Virginia Commonwealth forward Khris Lane says that, since he became a vegetarian 3 1/2 years ago, he’s felt sharper and stronger.
“It’s had a huge impact physically,” Lane said after Tuesday’s victory over California in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational consolation game at the Lahaina Civic Center. “What a lot of people don’t realize
is the kind of clarity you have when you eat clean. You just make better judgments about things.”
Lane, who is from Richmond originally, is a graduate transfer.
After basketball, the criminal justice major wants to travel the world — first Morocco and Egypt — and start youth outreach programs in Richmond.
“I just kind of want to take a holistic approach to what they eat, how much attention they’re getting in the home, who they live with,” Lane said.
Making the schedule
The schedule in this year’s tournament called for the first semifinal to be played before the two consolation games due to ESPN scheduling decisions, tournament chairman Dave Odom said.
“The feeling was that the championship bracket would carry the time zone ratings better on ESPN than on
ESPN2,” Odom said. “It’s all a Rubik’s cube that has to be worked out. We want our teams protected. And part of that protection is making sure their fans back home have a chance to see it.”
Seven players from four teams in this year’s Maui field were ranked on nbadraft.net’s list of the top 100 prospects in the country as of Oct. 31.
Michigan junior forward Moritz Wagner leads the pack at No. 36. Charles Matthews, a sophomore guard, is ranked No. 49.
Wichita State also has two on the list — at No. 41, sophomore guard Landry Shamet, and at No. 51, junior forward Markis McDuffie, who is out with a foot injury.
Notre Dame junior guard Rex Pflueger makes the list at No. 86, with senior forward Bonzie Colson at No. 92.
Senior point guard Jonathan Williams is VCU’s lone representative at No. 54.
According to tournament staff, 26 scouts from 25 NBA teams are in attendance.
“They have outstanding coaching. They have tremendous experience. They have terrific offensive balance. They have a pro point guard. They have a strong identity in roles and definition, and they’ve got a terrific bench. Other than that, they’re not very good.”
— Marquette coach Steve Wojciechowski, on Wichita State