Posted on: June 15, 2009 4:13 pm
Edited on: June 15, 2009 5:47 pm
Notre Dame junior Luke Harangody has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to school, Irish coach Mike Brey told CBSSports.com on Monday afternoon.
"He's [coming] back," Brey said via text message.
This development will give Harangody the opportunity to leave Notre Dame as the school's all-time leading scorer.
The post player averaged 23.3 points and 11.8 rebounds last season.
Posted on: November 30, 2008 3:05 am
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -- First Tyler Hansbrough missed games with a stress reaction, and now Luke Harangody will miss games with pneumonia. So that means 40 percent of the CBSSports.com First Team All-Americans have been sidelined less than a month into the season, and is there any doubt that Blake Griffin will scratch a retina at some point next week?
I say no.
And Darren Collison and Stephen Curry had better be careful, too.
Appendicitis is always a possibility.
Anyway, I just got back from Tallahassee, where I watched Florida beat the you-know-what out of Florida State in football. Now I'll take in the final day of the Old Spice Classic here at the Disney Wide World of Sports Complex, and if you're wondering, here's the schedule:
(All times ET)
10:30 am -- Oklahoma State vs. Siena
12:30 pm -- Michigan State vs. Wichita State
5:30 pm -- Georgetown vs. Maryland
7:30 pm -- Tennessee vs. Gonzaga
Posted on: November 26, 2008 4:22 pm
Edited on: November 26, 2008 4:24 pm
If you don't think Luke Harangody is looking forward to tonight's match-up with Tyler Hansbrough, well, you must not have read my column from a couple of months ago, the one where Harangody openly discussed being overshadowed by Hansbrough despite having similar numbers.
"People say maybe I don't get as much respect as he does, that he's the player everyone is talking about," Harangody told me when I visited Notre Dame in September. "But that's just another thing that motivates me to do more."
Honestly, I can't wait for tonight.
Again, tip-off is scheduled for 10 p.m. ET.
It's as close to must-see TV as you can get for November basketball.
Posted on: November 3, 2008 1:01 pm
But that doesn't mean there shouldn't be some debate.
The reality is that when I put together my team the only must-have-players were Tyler Hansbrough, Stephen Curry and Luke Harangody. I can't understand why any ballot wouldn't include those three names, but I can't understand a lot of what happens on AP ballots. So whatever. As for Blake Griffin and Darren Collison, yes, I also featured both. But I considered teams without those names and actually almost went one of the following:
G: Darren Collison (UCLA)
G: Stephen Curry (Davidson)
To be clear, I love Griffin and Collison. But Collison's dreadful Final Four appearance is something I nearly couldn't get out of my head, and though Griffin was dominant as a freshman his numbers weren't quite as good as Hansbrough's or Harangody's. So that's why I considered dropping one or both for Harden and/or Smith. But in the end, I think I got it right. And I think the AP voters got it right, too.
So good for me.
And good for them.
And we'll just have to argue some other day.
Posted on: September 17, 2008 8:30 am
Here's Wednesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Why didn't you ask Tyler Hansbrough's little brother -- who is Luke Harangody's teammate -- who he thinks is better?
No question, I should've talked with Ben Hansbrough for the sake of the column because regardless of what he said it would've added an interesting element. So that was a mistake. But just so we're clear, I never set out to determine whether Harangody was better than Hansbrough, or vice versa. That wasn't really the point of the column as much as it was to show how there isn't much difference in the production of the two standouts, certainly not as big of a difference as there is in their reputations.
Hansbrough averaged 22.6 points and 10.2 rebounds in 33 minutes per game last season while Harangody averaged 20.4 points and 10.6 rebounds in 29 minutes per game. That's remarkably close. And yet Harangody isn't nearly as notable on the national level -- which is what I found interesting, that he's just as dominant and efficient as Hansbrough but nowhere close to the North Carolina star in stature.
Will that change this season?
Especially if Notre Dame meets expectations.
But don't get it twisted when it comes to Hansbrough. I wasn't trying to bring him down as much as I was trying to raise Harangody up, because -- as I've written many times -- Hansbrough is on track to have one of the greatest careers in the history of college basketball and thus deserving of his fame. Like him or not, the guy is really good. I just think Harangody is really good, too.