Two old stars say goodbye, two new-look conferences say hello to NBA playoffs

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer Chris Szagola | Associated Press April 11 was the last day of the 2018-2019 NBA regular season. Basketball fans saw all-time greats such as Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki play their last NBA games. After much grief and sorrow seeing those two pillars of the game retire, there is still a tiny glimpse of excitement this season. The playoffs are different with no LeBron James, no new dominate rookie and a new Eastern Conference. The 2019 NBA playoffs opened a new saga where a new set of challengers could make a Finals appearance instead of … Continue reading Two old stars say goodbye, two new-look conferences say hello to NBA playoffs

A peek at top NBA draft prospects

Roderick McLean |Staff Writer RJ Barrett (Left) and Zion Williamson (Right) | Nell Redmond | Associated Press The college basketball season has finally come to an end, and players are already looking at their futures and have started to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft. There are few players who already look NBA ready. One of those players is Duke freshman Zion Williamson. Williamson is projected to be the No. 1 pick on most analysts’ draft boards. The AP Men’s College Player of the Year is 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds. This season, Williamson was a must-see on television, as he … Continue reading A peek at top NBA draft prospects

HU’s Marrow takes next step toward NBA

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Jermaine Marrow | HamptonPirat Hampton basketball guard Jermaine Marrow made the decision to declare for the NBA Draft, announcing his decision April 2 on Instagram. “The support I have gotten over my three years at Hampton University is something I will never forget,” Marrow said. “I am blessed to announce that I am officially declaring for the upcoming 2019 NBA draft.” Marrow has played three years as a point guard for the Pirates and has been one of the most reliable players on the team. During his Hampton career, Marrow has averaged 19.7 points per … Continue reading HU’s Marrow takes next step toward NBA

Professor Monique Smith’s PED 345 class promotes sports

Justin Whitner |Staff Writer Author Joseph Campbell once said, “The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves.” Hampton University Professor Monique Smith teaches the Sports Public Relations and Promotion class, otherwise known as PED 345. This course introduces students to the unique nature of sport publicity and public relations in relation to the community, collegiate and professional sport environments. In addition, the class will examine the correlation between publicity and promotions as an overall components of a sport organization’s marketing plan. “I think that the class is very hands-on, and I personally like that … Continue reading Professor Monique Smith’s PED 345 class promotes sports

NBA awards up in the air

Justin Norris | Staff Writer For the first time in recent memory, most of the NBA awards lack a clear frontrunner. The MVP, Defensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year races are all tightly contested, and depending on who you ask, there are multiple deserving candidates. The MVP award is a two-man race between Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and James Harden of the Houston Rockets. Antetokounmpo is a two-way, positionless force, averaging 27.4 points, 12.5 rebounds and 6 assists per game on the NBA-leading Bucks. The Greek Freak’s stat line is something the league has … Continue reading NBA awards up in the air

Faces in new places around the bases

Harrington Gardiner | Staff Writer Finally, Major League Baseball is back in full swing. After a long offseason and spring training, the bright lights, broken bats and packed ballparks have returned. There was plenty of noise involving free-agent signings, trades and managerial changes throughout the majors. Those transactions have a strong impact on both the American League and National League. So who will make it to October? American League The defending champion Boston Red Sox are looking to continue their dominance in the AL East. The Red Sox are led by AL MVP Mookie Betts and have the talent to … Continue reading Faces in new places around the bases

Hampton player watch: JP Napier

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Staff Writer HamptonPirates.com Hampton University is known for many things: basketball, football, beautiful scenery and academic excellence. One thing it is not known for … yet … is lacrosse. Hampton lacrosse did make a splash in 2015, when it was featured in an ESPN special. ESPN covered how HU was the first HBCU to have a varsity lacrosse squad. After moving up to Division I, the Pirates are looking to have their best season yet. Hampton was 5-8 last year and has started 4-3 this spring. One of the key contributors is junior midfielder Jonathan “JP” Napier. … Continue reading Hampton player watch: JP Napier