You’d be hard-pressed to find a more powerful dunker in all of high school basketball that Edrice ‘Bam’ Adebayo, a 6-foot-8 power forward from North Carolina that doubles as one of the top ten recruits in the country.
Bam might be the most powerful dunker that’s not currently in the NBA. That’s how big, strong and athletic he is.
I mean, just watch these dunks:
Adebayo is currently uncommitted, but the running theory in recruiting circles is that he and Dennis Smith Jr., a point guard that’s also ranked in the top ten and Bam’s teammate on the AAU circuit, will end up at N.C. State.
Montana’s basketball program has one of the best coaching trees of any program in the country.
It sounds crazy, but it’s true.
As NBCSports.com detailed last February, Michigan State legend Jud Heathcoate, former Stanford and Cal head coach Mike Montogomery, Utah head coach Larry Krystkowiak, Oregon State head coach Wayne Tinkle, recently retired Utah State coach Stew Morrill and former Old Dominion head man Blaine Taylor all made their way through the Missoula campus.
That’s quite a legacy, and one that the program will be celebrating with a “Roundball Roast” fundraiser event in which the coaches will have a chance to … well, roast each other.
Knowing these coaches — how intense Krystkowiak and Tinkle can be, the personality of Taylor, etc. — there’s no doubt that this event will be one worth watching.
It’s $150 a ticket.
So maybe we just hope that someone in there gets video of it?
Colorado is still hoping that they’ll have senior forward Xavier Johnson available for Pac-12 play this season.
Johnson tore his Achilles’ tendon in June in a team workout, an injury that required surgery to repair. He was — and still is — expected to miss the entire season, but Colorado head coach Tad Boyle hasn’t ruled out a return during Pac-12 play for Johnson.
“Nothing is definite,” Boyle told CBSSports.com. “We will address it in mid-December and see where he is. My guess is redshirt, but I’m not ruling out a Pac-12 season return either. We’re preparing for either scenario.”
The decision on whether or not to rush Johnson back from injury may depend on how close Colorado, who is expected to be a bubble team this season, is to the tournament. If they need a late boost from a guy that averaged 10.3 points and 5.6 boards last season, maybe they’ll try to bring him back. Josh Scott is a senior this season as well, meaning this may be their best chance to make a run.
But would Johnson be willing to burn his final season of eligibility trying to come back this quickly from an injury? Just how effective would he be, returning from a serious injury after having sat out for seven months? And since Scott is graduating, wouldn’t it be nice to have a veteran presence on their front court in 2016-17?
In other words, I still think it’s unlikely that he’ll make it back this season.