After a big day of comings and goings Wednesday, not as much action yesterday so we’ll handle it here. BC junior forward Rakim Sanderswill transfer from the school, most likely to Fairfield, for his senior season. This is a bit of a coup for the Stags, as Sanders is the type of inside player (11/4 last year) who will excel in the MAAC. Meanwhile, across the country, Washington guard Elston Turneralso announced his transfer to a school closer to his hometown of Houston, Texas. Turner had an inconsistent year for the Huskies (6 PPG in 15 MPG), but he came on during the NCAAs and scored 14 against Marquette and 10 versus New Mexico in consecutive games to help UW get to the Sweet Sixteen. Finally, some good news as Baylor’s LaceDarius Dunn announced that he will return to the Bears for his senior season. This will be a huge boost for Scott Drew’s team, as Dunn will join Quincy Acy and newcomer Perry Jones to produce another formidable team in Waco. And in late breaking news on Thursday night, Georgia’s Trey Thompkins also stated in an impromptu manner at the season-end basketball banquet that he is returning to the Bulldogs for his junior year. Thompkins is an unheralded player nationally, but he was among the leaders of the SEC in scoring and rebounding (18/8) and with the return of uber-athletic Travis Leslie, Georgia should be positioned to make a leap forward in the SEC East next year.
This was written prior to the Final Four, but we’re just now finding it. The author makes some interesting observations about (mostly male) college hoops fans and the way in which they (we) get all teary-eyed over One Shining Moment. She even called it “cheesy” before finally succumbing to its magic. Guess you have to have grown up on it.
Luke Winn writes that John Calipari’srecruiting prowess is a bit overstated when it comes to actually making the Final Four and winning national championships. If we’re lucky, we’ll have a post up analyzing this sentiment later today.
It’s a good thing Rick Stansbury got that recent contract extension to stay at Mississippi State or he wouldn’t have been able to afford the $30K that the SEC is fining him for criticizing officials on a lane violation no-call that he said they missed by “eight feet.” Here’s the video from under the basket — what do you think?