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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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).
YouTube Acquires NFL Sunday Ticket Streaming Rights
Following indications that the sale of the NFL Sunday Ticket package was nearing completion on Wednesday, the league made it official on Thursday by confirming that Google’s YouTube has purchased the service’s broadcasting rights.
The New York Times previously reported that the deal is anticipated to be worth $2.5 billion per year, a substantial increase over the $1.5 billion DirecTV had been paying.
“We’re excited to bring NFL Sunday Ticket to YouTube TV and YouTube Primetime Channels and usher in a new era of how fans across the United States watch and follow the NFL,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stated. Goodell also added,
“For a number of years we have been focused on increased digital distribution of our games and this partnership is yet another example of us looking towards the future and building the next generation of NFL fans.”
NFL Sunday Ticket is a sports package that broadcasts NFL regular-season games that are not accessible on local affiliates. After spending years on satellite television, the new contract puts the package into the streaming realm for the first time. The multiyear contract’s length is currently unknown.
YouTube will stream the bundle as a subscription service via YouTube TV as an add-on package and YouTube Primetime channels. Sunday Ticket will be available to customers as a premium service at a cost similar to what DirecTV currently costs. DirecTV currently has around 1.5 million Sunday Ticket subscribers as of this writing.
6 Eye-Catching Prospects From the 2022 NBA G-League Winter Showcase
The four-day NBA G League Winter Showcase concluded on Thursday, bringing together a vast array of team executives and front office personnel. Annually, the event acts as a proving ground for G League prospects, a testing ground for new rules (this year, the league experimented with a fourth-quarter, target-score rule), and a gathering place for teams to discuss trades as well as other business.
In the context of the 2023 draft, the major attraction at the Showcase was G League Ignite, who were without Scoot Henderson on Tuesday (he is nearing a recovery after a concussion and nose injury suffered in late November). The other notable draft-eligible player was NBA Academy Africa guard Thierry Serge Darlan, who had abundant opportunity to showcase himself to teams this week between two Academy scrimmages and games against prep school teams at the neighboring Tarkanian Classic.
Tuesday’s absence of Henderson was disappointing, but the game presented a helpful evaluation benchmark for the Ignite’s prospects. With that being said, here are my key observations from the past few days of watching the showcase.
Leonard Miller, F
Based on what we’ve seen thus far this season, Miller appears to have the strongest shot at being the next Ignite prospect drafted following Henderson. The concern is what range that actually ends up becoming, as the variety of outcomes for him remains quite wide. With some eye-catching box score lines, he’s been fairly effective while playing a lot of minutes early in the season. This is a good sign that he can produce at this level even though he doesn’t fully understand everything. Miller didn’t play well at the Showcase on Tuesday, shooting a poor 3-of-13 from the field, but he managed to pull down 14 rebounds. He’s still a ways away from developing into the decision-maker he can be and a dependable shooter, which are both vital aspects of enjoying a long and lucrative career in the league.
Mojave King, G
To this point in the season, the 20-year-old King has started to come into his own, playing starter minutes and turning in a number of strong performances as well as some erratic ones. He has the athletic profile to be a 3-and-D type wing, but doesn’t quite possess the creative ability and confidence to be more than that yet. King fights and executes the tiny things well, similar to Australian prospects we have seen in the past. He has the capability to be a perfect role player. But he’ll need to be a lot more effective to get there, and that’s still in the air at the time. In the spring, we will most likely be talking about King in the same category as second round/two-way type of prospects.
Efe Abogidi, F
Abogidi became a member of the Ignite after two solid seasons at Washington State, and he was previously a member of the NBA’s Global Academy program and NBA Academy Africa. Now that he’s back in the NBA with Ignite, he’ll be fighting for a two-way contract and perhaps a bid at being a second-round pick.
Abogidi practing with the NBA’s Global Academy program
While he’s not a physically intimidating player for his size, he’s been efficient and productive in his minutes, rebounding with a motor, protecting the basket effectively, and showing the ability to knock down occasional jumpers. He didn’t accomplish much on Tuesday and may get lost in the flow of a game at times. But there are tools here to work on here for the forward that are fixable and give him quite more potential than what appears on the surface.
London Johnson, G
Johnson, who is 18, will compete for Ignite for the next two seasons before becoming eligible for the 2024 draft. One silver lining to Henderson’s absence was getting to watch Johnson play starter’s minutes for Ignite, where the point guard impressed with his poise and defensive effort. He looked quite comfortable at the G League level for a player who was in high school less than a year ago, which serves as a strong indicator of his NBA future.
Babacar Sané, F
Sane, a 19-year old native of Senegal, joined the Ignite in late October as a student of NBA Academy Africa. His physical frame at 6′ 6″, 194, is huge for his potential and future draft stock. His broad shoulders and excellent measurements for a wing give him potential scouts just cannot overlook.
Sané is still getting accustomed to playing at this level, as the game moves a little fast for him a lot of the time, but he fought hard on Tuesday and possesses the qualities that should earn him a serious look from NBA teams. He is still not ready for the NBA yet, and hasn’t made much of an impact on a regular basis, but it’ll be fascinating to see how he has developed as a player at the finish of the season.
Thierry Serge Darlan, G
Darlan, who has been widely perceived as the best prospect to come out of Africa (though for context, the historical bar there is not particularly high) is contemplating what to do next season. The guard has the options of joining the Ignite and playing in college, but he is draft-eligible as well.
Darlan is still learning his feel for guard position and also had a few mishaps in the tournament, but there are a lot of exciting parts to his game: he is a superb athlete, a talented passer, defends his position well, and plays with a PASSIONATE enthusiasm at all times. If he is placed in a great developmental environment, his game has the potential to take off, and it is clear that he has a future in the NBA.