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Three Big Time Recruits will Wait Until Spring

Posted by Marcus on November 8, 2008

The latest on three big names in the class of 2009 will wait until spring to decide their basketball recruiting fate.

Derrick Favors, Michael Snaer and Xavier Henry have all stated that they won’t make up their minds on college until after their senior season.


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Xavier Henry to wait until Spring

Posted by Marcus on November 7, 2008

Xavier Henry (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009), who by all accounts is waiting to decide between Memphis and Kansas, will wait until spring to make his decision, similar to Derrick Favors. Naturally, Memphis fans think this benefits Kansas, while Kansas fans think this benefits Memphis. I think it really just benefits Xavier, and that’s all that matters.

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Basketball Recruiting Notebook

Posted by Marcus on October 12, 2008

Oak Hill will play Patterson school in a scrimmage this coming Tuesday (Oct 14) at the Mulberry Recreation Center in Lenoir, NC.

Derrick Favors to visit NC State

Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) will visit NC State on the weekend of October 18, continuing to give the Pack a shot at landing him.

Thomas Robinson moved by Kansas rings

Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009) says that what clinched his decision to commit to Bill Self and the Kansas Jayhawks was the ring ceremony he attended:

“To meet all the pros who came back for that ceremony was big. I felt it was home for me, seeing all the special players there,” Robinson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound senior forward from Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, N.H., said Friday morning.

He was referring to Jayhawks Jacque Vaughn, Nick Collison, Kirk Hinrich, Wayne Simien, Darnell Jackson, Mario Chalmers and Brandon Rush, as well as assistant coach Danny Manning, who all have NBA experience.

This is a huge recruiting advantage that schools like Kansas, UCLA and UNC have. Going to a UNC late night event, you will see Stuart Scott, or maybe even Michael Jordan. I sat two rows behind Julius Peppers a couple of years ago, and at a Wake Forest football game two weeks ago, Tim Duncan was on the sidelines (along with former Wake Forest coach Dave Odom). Kansas and UCLA also have so much star power that it really makes an impression.

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Kansas Basketball Recruiting Lands Thomas Robinson

Posted by Marcus on October 11, 2008

Kansas basketball coach Bill Self won a recruiting battle with Memphis (a battle that seems to appear more and more) by landing Thomas Robinson (PF, 6’8″, 2009), an athletic player who should add rebounding to the Jayhawks.

Robinson, who also held offers from Miami (FL) and USC, had visited both campuses before making his decision.

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Jordan Hamilton to Texas

Posted by Marcus on October 10, 2008

Basketball recruiting in the state of Texas has taken a solid turn.

The Texas Longhorns locked up star basketball recruit Jordan Hamilton (SF, 6’7″, 2009), who made his announcement Thursday on ESPNU.

The California high school player had also been considering Kansas, UConn and Syracuse.

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Basketball Recruiting & The NY All Star Game

Posted by Marcus on October 9, 2008

Nathan Blue (what’s up, Nathan!) writes about the rosters for the Jim Couch Reunion Game, coming October 18th at John F. Kennedy High School in the Bronx:

Players committed: Durand Scott, Tobias Harris, Jason Morris, Sherrod Wright, DaShaun Wiggins, Lance Stephenson and several other top players.

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Brandon Jennings Talks Family, Class of 2009

Posted by Marcus on October 6, 2008

So what does Brandon Jennings think of the class of 2009? Already, people are asking him who he thinks could go pro in Europe. It seems a little early to be asking a guy who just inked his first shoe contract a week or two ago this question, but his answer involves some of the better known players from the class of 2009:

Jennings said that three high school players in the class of 2009 — the California big men Renardo Sidney and Jordan Hamilton and Lance Stephenson of Brooklyn — were talented enough to play professionally in Europe. Stephenson’s father, Lance Sr., has expressed interest in making the move.

“I would ask them this: What do you want to get out of it?” Jennings said. “If they’re coming over here for the money, don’t do it. If they want to learn and get better, they should think about it. If you have a bad attitude, it’s not going to be good.”

Image from the New York Times

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Thoughts on Talib Zanna’s Commit to Pitt

Posted by Marcus on October 6, 2008

Thought I’d pass along some of PittOaklandZoo’s thoughts on recent basketball recruit Talib Zanna’s commitment and Pitt Panther basketball:

The bright side […] is that Jamie Dixon got a 4th freshman commitment out of that class, 6’8″ center Talib Zanna out of Bishop McNamara HS in Forestville, MD. This is a guy with a lot of upside, another “sleeper” for Jamie Dixon. This is a good pickup, with the depth in the frontcourt we’ll have for 2009 (Gary McGhee, Dwight Miller, DeJuan Blair, Dante Taylor) we’ll have the flexibility to redshirt JJ Richardson and/or Zanna.

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Xavier Henry Interview

Posted by Marcus on October 5, 2008

Memphis fans are hoping they can will the recruiting battle for Xavier Henry (SG/SF, 6’6″, 2009), which seems by all indications to be settling into a showdown between the Tigers and the Kansas Jayhawks, even though UNC is still listed as an option by Henry. In this video interview with Henry, he talks about his current recruiting status:
Xavier Henry Interview

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Never Too Late Basketball Tips

Posted by Marcus on October 3, 2008

One of the best basketball blogs I’ve ever come across is Never Too Late, the blog of former Harvard assistant coach Steve Bzomowski. The best part about Bzomowski’s writings is that unlike the brash, strategically devoid prattle that passes for sports media these days, Steve writes about basketball from the inside out, like why Kevin Garnett will goaltend a shot after the whistle, or why you should never catch a deflected pass.

A particularly insightful post is this one regarding mistakes he might have made in cutting certain players during his time as a coach.

Readers from my blog know that I like to point out players who I feel scouts and coaches might have missed. Bzomowski’s refreshing admission is something I hope many players will take to heart.

This is why sometimes the lesser known player on a college team becomes an NBA star. It’s not that the player suddenly got better. It’s that the coaches might not have realized his potential. When a new head coach comes into a program, he often drives out the recruits of the previous coach. That, on it’s face, is absurdity itself. I hate to use a specific example, but, when Matt Doherty was coaching at UNC, he had FOUR FUTURE NBA PLAYERS on his roster and still only made the NIT. The next year, Roy Williams went right back to the NCAA tournament with those same players. Sure, they were a year older, but I feel pretty confident it wasn’t just the extra 30 games.

At any rate, Steve’s blog has been around for about three years, I think, and reading through the archives is like going to several great basketball camps.

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