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Maybe, anyway. He has to resolve his legal issues, which include the video voyeurism case.
Huggins has grabbed a bunch of talented big guys this recruiting cycle. Holton and Macon (who had to go prep school for a year) should be ready from day one. Williams might need a little time to get acclimated, and Watkins probably will, even though I think he's underrated.
If Staten improves his game, the Mountaineers should be extremely tough, especially in 2014-15.
Austin had shoulder surgery. Expected to fully recover within 4-6 months.
McLemore investigation is being discussed elsewhere on the board.
KSU is getting out early on Fletcher McGee, a 6'3" SG from Florida (and QB). He's a sophomore, without a Rivals or Scout page, and is only #25 among Florida sophomores according to Florida Hoops.
But 247 has a page
Huggins blames himself for poor scouting of Big 12 opponents, complains about travel time, thinks Holton is the best JUCO player in the country (has company there), and says WVU will be better at rebounding. (WVU was the best in the conference at offensive rebounding % but just 6th in defensive rebounding %.)
So that is why Austin stayed.
It might help if I got Magee's name right.
ISU just lost the top assistant coach. Maybe it isn't too late for the Cyclones to hire Mitchell Wiggins.
I heard someone suggesting that Baylor might be in the running for Royce O'Neale, a transfer from Denver, but I don't see a scholarship available. Of course, these things have a way of working themselves out and all that. He's wanting to come back to Texas to be near an ailing family member. He's from Kileen.
I think Royce might be out of the picture now unless Baylor has someone not qualify and or a couple transfer out as Al Freeman just committed to Baylor.
Yep, that just came in.
By my count, that puts Baylor at 14 returning, with an LOI, or having committed.
and now Freeman.
Someone has to go. I would think that Rykhoek would be the odd man out based on talent as of the day he arrived on campus, but I get the sense that Bello is getting squeezed out of any kind of a role and might want to look elsewhere for PT.
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Rykhoek has really taken a big step in his game during his redshirt season.
He was obviously recruited as a project, and Baylor looks rather thin at 5/4 after the coming season, so keeping him makes sense. I can't help but think that Baylor just added two guys right over Bello's position (if he has one), and Bello already didn't get many minutes in 2012-13.
Chris Anderson on Eer 247 says Remi Dibo has committed to WVU. Dibo is a 6'9" JUCO combo forward, a second team NJCAA All-American who shot 44% bta.
Dibo highlights. Looks to be mainly a stretch 4, but with some ability to handle the ball and drive.
I'm thinking Huggins is putting together a really good team for 2013-14. I don't know if all these guys are going to prove to be too slow to handle opposing 3s and 4s, but Huggins has quite a class coming in.
Highlights from Remi Dibo's career @ Casper College
Kruger was pretty open about his new players. He thinks Woodard will have an immediate impact at the point. He thinks there won't be a single guy asked to take the scoring load; there will be a lot of guys threatening to be near double figure scorers: Spangler, Hield, Hornbeak, Clark, Cousins.
OU will be taking a trip to Europe to play this summer. This is the first I've heard about that.
Having acquired Dibo, WVU is no longer interested in Donte Grantham.
While we're on the subject (well, I was, anyway) of foreign trips . . .
Three KSU players (Thomas Gipson, DJ Johnson, and Jevon Thomas) will be going to Lithuania in August with Athletes in Action. Heslip will also go.
In the "we're really trying to come up with a reason to feel optimistic" department, a Raider Power (Scout) writer opines Lubbock is the epicenter of JUCO recruiting, and he anticipates Tubby Smith will mine the JUCOs within 250 miles to build teams. (The writer, while lauding the WJCAC, fails to mention only one of the schools listed made the top 20 in the final poll this year, and only one other made the top 25.)
(Link is to a non-subscriber article.)
I don't doubt that Tech might need to go the JUCO route on a regular basis. I just wonder how productive it will be for them.
FWIW, I think the Florida JUCOs win the top dog competition right now with NW Florida State, Chipola State, College of Central Florida, and Palm Beach State all being in the top 16 leading into the tournament and NWFS and CCF playing for the national championship. There are only 4 at large berths in the tournament, and only one auto qualifier from the Florida region, so Chipola State and Palm Beach State didn't get tournament invites.
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Otzelberger's departure is not making ISU commits Thomas (2013) and Custer (2014) reconsider. Nice job for ISU to get a top 120 type out of Kansas. Note the references to the 247 rankings in the article.
To close out the week--
A lot of the guys previously mentioned in my weekly reports have signed, especially the KSU commits Johnson and Edwards. Allerik Freeman is reported to have "signed," but I thought the rule was that a player who signed and sought release from an LOI couldn't sign another one. Maybe he just signed a financial aid agreement or something. Maybe the rule changed.
Picked up a transfer from Georgetown -- 6'10" Brandon Bolden. CausalHoya was at first intrigued by his athleticism and felt he was always supportive from the bench, so maybe he just needs a place with more opportunity to play, but it's likely he needs more time to learn to move his feet on defense.
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