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AP Top 25 College Basketball Preseason Poll

October 29, 2009

1. Kansas (55)
2. Michigan St. (5)
3. Texas (1)
4. Kentucky (3)
5. Villanova
6. North Carolina (1)
7. Purdue
8. West Virginia
9. Duke
10. Tennessee
11. Butler
12. Connecticut
13. California
14. Washington
15. Michigan
16. Ohio State
17. Oklahoma
18. Mississippi State
19. Louisville
20. Georgetown
21. Dayton
22. Georgia Tech
23. Illinois
24. Clemson
25. Minnesota

Analysis: Kansas is clearly the overwhelming preseason favorite. I’m yet to see a list of rankings that doesn’t list them #1 and for good reason. This is the lowest I’ve seen North Carolina ranked, but I also think it’s the most accurate. Nothing could convince me that UNC is better than Kentucky or Villanova heading into the season and I think I’d argue in favor of Purdue also. The Tarheels have talent, but they are an unproven bunch at this point. Duke is consistently getting ranked in the top 10, but I’m just not convinced they are that good. I like Washington’s ranking here, but I think they are being underrated heading into the season. I’m picking them to win the Pac-10 and I’m yet to see anyone rank them ahead of California. Oklahoma at 17 seems low… they lost the best player in the nation, but Willie Warren is going to elevate to superstar status this season and they have a pretty good freshmen class. I wonder how long it’s been since UCLA didn’t crack a preseason top 25 list? Out of the teams that didn’t make the cut, I think Maryland and Vanderbilt could be teams to look out for. The Terrapins are good enough to finish 3rd in the ACC, so seeing Georgia Tech and Clemson ranked above them seems kind of iffy to me.

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Royce Da 5´9″ – Boom HD Music Video

October 29, 2009

This is an older Royce track… but it’s one of his best joints with DJ Premier providing a ridiculous beat.

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Black Milk – Losing Out (feat. Royce Da 5’9″) OFFICIAL VIDEO

October 26, 2009

More Royce… this one is actually a Black Milk song off BM’s last album Tronic. Black Milk is a producer from Detroit that raps pretty damn good too… he makes Kanye West sound like Solja Boy.

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Royce Da 5’9″ – “Shake This”

October 25, 2009

This week I’m going to be showcasing Royce Da 5’9″, an emcee from Detroit that I think is the best cat spitting right now. This is from his recent album Street Hop. Royce talks about his legal issues and jail time. Song and video are both dope as fuck.

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College Basketball 2009-2010 ACC Preview

October 21, 2009

Okay, so I scrapped my idea of giving an analysis of the top 25 teams… instead, I’m going to give conference previews of the Big 6 (ACC, Big Ten, Big East, Big 12, Pac-10, and SEC). Standings and national ranks are courtesy of Athlon Sports. Analysis and awards are courtesy of me.

ACC

1. #5 North Carolina – Not many teams can overcome losing four players to the NBA draft, but the Tar Heels always have one of the best recruiting classes in the nation and this year is no different. John Henson is a top 5 recruit and Leslie McDonald, Dexter Strickland, and David & Travis Wear are all good enough to start on plenty of college teams. Ed Davis is back and is going to be a beast as a sophomore after playing second fiddle to last year’s studs… he will be a lottery pick in the next NBA draft. Deon Thompson will provide leadership and solid numbers and defensive whiz Marcus Ginyard is back after missing almost all of last year. So yes, the Heels lost plenty, but they are still loaded enough to win the ACC.

2. #13 Georgia Tech – Tech looks to be the most improved team in the nation after suffering through a 2-14 ACC debacle thanks to the signing of #1 recruit Derrick Favors and a solid returning core. Junior Gani Lawal (15.1 ppg, 9.1 rpg) is back after passing on the NBA draft. Iman Shumpert is a solid scoring guard and the rest of the recruiting class is nationally ranked. Going from last in the ACC to 13th in the nation is a pretty big leap, but GT just might have the parts to do it.

3. #18 Duke – Gerald Williams went pro and Elliot Williams transferred out, but Kyle Singler is back and he’s as good as anyone in the ACC. Even though Singler will be NBA ready after this season, Duke’s stud white boys have a tendency to stay four years, so I kind of expect him back for his senior year. John Scheyer will play the point this year and isn’t a bad scorer. Nolan Smith hasn’t progressed as expected and Miles Plumlee was irrevelant as a freshman last year and both players could be passed up by stud freshmen Ryan Kelly and Miles’ brother Mason. Duke isn’t as good as they were last year, but with Singler and a solid freshman class, they will be competitive in the ACC.

4. #22 Maryland – Almost all of the key components from last year’s squad that made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament return, but none more important than Greivis Vasquez, a stud that put up 17.5 ppg, 5.4 rpg, and 5.0 apg as a sophomore. Vasquez should compete with Kyle Singler and Ed Davis for Conference Player Of The Year and is a legitimate triple-double threat. The recruiting class is limited to two players, but both should find significant playing time. Vasquez is good enough to make Maryland the most underrated team in the ACC.

5. #24 Clemson – The Tigers lost three key players from last year’s squad, but return it’s most productive player in Trevor Booker (15.3, 9.7). Clemson is going to be young this year, but they don’t lack talent. A national ranking might be a bit overboard though.

6. Florida State – Toney Douglas and his 20+ ppg are gone, but 7’1″ center Solomon Alabi blocked 73 shots as a freshman and averaged 8.4 ppg and 5.6 rpg in 22.3 minutes; look for those numbers to improve with more playing time and experience. The Seminoles have a respectable squad and Athlon predicts them to make the tournament, but they look like a bubble team to me.

7. Boston College – BC returns everyone from a team that made the NCAA tournament last year… except their best player and leader Tyrese Rice. The Eagles didn’t sign any recruits, but they return a better core of players than FSU, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see them finish higher in the ACC.

8. Virginia Tech – The Hokies lost their top scorer but return a couple of solid juniors in Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen. The supporting cast is weak and the recruiting class is middle of the pack for the conference, so those two juniors are going to be shouldering a big load this season.

9. Wake Forest – No team was hurt more by the NBA Draft than the Demon Deacons; stars Jeff Teague and James Johnson both bolted. With that said, Wake was ranked as high as #1 nationally last year and return a more respectable team than some of the squads ranked ahead of them. Al-Farouq Aminu put up great numbers as a freshman and should be a lottery pick in the next draft. The recruiting class is weak, but I think Wake is underrated and I wouldn’t be shocked to see them finish as high as 6th in the conference.

10. Miami – The Hurricanes lost three starters, including All-Conference player Jack McClinton. Dwayne Collins is their only solid returner, but the recruiting class is decent. This should be a year of growing pains for Miami.

11. Virginia – Sophomore Sylven Landesberg is a proven stud after averaging 16.6 points and 6 rebounds per game in his rookie season. The Cavaliers also stole Tony Bennett away from Washington State and have some decent experience returning. It’s questionable whether or not that is going to be enough to make them competitive this year.

12. North Carolina State – NC State lost its three best players from a team that finished 6-10 in conference play last year. Outlook: not good.

All ACC First Team

Ed Davis, So., F, UNC
Al-Farouq Aminu, So., F, Wake Forest
Kyle Singler, Jr., F, Duke
Greivis Vasquez, Sr., G, Maryland
Sylven Landesberg, So. G, Virginia

Player Of The Year: Kyle Singler, Duke

Freshman Of The Year: Derrick Favors, Georgia Tech

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Drake – Forever (feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem)

October 9, 2009

Okay.. so it’s been a minute since I posted on this blog. I’m planning to make it a more regular thing and I’m going to start with something easy. This is Eminem embarrassing three of the hottest rappers in the game on a track for Lebron James’ upcoming movie “More Than A Game.””He could make them look like bozos, he’s wondering if he should spit this slow… FUCK NO.”No one is fucking with Eminem when he’s on his A-game.

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