THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Over 25 New Jersey athletes took part in the ABCD and Nike camps. California had the most participants with New York in second place and New Jersey in third place. This is a tribute to the level of high school basketball played in the Garden State.
Derrrick Caracter, the Scotch Plains phenom, was one of two eight graders to attend the Nike Camp in Indianapolis. All 6'9" of Derrick was show cased last Saturday on ESPN. The 6'9" 265 pound Derrick was shown hitting the corner jumper and then mixing it up under the boards. The other eighth grader was Demond Carter of Laplace, Louisiana. The super bug played varsity this past year and was a first team All State selection.
Several Jersey kids really upgraded themselves this past week. Lakewood guard, J. R. Smith, was the second leading scorer at ABCD. This ICBM missile launcher is being looked at by both basketball and football schools. He is young for his grade and may prep after this year. J. R. is being pursued by Clemson, UVA and Miami among others. Rutgers is also pursuing him.
DePaul High School center, John Kelly, who has given Penn State an early commitment, had a great camp. He out played many of the higher ranked insiders and may be a real sleeper for the Nittany Lions.
The other player that really saw his star rise was Teaneck insider, Willie Irick. Irick showed his ability to go to the boards or hit the outside jumper. This versatility allows him to be a combination forward at 6'7". The Scarlet staff at ABCD closely watched Irick. Willie was probably the most familiar with the Rothman Center living just five minutes from the campus.
Don't be surprised if the Rutgers staff garners at least one or more verbals before the end of July. Informed sources have indicated that they are real close with a couple of kids
What is the scoop with Michigan? You wonder how all the administration up there is shocked by the alleged goings on. How is this stuff much different than the incident years ago down in Kentucky? The questions and answers lie with the NCAA and how they handle an alleged problem like this at a major university. If the NCAA goes light on Michigan, people are going to wonder if it has something to do with the fact that their football program fills up 100,000 seats every Saturday.
You never upset an administration that has a football stadium that seats one hundred thousand.
Or do you?
All eyes will be watching the NCAA on this one.