“Hey there little boy…

January 28, 2009
Baylor? Really? #1 PG Recruit John Wall

Baylor? Really? #1 PG Recruit John Wall

…I’ve got some candy in the van, wanna come play basketball for me?”  Does that sound sleazy and creepy?  Well it should.  What if during those long and grueling recruiting trails that was the reality?  In many cases that kind of sleaziness may be an actuality, but who holds the upper hand in recruiting these days, the recruit, the recruiter or the recruit’s coach?

In an era when Mid-Majors are constantly creating parody, making them more dangerous than BCS inter-conference foes, an edge in recruiting extends further than just the pimply faced, SAT taking teenager.  Both coaches and players have caught on.  You want to reel in the big fish, you have to use the big AND familiar bait.

Gaining a strong hold on a Blue Chipper has now started behind the scenes, before their Senior year even starts.  Just ask Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew.  Drew went out and hired Dwon Clifton before the 2008-2009 season.  Ever heard of him?  Yeah, we thought not.  Dwon Clifton has no high school experience and barely made a name for himself as a college player.  He has been hired as the 6th, yes, we said #6 coach of the unranked Baylor Bears (we’re pretty sure the Grad Assistants get better seats on the bench than the #6).  His credentials extend only as far as the head coach of an AAU team known as “D-One Sports Basketball” Under 17 team.  Significant? YES!!!

Scotty Drew of the Baylor Bears is trying to land the #1 Point Guard of the 2009 class, John Wall, member of Clifton’s AAU squad.  Desperate ploy?  Could be, but it has worked on others.  Just ask John Calipari after he inked one hit wonder DeJuan Wagner with his hiring of Milton Wagner.  Or would Bill Self have been slow dancing to Luther Vandross’ “One Shining Moment” had he not lured the big shot kid, Mario Chalmers with the hiring of Papa Chalmers as Director of Basketball Operations?

Apparently the NCAA is trying to crack down on these package deals, but will the Baylor Bears be able to make a splash with these used-car-salesman type tactics before the hour glass is empty?


Quickie Recap 11.25: Heels to meet Irish in Maui final, ‘Cuse knocks off another

November 26, 2008

Tuesday night certainly provided some flair. Probably not enough for that dickhead restaurant manager in Office Space, but flair nonetheless

Jonny Flynn was the catalyst in a 14 point comeback win for Syracuse. The Orange knocked off their second ranked opponent (#23 Kansas, #18 Florida) in two days. Flynn hit a clutch 3 pointer to tie it up with 6 seconds to go and then the Orange brought the hammer down in OT.

Interesting to see these guys celebrate after the win. A little much? Let’s not forget it is the “O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic.” We’re just saying kids, act like you’ve been there before.

We’re pretty sure we know what UNC is bringing to the Thanksgiving dinner Luau, Duck Soup. The most entertaining part of the UNC – Oregon game was the last 3 minutes when UNC unloaded the bench, let’s be honest…we all wanted to see guys like this get some quality PT.

UNC will meet Notre Dame after the Irish slipped by Texas in an entertaining game. The first thing that sticks out here…AJ Abrams was 5-17 in 3pt attempts, Kyle McAlarney was 5-9. Looks like AJ is still learning to play point guard…sometimes you gotta pass first buddy.

Anyone have the over/under on the amount of times they mention the
Hansbrough Brothers or the Zeller Brothers playing for opposite teams? We guessing 16, and that’s 15 times too many.

In other news, Stephen Curry was held scoreless in 32 minutes of play!!! Loyola still loses by 30. A valiant effort Greyhounds.

What to Watch Wednesday night: #8 Notre Dame vs. #1 UNC, 10pm ESPN

Quickie Recap 11.24: Hawaii is nicer than Kansas City

November 25, 2008

The same goes for early season tournaments.

While Syracuse – Florida was a good measuring stick game, showing the Orange are definitely a top 20 team, it lacked drama and excitement. Dickie V seemed like he drank 5 “Sparks” but was the only one drunk at the party. Syracuse did their part in building that “Tournament Resume,” with one of those marquee wins that Joe Lunardi talks up in March. The ‘Cuse received help from everyone in a 51% shooting effort, led by the linebacker/tight end Paul Harris’ 18 points and 11 rebounds, and Andy Rautins’ five first half triples.

Grandma’s Boy …Anyone?

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

JP Grandmas Boy...or...is it...

Andy Rautins!

Andy Rautins!

Florida was led by none other than Nick Calathes (See Post from 11.24), Billy Donovan’s “Golden Boy.” Excellent set shot!

Today while you’re at work, there’s 2nd round matchups in Maui you have good reason to look forward to…

#8 Notre Dame vs. #7 Texas, 7 pm ESPN – Expect AJ Abrams and Kyle McAlarney to rain threes the entire game.

#1 North Carolina vs. Oregon, 9:30 pm ESPN – Points aplenty here. Oregon gives up 73 a game, and UNC is pretty good at scoring.

One more thing on the CBE Classic, where the Kansas – Washington game felt over hyped. Why is ESPN all of a sudden making a big deal over Jon Brockman??? The guy is talented yes, but, he’s a 4 year starter who has been visible on the college basketball scene since his freshman year. Maybe we’re missing something here but he didn’t just arrive, we already knew he was decent. Kansas will now play Syracuse for this prestigious title.

Down in the Virgin Islands, UCONN beat Wisconsin to capture the Paradise Jam title. Could these teams be any different? UCONN reminds us of cool kids who party (and steal computers, HAHA) while the Badgers play by the rules and listen to their parents–who in this case is Bo Ryan. Yes, we know Madison is like some crazy party school, full of liberal, free spirits who don’t follow conventions, but this is strictly basketball talk so don’t get it twisted. Regardless, UCONN certainly silenced some haters this weekend and, in our opinion, have solidified themselves as the second best team in the country.