The Forgotten Little Big Man of College Basketball (Deadspin)
With the Wooden and Robertson award midseason lists being released over the last two days, there has been a great amount of discussion regarding who made the cut and who didn’t. One player not on either list is USCB big man Alan Williams, who has been highly productive amidst little national fanfare this season. Ken Pomeroy aims to change that.
Creighton’s Grant Gibbs talks about life on the injury list (USA Today)
Creighton senior guard Grant Gibbs is currently sidelined due to a knee injury, with the hope being that he’ll be able to return to the court in the next two weeks. In his most recent diary entry Gibbs discussed topics such as how he’s dealing with the injury and the Bluejays’ incredible offensive performance in their win over No. 4 Villanova on Monday night.
Kansas, Florida slide into top five, but Ethan Wragge wins the rankings (Sports Illustrated)
Luke Winn’s released his latest power rankings, with one of the many tidbits focusing on the three-point shooting of Creighton forward Ethan Wragge. According to Winn’s research Wragge’s made 11 of his three-pointers from the right elbow, converting those shot at a 64.7% clip.
The new king of the West (Sports on Earth)
Now in his fifth season at Arizona, Sean Miller has a program that lacked stability when he took over sitting atop the national polls and looking like the favorites to win the national title. And to think, the man who’s now the “new king” of west coast hoops originally turned down the job when offered.
Longtime college basketball coach inspiring even rival teams in his fight against cancer (Yahoo! Sports)
Akron’s had to navigate conference play without a key figure on its bench, as director of basketball operations Dan Peters has left the team to undergo treatment for pancreatic cancer. But even with a bleak prognosis Peters continues to fight, and that has motivated many including those who compete against the Zips.
Louisville basketball needs Chris Jones, if a different Chris Jones (Louisville Courier-Journal)
Despite not having the injured Chris Jones the Louisville Cardinals have played very well, with freshman Terry Rozier and senior Russ Smith displaying good on-court chemistry. But while Rick Pitino may have stated that the connection between Jones and Smith isn’t quite as strong, the Cardinals will still need the junior college transfer if they’re to make a run at another national title.
Murdock files motion seeking to compel former Rutgers officials to testify in suit (MyCentralJersey.com)
After claiming that his contract wasn’t renewed in June 2012 due to his bringing attention to the behavior of then-head coach Mike Rice, former Rutgers director of player development Eric Murdock filed a wrongful termination suit against the school. However according to his representation Rice and former AD Tim Pernetti haven’t made themselves available to be deposed, resulting in the lawyers filing a motion to get the ball rolling.
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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.