Tag:Robert Vaden
Posted on: November 26, 2008 6:08 pm

More on C-USA, specifically recruiting

Beyond UAB's huge opportunity tonight when it plays Oklahoma at Madison Square Garden, there are other reasons for C-USA fans to be excited about the future of their league because things do seem to be trending upward. To be clear, it'll never be what it was, because that's not possible with Louisville, Marquette and Cincinnati gone. But what it can be is much better, and it seems it will be based on the way recruiting has gone and is going.

Consider: Two of the nation's top six prospects -- Xavier Henry and DeMarcus Cousins -- have committed to play in C-USA next season (at Memphis and at UAB), and no other league has two of the top 10. Does that mean C-USA is on the verge of leapfrogging the ACC? Of course not. But it's a start, and when you combine that with Marshall's signing of Hassan Whiteside (13th-ranked center), Rice's signing of Arsalan Kazemi (30th-ranked power forward) and UCF's signing of Keith Clanton (MVP of last summer's AAU National Tournament) it's pretty clear C-USA is in for a talent upgrade over the next year.

But let's not get too far ahead of ourselves.

Tonight, the focus will be on UAB and Robert Vaden and a match-up with OU's Blake Griffin.

"Griffin is one of the best players in the country," said UAB coach Mike Davis. "But we think (Vaden) is one of the best in the country, too."

Posted on: October 15, 2008 6:32 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2008 6:42 pm

Maybe he was just celebrating prematurely

Just days before being named the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year, UAB's Robert Vaden was in Indiana kicking it with friends to the extent that he was arrested on a preliminary charge of public intoxication.

Sounds like fun to me!

In all seriousness, the details are sketchy so I probably shouldn't joke. But unless a guy is drunk behind the wheel of a car, drunk hitting a girl or drunk and being a total idiot I find it difficult to get too worked up about it. I mean, let he who has never spent a weekend night drunk in public cast the first stone, right? But on the other hand, when you are Robert Vaden or any bigtime college basketball player it is important to know that any slip-up (regardless of how small) can garner national headlines and reflect poorly on your school. So for that reason it's fair to criticize the high-scoring guard for being stupid and careless, if nothing else.

Now the bad news: Vaden is expected in Memphis on Thursday for C-USA Media, which is being held at FedExForum just off Beale Street, i.e., where the bars stay open till 5 a.m. and people routinely drink heavily, as do goats. (Yes, there are really goats that drink beer.) Beale Street is a dangerous place for a man who can't hold his liquor. So it'll be interesting to see whether Vaden can avoid trouble while in town.

It'll be tough, I imagine.

But either way I wish him luck.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Robert Vaden, UAB
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