Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Wednesday Morning Dump

- Must read of the day -- this scathing column from Jeff Jacobs of the Hartford Courant ripping UConn athletics. We've been saying the same thing since May.

- I know it is in Hebrew, which likely means you can't read it, but what this article right here is saying is that Oregon's Michael Dunigan is close to signing a contract with Hapoel Jerusalem. Dunigan has been an enigma for the Ducks in his two seasons, dominant at times but maddeningly inconsistent. Dunigan isn't the first college player to make, or consider, a move abroad -- Providence's Greedy Peterson was kicked off the team and went to Greece, Manhattan's Rico Pickett will play in the Ukraike, while UC-Riverside's Kyle Austin is bound for Spain. Of note, perhaps the most interesting part of Dunigan's potential move is that he is in good academic standing with the university. We shall see if this pans out.

- Perhaps the most interesting news of the day (outside of BYU and the WCC fiasco) comes from NYC, where Steve Lavin and Mike Rice are already making waves. Lavin was able to land Moe Harkless, a very highly recruited Queens native, while Mike Rice brought in Kadeem Jack, a top 50 recruit from Rice High School. You want to get NYC area college basketball relevant? Keep the talent from New York in the area. This is a good start.

- Great read from Dana O'Neil of Wake and their hiring of Jeff Bzdelik. A couple of old links -- Jeff Goodman on Fran Dunphy and Chandler Parsons, Gary Parrish with more on Sonny Vaccaro, Mike DeCourcy on Virginia Tech, and Andy Katz on Enes Kanter and Will Barton.

- Interesting stuff here from High School Hoop, as Jason Jordan caught up with a couple recruits and asked them about Worldwide Wes.

- UNC has a new twitter policy, and its already claimed its first victim.

- Quinn Cook, a top 50 national recruit, partially tore his acl in the waning moments of the BOOST Mobile Elite 24 all-star game and will miss your months. Tyree Graham, a junior point at Rutgers, will undergo knee surgery as well.

- It sounds like Minnesota and Tubby Smith are ready to go.

- Matt Norlander with a great story from Cancun where Valpo went on a recent trip.

- That's a big effing screen.

- Butler's Willie Veasley is headed to Japan.

- Pics from Marcus Jordan's night in Vegas.

- Temple loses two forwards, none of which are Lavoy Allen.

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