Notre Dame coach Mike Brey had some technical difficulties with electronic communication today, and he was awesome enough to broadcastthem to Twitter for our enjoyment. Apparently, Brey forgot to lock his BlackBerry. I’m sure these mishaps will be deleted soon enough, so I’ve screenshot them. You know, just in case.
It just occurred to me, maybe he’s speaking in code to some recruits. Did anyone ever think of that? Maybe this is Brey’s way of circumventing the NCAA’s Twitter rules.
Isiah Thomas snared Florida International’s first big-time recruit in sometime when swing man Dominique Ferguson gave his commitment to the Golden Panthers. While it’s pretty obvious Ferguson, who committed to Kentucky during Billy Gillispie’s fantastic tenure, is going to Florida International more for the coach than the school’s extensive basketball history, the commitment goes a long way towards legitimizing the FIU basketball program, not to mention, Thompson’s Thomas’ employment.
To celebrate Isiah’s nice pull, we have a nifty little animated gif: After the jump >>
This here’s James Louis, one of the better prep wide receivers in the nation — #31 out of the Rivals top 100 receivers. Schools want him. Men want to be him. James, like most awesome prep football players, is from the state of Florida, meaning he’ll probably wind up at one of the Florida schools to play college ball, right? Not so fast, my friends. Although he is desirable recruit, Louis does not have time for any of the drama that comes along with the recruiting process.
So a stud basketball player decommits from a team he pledged his eligibility to when he was 16 and reopens the recruiting process. All-in-all, it’s just another day in the world of college basketball recruiting, where the fates of millionaire coaches are decided by the whims of athletically-gifted children. Why is it, then, when John Calipari’s name is mentioned, everybody assumes there’s something underhanded going on?
Can this whole Xavier Henry saga be done now, please? First of all, I’m not really sure why this subject was even topical to begin with. If Carl Henry gives normal, trained-by-a-publicist responses to the Kansas City Star, instead of throwing the KU team under a “my son should be front and center” bus, there would be no legs for the story to walk with. Instead, the fallout of the KC Star interview required two revisions and led to unnecessary revelations about Xavier Henry perhaps leaving Kansas for John Calipari and Kentucky. But at the end of the day, and after reading what Evan Daniels and Jeff Goodman tweeted, it’s hard not to get the impression this was much ado about nothing — or an unnecessary grab for additional spotlight.
Look, I know it’s summer and people tend to forget about college basketball, or at least put it on the back burner; however, manufacturing stories for the sake of keeping your son’s name topical is not the way to go about fostering good conversation… Or to win over the fans.
An interview in the Kansas City Star with Carl Henry, one that was semi-refuted, has caused some eyes to open about whether or not the Henry boys, Xavier and C.J., will be suiting up for Bill Self this fall. While the primary reason this is even a topic has to do with the NBA’s “one year out of high school” rule, the story received its legs when the elder Henry dropped a number of bombs in the interview in question. The KC Star article was controversial enough, Daddy Henry felt it necessary to clear the air. Twice.
The details of the initial interview are everywhere if you feel like catching up.
During his press conference today, uber-talent John Wall indicated he might be in Lexington longer than some people think. Or not:
His plan is to go to UK for 2-3 years but if Cal says after a year it’s his time to go to the NBA, then he’s going to go.
I get the impression Wall is measuring years the same way his coach does. As I referred to yesterday, John Calipari said he’d need around four years to get the program back to where it once was. In the meantime, Kentucky has grabbed the top-rated recruiting class, headlined by Wall; had Patrick Patterson pull his name from NBA Draft consideration and been anointed as the 2009/10 National Champions without even playing a game.
So much for four years — much like the idea of having a player of Wall’s caliber on campus longer than one season.