is one of the recognized individuals that helped this club in a great deal before he retired in 1975. UCLA basketball team enjoyed a tremendous streak of winnings between the year 1963 and 1975. Jim Harrick helped the team win another title in the year 1995. A consistent, supportive team of fans has helped the club register a good win.

Indiana
Loyal and supportive fans and a favorable playing ground are some the benefits this club has enjoyed. Skilled players and experienced coaches have indeed aided the club in coming out clean in various basketball competitions. The likes of Bobby Knight are among a list of legendary coaches who have helped the club remain in numerous championships without being relegated.

Syracuse
With the ever unrelenting leadership of Jim Boeheim, the club has been able to withstand various pitfalls in its existence. Syracuse enjoys a large advantage of ever-supportive fans. It’s been able to register 20- win mark 34 times with its experienced coach. This club is seen to go further in making sure that impressive results are brought home ground.

Michigan State
It is one of the ever growing organizations that is driven to bigger dreams of becoming the best basketball team ever. In the industry, the club has been able to impress its fans through a glorious takeover in the competitive sports industry. Tom Izzo has helped the club maintain a clear record without being defeated.

UConn
Its resilience and advanced skills on the pitch, the club has been able ever to remain in various competitions. Jim Calhoun made sure that the club won multiple titles during his coaching time with the club. Kevin Ollie is currently heading the club. He is the former player to the club. Supportive fans and loyal players have seen the club become the best in various national title competitions.

Louisville
Having spent a long time of Championship drought, the club finally made a major debut during the national’s championship in 2013. It has taken the club a total of 26 years before clinching another tough title. The present experienced and esteemed coach Rick Pitino took over the leadership of the club in the year 2001. Since then, the club has been able to avail impressive results to its ever loyal fans throughout the country.

North Carolina
The tobacco land based champs have registered immediate results in various national championships. With the 2009 championship title that granted the club the most successful and a large number of fans from different Tar Heels areas. His ever-supportive and experienced coaching skills, Roy Williams has made sure that the club remains in its ever defining dream of winning titles. The legendary coaches have brought the club to its current successful stage.

Kansas
Bill Self will always remain in books of records for having brought the club through many winning streaks. In 2008, Kansas won the national championship. The current state of this club is dated back to the past few years. Dr. James Naismith is related to the first takeover of this club in various tournaments.

Kentucky
Rupp Arena is the clubs venue that houses thousands of fans from different states. This club has some history in NCAA. John Calipari is the most famous coach of this club. An enormous number of loyal fans is the key factor that has resulted in a great success of this ever triumphing basketball club. Legendary players are dated back to this club. Through distinct seasons, the club as registered good results.

Duke
Mike Krzyzewski deserves a standing ovation for the way he has carefully brought up this club to its current state. In 1980, Coach K took over the leadership of this successful basketball club. He has made sure the club remains in multiple championships in NCAA history. In 2015 the club won the championship tournament which is one of his favorite winning streaks since he joined the club. Loyal fans and ever supportive individuals have indeed made the club shine in various competitions.

Shannon Parker

Best NBA Players To Never Play in College

Top 5 Prep-to-Pro NBA Basketball Players 
There have been a total of 44 basketball players that have made the leap from prep to pro. This list will highlight the top 5 players who skipped college and went straight to the NBA.

5. Shawn Kemp

Shawn “Reign Man” Kemp was a powerhouse player who attacked the rim like a savage. Kemp played 14 NBA seasons, 6 of them as a NBA All-Star. Kemp helped the Seattle Supersonics make it to the NBA Finals in 1995-1996 for the first time since 1979. In the 1989 draft he was drafted 17th overall by the Supersonics and went on to a great career including playoff runs with both the Sonics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. Kemp ended his career with 15,347 points, 8,834 Rebounds, and 1,279 Blocks making him 127th, 53rd, and 50th all time respectively in NBA history.

4. Tracy McGrady

Tracy “T-Mac” McGrady was the definition of swingman. In 2003 and 2004 he was the NBA scoring champion as well as a 7 time All-Star from 2001-2007. “T-Mac finished with a player efficiency rating above 30 while also posting a usage percentage above 35.” (“All-Time #NBArank: Payers 61-70” ESPN, 25 Jan. 2016, http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarank160125/all-nbarank-61-70) Accessed 4 Jan. 2017. McGrady ended his career with 18,381 points, 5,276 rebounds, and 4,161 assists making him 63rd, 214th and 99th all time respectively in NBA history.

3. Kevin Garnett

Kevin “KG” Garnett played in the NBA for 21 seasons. 15 of those dynamic seasons, KG was a NBA All-Star and 4 times an All-NBA First Teamer. In 2004 KG lead the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Western Conference Finals and won the NBA MVP Award. In 2008 Garnett won the NBA DPOY award and a NBA Championship with the Boston Celtics. Garnett ended his storybook NBA career with 26,071 points, 14,662 rebounds, and 5,445 assists making him 20th, 10th, and 47th all time respectively in NBA history.

2. Kobe Bryant

Kobe “The Black Mamba” Bryant is arguably the greatest basketball player to play the game. Kobe would go on to be a 5 time NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers. In 2008 he was the NBA MVP, and during his NBA Finals appearances in 2009 and 2010 he received the NBA Finals MVP trophy. Kobe was a NBA First Teamer 11 times, a 9 time NBA All-Defensive First Teamer, and an 18 time NBA All-Star. “Bryant is the only player in NBA history to play 20 or more seasons with a single team.” (“All-Time #NBArank: Players 11-15” ESPN, 25 Jan. 2016, http://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/page/nbarank160205/all-nbarank-11-15) Accessed 4 Jan. 2017. Kobe ended his legendary career with 33,643 points, 7,047 rebounds, and 6,306 assists making him 3rd, 101st, and 29th all time respectively in NBA history.

1. LeBron James

LeBron “The King” James is no doubt the greatest player on this list. With his freak athletic skills, his basketball I.Q., and his ability to make everyone on his team better, LeBron is making his presence felt in the NBA. LeBron is the only player on this list to win Rookie Of The Year. Additionally, James has already won 3 NBA Championships, 4 NBA MVP Awards, and 3 NBA Finals MVP Awards. Currently on his 13th season in the league, James so far has been a 12 time NBA All-Star and a 10 time All-NBA First Teamer. In 2003 James was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers. James led the Cavs to their first ever finals appearance in 2007, losing to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2010, James played 4 seasons with the Miami Heat, reaching the NBA finals in all 4 seasons and winning the championship in 2012 and 2013. In 2014 LeBron re-joined the Cavs to advance to the finals, making him the first player to be in 6 consecutive finals on 2 different teams. In 2016 LeBron and the Cavs won the NBA championship against the Golden State Warriors who had a record breaking 73-9 regular season. Currently in his career LeBron has 27,602 points, 7,302 rebounds, and 7,072 assists making him 8th, 88th, and 16th all time respectively in NBA history.

Shannon Parker
NBA

Where Will Tony Romo Play in 2017?

Quality quarterbacks are a prized commodity in the National Football League. The league does not have enough good starting quarterbacks and college football is producing fewer players able to play the position at the professional level.

Paying, and trying to develop, the wrong quarterback can devastate a NFL team for a decade. The high price in cash wrecks the team’s salary cap and a failure, like the Chicago Bears Jay Cutler gamble, depresses the team’s fan base. A depressed fan base buys fewer tickets and team trinkets and Direct TV ticket packages.

So where will a quality, albeit aging and often injured, player like Tony Romo go? What NFL team is a good fit for a veteran quarterback like Tony Romo?

The aforementioned Chicago Bears are a bad team with a bad situation at quarterback. The Bears most likely will jettison the unpopular, and unproductive, Jay Cutler and seek a replacement in the NFL Draft. Perhaps they will take a chance on Tony Romo as a short term answer while they develop a young, franchise quarterback. Romo played college football at Eastern Illinois so he understands the sometimes harsh Midwestern weather encountered in Chicago. But the Bears are notoriously a tightfisted organization and might not want to pay the price for a veteran player. And the brittle Romo might not want to get beaten up behind a bad Bear’s offensive line.

Romo could opt to offer his services to the Dallas Cowboy’s instate rival, the Houston Texans. The quarterback position has been a disaster for the Texans this season. The Texans seem built to win now with a terrific defense, quality wide outs and a solid running attack but they lack a competent signal caller. And without a competent player at that key position a team can not advance in the NFL playoffs. But the Texans have invested millions in Brock Osweiler. Will the Texans want to pay another player at that position just a year after signing him? The Texans are close so perhaps they will roll the Romo dice.

The Denver Broncos, the defending Super Bowl champions who missed this years playoffs after Peyton Manning retired, are a team that might seek a veteran quarterback to pair with their championship level defense. The Broncos were wrecked by injuries this year and have salary cap issues but they definitely need an upgrade at quarterback. Will Bronco General Manager John Elway take a chance on an aging player, like he did with Peyton Manning, or would he rather develop a younger, cheaper option at that position? Elway might consider Romo too brittle, too much an injury risk and decline to extend a Denver Bronco offer. Or perhaps Elway thinks another quick ring is the best thing and would gamble that Romo can withstand one more season without a year ending injury. Romo’s signing would excite the Bronco fans who feel the team is close to another title.

The Buffalo Bills are searching for a new coach, a new quarterback and a new identity perhaps they would take a flyer on an old pro like Romo? It depends on who the Bills hire to lead the team but a new coach usually wants his own, young quarterback to develop. The New York Jets are an organizational mess and seem to be a team without a purpose or direction. The Jets quarterback play is bad but so is most of the rest of the team. Would Romo really want to sign and be brutalized and booed in New York this late in his career? Doubtful, unless the Jets make him a monetary offer he can not refuse.

Quarterbacks are always needed desperately in the NFL. It is the most important position and teams can not win without them. Does Dallas decide to keep Romo another year as insurance for a team built to win now? Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is a big Romo fan and knows how often quarterbacks get injured in the NFL. Two quarterbacks, if the salary cap can afford it, are better than one. Would Romo give the Dallas a home town discount and end his career as a quality back up?

Romo has a lot of options, he must decide how both his body and mind feel. Does he want beat up behind a bad line on a poor team for a higher contract, take one last Super Bowl run as a Denver Bronco or work out a deal to end his career in Dallas? Either way it will be an exciting choice for Romo and his fans.

Shannon Parker
NFL