Tag:July Recruiting Period
Posted on: July 15, 2010 4:15 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2010 4:15 pm

Peach Jam title game on TV

Team Takeover will play the St. Louis Eagles in the title game of the Peach Jam tonight.

Tip-off is at 7 on ESPU.

The best player on the court will be Brad Beal.

He's a shooting guard who has already committed to Florida.
Posted on: July 12, 2010 12:02 pm

Ban early scholarship offers? Good luck, NCAA

How can it be enforced?

That's the first question a coached asked me when a recent conversation turned to the fact that the NCAA is considering banning scholarship offers to recruits before July 1 in the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. Naturally, I just shrugged my shoulders, because the kind of scholarship offers the NCAA is trying to ban aren't binding anyway, and the end result of this rule would almost certainly turn into a lesson in semantics.

For instance ...

Coach: Son, we really like you and would love for you to play for us one day. As you know, I can't offer you a scholarship for another year because of an NCAA rule. But I can tell you that I'd love for you to enroll at my school when you graduate high school. Just know that there will be a spot for you.

Recruit: Coach, that's awesome news. I know you can't offer a scholarship now because of an NCAA rule, but I hear what you're saying. So I want you to know that when I graduate high school I'm going to play for you. I realize you haven't offered me a scholarship. But if you think I deserve one when I graduate, I trust that you'll give me one.

Now everybody knows what just happened there, right?

But did the coach violate the rule? Even if he did, could the NCAA ever prove it?

And that, ultimately, is the problem with the proposed rule.

It's not that it's a bad rule.

It's that it would be impossible to enforce.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: July 10, 2010 11:23 pm

Coach K lands a third Plumlee

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski secured a third commitment from the Plumlee family Saturday when Marshall Plumlee told Scout.com that he plans to sign with the Blue Devils in November.

Marshall Plumlee is the  younger brother of Duke forwards Miles and Mason Plumlee.

The 7-foot center is rated 40th by Scout.com and 81st by MaxPreps.com in the Class of 2011.

He chose Duke over Virginia.
Posted on: July 8, 2010 8:48 am

Will there be riots outside my hotel tonight?

CLEVELAND -- I made my way from Akron to Cleveland Wednesday afternoon, spent the night here, and now I'm heading over to the King City Classic at Cleveland State, where some of the best high school prospects in America will be playing.

And yet nobody cares.

All anybody here can think about or wants to talk about is LeBron James.

Is he staying?

Is he going?

Does he really even know yet?

It's a nervous city right now to say the least.

It'll be interesting to see which way things go, and if riots outside my downtown hotel will follow.
Posted on: July 7, 2010 9:43 am
Edited on: July 7, 2010 9:53 am

Off to a slow/boring start this July

AKRON, Ohio -- The LeBron James Skills Academy has traditionally been one of my favorite events.

This year, not so much.

The first problem is that for the second straight July the event is not "certified" with the NCAA, meaning college coaches aren't allowed to attend. So there are no college coaches here. The second problem is that most of the nation's top recruits -- among them Michael Gilchrist, Marquise Teague and Adonis Thomas -- are in Germany playing for USA Basketball in the FIBA U17 World Championship. Consequently, only three of MaxPreps.com's top 10 prospects from the Class of 2011 (No. 4 Wayne Blackshear, No. 7 P.J. Hairston and No. 8 Myck Kabongo) are in Akron. The third problem is that Nike only invited returning college players (i.e., no incoming freshmen) to work out at this event, meaning there are no guaranteed lottery picks in attendance. Contrast that to two summers ago when the list of college players included Stephen Curry, Jonny Flynn, James Harden, Hasheem Thabeet, Tyreke Evans, DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Williams, and it's easy to see this group is relatively weak. And the fourth problem is that the media is no longer allowed to watch the evening pickup games between the college players and professionals, presumably because of last year's public relations nightmare sparked by the confiscated tape of Jordan Crawford dunking on the man whose Twitter handle is now KingJames. In other words, the best stuff is off-limits to writers.

Add it up, and I'm kind of bored.

But I'll be at the King City Classic in Cleveland on Thursday, the River City Showdown in Memphis on Friday, the Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, S.C. next week, and Las Vegas for the adidas Super 64 from July 22-26. So things will improve, I'm certain. Or, at least, I'm hopeful. In the meantime, I'll just settle for watching LeBron walk in and out of a gym. Headed to do that now.
Posted on: July 6, 2010 10:53 am
Edited on: July 6, 2010 10:54 am

The start of the July recruiting period

AKRON, Ohio -- I'm here at the LeBron James Skills Academy for the next two days.

Then it's off to Cleveland for the King City Classic.

Then I'm at the Nike Peach Jam next week.

Then it's off to Las Vegas.

I'll be writing columns and blogging the entire month, and all that will be posted here. But the best place to get the kind of informative and completely unnecessary information that only I can provide in 160 characters will be on Twitter. So click this link to follow me on Twitter. And I'll do my best to hold up my end of the deal.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: June 21, 2010 1:54 pm
Edited on: June 21, 2010 1:55 pm

My July recruiting schedule is set

I spent part of this morning finalizing flights, hotels and rental cars for the July recruiting period, and I figured I'd let you know where I'm going to spend much of next month sitting with coaches as they evaluate the top prospects from the Class of 2011, 2012 and 2013.

So here you go:

July 6-7: LeBron James Skill Academy in Akron, Ohio
July 8-9: King City Classic in Cleveland, Ohio
July 12-15: Nike Peach Jam in North Augusta, South Carolina
July 22-26: Adidas Super 64 in Las Vegas

I could add some small events near my home if time permits.

But for now, that's the schedule.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 3, 2009 10:49 am
Edited on: August 3, 2009 10:50 am

Updated rankings from the National Hoops Report

Justin Young of the National Hoops Report is in the process of unveiling is updated Class of 2010 rankings.

Thus far, he's counted down from No. 25 to No. 6.

That means the top five remain.

And t's clear, by proces of elimination, that the top five (in some order) will be Harrison Barnes, Perry Jones, Brandon Knight, Fab Melo and Jared Sullinger. Of that group, three (Barnes, Knight and Melo) remain uncommitted. Jones is committed to Baylor. Sullinger is committed to Ohio State.

The following is how Young ranked No. 6 through No. 25:

6. Will Barton (committed to Memphis )
7. Reggie Bullock (committed to North Carolina )
8. Adreian Payne
9. Joe Jackson
10. Tony Mitchell
11. Tobias Harris
12. Jelan Kendrick
13. Kyrie Irving
14. Dwight Powell
15. Tristan Thompson (committed to Texas )
16. Deshaun Thomas (committed to Ohio State )
17. Doron Lamb
18. Dion Waiters (committed to Syracuse )
19. Josh Selby
20. Patric Young (committed to Florida )
21. Cameron Clark
22. Kendall Marshall (committed to North Carolina )
23. Terrence Jones
24. Keala King
25. Justin Coleman

The biggest mover on that list is Joe Jackson -- the tiny and explosive point guard from Memphis.

Jackson led the Memphis Magic Elite to the adidas Super 64 title last week in Las Vegas.

He jumped from No. 21 to No. 9 in Young's Class of 2010 rankings.
Category: NCAAB
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