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There isn't much to report while we wait for Wiggins' announcement. I wonder if any of the current KU guys will ask a release if Wiggins opts for Lawrence. While Wiggins is more 3 than 2 and Selden, White, and Greene might all be more 2 than 3, Wiggins' presence will definitely cut the playing time for the rest of those guys. Maybe it will cause White to transfer after he played only 41 minutes in conference games last year.
Transfer U loses a transferee. Kerwin Okoro to play for Rutgers in the future. He played hardly at all as a freshman, is already behind Long, and was recruited over with Thomas, Hogue, Nader, and Bluford coming in, so he might not have had a big role for ISU throughout his career.
Some blather, rather than real news, but Huggins says he is looking to Holton and Dibo playing in multiple roles, Holton is going to be a rebounding machine, and WVU is going to rebound better. (I mentioned this before, but offensive rebounding was about the last of WVU's problems in 2012-13. It led the conference in offensive rebounding percentage. WVU's real problems were being 8th in opponent's fg%, 10th in opposing 3 pt %, and 8th in its own fg % inside the arc.)
On another note, Huggins had previously complained about the difficulties caused by the distances involved in Big 12 travel. While he might have a point about the travel wearing down a team over the course of the year, it doesn't seem to have much effect in individual games. An interesting feature of the WVU 2012-13 season is that WVU had identical home and road records in conference, including the identities of victims and victors. WVU swept Texas, Tech, and TCU and lost all other games.
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Stunned if he picks Kansas
Did Texas ever attempt to recruit this kid?
Not to my knowledge, but he was playing with Ro Russell when Ro Russell's kids were still coming to Texas. Of course, he was only about 14 or 15 then, but he was recognized as probably the best 14 or 15 year old in the world.
The CBS guys all say FSU for Wiggins with the sole caveat that Goodman, the resident Jayhawk cheerleader, says "don't count out Kansas."
I guess I can brag a little about predicting Bello would transfer from Baylor.
Well, while we're waiting to hear about the hiring of Mitchell Wiggins to the position of assistant coach and the looming transfer of Andrew White, life goes squalidly on for the rest of the conference.
Joins the parade of teams losing players, but in this instance, it is only a potential player. 2014 commit Jacob Hammond is now former commit Jacob Hammond.
I had expected there to be some hint of this in the last 4 weeks, but the intertubes kept it quiet until today. Alex Foster, earlier released from his commitment to Minnesota, has decided to follow Tubby to Lubbock.
I still don't know when they changed the rule to let a player who was released from an LOI sign a new one. They used to couldn't do that.
Tarik Black visited KU today.
While KU lands Wiggins and hosts Black, Weber regains the limelight in that inimitable KSU way by talking about having a committee at the point. Southwell would be an interesting option. I had forgotten that Thomas won't be available in the fall.
I don't think he'll be much help at the point, but Royce O'Neale is now expected to take the roster spot cleared by Rose's departure.
Tubby Smith says he is trying to get Crockett into the small forward position. That could be huge since Tech was dead last in both offensive and defensive rebounding percentage in conference play last year, and it wasn't even close to 9th in offensive rebounding percentage. If they could play Crockett and Tolbert with a five, they might compete a lot better on the glass. Tech had a myriad of other problems, but rebounding deficiency was the worst problem of all .
Oh, and he wants to play uptempo. Um. Maybe. Minnesota was in the top 200 in tempo only twice during Tubby's tenure, and never better than 191, but it was still of one of the faster teams in the Big Ten until the last two seasons, so maybe I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on that one.
I don't know that they have. It just as easily could be an assumption by the writer.
“Kansas may wind up number one in these polls, but that would be so unfair to Texas...” -- Len Elmore, 2/13/11
I checked the NLI site. Under their FAQs, they still say the rule prohibits a second letter of intent in the same academic year.
Maybe the writer thought Tech was a Div. II program. They have played like one recently.
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Royce might be the most complete guard on the Baylor roster next year. Ashley broke him down on our board, but he is coming from Denver which ran a Princeton style offense and he has good basketball IQ. He averaged 11 points 5 boards 4 assist last year.
Baylor will be limited at the PG position with only Chery coming in to replace Jackson and now Rose, but Chery is a good one. He was injured a lot of the year in JUCO, but in the games he played full time (he played several games only 4-5 minutes) he was averaging around 20 points.
I think Chery is very good and mentioned that in a thread here some time back.
I don't know about O'Neale as a point, though. While I have only seen highlights of some Denver games, everything I saw with O'Neale had him playing as a cutter or a guy who was making feeds from the post to other cutters. I didn't see a guy who was adept at handling the ball on the perimeter.
I did see this steal and drive which had me thinking, "Well, he did score." See vid at 3:30. Later you can see him with the ball in the post and passing over his shoulder to a cutter around 4:30. (Saw a lot of similar passes in other highlights. Makes me wonder if 1/2 of his assists came from passing out of the post. I doubt he'll be doing a lot of that for Baylor.)
#20 in white. Guy has skills, but he doesn't look to be anything like major conference PG quick.
University of Denver sophomore guard Cam Griffin (San Antonio, Texas) recorded his first career double-double with 14 points on 5-of-5 shooting and 10 rebounds, as the Pioneers defeated Ohio 61-57 on Tuesday evening in a tight contest in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament
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