THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
It's starting to get down to crunch time in the recruiting wars. Rutgers continues its pursuit of a point guard and an inside force. Over the past few days' two point guards were on campus. The first was Ed Glass a 6'2" St Louis Junior College transfer from Kaskaskie College, Centralia, Illinois. The second was A. B. Walker a 6'1" All State selection from the Virginia Tidewater region.
Rutgers continues to pursue Mookie Watkins. Other involved include SHU, North Carolina and Kentucky. The interesting points here are that the coaching situations for both North Carolina and Kentucky are allegedly unclear for next year.
Other Rutgers options on the inside include Greg Killings of Northwestern High School, Miami, Florida, and Anthony Lalor of Westchester Community College. There is also the mysterious foreign player that didn't materialize over winter break and is lurking out there. Killings is allegedly down to Rice University and Rutgers University.
Lalor committed to George Washington in high school but was an academic non-qualifier. He is a solid defender and rebounder but his offense now mainly is limited to put backs and close in shots. He is a wiry 225 and will need to boost his offense to be a force at this level.
If you believe the press in North Carolina, Coach Doherty is in trouble. His late season NIT run may have saved his job for now but there are those that still want him out today. He allegedly faces the possibility of several high profile transfers and North Carolina may make one more run at Coach Roy Williams or Coach Larry Brown. Back to back seasons without an NCAA appearance just isn't acceptable when you cheer for the Carolina Blue.
The problem in Kentucky boils down to three letters, NBA. Tubby Smith just may take that shot at an NBA job this year. The whispers are there and the rumors are stronger than ever. He has once again righted the Kentucky ship and will leave the coffers full. Current senior Marquis Estill may fill the one problem at center. If Estill can graduate by the end of summer school, he will be eligible to return to the Cats next season. This is the current plan. Kentucky continues to pursue other options at the center position as a backup to Estill. The Cats are also heavily involved and lead for several major insiders in the Class of 2004.
On the coaching front Cleveland State is looking to replace Coach Massiminno and may look to Rutgers Assistant Kevin Heck. According to one of the local Cleveland papers Heck is on a short list of people for the job.
In the where is he now category, where is former Rutgers recruit Floyd North? The San Diego guard spent the last two years at Oregon State and wants out. He and the new coach just don't see eye to eye.
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