Morning Five: 07.23.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on July 23rd, 2010
- We hope to have more up on this later today, but this article by Dana O’Neil quoting prominent college coaches (anonymously, of course) about what is wrong with college basketball is reaching an epic level of buzz right now. There is so much good material here that it’s difficult to pinpoint the best part, but one particular quote stuck out… “One of my players [who left early for the draft] was working out with another top-five draft pick,” a coach said. “They got to talking and my kid said something about not having money or whatever on campus. The other kid said, ‘My coach set up expense accounts all over town for me. Yours didn’t?” If we assume that the coach is referring to the 2009-10 season, he’s got to be talking about Kentucky, Ohio State, Georgia Tech or Syracuse, right? Who is your money on?
- Luke Winn gets all the tough assignments. This week he’s reporting back the Alps of Austria with the twenty NCAA players who performed the best in the European Under-20 Championships. Ok, maybe he wasn’t actually there (we have no idea, actually), but he still comes up with a good list. Leading the way is… say it with us, now… Arizona’s Kyryl Natyazhko from the Ukraine. The 6’11 rising sophomore averaged 17/8 in the tournament, which is great news for Sean Miller’s team as they bring back a deep front line with Derrick Williams, Jamelle Horne and Solomon Hill. Natyazhko only played eleven minutes per game last year, but with numbers like that, there are signs that he could have a breakout year in the desert in 10-11.
- In this article, Seth Greenberg comments on the First Four expansion of the NCAA Tournament, which some folks are humorously calling the Virginia Tech Invitational. You have to figure that the Hokies would have gotten a bid in two of the last three seasons had there been a 68-team field, so there’s probably some truth to that quip.
- Rob Harrington of USA Today takes a look at the summer recruiting circuit to see what themes have emerged as Las Vegas gears up with over 600 AAU teams in town for its various events this weekend. A quick primer — Michael Gilchrist is still #1, there has been no apparent “Butler Effect,” and players are milking the process to announce in made-for-tv style events.
- CBS Sportsline is doing an interesting piece called the Flourishing Five to while away the summer months where they break down the top five college programs in America who are at the top of the heap in both basketball and football. Their #5 choice is Pittsburgh, an interesting one to say the least. The obvious choices for the top two are Texas and Ohio State, but who are the others? Florida has to be considered among the top four, but the other one is a bit perplexing. Would UNC be an option with Butch Davis now at the helm in football? How about Wisconsin with Bo Ryan and Bret Bielema getting it done? The top four should be released over the next couple of weeks.