Players Bulls Should Target: 2018 NBA Draft 7th Pick


Congrats to the Phoenix Suns for getting the first overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft. This is a first for their franchise to own the premier pick. If they don’t end up trading the top pick for Karl Anthony-Towns or something catastrophic, the Suns will end up taking either the hometown kid DeAndre Ayton, from Arizona, or European sensation Luka Doncic. Either way, both players will be going to Phoenix or Sacramento (Kings), pending a blockbuster trade. Marvin Bagley III out of Duke seems destined to be drafted by the Atlanta Hawks at this point.

Phoenix, Sacramento, Atlanta, Memphis, Dallas, and Orlando pick in front of Chicago (in that order). Even if the Bulls don’t make a move to get one of the players mentioned above, the following prospects can make an immediate impact to this young Bulls roster.

Michael Porter Jr. was projected to be the number one overall pick in this year’s draft before suffering the back injury during his freshman year at Missouri that sidelined him for majority of his college career. The 6’10” swingman can fill a major need in the Bulls rotation. There are no major weaknesses in his game and he has NBA size, shooting and athleticism to be productive out the gate. Memphis would be the one team that could take him before falling to Chicago at 7. Porter was coached under former NBA all-star Brandon Roy at Nathan Hale High School in Seattle.

Mohamed Bamba already has potential to be an All NBA defender, but his 7’10” wingspan that was recorded at the NBA combine solidified that notion. He is still raw on offense but fills a need at center for the Bulls. The star out of Texas can be a long term defensive anchor for this team, something the Bulls hasn’t had since a healthy Joakim Noah. I mentioned the other day on Twitter that you will always be relevant with a 7’10” wingspan. Dallas and Orlando both need centers so it may be a long shot to have Mo Bamba available when it’s time for the Bulls to make their selection.

Mikal Bridges was a critical piece for the Villanova Wildcats, who won the NCAA National Championship 2 out the last 3 years. Who wouldn’t want a 2 time national championship on your team? The last time the Bulls had a player of those credentials was Joakim Noah. His offense, specifically his catch and shooting from behind the arc is his greatest strength, and probably the Bulls biggest need. His defense isn’t bad either. Bridges has the potential to be a great two-way player in the NBA one day. He can’t create his own shot and will need to add some weight but would be an immediate impact in an offensive-minded Fred Hoiberg offense. Memphis may take him at 4 or Orlando at 6.

Jaren Jackson Jr. is special. He has the highest celling for bigs in the draft and is already the best two-way. He can shoot and defend the 3, protect the rim, and his size and frame fits today’s game (6’11”, 242 pounds). Personally, would be very surprised if he falls to Chicago. Every team could use Jackson without hesitation. The sky is truly the limit for him.

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Tourney Contest 2018


We’re already in March, but it feels like the new year just started. Now that we’re past the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, GRAMMY Awards, and the Oscars, we can turn our attention to March Madness. Last year, I gave away multiple prizes. This year, it will be at least a $25 Amazon Gift Card and the possibility of more prizes is legit so stay tuned! Make sure you slam dunk your entry into the contest like Jordan Davis from North Colorado did to lock his team into the tournament:

Here are the rules:

  • FREE ENTRY
  • I will create a private group on ESPN once the bracket entries are open.
  • One entry per person.
  • You have to be a follower. If you’re NOT a blogger, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE or scroll below. (make sure you check your email to verify the subscription).
  • Once you become a follower, send me an email with the subject “March Madness” at jgoodwithsports@gmail.com with your name. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to fill out your bracket.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Good luck!

JGOOD

College Football 2017: Early Predictions


It has been almost three months since the epic ending to the College Football Playoff National Champion Game where the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31. Since then, schools have finished up their recruiting classes, the NFL Combine has come and gone (with the NFL draft taking place at the end of April), and Jim Harbaugh has upgraded his classic khaki pants to Lululemon pants.

Tide Keeps Rolling

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Despite the heartbreaking loss in the national spotlight and losing key players such as Johnathan Allen and Reuben Foster, the Alabama Crimson remain favorites to win the National Championship next season. Nick Saban will bounce back with the top recruiting class in 2017. Saban has built a powerhouse over the past decade at Alabama, and the odds are “ever in his favor” to reclaim the crown.

Michigan Will Meet Bama

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If the upgraded pants for Jim Harbaugh wasn’t enough to sway your opinion, Harbaugh’s recruiting should get your attention. According to Campus Insiders, the Michigan Wolverines have the 3rd best recruiting class entering next season. Harbaugh’s ability to use Satellite Camps in states like Georgia and Florida, along with is outspoken personality has helped turned this school back into the powerhouse of the early to mid 90’s. I believe the Wolverines will get over the hump and will face Alabama in the National Championship.

Back To Back

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As a sophomore, Lamar Jackson ran away with the Heisman Trophy last season (3,543 passing yards, 30 passing TD’s, 9 INT, 1,571 rushing yards, 21 rushing yards). Louisville was in the playoff hunt for most of the season because of the play of their star quarterback. I believe a win against either Clemson or Houston, the Cardinals would’ve replaced Washington in the top 4. With another year of experience in the spotlight, Jackson is the favorite to repeat to hoist the Heisman.

JGOOD

March Madness Contest 2017


We’re already in March, but it feels like the new year just started. Now that we’re past the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, GRAMMY Awards, and the Oscars, we can turn our attention to March Madness. Last year, I had a contest for the best bracket and the winner received a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a JGoodWithSports “March Madness” themed t-shirt. I haven’t decided on the prizes yet for this year, but the value will be more.
Here are the rules:

  • FREE ENTRY
  • I will create a private group on ESPN once the bracket entries are open.
  • One entry per person.
  • You have to be a follower. If you’re NOT a blogger, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE (make sure you check your email to verify the subscription).
  • Once you become a follower, send me an email with the subject “March Madness” at jgoodwithsports@gmail.com with your name. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to fill out your bracket. Password is “jgood”.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Good luck!

JGOOD

Road To Houston: Final Four


What a tournament so far! My bracket was sabotaged when Michigan State went down (I’m sure I’m not the only one who went down with me). There were quite a few upsets that left us in awe and disbelief.

CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIRST WEEKEND

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North Carolina has played to their potential and are the clear favorites to win it all. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson is making it look easy.

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Villanova has surprised me this year even though they were a 2 seed. This is their second final four appearance since 1985. In their recent history, Villanova usually chokes and disappoints (similar to Georgetown). Beating Kansas was the definite eye-opener.

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Syracuse is the ultimate shocker right now. They went from a team that didn’t even belong in the tournament to pulling off improbable wins to reach the final four (like being down 16 to Virginia). That 2-3 zone has bent but hasn’t broken.

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Buddy Hield is a monster and has taken the tournament by storm. I originally picked Oklahoma to get to the NCAA Championship game and they are poised to do so.

At this point I’m hoping for a stunning finish to cap off this amazing March Madness season.

JGOOD

March Madness: Sleepers and Bust


It’s that time of year again! Selection Sunday is 2 weeks away and then the bracket mayhem will begin! There’s no true dominant team this year so it’s really hard to predict a perfect bracket, yet alone a winner. My friend Quad helped me again determine which teams could be the next Cinderella and such teams could be one and done like half of the NBA prospects. Just a reminder, I am hosting a bracket pool and there will be prizes (stay tuned for details in the near future). Here’s what you need to know:

Sleepers:

  1. Xavier 25-4 (13-4), RPI 6

    They have a lot of great talent on this team and can compete with the best of them. Don’t be surprised if they make a run.
  2. Miami (The U) 23-5 (12-4), RPI 7

    The Hurricanes are very dangerous and in the midst of competing for the ACC Championship. They can beat a lot of great teams and are posed to make a run.
  3. San Diego State 19-8 (14-2), RPI 59

    This team has been in the tourney the past few years. They’ve shown to have plenty of talent (Kawhi Leonard) over the years to make a run. Expect them do follow suit.
  4. Chattanooga 26-5 (15-3), RPI 62

    They have beaten Georgia, Dayton, and Illinois. This team can hang with any team because of their tenacious defense. If they are in sync, they will turn a few heads.
  5. University of Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) 24-3 (16-2), RPI 36

    The Trojans can play with anybody as long as they play at their pace (average 19 seconds per possession) and their defense ranks in the upper echelon.
  6. Valparaiso 24-5 (16-2), RPI 42

    Alec Peters is a mismatch for anybody. He is shooting 45.4 percent from the arc. Watch out for them.
  7. Monmouth 25-6 (17-3), RPI 53

    This team has the best bench in college basketball. They have beaten UCLA, Notre Dame and Georgetown. They won’t be an easy out.

Bust:

  1. Duke 21-8 (10-6), RPI 12

    The Blue Devils will most likely be upset because of lack of depth, injuries, and foul trouble.
  2. Maryland 22-6 (11-5), RPI 10

    The play of Melo Trimble has been terrible in the past month or so. If his play continues, they will be joining a couch right next to you.
  3. Texas A&M 22-7 (11-5), RPI 21

    The lack of competition that they played on their schedule may come back to haunt them.
  4. Oregon 22-6 (12-4), RPI 4

    I don’t think they have enough fire power to compete, plain and simple.
  5. North Carolina 24-6 (13-4), RPI 9

    At the beggining of the season, the Tar Heels looked like the team to beat. However, Marcus Paige hasn’t been playing up to expectations. Brice Johnson has been winning the games for the Tar Heels but can he keep it up?
  6. Iowa 20-8 (11-5), RPI 22

    The Hawkeyes have a great team but since the Big Ten conference games have started, they have started to become inconsistent. This team has suffered some bad losses to some unimpressive opponents.
  7. Oklahoma 22-6 (10-6), RPI 6

    Buddy Hield will be a lottery pick in this upcoming NBA draft. He has lead the Sooners to some impressive wins but a one-man show usually doesn’t equal a National Championship Title.

 

JGOOD

 

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Players To Watch


March Madness isn’t here, but this post should give you a heads up on that star players to keep an eye on. So, I asked my bro Quad to come up with a list of players who everyone should keep an eye out for this NCAA Men’s Basketball season. He provided me with players who are at the top of each position, and I completely agree with the names given below. Here’s the list of players to keep tabs with:

Kris Dunn, PG, Junior, Providence

Marcus Paige, PG, Senior, North Carolina

Melo Trimble, PG, Sophomore, Maryland

Denzel Valentine, SG, Senior, Michigan State

Jamal Murray, SG, Freshman, Kentucky

Malik Newman, SG, Freshman, Miss. State

Ron Baker, SG, Senior, Wichita State

Jaylen Brown , SF, Freshman, Cal

Brandon Ingram, SF, Freshman, Duke

Buddy Hield, SF, Senior, Oklahoma

Ben Simmons, PF, Freshman, LSU

Georges Niang, PF, Senior, Iowa State

Ivan Rabb, PF, Freshman, Cal

Skal Labissiere, C, Freshman, Kentucky

Jakob Poeltl, C, Sophomore, Utah

Domantas Sabonis, C, Sophomore, Gonzaga