Portland’s pipeline to Kentucky is paying dividends for Calipari’s ‘Cats

Kyle Wiltjer

NWSB Insider and northwest basketball blogger Blair Thomas tells us about two young men leading Kentucky to the 2012 Final four this week in New Orleans. Kyle Wiltjer entered the season as part of one of Kentucky’s most heralded basketball classes with guard Marquis Teague and forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Anthony Davis. Terrence Jones has averaged 15.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game and started 35 of 38 games.

A potential trail of Beaver tears from Corvallis to Champaign?

Craig Robinson, Jared Cunningham

NWSB insider Blair Thomas brings us news of potential major changes at Oregon State University. Men’s hoops coach Craig Robinson may be lured close to his hometown to take the reigns at Illinois while the Beavers star player Jared Cunningham could easily join the NBA ranks if he desires. This could lead to a big trail of tears in Corvallis.

Northwest Coach Profiles: Rich Brooks

Rich Brooks

NWSB insider Matt Martz brings us a Northwest Coaching Profile on past Oregon Ducks head coach Rich Brooks. With a Mark Twain type approach to life, Brooks was able to surmount the challenges before him throughout his career, and because of that retired as one of the better coaches the Northwest has ever seen.

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