Davis, Indiana Hit It Big. Again
The word around the gym today was that Josh Smith ended his recruitment and committed to the Hoosiers. Hello, Mike Davis. Just to recap that's D.J. White, Smith, Robert Vaden and James Hardy? What's next, a 2005 stud?
Lately there's been some talk about Brian Johnson and North Carolina. How serious are the Tar Heels? There's no doubt in our mind that Johnson is the top target and the focus of their big man efforts right now. Word on the streets is that if Syracuse really wants Dayshaun Wright then the Orangemen are going to be tough to beat. That's what the competitors think. The stakes are getting turned up in the Charles Thomas war. The head coaches are coming out for all his games and that's Rod Barnes, Leonard Hamilton and Kelvin Sampson.
Faces In The Crowd
Illinois has most of its staff on Shaun Livingston watch in Jersey. However, assistant Chris Lowery was doing the Kalen Grimes thing a good portion of the day. Stanford's Mike Montgomery was on Davis Nwankwo patrol. Jeff Meyer and Todd Lickliter were at it again, hounding guard Gary Patterson. Western Kentucky coach Darrin Horn joined that party today too.
Mike Krzyzewski had a busy morning occupying himself with Josh McRoberts, Tyler Hansbrough and Eric Boateng. By the afternoon session, the Devils had the entire staff on junior patrol in Indy. Lute Olson was front and center for Mohamed Tangara and Martell Webster in the 3-on-3 session. UNC's Joe Holladay was wearing Brian Johnson out.
Jim O'Brien, Bill Self, Tom Izzo and Ben Howland were on the Malik Hairston trail today. Herb Sendek was one of many in the gym glaring at Luke Zeller. We can only imagine that Louie Orr was front and center for one Dayshaun Wright. Mark Few put in some Maarty Leunen time with Ben Braun today.
Kalen Grimes' strength made his a terrific 3-on-3 guy. A.J. Abrams, a junior from Austin, can flat out stroke the rock. Connor Atchley was caught banging jumpers again. This kid is something and he's just scratching the surface. At the T.O.C. in May he was a deer in headlights. Here he's just been terrific. Eric Boateng's defensive work on Al Jefferson can't go unnoticed. The English prospect just wouldn't give up his ground. Now, he did a nice job but "Big Al" will eventually take what he feels is his. Jefferson simply uses his body and an economical dribble to create just enough space to wreak havoc on the rim. If he gets separation it's a dunk. Martell Webster's strength and overall perimeter game are ridiculous.
Notes Akida McClain attends the same high North Carolina State head coach Herb Sendek did. Marc Egerson attends the same high school yours truly once struggled at. D.J. White has a fractured thumb and will miss 2-3 weeks. Arizona assistant Josh Pastner loves his t-shirts. Pastner has a summer system. He's got three colors and rotates the Arizona t-shirts in a blue, red and white order.
"He's really good. He's got a lot to learn. He's better than some people my age." -- Al Jefferson on Greg Oden