– With so much going on this weekend thanks to Midnight Madness festivities College Basketball Talk decided to gather all the best videos and news from season tip-off festivities
– College Basketball Talk released it’s highly anticipated “All-Name Team” selections for 2012-13 on Friday.Eric Angevine and Troy Machir are college basketball’s foremost experts in etymology, surnames and general nomenclature and have combined forces to provide a definitive list of who’s who in 2012-13. Be on the look out for part-II later today.
– With the season now officially started, the guys behind the big eyeball at CBS Sports released their annual list of “The 68 Things to watch this season”
– There are not many people more critical of John Calipari and Kentucky than coaching legend Bob Knight. Despite repeatedly criticizing Calipari in public, and refusing to mention the university’s name, Knight will be part of a broadcast team for two Kentucky games this season
– Jeff Eisenberg has ten intriguing questions we should think about as the season starts to progress
– Two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Bill Parcells stopped by Siena’s practice on Saturday morning to meet with O.D. Anosike, who Parcells met this past summer
– Pat Forde previews the upcoming season for the Indiana Hoosiers, who enters the season as the top team in the nation and will look to win their first national championship since 1987
– Steve Massiello has done great things in his short time at Manhattan. The Jaspers have a bunch of experienced players who have the ability to carry the program back to the NCAA tournament
– UNLV has decided to take a flyer on oft-troubled Jelan Kendrick. You may remember his story. As a freshman at Memphis in 2010, he was suspended twice and kicked off the team before the season began. He spent 2011 at Ole Miss, but was removed from the program following the end of the season. During a game in March, Kendrick removed himself from the court during warm-ups and left the arena with his girlfriend, only to return to a spot on the bench where he did not move from until the end of the contest
– Highly touted recruit Xavier Rathan-Myles committed to Florida State over the weekend, raising the Seminole’s chance of bagging top recruit Andrew Wiggins, who is very close with Rathan-Myles
Troy Machir is the managing editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @TroyMachir.
Wisconsin guard John Diener has committed to DePaul, his grassroots program announced Wednesday night.
The 6-foot-4 Class of 2018 guard ends his recruitment rather early with offers also from instate schools Green Bay and Milwaukee. He’s known as a shooter and becomes the first commit for Dave Leitao in the 2018 class.
Diener, who plays with the Wisconsin Playground Warriors in the spring and summer, commits to the Blue Demons with them coming off a disappointing campaign, Leitao’s first in Chicago. DePaul went 9-22 overall and 3-15 in the Big East, finishing only ahead of St. John’s.
DePaul has been recruiting the Midwest hard with incoming 2016 recruits from La Lumiere School in Indiana, Sagninow, Mich. and locally in Chicago.
Jamie Dixon’s presence is already being felt in the Big 12 and on the recruiting trail.
TCU received its first commitment of the Dixon era when four-star 2016 point guard Jaylen Fisher announced his decision to join the Horned Frogs on Wednesday.
“Due to how comfortable my family and I are with the coaching staff,” Fisher posted from his Twitter account, “and the emphasis the university has put on making basketball a priority, I’m committing to be a student-athlete at TCU.”
Getting a consensus top-75 prospect, who was once committed to UNLV, is a heck of a coup for being just a couple months on the job. It instantly shows the Frogs are going to be a player for some of the country’s top players, which is a necessity if you have designs on making a move up the ladder of arguably the country’s best league in the Big 12.
Maybe the most gratifying thing for TCU, though, is the reason Fisher publicly stated for making his decision, the school’s “making basketball a priority.” The hoops program has suffered immensely in the Big 12 (while the football program has flourished), winning a total of eight games in their four seasons (including a winless 2014), but the school sank $72 million into renovating its arena, made an aggressive move in firing Trent Johnson and then went out and got its dream candidate, Dixon, an alum. Fisher’s commitment is the first time those moves have shown that commitment to basketball paying off.
Washington State transfer Valentine Izundu will be visiting San Diego State after all.
Coach Ernie Kent has rescinded his restriction on the 6-foot-10 graduate transfer from visiting the Aztecs, according to a report from the Spokesman-Review, citing an anonymous source. Izundu will also be reportedly visiting Fresno State and UNLV.
Izundu had previously been barred from considering the Aztecs by Kent because of suspcisions of tampering. Izundu vigorously denied that was the case as at the center of the dispute was a trip he made to San Diego for spring break. He publicly said he did not have any contact with the SDSU coaching staff , though he attended an Aztecs NIT game.
Kent, though, appears to have relented, as many coaches who have similarly faces public pressure in such situations before him have. In this era where so much attention is being paid to player rights and welfare, there only seems to be growing public sentiment against programs restricting transfers beyond the absolute bare minimum is rarely going to go over well. It may make things more difficult for coaches and programs, but it’s the deck is largely already stacked in their favor in most every other instance.
DEARBORN, Mich. (AP) Authorities say former Michigan State basketball player Keith Appling faces charges including carrying a concealed weapon after he was found in possession of guns and marijuana in suburban Detroit.
The Wayne County prosecutor’s office says 24-year-old Appling was arrested outside a Dearborn club on Sunday night. Club security called police after seeing a man pull a gun from the trunk of a car.
Prosecutors say Appling was in the driver’s seat of the car when police arrived. Officers found a handgun under the driver’s seat, a loaded weapon in the trunk and a small amount of suspected marijuana.
Weapons and marijuana possession charges were announced Wednesday.
The court says he doesn’t have a lawyer on record.
Appling played for the Spartans from 2010-2014 and plays for the NBA’s development league.
Former UNLV center Ben Carter announced on Wednesday that he will be transferring to Michigan State to finish his collegiate career.
Carter, who began his career at Oregon, averaged 8.6 points and 6.0 boards in his one season with UNLV before tearing his ACL in late January. He spent two seasons with the Ducks before transferring to Vegas, which is why he’s eligible immediately for the Spartans.
And that’s the biggest reason that Tom Izzo and company targeted him.
The Spartans lost Deyonta Davis to the NBA Draft after one season, a fact that became an inevitability midway through the year but one that the Spartans didn’t necessarily plan for heading into last season. Carter isn’t going to be an instant impact kind of player, particularly not when he’s coming off of an ACL injury, but he is a big body and a veteran presence on a front line that wasn’t going have much of either.