Monday, July 21, 2014

Good article on Kennedy Winston

I hope everyone is enjoying the off season.  Things have been relatively slow, I assume most of you have heard that Retin Obasohan had ankle surgery and is expected to make a full recovery, he should be good to go by November.

I thought I would share this al.com article about Kennedy Winston.  He is still playing overseas and running a basketball camp in Mobile, and it sounds like he is doing very well.  I particularly liked this quote:  "College basketball is hands down the best basketball.  It is better than any pro or high school."

Kennedy will always be one of my favorites.  I had a blast sitting next to his aunt (who was super cool) in Phoenix when we knocked off the defending champs to advance to the Elite 8.  It's great to hear that he's still doing well.




Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Nick Jacobs- gone from Alabama

DJC and I pretty much saw this back in March... no surprise, but it leaves us really thin inside. I honestly don't know how we are going to compete in the SEC with the lack of size coming in next year.

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Saturday, May 10, 2014

Christophe Varidel transfers to Bama

He will be eligible as a senior for the upcoming season.  He was part of the Florida Gulf Coast's Cinderella team before transferring to Chaminade.  Varidel also considered Fordham and UCLA.  He looks like a good 3 point shooter, so this will provide additional depth on the perimeter if nothing else.

More from al.com

Thursday, May 08, 2014

SEC/Big 12 challenge matchups

We are not participating.
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Arkansas-Iowa St, Florida-Kansas, and Texas-Kentucky are the only good match-ups IMO.

Unrelated- I'm probably going to take on a smaller role on this blog starting next season... my disgust with our AD concerning hoops makes me a subjective poster. I've always tried to go the objective route, but to be honest I can't do that this coming season.

Monday, May 05, 2014

Oregon St fires Craig Robinson (Obama's brother in-law)

Seems like they didn't blink about a $4 million buyout despite not having the funds we do.
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Add to this what Bill Battle said recently about our basketball program, I continue to scratch my head at the direction we are going (hint- it's approaching Gilligan's Island hilarity).

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Reggie Witherspoon replaces Tony Pujol on staff

Witherspoon spent 14 years as the head coach of Buffalo.  He had one NIT appearance and a 3 CBI/College insider trips.  He had an overall record of 197-225, conference record of 96-142.  From what I have read, his teams were known mostly for their solid defense.

There seemed to be some issues with the staff last season, just based on the coaching staff's interactions on the bench during games.  Obviously I'm in no position to say whether Pujol was responsible for that or not, but generally speaking I am not opposed to making some changes after the worst season in decades.

The positives:  He has connections to the talent rich Northeast so maybe he can help us pull some recruits from that area, although I wish he were from the city rather than upstate NY.  Being a former head coach has its advantages, and I suspect Coach Grant missed having that experience on the bench when Hipsher left. He brings experience to the table and a philosophy that Coach Grant is comfortable with.

The negatives:  He's never really been an assistant coach.  Since being an assistant in high school, he's been head coach of a high school team and a Juco team before taking over Buffalo.  It could be difficult for him to transition into the assistant role.  Furthermore, he doesn't really seem to bring a skill to the table that Coach Grant staff don't already have.  If he was known for landing/developing big men or an innovative offensive approach, I would be more excited.

Bottom line:  We probably needed to make some sort of staff changes, and a top notch assistant is not going to jump onto what many currently perceive as a sinking ship.  In any event, welcome Coach Witherspoon, I hope this proves to be a good fit and opportunity for everyone involved.  

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Jeff Garrett has signed to play basketball for Alabama.

From the Gadsden Times....

TUSCALOOSA — Former Gadsden City standout Jeff Garrett has signed to play basketball for Alabama.

Alabama men’s basketball coach Anthony Grant said in a university release Monday that the 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward had signed a National Letter of Intent with the Crimson Tide.

Garrett, who originally is from Gadsden, played the 2013-14 season at Oldsmar Christian School in Oldsmar, Fla.

As a senior at Oldsmar Christian, Garrett averaged 18.3 points, 10.1 rebounds, four assists and two blocks per game.

Prior to joining Oldsmar Christian, Garrett averaged a double-double for Gadsden City. He averaged 14.4 points and 10.2 rebounds per game for the Titans as a junior.

Garrett was a member of The Gadsden Times’ All-Etowah County first team for 2012-2013 season.


So, at one point, Gadsden City had potentially 3 D-1 prospects on the same basketball team. Garrett and the others all transferred out, including Rakim Lubin (UConn signee), and 7'0" rising senior Trey Kalina (uncommitted as of yet)....