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  1. Players to watch: Power forwards

    Dana O'Neil

    This week ESPN.com will feature a position-by-position look at players to watch for the 2014-15 season. It's always about the guards. The little guys have the ball in their hands, so we tend to pay them more heed. That's fair. But to overlook t...

    Blog | May 08, 2014
  2. Arizona's Nick Johnson learned lessons on how to become a complet...

    Dana O'Neil

    Joe Johnson didn't want his son to play basketball like he did, so he taught Nick Johnson, a standout at Arizona, to do more than he ever did. That work is clear.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2014
  3. Duke's Jabari Parker returns to Chicago for Champions Classic as ...

    Dana O'Neil

    Duke's Jabari Parker will play in his hometown, as part of a Champions Classic that includes four of the top five teams in the country. Surrounded by all the other talked-about freshmen, he can shine. Except he isn't interested in the spotlight.

    Story | Conversation | November 12, 2013
  4. Does one year even matter to the one-and-done star? - men's colle...

    Dana O'Neil

    The health of a college program could be altered by the one-and-done. But to the player, to the star, does that one year matter at all?

    Story | Conversation | September 25, 2013
  5. Rick Pitino: His coaching tree

    Dana O'Neil

    Editor's Note: Three legendary college basketball coaches -- Jerry Tarkanian, Rick Pitino and Guy Lewis -- take center stage this weekend as the trio is inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. We'll be devoting a day to each a...

    Blog | September 04, 2013
  6. Bobby Hurley forges own identity as head coach of Buffalo Bulls -...

    Dana O'Neil

    Coach K's All-American, Bob Hurley's son, Dan Hurley's assistant. After a frustrating pro career and years of being identified through others, Bobby Hurley seeks to forge his own identity as head coach at Buffalo.

    Story | Conversation | August 28, 2013
  7. Renardo Sidney is a cautionary tale for NBA draft early entries -...

    Dana O'Neil

    For every smiling face on NBA draft night, there is one of sorrow who slips off the NBA radar and into basketball oblivion. Take Renardo Sidney, a once-hyped prospect. Where is he now? Nobody knows.

    Story | Conversation | June 28, 2013
  8. Rush to play in the NBA changes how coaches recruit -- college b...

    Dana O'Neil

    Basketball players have always aspired to the NBA. But the question coaches now hear isn't can I get to the NBA, but when and even more, how quickly?

    Story | Conversation | June 24, 2013
  9. If you thought this college basketball season was good, just wait...

    Dana O'Neil

    A surprising number of returning stars, a freshman class that's been salivated over for years and a bevy of national title contenders has us already counting down the days until the 2013-14 season.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  10. Top recruits today often bring baggage, and that creates problems...

    Dana O'Neil

    Top recruits bringing baggage and entourages to college isn't new in today's game, but it's time to find a solution to the problem, writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | April 25, 2013
  11. Nothing ridiculous about Smith's return

    Dana O'Neil

    The ridiculous thing would have been to go -- to take a media guide-enhanced 6-foot, 165-pound body, toss it into the shark-infested NBA draft waters and pray for the best, when the best looked like the second round. Turns out, though, that Russ S...

    Blog | April 24, 2013
  12. Sick Smith lifts Cardinals over Ducks

    Dana O'Neil

    INDIANAPOLIS -- Rick Pitino was trying to explain just how sick Russ Smith was, warning the assembled media during his postgame news conference that they ought to steer clear of the Louisville guard lest they come down with the guard's "ridiculous co...

    Blog | March 29, 2013
  13. 2013 NCAA tournament - Andy Enfield's rise at Florida Gulf Coast

    Dana O'Neil

    Andy Enfield had a cushy job and a nice living in the New York financial world, but somehow, he knew everything was supposed to lead back to basketball, Dana O'Neil writes.

    Story | Conversation | March 26, 2013
  14. 2013 NCAA tournament - Florida Gulf Coast upset No. 2 Georgetown,...

    Dana O'Neil

    A risky and gutsy alley-oop put the exclamation point on Florida Gulf Coast's magic March moment -- an upset of No. 2 Georgetown -- writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | March 22, 2013
  15. Florida Gulf Coast coach's risks paying off

    Dana O'Neil

    PHILADELPHIA -- An old retiree gifted Andy Enfield the sign that now hangs above his office door. It reads like a challenge but it's more Enfield's motto: "You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take." It's a strange slogan for a man who ...

    Blog | March 22, 2013
  16. Orlando Sanchez hopes the NCAA hears his plea, lets him play for ...

    Dana O'Neil

    Orlando Sanchez had no choice but to quit school and go to work. Because of bad timing and an outdated NCAA rule, that decision could now cost him the chance to compete at St. John's, writes Dana O'Neil.

    Story | Conversation | February 26, 2013