Around The Blogosphere: August 30, 2011

Posted by nvr1983 on August 30th, 2011

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General News

  • Maryland Adds 7-2 Ukrainian Olexiy Len to 2011 Roster: “Remember those rumblings about Maryland and Mark Turgeon adding a Ukrainian big man to their 2011 roster? Well, they weren’t as wrong as they appeared; they just had the wrong big man. Per InsideMDSports, the Terrapins are adding 7-foot-2 Olexiy “Alex” Len to this season’s roster:” (Testudo Times: News and Analysis)
  • Kentucky adds two walk-ons: “Coach Cal has added two new walk-ons, Sam Malone and Brian Long. Malone is a point guard from Scituate, Massachusettes. He is not the owner and bartender on Cheers. Long is from New Jersey.” (Kentucky Sports Radio: News and Analysis)


  • Brandon Ashley commits to Arizona: “Five-star forward Brandon Ashley committed to the Arizona Wildcats Monday afternoon following a weekend visit.” (Arizona Desert Swarm, A Sea of Blue, and Kentucky Sports Radio)
  • Add another one to the Big Blue Madness list: ” Class of 2013 five-star forward Chris Walker, rated by Evan Daniels of as the third-best at his position in the country, Tweeted out that he plans to be in Lexington for the world’s most celebrated women’s basketball layup line.” (Kentucky Sports Radio)
  • Kentucky Leading For Shabazz Muhammad?: “Yahoo! sports is suggesting the possibility, after talking to #1 recruit Shabazz Muhammad, that his comments and Calipari’s track record of getting players to the NBA quickly are swaying him to favor Kentucky.” (A Sea of Blue)
  • Kuran Iverson down to six: “Kuran Iverson, a player many consider to have more upside than any other in the class of 2013, has narrowed his list of schools to six, and that list includes Louisville […], Kentucky, Syracuse, Connecticut, Arizona and Florida.” (Card Chronicle)
  • Did UCLA Get Involved with Goodman?: “According to Dave Krupinski, the Digital Media Director at the Hoop Group (a company that has it’s finger on the pulse of AAU basketball and recruiting) and operator of, the culprit behind the de-commitment of Savon Goodman may have been a late push by UCLA to reel him in as a package with his NJ Playaz teammate, Kyle Anderson.” (VU Hoops)
  • Willie Cauley visiting Big Blue Madness: “Scoot over Shabazz, DaJuan, and T.J…. We need to make room for a 7-footer at Big Blue Madness. According to, Willie Cauley is planning on taking his visit to UK during Big Blue Madness.” (Kentucky Sports Radio)
  • Maryland Back in Contention with DeMatha Forward Jerami Grant?: “Back in August, DeMatha small forward Jerami Grant cut Maryland from his list. Now, he’s listing the Terps again.” (Testudo Times)
  • 2013 Texas guard Matt Jones talks Indiana interest: “Even with nine verbal commitments secured for the next three recruiting classes, the Indiana coaching staff continues to relentlessly pursue top prospects from around the country. One of the latest players to garner interest from the Hoosiers is Matt Jones, a guard from DeSoto, Texas.” (Inside the Hall)


  • Could UCLA’s 2012 Basketball Recruiting Class be the Best Ever?: Asking the nearly annual question, but this time it comes shockingly early for a team that doesn’t even have a single five-star recruit committed yet. (Bruins Nation)
  • Friendship Games Final Thoughts: Reflecting on Duke’s performance in China and the UAE. (Blue vs Blue)
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