Monthly Archives: June 2010

Introducing: Mel Basabe

Mel Basabe, a to-be freshmen at Iowa came along with Fran McCaffery after Coach Mac left Siena.

Basabe, a recent graduate of St. Mark’s where he played alongside talented players such as Nate Lubick, Kaleb Tarczewski and Alex Murphy was an overlooked prospect who not until late in his senior started to gain the attention of Big East and ACC schools.

Now, he has a great chance to crack the starting lineup on a depleted Iowa team and he would be a choice for a dark horse Big 10 Freshmen of the Year candidate.

Reports from Iowa Summer league had Basabe with a debut of 36 points and 9 rebounds followed up with 39 and 13.


Tyrone Johnson Down to 3

New Jersey point guard and Top 100 prospect, Tyrone Johnson has cut his list to three.

The schools include; Georgetown, Villanova and Rutgers. Reached by text, Johnson responded, “Yeah, those my final three.” Not included, West Virginia, which some reports still had in contention.

Georgetown has been the school on him the longest dating back to his freshmen year.

Rutgers, the area school recently hired former Georgetown assistant that has helped the local school stay in the hunt.

And Villanova yet again is in the running for a top tri state area guard.

A decision is expected in the next few weeks.

Tony Mitchell: Go To Class

Missouri’s prized recruit, swing man, Tony Mitchell has yet to graduate and now faces even more scrutiny.

The most recent report..

Mitchell’s record shows 52 days with at least one unexcused absence — roughly one-third of the school year.

From the beginning of school for the next seven months, Mitchell missed 102 classes due to unexcused absences, many of them coming immediately after his basketball season ended the second week of March.

Yet Mitchell continued to play for Pinkston, and — up until a few weeks ago — News 8 has confirmed Principal Norma Villegas was working with Mitchell in preparation for graduation.

Chris Paul Skills Camp : Attendees

According to Jeff Goodman the 15 guards (and a couple wings) who will be in attendance this weekend for the Chris Paul camp are:

Kevin Anderson, Richmond
Harrison Barnes, North Carolina
Seth Curry, Duke
Corey Fisher, Villanova
C.J. Harris, Wake Forest
Dorenzo Hudson, Virginia Tech
Antonio “Scoop” Jardine, Syracuse
Darius Johnson-Odom, Marquette
Kawhi Leonard, San Diego State
Durand Scott, Miami
Kyle Singler, Duke
Nolan Smith, Duke
Ari Stewart, Wake Forest
Isiah Thomas, Washington
Brandon Triche, Syracuse
Kemba Walker, UConn
Chris Wright, Georgetown

Las Vegas Invitational, Big East/SEC Invitational and Coaches vs Cancer

The Las Vegas Invitational field consists of: Kansas, Arizona, Santa Clara and Ohio U. Kansas will take on Arizona on Nov. 27 at Orleans Arena.

The Big East/SEC match ups are as follows:

Notre Dame vs Kentucky

Seton Hall vs Arkansas

Rutgers vs Auburn

Pittsburgh vs Tennessee

Coaches vs Cancer Opening Rounds

Pittsburgh Regional Rounds
Petersen Events Center – Pittsburgh, Pa.
Nov. 8 – Rhode Island at Pittsburgh
Nov. 10 – Illinois-Chicago at Pittsburgh

Austin Regional Rounds
Frank Erwin Center – Austin, Texas
Nov. 8 – Navy at Texas
Nov. 10 – Louisiana Tech at Texas

College Park Regional Rounds
Comcast Center – College Park, Md.
Nov. 8 – Seattle at Maryland
Nov. 10 – Charleston at Maryland

Champaign Regional Rounds
Assembly Hall – Champaign, Ill.
Nov. 8 – UC Irvine at Illinois
Nov. 10 – Toledo at Illinois

Dorian Finney-Smith down to 6

Dorian Finney-Smith has narrowed his list of colleges down to Virginia Tech, Virginia, Maryland, Florida, Wake Forest and Old Dominion.

A 6’7 wing, Finney-Smith is a Top 60 recruit by every major service.

Tom Izzo Needs to Stay

I’ll preface this by saying it’s a bit short sighted when people simply say college coaches can’t transition to the pros, as if it would be impossible to find success. I do not believe that and you have to look at things on a case by case basis.

And the case now is Tom Izzo. Who Dan Gilbert and the Cleveland Cavs are pursuing.

Izzo has been incredibly successful and makes 3 million a year now at MSU. While he has accomplished nearly all one could want, it is not time to leave..

– He has one (at worst) of the Top 3 teams returning in the country headlined by a senior back court of Kalin Lucas and Durrell Summers. This is likely his best ‘on paper’ team he has ever had.

– Izzo can motivate, but can he wear thin over 82+ games? I think this is perhaps where college coaches can struggle the most. With a 30 game season, college coaches can motivate and ride players constantly and Izzo has gotten the best out of his teams in March. Could he do the same in May and June in the pros? It’s tough to say and how he handles his teams would like have to change.

– Izzo generally gets the most out of his teams. Specifically on the glass. Michigan State teams are consistently great on the boards, that’s not a given in the NBA. Talent, size and length win out.

– Which leads to recruiting vs NBA rosters. Another major hurdle for college coaches to overcome.

Unless he has a guarantee LeBron is staying put, I really don’t see the reason or the need to make the jump.

LeBryan Nash Update

According to Coast2Coast Recruiting, LeBryan Nash a top wing in the 2011 class has a top of; Kentucky, Baylor, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.

Nash went onto say Baylor is his leader and the Bears are recruiting him the most aggressively.

Introducing: Kuran Iverson

Another Iverson, and yes there is a relation. Kuran Iverson a 2013 prospect from Connecticut and cousin of Allen Iverson is a big time player set to blow up.

Dave Telep recently tweeted that you can’t count on one hand better prospects from 2013 than Kuran.

He is a 6’8 forward who can play practically all positions.

For now he has received interest from: Georgetown, Uconn, Florida State, North Carolina and USC.

NorthstarBlog reported Georgetown as his favorite and Kentucky being a dream school.

Rico Pickett not returning to Manhattan

After withdrawing from the NBA Draft, Manhattan guard, Rico Pickett has decided to pursue a professional basketball career and will not return to Manhattan.

Pickett emerged onto the scene the past year and was a likely candidate to be Pre-Season MAAC POY.