Tag:Abdul Gaddy
Posted on: October 29, 2008 12:58 am

Former Arizona recruit headed to Washington

Abdul Gaddy is committed again ... this time to Washington.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Tacoma, Wash., told Scout.com late Tuesday that he will sign with the Huskies next month, choosing the in-state program over UCLA. Gaddy had been committed to Arizona, but he decommitted shortly after Lute Olson's announced retirement.

Gaddy is rated as the ninth-best player in the Class of 2009.

His commitment means 13 of Scout.com's top 20 are now off the board.

Here's an updated look at Scout.com's top 20 prospects with their college situation in parenthesis:

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Washington)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)

12. Daniel Orton (committed to Kentucky)

13. Jordan Hamilton (committed to Texas)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

16. Wally Judge (committed to Kansas State)

17. Dante Taylor (committed to Pittsburgh)

18. Dexter Strickland (committed to North Carolina)

19. Mason Plumlee (committed to Duke)

20. Thomas Robinson (committed to Kansas)

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 28, 2008 1:45 pm
Edited on: October 28, 2008 4:31 pm

Could Arizona's situation be as bad as IU's?

Abdul Gaddy's decommitment has left Arizona with no pledged recruits for the Class of 2009.

That's not good.

And what it means is that the man who eventually replaces Lute Olson on a permanent basis will inherit something better than the mess Tom Crean took over at Indiana, but probably not by much. At this point you have to assume Chase Budinger and Jordan Hill will enter the NBA Draft unless either has some weird desire to play for four different coaches in four years, and Nic Wise might also be a risk to depart given how he nearly bailed on the program this offseason.

Would Jeff Withey hang around?

What about Jamelle Horne?

Honestly, it's hard to say.

But the fact that Arizona's three-man recruiting class of Gaddy, Mike Moser and Solomon Hill disappeared within days of Olson's retirement last week is going to make it difficult for the Wildcats to avoid the Pac-10's basement during the 2009-10 season. That's why Olson's timing on all this was horrendous, not because of how it will affect this team but because of how it ruined the Class of 2009 and will put his successor way behind on the Class of 2010. In other words, Arizona is losing six months of prime recruiting time while everybody else plugs away, and that's going to make an impression on the program that will take years to overcome.

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: October 24, 2008 4:01 pm

Arizona's recruiting class is disappearing

Arizona's recruiting class is falling apart, as predicted.

Scout.com is reporting that both Mike Moser and Solomon Hill -- a pair of top 65 national prospects -- have decommitted from the Arizona program since Lute Olson's Thursday retirement, leaving Abdul Gaddy as the only Class of 2009 product still verbally committed to the Wildcats. However, a source has told CBSSports.com that Gaddy will also likely decommit soon, and that UCLA is emerging as a probable destination.

Gaddy, a point guard from Tacoma, Wash., is ranked as the ninth-best prospect in the Class of 2009.

Arizona will announce later today that assistant Russ Pennell will coach the Wildcats on an interim basis.

Posted on: September 15, 2008 11:24 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2008 11:26 pm

From bad to good in a matter of hours

How did Lute Olson respond to news that he is being investigated for a possible NCAA violation?

By landing a huge commitment, of course.

Though the timing is probably a coincidence, Arizona's bad day turned good quickly when Scout.com's Evan Daniels reported Monday night that Abdul Gaddy has committed to the Wildcats. Gaddy is considered to be the second best point guard in the Class of 2009, ranked only behind John Wall. He chose the Wildcats over UCLA and immediately made Arizona fans rejoice despite earlier news that the school has reported an apparent violation by Olson.

According to the report, a letter featuring the electronic signature of Olson was sent to boosters asking for a donation to Jim Storey's Arizona Cactus Classic basketball tournament, held last May at Arizona's McKale Center. NCAA rules prohibit institutional representatives or boosters from arranging financial assistance for potential recruits. And though Olson denied any knowledge of the letter, Arizona athletic director Jim Livengood told the Pac-10 office that "others inside and outside of the department stated that they thought that (Olson) had requested that the letter be sent."

In other words, Livengood isn't buying Olson's story. So the investigation will continue. But in the meantime Arizona fans can celebrate because the commitment of a big recruit followed the news of a possible recruiting violation, and the former tends to trump the latter ... or at least make fans not care quite so much.

Posted on: August 11, 2008 2:21 am

Bradley/Gaddy win gold at Nike Global Challenge

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The Nike Global Challenge is over.

The winner: A team from the United States.

The reasons: Avery Bradley and Abdul Gaddy.

The Bellarmine Prep (Tacoma, Wash.) teammates were impressive again Sunday night, leading their team to a 117-104 victory over another team from the United States in the title game of this three-day event. Bradley had 25 points, four rebounds and four assists while Gaddy finished with 12 points and seven assists. They earned co-MVP honors and offset a 29-point effort from DeMarcus Cousins, whose skills are as good as his attitude is bad.

That's the thing about Cousins, if you don't mind me saying.

He's so gifted and physically dominant it's hard to imagine him not succeeding in this sport, but he really could use an attitude adjustment. The 6-foot-10 forward from Alabama (committed to UAB) always looks angry and always seems upset about something, and I might not have even noticed if it wasn't for the fact that Cousins spent the weekend surrounded by some remarkably mature and pleasant teammates whose examples he'd be wise to follow.

Take Roger Franklin, for instance.

He's a 6-5 forward from Texas who -- you recruiting buffs will be glad to know -- has narrowed his list of potential colleges to Indiana, Michigan State, Oklahoma, Arizona and Oklahoma State. I spent some time with Franklin late Sunday and walked away impressed with how he handled himself, how genuinely happy he seemed to be experiencing the things he's experiencing and how respectful he was to any fan or reporter who wanted to talk.

Will Franklin ever be a college All-American?

I don't know.

Is his ceiling as high as Cousins?

Absolutely not.

But if I was a college coach I'd love to have Roger Franklin on my team.

And I'd be just as leery of having DeMarcus Cousins unless that tough-guy persona disappears soon.

Posted on: July 31, 2008 7:12 pm
Edited on: August 1, 2008 1:09 am

Memphis could be out of Wall/Gaddy sweepstakes

Thursday was a bad day for Memphis.

First, Baylor hired John Wall's AAU coach, Dwon Clifton, meaning the nation's No. 1 point guard will soon commit to the Bears -- and not Memphis -- barring some major surprise. If that wasn't bad enough, the school then had to report an apparent NCAA violation because FedEx Express president and CEO David Bronczek placed a phone call earlier this month to Oseye Gaddy, a FedEx customer service representative who works in Tacoma, Wash., and just so happens to be the mother of Abdul Gaddy, the nation's No. 2 point guard.

According to the NCAA, that's a no-no because Bronczek is considered a Memphis booster and boosters are not allowed to contact recruits or the family of recruits to talk basketball, which Bronczek did. Consequently, it's possible Memphis will be forced to cease its recruitment of Gaddy, per the NCAA rulebook. So that means Memphis might've lost the No. 1 and No. 2 point guards in the country in a matter of hours Thursday, which was bad news for everybody related to the UofM program.

Except veteran point guard Willie Kemp, of course.

Category: NCAAB
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