Men's Basketball Columns

Steve Lavin

Remembering Billy Knight

by Steve Lavin March 25, 2009 in Men's Basketball

As basketball coaches we strive to win, but also do everything we can to help our players develop skills and habits of mind to last a lifetime. As basketball coach at UCLA, I was fortunate to have teams that advanced to the NCAA tournament in six consecutive seasons (1997-2002). Our teams made five Sweet Sixteen appearances and one run to the Elite Eight. Naturally, it is satisfying to win games, yet these achievements simply fulfill short term goals. True success in athletics is built on a… Continue Reading

John Akers

Why We Remember the Seniors

by John Akers March 04, 2009 in Men's Basketball

If you hang around this business of covering college basketball long enough, the case of Benjamin Button no longer seems so curious. In a college-basketball writers’ world, we age as our collective subjects remain forever young.  While we turn gray at the temples, heavy around the middle and thin at the top, they are always 19, 20 and 21 years old, full of that certain something that makes us so interested in them. Yet, upon closer inspection, the individuals we cover are developing and… Continue Reading

Dave Armstrong

Senior Student-Athletes Should Be Hailed for Finishing What They Started

by Dave Armstrong February 06, 2009 in Men's Basketball

When exactly did we come to the place in collegiate sports where we had to, in some small fashion, defend senior student-athletes? It seems around every corner someone has to explain the value of a college degree… argue in favor of players staying for four or five years to complete both their eligibility and education. I wholeheartedly agree with Seth Davis when he writes, “he has figured out that the more you learn, the more you realize you don’t know.”  I guess I don’t know… Continue Reading

Seth Davis

College Seniors Achieve Success in Areas That Matter Most

by Seth Davis January 26, 2009 in Men's Basketball

Like the rest of American society, today’s basketball is driven by a culture of instant gratification, which is always searching for the answer to the question of, “What’s next?” In the land of hoop we’re fixated on rising ninth graders, incoming college freshmen and the speculation over which undergraduates will leave school and be first-round draft picks in next year’s NBA draft. Against this backdrop, the act of becoming a college senior is, in the view of some, an admission of failure. You… Continue Reading

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