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April 30, 2012 at 12:05 PM

Dentmon leads Austin to D-League title

Justin Dentmon scored a team-high 30 points to lead the Austin Toros to a 122-110 victory over Los Angeles and NBA D-League championship last Saturday.
It’s the first professional title for the former Washington standout. In a phone interview Monday, he said winning the championship was a bit of a letdown.
“I thought it would be more exciting to be honest with you,” said Dentmon who is pictured above with his arms folded next to the championship trophy. “If we were at home of course everything would have been different with horns blowing and things dropping (from the rafters). But it was definitely a good experience and I’ll remember it for the rest of my career.”
The Toros dropped the first game in the best-of-three series at home before winning the next two on the road.
“Early in the season they just dominated us at their place and then they came and beat us at our plays so some doubt crept in,” Dentmon said. “But then I was like if I’m going to believe, I’m going to believe 100 percent. I’m not going to have any doubts. When we looked at the film we said we could beat these guys. We just made a few errors and we can fix that. That’s what we did and we came back with the W.”
Here’s a link to the highlights from the championship game.

— Who says Washington doesn’t get any love from the east coast writers. In the last sentence of his early power rankings, Jon Rothstein at CBS New York mentioned coach Lorenzo Romar’s knack for reloading each year.
USC picked up Renaldo Woolridge, a 6-foot-9 junior forward who transferred from Tennessee. The son of former NBA player Orlando Woolridge will graduate from UT and will have a year of eligibility with the Trojans. It might be an awkward situation if Woolridge ran into football coach Lane Kiffin on campus. The newest USC player is a part-time rapper who penned a song called “Never Leave You Like Kiffin,” after he left the Vols for the Trojans in 2010.
Aaron Gordon, a 2013 five-star recruit who is considering UW, said he’ll likely wait until next April before picking a school. He also suffered a fractured toe, which will force him to miss most of the AAU summer games.
Josiah Turner was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving, which makes the second former Arizona player to run afoul of the law recently. Former UW Wildcats standout Jesse Perry was arrested in a domestic violence assault charge.
— Connecticut is unsure if coach Jim Calhoun will return next season.
— Kentucky coach John Calipari criticized NCAA President Mark Emmert for his position on one-and-done players. According to the Birmingham News, he said: “The NCAA president said let them go right out of high school? What?” How many ninth graders will think, ‘I’m going right to the NBA?’ Five hundred? One thousand? Now those kids will be really focused on academics. How could you make that statement? … How about we encourage them to stay longer because it’s the right thing and it’s the smart thing? There’s things we have to do to make it better for those young people.”
Calipari is a proponent of the NCAA paying injury insurance to a select group of players and asking the NBA to pay more to rookies with college degrees.

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