Monday, July 26, 2010

Monday Morning Dump

- By now, you have surely heard about Bob Huggins and the nasty fall he took in a Vegas hotel room this weekend. He broke four ribs, and may have even hit his head on the way down. Huggins has yet to be released from the hospital, as doctors are concerned about bone fragments doing internal damage.

- Last week, the ruling came down that Marist had actually won a lawsuit against James Madison and Matt Brady because, among other things, Brady had continued to recruit players once he left Marist, a breach of his contract. Andy Katz believes that the only change as a result of this ruling is that we will never see a clause like that in a contract again.

- The USBWA has decided to name their freshman of the year award after the late Wayman Tisdale. Tisdale, who was a first team all-american in each of his three years at Oklahoma in the mid-80's, passed away in May of 2009 after a battle with cancer in his leg.

- 6'7" Travis Taylor, who averaged 17.6 ppg and 7.8 rpg as a sophomore at Monmouth, has decided on transferring to Xavier. Taylor originally committed to BC, but the Eagles backed out once they found out he had been suspended seven games for a violation of team rules.

- Karen Sypher's trial starts today.

- I doubt that I was the only one excited to see Mike Gilchrist -- the No. 1 recruit in the country -- go up against Austin Rivers today in an AAU game that is to be televised on ESPN U. But alas, Gilchrist won't be playing. According to his mother, the Nike Peach Jam was his last AAU event of the season, and Gilchrist will be taking the rest of the summer off to rest. Regardless, there will still be coverage from 7-9pm tonight and tomorrow night on ESPN U.

- Indiana guard Maurice Creek, who was averaging 17.6 ppg when he suffered a gnarly knee injury last December, is back out on the court. Good for him. I'm sure I am not the only one excited to see what a full season of Creek, Verdell Jones, and Christian Watford is like.

- Is it just me, or does it seem like the NCAA is really trying to clean up the sleaze and gain control of the agents, runners, and all those who profit off of amateur athletes? (Well, except for themselves. And for the coaches. But that is a whole different issue.) Next on the chopping block -- the Pump Brothers. They used to run a coaching search firm which will effectively be eliminated as the NCAA ruled college cannot give the twins any money anymore.

- Great profile of Matt Howard from Rivals. Apparently I'm the only one that feels this way, but I think its a good think Matt Howard is doing away with the 'stache. That thing was hideous.

- Another D1 recruit passes away, this time out in Indiana. Steven Jamison, a 6'6" guard that averaged a double-double, lost his fight with cancer over the weekend. He was committed to IUPUI.

- Virginia's Sylvan Landesberg has signed with Maccabi Haifa. Speaking of UVa, 6'8" freshman forward Tristan Spurlock has decided to transfer to Central Florida.

- As the Mercury News points out, the biggest issue when it comes to splitting up the Pac-10 divisions is access to the fertile recruiting grounds in SoCal. Nine of the ten teams in the Pac-10 have a player from that region, and 33 of the players in the conference -- nearly a quarter of the entire league -- is from the area. The thinking is that the teams that travel to USC/UCLA every season (in the same division) will have a distinct recruiting advantage over everyone else.

- Washington's Isaiah Thomas seems like he is excited for the season to start. Here, he raves about how good some of the incoming freshman are.

- Jimmer Fredette, who will be somewhere on just about everyone's 2011 preseason all-america team, got a chance to play with the big boys at the Team USA training camp in Las Vegas.

- Maurice Harkless, the former UConn commit, has been having a great week out in Las Vegas. According to Adam Zagoria, Harkless is now being pursued by, well ... everyone.

- Former Memphis players Shawne Williams and Kareem Cooper were arrested after some pot and a gun were found in the car they were driving.

- More Chris Allen chatter -- Derrick Nix believes he will be back.

- Kansas State really does have some great t-shirts:

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