Morning Five: 11.11.09 EditionPosted by rtmsf on November 11th, 2009
- Wednesday is the start of the week-long Early National Signing Period for the Class of 2010. UCLA just got a commitment yesterday from five-star 6’9 F/C Josh Smith from Covington, Washington, and the best big man in Westwood since Kevin Love was throwing in 94-footers at the Final Four. Six of the top ten are already committed, but two of the jewels — Harrison Barnes and Brandon Knight — are still on the board.
- Villanova freshman center Mouphtaou Yarou was declared eligible by head coach Jay Wright yesterday after information from an international basketball site came to light purporting that he may have been much older (25) than his reported 19 years of age. Jeff Goodman reported later yesterday that the NCAA had previously cleared him and that the school has his immigration papers and passport showing that he is indeed still a teenager. Maybe Villanova compliance should enlist the assistance of Orly Taitz to track down Yarou’s birth certificate?
- Let’s call this officiating rule of emphasis by its real name, shall we? The Shane Battier Rule.
- Illinois guard Jeff Jordan will miss the Illini’s first two games for playing in an unsanctioned 3-on-3 event over the summer (while he was off the team).
- Revisiting Jim Boeheim’s 800th victory with some of his former players (a Matt Roe sighting!). Also, a funny anecdote from Albany head coach Will Brown talking to his point guard during the game with SU: “I said to Mike Black, `Mike, you’ve got to get the ball to the high post,’ ” Brown recalled. “He said, ‘Coach, I can’t see the high post.’ ” Yes, that Syracuse zone is long this year.