Tag:Nolan Smith
Posted on: February 23, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Jimmer still leading POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: February 22, 2011 9:50 am
 

My current top three for POY

I just submitted my top three National Player of the Year candidates for the AnnArbor.com straw poll.

Here's what I sent Mike Rothstein:
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Nolan Smith (Duke)
The results of the straw poll will be announced later this week.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Fredette leads POY straw poll

The results of the latest AnnArbor.com National Player of the Year straw poll are now available.

They reflect the exact ballot I turned in yesterday.
  1. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  2. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  3. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
Nolan Smith (Duke) and Derrick Williams (Arizona) round out the top five.

Click this link to see all of the results.
Posted on: November 16, 2010 3:03 pm
Edited on: November 16, 2010 3:03 pm
 

Duke trio headlines Naismith watch list

The Atlanta Tipoff Club announced the Naismith preseason watch list on Tuesday.

Three of the selected players are from Duke.

The list was compiled by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's Board of Selectors, of which I am a member. Click this link to view the ballot I submitted last month. The actual list of 50 players is below. It will be trimmed to 30 in late February, cut to four in March. The Naismith Award will then be presented to the nation's best men's basketball player at the Final Four. Ohio State's Evan Turner won it last season.
  1. Lavoy Allen (Temple)
  2. Kevin Anderson (Richmond)
  3. Harrison Barnes (North Carolina)
  4. Will Barton (Memphis)
  5. Talor Battle (Penn State)
  6. Keith Benson (Oakland)
  7. William Buford (Ohio State)
  8. Alec Burks (Colorado)
  9. Randy Culpepper (UTEP)
  10. Malcolm Delaney (Virginia Tech)
  11. Kim English (Missouri)
  12. Kenneth Faried (Morehead State)
  13. Corey Fisher (Villanova)
  14. Jimmer Fredette (BYU)
  15. Austin Freeman (Georgetown)
  16. Ashton Gibbs (Pittsburgh)
  17. Elias Harris (Gonzaga)
  18. Jeremy Hazell (Seton Hall)
  19. Kyrie Irving (Duke)
  20. Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)
  21. JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  22. Kevin Jones (West Virginia)
  23. Perry Jones (Baylor)
  24. Kris Joseph (Syracuse)
  25. Brandon Knight (Kentucky)
  26. Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State)
  27. Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  28. Kalin Lucas (Michigan State)
  29. Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  30. Demetri McCarney (Illinois)
  31. E’Twaun Moore (Purdue)
  32. Marcus Morris (Kansas)
  33. Chandler Parsons (Florida)
  34. Jacob Pullen (Kansas State)
  35. Kyle Singler (Duke)
  36. Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  37. John Shurna (Northwestern)
  38. Nolan Smith (Duke)
  39. Jared Sullinger (Ohio State)
  40. Durrell Summers (Michigan State)
  41. Jeff Taylor (Vanderbilt)
  42. Isaiah Thomas (Washington)
  43. Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  44. Klay Thompson (Washington State)
  45. Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  46. Chris Warren (Ole Miss)
  47. Derrick Williams (Arizona)
  48. Jordan Williams (Maryland)
  49. Chris Wright (Dayton
  50. Tyler Zeller (North Carolina)
Posted on: August 2, 2010 12:51 pm
Edited on: August 2, 2010 12:55 pm
 

Duke teammates highlight 10-man USA Select Team


Duke teammates Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler headline a group of 10 college basketball players selected to train with the 2010 USA Men’s World Championship Team finalists next week in New York, USA basketball announced Monday.

The full college roster includes:
  • JaJuan Johnson (Purdue)
  • Jon Leuer (Wisconsin)
  • Shelvin Mack (Butler)
  • Kyle Singler (Duke)
  • Chris Singleton (Florida State)
  • Nolan Smith (Duke)
  • Trey Thompkins (Georgia)
  • Mike Tisdale (Illinois)
  • Kemba Walker (Connecticut)
  • Chris Wright (Dayton)
"One of the great developments of our Las Vegas camp was the USA Select Team which consisted of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that we brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team," said USA basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo. "[Washington coach] Lorenzo Romar and [Villanova coach] Jay Wright did a terrific job of coaching the select players in Las Vegas. It worked so well we’ve decided to bring to New York a smaller group of players from that Select Team to do the same thing. They were very valuable to us and it’s a great experience for them."

The college players will arrive in New York Aug. 9 and train Aug. 10-13.
Posted on: July 22, 2010 12:58 pm
Edited on: July 22, 2010 1:17 pm
 

Note to Duke haters: Smith is likable Blue Devil


LAS VEGAS -- I spent a good bit of time in the presence of Nolan Smith throughout last season's NCAA tournament, then again earlier this month at the LeBron James Skills Academy, and I must tell you that the Duke guard is becoming one of my favorite players to be around. He's smart, funny, engaging, and I was reminded of this again last night when I bumped into Smith at the Wynn Hotel.

That's where Smith and all members of the USA Basketball Men's Select Team are staying this week in between training sessions. Predictably, a few players -- Purdue's JaJuan Johnson, Butler's Shelvin Mack, Duke's Kyle Singler and Smith, etc., -- were hanging around on the Wynn's main floor and taking in the scene last night like any self-respecting college student would. It provided an opportunity to spend 20 minutes catching up with Smith, who was appreciative of his frontrunner status for this season's CBSSports.com All-America team.

But that's not the point.

The point is that he's just easy.

There's some substance to Smith and the likability factor runs high.

So you can hate Duke if you want, but you'd be silly to hate Nolan Smith.

Just wanted to say that as I head out to watch the men's national team, the men's select team, and some of the nation's best high school prospects (via the adidas Super 64 and Fab 48 summer tournaments). But before I go, one more thing: When I spoke with Smith earlier this month, he had yet to play with incoming freshman point guard Kyrie Irving. Since then, though, Smith said the two have spent many days on the court together.

Early impression?

"He's really good," Smith said with a smile. "I'm excited."

(Note: The best way to keep up with me today will be on Twitter. Click this link to follow.)
Posted on: July 8, 2010 7:11 pm
 

Column on Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith


CLEVELAND -- I visited with Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith before I left Akron for Cleveland.

Then I wrote a column.

Click this link to check it out.

And while you do that, I'll be changing into my riot gear.
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