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The Hawks don't need another forward, but Al Horford is too good to pass up. Besides, now they have a lot of young players who are available to be traded. I like the frontline of Horford, Marvin Williams and Sheldon Williams. You have Joe Johnson at shooting guard and they'll be able to land a point guard at No. 11. ---Rodney McKissic

The best player in the draft. Period. Silky smooth small forward who will someday lead the league in scoring. This is a nice building block for Seattle, which seems to be on the verge of a major rebuilding project with Ray Allen and Luke Ridnour on the trading block. The Sonics could be picking again at No. 5 ---Rodney McKissic

 No surprise here. Dominant centers don’t come along often and Oden is the best prospect in the middle since Shaquille O’Neal. Portland will start Oden at center, Jarrett Jack at point guard, Brandon Roy at shooting guard, Martell Webster at small forward and LaMarcus Aldridge at power forward. It looks like they will move power forward Zach Randolph for some …

We're about 45 minutes away from the start of the NBA draft so here are my top five players available regardless of position and team needs: 1. Kevin Durant, Texas2. Greg Oden, Ohio State3. Al Horford, Florida4. Jeff Green, Georgetown5. Yi Jianlian, China - Rodney McKissic

The Pokey Chatman saga at LSU may have reached its conclusion, though some of the mystery still remains. The two sides recently reached a $160,000 settlement which would avoid a contract dispute in court. Chatman abruptly resigned as the Lady Tigers' head basketball coach amid allegations of an improper relationship with a former player. The Times-Picayune reported that …

Work is well under way on the new floor at the Reilly Center and you can check out photo galleries of the project on St. Bonaventure's athletics Web site. The new court is replacing the wood floor that was put in during the early '90s and served as the home court for all the great moments that took place during the Jim Baron era. Of course, it also was patrolled by the li…

Syracuse fans have to be thrilled that Georgetown's Jeff Green, who has been waffling, will stay in the NBA draft because he's almost certainly a top-10 pick and could even go as high as No. 3. With Green, the Hoyas were probably going to be a national preseason No. 1 choice. Without him, they'll still be the Big East favorite but not nearly the juggernaut they could have …

Linda Hill-MacDonald reunited herself with one of her former players when she hired Cara Pearson to join her staff at the University at Buffalo. She replaces Evelyn Thompson, who left UB to take a similar position with Michigan State. Pearson played four years for Hill-MacDonald at Minnesota, graduating in 1995. She spent the last four years as an assistant coach at North…

It seems that landing yourself on the all-time scoring list at Canisius College is a good resume builder for a coaching career. Recently, former Golden Griffin Heather Fiore (1997) was named the varsity girls coach at Colonie High School just outside of Albany. Fiore ranks second all-time for the Griffs in scoring (1,949 points). Her appointment now means that four of t…

Abuses by prep schools have caused a stir in the NCAA men's basketball world, prompting the governing body to create new academic standards for collegiate eligibility. That means attending a year of prep school -- essentially a fifth-year of high school -- to get academics up to par is no longer an option for aspiring college players. One problem: Nobody seems to have expl…

Deposed Bowling Green coach Dan Dakich won't have to cry about the officiating at UB anymore because he's returning to his alma mater to serve as Kelvin Sampson's director of operations at Indiana. Dakich is best known nationally as the guy who held Michael Jordan to 13 points in the Hoosiers' 1984 NCAA Tournament victory over North Carolina. Around here, we'll never forg…

The regular season series between the women's basketball teams representing Tennessee and Connecticut has officially came to an end. Published reports state that while UConn signed an agreement to continue the series through the 2008-09 season, Tennessee declined to extend the deal. ESPN tried to intervene to keep the series going but couldn't get the parties to agree. O…

Cozy Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse in Philadelphia is easily one of my favorite road venues to visit in the Northeast, and the 3,200-seat campus home of Saint Joseph's University is about to get a huge face lift. The school is expanding it to around 5,000 seats and adding a full concourse as part of a $25 million campaign to improve its athletic facilities. When it's done, pr…

Here's the latest on the move of the three-point line, which is going to be made for the 2008-09 season so schools have time to revamp their floor markings: The NCAA rules committee has approved the change from 19 feet, 9 inches, to 20-9 for the men's game but will be keeping it at 19-9 for the women. What's left to be decided is if there will simply be separate lines on …

Rydell Brooks started 30 of 35 games as a freshman for a Niagara team that went to the NCAA Tournament but announced Tuesday he's leaving the school for "personal reasons." Normally, you'd be very concerned about losing a season-long starter but not in this case. I'm betting this is about nothing more than playing time. Brooks, who didn't show a lot of offensive …