Posted on: April 21, 2011 3:05 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2011 3:22 pm
Texas freshman Tristan Thompson will not return for his sophomore season because he's entering the NBA Draft, the Austin American Statesman newspaper reported Thursday.
Thompson averaged 13.1 points and 7.8 rebounds for the Longhorns last season.
The 6-foot-8 forward told reporters he would return to school after UT's final game, but he has since changed his mind. Most mock drafts have him projected to be picked in the first round. The Longhorns now turn their attention to waiting to see whether Jordan Hamilton will follow Thompson's lead or instead return to Austin for his junior season.
The deadline to declare for the NBA Draft is Sunday.
Posted on: October 9, 2008 6:59 pm
Edited on: October 9, 2008 7:04 pm
Two elite prospects came off the board Thursday when Ryan Kelly and Jordan Hamilton announced their destinations.
Kelly is a 6-10 power forward from North Carolina ranked 11th in the Class of 2009. He picked Duke. Hamilton is a 6-7 small forward from California ranked 13th in the Class of 2009. He picked Texas. That means the Blue Devils and Longhorns now both have commitments from multiple top 20 prospects.
Here's an updated look at Scout.com's top 20 from the Class of 2009 ...
(Note: North Carolina, Duke and Texas are the only programs with multiple Top 20 prospects.)
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 Arizona)
10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)
11. Ryan Kelly (committed to Duke)
12. Daniel Orton (uncommitted)
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 (uncommitted)
Posted on: September 12, 2008 1:52 pm
Edited on: September 12, 2008 2:13 pm
It's a big football weekend at Southern California.
Perhaps you've heard.
But it's worth noting that Tim Floyd, Bob Cantu and the rest of the USC basketball staff will also have a lot at stake over the next 48 hours as the Trojans host what could be the best group of recruits to visit a campus at one time in the history of the sport. There is no way to prove that statement, of course. But if you know of a school that has ever produced a more significant list of visitors feel free to shoot me a note and let me know
Anyway here's a list of basketball prospects expected to be at USC-Ohio State game.
(Class ranking, if available, in parenthesis)
-- 2009 --
-- 2010 --
-- 2011 --
Add it up, and that's nine prospects ranked in the Top 85 of their respective classes -- including five Top 15 guys -- expected to be on campus in either an official or unoffical capacity -- plus Caudill, who is considered one of the better sophomores in the nation (it's just that Scout.com and Rivals.com only rank sophomores through the Top 10, and he's not in that group). So, like I said, this is a huge weekend for USC basketball. And with that, let's get back to the Beanie Wells Watch, can we?
Posted on: August 11, 2008 3:25 pm
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Here's Monday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: If you find any video of the scuffle at the Nike Global Challenge, please post it. I would love to see that.
Alas, I still haven't seen a video.
But I do have more details.
A source close to the situation (really close; like right there) said Sunday morning that he saw the whole thing go down, and that Hamilton -- contrary to his quote -- might've, well, actually started it. I'll try to explain. But the first thing you need to know is that the Serbian team was feisty and rough and unafraid of contact. I like those dudes. But Hamilton didn't enjoy their enthusiasm nearly as much, and after finding himself on the floor alongside a similarly tripped-up Serbian for the second time in a short span he -- again, according to a source close to the incident -- pushed the Serbian's face down into the court as he was getting up, like tried to shove the guy's nose straight through the wood.
That's when the other Serbian charged Hamilton and took a swing.
Then Roscoe Smith grabbed the ball and threw it at him.
And I sure hope the Olympics are this interesting.
Posted on: August 10, 2008 11:53 am
Edited on: August 10, 2008 10:27 pm
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- We nearly had an international incident Saturday night.
"I didn't start it," said Jordan Hamilton.
And that's true, by the way.
But everything happened so fast it was hard for anybody watching courtside to make out what exactly happened. That said, the result was that something led to a Serbian player charging Hamilton and taking a swing before Roscoe Smith, Hamilton's teammate, grabbed the ball, hurled it at him like a minor league pitcher from Peoria and nearly set off a full-fledged brawl during the second semifinal of the Nike Global Challenge.
It was bananas, I tell you. And it got crazier when, after a questionable call a few minutes later, the Serbian coach pulled his team off the court to protest and threatened to walk, forcing Nike's Raphael Chillious to step in.
"He said he was pulling his team," Chillious explained. "I said 'OK, but you'll lose.'"
Faced with this simple reality, the Serbian coach decided to send his team back onto the court after a seven-minute delay, proving the idea of losing is terrible in any language. "Diplomacy," Chillious said with a smile. And even the public address announcer chimed in when the third quarter finally ended.
"At the end of a spirited third quarter," he said, "USA 59, Serbia 56."
(Interesting side note: This is the Nike Global Challenge and practically everybody within a 30-mile radius is decorated in swooshes, which is why it's hilarious to see the Serbian team wearing Adidas gear. I know this might not sound like much. But try to imagine a kid showing up at a New York Yankees Camp wearing a Boston Red Sox jersey, and then imagine him nearly starting a fight. The scenarios are similar. It's good stuff.)
Anyway, the United States team -- minus Hamilton, who was ejected -- went on to win behind stellar performances from Abdul Gaddy and Avery Bradley. That set-up Sunday's championship game between them and another United States team (featuring Tommy Mason-Griffin, Harrison Barnes and Mason Plumlee) that is scheduled to tip at 11 p.m. ET.
With any luck, both coaches will keep their teams on the court the entire time.
If not, Chillious should be available to broker peace.
Posted on: August 9, 2008 8:16 pm
Edited on: August 10, 2008 10:28 pm
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- John Wall finally announced a college decision Saturday afternoon.
No, it wasn't his decision, silly.
It was Jordan Hamilton's.
"I think he's going to Texas," Wall said. "I think that's where he's going."
So that's the (somewhat) big news coming out of the Nike Global Challenge, a three-day event here in the shadows of Nike's headquarters featuring three teams from the United States competing against squads from Senegal, Serbia, Canada, Puerto Rico and Lithuania. After Wall got 11 points, five assists and six steals in 23 minutes to lead his team to an 86-72 win over Puerto Rico, he disclosed Hamilton's future college -- though Hamilton is yet to confirm, it's worth noting -- and then made time to discuss his own roller-coaster ride of a recruitment with great candor.
A 6-foot-3 point guard, Wall has been thrust into the spotlight recently for three reasons:
1. He's the No. 1 prospect in America.
2. Baylor just hired one of his AAU coaches, Dwon Clifton, to be its director of player development.
3. His other AAU coach, Brian Clifton, is a former licensed sports agent, as CBSSports.com reported Friday.
Those developments have put Wall in the position of having multiple fan bases -- and to a lesser degree the entire recruiting world -- hang on his every move. It's strange, he admitted, particularly considering that this time two years ago he was a mostly unknown commodity outside of his home state of North Carolina.
"It's been kinda hard," Wall said. "But when you get on the basketball court you just have to block it out."
As for his recruitment, Wall acknowledged Baylor's hiring of Dwon Clifton matters.
Big surprise, huh?
"It might give them a little edge because (Dwon has) helped me out a lot," Wall said. "He's my AAU coach. He talked me through a lot and worked me out and things like that. I feel like all the schools are the same. But (Dwon) gave (Baylor) a little bit of an edge."
So there you go, Baylor fans.
You have the edge.
But the bad news for the Bears is that Wall said he's not ready to commit and that he will take official visits.
"I think I'll visit Memphis, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas and Kentucky," he said. "And I was talking to Jordan Hamilton and he asked me if I'd put (Texas) back into the mix. So I think I'm gonna give them a look, too. ... But I don't have a timetable (on a decision). ... It could be right before basketball season or during basketball season. It could be anytime."
In other words, stay tuned.