It's summer time in D.C. Must mean it's time to see who's playing and for whom in the Kenner League.The annual summer basketball league - formally known as the Nike Pro-City league - opens the month long action on Friday with current and former college players taking to the McDonough Arena court on the campus of Georgetown University. The loosey-goosey nature of the event makes any type of announcement tentative, though the rosters are starting to take shape with players from Georgetown, George Mason and George Washington. Perhaps the most interesting team for Hoyas nation features Otto Porter and John Caprio playing with incoming freshmen Brandon Bolden, Bradley Hayes and DVauntes Smith-Rivera on The Tombs. The multi-faceted Porter figures to emerge as the Hoyas top player next season and one of the better players in the Big East while fans will get their first look at the incoming talent.Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's), rising sophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Other pairings include juniors Markel Starks and Nate Lubick (Clyde's); risingsophomores Jabril Trawick and Greg Whittington (DCX). Sophomore center MikaelHopkins will play for Team Takeover, swingman Aaron Bowen for Emery HeightsElite and junior center Moses Ayegba for Hoop Magic.CenterTyler Adams redshirt last season, was not among those listed on the statement released by the University. Regular season games will be played every weekend (there are no games on July 4) at McDonough Arena and the schedule closes out on Sunday, July 29. Patrick Holloway, named All-Met Player of the Year, headlines George Mason's participants according to a source. The former Paul VI star is expected to play for High Level along with fellow Patriots Bryon Allenand former Seton Hall transfer Anali Okoloji.Vaughn Gray (Hoop Magic), Vertrail Vaughns and Jonathan Arledge (DCX) are also expected to don the high tops.George Washington has its own intriguing group of newcomers, including Villanova transfer Isaiah Armwood and five freshmen headlined by Landon's Joe McDonald, Montrose Christian's Kevin Larsen and Episcopal's Kethan Savage. The freshman plus Armwood will also play for Hoop Magic, along with rising sophomore John Kopriva. Guard Lasan Kromah (Team Takeover) and forward Dwayne Smith (Clyde's) are among the other Colonials participating, theschool announced.Click here for the entire schedule. Quarterfinal games will be played on Thursday, Aug. 2 and Friday, Aug. 3. Semifinal games will be played at 2 p.m. and 3:20 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4 and the championship game will be held on Sunday, Aug. 5 at 3 p.m. All parking for Nike Pro-City League games will be in the Southwest Garage off the Canal Road entrance to the University.
It took awhile, but Leonard Fournette finally looked like the player we all knew he could be. On Saturday against Ole Miss, Fournette rushed for 284 yards and three touchdowns in just 16 carries. It's too bad it won't matter in terms of the Heisman race.
Heading into this season Fournette was a player to watch given how he started the 2015 season. He faded after a poor performance against Alabama, but his talent cannot be denied. Fournette's 2016 season has been a struggle, but on Saturday he finally broke through.
After Saturday's performance, Fournette is actually getting some love from experts in terms of the Heisman race (like here and here). With all due respect to Fournette, who is absolutely remarkable, this is completely ridiculous.
Fournette has been hampered by injuries this season and has missed three games as a result. That right there virtually knocks him out of the running. Add in the fact that LSU is only playing 11 games this season because the South Alabama game was canceled, that means his Heisman resume will be only eight games, nine at the most if LSU somehow reaches the SEC Championship game. Whatever Fournette does for the rest of the season, it's going to be hard for him to prove he is more deserving of the Heisman than any of the other contenders who have been great for 12+ games.
Plus, it's not as if Fournette has been unreal in every game he has played this year. Before the Ole Miss game, Fournette was averaging just under 130 rushing yards per game. That's not bad, but it's not all that Heisman worthy either.
So no, Fournette is not among the Heisman hopefuls this week despite his monster performance. Enjoy it LSU fans, it was a phenomenal game, but it was not enough to put him back in Heisman contention.
No longer among the ranks of the unbeatens, Ohio State’s playoff chances certainly took a hit Saturday with their loss to Penn State.
But let’s not start digging their grave just yet.
Michigan now sits atop the Big Ten East standings, but they still have to finish the season with the big game against the Buckeyes. And it’s at Ohio State.
The truth is, if the Buckeyes win out, they still will win the Big Ten East and will have a chance to play (likely) either Nebraska or Wisconsin for the conference championship.
Will the committee really leave a one-loss Big Ten champion out of the playoff? Perhaps, if either Baylor or West Virginia remain undefeated, but if the winner of the Big 12 has at least one loss, it’s hard to see how either team would get in over Ohio State.
Again, assuming they win out, the Buckeyes will have beaten Oklahoma in Norman, Wisconsin in Madison, Nebraska, Michigan and the Big Ten West winner. Neither Baylor or West Virginia can match that resume.
So let’s not declare Ohio State’s playoff hopes done just yet. Their biggest challenge is likely rival Michigan, and the Wolverines have to travel to Columbus. That’s a very tough place to play, especially if you’re wearing maize and blue.
Will the Buckeyes ultimately reach the playoff despite their loss to Penn State? Who else will join them? Found out here in this week’s updated College Football Playoff projections.