Morning Five: 01.07.11 EditionPosted by rtmsf on January 7th, 2011
- It’s been a very difficult season in St. Louis after its two stars were thrown out of school for disciplinary reasons last fall and Rick Majerus has had to sit out several games with a gash in his leg suffered during a recent game. Perhaps the tide is turning a little. Yesterday SLU re-admitted star guard Kwamain Mitchell to the university for the Spring semester, which means he could theoretically suit up this season. Theoretically. Majerus has counseled Mitchell to sit out this year to get his life back in order, and the argument makes sense. At 5-9 and with a loss to Dayton in the A-10 already under its belt, SLU would have a very difficult time making a run at the NCAA Tournament even with Mitchell back in action at 100%. Furthermore, the school made no mention of the status of his former teammate, Willie Reed, who Billiken fans would hope be allowed to return at the same time as Mitchell.
- You know it’s coming every week, so here it is. The best weekly read that the college basketball scribing industry has to offer: Luke Winn’s Power Rankings. Grab your coffee, turn off the phone and relish in the knowledge you’re about to pick up. It simply keeps getting better.
- Next Thursday Oregon will open its brand spanking new Matthew Knight Arena [“the Matt”], the $200M Phil Knight-funded temple to the hopes and dreams of Duck basketball. Notwithstanding that ridiculous court design, the building looks phenomenal. Addicted to Quack was privileged to do a tour recently and provided us with this accompanying photo essay. As soon as Oregon gets their program in a little better shape, we can’t wait to check that joint out.
- Some transfer news dropped on Thursday. Seton Hall forward Ferrokhan Hall announced that he would be heading west to play for his hometown school, Memphis. He will be eligible to play in December 2012, providing some nice depth to the Memphis front line. Meanwhile, Minnesota guard Devoe Joseph is looking at a number of destinations, including West Virginia, Oregon, Baylor, Pittsburgh, Charlotte and Niagara.
- It looks like we’re finally going to put this Enes Kanter situation to bed soon. According to Jeff Goodman, the NCAA heard Kentucky’s re-argument about the Turkish center’s eligibility yesterday, and the underlying assumption is that they will rule on this rather quickly (it could be as soon as today). Honestly, we just want to see it over with so that the “Free Enes” nonsense will end. Kentucky is already better than most of us thought they would be; if Kanter becomes eligible, you can easily add the Wildcats to the short list of favorites for the 2011 national title.