Cal freshman Jaylen Brown announced his time in Berkeley was up on Thursday when he declared for the NBA Draft.
Brown was expected to be a one-and-done even before he surprised the college basketball world by committing to Cuonzo Martin and the Golden Bears a little less than a year ago. Everything about Brown was prepared for the next step last year, except for the NBA funneling him into the NCAA’s travesty.
The physical small forward performed ably — if not inconsistently, a symptom of playing on a young team with off-court distractions — in his only year in college. He averaged 14.6 points and 5.4 rebounds a game, and impressed scouts with his NBA-ready body.
“A lot of these guys get a bad rap for one and done. Jaylen and Ivan [Rabb] never talk like that. They want to be college student-athletes,” Martin said last year, according to BearTalk.
Martin spouting the company line about “student-athletes” aside, hoops fans need to stop assigning stigma to these young men for spending as little time as possible as indentured servants.
I’m sure I’m the first to say this: Don’t hate the player, hate the game.
Who’s Yeezys are those?
Bruce Irvin, one of the newest Oakland Raiders and a one-man defensive wrecking crew, shared on Thursday that he would be wearing No. 51 in the Black and Silver.
Good for second-year player Ben Heeney for not making something so inconsequential a thing.
And what Bruce wants, Bruce gets.
Paint everything purple
The Minnesota Twins revealed that their veterans teach the rookies the words to “Little Red Corvette” and attached a video of Torii Hunter and others leading the singalong.
— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) April 21, 2016
Prince was reportedly a huge sports fan, but never made it to a Timberwolves game despite the team’s courting, according to the Lowe Post podcast.
The last public appearance he made at a pro sports game was the Warriors/Thunder game on March 3 at Oracle.
Before attending that game, he told the crowd at his sold-out show in Oakland, “Take your place in history. I know Steph Curry is.”
Rest in peace to the legend.