Tag:Notre Dame
Posted on: October 8, 2008 3:11 pm

Kelly's decision expected Thursday

Ryan Kelly is going national.

Or at least going on national television.

The 6-10 power forward from Raleigh -- ranked as the 11th-best prospect in the Class of 2009 -- is expected to announce his college decision Thursday night on ESPNU, according to Scout.com's Dave Telep. Duke, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest and Georgetown are the six schools still under consideration for John Wall' AAU teammate. Kelly has visited all six schools in either an official or unofficial capacity, and when he commits that will take six of the top 15 recruits in the Class of 2009 off the board.

Here's Scout.com's Top 15 ...

1. Derrick Favors (uncommitted)

2. John Wall (uncommitted)

3. John Henson (committed to North Carolina)

4. Xavier Henry (uncommitted)

5. Renardo Sidney (uncommitted)

6. DeMarcus Cousins (committed to UAB)

7. Lance Stephenson (uncommitted)

8. Kenny Boynton (uncommitted)

9. Abdul Gaddy (committed to Arizona)

10. Avery Bradley (committed to Texas)

11. Ryan Kelly (uncommitted)

12. Daniel Orton (uncommitted)

13. Jordan Hamilton (uncommitted)

14. Alex Oriakhi (committed to Connecticut)

15. Dominic Cheek (uncommitted)

Posted on: September 17, 2008 8:30 am

Dear Gary (on Hansbrough/Harangody)

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?

-- Greg

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.

Posted on: September 15, 2008 12:17 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2008 12:20 pm

Nation's best inside-outside duo?

I've been to Oklahoma and Notre Dame the past two weekends and listened to folks from both schools tell me they have the nation's best inside-outside duo. At OU, there's Willie Warren and Blake Griffin. At Notre Dame, there's Kyle McAlarney and Luke Harangody. Honestly, I think either duo can make a reasonable claim to the title. But the whole thing got me thinking about which combinations might really be in the running for best inside-outside duo.

Here's a list off the top of my head ...
  • Oklahoma (Willie Warren and Blake Griffin)
  • Notre Dame (Kyle McAlarney and Luke Harangody)
  • North Carolina (Ty Lawson or Wayne Ellington and Tyler Hansbrough)
  • Pittsburgh (Levance Fields and DeJuan Blair)
  • Connecticut (A.J. Price and Hasheem Thabeet or Jeff Adrien)
  • Arizona State (James Harden and Jeff Pendergraph)
  • Southern California (Demar DeRozan and Taj Gibson)
OK, who am I missing?

And which combination is the best?
Posted on: August 12, 2008 2:24 pm

Notre Dame leaves for Ireland

The Notre Dame basketball team left today -- after a week of practices -- for Ireland, where Mike Brey and his players will enjoy the scenery and play six exhibitions. Among them are games in the inaugural Emerald Hoops International Series against the senior national teams from Iceland, Poland and Ireland, some of which will be broadcast on national television in the country.

"The great national teams are obviously in Bejing, but they're still going to be good teams," Brey told me last week by phone. "Poland is big and Ireland is coached by Jim Larranaga's son, Jay, who played for him at Bowling Green."

Jay coaches Ireland?

"Yeah," Brey answered. "He's loading up. Anybody who is even close to being Irish is being put on that team."

The International Series is expected to continue next year.

Another NCAA program will be invited to participate.

For more information on the event, click this link.

Category: NCAAB
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