OutOfSightSports NBA Draft 2023 Player Profile: Anthony Black
This year before the 2023 NBA draft, we are going to publish 60 articles on who we believe are the top 60 players headed into the upcoming draft before. With this being said, this list is in no order so do not be up in my DMs complaining. The rankings will come at the conclusion of the 60 player list. Anyways, lets dive into our first prospect of the OutOfSight NBA Draft 23 player profiles! We will start with the versatile Razorback freshman, Anthony Black.
Classification: Freshman (T)
Draft Prediction: Lottery Pick
Given his frame and physicals, he is is a relatively good scorer off the dribble.
Black gets after it and hustles like a dawg, a trait every NBA front office looks for in a potential draft pick.
Has a fantastic ability to get to the line, especially when he plays to his strengths.
He is a better than average passer for a freshman
Black overachieves at his size on the boards, thanks to his hustle and toughness.
Legit all around defender that can defend the perimeter and create takeaways. Black also possesses the ability to defend the paint and swat away shots.
Good athlete for a college player, but a GREAT one for a true freshman.
Has the ability to play multiple positions due to his versatility.
He needs to work on his shooting.
He needs to expand his shooting range.
Can have chaotic shot selection. Sometimes appears careless on offense, leading to turnovers. This creation can lead to a selfishness that some people criticize him for.
Seems to have a tough time defending faster players.
Player Profile Summary:
Anthony Black is a quick, skilled point forward who can run the offense and make hustle plays on both ends of the court. He’ll need to work on his shooting and scoring, but he’s a tall playmaker who could and should be a lottery pick in 2023, even with Arkansas being disappointing like they to this point of the season.
The Giants have nothing to play for, as they have already secured the sixth seed in the NFC. The likes of Leonard Williams, Daniel Jones, and Saquon Barkley are likely to stay out. However, the Eagles have continued to be good without superstar right tackle Lane Johnson. Without him, they are 9-22 straight-up all-time. Jalen Hurts will likely keep playing even through his shoulder injury, although he may run less than usual.
New York should be competitive, as the Giants’ backup QB Tyrod Taylor is slated to start.
Does TCU stand a chance against UGA? │CFB Title Game Preview 2023
Ask anyone who knows me; I tell it like it is. If a player lets UGA down, I’m going to bring it up. Accountability is key to building the championship standard the Dawgs are trying to create at Georgia.
If you truly enjoy winning, whether it’s one championship or three, they’re all equal to me. I don’t know, but I would assume it got sweeter for Mike and Kobe with each passing parade. The Dawgs are looking to bring a title back to Athens for a second straight year, while TCU has a chance to make history and shock the world. In such an unlikely yet intriguing championship game, we must consider what each team must do if they want to be remembered in CFB lore forever.
After two highly contested and chaotic College Football Playoff national semifinal games on Saturday, the matchup has been determined: the reigning champs and unbeaten Dawgs will face the Cinderella TCU Horned Frogs.
The No. 1 Bulldogs (14-0) and No. 3 Horned Frogs (13-1) will battle on January 9 at SoFi Stadium in Southern California. Here is an early look at the matchup between the undefeated Bulldogs and 13-1 Frogs.
TCU’s wide receiver Quentin Johnston and QB Max Duggan vs Georgia’s secondary:
In the Fiesta Bowl, Johnston caught six passes for 163 yards and one touchdown against Michigan’s impressive defensive secondary. Johnston, a junior from Temple, Texas, has caught 65 passes for more than 1,100 yards and seven touchdowns on the year. He has had a great season so far. Duggan and his go-to receiver have shown that they can win no matter who their opponent is or how good they are. They are a Cinderella team, but they really aren’t after what I saw from everyone on Saturday. These Frogs certainly are not to be taken lightly, and UGA is highly mistaken if they think TCU got this far to lay down and die. They will come out swinging; they don’t care who you are. This isn’t free money if you plan on betting.
Unfortunately for my Dawgs, they have us right where they want us if they want ANY chance:
Georgia’s secondary is coming off two of its worst performances of the season, surrendering 502 passing yards to LSU in the SEC title game and 348 passing yards to Ohio State in the Peach Bowl. In those games, opponent quarterbacks completed 54 of 86 passes (63%), threw two interceptions, and scored seven touchdowns against Kirby Smart’s team. He is also very aware that this pattern must stop against TCU. UGA will have to mix it up, throw a multitude of different defensive packages, fire zones, and much more to get to Duggan before he makes his reads in time. Jalen Carter got locked up last week, and Ringo looked clueless last weekend. Both definitely lost some NFL stockto me…
Tight ends are rarely game changers in big games, but that will be the case in the championship game.
Darnell Washington, a 6-foot-7, 270-pound mammoth of a man for Georgia, left Saturday’s semifinal game with an injured left ankle and did not come back. He was observed entering the locker area with the assistance of two staff members. Smart told reporters later that he didn’t know what was wrong, but that some people thought it was an ankle sprain.
“We’ll have to evaluate and see,” said Smart. “The good news is he’s got more than a normal week [in between games]. I know he’ll do everything he can to get back. He’s headed out west toward where he’s from [he was born in Las Vegas]. It will be important to him to try to get back.”
Washington is a terrific blocker and receiver at the tight end position. This season, he has 25 receptions for 403 yards. Washington and No. 1 tight end Brock Bowers offer Georgia one of the best 1-2 punch combinations at the position. The primary edge Georgia has over TCU is on the lines of scrimmage. Washington is a core part of this. If he is unable to play against TCU, Georgia’s power rushing game and red-zone passing will suffer, but I think UGA will have another player step up if he does not play.
What the Bulldogs need to do to repeat:
The Bulldogs were quite harsh in their assessment of their performance vs Ohio State. Their defense was sliced and diced for the most of the game, quarterback Stetson Bennett IV admitted to playing “about 30 minutes of bad football,” and Georgia missed two field goals. Therefore, this squad will not enter the championship game with a feeling of being superior and disregard TCU. Even with a 14-0 record, the Bulldogs fully understand the importance of what it will take after practically being dead in the water against OSU Saturday.
“If we want any chance of winning a national title, we have to play a lot better,” HC Kirby Smart stated in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Georgia needs to do a much better job of covering receivers and hurrying the quarterback this week. Ohio State’s wide receivers bullied Georgia’s secondary, and quarterback C.J. Stroud had much too much time to read coverage and space to scramble. TCU’s Duggan is a faster runner than Stroud, therefore Georgia will have to keep him in line.
Georgia will likely want to improve its offensive run-pass balance from what it had against Ohio State. The Bulldogs only ran the ball 26 times, which is their fewest since their season-opening game against Oregon. Additionally, offensive coordinator Todd Monken’s approach heavily relies on play-action passing. There is less to fool defenders when there is less of a running-attack. Championship offenses must be multidimensional.
With that being said, Georgia can pass and run, and on a crucial Peach Bowl night, the strength of its receiving unit was on exhibit. Bennett has a wide range of options for how to move the ball with Adonai Mitchell playing at full strength and Arian Smith showcasing his lightning speed. There are plenty of plays that can be made against the TCU defense, as Michigan and some other opponents have illustrated.
What the Frogs need to do to make HISTORY:
In last year’s SEC title game defeat and Saturday’s close call in the Peach Bowl, Georgia appeared vulnerable to having to face a truly exceptional wide receiver. Quentin Johnston has this power to help the Horned Frogs make plays, and they are not afraid to use it. Garrett Riley, the offensive coordinator, came up with the screen pass plays that led to the touchdown against Michigan on Saturday. Riley is a master at coming up with creative ways to get the ball ton Johnston. Johnston will likely need a game-changing effort to win the game.
But if the championship game becomes a track meet, it will be difficult to play a one-dimensional game against Georgia. Consequently, TCU will also need better output from its running game, regardless of which running back starts (Kendre Miller or Emari Demercado). This is easier said than done against a Georgia defensive front headed by defensive tackle Jalen Carter, who is due for a massive game.
The Horned Frogs’ defense was strong against Michigan’s run game, but it still allowed over 40 points while playing complementary football with two interceptions of their own. The defense may have to stand up without receiving gifts like it did from Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy, but it is unknown how it will hold up because it is tough to predict which version of the Georgia offense we will watch. If Georgia has Washington, TCU will need to really, really step up like they did vs. Michigan.
MyConclusion: I’m rolling with the Dawgs in what I expect to be a really intense, competitive, and hard-hitting game.
Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox said this about Joel Embiid
Last season, the Sacramento Kings traded one of its young and promising talents, Tyrese Haliburton, to the Indiana Pacers in exchange for Domantas Sabonis, a seasoned All-Star.
While the move drew a lot of attention for the Kings since Haliburton prospered right away in Indiana, and Sabonis didn’t take the Kings above and beyond, the transaction is starting to look much better for Sacramento through the 2022-2023 NBA season.
According to EuroHoops.net, Sacramento star guard De’Aaron Fox believes Sabonis is a top-three big guy in the league as well.
So, in Fox’s opinion, who is Sabonis up there with?
Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets and Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers.
“For me, it’s (Nikola) Jokic, (Joel) Embiid, and (Sabonis). Those are the top three centers in the league.“
Jokic is without a doubt one of the top centers in the league. The Nuggets’ star has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons.
It’s difficult to argue against Embiid being in the same conversation yet, given that he lost to Jokic both times despite being named the league’s MVP runner-up. I honestly would flip a coin and take either though. Both unreal talents. Anyways, Embiid was able to establish himself last year as the NBA’s scoring champion, elevating his offensive game to a level not seen at the center position since the legendary Shaquille O’Neal.
Fox joins a lengthy line of NBA players who see Embiid as one of the game’s most dominant big men. There isn’t much to argue about as the Sixers star continues to rack up All-Star appearances while being in the running for seasonal accolades and All-NBA selection.
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Dawgs Look To Repeat After Overcoming Buckeyes in Semifinal Thriller
ATLANTA– Since at least 1941, when it was credited to Illinois coach Bob Zuppke, the phrase “game of inches” has been synonymous with college football. That proverb was more applicable than ever on the last night of 2022, more than eight decades later.
Seconds. Inches. The dividing line between success and loss. Enough of those razor-thin time and distance margins went Georgia’s way, as the reigning national champion Bulldogs defeated Ohio State, 42-41, in an all-time classic Peach Bowl College Football Playoff quarterfinal.
An absolute rollercoaster game full of all kinds of emotion, Coach Smart had this to say about the Buckeyes following the Dawgs Peach Bowl win.
“My heart goes out to those guys,” Smart said of Ohio State. “They played well enough to win. We played well enough to win, too. Just well enough.”
Staying true to his name, Kirby made one of the smartest calls in his career. Smart called a vital timeout in the fourth quarter just in time to prevent an Ohio State fake punt on fourth-and-1, which would have been successful if the ball had been snapped in time. Smart said that he saw the Buckeyes weren’t lined up in their usual punt formation, so he called a timeout without help from his coaches on the headset. What some people may not realize is the head coach’s headset has three channels he can shift between: offense, defense, and special teams. Coming off an enormous defensive stop, Smart was tuned into the defensive channel.
Coach Smart prior to his brilliant timeout
“They were saying something on the special teams line, but I wasn’t on that line,” Smart stated. Ultimately, he most definitely lived up to his last name with that type of awareness.
Tight end Brock Bowers was just athletic enough to get his body off the ground and stretch out for a huge first down. The Mackey Award winner was initially ruled short, before a replay review conceded the officials missed the call.
“Brock was pretty dumbfounded,” UGA QB Stetson Bennett IV said.
UGA had to settle for a field goal three plays later, but it turned out to make all the difference in the outcome.
Javon Bullard’s hard hit on Marvin Harrison Jr., which was initially ruled targeting before being overturned, was just legal enough to prevent a touchdown and knocked the superstar wide receiver out for the rest of the game. This hit prevented Ohio State from gaining a three-score lead at the end of the third.
If any of those three plays go the other way, the Buckeyes would have almost certainly pulled off the upset and faced TCU for the national championship next week. Georgia, on the other hand, was ultimately better by inches, if not centimeters.
Bennett, who stamped his name into school history last year with a rally to stun Alabama to capture the school’s first national title in over four decades, was just good enough to expunge numerous earlier mistakes and lead another spectacular fourth-quarter playoff comeback. Bennett’s mistakes contributed to his team being down, but he never was. He showed once again he cannot be counted out.
Stetson had this to say as well, “I felt like there was a 30-minute period where I just played bad football,” And he’s right; he was struggling. With that being said, I believe anyone who is skeptical about Stetson’s clutch gene now has an answer. This man consistently delivers and has Georgia on the edge of becoming a dynasty; no quarterback in school history has had even the slightest level of success as him at the position. You may argue that Belue has, but he threw a mediocre 11 touchdowns and 9 interceptions in the 1980 run. Not close.
“Freaking, I threw a lateral,” Bennett said this during the postgame news conference, while Smart closed his eyes for a few seconds, bitterly remembering that horrible moment. “Dumb” he said.
But once again, the undersized former walk-on, who is one of sports greatest Cinderella stories, rose to the occasion under enormous pressure and delivered. This game, like many others, was a microcosm of his career—he found a way just when Georgia fans were ready to give up on him, just when the whole public was writing him off.
“It kind of frees you up,” Bennett said after stepping up AGAIN, “You’ve got to. Otherwise, we’re going to lose.” Talk about a winner.
Bennett led three straight scoring drives to bring the game out of inferno in the fourth quarter, in which UGA went into trailing 38-24. Bennett completed 12-of-14 throws for 207 yards and two touchdowns in what very well could have been the final three possessions of his six-year collegiate career. This is the the stuff of legends, elevating him to the mountaintop of UGA quarterbacks in my opinion. You might prefer stats, and I understand. I’ll tell you this though, none of them have delivered like the mailman has.
Bennett completed five straight throws, exploiting the center of the field to get Georgia to the Ohio State 10-yard line before hitting Adonai Mitchell on an out route for the score. Last year, it was Bennett-to-Mitchell for the game-winning touchdown against Alabama.
Bennett summarized the last drive’s mindset:
“It’s in our hands now. Defense stood up whenever we needed them to. Where else would you rather be? Having the ball with two minutes left and if you score, you win the game. I looked around and there was just a whole bunchy of determined, strong stares from all the dudes.”
Except Georgia didn’t have the game won after scoring the last-minute, go-ahead touchdown. Bennett led the Bulldogs downfield so skillfully and just a little too fast that they left 54 seconds on the clock for Ohio State and the brilliant CJ Stroud.
Stroud drove the Buckeyes to the Georgia 31-yard line and did his job, where Ryan Day made a disastrous decision on a night when he coached a brilliant game. Instead of seeking to go closer to field-goal range for kicker Noah Ruggles, he ran the ball on first down. Ruggles was left with a 50-yard attempt, as he came into the game 0-for-4 from 50 yards or beyond. He’s now 0-for-5 after hooking the kick wide left and it wasn’t EVEN CLOSE.
Kenny McIntosh, who rushed for 126 yards and scored a touchdown, saw the decisive kick from the spot where the ball was snapped on the sidelines. When the kick was wide-left, the RB said, “I dropped to my knees, right then and there. Then I ran on the field.”
Bennett was again driven to tears by the passion of the event while standing on the sidelines. Last year, after Kelee Ringo returned an interception for a touchdown, he broke down (just like I did, but in Athens). This time Bennett cried of joy again, before the Dawgs got into victory formation and ran the clock out.
That final play occurred at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2023. The man taking the knee is 25 years old and started college in 2017. His winding path to hero status included a transfer to a junior college, a return to Georgia, and numerous benchings as Smart sought a better quarterback. It turns out he’s always had a national champion on his team—and now perhaps a two-time champion.
Bennett fled the stage after being named the game’s Most Outstanding Offensive Player and was surrounded by well-wishers as he attempted to make his way off the field to the Georgia locker room. Finally, he grabbed an offensive lineman’s back and asked him to lead him to the locker room.
Bennett continued jogging after he was free, his left hand in the air saluting the Bulldogs faithful, able to revel in a moment that had nearly passed him by. Georgia had the inches and seconds on their side Saturday night, and the Dawgs needed them all.
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Free Early Rose Bowl Pick 01/02/2023 | PSU vs. Utah | 5:00 PM EST
What a bowl season and CFB playoff we have gotten so far this year, and the last day of the 2022 calendar year HAD to have been the best two semi-final matchups in CFB playoff history. As a Georgia fan, I thought my Dawgs were out for the count and still don’t know how the guys pulled it off. Also, there is absolutely nothing fraudulent in TCU. Anyways, let’s talk about who we are rolling with in this year’s Rose Bowl, everyone loves “The Granddaddy of Them All”
Analysis and key takeaways:
Elite Utah CB, Clark Phillips lll, has made the choice to miss out this year’s Rose Bowl in order to focus on training for the draft. However according to Football Outsiders, Penn State has a superior defensive line (ranked seventh as opposed to Utah at 58th), special teams (ranked twenty-three as opposed to sixty-fourth), and overall defense (ranked fifth as opposed to seventeenth). During the season, Utah had a record of 2-3 SU and 0-5 ATS when the line was 7 or less.
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Penn State has a record of 8-1 SU and 6-2 ATS when playing on grass, while Utah has a record of just 3-2 SU and 3-2 ATS when playing on grass as well. Penn State has a sharper record against other bowl teams, especially on defense, and has played on a more difficult schedule this season. (ranked 10th compared to Utah at 21st). Take the underdog Nittany Lions.
THE PICK: PSU +1.5 (-110)
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In his initial, unfiltered thoughts, Mavericks star Luka Doncic reacted to one of the most extraordinary performances in NBA history and the most spectacular game of his young career.
It’s easy to see why.
Simply taking in the magnitude of his contributions to Tuesday’s overtime win over the Knicks is exhausting.
He scored 60 points, more than Dirk Nowitzki’s previous franchise record of 53, and he hauled in a career-high 21 rebounds to drop the first 60-20 triple- double in NBA history. He also served out 10 assists to ultimately give him a total of 52 total triple doubles in his career already.
All of this was not for nothing though, as it resulted in the Mavericks coming back from a nine-point deficit in the final 26.8 seconds of regulation (more on that below) and then winning the game in OT by a score of 126-121.
The highlight was at the conclusion of that comeback run, when Dallas desperately needed a basket and all of Doncic’s skill, experience, and a bit of luck came into play.
With 4.2 seconds left and the Mavericks down by three, Doncic went to the line. After making his first free throw, Doncic purposefully missed his second in the vain hope that a Mavs player would somehow corral it and force overtime.
Someone, it turned out, and that someone was Doncic, who… well, just watch,
Doncic, who finished with 21 points on 31 shots, scored seven of Dallas’ eleven points in overtime to help secure the comeback and put the finishing touches on his generational performance.
Along with Harden’s 60-point, 10-rebound, 11-assist performance for the Rockets in 2018, Luka became just the second player in NBA history to record a 60-point triple-double of any kind.
A 50-point triple-double is an INCREDIBLE accomplishment alone. Only Wilt Chamberlain (twice) and Elgin Baylor grabbed 20 boards in theirs, making them two of only six players to ever do so, according to ESPN’s Stats & Info.
Raiders @ Steelers Pick and Prediction | 12/24 | 8:15 PM EST
Derek Carr will try to reverse his terrible track record in freezing temperatures, which stands at 1-7 when the weather drops below 40 degrees and 0-4 when it’s below 32 degrees. Pittsburgh is great at stifling the run, therefore the game will be in his freezing hands.
Kenny Pickett is expected to contribute to Pittsburgh’s rushing attack in his comeback for this matchup. In three of their last four games, the Steelers’ rushing attack has topped 150 yards. Meanwhile, the Raiders’ rushing defense just got trampled by the Patriots. The Steelers are the better team due to their stronger coaching staff and home field advantage vs a team that obviously plays in a dome.
Mavericks vs Rockets Value Pick 8:00 PM EST│ 12/23/22
The end of a four-game road trip for Dallas, which may be a team possibly looking ahead to a Christmas Day national tv showcase vs the Lakers. It’s quite easy to underestimate the young Rockets, whousually perform well against the Mavs, already being 1-0 this year against them.
Maxi Kleber, Dorian Finney-Smith, Josh Green, and Kemba Walker are all unavailable for the Mavs tonight, providing them with a thin squad. Speaking of Walker, the vet has been surprisingly effective since being picked up by the team as well. Frank Ntilikina is questionable too. Dallas has failed to cover the spread in eight consecutive games against teams with a losing record and is only 4-11 on the road (6-9 ATS).