Friday, October 1, 2010

Friday Morning Dump

- Some outstanding reporting here, as a high school senior gets caught taking $30,000 from a sports marketing firm in China.

- If you have any desire to read the full police report from the alleged assault by the two Michigan State players, here it is. Its pretty easy to figure out who the accused players are (it took me about five minutes total).

- The Baltimore Sun put out a pretty solid (and lengthy) interview/ Q&A session with Maryland head coach Gary Williams. With no Greivis Vasquez to lead the Terps, coach Williams' squad will be somewhat untested when it comes time for ACC play. But it seems like Williams gets more out of his players when the team isn't expected to achieve.

- Louisville picks up another recruit, Angel Nunez, in the class of 2011. Nunez is a 6'8" small forward. Is Pitino getting worried that Quincy Miller is headed to Baylor?

- While were in the Commonwealth, here are some awesome pictures of UK players bringing McDonald's breakfast to the people camping out for Big Blue Madness tickets.

- UConn has had a rough go of it recently. They've been dealing with possible NCAA violations for what seems like an eternity, and their biggest frontcourt threat, 6-foot-11 power forward Ater Majok, withdrew from the school over the summer despite playing in only 26 career games. Majok left amidst a cloud of smoke, did he leave because he wanted to go pro? Did he leave because of possible violations? Why did he leave? Well, one thing is for sure, Majok didn't want to leave.

- ACC Player of the Year candidate Malcolm Delaney remains positive despite his team's recent setbacks. No team in the country has dominated the bubble as much as Virginia Tech. It seems like Va Tech has been in Joe Lunardi's "First 4 Out" every year since I was in middle school. Even with the slew of injuries that have plagued the Hokies, Malcolm Delaney is a true game-changer. While we're talking profiles, Jason King, who is fast becoming one of my favorite profilers, put together an excellent article on Klay Thompson of Washington State. With Reggie Moore and DeAngelo Casto also returning, Wazzu has a solid core to build off of. Mike DeCourcy caught up with Jon Leuer of Wisconsin as well.

- Andy Katz describes the similarities between Ed Conroy, the new head coach at The Citadel, and his predecessor Chuck Driesell.

- Doug Haller was able to land an interview with Rihard Kuksiks, detailing how close Kuksiks came to leaving school.

- Murray State was one of the darlings of last season's NCAA tournament. Dinero Thomas capped-off arguably the best day one in tournament history with a memorable last-second buzzer-beater against Vanderbilt. Billy Kennedy, the head coach of the Racers, was the keynote speaker at a business luncheon on Tuesday. He stated that in order for his team to be successful this year, they have to forget about everything they remember from last season.

- Digital Hoops Blast is doing a fantastic series of posts chronicling how effective website design and content can help boost the recruiting process among Atlantic-10 schools.

- A recap of the meeting between WAC officials and the five schools looking to join: Texas State, University of Texas-San Antonio, University of Denver, Seattle University and University of Montana. The WAC hopes to have a decision with-in the next 60 days on which schools will gain admittance to the conference. While we're on the topic of conference expansion (again...), it should be noted that coaches at Hawaii wouldn't mind if the joined the Great West Conference.

- A bunch of recruiting news regarding Marquette. The Golden Eagles have yet to get a commitment from the class of 2011, but from the look of things, coach Buzz Williams has an eye on a bunch of different players.

- Pete Thamel says the NCAA is getting tougher on coaches, and as a result those coaches are on edge.

- Some video highlights of Trevon Bluiett. Take a look at some of the film. I know you love watching footage from U-15 summer league basketball. Seriously who doesn't?

- Dayton's Chris Johnson is primed to has a breakout season. (What's with Dayton having players with the same names as other athletes?)

- Fran Fraschilla gives us the 10 most versatile players in the country. (Insider, apologies)

- Syracuse's Kris Joseph will never be mistaken for a tennis player. Why you ask? Well A) He's 6-foot-7, and B) he sucks a tennis (but at least he's a good sport about it).

Scoop and Kris Show, Episode 5: We Got This.

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