Kelly Kline/Under Armour

Five-star Californian to visit six schools before making a decision

Leave a comment

Five months after making a verbal pledge to attend Arizona, five-star combo guard Tyler Dorsey made the decision to reopen his recruitment in mid-June. And with Dorsey rated as one of the best guards in the country, the Marantha HS (Pasadena, California) senior was on the receiving end of a lot of attention from college basketball coaches.

Thursday evening Dorsey, who played on a St. John Bosco team that included UConn freshman Daniel Hamilton, cut his list to six schools. Dinos Trigonis, Dorsey’s coach with the Belmont Shore grassroots program, revealed the list via his Twitter account.

In an article written by CBT’s Rob Dauster during the NBPA Top 100 Camp in June, Dorsey mentioned the school’s guard situation as being an important factor in his decision.

“It’s looking at the guard situation,” he said. “Who’s going to stay, who’s leaving, who are they recruiting in my class, the system and how they’re going to use me in it, my relationship with the coaching staff.”

“Everybody is trying to get me on campus, but [I’ll do that] later, after I cut my list after the whole July season. I don’t have any plans for scheduling any visits.”

Arizona State has two seniors in its backcourt in Bo Barnes and Shaquielle McKissic, and they’ve already received a commitment from South Plains JC guard Andre Spight in the Class of 2015. Counting Spight the Sun Devils could have up to six scholarship guards in 2015-16, with Gerry Blakes and Roosevelt Scott being seniors. Cal won’t have a senior in its backcourt this season, with point guards Sam Singer and Tyrone Wallace and shooting guards Jabari Bird, Jordan Mathews and Stephen Domingo (he’ll be eligible next season after transferring in from Georgetown) among the players who will have eligibility remaining in 2015.

As for the other two Pac-12 schools on Dorsey’s list, both Colorado and Oregon will lose key players at the end of the 2014-15 season. The Buffaloes will have to account for the graduation of Askia Booker, with Oregon’s high-scoring guard Joseph Young being a senior as well. Kansas doesn’t have a scholarship senior in its backcourt, with Frank Mason, Wayne Selden, Conner Frankamp and Brannen Greene all being sophomores and three freshmen (including Kelly Oubre and Devonte Graham) joining the program.

UNLV, which will host Dorsey on an unofficial visit, has some questions to answer with regards to two of their senior transfers. Cody Doolin’s request for a waiver to regain his senior season was granted, but the NCAA has yet to rule on the request for a waiver that would make him eligible immediately. The same can be said for Jerome Seagears, who played his first three seasons at Rutgers.

If both receive waivers the Runnin’ Rebels would lose three seniors at the end of next season, with Jelan Kendrick being the other. UNLV’s added three freshmen to the backcourt in their 2014 recruiting class, with shooting guard Rashad Vaughn regarded as the most talented of the bunch.

Illinois State ends No. 21 Wichita State’s 12-game win streak

Fred VanVleet
AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki
Leave a comment

Having won 12 straight games, No. 21 Wichita State entered the weekend one of the hottest teams in the country. And with a four-game lead atop the Missouri Valley standings, clinching the regular season title was more a matter of “when” as opposed to “if.” But none of that mattered Saturday night at Illinois State, as the Redbirds managed to hand the Shockers their first conference loss by the final score of 58-53.

In addition to the 12-game win streak, which was second to Stony Brook (15 straight wins), Wichita State also saw its 19-game win streak in Valley regular season games come to an end. Illinois State was the last Valley team to beat Wichita State, eliminating the Shockers in the Arch Madness semifinals last March, and they played with the confidence of a team that believed it could win.

And after a rough first half the Redbirds found a way to come back, erasing a 16-point second half deficit in the process.

Wichita State’s issue in the second half was the fact that they couldn’t make shots. The Shockers shot just 26.7 percent from the field and 1-for-14 from three in the second half, with Fred VanVleet going scoreless and Shaq Morris scoring just one point. And just two players, Ron Baker and Conner Frankamp, managed to make multiple field goals in the game’s final 20 minutes. Illinois State certainly deserves credit for that, as they took away the quality looks Wichita State was able to find in building its lead.

And on the other end of the floor Paris Lee took control of the game during Illinois State’s comeback, scoring 13 of his 19 points in the second half with Deontae Hawkins adding 11 second-half points. Illinois State was even worse from the field, finishing the game shooting just over 27 percent from the field. But they were able to attack the Wichita State defense and get to the foul line, outscoring the Shockers 22-9 from the charity stripe. And in a game in which neither team could get much going offensively, the ability to get points from the line proved to be the difference.

This defeat doesn’t help Wichita State, but did anything really change? Maybe the margin for error when it comes to an at-large bid gets a little smaller with the loss in the eyes of some. But when considering injuries to the likes of VanVleet and Anton Grady in non-conference play, those early season losses are understandable. Saturday was a rough night for Wichita State, but given the maturity and talent on at Gregg Marshall’s disposal the Shockers will be fine moving forward.

VIDEO: New Mexico loses game on blown call by officials

Screen Shot 2016-02-06 at 11.57.22 PM
Leave a comment

Nothing like a nice, controversial finish to get the blood flowing.

New Mexico was on the receiving end of a rule misinterpretation on Saturday afternoon, and that interpretation likely cost the Lobos a win over San Diego State and, arguably, a shot at the MWC regular season title.

Here’s the situation: New Mexico is up by three with 12 seconds left and the ball under their own basket. Their allowed to run the baseline, so Craig Neal calls a play where the inbounder throws the ball to a player running out of bounds.

Totally league as long as the player establishes out of bounds before touching the ball. The referee rules that he doesn’t.

Here’s the video:

The problem?

According to the rules, Xavier Adams — the player receiving the pass from Cullen Neal — only needed one foot on the floor out of bounds in order to establish himself as an inbounder that was able to catch that ball. He got one foot down (see the picture above), but the referees appeared to rule that he needed to have both feet down.

That was incorrect, according to the Mountain West office.

“While this was a very close judgment call made at full speed, it has been determined after careful review of slow-motion video replays the call was in fact incorrect,” the league said in a release. “The New Mexico player did get one foot down (two feet are not required) out-of-bounds before receiving the ball, thus establishing his location in accordance NCAA Basketball Playing Rules 4.23.1.a and 7.1.1.  By rule, the officials were not permitted to go to the monitor during the game to review this play.”

And here’s the kicker: When SDSU got the ball back, they hit a three to send the game into overtime, where the Aztecs won. But if New Mexico had won this game, they’d be sitting at 8-2 in MWC play, one game behind SDSU in the loss column with a return game against them in The Pit.

Instead, they’re now three games back with seven to play, meaning that the race is effectively over.

It’s tough to blame the referees here — it was a bang-bang call that is only clear in slow-motion replay — but man, that’s a big call to miss.