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Wayne’s World: CHD interviews Kansas G Wayne Selden Jr.

Kansas was selected to represent America at the World University Games in July.  After losing Cliff Alexander and Kelly Oubre Jr. to the NBA, the Jayhawks will have to depend on such returnees as Wayne Selden Jr.  In 2013 he was named a McDonald’s All-American and then decided to become a Jayhawk.  He has played in two straight NCAA tourneys and scored a career-high 25 points against Iowa State in last year’s Big 12 tourney title game.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with Wayne about his famous teammates, facing a near-perfect Kentucky team, and playing for team USA. 

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You played with Nerlens Noel in the Elite Youth Basketball League and at the Tilton School: how dominant were you two back in the day?  It was not just the two of us: we also played with Georges Niang. We had Dominique Bull (who committed to Missouri), a kid who went to Dartmouth (Kevin Crescenzi), and another who went to UNLV, so there were a lot of good players on that team. Continue Reading

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Welcome to the Palestra: CHD interviews Penn recruit Jake Silpe

The Penn Quakers have had a rough six months: after completing their third straight losing season, they fired Coach Jerome Allen and replaced him with Steve Donahue. However, the future looks a bit brighter due to an incoming freshman class that they hope will restore the proud tradition of Penn basketball. CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Penn recruit Jake Silpe about why he chose the Quakers and what he knows about his new coach.

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Your Cherry Hill East team made it all the way to the Group 4 state final before losing to Paterson Eastside: where does that rank among the most devastating losses of your career? The loss to Paterson Eastside was not really devastating. We wanted to win but we knew going in that we were the underdog. We were just happy to get to the state championship for the first time in Cherry Hill East history: I was very proud of my team.

Eastside’s Shakur Juiston had 18 rebounds and seven steals in the Ghosts’ 50-34 win: how do you think he is going to do at the next level? I only saw Juiston play once so it is hard to say, but he played really well during that game. I think if he keeps improving his game he will be great at the next level. Continue Reading

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Ask Andy Landers: CHD interviews the legendary Georgia women’s coach

Andy Landers started coaching at Georgia in the 1970s, and after more than three decades on the sideline her finally retired this past March as one of the 10 winningest coaches in D-1 women’s basketball history.  He won the National Women’s Invitational Tournament in 1981, made the NCAA title game in 1985, and made 20 straight NCAA tourneys from 1995-2014.  He was named national COY on four occasions despite going head-to-head with other legends like Pat Summitt and Geno Auriemma.  CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Coach Landers about playing for national titles in the past and enjoying retirement in the present.

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Georgia athletic director Vince Dooley made you his first hire in 1979: did you feel ready to become a D-1 coach at age 26? It is amazing how much you can accomplish when you do not know what you do not know! I was a junior college coach at age 22 and then four years later I became head coach at Georgia. I did not know what I was doing but I had the energy and vision and work ethic to make something happen. Continue Reading

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Welcome to the Palestra: CHD interviews Penn recruit Morris Esformes

The Quakers have had a rough six months: after completing their third straight losing season, they fired Coach Jerome Allen and replaced him with Steve Donahue. However, the future looks a bit brighter due to an incoming freshman class that they hope will restore the proud tradition of Penn basketball. CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Penn recruit Morris Esformes about why he chose the Quakers and what he knows about his new coach.

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Your primary trainer is Demetrius McDaniels, whose brother happens to be Dwyane Wade: how important is training compared to coaching, and has Dwyane given you any good advice? Demetrius was initially my coach back in seventh grade but has become a great trainer and friend. I also have a new trainer named Brandon Payne who has helped me with my agility and shooting. D-Wade is closer to my dad and is usually on the road with the Heat, but when he is home he just tells me to keep working hard. Continue Reading

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The Doctor who won an NBA title: CHD remembers the legendary Dr. Jack Ramsay

By the end of this month either Steve Kerr or David Blatt will become the first rookie coach to lead their team to an NBA title since Pat Riley did it with the Lakers in 1982.  It usually takes coaches a much longer time to win the coveted ring, often with several years of experience as a college coach on their resume.  Dr. Jack Ramsay spent more than a decade as head coach at his alma mater of St. Joe’s, during which time he made seven trips to the NCAA tourney.  After leaving the college ranks he won an NBA title as GM of the 76ers in 1967, then won another title a decade later as coach of the Trail Blazers.  Dr. Jack passed away in 2014, but CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with both Jack’s son Chris and St. Joe’s athletic director Don DiJulia, who played for Dr. Jack,  about one man’s life, legacy, and love of the game.

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In 1955 your dad became coach at St. Joe’s: why did he take the job, and what did it mean to him to return to his alma mater? CR: My dad was teaching and coaching at a small high school in Delaware and making no money while also playing in the Eastern League. One summer he was offered a pair of tickets to a Phillies game and ran into the St. Joe’s moderator of athletics at the game.  He was offered the job as St. Joe’s head coach and said of course he would take it. He loved the school, both playing there and coaching there. Continue Reading

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On your Marks: CHD interviews Boise State guard Derrick Marks

Boise State is commonly known as a football school, but Derrick Marks went a long way toward changing that perception last year.  Despite a season-ending injury to his fellow senior Anthony Drmic, Marks helped his team win the 1st Mountain West regular season title in school history, then almost single-handedly beat Dayton on its home court in the NCAA tourney before coming up one point short.  CHD’s Jon Teitel recently got to chat with Marks about overcoming injuries and finishing his career as the conference POY. 

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You grew up in Illinois: how did you end up at Boise State? I came here on a visit when College Game Day was here for a football game against Oregon State, and the atmosphere here was great.

You appeared in each of your team’s 30 games as a freshman and scored 9.4 points per contest: how were you able to come in and contribute right from the start? At that point I was just focused on playing hard and doing whatever the team needed me to do. Continue Reading

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Atop the Summitt: CHD interviews Tyler Summitt about his famous mother

Rarely has a person’s last name served as such an apt description of their entire career.  All Pat Summitt did during her championship career at Tennessee was keep climbing to unparalleled heights: her 1098 wins is the most in NCAA history and her eight NCAA titles are number two in women’s history.  She won a silver medal as an Olympic player, a gold medal as an Olympic coach, and a national COY award a whopping seven separate times.  CHD’s Jon Teitel got to chat with her son Tyler about everything his mother accomplished and everything she taught him. 

Your mother was an All-American at Tennessee-Martin: what made her choose the Skyhawks, and how good a player was she back in the day? From what I know she was a very good player. She told me stories of when the women’s game was a half-court sport featuring 3-on-3 situations. One of her coaches would sub her in and out so she could play both offense and defense. She credited a lot of her success to playing 2-on-2 in a hayloft while growing up with her three brothers.

She won a silver medal with the first US women’s national team at the 1976 Olympics: what did it mean to her to represent her country as co-captain? It was huge for her and something that she really had to work for after tearing her ACL. She still talks to her Olympic coach Billie Moore every day. It took a lot of dedication just to make the team, and the younger players relied on her for leadership

She became head coach at Tennessee at age 22: what is it like to become a head coach at such a young age, and can you imagine earning $250 per month while having to wash the players’ uniforms and drive the team van?! I cannot imagine having to do the things she did as a head coach, but am grateful to her and the other coaches back then: we owe a lot of our careers to them for paving the way. She had to teach a class and train to be a player and coach her own players, which is a whirlwind to deal with at age 22.  Fortunately, coaching came naturally to her.

At the 1984 Olympics she coached the US women’s team to a gold medal: what did it mean to her to win a gold medal? She would always draw on the Olympics as something important that she looked back on. Even now she can remember coaching in the Olympics: the memories have always stuck with her.

In the 1991 NCAA tourney title game Dena Head made a pair of free throws with seven seconds left in regulation en route to a 3-point overtime win over Virginia: why did your mom decide to switch to a zone defense in overtime and what made it so effective? She was mainly a man-to-man coach but her assistants said that she had to have a change-up.

In the 1994 NCAA tourney the Volunteers beat North Carolina A&T by a score of 111–37 (the 74-point margin remains the largest in tourney history): was she concerned about people thinking she might have been running up the score? She always coached with the perspective that every possession matters whether you are up by 50 or down by 50. Your team has to be used to playing all 40 minutes both mentally and physically.

In the 1997 NCAA tourney title game Tennessee set a Final 4 record by shooting 59.2 FG% in a 9-PT win over Old Dominion: was it just one of those scenarios where every shot they put up seemed to go in because they were “in the zone”? It was just a crazy year after winning it all in 1996. They had 10 losses during the regular season but I remember everything coming together in the tourney. A lot of people said to wait until next year when Tamika Catchings was going to be a freshman, but they were on fire in that game against ODU. We call it the “Cinderella Season”.

In the 1998 NCAA tourney they won their 3rd straight title and finished the season undefeated: do you consider that to be 1 of the best teams in women’s history? My mom told me that she had to coach less than normal that year due to all of the skill and athleticism on the team. It was a fun year because the veterans learned in 1997 that every game is important and you can always lose no matter how good you are.

She won eight NCAA titles, was a 7-time national COY, and in 2000 she was named the Naismith Basketball Coach of the Century: what made her such a great coach? One of the main things she always told me about life was to do things the right way and never cut any corners. Anyone can have a single year of success but it is hard to have continued success. She also preached to surround yourself with good people from your staff to your players.

The UConn-Tennessee rivalry featured the two coaches with the most titles in women’s history: how fierce was it and how your mom get along with Geno Auriemma? When I was growing up I would always circle Louisiana Tech on the schedule (which is ironic because now I coach there!), but eventually UConn and Tennessee turned into a great rivalry. There is no more avid supporter of the Pat Summitt Foundation than Geno: the two of them always competed hard but always respected each other.

Tennessee asked her on at least two separate occasions to consider coaching the men’s team: how close did she come to taking them up on their offer? I would say she did not come very close. She also had offers to go to the WNBA but she wanted to stay with the Vols. It is a unique situation to be at one program for your whole career: I do not know if there ever was or ever will be anything like it. There is a circle of support around the nation that considers it pretty incredible.

Her 1098 career wins is the most ever by an NCAA basketball men’s or women’s coach in any division: do you think that anyone will ever break her record? I do not know. She always deflected the congratulations she received regarding records: she just focused on her players and staff, which kept her going forward. As she always said, she does not deserve all the credit because she never scored a single point for the Lady Vols.

She retired in 2012 after being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease: how is her health these days, and how do you think she should be remembered the most? Her health is great. My wife AnDe and I just took her to the beach for Memorial Day weekend: we played golf and swam in the pool and had a great time. She goes to church every Sunday now that she does not have to coach on Sundays. I think she is someone who took the platform she was given and used it for others. Most people know her for fighting hard for women to have an opportunity in every phase of life to be as successful as men. She mentored her players and also helped me with my own career. Her foundation furthers Alzheimer’s research and she has always been very unselfish.

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CHD Mock NBA Draft 2015 (Version 1.0)


The NBA draft will take place on June 25.  Now that the lottery is over, CHD’s Jon Teitel offers his predictions on who will get picked in what spot.  Feel free to add your 2 cents in the comments section.

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# TEAM: PICK, POSITION (SCHOOL/COUNTRY)
1 Minnesota: Karl-Anthony Towns, C (Kentucky)
2 LA Lakers: Jahlil Okafor, C (Duke)
3 Philadelphia: Emmanuel Mudiay, PG (Congo)
4 New York: D’Angelo Russell, PG/SG (Ohio State)
5 Orlando: Kristaps Porzingis, PF (Latvia)
6 Sacramento: Justise Winslow, SG/SF (Duke)
7 Denver: Mario Hezonja, SG/SF (Croatia)
8 Detroit: Stanley Johnson, SF (Arizona)
9 Charlotte: Myles Turner, PF/C (Texas)
10 Miami: Willie Cauley-Stein, C (Kentucky)
11 Indiana: Devin Booker, SG (Kentucky)
12 Utah: Frank Kaminsky, C (Wisconsin)
13 Phoenix: Kelly Oubre, SF (Kansas)
14 Oklahoma City: Trey Lyles, PF (Kentucky)
15 Atlanta: Sam Dekker, SF (Wisconsin)
16 Boston: Bobby Portis, PF (Arkansas)
17 Milwaukee: Kevon Looney, SF/PF (UCLA)
18 Houston: Cameron Payne, PG (Murray State)
19 Washington: Montrezl Harrell, PF (Louisville)
20 Toronto: Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, SF (Arizona)
21 Dallas: Jerian Grant, PG (Notre Dame)
22 Chicago: Christian Wood, PF (UNLV)
23 Portland: Justin Anderson, SG/SF (Virginia)
24 Cleveland: RJ Hunter, SG (Georgia State)
25 Memphis: Delon Wright, PG/SG (Utah)
26 San Antonio: Rashad Vaughn, PG/SG (UNLV)
27 LA Lakers: Tyus Jones, PG (Duke)
28 Boston: Robert Upshaw, C (Washington)
29 Brooklyn: Jarell Martin, PF (LSU)
30 Golden State: Chris McCullough, PF (Syracuse)