THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Netwhispers On Hoops
Just like the sheriff in the old west, Gary Waters got his big guy, Shagari Alleyene. Coach will continue to recruit the inside and will hone in on Mookie Watkins and Roman Narimbyme. Look for Coach Gary to land either one or both of these insiders to help complete his class.
The Dynamic Duo and I don't mean Bat and Robin but Luol Deng and Charlie Villaneuva will allegedly hold a news conference on Tuesday, November 5, where they will announce their intentions for next year. Deng will select among Duke, UVA, Missouri and Indiana while Villaneuva will select from a group that includes Seton Hall, Villanova, Indiana and Illinois.
If they decide to go to school together, the obvious choice is Indiana University and Coach Davis. If each goes his own way, figure Deng may select Duke and Charlie will most likely stay close to home and select between Seton Hall and Nova. It is probably a moot point because Charlie will probably end up in the NBA next year.
Meanwhile, Boston College lost out to DePaul for 6'6" forward Marcus Heard. Heard who plays for Springfield, Illinois, had basically narrowed his field to the two schools. Staying out west, Saint Johns picked up a their second verbal for the class entering September 2004. John Williams of St. Cloud, Minnesota, a 6'8" 240 pound power forward selected St. Johns over Minnesota.
Anthony Tucker a 6'5" 235 pound bruiser from Carolina will play for the Longhorns. He selected them over Clemson and WVU. Small forward Renaldo Balkman of IMG Bradenton, Florida, picked Coach Odom's South Carolina Gamecock's over Miami, South Florida and Florida State. Finally, Pittsburgh and Miami lost out to Iowa State for super point, Will Blalock. The feeling around the East was that Blaylock might allegedly need to reclassify for one more year. Frantz Dorsivil the former Canadian that spent last year at Elizabeth, High School will also allegedly reclassify into the Class of 2004.
Now it's time to turn our attention to Jucoville. The University of Connecticut is looking at Jimmy Ingles a 6'11" center that plays at Eastern Oklahoma Junior College. Providence, Seton Hall and St. Johns are also following Jim's progress. Seton Hall and Providence are also following Darius Manciel, a 6'11" center at Arkansas- Fort Smith. Manciel spent last year at Weathford Junior College, Texas, getting his grades in order. He is originally from Detroit and may have three years of eligibility. Providence is also following Nate Lofton, Manciel's teammate. Like Manciel, Lofton is also 6'11" and still a growing boy.
University of Miami has already gotten a verbal from Leonard Harden, a center playing at Garden City, Kansas. They are following a number of Junior College guards. Two of the more high profile guards are Donnell Taylor of Okaloosa- Walton and Ja Michael Young of Chipola. Both of these wings go 6'3" and play for Florida Junior Colleges. They are each ranked as top 10 swings. Both of these guys can shoot the rock and take it to the hoop. Miami Coach Perry Clark seems to really like those two year offensive threats because he keep filling them into the program.
I also heard that Saint Johns and Seton Hall are both involved with several Junior College guards. I am still trying to obtain their names.
In this weeks where is he now category, where is former Rutgers and Bronx Science star Craig Carter? He is down in North Carolina and looking to return to the Metro area as an college assistant coach. Hey Craig, there may be an opening up in Teaneck. Does anyone know someone up at FDU to help Craig get the job? If so, contact Mike or me and one of us will pass it on.
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