INDIANAPOLIS -- The big news of the day at Nike was Joe Crawford and his developing situation with the Wolverines. In addition to that, we fill you in on the faces in the stands, school lists and the best camp scuttlebutt on the net! The Business of Basketball
Crawford Opens Recruitment
Whether or not Joe Crawford is the best shooting guard in the country is to be determined. However, one thing became clear on Tuesday: Crawford is no longer committed to Michigan. The guard backed out of his verbal to the Wolverines and will re-open his recruitment. What does this mean for Michigan? Well, it's a tough blow but expect the Wolverines to move front and center in the recruitment of Malik Hairston. He's now a viable target of Tommy Amaker. While we're on the commitment subject, Robert Dozier held a presser and made it official for Memphis.
Faces In The Crowd
Rudy Gay and Isaiah Swann drew a crowd of head coaches that included Jim Boeheim, Rick Pitino, Tubby Smith, Bob Huggins, Jim Calhoun and Gary Williams. Florida State skipper Leonard Hamilton was front and center for Charles Thomas. Now, yesterday Thomas told us FSU and Oklahoma were the two to beat but we keep hearing not to discount Mississippi; Rod Barnes was there today.
East Carolina head coach Bill Herrion was in the stands evaluation Jason Thompson. Western Kentucky head coach Darrin Horn put some time in with recruit Ty Rodgers. Kansas head man Bill Self took in the games of Kalen Grimes and Darnell Jackson along with Malik Hairston.
John Calipari, Buzz Peterson and Bob Huggins watched Shawne Williams. Lorenzo Romar was in the stands evaluating Jon Brockman. Mike Krzyzewski followed around Josh McRoberts during the morning three on three session. Todd Lickliter was chasing Gary Patterson around today. Rick Pitino was showing Brian Johnson in the morning.
Ben Howland was front and center for Malik Hairston's final game of the day. So was Tommy Amaker and that's a developing story. Cal's Ben Braun was spotted taking in a Maarty Leunen game. A.J. Ratliff made a 3-pointer from just inside halfcourt to win his final game of the day. Head coaches like Herb Sendek, Bill Self, Jim Calhoun and Steve Alford liked what they saw.
News & Notes
The Xavier Musketeers and guard Darryl Garrett have parted ways. Garrett will not be part of the 'X' recruiting class. Jerome Habel's lone scholarship offer yesterday increased by two today. Reportedly, Dayton and Western Kentucky are going to pony up to the table and put forth a grant. Look for Josh Smith to commit to Indiana on Thursday. Wow, the Hoosiers are hot.
Kalen Grimes would like to decide prior to his high school season. He's looking hard at Illinois, Missouri, Kansas and now Georgia Tech. He's originally from Atlanta. Word of caution to the schools recruiting him: if they pressure him to commit he's going to look elsewhere.
Robinson Louisme didn't play in the evening and neither did D.J. White. Both are injured and their status is unknown. ' Outside of camp, Dwan Youmans is on Northeastern's campus and is headed to the school.
We'll be in New Jersey for the final two days of the Adidas ABCD Camp. However, we were able to glean some news from Teaneck today. Apparently Dwight Howard is the consensus top dog there. Sebastian Telfair is leading the camp in assists. Andre McGee, Robert Swift and DeMarcus Nelson are 1-2-3 in scoring. Mike Williams is continuing his red-hot play and Shaun Livingston has been slow to get out of the gate with Darius Washington faring well against him on Tuesday.