Tag:Wally Judge
Posted on: October 21, 2011 11:35 am

Notebook: Big East Media Day news and notes

By Jeff Borzello

NEW YORK – Conference media days are a dream for writers that want a lot of information and people in one place. Simply put, they provide a treasure trove of nuggets on each team in the league. There were too many leftovers in the notebook to leave out and not share with everyone. Here are some of the more interesting tidbits gathered on Wednesday at Big East Media Day.

- Notre Dame forward Tim Abromaitis was recently suspended for four games after the NCAA ruled on a violation he committed three years ago. “We tried to fight it, but a rule is a rule,” Abromaitis said. “I accepted it.”

- Who will replace Ben Hansbrough at the point guard spot? Sophomore Eric Atkins (above), who led the Big East in assist-to-turnover ratio last season. “He was our sixth man last year, but he’s ready to elevate his game,” Abromaitis said.

- Sophomore Jerian Grant received rave reviews for his work over the summer and in the early part of the fall. “He’s playing really well,” Abromaitis said. “He’s learning things as a player, moving without the ball, guarding his man. That’s what we’ll need him to do.”

- DePaul received three pieces of bad news in the past week. Junior forward Tony Freeland will miss the season with a shoulder injury, while freshman Montray Clemons is done for the year after rupturing a tendon in his knee. Moreover, the NCAA ruled freshman Macari Brooks ineligible. “We thought we were pretty deep,” head coach Oliver Purnell said. “We can’t afford any more injuries.”

- Purnell thinks Cleveland Melvin (right) is somewhat underrated on a national level, after averaging 14.3 points and winning Big East Rookie of the Year honors. “Probably so,” Purnell said. “He had a good freshman year and a really good summer.”

- Rutgers brought in a highly-touted freshman class – and the incoming guards are impressing early on. “Our guards have a little more experience than our big men,” forward Dane Miller said, pointing to Myles Mack and Jerome Seagears. Coach Mike Rice, however, thinks Eli Carter could make more of an impact than both of them. “He might lead my freshman in points per game.”

- Rice is impressed with Kansas State transfer Wally Judge. “He’s a physical specimen. He just has to develop that consistency.”

- Forward Kadeem Jack will likely be out until mid-January with a foot injury. Jack was looking like he would have a major impact in the frontcourt. “He’s somebody where the light was already on,” Rice said.

- Marquette forward Jae Crowder is pegging sophomore Vander Blue (right) as a true breakout performer. “He had a great summer, played in the Pro/Am, played for USA basketball,” Crowder said. “His confidence is up; last year, he lost confidence. A lot of pressure is on him.”

- Out of the freshmen, California native Juan Anderson has stood out the most to Crowder. “He’s athletic, he goes hard, has a great motor,” Crowder said. “Buzz [Williams] loves it, I love it.”

- Despite the loss of three starters from last season, West Virginia forward Kevin Jones thinks highly of this year’s team. “This is the most talented team I’ve been on,” he said – and that includes the Elite Eight group that had Da’Sean Butler and Devin Ebanks.

- Freshman point guard Jabarie Hinds was cleared to play late in the process, but he’s already been impressive. “He had to catch up,” Jones said. “But he’s looking real good, doing the right things.”

- With Czech Republican native Patrik Auda and Latvian guard Haralds Karlis in the fold, Seton Hall has taken a foreign turn recently. “It’s fun,” guard Jordan Theodore said. “I’m trying new foods, trying to teach them slang.”

- Fun fact: Auda knows five languages – Dutch, Spanish, Czech, English and Russian.

- Georgetown forward Hollis Thompson said the Hoyas still laugh about the infamous brawl in China over the summer. “It was a great bonding experience,” Thompson said.

- Roy Hibbert, Jeff Green, Dwyane Wade and other NBA players came back to Georgetown to work out during the lockout. Thompson said the one who benefitted the most was Henry Sims, who played against Hibbert on a regular basis.

Photo: US Presswire (Eric Atkins, Cleveland Melvin, Vander Blue)

Posted on: May 23, 2011 10:30 am

Rutgers pioneers Big Lebowski-style recruiting

"Gutter ball! Drop and give me twenty!"

Posted by Eric Angevine

You hear a lot of crazy stories these days about the lengths a coach will go to when he wants to land a prized recruit. Aggressively friendly women, intoxication and the occasional luxurious gift make headlines from time to time.

In case you're worried about what Mike Rice is doing at Rutgers, it seems things are pretty much above board. Jerry Carino of New Jersey Hoops Haven recently told the story of an unlikely bonding experience that helped Rice and the Scarlet Knights land two coveted players.

The website for Lucky Strike Lanes, an upscale bowling lounge on the West Side of Manhattan, invites patrons to “eat, drink and knock down pins.” 

It says nothing about doing push-ups.

No matter to members of the Rutgers men’s basketball team. There they were, on a Friday night in mid-April, dropping and giving 20 on the spot after losing an intrasquad bowling match.

“In this program, if you lose you do push-ups,” Rutgers coach Mike Rice said. “It doesn’t matter where you are or what you’re doing.”

The players were there entertaining recruits Eli Carter and Wally Judge, and the evening apparently made a good impression because both eventually committed to Rice.

“It was a good time. I meshed with the players real good,” said Carter, who wound up doing push-ups with the losers despite rolling an impressive 170 in the second game. “That part was funny.”

That's right. An evening of rented shoes and punitive calesthenics turned out to be a positive aspect of the recruiting process for Rice, who begins his second season at Rutgers in fine style, landing a scoring combo guard and a burly 6-foot-9 forward who showed flashes of top-notch potential in his two years at Kansas State.

Apparently, it's not all nudie bars and free Navigators at the highest echelons of college hoops recruiting. Sometimes heat-lamp pizza and an extra frame or two is all it takes.

Photo: US Presswire
Posted on: May 9, 2011 10:09 pm
Edited on: May 9, 2011 11:00 pm

Wally Judge transfers to Rutgers

Posted by Jeff Borzello

It seemed simple for Wally Judge. Maryland or Rutgers. Gary Williams or Mike Rice.

Of course, Williams then announced his retirement, and everything changed for the former Kansas State transfer. At the time, a source close to Judge said the Washington D.C. native would likely wait and see before deciding on his next destination. 

With Texas A&M’s Mark Turgeon accepting the Terrapins’ head coaching position on Monday night, the wait is apparently over.

Judge has picked Rutgers over Maryland, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. 

A key aspect in Judge's decision was likely Rutgers associate head coach Dave Cox. Cox has ties in the D.C. area and even coached in the DC Assault AAU program, which was Judge's travel team in high school. Judge was a McDonald's All-American at Arlington Country Day (Fla.).

The 6-foot-9 forward averaged 5.5 points and 3.8 rebounds last season for Kansas State before leaving the team in late January. Judge will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules, and will have two years of eligibility remaining with the Scarlet Knights. 

Posted on: January 31, 2011 6:05 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2011 10:04 pm

'Not happy' soph Judge bolts K-State

Posted by Matt Norlander

Sorry to be so blunt, but can I suggest, with the news of McDonald's All-American Wally Judge jettisoning the Wildcats, we now leave this team to rot in peace?

The Kansas City Star was the first to have the news; Kellis Robinett got K-State coach Frank Martin, briefly, on the record.

“Wally quit the team today,” Martin said. “He’s not happy. I kinda saw it coming because of some of his emotional situations. He just has not been enjoying it.

"He told me today that he thinks it is time for a change.”

So now, no more what's-wrong-with-Kansas-State stories. No more how-it-can-be-turned-around columns. No more Frank-Martin's-coaching-style-is-high-risk-high-
reward comments. No more lamenting a season that never arrived.

It's officially a lost year, and I think we've all got better things to do than harp on a team who hit a streak of bad luck and couldn't bottle the magic from a year ago.

Unable to bloom into a feared player in the Big 12, Judge, a sophomore forward (right, with Martin) who was averaging less than 6 points per game, wasn't "happy" — on that team right now, who is? — and so he became the latest defect from a program in mid-season. (This is an issue that needs a full-on investigation and dress-down, but that's for another time.)

Judge leaving the team comes just more than two weeks after Freddy Asprilla chose to pack his bags. It's chaos in the Little Apple of Manhattan, Ks., and while those remaining on the team are no doubt trying to fight through this and make a run, surely many of them are thinking, in the back of their minds, how quickly they need this nightmare season to end.

We wanted Kansas State to be good this year. It is a fun team with characters that catalyzed a change of pace in the often business-as-usual Big 12. The Wildcats had a lot of pieces coming back, plus that coach, Martin, whose fiery eyes are made for television cameras and easy columns. How nice it would have been to see the Octagon of Doom be a factor again.

From a  No. 3 ranking in the AP poll at the start of the season to, now, an afterthought. The Wildcats are done. They just are. At 2-5 in the Big 12 with road games left against Iowa State, Colorado, Nebraska and Texas, not to mention home ones against Kansas and Missouri, clawing to .500 in the conference is asking too much.

That means reaching the NCAA tournament is now asking too much. Let's lay off this team, allow it to finish its season off in the shadows and wait to see how Martin will rebuild the program next year, when Curtis Kelly and Jacob Pullen are gone.

Photo: Getty Images

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