– Syracuse is officially leaving the Big East in 2014, and will pay $7.5-million in order to do so. For the Orange, it’s a brave, new world. What does Syracuse’s early exit mean for Pittsburgh, the other spoon-to-be Big East ex-patriot . Seton Hall blogger J.P Guerette reacts to the Orange’s early exit. Hoya bloggers react to the removal of Orange from the Big East
– Matt Jones is the John Calipari of the Kenutcky basketball media. He’s as successful and popular as he is polarizing. He’s the perfect man to rank this list: The 12 best UK NBA players in the modern eraan “under the radar” team to watch for
– Anthony Davis’ unibrow signed with Nike
– Speaking of Kentucky and #BBN, a fan asks Marquis Teague for an RT in exchange for her son’s back tattoo. Yep. That just happened
– Butler made its mark on college hoops by participating in back-to-back national championship games. The story might have been great, but the offensive output certainly wasn’t. Which is why Butler brought in potent scorers Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham
– Myron Medcalf examines the importance of team chemistry and the case of former-Duke guard Austin Rivers
– Members of the college basketball brain trust at the World Wide Leader take part in a ACC summer shootaround series
– With Reggie Johnson leading the way, the Miami Hurricanes are once again an “under the radar” potential preseason darkhorse candidate (So.many.cliches.So.little.time)
– Former-Virginia Tech head coach Seth Greenberg is reportedly headed to ESPN
– Georgia Southern isn’t moving conferences any time soon, and voiced their allegiance to the SoCon
– SEC commissioner Mike Silve isn’t leaving any time soon
– Miek Anderson, the athletic director for the University of Maryland, insists that the rumors of his departure for Stanford are untrue
– Missouri is one of the SEC’s newest institutions. Here’s a “State of the Union” address for the Tiger’s program
– Critically acclaimed Lennox Rawlings provides a brilliant take of the North Carolina fraud case
– This isn’t hoops-related at all, but there’s not a chance in hell that Mike Francesa has the best radio show in the country (You just have to trust me on this one)
Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.
Think that’s too strong?
Look at this dunk:
He also did this over the summer:
Williams is a 6-foot-7, 215 pound JuCo transfer that should provide UConn with some minutes in the frontcourt this season.
LSU has announced the addition of Oregon transfer Kavell Bigby-Williams, a 6-foot-11 junior that was the National Junior College Player of the Year as a sophomore.
Bigby-Williams, who is a native of London, averaged 3.0 points and 2.8 boards last season as the Ducks reached the Final Four, but he played the majority of the season while under investigation for an alleged sexual assault that occurred while he was at Gillette College in Wyoming.
The local County Attorney declined to charge Bigby-Williams with a crime, and Gillette College police consider the case closed.
“The university conducted a responsible and comprehensive review before approving the transfer,” a release posted on LSU’s Athletics site read, “including close coordination with Title IX officials, multiple discussions with Gillette and Oregon officials and a thorough examination of available public records.”
LSU head coach Will Wade was quoted in that release as well: “This is an issue we all take seriously and we made absolutely sure we did our due diligence before considering moving forward. Kavell understands that and has made clear to me that he’s going to repay our confidence by representing LSU with his very best on and off the court.”
Rutgers has made a potentially significant addition to their 2017 recruiting class, as four-star big man Mamadou Doucoure appears to have reclassified.
According to the Asbury Park Press, Doucoure has already enrolled in classes at Rutgers, citing a search of the university’s online database. The 6-foot-9 Doucoure was initially a member of the Class of 2017 before reclassifying to 2018, although there have been rumors that he has been trying to enroll this year.
It’s not yet clear if Doucoure will be eligible to play this season — he has not even been added to Rutgers’ roster online — but if he’s eligible, he should be able to provide rotation minutes for the Scarlet Knights.
Even if he’s not cleared to play this season, his addition matters. He’ll be able to workout with and develop in a Big Ten locker room before getting cleared to play alongside a massive 2018 recruiting class that already includes four-stars Mac McClung and Montez Mathis along with three-star prospect Ron Harper Jr.
It’s looking less and less likely that we’ll see Mitchell Robinson on a college campus this season.
Robinson, if you’ve forgotten, committed to and signed with Western Kentucky, enrolling at the school and practicing with the team over the summer. But he left Bowling Green after two weeks and has received a release to transfer out of the program.
And that’s where the difficultly here lies.
He’s a transfer, which means that, as a top ten prospect and a likely one-and-done player, he will be redshirting the only year that he is on campus unless the NCAA would provide him with a waiver, which is unlikely. After Robinson left WKU, three schools have emerged as potential landing spots: LSU, Kansas and New Orleans. LSU ended their recruitment two weeks ago. Over the weekend, Kansas head coach essentially confirmed that Robinson will not be a Jayhawks.
“I would think that we probably won’t sign anybody,” Self told the Kansas City Star.
That leaves New Orleans, his hometown school, or overseas, which is a rumor that has followed Robinson since the spring. The other option? Sitting out and training for a year, which FanRag Sports reported on Sunday is a possibility.
However you slice it, Robinson’s one-and-done year has turned into a mess. He’s still likely to end up as a first round pick — seven-footers that can do the things he does defensively don’t grow on trees — but I can’t imagine that teams are going to be clamoring to use a lottery pick on a player that just spent a year sitting out.
Texas is in Australia for their team’s summer trip, and Jericho Sims gave Longhorn fans a glimpse of why they may not miss Jarrett Allen’s athleticism all that much this season.