NBA Rookie of the Year race down to two

Justin Norris | Staff Writer The rookie class that has headlined the 2017-18 NBA season is one of the deepest classes in recent memory. Ben Simmons, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum, Kyle Kuzma, Lauri Markkanen, Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr. and others have all given their respective franchises hope about being potential cornerstones for years to come. Despite the number of rookies having strong inaugural seasons, the race for the Rookie of the Year award has virtually been cut down to two. These men are Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz and Ben Simmons of the Philadelphia 76ers. These two rookies … Continue reading NBA Rookie of the Year race down to two

Cinderella takes the pumpkin all the way to the Final Four

Nazim Trammell-Wells | Contributing Writer Cinderella made herself known this year in a dominating fashion. Each year, the NCAA Tournament produces a story that cannot be made up — a story that drives college basketball fans absolutely mad, which got the tournament coined March Madness. This year’s Cinderella story starred Loyola-Chicago. Loyola-Chicago came into the first round as an 11 seed matched up against ACC-vetted, No. 6 seed Miami, who featured many top recruits. The game was an absolute nail-biter, where both teams were trading tough baskets the entire game. In the end, Loyola-Chicago came out victorious with a buzzer-beater … Continue reading Cinderella takes the pumpkin all the way to the Final Four

A peek at top NBA Draft prospects

Roderick McLean | Staff Writer A peek at top NBA Draft prospects With the NCAA Tournament over, it’s time to focus on the next step for a select few college basketball players: the NBA Draft. There are a large number of bright NBA prospects. Here are players who could have a big impact. DeAndre Ayton Arizona freshman center DeAndre Ayton is considered by many to be the best player in this year’s class. Ayton, a 7-0 big man, weighs 260 pounds. For his size, the former Arizona center has great coordination and runs the floor well. The player he is … Continue reading A peek at top NBA Draft prospects

Super Bowl or bust in Los Angeles?

Harrington Gardiner | Contributing Writer Two years ago, the Los Angeles Rams were a franchise in disarray. They were suffering with a 4-12 record under head coach Jeff Fisher. Their first round draft pick Jared Goff had not played most of the season, and once he actually got playing time, he looked like a disappointment. Another downside was the underwhelming performance of running back Todd Gurley, who finished 27th in rushing after finishing in the top five in 2015. Things weren’t looking good in L.A. However, the Rams organization looked to turn things around when it decided to hire former … Continue reading Super Bowl or bust in Los Angeles?

LeBron piles up the stats, but will a playoff foe make his numbers pointless?

Justin Norris | Staff Writer LeBron James is having perhaps his most statistically dominant season in his transcendent 15-year career. James is on pace to play in all 82 games for the first time in his career, and he is surpassing his lofty career averages in almost every major statistical category. King James is averaging 27.6 points, 8.6 rebounds and 9.1 assists per game, while shooting 54.7 percent from the field, 36.1 percent from 3-point range and 73 percent from the free throw line. This is his highest scoring average since his first stint in Cleveland, and his highest rebound … Continue reading LeBron piles up the stats, but will a playoff foe make his numbers pointless?

Championship slips from the Lady Pirates’ hands

Randall Williams | Sports Editor There has been a lot of drama between Hampton University and the MEAC of late. The Pirates’ announced leave has left a bad taste in the conference’s mouth. HU is headed for the Big South. March 10, that was set aside. Instead, the drama was on the court. The Lady Pirates entered the MEAC women’s basketball championship game in Norfolk having won seven contests in a row and were facing North Carolina A&T. A month earlier, HU had handed the Aggies their only conference loss. In the MEAC title game, the Aggies handed the Pirates … Continue reading Championship slips from the Lady Pirates’ hands

2018’s best quarterback prospects

Harrington Gardiner | Contributing Writer It’s that time of year where franchises around the league analyze college football prospects to prepare for the future. We’re several weeks removed from pro days, and the nation’s top quarterbacks are getting non-stop attention. With loads of talent on both offense and defense this year, the quarterback position seems to be the main focus of this year’s NFL Draft. Each of the top five QBs projected to go in the first round have had tremendous success in college. The collegiate accolades are great and all, but NFL scouts and general managers want to know … Continue reading 2018’s best quarterback prospects