Baylor's Future ESPN-owned Tournaments
In case you can't make it to Hawai`i for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Classic in December...
Baylor Nation will have plenty more opportunities to watch the Bears play in regular season tournaments in sunny locales. Baylor's Christmas trip to the island of Oah`u will mark the third consecutive year that the Bears will play in an ESPN-owned tournament - 76 Classic (2008) and Old Spice Classic (2009). In 2007, the Bears won the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Mark your calendars. Here's a list of Baylor's future regular season tournaments:
In regards to 2013, Baylor hasn't signed the tournament contract yet, but here are a few hints as to the tournament locale: sunny, beach, Thanksgiving. Don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).
Baylor Magazine Highlights Hoops Run
Be sure to pick up a copy of the latest Baylor Magazine (Summer 2010), which hit newsstands and alumni mailboxes this past week. Fans can re-live the Baylor men's and women's basketball teams' postseason runs with a "March Madness" timeline. Kevin Tankersley also breaks down how basketball success translates to excellent exposure for Baylor University.
David Wesley Accepts Assistant Coaching Position with Legends
During the 2008-09 season, David Wesley gained national attention when he joined the Baylor basketball staff as a student manager after a successful 14-year NBA career. A month after Baylor played in the NIT championship game in Madison Square Garden, Wesley earned his bachelor's degree from Baylor University - some 17 years after he left Waco to pursue a professional basketball career.
Now Wesley is back in professional basketball as he moves towards his goal of becoming an NBA coach...this time with the NBA D-League's Texas Legends. Wesley has accepted an assistant coaching position with the Frisco-based Legends, according to an article in Saturday's Longview News-Journal. The expansion Legends will begin play in the D-League this fall.
In Sept. 2008, Wesley returned to the Baylor campus after a successful 14-year NBA career. He scored 11,842 points with 4,159 assists in 949 career games. He is one of only two undrafted players in NBA history to score 11,000+ points (Moses Malone). In three seasons for the Bears, he scored 1,224 points, which ranks 15th all-time in school history.
Golden State Hits the Lottery with Udoh
If you thought Baylor basketball arrived in the pantheon of "big time college hoops" with its trip to the Elite Eight in March, it's time to change your mind. With NBA Commissioner David Stern announcing "With the sixth pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Golden State Warriors select Ekpe Udoh, BAYLOR UNIVERSITY", Baylor basketball ARRIVED.
The highest NBA draft pick in school history.
The first NBA lottery pick in school history.
The first of 10 players selected from the Big 12 Conference.
He was "The Nightmare" to so many teams during the 2009-10 season. Now, he's "The Man" in the Bay Area. Udoh was officially introduced as a Golden State Warrior earlier today in Oakland. Even during the mayhem of last night in the media areas inside The Theatre at Madison Square Garden, many media members and NBA officials commented on Udoh's professionalism and demeanor. He's pure class. How calm was Ekpe prior to Thursday's NBA Draft? Less than three hours before he was to board a bus for MSG, he was standing in line for a new Apple iPhone 4 at an Apple Store in Manhattan. He was calm, cool and all business.
He's a class act and that's why Golden State hit the lottery by drafted Ekpe last night. Udoh was Golden State's only draft pick this year so "The Nightmare" is "The Man" in the Bay Area. We joined Baylor head coach Scott Drew, former BU assistant and current North Florida head coach Matthew Driscoll and members of Ekpe's family for dinner late Thursday night after the NBA Draft. He then boarded an 8 a.m. EDT flight for Oakland Friday; he will play for the Warriors' Las Vegas Summer League team July 9-18. Joining Udoh in Las Vegas will likely be former Baylor point guard Curtis Jerrells, who is projected to play for the Spurs summer league squad.
What are people saying about Ekpe? Here's a look from around the country on Udoh post-draft:
Baylor, Big 12 Pre-Draft Notes
We are less than 28 hours away from the 2010 NBA Draft at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The Draft will air live on ESPN Thursday night, beginning with pre-draft coverage at 6 p.m. CDT (Draft starts at 6:30 p.m. CDT). Be sure to follow us on Twitter as we will be tweeting live from the NBA Draft.
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By day's end, Ekpe Udoh will have completed a dozen-plus pre-draft workouts for various NBA teams, including the New Orleans Hornets Tuesday afternoon. Udoh has now worked out for 10 of the 14 teams with a lottery pick in the 2010 NBA Draft. SI's Ian Thomsen thinks Udoh will be drafted by the Detroit Pistons at No. 7, while Sporting News projects Udoh will fall to the Toronto Raptors at No. 13. In ESPN The Magazine's 2010 NBA player mock draft, Utah's Kyle Korver thinks the Jazz will take Udoh with the No. 9 overall pick.
After Tuesday's workout in New Orleans, Udoh will head to New York City. Wednesday, the projected lottery pick will join the rest of the top NBA draftees for an NBA Fit clinic at Madison Square Garden as part of NBA Draft 2010.
Udoh Joins New Fraternity in Three Days
Ekpe Udoh will join a new fraternity in roughly 76 hours. Udoh will be of 15 players sitting in the Green Room inside The Theatre at Madison Square Garden anxiously awaiting to hear his name called at the 2010 NBA Draft. His name will be called Thursday night. It's just a matter of when. Where will he go? If you read the latest ESPN the Magazine, it could be the Utah Jazz with the ninth overall pick. If you read 'The Baseline Blog' on SportingNews.com, it'll be the Indiana Pacers at No. 10. And, according to Jay Bilas' Best Available list, he is the No. 8 overall prospect in the draft - tops among prospects hailing from the Big 12 Conference.
ESPN will present live coverage of the NBA Draft for the eighth consecutive year Thur., June 24, beginning at 6 p.m. CDT. Stuart Scott will host ESPN's coverage alongside analysts Bilas, Jon Barry and Jeff Van Gundy. Additional contributors will include Fran Fraschilla, Dick Vitale, Mark Jones, Heather Cox, Ric Bucher, Andy Katz, Bob Holtzman (from Cleveland), Rachel Nichols (from NYC), George Smith (from Chicago) and Shelley Smith (from Miami).
In addition, we will join head coach Scott Drew and former Baylor assistant and current North Florida head coach Matthew Driscoll in New York City for the 2010 NBA Draft. We'll be seated in the media section so be sure to follow FCP on Twitter for all the latest updates and check BaylorBears.com for post-Draft coverage.
Houston, We Have a New Court
The Reliant Stadium court (pictured, above) used during the 2010 NCAA South Regional semifinals and final now resides in Baylor's Lt. Jack Whetsel Jr. Practice Facility. The court was installed this month after a construction crew replaced the old surface.
On this same court back in March, Baylor defeated No. 10 seed Saint Mary's in the Sweet 16 before losing to eventual national champion Duke in the Elite Eight in Houston.
Pictures of the newly-installed surface coming soon...
Udoh Among First Wave of Green Room Invites
Projected lottery pick Ekpe Udoh is among nine players that have been invited to attend the 2010 NBA Draft in New York City next week, according to DraftExpress.com. Others invited in the first wave are John Wall (Kentucky), Evan Turner (Ohio State), Derrick Favors (Georgia Tech), Wesley Johnson (Syracuse), DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky), Greg Monroe (Georgetown), Al-Farouq Aminu (Wake Forest) and Cole Aldrich (Kansas). Another five or six invites will be handed out over the next day or so.
If you're among the 15 or so players invited to NYC (like Udoh), the chances of going in the lottery are very good. Udoh would be only the fourth first-round NBA draft choice in Baylor history, joining Vinnie Johnson (1979), Terry Teagle (1982) and Brian Skinner (1998). Johnson is the only top-10 draft pick in school history and Udoh would be the first lottery pick from Baylor. The NBA Draft Lottery was not introduced until 1985.
We will be in New York City with Ekpe and head coach Scott Drew for the 2010 NBA Draft, which will be held Thur., June 24, in The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. Be sure to follow us on Twitter leading up to Draft Night and stay tuned to updates on BaylorBears.com.
Udoh Watch 4.0: Western Conference State of Mind
The 2010 NBA Draft is just eight days away and pre-draft workouts are heating up. Ekpe Udoh has worked out with nearly a dozen teams and is scheduled to workout for the New Jersey Nets Thursday. Former teammate Tweety Carter is working out for the Indiana Pacers Wednesday in Indianapolis. Udoh has been very impressive in his pre-draft workouts; we highly suggest checking out some of his post-workout interviews with the Golden State Warriors, L.A. Clippers, Utah Jazz, Indiana Pacers and Toronto Raptors.
Udoh Watch 4.0 is in full swing with an array of updated NBA mock drafts, with the majority projecting "The Nightmare" as a lottery pick. In the latest projections, Yahoo! Sports has Udoh going No. 6 overall to the Golden State Warriors. Only two sites - DraftExpress.com and NBA-Draft.com - predict Udoh will go to an Eastern Conference team.
The 2010 NBA Draft will air live June 24 beginning at 6 p.m. CDT on ESPN. Click here for the first and second round NBA Draft order. And don't forget to follow Full Court Press on Twitter (@BaylorFCP).
6th Annual TSHOF/1660 ESPN Roast: Scott Drew
Baylor head men's basketball coach Scott Drew will be the guest of honor for the sixth annual Texas Sports Hall of Fame/1660 ESPN Roast on Tue., June 29, in the Texas Sports Hall of Fame's Great Hall in Waco. A reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., followed by the roast at 7 p.m. Coach Drew's roasters include former Houston Rockets coach and General Manager Carroll Dawson (former Baylor player, assistant coach and head coach), Big 12 Associate Commissioner for Men's Basketball John Underwood and former Baylor head coach and current FOX Sports Southwest analyst Jim Haller.
Tickets are $40, $75 for couples and $300 for a table. Seating is limited so order tickets now by calling the museum at (254) 756-1633 or (800) 567-9561. You can also order tickets online. A live auction will also follow the roast.
Bears to be Honored on "Baylor Night" at Rangers Ballpark
The Texas Rangers' home game against the Houston Astros on Fri., June 25 (7:05 p.m. first pitch), has been designated as "Baylor Night" at Rangers Ballpark. In conjunction with the "B" Association, former Major League pitcher Pat Combs (Baylor 87-88, Philadelphia Phillies 88-95) will host a dinner in the Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Centerfield Suite beginning at 6 p.m. Reservations are required and are limited to the first 50 guests at $25 (includes dinner and suite-area seating). To RSVP, please call Tammy Hardin at (254) 710-3045 (Pat Combs Dinner Flyer).
On top of that...Baylor head coach Scott Drew and the Baylor men's basketball team will be honored on the field before the game by tossing out the first pitch. For a special rate exclusively for Baylor fans, visit www.TexasRangers.com/Baylor.
Walton, Jefferson Shine Overseas in Poland
Last summer, Baylor dunk machine Quincy Acy participated overseas with Athletes In Action in a 10-day tour of Poland. This past season, Acy enjoyed a solid sophomore season and his already on the radar as one of the nation's most athletic players. This summer, soon-to-be sophomores A.J. Walton and Cory Jefferson played with AIA on the same 10-day Polish tour.
The Baylor duo led AIA to a perfect 4-0 record in Poland. Walton and Jefferson finished the European tour 1-2 in scoring for Athletes In Action
Udoh Works Out for Pacers Tuesday, Raptors Thursday
Projected NBA lottery pick Ekpe Udoh worked out for the Indiana Pacers Tuesday in Indianapolis. Udoh was among six prospects working out for the Pacers on Tuesday, including Marshall freshman center Hassan Whiteside, who was impressed with 'The Nightmare'. Whiteside on Udoh: "He's pretty good. I can see why they put him in the lottery." For more on Udoh's Pacers workout, read the article by The Indianapolis Star's Mike Wells, who thinks Udoh will be available for Indiana at No. 10.
Speaking off the Pacers and the No. 10 overall pick...SLAMonline projects Udoh to go 10th overall to the Indiana Pacers in its mock draft.
Udoh will cross the Canadian border to work out with the Toronto Raptors Thursday. He will also work out for eight more teams, including Detroit, Utah, Minnesota, New Orleans and Memphis.
Walton, Jefferson Competing in Poland with AIA
As the month of May ended, one Baylor basketball player (Fred Ellis) was returning to America after a two-week mission trip to Kenya, while two others (A.J. Walton and Cory Jefferson) were heading to Europe. The sophomores-to-be are two of 10 NCAA Division I players competing in Poland with Athletes In Action. The summer between his freshman and sophomore seasons last year, Quincy Acy competed with AIA for the same 10-day European tour.
You can follow A.J. and Cory (and the rest of the AIA team) on their great team blog, Livestream, Twitter (@AIA_Basketball) or Facebook. After the next few days of practice and clinics, AIA will open its four-game schedule Wednesday vs. Asseco Prokom (1 p.m. CDT). All four of AIA's games in Poland can be viewed live on AIA's Livestream page.
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