Morning Five: 12.07.09 EditionPosted by rtmsf on December 7th, 2009
- In case you missed it amidst all the football over the weekend, leading NPOY candidate Evan Turner broke two vertebrae in his back when he fell on a dunk attempt and will miss up to eight weeks as he recovers from this injury. This is unquestionably a huge blow to Ohio State’s Big Ten and national chances this season, as it’s always uncertain how someone will respond both physically and mentally to such a blow.
- Georgia Tech sophomore guard Iman Shumpert will miss 3-6 weeks because of surgery on his right knee related to a meniscus tear. Tech, at 6-1 is off to its best start since 2006, and Shumpert’s 8/5 APG is a big part of that. Other than a home date against Florida State on 12/20, the schedule is fairly light for the Jackets until after the new year, when road trips to Charlotte, Georgia and a home game against Duke await. Hopefully Shumpert will be back in action before then.
- Did you catch John Wall over the weekend? Two plays in particular in the first half seemed to represent just how sicknasty this guy can be. One resulted in a crossover step-through for a full-speed dunk; the other resulted in a ridiculous reverse layup on the break that only he knows how he got to roll in. Mike DeCourcy called it the collegiate version of the famous Dr. J dunk, while Jeff Goodman believes that the only reason the second half was close was because Wall cramped up for a while. Fair points, both. We’d still like to know the real reason(s) why Roy Williams never offered Wall a scholly, though.
- Southern Miss head coach Larry Eustachy, not a fan of Rick Stansbury, eh?
- South Florida reported to the St. Petersburg Times on Friday that they have no record of inquiry from the NCAA, which disputes a previous report by Fanhouse that the NCAA has opened an investigation into the school based on illegal benefits given to Gus Gilchrist and open practices run by assistant coach Terrelle Woody.