This article is part of our College Hoops Barometer series.
We'll tackle some of the biggest stories on and off the hardwood in this edition of the College Hoops Barometer.
1. Lonzo Ball's father says Lonzo Ball is better than Steph Curry.
Yeah, I have a response. Umm … what? Apparently Ball's father is notorious for bombastic, outrageous statements such as this. Is Ball one of the best players in college basketball right now? Yes. Will he be a lottery pick in this June's NBA Draft? Absolutely. Can you possibly compare him to a two-time MVP with back-to-back NBA Finals appearances a ring to boot? Definitely not. Ball is a superstar-caliber player with off-the-charts athleticism and court vision. He can most definitely be a superstar at the next level, assuming he can find ways to get off his quirky delivery on his jump shots. Who knows, one day he could be better than Steph. But right now? You can't make that comparison. It's unfair to your son, as it places even more pressure on him to perform. It's unfair to Steph Curry, who is still among the best players in the NBA even during a "down" year by his standards. Confidence is one thing, but let's wait until he gets in the NBA at the very least before this kind of anointment.
2. NC State fired head coach Mark Gottfried but is letting him finish the season.
This doesn't make any sense to me, and Kentucky head honcho John Calipari went to town on the Wildcats for this decision in