Wednesday, July 30, 2008

7/30 - Some Links, Some News

UPDATE: Mississippi State guard Phil Turner was arrested at an off-campus party after refusing to comply with an officer's requests to sit on the ground. Bad day for college hoopers.

-Maybe Huggy Bear isn't the best coach to use as a role model. Two West Virginia players, Joe Mazzulla and Cameron Thoroughman, got arrested after a scuffle at a Pittsburgh Pirates game. Apparently, the two twenty year-olds were putting away a good number of beers at the game, and when police asked to see ID's, Thoroughman told the cops he didn't have his. He resisted as the cops tried to arrest him, and that's when Mazzulla stepped in and punched one of the cops. Thoroughman was charged with resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and underage drinking while Mazzulla got charged with aggravated assault, hindering prosecution, and underage drinking.

How dumb do you have to be to resist arrest or hit a cop? Is it really worth all the trouble they are facing now to get an underage drinking offense? Whoever was serving them beer would be in more trouble than the players. But to hit a cop? Mazzulla deserves whatever he has coming.

-Illinois guard Jamar Smith, who was the (drunk?) driver of the car in the accident that severely injured teammate Brian Carlwell, may never suit up for the Illini again. Apparently, he was questioned by an officer outside a campus bar about an incident (which he was not involved in) and he admitted he had been drinking, which was a violation of the two year probation he received. If he is not allowed to return, Illinois could be in for another long season, as he was expected to shoulder a huge load for this team.

-Jonathon Givony of Draft Express got an interview with an assistant coach from the Greek club team Olympiacos, who recently signed Josh Childress. It is a pretty interesting read.

-Along those same lines, The Sports Agent Blog takes a look at why agents and players will look overseas - to drive up his salary here. They use Delonte West as an example.

-The NBA is playing Euro teams?

-More from Draft Express - if anyone wants some up-to-date information about some of the best recruits in the '09 class, click here and here.

-Skip Prosser's son, Mark, is an assistant at Wofford. Andy Katz wrote a nice piece about him for ESPN.

-I don't know why you would need it, but Rush The Court put together a great database of all the NBA Draft picks from 1949-2008 and where they went to college.

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