's 10 most popular stories from the week ending Feb. 6

Here is a roundup of's 10 most popular stories this week. Be sure to read to the bottom for a bonus story from the SI Vault.

Work in progress

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Michael Kidd-Gilchrist's talent propelled him to a spot at Kentucky and becoming the second pick in the NBA draft, but he is far from a finished product, on and off the courtBy Lee Jenkins.

Mock Draft 4.0

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images's Chris Burke makes his pick for every team in the first two rounds of the upcoming NFL draft.

Standout student

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Northport (N.Y.) High School's Mikey Brannigan, Sports Illustrated's High School Athlete of the Month for February, is living with autism, but nothing can stop from dominating on the track and aiming for Olympic glory. By Ali Fenwick.

The elite recruiter

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Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck doesn't look much older than the kids he's recruiting, but the enthusiasm of the FBS's youngest coach has transformed the school from afterthought to outstandingBy Pete Thamel.


It's hard to imagine a seven-footer sneaking up on people, yet Hassan Whiteside has surprised everyone by dominating the NBA the last six weeksBy Chris Mannix.

The magic eight

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Using his nearly foolproof method,'s Luke Winn chooses a group of eight contenders, one of which will win the NCAA tournament.

Coaching carousel 

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Now that every head coaching vacancy in the NFL is filled, it's time to see which teams made a great hire, and which teams shouldn't necessarily expect more success. By Don Banks.

The Year After Effect

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Which big league pitchers could be at risk of an injury?'s Tom Verducci's yearly analysis looks at young arms that could be in danger due to a spike in workload

Signing Day indecision

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When it comes to making a life-changing choice like which school to commit to, there's nothing wrong with saying I don't knowBy Andy Staples.

Worst games of the season

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After an instant classic in the Super Bowl, the staff decided to recognize the games that weren't so good in the 2014 NFL season.

SI Vault: Ali and his entourage

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The story of how Muhammad Ali, and the people around him, adjusted to life after the end of Ali's illustrious boxing careerBy Gary Smith.

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