Andrew Wiggins is the clear apple of Sixers geeks' eyes

Andrew Wiggins is the clear apple of Sixers geeks' eyes

Obviously, the fate of the pesky ping pong balls on lottery night will have huge implications in Philadelphia, so while the season will mercifully end in a couple of weeks, the real stressful situation to determine the next direction of the franchise is right around the corner.

The folks over at Liberty Ballers released their updated "Big Board" ranking the top prospects in the much-hyped 2014 NBA Draft. This is their second crack at ranking the available players and after some disagreement who the No. 1 overall pick should be when they first put a list together back in February, there's no argument who the top guy is now.

Eleven of the eleven Sixers nerds selected Kansas SF Andrew Wiggins as the cream of the healthy crop.

"Elite athleticism. High potential. Canadian goodness. Unanimous number one. He's the top prospect that everyone needs but not everyone deserves. Except us."

The consensus stops at the top. After Wiggins, some of the guys like Wiggins' teammate at Kansas, Joel Embiid, at No. 2 while others preferred the offense of Duke's Jabari Parker.

Rounding out the top ten are: 4. Dante Exum, SG Australia, 5. Julius Randle, PF Kentucky, 6. Noah Vonleh, PF/C Indiana 7. Aaron Gordon, PF Arizona 8. Marcus Smart, G Oklahoma 9. Doug McDermott, PF Creighton 10. Gary Harris, SG Michigan State.

Check out the rest of their top 20 over at Liberty Ballers.

 

 

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

The Phillies season in one video: 'Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby'

What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?

In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.

Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."

It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.

And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.

"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?

The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.

Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.

If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.

"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."

That makes one of us.

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

Highly ranked 2018 recruit Brandon Slater verbally commits to Villanova

The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.

Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.

He later made the announcement on Twitter.

Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.

Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.

"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."

Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.