THIS, THAT AND THE OTHER
Netwhispers On Hoops
Rutgers Coach Gary Waters is allegedly very close to obtaining a verbal from Burlington Life Center, Roman Narmbaye. The 6'10" center from Chad, Africa, is starting his second season in New Jersey. A former member of the Chad Junior team, Narmbaye was a fourth team All Area Philadelphia selection last year. Another familiar fourth team name to Rutgers fan is Aaron Gray, a former RU recruit. Roman was selected as the best rebounder both at Five Star Honesdale I and at Eastern Invitational. His rebounding and defense appear to be way ahead of his offensive skills. He is a work in progress according to several people that I have spoken to.
Roman was recruited by Umass and allegedly visited for Midnight Madness. He was also recruited by Colorado and visited the Buffs campus but ruled them out because of the distance from Burlington. It appears that the school at which he matriculates will be close to New Jersey and offer him a good education, as well as, a strong coach. He prefers to play the power position and not the center position in college. These factors will all enter into his decision according to a source close to the Burlington center.
In other Rutgers news Gary Waters is stuck in second place on the Hoops Insider Coaches Fashion Index. Will Wilson of Rice is in first place with John Calipari of Memphis in third place. Rick Pitino is a distant fourth place finisher. Look for Coach Waters to start to crank it up as the Fashion Season progresses.
In other news, former Patterson Catholic point guard Jamal Warren is playing for Jerry Quinn at St. Thomas More. Warren has now played with both Marquis Webb of PC and Quincy Douby of St. Thomas More. Expect Rutgers to be a player in his recruitment process. While Jerry Quinn does a great job with the kids on the court, the academic staff up at St. Thomas does an equally great job in the classroom.
St. John's had two setbacks last week. First Bruce Price dropped out of prep school and is headed to points unknown. The two-guard had given SJU a verbal to play this year and then opted to take a fifth year though he was fully qualified academically. This strengthens the information in our last issue that the Johnnies were looking for Junior College guards. Second, Grady Reynolds a junior transfer from Southern Union Junior College, Alabama, was charged with harassment and assault of a female student. The victim is allegedly considering a civil suit against the university and men's basketball program. Just on a point of information, Mike Jarvis has not benched or suspended Grady.
In other Big East news, expect Seton Hall to get a visit from junior point, Josh Wright. The 6'1" point out of Utica, New York is starting to make real name for himself. The Hall is also trying to get involved with Rice High School junior, Russell Robinson. The combo guard broke his leg last year and saw a lot of teams back off of him. At the start of his sophomore campaign none other than Tom Kochalski said that Robinson was the second best guard in the city. By the way, he said Sebastian was Numero Uno. Rutgers is also allegedly following Russell's progress.
Finally in the where is he now category, where is LaSalle starting center Chukwunike Okasa? No one knows since he was dismissed from the team last week for unspecified violations.
Mike & the Big Dog LLCDecember 2, 2002