Posted on: June 10, 2008 1:05 pm
The Emmanuel Negedu Summer Tour 2008 is halfway complete.
The nation's top uncommitted incoming freshman visited Indiana last week and Georgia Tech on Monday and Tuesday. He's now scheduled to visit Tennessee today before visiting Memphis on Thursday. A decision is expected soon thereafter.
A 6-foot-7 forward, Negedu is rated as the 40th-best incoming freshman by Rivals.com.
He signed with Arizona last November but requested a release that was granted last month.
Posted on: June 5, 2008 10:53 am
Edited on: June 5, 2008 11:53 am
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Just wondering how well you think the Indiana team will be next year. With only two returning scholarship players and the house cleaning Tom Crean has done, the team will be young and inexperienced. However, this team could surprise some people and do well within Crean's guard-oriented system and with the IU faithful behind them. The possible addition of Emanuel Negedu will have an impact on Indiana's success. But I was just wondering what your expectations are and anything to watch out for.
I don't really have any expectations because when you take a job and lose everybody except two players, well, not much can be expected. The truth is that it'll be a miracle if Tom Crean fields a team that can compete for a Big Ten title or a berth in the NCAA tournament, although I should mention that when I spoke with Crean recently he promised his Hoosiers "would be better than people think." Either way, here's the bottom line: Crean's first few months on the job (and his entire first season) is going to be about laying a foundation and creating a culture much different than the culture that has plagued IU basketball. That should be the only goal this season. But I'm confident that in two or three years Crean will have Indiana basketball back in a big way because he works too hard and has too great an understanding of how this business works to not succeed at a high level. Remember, Marquette basketball was mostly irrelevant until he arrived and turned that program around, and I'm certain he'll do the same thing at Indiana, regardless of what happens on the court this season.
As for Negedu, that's going to be an interesting recruiting battle.
Though Georgia Tech is involved, most believe it'll come down to Memphis, Tennessee and Indiana, and all three schools have reason to believe they can land the former Arizona signee. The key for Memphis is new assistant Josh Pastner, who initially recruited Negedu to Arizona. The key for Tennessee is Drew Adams, a staff member who is the son of Indiana Elite coach Mark Adams; Negedu played summer basketball for Adams with the Indiana Elite. And the key for Indiana will be the Indiana Elite connection, though it's unclear in basketball circles whether Indiana Elite powerbroker Mike Barnett will be helping his good friend (John Calipari) or his local school (Indiana).
Like I said, it'll be interesting
But just know the winner of the Negedu sweepstakes will be getting a fine player who can help immediately.
Posted on: May 20, 2008 2:29 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2008 3:18 pm
Scout.com ranks Negedu as the 71st best senior in the nation.
Rivals.com has him at No. 40.
(Update: I just spoke with Negedu by phone. He said the four schools he's considering are Tennessee, Indiana, Memphis and Georgia Tech.)
Posted on: May 20, 2008 1:37 pm
Arizona signee Emmanuel Negedu has asked for a release from his letter of intent.
Arizona has reportedly promised a decision by today.
Still, Negedu is awaiting word as I type.
The 6-foot-7 forward told CBSSports.com a little while ago that he hasn't heard a thing yet. But just so we're clear, Negedu has made it clear he will not attend Arizona even if Arizona doesn't release him. So if Lute Olson planned to strong-arm the top 50 prospect into following through on his commitment, he'd better have a secondary plan because Negededu seems determined to do another year of high school if that's what it takes to not be a Wildcat.
To be continued, for sure ...
Posted on: May 18, 2008 3:57 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2008 4:25 pm
Sunday is turning out to be a big day in basketball recruiting.
Devin Ebanks has verbally committed to West Virginia.
Emmanuel Negedu has asked Arizona for a release.
That means one Top 50 player (Ebanks) is off the board and another (Negedu) is at least trying to get back on it.
So it's been a good day for West Virginia and a bad day for Arizona.
Assuming Arizona grants Negedu a release, the leading candidates to land him will be Tennessee and Indiana. If Negedu wants to play for a legitimate Final Four team, UT should be the spot. But if he wants to be a primary option from the start for a team that'll need him to be a star from the start, IU makes more sense because the Hoosiers will be seriously short-handed during Tom Crean's first season in charge.