Monday, August 30, 2010

Monday Morning Dump

- Perhaps the most interesting story from the weekend involves LeBron James' old high school, St. Vincent-St. Mary's. You see, they had this kid Jakarr Sampson who is a top 50 player nationally that was being recruited by a number of big-time programs. One of those programs was Xavier, but the Musketeers stopped recruiting Sampson a few months ago. But when Sampson recently make the decision to go to Brewster Academy to prep a year, SVSM head coach Dru Joyce II flipped out on the Xavier staff, saying the Muskies couldn't recruit his players and that "they had made an enemy." The ironic part? The decision to transfer came from Sampson's own mother.

- Here: read this and this for all you need to know about BYU, the MWC, and the WAC. Apparently, Nevada and Fresno's decision to leave the WAC was a complete surprise, and BYU is still likely to leave by Wednesday's deadline.

- Fantastic stuff here from Fanhouse's Ray Holloman on the Big East Tournament and the double-bye.

- Big news coming out of Kentucky as Eloy Vargas, the former Florida forward, has been granted eligibility by the NCAA. While Vargas is far from a DeMarcus Cousins or Enes Kanter, he is 6'11" and a former top 50 recruit. That definitely helps a team that, right now, has just Terrence Jones and Josh Harrellson in their front court. Now Coach Cal just needs to get Kanter's former team to send over some records.

- What do you make of John Beilein's slow start at Michigan? He's known as a program turner-arounder (yes, I made that word up, could you tell?) but in three years, his highest win total is 21. Tommy Amaker won more than that in three of his last four seasons.

- Marcus Jordan is being investigated by the Las Vegas Gaming Control board as a result of his tweets last weekend.

- Both the Arizona and the Arizona State basketball programs seem to be on the rise. The Wildcats have Sean Miller and a lot of young talent while Herb Sendek has been doing a fine job on the recruiting trail himself. Its helped to reignite the rivalry, apparently.

- Preston Knowles had been in Pitino's doghouse after assaulting his girlfriend's father. It seems he has worked his way out and is trying to turn his life around.

- Ed Davender gets eight years in a ticket scam at Kentucky.

Here's some interesting video from a 1955 game between Wichita State and Seattle:

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