Hibbert proves four-year players can shine

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Hibbert proves four-year players can shine

ORLANDO, Fla. The NBA for years has been about potential.

Look at the No. 1 pick in last June's NBA draft.

Cleveland rookie Kyrie Irving of Duke came into the NBA with a whopping - OK, not so whopping - 11 games under his belt.

And while Irving has certainly had a relatively smooth adjustment to the NBA, more often than not, it takes players time to develop.

But what about the four-year guys?

Often they find themselves pegged as productive college players with little potential to improve.

However, players such as Roy Hibbert are out to prove that theory wrong.

Hibbert, a fourth-year center named to his first all-star team, is an example of a four-year college player who continues to improve. After averaging 7.1 points as a rookie, Hibbert has increased his scoring every season.

He hits the all-star break averaging 13.8 points and a career-high 9.6 rebounds while shooting 51.2 percent from the field - that's also a career high.

Hibbert, with a camera in hand to tape all of the all-star festivities this weekend, takes pride in being a four-year guy who is recognized as one of the game's best players - something that doesn't happen too often in this day and age of the NBA.

"I'm just so proud I'm going to work hard and show that guys that go to school for four years can make an impact in this league," said Hibbert, who played four years at Georgetown. "Look at the story of (former Syracuse swingman) Wesley Johnson and the most famous one right now, (Harvard's) Jeremy Lin, guys that go to school for four years can go out there and have an impact on the game."

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

Clowney fined for hit on Brady; Rowe fined for unsportsmanlike penalty

When Tom Brady complained to officials during the third quarter of last week's Divisional Round game against the Texans, he was wondering why Jadeveon Clowney wasn't penalized for a late hit. 

Not only did Brady get the call a little later in the game when Clowney hit him again in the fourth, but Clowney has now been fined for that hit. Per Pro Football Talk, Clowney was docked $18,231 for roughing the passer. 

Brady defended his on-the-field tantrum in the third quarter after Clowney's hit, insisting it may have helped lead to the Patriots being given extra yardage in the fourth. 

"Yeah, I would love to try to make sure the officials are paying close attention," Brady told WEEI's Kirk and Callahan show. "If we can get one of those 15-yard penalties, those are important."

Patriots corner Eric Rowe was also fined for his actions during the Divisional Round. He was hit with a $12,154 penalty after picking up an unsportsmanlike penalty for pulling a Texans player off of a scrum in the first quarter

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