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Scoop Jardine debuts as a commentator Wednesday


While his former head coach Jim Boeheim goes for win No. 903 tonight – which will give him the second-most wins all time in men’s Division I basketball – Scoop Jardine begins his career as a television commentator.

Jardine will join SNY’s Big East Preview Show at 5:30 p.m. tonight, according to Donna Ditota of the Post Standard. Ditota also reported that Jardine will be in the SNY studio and will appear several times throughout the evening, as SNY airs two games Wednesday night.

“I was contacted about Scoop and my thought was, I knew he had a big personality, why not try him out on a preview show?,”SNY’s Vice President for Studio Programming and Production, Brian Como told the Post Standard. “He’s got an effervescent personality. He smiles a lot and he seems to have a nice cache about himself. And on TV, you need big personalities.”

According to Como, Jardine will talk about the Big East’s biggest storylines as conference play started this week.

The former Syracuse point guard is working as a television commentator after his hopes of playing professional were put on hold. Following his playing career at Syracuse, which ended this past spring, Jardine broke a bone in his right foot during a workout with the Utah Jazz. The Post-Standard stated that Jardine still wants to play professionally, but is still recovering from his injury suffered in June.

“It’s the first step to something special,” Jardine told the Post-Standard. “It’s a great opportunity for me to be on TV in the New York City area.”

“I feel like I’m networking,” added Jardine. “I’m getting television work until I’m back playing basketball. Hopefully, I can do this three times a week.”

The Philadelphia, Pa. native spent five years in Syracuse (redshirted in 2008-2009) averaging 8.9 points and 4.9 assists per game as a senior. Syracuse University is home to the renowned S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which has produced some of the top television commentators and personalities in sports, however Jardine majored in health and wellness.

Boeheim and Syracuse hosts Rutgers tonight in the conference opener for both teams. This is the Orange’s final season as a member of the Big East.

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Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.