THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Netwhispers on Hoops
It's the week of November 10 and starting this Wednesday till the 20th it's Letter of Intent Week. The eight-day period when prospective student athletes and their parents can sign on to the college of their respective choice.
Let's assume that all the Big East verbal committed students sign letters this week. Where does that place the Scarlet Knights? You could argue that the Knight recruits would rank second or third best in the league based on consensus rankings.
Syracuse is first with three recruits, two of which are top 50 guys and the last of which has a large range of various rankings. Pittsburgh is probably second with one top 50 recruit, one top 100 recruit and two other insiders with rankings from 100 to 200.
Rutgers is probably third with three recruits. All three Rutgers recruits have various rating and no general consensus among the gurus. They rank from 25 to 150. For example, Marquis Webb has been rated as high as 56 and as low as 150. Miami, with three definite verbal commits and one up in the air, ranks fourth. Nova, Seton Hall, Notre Dame, Connecticut, Georgetown, Providence, Boston College and St. Johns are in the next group. The final group consists of West Virginia and Virginia Tech.
Miami recruit Leonard Harden, a Junior College center from Garden City in Kansas has dropped off the team and is headed home to Detroit. No one is sure of what Harden is up to and whether he will be at Miami next year. Meanwhile, Brandon Bass, a highly touted 6'8" power forward from Louisiana, spent the November 1 weekend up in Storrs. Guard Ronnie Brewer of Fayetteville, Arkansas, had spent the previous weekend on the Connecticut campus. They have one scholarship available.
Boston College picked up another verbal from the west. This time the Eagles headed out to Phoenix, Arizona, to get Devon Evertsen, a 6'7" small forward. Eversten averaged 24 point and 9 rebounds per game last year at Phoenix Moon Valley High School. He selected the Eagles over Washington, Iowa State, Texas Tech and Arizona State.
Syracuse recently received a visit from home grown talent, Dayshawn Wright. The Fowler High School junior averaged 15 points and 12 rebounds per game last year. He is a consensus Top 50 in the Class of 2004. Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Michigan and half the Big East are following his progress.
In other Dome Notes, Jimmy Boeheim blames himself and his staff for the latest NCAA violation involving Billy Edelin. Boeheim said that he and his coaches should know the rules even if this one is an obscure rule. It is generally expected that Edelin will serve some form of suspension for his participation in a non-sanctioned league. Syracuse took another hit last week when walk-on Tyrone Albright, a transfer from Onondega Community College, lost a year of eligibility for another tournament based NCAA violation.
Expect Providence to field a young starting team this year. Donnie McGrath a freshman will most likely start at the shooting guard. Little used junior point, Sheku Kabba, and sophomore forwards, Ryan Gomes and Rob Saunders, will start alongside, Marcus Douhit. Look for the Friars to possibly red-shirt freshman power forward Herbert Hill.
From the where is he now category, where is two-time Pitt recruit Daryl Jacobs? Jacobs the former Buffalo Traditional star was the MVP of New York State Tournament his sophomore year. He struggled with academics and visited several schools over the last few years. His last stop at Cochise Junior College was short lived and he has resurfaced