- Andy Katz, ESPN Senior Writer
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1. USA Basketball should reward Billy Donovan by considering him for the FIBA World Basketball Cup in 2018 and the 2020 Olympic staff in some manner. Donovan won gold medals for the U-18 last summer in Brazil and then Sunday for the U-19 in Prague. He showed the loyalty to come back and coach in consecutive summers and to see the FIBA World Championships to the conclusion. There's no reason why Donovan shouldn't be in consideration for the spot to potentially replace Mike Krzyzewski as the USA National Team coach. Donovan has now proven he can win at the American and International level. The next national team coach doesn't have to be an NBA coach. The replacement for Krzyzewski should be an experienced coach who has won in the states and abroad. Donovan was willing to sacrifice his summers for USA Basketball and blended a collection of college/high school players in three weeks two summers in a row. He won gold each time.
2. North Carolina head coach Roy Williams told USA Today for a June 17 story that he has ideas about the punishment for P.J. Hairston but was waiting for the legal system run its course. USA Today dove deeper about the rental car Hairston was driving when he was arrested, making the story even murkier. How Carolina handles this case will be very interesting to watch. Spring and summer suspensions are often criticized but at least they are done to send a message. Sometimes they don't have teeth. Sometimes they do. Hairston was allowed to still try out for the World University Games team despite the pending case. The one thing that is missing so far from Hairston is any sort of apology. That would be a start.
3. Arizona State is off to China in August in what should be a critical trip for the Sun Devils in their quest to get to the NCAA tournament. Jahii Carson returns to lead the Sun Devils and should be one of the top point guards in the country. ASU associate head coach Eric Musselman said the most important thing on the trip is to get the new players game experience. ASU needs to get Chance Murray, a guard, and Egor Koulechov a small forward as well as Calen Robinson, necessary game experience. The Sun Devils are looking to shoot quicker next season and run more of a fast-paced offense. Musselman said in the spring the Sun Devils were using a 24-second shot clock in workouts to push the tempo. Head coach Herb Sendek is open to tinkering all the time. He is clearly leaning on the NBA influence of Musselman to increase the productivity.