Game Theory with Sam Vecenie: College Basketball | NBA Draft | NCAA Podcast

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Aug 17, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Evan Daniels from over at Scout and Fox Sports. First, we chat about Evan's recent 22-day scouting trip that included the U18s and U16s, and whether or not the talent gap in Europe is getting closer or farther away from its US counterpart. 

Then we delve deep into the 2018 recruiting class. How much better is RJ Barrett than the rest of this group? Who does Evan have ranked No. 2 in this class? How much do we love the point guards? Is there anyone we think is a bit underrated?

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Aug 15, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Scott Phillips from over at NBC Sports about the Marvin Bagley commitment. We go in-depth on Bagley's game and what makes him so special. What makes him a better prospect than Michael Porter Jr.? What effect does he have on Duke? What should Duke fans be worried about? Should they be the No. 1 in the preseason top-25? 

Then we chat about other competitors for the No. 1 spot. Should Arizona and DeAndre Ayton be considered? Should Michigan State be considered? What about Kansas and Villanova? Finally, we chat about the fallout for the Class of 2018. Is R.J. Barrett clearly the No. 1 player? Who is No. 2? The rest of the top-five? Tough calls all around. 

My preemptive apologies on the sound quality on my end after my microphone decided to break on me. Thank you for listening, please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast. You can follow Scott at @phillipshoops, and me at @Sam_Vecenie. 

Aug 3, 2017

In this episode, I chat with Charlotte Hornets general manager Rich Cho. First, we talk about Rich's new food blog, What got Rich into food culture? What made him start a website? What makes his website different? What is the best meal he's had in his 20 years on the road in the NBA? What is his favorite type of food? 

Then, we chat about his team. What does he attribute last season's regression to 36 wins to? What was his main goal going into the 2017 offseason? Did he actually expect Malik Monk to be on the board on draft night? Did they have any concerns on the Dwight Howard trade? Also, I ask him if the Celtics really offered four first round picks in the 2015 NBA Draft. 

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Aug 1, 2017

In this episode, I chat about a few different things. I announced my new work destination last Friday, so in the first half of the episode, I chat with Seth Davis, my new boss over at The Fieldhouse. We talk about what led him to The Athletic, why we believe in The Athletic's model, and why we both wanted to work together. Then, we chat about politics online, and how the paradigm has shifted for sports reporters wanting to talk about issues online. Seth also goes into his past and his backstory growing up in Washington D.C. in political circles. 

Then in the second half of the show, I chat with good friend of the program Reid Forgrave from over at CBS Sports. Reid and I spent a lot of time together out in Las Vegas, so we chatted about the biggest story out of the circuit out there: LaVar Ball. What do we think of the situation that happened out there with the female referee? How should the media cover LaVar Ball? Should they cover him at all this year? All that, as well as some small amount of actual basketball talk. 

Please remember to rate, review and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes. You can follow Seth at @SethDavisHoops, you can follow Reid at @ReidForgrave, and you can follow me at @Sam_Vecenie.