Saturday, March 31, 2007
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:28 PM
Coming soon: Roundball Classic and NIKE Hoops Summit!
I am not exactly sure when they will debut on TV, but I will post an update as soon as I find out. The Nike Hoop Summit will air on FSN and Fox College Sports, while Sonny Vaccaro's Roundball Classic will air on CSTV. Both will repeat a few times after the original air date, so don't worry if you miss it. More details after the Final Four is over...
Posted by ncaahoops at 1:26 PM
Friday, March 30, 2007
The Bill Hodges Repor(t) (free, no membership) has the latest commits and decommits, which includes a number of JuCos (JC players) finding homes for 2007-2008, and a 2008 guard at a high profile Jersey high school staying in the area. Also former McDonalds All-American Nate Minnoy has found a new home. Visit the Bill Hodges report for all the details...
Meanwhile I will be having increased recruiting coverage in this blog once the NCAA Tourney is over. If you have any ideas or suggestions on stories and things to keep track off, please send me an email or leave a comment :-)
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:20 PM
Thursday, March 29, 2007
If I was building a team and had to pick exactly one player from the McDonalds all american roster, my first choice would be... Patrick Patterson because he was so effective and efficient. His dunks may not be spectacular but he delivers and whoever gets him they are going to get a valuable component that could lead to championships...
My second choice would be Derrick Rose, can't argue with a true point guard taller than 6-feet...
Now this doesn't necessarily mean I think those two will be the best players in the NBA out of the 2007 class. Certainly OJ Mayo and Michael Beasley have star power. Kevin Love maybe effective at UCLA (which explains why he went there), but he needs a lot of work before he becomes an NBA player.
Incidentally the November 2006 issue of "Slam" magazine is a high-school basketball special issue with Kevin Love and Kyle Singler on the front cover. It's available on Amazon for $5, and eligible for free shipping with orders over $25. Also eligible for the 4-for-3 promotion.
Posted by ncaahoops at 1:42 PM
Monday, March 26, 2007
Vance Coleman of CSTV looks at some of the best JC (JuCo) players at the NJCAA Nationals. A total of around 35 players are presented by Vance, with a short paragraph describing the player and the teams interested in him. Some of them are committed, but some are still available (coaches are you reading this???)
Posted by ncaahoops at 8:14 PM
Lots of games on TV, including state championships and the McDonalds all star game. More detailed TV listings at NCAA Hoops Today Week of March Madness TV listings.
Posted by ncaahoops at 7:56 PM
If your favorite team(s) are out of the NCAA tourney, you are not alone. All but four teams are left standing. But here's to the upcoming season, which for some teams starts with the McDonalds all-star game.
The men's (boys) game will be on ESPN, at 5pm PT/8pm ET on Wednesday March 28, 2007. Also one hour earlier (4pmPT/7pmET) an edited version of the slam dunk and three-point contest, aka the Jam Fest. The game will be played at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. (
You bet the topic of the Kentucky coaching vacancy will come up during the broadcast, especially since the two uncommitted players (Patrick Patterson, and Jai Lucas) were involved with Tubby Smith and Kentucky.
If you miss the live airing, you can watch a repeat at 10am on Thursday, also on ESPN. ESPNU will probably repeat it a few more times. I am boycotting ESPNU listings until ESPN and Comcast come to an agreement and carry ESPNU. Apparently according to posts in message boards, ESPN wants ESPNU to be made available to all digital cable subscribers, while Comcast wants to put ESPNU in the Sports Tier (which costs an additional $5 per month). Since we are dealing with multi-billion dollar companies, this sounds like a petty dispute that should have been resolved already!
More details, including discussions on who and why was left out, and who was undeservedly included at this post
Posted by ncaahoops at 4:33 PM
Friday, March 23, 2007
Yahoo Sports has two stories on the recruiting domino effects of the coaching change at Kentucky.
They include comments and non-comments by the HS coaches of some of the involved signed and unsigned recruits including Patrick Patterson, Jai Lucas, AJ Stewart and Draymond Green.
Posted by ncaahoops at 5:03 PM
HoopScoopOnline has a freebies section (visitors) as well as a lot more in-depth coverage for subscribers. Subscriptions are available per month, quarter, half-year or full-year.
In the freebies section you will find these goodies:
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:33 PM
Coaching Changes, incoming freshmen and ...graduate school research
An incoming freshman commits to a university, not to a specific coach, but one of the main reasons a player choses a specific university is the coach. Some people think that a player should not be allowed to go elsewhere regardless of coaching changes. I disagree. Here is an example that may explain the situation a little better: "Steve wants to do his graduate research work on the sleeping habbits of elephants. Steve is very impressed with the research work of Dr Mary Tide at Auburn. Steve applies and enrolls at Auburn. While Steve is enrolled at Auburn, the main reason he went to Auburn was because he wanted to do his research work with Dr Mary Tide. If for some reason Dr Mary Tide decides to leave the university for another job, or is fired, or retires, then Steve is left in an awkward situation with regards to his graduate research project. While "college basketball" is not a "graduate research project", think of it along those lines, and then you'll see why players (at least incoming freshmen) should be allowed to leave when a coach leaves...
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:18 PM
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Reminder: The Late Signing Period is from April 11 through May 16, 2007
New news from CSTV's Hodge Repor(t)
Posted by ncaahoops at 3:13 PM
OJ Mayo Mania
Posted by ncaahoops at 1:25 PM
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
The LA Times reports that USC bound Malik Story (2008 class) will transfer to Oak Hill from (Lakewood) Artesia of SoCal. As you may recall another SoCal is there, Brandon Jennings, 2008 class, who also committed to USC.
Posted by ncaahoops at 4:02 PM
Also mentioned in the LA Times is that USC bound Malik Story (2008 class) will transfer to Oak Hill. As you may recall another SoCal is there (Brandon Jennings, 2008 class, USC)
Posted by ncaahoops at 3:44 PM
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Posted by ncaahoops at 6:47 PM
Monday, March 19, 2007
This week's edition of Sports Stars of Tomorrow has a feature on one of the top players of the class of 2008, Tyreke Evans... Check local listings or their website for more details.
Posted by ncaahoops at 7:14 PM
Friday, March 16, 2007
You can catch some of the biggest stars of the 2007 and 2008 class as regional FSNs broadcast high-school state and regional tourneys and finals. A lot of these games will be shown nationally on Fox College Sports, most of them not live, but tape-delayed in a two-hour time slot. Check local listings for more details, but some of the states shown are: Florida (all classes), Texas (5A), California (2-3 games), Michigan, West Virginia, New York, New Jersey, Washington, Missouri and Oregon. Also look for repeats of the Lake Oswego (Kevin Love, UCLA-bound) at Mater Dei game (Wear twins, Arizona-bound 7-footer Jacobsen).
As far as all-star games, the following games are typically shown on TV:
Posted by ncaahoops at 12:28 PM
Look for increased Recruiting Coverage once March Madness is over. In the meantime, it's March Madness time!
Posted by ncaahoops at 11:39 AM
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Monday, March 12, 2007
What happened to FSN's Countdown to Signing Day? It used to be shown on Fox College Sports. Granted Bobby Cremins is now busy being a head coach. But has it been cancelled? Or is it simply not carried on FCS? Anyone knows? Please let me know :-)
Posted by ncaahoops at 4:29 PM
As we have seen earlier with Joe Crawford and Malik Hairston, and this year with Wayne Ellington and Gerald Dirty-Dookie Henderson, two talented high-profile wing players on the same high-school team appear to be much better than what they are individually. Not to say that they are not good/great players, it's just that recruiting/rating-wise they were considered to be better than what they have delivered so far... So the lesson learned?: Be cautious not to overrate high-profile wing players on the same high school team...
Posted by ncaahoops at 4:23 PM
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Taking a break from March Madness with Recruiting Madness? While it is relatively quiet recruiting wise because of conference tourneys and March Madness, there are still commitments and decommitments taking place. Catch up with the latest on CSTV and the Bill Hodges Repor(t). No signup and no subscription fees. The most high profile of the last few days is a touted 2008 recruit going (where else) to Ohio State and a guard switching Pac-10 schools.
Posted by ncaahoops at 4:51 PM
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Great analysis of the 2007 Nike Hoop Summit rosters at Draft Express by Jonathan Givony with a focus on NBA Draft implications by the international players.
The Nike Hoops summit does not count as an all-star game with regards to NCAA eligibility, so some of the best players in the 2007 class have been selected including Kevin Love, OJ Mayo, Derrick Rose, and Patrick Patterson. For all the details check the story at DraftExpress.
Posted by ncaahoops at 11:51 AM
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
The 2007 Roundball classic, a work of the Godfather of summer hoops (Sonny Vaccaro), will take place on Tuesday April 3rd 2007 (day after the NCAA final). It usually airs on CSTV. I do not know yet whether CSTV plans to air it live or tape-delayed.
HOWEVER this includes some swing players, as they are also included in the McDonalds All American game and the Jordan Classic. As you may recall, NCAA regulations prohibit a player from participating in more than two all-star games if they want to retain their eligibility. McDonalds is the most high profile of those games (on ESPN baby!) so players chose to either go to Jordan or Roundball, but not both (unless they plan to turn pro).
List of swing players
The Nike Hoops Summit does not count as an all-star game because it is a USA Basketball event, although it is really an all-star game. So the best players of each class usually go to the McDonalds game, the Nike Hoop Summit and either the Jordan or the Roundball classic.
I will have a more detailed break down of the all-star games and recruiting in general after the March Madness madness cools off...
Posted by ncaahoops at 3:08 PM
The Seinfeld DVD collection (Seasons 1 through 7) is on sale today only in Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day for $99 with free shipping. It comes out to $15.50 per season! A must for Sienfeld fans! This is a one-day only deal (Tuesday)
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:52 PM
This week on Sports Stars of Tomorrow, features on:
Check local TV listings for airtimes...
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:50 PM
Monday, March 05, 2007
Today, 5pm pacific time, SoCal High school hoops: Mater Dei vs Artesia, Fox College Sports, with Marques Johnson. Must see TV! as a number of touted recruits including the Wear twins, Taylor King, James Harden, and many more are playing. This is a repeat, not a live game.
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:50 PM
Posted by ncaahoops at 2:03 PM
Thursday, March 01, 2007
New Seth Davis Generation Next episode today on CSTV. This is episode #5.
Airtimes (all times pacific, add +3 for eastern)
For more details and for updated TV listings check cstv.com
Also tonite, at 5pm pacific there is a Kevin Love game on Fox College Sports: A repeat of the game featuring Lake Oswego at Mater Dei, Fox College Sports. UCLA bound K-Love visited SoCal with his hs team to cut the ribbons on Mater Dei's long awaited new facility. I don't want to spoil the result, but it made UCLA fans happy. Ben Howland was caught by the cameras watching the game from a prime location (they call it "baby-sitting" in the recruiting world).
Posted by ncaahoops at 9:32 AM