Posted on: September 5, 2010 11:53 pm
Edited on: September 5, 2010 11:55 pm

Arkansas adds elite Class of 2011 PG

Class of 2011 standout B.J. Young ended his recruitment this weekend by committing to Arkansas during an official visit to campus, Scout.com's Dave Telep reported Sunday.

"My family and I came down here and I fit in well," Young told Scout.com. "I've been liking Arkansas since I was little. I want to win the SEC."

Young is the third Class of 2011 prospect to commit to Arkansas, and all three are in MaxPreps.com's top 100. The high-scoring point guard from Missouri is ranked 49th at MaxPreps.com. Scout.com has Young 17th while Rivals.com has him 18th. In addition to Arkansas, Young reportedly had offers from Indiana, Cincinnati, Marquette, Baylor, Illinois and at least 10 other schools.
Posted on: August 12, 2010 11:53 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2010 1:35 am

MTV to film reality series on HS power in Memphis

Where Class of 2011 standout Adonis Thomas will play college basketball remains unclear.

But this much is certain: He'll be a TV star by the time he arrives on campus.

Melrose High coach Jermaine Johnson told CBSSports.com on Thursday that his Memphis-based program -- headlined by Thomas, a consensus top 10 national recruit -- will be the subject of a reality series scheduled to start shooting next week and air later this year or next year on MTV. According to Johnson, the show will be similar to the wildy popular "Two-A-Days" series MTV did on the Hoover (Ala.) High football team in 2006 -- main difference being that this version, which is yet to be named, will chronicle the lives of innercity minorities trying to repeat as state champions.

"Everybody is so excited," Johnson said. "It's going to be huge."

So what about Thomas and his future?

Johnson said his star prospect still hasn't narrowed his list of potential colleges, that all the schools that have been heavily recruiting the 6-foot-6 wing remain involved -- among them Memphis, Tennessee, Ohio State, Florida, Arkansas, and Kentucky. Truth is, most insiders believe it will be difficult to pry Thomas out of Memphis considering four of his summer teammates (Joe Jackson, Chris Crawford, Jelan Kendrick and Tarik Black) are now freshmen in Josh Pastner's program, but that theory hasn't stopped many from seriously pursuing the likely McDonald's All-American.

Johnson said the latest to make a move is UCLA.

"Ben Howland has been relentless," Johnson said. "He's made Adonis his top target."
Posted on: June 1, 2010 1:10 pm

Moultrie to take visits before committing

UTEP transfer Arnett Moultrie remains undecided about his next college and now plans to visit multiple schools before enrolling anywhere, his mentor, Sorrell Valentine, told CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

"At first he wanted to enroll in summer school in June," Valentine said. "But now he's going to take a few visits before he decides anything."

Valentine's comments come after a Memorial Day weekend during which various sources told CBSSports.com that Moultrie was leaning toward registering for summer school at Mississippi State on Tuesday. Valentine neither confirmed nor denied such was ever a plan. All he said is that Moultrie is not in school at Mississippi State, and that the 6-foot-11 forward will now take visits before settling on a destination.

Among the schools believed to be involved with Moultrie are Mississippi State, Arkansas, Texas, Memphis, Tennessee and Kentucky. The Memphis native averaged 9.8 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore at UTEP. Moultrie will sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules and be eligible with two years remaining in 2011-12 provided he transfers to a school with a release. It's unclear which schools have requested and received releases. But it's worth noting that Valentine said UTEP has released Moultrie to Mississippi State after initially declining to do so. Memphis does not have a release because it is, like UTEP, a C-USA school.
Posted on: May 12, 2010 10:35 am
Edited on: May 12, 2010 12:07 pm

Moultrie's recruitment intensifying

Former UTEP standout Arnett Moultrie has developed into the hottest transfer on the market.

Most high-major programs in the south -- Tennessee, Memphis, Kentucky, Texas, etc., -- have inquired about the 6-foot-11 forward since the Memphis native withdrew from the NBA Draft last week and announced he would not return to UTEP. And though Moultrie's hometown school remains in play, developments over the past 48 hours suggest Mississippi State and Arkansas have made strong pushes and positioned themselves well.

Still, there could be an issue.

Sources told CBSSports.com on Wednesday that -- in addition to Memphis and other C-USA schools -- UTEP might not release Moultrie to Mississippi State or Arkansas. In that case, Moultrie would not be allowed to be on scholarship next year at either school. He would also lose a year of eligibility.

Why is Moultrie such a commodity?

He's a tall and skilled future NBA player who is being viewed by most as a Class of 2011 one-and-done prospect, as a guy who will sit out next year (per NCAA transfer rules) before having the same kind of impact in 2011-12 that Ekpe Udoh had at Baylor. Moultrie and Udoh aren't similar players, but they're simiar talents. Which is why coaches will spend Wednesday continuing to jockey for position, and this recruitment could turn 100 different ways before it ends, and there's no telling when it will end.

Fall classes don't start until August.

Moultrie and his people can be patient, if they want.
Posted on: January 23, 2010 1:01 am
Edited on: January 23, 2010 1:25 am

No, I can't see it happening

A few of you have asked if I think Arkansas can keep Kentucky from moving to No. 1.

My answer: Absolutely not.

I mean, why would that happen?

The Razorbacks have been competitive lately, sure. But they played a tough game against (and lost to) Florida on Thursday, and they had to spend Friday traveling to Lexington. Meantime, Kentucky has had a week to rest and prepare. And the Wildcats still have John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins, Patrick Patterson and Eric Bledsoe. So it's not difficult to see why UK is a 16-point favorite at Sportsbook.com, and that number alone should serve as a good indication that John Calipari's team will win this game.

My prediction: Kentucky 84, Arkansas 69.

Then on Monday, the Wildcats will move to No. 1 in the AP and Coaches polls.

(They're already No. 1 in the Top 25 (and one) )

Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 17, 2009 10:58 pm
Edited on: November 17, 2009 11:02 pm

Pitino: 'We're a great shooting team'

ST. LOUIS -- Louisville took 38 3-pointers, made 15 of them. And though those numbers are inflated because Arkansas played a soft 2-3 zone out of necessity, they aren't numbers you're guaranteed to never see again.

"We're a great shooting team," Rick Pitino said afterward.

At this point, there's no reason to argue.

The Cardinals took advantage of an Arkansas team down five players (suspended for various reasons) and cruised to a 96-66 season opening victory in the first game of this double-header here at the Scottrade Center. It was the type of debut that suggested the Cardinals haven't been distracted by their wacky offseason, and the best part is that the 15 3-pointers were spread throughout the team.

Jerry Smith and Reginald Delk each sank four.

Preston Knowles hit three.

Edgar Sosa and Jared Swopshire both hit two.

Add it up, and that's five players who hit at least two 3-pointers.

And that's why these revamped Louisville Cardinals could be tough to handle this season.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 13, 2009 10:58 pm
Edited on: November 14, 2009 8:32 am

Yep, Rotnei Clarke can shoot it alright

John Calipari's Dribble-Drive Motion offense is rooted in the AASAA offense created by UMass assistant Vance Walberg, and the two men are really good friends. They talk all the time, discuss strategy non-stop. But their thoughts on recruiting for the offense have greatly differed in the past, so much so that I can remember Walberg telling me how he begged Calipari to sacrifice a 6-foot-5 athlete for a shooter even if the shooter couldn't do anything but shoot.

Walberg has forever believed a shooter is crucial.

Calipari finally bought in during the summer of 2007 and started recruiting a straight-up shooter.

The shooter's name was Rotnei Clarke.

Calipari didn't get him, of course; Clarke signed with John Pelphrey's Arkansas Razorbacks.

Either way, the sophomore showed Friday why he was a target for a program searching for a shooter by burying a SEC-record 13 3-pointers and finishing with 51 points in a 130-68 victory over Alcorn State. Clarke was 15-of-21 from the field, 13-of-17 from 3-point range and 8-of-9 from the free throw line. He also had five assists and two steals to overtake Ohio State's Evan Turner in the race to see who can have the best box score against Alcorn State.

(Turner had 14 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in Monday's win over the Braves; that currently ranks second. Kansas' Cole Aldrich gets his chance Dec. 2. UTEP's Randy Culpepper takes a shot Dec. 19.)

"Damn," read the text-message I got from Clarke's former summer coach, Wes Grandstaff, when I asked whether he knew Clarke was approaching 50 points; Grandstaff coached Clarke and Oklahoma star Willie Warren in the summer of 2007. "[The most Clarke ever got for me was] in the 40s."

(Note: Click this link to read a column I did on Clarke in July 2007, back when he was trying to decide whether to accept a high-major offer or join his father, who is on staff at Oral Roberts.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: November 10, 2009 4:54 pm
Edited on: November 10, 2009 4:56 pm

Arkansas suspends five players

Remember that column two months ago about Arkansas' offseason problems? On Tuesday, John Pelphrey delivered the punishment for their indiscretions by suspending five players for various amounts of time -- among them double-digit scorers Courtney Fortson and Stefan Welsh. Both starters are suspended indefinitely.

"In the course of this process, we analyzed each student-athlete's situation independently and made determinations based on each set of circumstances," Pelphrey said in a released statement. "We will continue to address disciplinary matters in a straight-forward manner and take action when players do not meet the expectations of conduct required of our student-athletes. Our program remains committed to representing the University of Arkansas, individually and collectively, in an appropriate manner."

Arkansas opens the season Friday against Alcorn State.
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