Connecticut: Connecticut Feels a Draft

by - Published April 9, 2006 in Newswire

Connecticut Feels a Draft: Connecticut junior forward Josh Boone will enter the NBA Draft without the aid of an agent to determine his value. Boone was part of the Huskies’ vaunted frontcourt, but he did not put up spectacular numbers this past season. He averaged nine points and seven rebounds. As long as Boone doesn’t hire an agent, he could return to school if he does not like his draft forecast. But if he remains in the draft, Connecticut could lose three underclassmen. Sophomore Rudy Gay is likely to go, and junior Marcus Williams could be the most talented point guard in the draft. [4/09/06]

Purdue: Purdue Gives Painter a Mulligan

by - Published April 9, 2006 in Newswire

Purdue Gives Painter a Mulligan: Despite a 9-19 record this past season, Purdue extended coach Matt Painter’s contract by one season, keeping him in West Lafayette until 2011. The Boilermakers struggled this past season as several key players missed most of the season because of injury or suspension. Painter completed his first season as the successor to Boilermaker legend Gene Keady. At Southern Illinois, Painter helped make the Salukis a powerhouse in the Missouri Valley Conference. [4/09/06]

Lehigh: Mountain Hawks Forfeit 13 Games

by - Published April 9, 2006 in Newswire

Mountain Hawks Forfeit 13 Games: Lehigh has decided to forfeit 13 wins from the 2004-05 season because the Mountain Hawks used an ineligible player. Joe Knight apparently was not eligible to play for Lehigh after transferring from High Point, but he played in 13 of the team’s 14 wins that season. Lehigh’s official record will stand at 1-28 because the Mountain Hawks beat Army when Knight missed a game because of an injury. [4/09/06]

Portsmouth Invitational, Day Two

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Columns

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – Day Two

by George Rodecker

Day two began with the two losing teams from the first days battles squaring off in the double elimination tournament. With losers go home as the mantra, Jose Juan Barea dished out 12 assists and scored 14 points as seven members of Beach Barton Ford netted double figures in a 101-93 victory, starving off elimination and sending Tidewater Sealant packing. Barea, an undersized point guard with international roots (Puerto Rico), has the ability to make everyone around him better. Kenny Adeleke led his team with 19 points, while Justin Williams had 12 points, 12 boards and 3 blocks. Williams is emerging as one of the camp’s better prospects.

Tidewater was led by Chris Quinn’s 21 points, and a 19-point, 14-rebound workout from Cincinnati’s Eric Hicks. Yemi Nicholson added 13 points, 16 rebounds and 5 blocks, as he too has caught the eye of many NBA teams.

In the first game of the nightcap, Tennessee’s C.J. Watson tallied 17 points to lead a balanced attack as Holiday Inn advanced with a 93-89 thriller over Norfolk Sports Club. Clemson’s Akin Akinbgala scored 15 points and impressed several scouts with his upside and potential.

Norfolk was led by Duke’s Sean Dockery, who came off the bench and netted 14 points, handed out 11 assists and had 2 steals. The Blue Devil played with poise and seemed to be a calming influence on his teammates. Iowa’s Greg Bruner chipped in with 12 points and 12 boards while Delaware’s Harding Nana, a late addition to the camp, had 5 blocks.

The third and final game of the night saw Valparaiso’s Mohamed Kone tally 15 points and 12 boards as he led MD Design to a 79-74 win over Sales System. Kone added two blocks and was an active defender the entire game. Je’Kel Foster of Ohio State added support with 14 points, 5 assists and 9 boards.

For Sales System, Michigan’s Daniel Horton scored 16 points and was a perfect 7-7 from the free throw line. UNC’s David Noel added 13 points and 6 rebounds.

Around the Gym

Word spread throughout the gym that Seton Hall had selected Manhattan’s Bobby Gonzalez as their new head coach. Earlier it was learned that George Mason’s Jim Larranaga had declined an interview with the Hall. Valparaiso’s Homer Drew arrived to watch both Dan Oppland and Mohamed Kone play. The coaching staff of Marquette, led by head man Tom Crean, was here in support of Steve Novak. Fran McCaffery traveled from upstate New York to watch Siena’s Antoine Jordan.

From the Sidelines

In past years the PIT was home to agents from all over the US. Several veterans mixed in with newcomers trying to land a client or two and begin the process of making their mark in the business. Over the past two years the mix has begun to change, with this years PIT possibly having more international scouts/agents than their US counterparts. The players’ host hotel has been filled with conversations in foreign languages and the contrast is stark. Most of the 64 college seniors competing here will never play in the NBA. So where do they play? For many it will be overseas in a country where English is not the spoken language. The large representation of international teams, scouts and agents is a reminder about where most of these kids are headed.


The second night is always the night that the NBA’s host hotel: The Renaissance seems to have an NBA game on the wide-screen TV in the bar and this night was no exception. Approximately 12 NBA teams gathered and watched the Lakers-Nuggets contest along with the internationals here and media reps. The never-ending chatter went on long after the game ended.

Let the games continue!


2006 NBA Draft Early Entrants

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Columns

LaMarcus Aldridge* (6’11”, 237, So. PF-C, Texas)
2005-06 stats: 15.0 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 2.0 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: No surprise here, as Aldridge projects to go high in the lottery. The Longhorns will survive, as the coach remains and a solid class is coming in, but Aldridge is no small loss.

Renaldo Balkman (6’8″, 208, Jr. PF, South Carolina)
2005-06 stats: 9.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.7 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Though undersized, Balkman’s play during South Carolina’s NIT championship run got him noticed, and he’s hoping to ride that into a good draft spot. He plays as hard as anyone and can really hold his own inside, but in all likelihood he’s a second round pick at best. If he returns, the Gamecocks will return three starters and two key reserves.

Will Blalock* (6’0″, 205, Jr. PG, Iowa State)
2005-06 stats: 15.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.2 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Blalock’s decision to declare surprised a lot of people, including the staff at Iowa State before they got fired. The talk is that he has a good shot at the second round, and that along with the new staff in Ames led him to sign with an agent.

Josh Boone* (6’10”, 237, Jr. PF, Connecticut)
2005-06 stats: 10.3 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 2.0 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Boone decided he liked the feedback he received and decided to stay in the draft. He’s a very good defender and rebounder, and though he made over 56 percent of his field goals, his offense still leaves something to be desired and he misses his share of close shots.

Ronnie Brewer* (6’7″, 220, Jr. SG-SF, Arkansas)
2005-06 stats: 18.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.6 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: By all accounts, Brewer looks like a first round pick, with the question being exactly where he goes and if he’s content with it. He can play any of the perimeter positions, though there are concerns about his jumper and that he’s just a good, not great, athlete. The Razorbacks will be without their top two scorers from this past season, both of whom play on the perimeter, so Brewer’s defection is no small loss.

Shannon Brown* (6’3″, 190, Jr. SG, Michigan State)
2005-06 stats: 17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Brown is solidly built, quick and athletic, and on that alone he could get into the first round. Why is he even on the border in light of those physical tools? His size is the biggest reason, as he’s not a point guard and hasn’t been the most consistent shooter from long range. Also working against him is his performance late in the season and the NCAA Tournament. Nonetheless, scouts have liked what they’ve seen and he’s now being talked about as an almost sure first-rounder. With his departure, the Spartans lose both starting wings along with Paul Davis from this season’s team.

Guillermo Diaz* (6’2″, 192, Jr. PG, Miami)
2005-06 stats: 17.2 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Diaz signed with an agent, so he’s not going back. Where he goes is an open question, as he hasn’t truly distinguished himself as being a point guard or shooting guard. What we do know is that he’s quick and athletic, and someone may take a chance on him in the first round. His departure will leave the Hurricanes with just one backcourt starter returning next season.

Quincy Douby* (6’3″, 175, Jr. SG, Rutgers)
2005-06 stats: 25.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.1 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Douby can really score the ball, as he showed this year, and he’s always been able to shoot it from long range. But he’s likely a second round pick, especially since he’s not a point guard at all. Even so, he signed with an agent, so the Scarlet Knights lose their best player by far as no other Scarlet Knight averaged double digits in points this past season.

Mike Efevberha (6’5″, 195, Jr. SG, Cal State Northridge)
2005-06 stats: 17.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Simply stated, Efevberha needs to go back to school.

Jordan Farmar (6’2″, 180, So. PG, UCLA)
2005-06 stats: 13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 5.1 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: It’s getting crowded at the point guard spot since it’s not a strong crop, and Farmar’s decision to come back or stay could come down to the wire. He’s not a jet, but has good size and knows how to win, though he could stand to cut down on his turnovers. Farmar’s departure will hurt the Bruins, as they lose their floor leader, but they’ll still be among the Pac-10 favorites in 2006-07.

Thomas Gardner* (6’5″, 225, Jr. SG, Missouri)
2005-06 stats: 19.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Gardner has signed with an agent, which seems like a questionable move. He led the Big 12 in scoring, but isn’t on many first round charts at this point despite having his best season shooting the ball.

Rudy Gay* (6’9″, 222, So. SF, Connecticut)
2005-06 stats: 15.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.8 spg, 1.6 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Gay has all the potential in the world; he’s the basketball equivalent of a five-tool player in baseball. He should be the consensus No. 1 pick, hands down. But the reality is that he’ll go somewhere in the top 10, and could even slip out of there, because he doesn’t play up to his talent all the time. That’s the challenge he faces in the NBA, as he’ll sign with an agent and won’t be back in Storrs next season.

Daniel Gibson* (6’2″, 190, So. PG-SG, Texas)
2005-06 stats: 13.4 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.3 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Gibson struggled mightily at the point earlier this year and was moved off the ball. That right there is a sign that he’s not a point guard now and might have a healthy learning curve with it in the NBA, and at 6’2″ that needs to be his position. He has many of the tools, but is likely a second round pick and apparently happy with that. With Gibson staying in the draft, along with teammates Aldridge and Tucker, the Longhorns will be very inexperienced next season.

Alexander Johnson* (6’10”, 235, Jr. PF, Florida State)
2005-06 stats: 13.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: This will be interesting to follow, as Johnson could get into the first round in a weak year. He’s always had some skills away from the basket, and he looked much better this year after he lost some weight. Johnson is more athletic than a lot of post players. He’s not going back, and while Florida State will have some good talent, they are losing a key contributor.

Trey Johnson (6’5″, 205, Jr. SG, Jackson State)
2005-06 stats: 23.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.3 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Johnson may have done this to get his name on scouts’ radar, as he’s certainly not there now despite a nice season this year. Barring some great workouts, in a couple of months the best thing for him to do will be to come back to school and have another year like this one.

Kyle Lowry (6’0″, 185, So. PG, Villanova)
2005-06 stats: 11.0 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.7 apg, 2.3 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: NBA scouts and executives love Lowry’s game, especially in a year with a weak point guard crop. He has a motor that’s always going full throttle and knows how to win. His size may be a concern, but he plays bigger and has good strength for the point guard spot, knows how to score and can defend. Lowry opted to stay in the draft after much consideration.

Paul Millsap* (6’8″, 243, Jr. PF, Louisiana Tech)
2005-06 stats: 19.6 ppg, 13.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Millsap’s statement about declaring seemed to hint that he wouldn’t be returning, so it’s no surprise that he signed with an agent. He’s a terrific rebounder who can score inside, and an intriguing prospect since he did it flying under the radar in the WAC. On the down side, his height listing is said to be generous, which would mean he’s undersized for the power forward spot. The jury is out on where he projects to eventually go.

Adam Morrison* (Jr. SF, Gonzaga)
2005-06 stats: 28.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.8 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Morrison won’t be back, and it’s unlikely that another year would have boosted his stock much. He’s projected to go somewhere in the lottery, though he does have some weaknesses. Gonzaga will lose their go-to guy, but the Bulldogs will still have players capable of scoring and should still be the team to beat in the West Coast Conference.

Patrick O’Bryant* (7’0″, 250, So. C, Bradley)
2005-06 stats: 13.4 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.9 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Although his offense still needs work, O’Bryant could be the best true center prospect in the class and has declared while his name is well-known. He had a big outing against Pittsburgh’s Aaron Gray in the NCAA Tournament after a solid season. It’s not a surprise that he signed with an agent since he could very well go in the lottery. The Braves will be in rebuilding next year, as they already lose leading scorer Marcellus Somerville and one other starter.

Danilo Pinnock* (6’5″, 207, Jr. SG, George Washington)
2005-06 stats: 14.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 3.1 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Pinnock has the size to play the shooting guard spot, but his game seems to be a little more that of a small forward as he has not shot the ball well from long range. He’s athletic and versatile, but not really on the NBA’s radar screen, so his decision to sign with an agent looks very questionable. With his departure, the Colonials will have just one starter returning next season.

Leon Powe* (6’8″, 240, Jr. PF, California)
2005-06 stats: 20.5 ppg, 10.1 rpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Powe has apparently received good feedback about where he will go, and with his injury history it may not have been worth risking another season. It’s not a question of talent with him, as he’s an athletic power forward who more than holds his own inside and has a longer wingspan than most his height. Instead, his injury history with knee problems could pull him either way: it might scare teams away from him, and it might also lead him to stay in the draft instead of risking another injury in college. His defection is a big blow to the Golden Bears, as they will still have a good team but lose a go-to guy.

Rajon Rondo* (6’1″, 171, So. PG, Kentucky)
2005-06 stats: 11.2 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 4.9 apg, 2.0 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Rondo signed with an agent and is done with college ball. At the beginning of the season, he was arguably the best guard in the country, but later in the season his play tailed off and he was benched at one point. He’s very quick and athletic, with excellent abilities at the defensive end, but has struggled to shoot the ball. He should go in the first round, possibly in the lottery.

Blake Schilb (6’7″, 220, Jr. SG-SF, Loyola)
2005-06 stats: 19.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.3 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Schilb is one of the real hidden gems in college basketball, but he’s barely on anyone’s NBA radar. The best thing to do will be to go back to school and help lead a team that should contend for the Horizon League title next season.

Cedric Simmons* (6’9″, 235, So. PF, North Carolina State)
2005-06 stats: 11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.5 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Simmons has a lot of upside and there has been a good deal of buzz about him lately, with most saying he could reach the lottery. His best days are clearly ahead of him, and none of them will be in Raleigh since he signed with an agent.

Marcus Slaughter* (6’9″, 220, Jr. SF-PF, San Diego State)
2005-06 stats: 16.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg, 1.9 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Slaughter tested the waters last year, so his signing with an agent was a non-issue since he couldn’t come back as soon as he declared anyway. He’s probably a second round pick, as he’s not really a small forward and has to get stronger to play power forward.

Curtis Stinson* (6’3″, 215, Jr. PG-SG, Iowa State)
2005-06 stats: 19.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 5.5 apg, 2.4 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Stinson signed with an agent, so he’s long gone from Ames. He’s proven he can play the point, although he’s a better scorer than playmaker, so NBA teams will take a long look at him in the first round. He’ll be a big loss for the Cyclones, but they’ll be starting over with a new coaching staff.

Tyrus Thomas* (6’9″, 229, Fr. SF-PF, LSU)
2005-06 stats: 12.3 ppg, 9.2 rpg, 3.1 bpg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Thomas won’t be back at LSU. He has come a long way in the past year, and after his NCAA Tournament performances, is a likely top-three pick. Very long and athletic, he dominated some games this year and has a great deal of upside.

P.J. Tucker* (6’5″, 225, Jr. SF, Texas)
2005-06 stats: 16.1 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.8 spg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: A tough player to project, Tucker is undersized for both forward spots but really plays the game well. His best position is power forward, and he’s undersized even for small forward, but because he’s tough, athletic and really plays the game well, sneaking into the first round could happen. He decided to just go for it full throttle by hiring an agent, so he won’t be back in Austin next year. That will further deplete the Longhorns, meaning they will be talented but very inexperienced next season.

Darius Washington (6’2″, 185, So. PG-SG, Memphis)
2005-06 stats: 13.4 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.1 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Word is that Washington has wanted to declare for the draft in a bad way, and he might stay in the draft – a big mistake unless he simply wants out of college basketball altogether. What position does he play? He has point guard size but has a shooting guard mentality, as he’s a great scorer but had more turnovers than assists this year. If he stays in the draft, it could be a key loss for the Tigers, though they’ll still have plenty of talent on the roster next year.

Marcus Williams* (6’3″, 205, Jr. PG, Connecticut)
2005-06 stats: 12.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 8.6 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: If Williams stays in the draft, it wouldn’t surprise anyone. He could sneak into the lottery, as he made the Huskies go and might be the best point guard in the draft because he sees the floor so well. He’s very left-handed and not jet-quick, but he makes teammates better and can score when needed. If he stays in the draft, the Huskies won’t suffer as much as one might think, as they experienced life without him earlier this year and did well.

Shawne Williams* (6’9″, 225, Fr. SF, Memphis)
2005-06 stats: 13.2 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.9 apg
Phil Kasiecki’s take: Williams has tremendous upside, as he’s long, athletic and skilled, but he also has to learn the game a little more. His shot selection is really the biggest complaint about his game right now. He’s a likely first round pick, so the question may be if he’s happy just going in the first round or wants to go high. With his departure, the Tigers will still have plenty of talent, but they lose their most talented player.

* – has signed with an agent

Playaz Spring Fling Recap

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Columns

2006 Playaz Spring Fling

by Phil Kasiecki

The 2006 spring travel team circuit got going this weekend with the Playaz Spring Fling in northern New Jersey. Whereas in past years teams would stretch as far south as Washington, D.C. and perhaps North Carolina, this year’s tournament featured two teams from Atlanta and one from Texas, showing an expanding reach.

In the 16-and-under championship, the hot shooting of tournament MVP Lamont Jones (6’0″ So. PG, New York (NY) Rice HS) got the Metro Hawks off to a fast start, and they would later put away the Gauchos for a 68-60 win. Jones would finish with 22 points, with James Southerland (6’7″ So. SF-PF, Queens (NY) Cardozo HS) adding 18 in a nice effort and Dorvelle Carter (6’6″ So. SF, New York (NY) Rice HS) adding 13. Darryl Bryant (6’0″ So. PG-SG, Bronx (NY) St. Raymond’s HS) led the Gauchos with 14 points Curtis Loving (6’5″ So. SG-SF, New York (NY) Wadleigh HS) added 13 and Durrand Scott (6’2″ Fr. SG, New York (NY) Rice HS) had 11.

Southerland, Bryant and Loving joined Jones on the All-Tournament Team, along with Hawks teammates Trinity Fields (6’0″ So. PG, New York (NY) Holy Cross HS) and Brandon Romlain (6’3″ So. SF, Brooklyn (NY) Xaverian).

The 17-and-under championship game had the look of a star-studded affair between the host Playaz and the Juice All-Stars. Syracuse commitment Antonio “Scoop” Jardine (6’2″ Jr. PG-SG, Philadelphia (PA) St. John Neumann HS) scored 19 of his 20 points in the second half and Chris Smith (6’2″ Jr. SG, Newark (NJ) St. Benedict’s) led the way with 25 as the Playaz held off the Juice All-Stars in an 85-75 win. Juice struggled on offense throughout the game, then a late intentional foul and technical on the same play short-circuited any late comeback hopes they had. Lance Stephenson (6’5″ Fr. SG, Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln HS) led the way with 26 points but generally struggled, while Malcolm Grant (6’0″ Sr. PG, Brooklyn (NY) Paul Robeson HS) had 20.

Jardine was the MVP, joined on the All-Tournament Team by Smith, teammate and fellow Syracuse commitment Rick Jackson (6’7″ Jr. PF, Philadelphia (PA) St. John Neumann HS) and Stephenson and Grant from the Juice All-Stars.

Here are notes on some of the players we got a look at.

Martavius Adams (6’8″ Jr. PF, Milledgeville (GA) Baldwin HS)   Georgia commitment looks to be improving his shape, as he has a big body but looked more mobile and ran the floor well.

Chris Allen (6’3″ Jr. SG, Norcross (GA) Meadowcreek HS)   Michigan State has a real good one, as he makes things happen on the floor. He’s active defensively and will get fast break opportunities off of steals, has good three-point range on his shot and also drove to the basket when he wanted to. He went for 26 in a game we saw.

Terrell Bell (6’6″ Jr. SF, Stone Mountain (GA) High)   Lanky wing athlete went for 14 points in one game, as he runs the floor and scores the ball.

Malcolm Grant (6’1″ Sr. PG, Brooklyn (NY) Paul Robeson HS)   Floor leader didn’t drive a lot in the title game, instead scoring by hitting jump shots. Villanova commitment will prep next year and then go to school on the Main Line.

J.J. Hickson (6’9″ Jr. SF-PF, Marietta (GA) Wheeler HS)   Very active post player has a lively body and puts in some work. Didn’t play his best game on Saturday, but still went for 20 points as he’s effective at both ends of the floor and has the skills to play some of both forward spots.

Rick Jackson (6’8″ Jr. PF, Philadelphia (PA) St. John Neumann HS)   Lefty post player has good strength and battled inside all weekend long. He’ll put up some good scoring and rebounding numbers, and that will satisfy people from that position.

Antoine Jardine (6’2″ Jr. PG-SG, Philadelphia (PA) St. John Neumann HS)   Really spearheaded his team’s second-half play in the final, coming alive by scoring the ball consistently. He’s capable of playing both guard spots, though his ability to score the ball indicates he could play shooting guard.

Curtis Loving (6’5″ So. SG-SF, New York (NY) Wadleigh HS)   Active athlete had a nice showing over the weekend. In the final, he went for 13 points and was around the ball often.

Corey Raji (6’6″ Jr. SF, Westwood (NJ) High)   Lefty wing has some athleticism and can score the ball, going for 20 in one game this weekend. He’s getting high-major attention.

Mike Ringold (6’6″ Sr. SF-PF, Philadelphia (PA) Roman Catholic HS)   Held his own against a very good front line in a game we saw. He’s slight, but plays stronger than he looks, has some athleticism and can play a little of both forward spots. He’ll be a nice late snag for someone this spring.

Rakim Sanders (6’5″ Jr. SG, Barrington (RI) St. Andrew’s)   Streaky shooter was on this weekend, as he only missed one shot from long range in the two we saw. He made three-pointers off screens and a few off the dribble, and range wasn’t much of a problem as well although he didn’t shoot from astronomical ranges. Has a good body as well, and while he has been prone to foul trouble in the past, that wasn’t a problem here. Good high-major prospect had 28 (eight three-pointers) in one game and 17 in another.

Durrand Scott (6’2″ Fr. SG, New York (NY) Rice HS)   Plays bigger than his size, as he’ll go inside and rebound in addition to his offensive skills. He’ll be one to watch over the next couple of years.

James Southerland (6’7″ So. SF-PF, Queens (NY) Cardozo HS)   Has some combo forward skills, as he played inside and out. Along the way, he knocked down some three-pointers and showed some good ball skills, and will only get better when he gets stronger.

Lance Stephenson (6’5″ Fr. SG, Brooklyn (NY) Lincoln HS)   Much-hyped guard got a lot of attention, but didn’t play as well in the final as his 26 points would indicate. He did knock down some three-pointers, but never really got going until the second half. The physical tools are there, as he has a mature body for his age, so now the basketball part will follow.

Devron Washington (6’7″ Jr. SF-PF, Springfield (MA) Science & Technology HS)   Got limited touches on offense, and while he looks a little undersized for power forward, he did knock down a three-pointer.

Travon Welcher (6’7″ Sr. SF-PF, Springfield (MA) Central HS)   Athletic combo forward was active at times and hit a few mid-range jumpers.


UAB: Davis Comes Home

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Newswire

Davis Comes Home: According to the Birmingham News, Alabama – Birmingham has brought Mike Davis back to his home state, hiring the former Indiana coach who announced his resignation in February. Davis completed the season with the Hoosiers, leading the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament and a 19-12 record. He was 115-79 in six seasons with the Hoosiers, but he clearly did not mesh with many influential Indiana supporters. Davis played at Alabama and grew up in Fayette, so he’s familiar with the state. The next question is whether some of his prized recruits at Indiana — including D.J. White, Robert Vaden and A.J. Ratliff — will follow Davis to the Blazers. [4/07/06]

Seton Hall: Gonzalez Steps Into the Hall

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Newswire

Gonzalez Steps Into the Hall: Seton Hall officials have hired Manhattan coach Bobby Gonzalez to replace former Pirate coach Louis Orr. Gonzalez has led the Jaspers to a spot among the most feared mid-major programs. Just ask national champion Florida, which lost to Gonzalez’s Jaspers in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament. Gonzalez also has proven recruiting skills, as he brought one of the best scorers of the decade, Luis Flores, to the MAAC a few years ago. He’ll need that recruiting edge to continue with the Pirates, who have no recruits signed for 2006-07 and lose their top two scorers. [4/07/06]

SMU: Mustangs Dump Tubbs

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Newswire

Mustangs Dump Tubbs: SMU officials fired coach Jimmy Tubbs as part of the school’s response to NCAA violations. An internal investigation uncovered several violations under Tubbs, who led the Mustangs to a 27-30 record in two seasons. He had been an assistant coach at SMU for 12 seasons. The details of the violations are fuzzy, but the school said they have occurred in a number of areas. [4/07/06]

Nevada: Fazekas to Explore Draft Potential

by - Published April 7, 2006 in Newswire

Fazekas to Explore Draft Potential: Nevada junior forward Nick Fazekas will throw his name into the NBA Draft, at least for now. Fazekas said that if he is not projected to be a first-round pick, he will return to the Wolf Pack for his senior season. All first-round picks receive guaranteed contracts, but second-round picks must earn a spot on an NBA roster. Fazekas averaged 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game this past season, but he’s only considered a late first-round pick right now. As long as he does not hire an agent, he can return to school. [4/07/06]

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We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Coaching Changes

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – May 30, 2018

May 30, 2018 by

The NBA Draft and its deadline to withdraw to return to school leads the way in our latest podcast. We also look at one conference’s new scheduling plans, a number of quick hitters, and pay tribute to a fallen conference leader.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 26, 2018

April 27, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we spend a lot of time looking at what the Commission on College Basketball came up with, as their report was just produced. We also look at the NBA Draft and transfers, which have many rosters potentially in flux for next season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 6, 2018

April 6, 2018 by

In our first podcast in the postseason, we look back one more time on the NCAA Tournament, which was just what we needed at this time. We also look at the NIT, CBI and CIT, as well as important transactions with players leaving early for the NBA Draft and coaching changes.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – April 3, 2018

April 3, 2018 by

The 2018 national championship is in the books, and with it another season of college basketball. We break down the national championship game and some of its implications to wrap up the season.

College Basketball Tonight – April 1, 2018

April 2, 2018 by

Welcome to our Final Four edition of College Basketball Tonight. In this edition, we look ahead to Monday’s national championship game, and bring on two guests – long-time Villanova radio play-by-play broadcaster Ryan Fannon and Radford head coach Mike Jones – to get their thoughts and insights on the game.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.