Monday, April 23, 2012
Info on BU's recruits and more on idiot behavior among athletes
FWIW here's some news on a few of the recruits Bradley is following.......... Mislav Brzoja ..played with his team at the Nike Spring Showdown .................................................... > > "The NIKE Spring Showdown ... at Merrilville, Indiana Best Tournament Performers Mislav Brzoja 6’5” SG Trader’s Point 2012 had a great weekend in all phases of the game. He moves very well without the ball which leads to him getting a lot of easy baskets. He also plays the passing lanes and anticipates well on the defensive end. Brzoja is also a good outside shooter and shot it well this weekend. The weakness to his game is his lateral quickness, but he didn’t look as slow this weekend as I previously thought." > > Tymell Murphy ..this is from the Rutgers scout.com premium site..inaccessible to most... "Recruiting.. On the Hardwood JuCo swingman Tymell Murphy officially visited Rutgers last week, but did not receive a scholarship offer from coach Mike Rice." "JuCo Tymell Murphy did not earn an offer from Rutgers on his official visit. I don't expect him to receive one. -- ...in open scrimmages could not seem to score against the defense." mbd.scout.com/mb.aspx?s=183&f=2834&t=8926559 http://rutgers.scout.com/2/1179891.html Akkem Springs - signs LOI to Northern Illinois http://www.huskiewire.com/articles/2012/04/21/43959410/index.xml This comment on twitter says Akeem Springs signed with the "Salukis" but also mentions another SIU signing "Travon Baker" - and he also signed with NIU not SIU. https://twitter.com/#!/bryangn/status/193988973436219393 http://www.niuhuskies.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/041212aaa.html Milton Doyle - still shopping around - no word yet - This new ranking has Doyle at #22 in Illinois' fairly weak Class of 2012...but then they also have Aaron Simpson at #17 http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?hl=en&tbo=1&gbv=2&tbs=qdr%3Ad&q=cache:m96oRomq4XMJ:http://ballinnetwork.com/index/index.php?option=com_php&Itemid=448&st=IL&y=2012+%22milton+doyle%22&ct=clnk omari Grier - visited BU last weekend - I think we'd have heard by now if there was any good news... ESPN is reporting that Wichita assistant Greg Heiar is in the running for the Southern Miss job vacated by Larry Eustachy. The article also mentions that Tim Jankovich was in Minneapolis this past weekend at a big AAU event that Jim Molinari was also at. No official word if or when Jank's taking the spot at SMU. Bobo Drummond getting interest from Wright State among others but apparently little interest from the big boys as had been predicted by some... Rayvonte Rice's mom has been quoted saying that his decision is between Xavier and U of I. https://twitter.com/#!/JDenhart23/status/194185570585550848 Trey Kellum from Peoria Central verbals to Florida A&M https://twitter.com/#!/KRscout/status/194427931840360451 Several Illinois Wolves and others played very well in the Merrillville AAU event http://illinois.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1358129&PT=4&PR=2 Here's a few clips from that article... "Demetri McCamey's little brother Glynn Watson hit a baseline three-pointer with 3 seconds remaining in overtime to lift the Illinois Wolves 66-65 over Meanstreets at the Spring Showdown in Merrillville (Ind.) on Sunday. Watson's shot capped off the matchup between two marquee 15U clubs in one of the top games at the event. Watson, who will be a sophomore this fall at Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph, is one of four outstanding guards on the Illinois Wolves 15U team. Wolves' director Mike Mullins feels it is among the best collection of backcourt talent that his program has had. Jordan Ash, who also plays at St. Joe's, is probably the most touted of the quartet. ...Ash .. considered top 5 talents in their class in Illinois. Jordan Ash, guard (6-foot-1), Westchester (Ill.) St. Joseph / Illinois Wolves It would be hard to find a sophomore guard who is more physically and mentally mature than Ash at his. He was consistently good the entire weekend in Merrillville. Ash is the emotionally leader of a loaded 15U Wolves squad, and he gets it done inside and out. His strength allows him to get position in the paint and finish, and he is tough on the glass for a player of his size. A left-hander, Ash can get his mid-range shot at will. Ash attacks, but doesn't force things if they aren't there - a trait of many Wolves guards over the years. His three point shot is a work in progress, but it is noticeably better than when we saw him last summer. Ash can score at three levels when the outside jumper is going down. He was also the best passer among the 2015 guards that we saw this weekend, especially in transition. Prentiss Nixon, guard (6-foot-1), Bolingbrook (Ill.) A smooth and natural scorer, Nixon went off in the game against Meanstreets, hitting threes and attacking the rim in transition. Along with 2014 wing Peyton Allen, Nixon was the best pure shooter that we saw at this event. The Wolves guards are interchangeable - Nixon can play point, but he is a more natural wing. Like Allen, Nixon is great coming off of screens. But something that separates Nixon is the ability to get his own shot. He can break down opponents off the dribble or stop and pop. Nixon also defends well on the ball - he forced a five second call on a key possession late in the Meanstreets game. More notes from the Spring Showdown * Illini head coach John Groce and assistant Jamall Walker were on hand for most of the day. * 2014 wing Peyton Allen shot the ball consistently well this weekend and looks in excellent physical condition this spring. * Darius Austin, Allen's teammate on the SW Illinois Jets 16U club, is adept at getting to the basket. The jury is still out on Austin due to an inconsistent shooting stroke, but he is very aggressive attacking the rim. * Normal (Ill.) U-High forward Keita Bates-Diop was hot and cold this weekend, but he came up with a big 24-point performance vs. Speice Indy Heat Sunday afternoon." A few more minor notes..... @prepbullseye tweets... "No IL player enhanced stock in Minneapolis this weekend more than Kendall Pollard. Is a top 2013 recruiting priority for Toledo & Bradley." Kendall Pollard also figures to receive a scholarship offer soon from Bradley. AHC Willie Scott watched him endlessly this weekend." Alec Peters from Washington got an offer from Valpo..and ... Nate Taphorn is now very likely out of reach for any mid-major... - he's now got a Northwestern offer even before his junior year is over IN THE NEWS IS MORE IDIOTIC VIOLENT BEHAVIOR BY RON ARTEST... Despite the guy calling himself "Metta World Peace" (what a mockery of anything to do with peace) - .. this guy displays the most criminally violent and thuggish personality of anyone I have ever seen play this game or really any athletic endeavor - even ice hockey! Here's Ron Artest's latest hit on a completely innocent and unsuspecting James Harden in last night's game http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QkvepCon4tg I call on the NBA to give Artest a lifetime ban - this is far, far from his first or even his 10th incident - someof which are already legendary.. This crap is exactly why even kids in junior high are acting the same way because they think it's cool, tough, and gets very little penalty. I saw the ESPN talking heads hinted they thought he'd just get 1 or 2 games, maybe three...and I cringed when I heard that...... Look at Marian Hossa of the Blackhawks that we are discussing on the General Sports board - he was hit so violently that he's gonna miss not just the playoffs, but his career might just be over because of that hit... Likewise with Harden - it is convceivable that if he has a concussion he could miss a month or more... Anyone recall Cardinals' catcher Jason LaRue whose career was destroyed and ended when he was viciously kicked in the head by Cincinnati's Johnny Cueto?? In other words - LaRue gets a lifetime penalty from the injury but remember what Cueto got?? Seven games suspension - which because he's a pitcher actually means he misses JUST TWO GAMES, maybe even JUST ONE! http://stlouis.cardinals.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100919&content_id=14843488¬ebook_id=14843490&vkey=notebook_stl&c_id=stl http://www.foxsportsmidwest.com/08/12/10/Rains-Cuetos-suspension-is-a-joke/landing.html?blockID=289060 I know the voice of just one fan is meaningless to these greedy people but I have been consistent over the course of my entire life that this type of INTENTIONAL violence - especially when completely unrelated to the game - needs to be penalized in the severest way! In the same contaxt... ... a new study shows why pro sports teams seem to NOT care about the severe character issues and arrest histories - they go right ahead and pursue or draft those guys anyway!! In other words ..character doesn't matter - the lust for talent and the hope that it'll pay off with wins and more income are all that matters. http://news.yahoo.com/column-undecided-draft-scan-rap-sheet-235703929--spt.html "But a provocative new study suggests an almost surefire way for any GM to maximize the value of his pick: Choose a player who's already had a run-in with the law. "So if you're on the fence about a player and worried about his criminal record," said Stephen Wu, an economics professor at Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y., "the data says take a chance." That sounds strange, but makes sense ..." This study and the response by the NFL teams is exactly why we have such character issues so prevalent in sports.. Lastly - remember when the media and ISU fans really had a field day because one BU player tweeted from class? Even though Osiris Eldridge has also tweeted some groos stuff from his classes, even a video of another female student..the ISU fans still took the opportunity no matter how minor to criticize behavior by BU players. Well, I think we can now put that debate fully to rest... As time has gone on a few ISU players' tweets, especially Osiris Eldridge's have gotten more and more hideous and gross - but his latest kinda tops them all. Here it is - but because of the possibility he may delete it I have reproduced it in a censored form below... https://twitter.com/#!/Osiris_Eldridge/status/194291628096225280 "Tell a white girl u wanna dabble in her pu**y, she gon explode from joy... u won't even be able to hit" LMAO" Keep up the classy stuff...BTW OE has reportedly been dismissed from his NBDL team - despite his talent - he's kind of nearing the "bust" stage... he was also booted from his teams in Turkey & France - with the French team kicking him out before he even played a game!