Funny, Valentine isn’t Magic or Green but he’s more of a Spartan than 300 men!
This.Is.The.Future. Michigan star Denzel Valentine is about to claw away at this game like a Wolverine. Hold on bub! Wrong state! Different maize! But Marvel at this young point who could one day lead his own fab five to hip hoops notoriety.
Right now we might be in the bracketology of madness this March but nothing is as crazy as this middle of last month players game. He’s about to rack them up…opponents, accolades, team caps…scouts honour!
Right now everyone is declaring Ben Simmons as the future of basketball like anyone with the initals B. Simmons is going to rewrite the book of this game. But B isn’t the only young point, God to be with the ball on the tip of his finger.
Just wait until Denzel Valentine’s best in the game name is called by the draft board linings of Silver. Then Adam won’t have to worry about that big, red apple in the garden of basketball eden…but whoevers touching the peach.
Following in the legendary footsteps of the greatest Magic Johnson’s Showtime and the Most Improved, championed Draymond Green, this Michigan Spartan is about to cobbler fashion his sneaking way to the basket, fruit or punch. This Denzel is a man on fire looking for glory to the award. He’s unstoppable like a hurricane when he takes flight. How could you ever hate Valentine when he plays with so much college hall, hallmarked heart?
There’s nothing like young love!
But it isn’t blind. Take a little look closer and you will see this vision doesn’t see through rose tints. His biggest skill set is his real world and time thinking and mental approach to this game. Just like a true leader and floor general practices, behind the aviators superstar players prefer to see life through. Denzel sees through it all. All the X’s and O’s. All the b.s. All the way to the win and the fortunate future of not only his team but his own…no matter what frachise he’ll put first like the front of his jersey, before his own name. Valentine’s passion can not be denied…you see him kissing the Spartan helmet centre court.
The 6,5, 23 year old (when he was born his acting first namesake was making Oscar moves in ‘Philadelphia’ with Tom Hanks) Sports Illustrated Player Of The Year is about to rewrite all you’re about to read about. The kid they call ‘Zel isn’t just garnering visonary Earvin Johnson comparisons. He’s also invoking inspirations of Jason Kidd and even Bob Cousy. Some of the elite few best ball handlers to ever touch the rock…now you just know his future like any team he’s given the driving force wheel of is in safe hands.
Just hold on…he’s coming. Like the ball to the basket. Like blood to your heart.
Beat by beat.
Like February 14th for All-Star lovers, in the big leagues Valentine is about to have his day thanks to the green.
Toronto NCAA basketball triple-header to feature big names
For the past 20 years NCAA basketball teams have been making the trip north of the border to take on Canadian U Sports teams in early August as part of the NCAA vs. U Sports exhibition series.
Now it looks like we are ready for the next step — regular season, non-conference games between NCAA schools on fertile Canadian basketball
According to multiple reports, a massive six-team, non-conference,
Sponsored by the Naismith Memorial Hall of Fame — the South Carolina Gamecocks (SEC) will take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (Big 10). The Buffalo Bulls (MAC) will face the Harvard Crimson (Ivy) and the Tennessee Volunteers (SEC) will square off against the Pac 12 champions Washington Huskies.
A total of seven Canadian’s could be featured in the marque homecoming event including, South Carolina’s standout freshman A.J. Lawson (Toronto), Rutgers’ Eugene Omoruyi (Rexdale, Ont.), Harvard’s Danilo Djuricic Brampton, Ont.), and Luka Sakota (Oakville, Ont.). The Crimson also features Ottawa, Ont. duo Noah Kirkwood and Corey Johnson. Buffalo’s Dominic Johnson (Windsor, Ont.) would round-out the potential list.
Omoruyi a 6’7″, 234-pound bruising senior forward is coming off of his best season — leading the Scarlet Knights in scoring and rebounds at a respective 13.8 and 7.2 per game.
Lawson a 6’6″ 172 lbs guard is currently testing the NBA Draft process after averaging 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game for head coach Frank Martin.
Noah Kirkwood (6’7, 215 lbs) guard had a productive freshman season with 11.1 rebounds, 4.4 rebounds, 1.9 assists as the Crimson (18-11, 10-4 Conf) just missed out on the 2019 NCAA March Madness tournament with a close loss to Yale in the conference title game.
The Buffalo Bulls’ are coming off their most successful season in the program’s history with an outstanding 32-4, 16-2 record and a six-seed in the West region.
South Carolina had it’s up’s and down’s with a 16-16, 11-7 SEC conference record — Rutgers’ is looking to improve from their 14-17 record, 7-13 in Big 10.
The marquee match-up pits the Tennessee Volunteers against the Washington Huskies. Tennessee finished second in the SEC with a strong 31-6, 15-3 campaign for head coach Rick Barnes – bowing out to Purdue in the Sweet 16.
The Huskies, although not a traditional Canadian destination, will become the first NCAA men’s basketball team to make back-to-back trips to Canada.
In 2018 the Vancouver Showcase tipped off — bringing four NCAA men’s (Washington, Santa Clara, Minnesota, Texas A&M) and eight women’s basketball team’s to the west coast of Canada — marking the first time NCAA division one games played in Canada counted as non-conference records.
With Toronto continuously out-churning the mecca (New York City) and other traditional American powerhouses for quality NCAA and NBA basketball prospects — it makes more than dollars and cents — much like the Empire Classic — to ensure that the northern city that never sleeps has it’s annual NCAA regular season dosage.
The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Ionescu
There’s no business, like unfinished business.
Most great basketball stars take their smartphone penmanship to ‘The Players Tribune’ to announce a change of game and mind move to greener pastures, which seems to be the new trend like Kung Fu Kenny headbands. But not the green duck of Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu. In a pen drop moment she dropped the mic as she made a declaration like Leonardo DiCaprio staring at all that love in the boardroom in ‘The Wolf Of Wall Street’.
“I’m not f##### leaving!”
O.K. she didn’t say it quite like that. Rather more eloquently in the form of a love letter to her state and basketball mind. She may have that Eurostep stop on a dime from downtown that puts in that change and pops the button like James Harden. She may have film broke down by the mamba mentality of the one and only Kobe Bryant. Or articles wrote about her by this writers’ writing inspiration Shea Serrano of The Ringer. She may have even gone number one if she put in her draft card this year.
But the WNBA can wait.
Green with envy and legendary shades she may be the next great of this game like the Storm of Sue Bird to Breanna Stewart. She’s the type of player that’s so good to watch she could even get away with taking more steps than ladders like most of those NBA folks. But no! An inspired Ionescu is doing things the right way. After being made by Baylor, the ducks will quack again. And they will do so with their top billing. Sabrina will return for one last run. She’s got the rest of her playing career to be a WNBA legend for whatever team from the Sparks to Mercury picks her. But the Pac-12 Wade trophy winner has only got one last chance at a Final Four dance after the madness that is March.
Just look at the above picture. She’s only got so long for this. To be a kid. She may be far from ‘Sabrina The Teenage Witch’, but this maturing talent is still young. To be that again, we should just be happy she still has that chance. One chance to make the Ducks mighty again. To have those best years of your life with the best friends you’ll ever meet. These are her memories. Her signed sneakers and scissored nets. Who are any of us to take that away. We can wait. As her parquet paths next year to the big leagues will be like this season’s road to Zion.
The two time Nancy Lieberman award winner will take her L ready 19.9 points, 8.2 assists and 7.4 rebounds averages to one last ride and stand in Oregon. Flying with the 18 record of the most career triple doubles in NCAA history. She won’t be in New York next month, but she’ll be writing in more history books next year as other teams bet it all on some bouncing balls. And if you think this game is all about the big league and the big payday, then this outstanding Oregon statement doesn’t give a duck.
“I won’t predict exactly how far we’re going to go….. but I’ll just say this. We have unfinished business. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart.”
Time to get back to work and take everyone back to school.