Posted on: August 10, 2011 3:19 pm
Edited on: August 11, 2011 9:18 am
By Jeff Goodman
Andre Drummond has kept it close to the vest, made his future plans secretive beyond his inner circle.
Well, top big man in the Class of 2012 has broken his silence – and told ESPN.com’s Adam Finkelstein (the New England recruiting guru, by the way) on Wednesday afternoon that he will not go to college this fall and will instead do another year of prep school.
The talented 6-foot-10 Connecticut native is leaving St. Thomas More and heading to Wilbraham & Monson in Massachusetts to do a post-grad year.
``I just want to focus on school and basketball and get a chance to be a kid,” Drummond told ESPN.com. ``It’s been crazy, the amount of rumors that have been floating around lately, but I just try to ignore it and stay focused on what’s important.”
Drummond also revealed a college list for the first time, telling Finkelstein that he is considering home-state UConn along with Kentucky, Louisville, Georgetown and West Virginia.
However, I’m not buying that Drummond ever winds up on a college campus. If that was the case, he could – and should have just gone somewhere this season.
Instead, unless the rules change dramatically, look for Drummond to go the NBA route after this season. He would meet the current requirement - which is to be 19 years of age and also a year removed from his graduating class.
The interesting aspect of that is he’ll be somewhat of a mystery to NBA personnel – since they are unable to see him play in pep school and Drummond won’t be eligible for the McDonald’s All-American Game due to the fact he’s a fifth-year kid.
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:08 am
By Jeff Goodman
Posted on: August 4, 2011 12:39 pm
Edited on: August 5, 2011 9:54 am
By Gary Parrish
The Maui Invitational matchups are set to be released later today.
But CBSSports.com already has them for you.
According to a source, the matchups are:
The losers in all this?
Memphis and Michigan.
One of those top-20 teams is starting 0-1 in Maui.
Official Maui bracket | Early season tournament guide
Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:09 pm
Normally, when scouts who have watched a player for three or four years still can’t figure out his position, it’s a bad thing.
In the case of Kyle Anderson, it’s just another sign of his versatility.
Anderson, a 6-foot-8 St. Anthony product (N.J), has the vision and passing ability of a point guard; the scoring prowess of a wing; and the size, finishing and rebounding skills of a power forward.
Ask Anderson, though, and he knows which position he wants to play at the next level.
“Point guard,” he said. “It’s the position I’m most comfortable at.”
At the NBPA Top 100 camp two weeks ago, Anderson played that position for the majority of the event.
“I’m just trying to be unselfish, play the point guard role,” he said.
Anderson has already made plenty of advancements in the recruiting process, trimming his list to five schools earlier this spring: Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UCLA.
His potential to be a match-up problem and his passing ability would be a perfect fit for Georgetown.
“John Thompson III is a great coach, they run the Princeton offense,” Anderson said.
He also likes the way Florida head coach Billy Donovan makes players better during their time in Gainesville.
“Coach Donovan is great with player development,” Anderson said.
While Seton Hall might seem like it doesn’t belong in the same breath with the other programs, its proximity to Anderson’s Fairlawn, N.J., home could play a factor.
“It’s the hometown school, and all the guys play hard,” he said.
St. John’s emerged on the radar of several high-major prospects in the last year, as head coach Steve Lavin reeled in a nine-person class that included six players ranked in the top 100.
Anderson is impressed by the talent on the Red Storm’s roster.
“I like Coach Lavin, I like the class he has coming in,” he said.
Across the country sits UCLA, where Ben Howland has had a steady stream of pro point guards run through his program.
“Coach Howland puts point guards in the NBA,” Anderson said. “I think there’s five in the NBA right now.”
With most of the recruiting process behind him, the nation’s most versatile player is still not sure when exactly he wants to commit.
“No timetable,” Anderson said. “But before the season.”
Posted on: June 23, 2011 11:55 am
Edited on: June 23, 2011 12:19 pm
By Matt Norlander
Kevin Broadus could have been out of college basketball, easily, for five years. Even 10 -- or forever. The former Binghamton coach, who reluctantly resigned after academic and drug scandals plagued the program in the midst and wake of the first and only NCAA tournament appearance in Bearcats history, has landed at Georgetown.
Before his two-year stint at Binghamton, Broadus was an assistant at Georgetown from 2004 through 2007. He worked under John Thompson III, who hired him back this week to be a "special assistant" with the program.
The catch is, Broadus is handcuffed in his role, meaning he plagues Georgetown to a certain extent. There are no punishments he's bound to that stem from his time at Binghamton, but he can't recruit on the road because only three assistants are allowed to do that, in addition to the head coach of a program. Georgetown's Mike Brennan, Kenya Hunter and Robert Kirby already fulfill those roles.
And that's not the only restriction Broadus has. Since he's not officially an assistant on staff, he's prevented from being at coaches' meetings and from scouting opponents in-person. He's a glorified water boy with head-coaching experience. But it's better than being outside the game, for sure.
“I think that Kevin, like everyone else, has learned from things that have happened in the past,” Thompson told the Washington Post. “During his time here at Georgetown, he was invaluable to me as a sounding board, and I anticipate that being the case again.”
Thompson added: “I did not go into this naive, thinking there wouldn’t be some negative thoughts out there, negative feelings toward him. And with reason. . . . But at the end of the day, Kevin knows how we do things at Georgetown and how we don’t do things at Georgetown.”But this is tenuous, because if the NCAA were to find out about any violation of these bylaws, things could get dicey really quickly. Thompson's got to have a lot of discipline within that program to make sure he and his coaches stay on the straight and narrow. Easier said than done. How tempting is it to have Broadus sit in on meetings and talk shop? And how closely are these things monitored? Broadus is about as toxic as a coach can be without officially having NCAA punishments levied against him.
The 46-year-old Broadus is lucky. He must know that. Many more coaches have fallen off the college coaching map eternally for much less egregious deeds. It pays to have friends in good places, and Broadus certainly has that. The plan seems clear: stay on staff at Georgetown in this minimized position until one of JT3's assistants gets a promotion somewhere else. Then Broadus slides into an official assistant's role and begins to climb the ladder again.
Whether he gets another head-coaching job in D-I is suspect, but it's unlikely that's anything close to a concern of his right now.
Posted on: June 10, 2011 10:58 am
If UCLA fans expected immediate results from the hiring of Atlanta Celtics AAU coach Korey McCray as an assistant coach, they won’t get it from Jordan Adams.
Adams, who plays on the Celtics, has UCLA on his list but said the hiring of McCray wouldn’t change his perception of the Bruins.
“I think it’s great for him,” Adams said. “He knows a lot about coaching, he’s a great trainer. He will help their program out a lot.”
However, he would add: “All schools are equal.”
Adams, a 6-foot-5 small forward from Oak Hill Academy (Va.), is one of the top recruits from the South in the class of 2012. His strength and scoring ability makes him tough to guard for opposing wings. Adams doesn’t shy away from contact around the basket and can also knock down perimeter shots.
He will never be mistaken for someone who can jump out of the gym, but that doesn’t faze him.
“[I’m a] shooter, rebounder, scorer. An unathletic skilled guard,” Adams said. When questioned about his lack of athleticism, he quipped: “I am, but I’m not gonna dunk on no one.”
The Atlanta Celtics were one of the “preseason” favorites for the No. 1 spot in AAU basketball, but they have struggled against the elite teams. With the talent on the roster, though, a big-time summer could be in order.
The same could be said for Adams, who commented that he hasn’t really broken out yet.
“Being selfish, really,” Adams said when asked what he needs to work on. “I like to get teammates involved, but you never get noticed for those things – like LeBron the other day.”
Plenty of schools have already liked what they saw from Adams, who listed Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami (Fl.), Memphis, Georgetown, Tennessee and UCLA. He said there were other schools in the mix too, but he forgot them.
Although he doesn’t have any favorites, Adams does plan on visiting Memphis at the end of June. If everything goes well, he said there is a chance he might commit to the Tigers.
“There could be [a chance],” Adams said. “[I need to see] things I’ve never seen at other colleges. They’ve been attractive to me for awhile.”
Damien Wilson, Adams’ teammate on the AAU and high school scene, committed to Josh Pastner and Memphis last month. Not surprisingly, that could play a factor in where Adams ends up.
“Yes, that’s [going to play] a big role,” he said. “I want to play on a wing across from him.”
Adams has already taken visits to UCLA, Georgia and Miami, with the Bruins and Hurricanes standing out.
“The coaches are honest, cool and I like their programs,” he said.
While there is no timetable for a decision, Adams was succinct when asked what he was looking for in a school. “Good coaching, a winning season,” he said.
McCray’s presence at UCLA seems like it will keep the Bruins in the hunt for Adams, but Westwood – and many other schools – will have to wait and see.
Photo: Brian Ing/SL
Posted on: June 9, 2011 4:22 pm
Edited on: June 9, 2011 4:37 pm
After leading the Elite Youth Basketball League in scoring – with no one even close to him – it’s clear Omar Calhoun will be able to make an immediate impact at the next level.
The 6-foot-5 Calhoun averaged 25.0 points in the 15 EYBL games, including a 38-point performance in April and a 31-point performance in the next-to-last game over Memorial Day weekend.
On Thursday, Calhoun took a surprise visit to Connecticut.
“He just finished,” Omar Calhoun Sr. said. “The visit went well.”
For several months, Calhoun has had a long list of schools under consideration, but that group has been trimmed.
According to his father, the schools Calhoun is focused on are North Carolina, Kentucky, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, Villanova, West Virginia, Seton Hall, Maryland and Georgetown.
“Those are the guys we built the best relationship with,” Calhoun Sr. said.
Calhoun, a shooting guard from Christ the King (N.Y.), has taken trips to North Carolina, Pitt, Villanova, Connecticut and Seton Hall.
No schools stand out in particular right now.
“All the schools I listed are on equal playing ground,” Calhoun Sr. said.
Posted on: June 6, 2011 10:58 am
RALEIGH, N.C. – It certainly doesn’t take long to see why Devonta Pollard is one of the fastest-rising players in the class of 2012.
Pollard, a 6-foot-7 forward from Kemper County (Miss.), immediately impresses due to his long and lean frame, and his eye-popping athleticism. But he’s more than just a talent on paper.
Need to see him make a play in the paint? Pollard outleaps everyone and finishes well above the rim.
Need to see him get other players involved? Pollard draws the defense and finds a wide-open teammate near the bucket with an excellent jump-pass.
Need to see him extend his game to the perimeter? Pollard knocks down a couple of outside jumpers with range.
Of course, with all of his talents, Pollard draws attention because of his versatility. He might be the most explosive leaper in the country, but his dexterity around the rim and ability to knock down jumpers make him a must-have prospect.
“I think of myself as a three man,” Pollard said at last weekend's Tournament of Champions, where he led the Southern Phenoms to the U-17 title. “I’m being recruited as a three.”
Among the schools recruiting him include Mississippi State, Alabama, Georgetown, Mississippi, LSU, Kentucky and Missouri.
Pollard insists he has no favorites, and will take his time with a decision.
“I want to take some more visits, then make a decision in my senior year,” he said.
While roundball is in his immediate future, Pollard said the factors that go into his college choice will include more than just the basketball program and coaching staff.
Academics are important to Pollard.
“I don’t want to just be good at basketball,” he said.
For now, he’s more than just “good” when it comes to the hardwood. Pollard is a lock to be ranked in everyone’s top 20 after the spring and summer.
While it’s a nice feeling, Pollard said the high rankings also motivate him.
“It’s good,” he said. “But it also lets me know that I have to work harder."