THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Fine Tuning The Roster
While some teams in the Big East are working on their 2004-2005 rosters other teams are still attempting to fine tune their rosters for the 2003-2004 campaign.
Boston College is minus one over the past month and the biggest loser of productive players. Gone are Andrew Bryant and Ryan Sydney while Jared Dudley is now in the fold. Bryant was dismissed due to alleged academic deficiencies while Ryan Sydney left for undisclosed reasons. If Troy Bell, their departed senior point guard, was the heart of the Eagle, Ryan was the soul and inspiration. He could be counted on to shut down the key guard or small forward on the opposition, grab the needed rebound or score the key basket. He was a sleeper turned star. The combined loss of Bell and Sydney takes the bite out of the Eagle backcourt.
The addition of California native Jared Dudley a 6'6" or 6'7" 205 pound forward eases the loss of Bryant considerably. The one thing Dudley won't have is division I experience but he has the tools to blossom into an effective Big East player. This past summer he was named to the ABCD All Star Squad. This guy has the tools to contribute major minutes his first year.
Meanwhile, the Pitt Panthers parted ways with entering freshman, Walter Waters, of Detroit. The 6'9" Waters was allegedly borderline academically but has resurfaced at Cleveland State. State will appeal the clearinghouse decision and petition for immediate eligibility. Within days after Waters was off the Pitt roster he was replaced by 6'3" combo guard Antonio Graves of Mansfield, Ohio. An Ohio Division I first team All State selection, Graves will offer some help at the point for red-shirt sophomore Carl Krauser.
In New York, St. Johns is looking to add one or two late Junior College additions to the roster. One of the additions may be Ryan Williams of Monroe Junior College. Ryan played his high school ball for Ron Naclerio at Cardozo, Queens. He is an athletic small forward who has his best years in front of him. There may also be another point added prior to the start of school.
Rutgers continues to look to fill two scholarship positions before the start of classes next week. The focus continues to be at the point and at the center position. Meanwhile Rutgers has received a verbal commit from Dan Waterstadt, a 6'10" power forward from Michigan to get them off to a good start for the Class of 2004-2005.
Providence has two verbals already in the fold for 2004-2005. The first is from behemoth center, Anthony Ivory. Ivory who played but two games for National Christian, Maryland, last year due to a shin injury will resurface this year at Springbrook High School, Maryland. This svelt space eater must lose some pounds to be an effective Division I center. The other is from 6'7" Philadelphia star small forward, DeSean White. White selected Providence over a bevy of schools because he felt he could come into the program and gain significant minute his first year. Two years ago White was considered the number sophomore in Philly.
The Georgetown Hoyas picked up a wing guard in Tyler Crawford of Stauton, Virginia. The 6'4" guard was a relative sleeper prior to Nike but has blossomed this summer. Georgetown, Charlotte, South Carolina and Dayton were some of the teams interested in this intense athlete. Finally, the Villanova Wildcats picked up a good one in guard Keith Benjamin of New York. This 6'2' guard may just explode this year.
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