Morning Five: 08.13.10 EditionPosted by rtmsf on August 13th, 2010
- Minnesota received good news yesterday when much-maligned forward Trevor Mbakwe finally reached a conclusion in his assault case that will allow him to suit up for the Gophers after over a year in limbo. He will enter a pre-trial intervention program that will wipe the slate clean so long as he performs 100 hours of community service and pays a $100 fine. With several solid contributors returning to Minny along with the addition of Mbakwe, Tubby Smith’s team suddenly looks a little better than they did a few days ago in the stacked Big Ten.
- Florida, Mississippi State, Dayton, Illinois and Penn State. What do theses five schools have in common? Andy Glockner believes that each is ready to make a substantial leap in their luck next season. He’s not being facetious either. In using the Pomeroy definition of “luck,” a calculation that measures whether a team is playing above or below its statistical expectations, he finds that the above five teams should show a bump this season if for no other reason than they were fairly unlucky last year.
- Mike DeCourcy gives us his five prospects coming out of the July recruiting period who most helped themselves. Two New Englanders, Maurice Harkless and Naadir Tharpe, were among his list.
- An NCAA proposal would require incoming NCAA freshmen to essentially prove their academic worthiness through summer school prior to their first season if their academic credentials were found lacking. Upperclassmen would also have their academic records reviewed at the end of each school year and determine whether summer classes were needed; if they were, coaches could use part of the players’ summer terms for strength/conditioning and some skill development. How long until every coach figures out that all of his players (including the 3.0 students) miraculously require the additional summer classwork?
- ESPN analyst and former Duke superstar Jay (don’t call me Jason) Williams recently showed that he still has some game, especially the kind suited for summertime street ball. He played so well at Dyckman in NYC recently that he earned a new nickname: the Bourne Supremacy. We’re very anxious to see what the other ESPN analysts and commentators will do with that next season.