For every March Madness winner who is elated to win and move on, there’s another side that struggles to come to grips with defeat and a season suddenly cut short. After Sunday’s wild and wonderful finish to the North Carolina-Kentucky matchup, De’Aaron Fox showed how the other half lives with a raw and emotional reaction to Kentucky’s 75-73 loss in the Elite Eight. Still clearly devastated by coming up just short of the Final Four, the freshman star sobbed and clutched teammate Bam Adebayo while being interviewed. “This isn’t a locker room that looks like guys don’t care,” said Fox, who is 19 years old and likely headed for the NBA.
The golden rule in the NBA scouting community is never overreact to a single game. It’s at the intersection of those two rules that we present a new mock draft in the wake of De’Aaron Fox’s thorough dismantling of Lonzo Ball in the Sweet 16. Fox didn’t just outplay Ball, he buried him: 39 points on 20 shots with the season on the line.
WASHINGTON Maurice Joseph is sticking around as George Washington's basketball coach, signing a five-year contract on Monday after one season with an interim title in place of the fired Mike Lonergan. The Colonials went 20-15 this season under Joseph, losing in the quarterfinals of the lower-tier College Basketball Invitational. "Maurice has demonstrated that he is the right individual to lead our men's basketball program," athletic director Patrick Nero said, according to a statement released by the school.