Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan has the most important decision among any college basketball player who could return next season from the 2017 NBA Draft process. If Swanigan comes back for his junior season, he’s the frontrunner for National Player of the Year. Wednesday night is the decision deadline for players to return to college basketball for next season and Swanigan will use two more workouts scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday to help decide his future.
EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., defeated Australian Jason Belmonte for the first time in a championship match and won the inaugural Main Event PBA Tour Finals on Saturday in Orlando. Tackett, 24, prevailed against Belmonte by a combined score of 666-628 in the three-game final at the Main Event Entertainment center. Belmonte is a three-time PBA Player of the Year. “We’re pretty good friends, but I think there’s going to be a rivalry there,” said Tackett, the reigning PBA Player of the Year. “He’s been bowling really well for a long time, but over the last year or so, I’ve done really well so I look forward to us meeting up in the years to come.’’ Eight bowlers vied for the $30,000 winner’s share
The Los Angeles Lakers have had many legendary players come through the organization, leaving lasting legacies and putting forth Hall-of-Fame resumes in the National Basketball Association. Although legends like Magic Johnson and Jerry West have come and gone, perhaps the most captivating player has been Kobe Bryant. The 18-time All-Star brought forth his hard work and professional mentality to the basketball court, capturing the throne from Michael Jordan at the end of the 1990s. As is the case with the NBA, a generational great is often eclipsed by a young successor, bringing another potential great into the mix. When taking a look around the NBA, the clear-cut choice to proceed Bryant was