Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tony Mitchell to enter NBA draft

While I'm not surprised by the decision, I foresee a career overseas or at best, in the NBDL. Hey it worked for Alonzo Gee and I think Mitchell is a similar type player so who knows. Good luck to him and I hope he gets things turned around.

Some places have him as a fringe late 1st rounder. Kennedy Winston was listed as one too... and we remember how that turned out.

Links below:
NBC Sports
Opposing Views
Examiner

Friday, April 27, 2012

Kick 'Em While They're Down

And to think some have questioned the state of the Alabama basketball program. It could be worse, folks.

Auburn announced today that it has dismissed two players - Cedrick McAfee and Josh Langford - while also indefinitely suspending Noel Johnson. The reason given for McAfee and Langford's dismissals was the standard "violating team rules". On top of this, Auburn recently lost freshmen, Willy Kouassi and Bernard Morena, who elected to leave the program after one year. And don't forget that Varez Ward remains under investigation for an alleged point shaving scheme and will probably not return. Langford, McAfee, Kouassi and Morena were all well-regarded coming out of high school while Varez Ward came to Auburn with high expectations after a strong start at the University of Texas.

Tony Barbee is heading into his third season. The Auburn brass has laid down some coin for the basketball facilities, including a brand new arena. Barbee's teams have been largely unsuccessful in two-plus seasons, the Auburn fans remain even worse basketball fans than the Alabama contingency, and now Barbee is losing players left and right - players that he recruited. On top of all that, he has yet to beat Alabama, the only basketball game that Auburn fans truly care about. I hate to put a guy on alert in his third season at a place like Auburn, but Barbee may have to pull a rabbit out of his hat this season to keep the wolves at bay. El Paso never looked so good, eh Tony?

To put all of this in context: ask the two Auburn basketball fans if they would take an NIT championship game appearance followed by an NCAA Tournament invite and I think they would take it in an instant. The Bama program isn't quite where we want it yet, but it could be worse.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hankerson going to Wyoming, Seth Greenberg fired @ VA Tech

The HANK is taking his talents to Laramie. Good luck to him... wish he would've gotten a better shake here.

Seth Greenberg fired at Virginia Tech. This is a surprising move, but I guess their AD figured might as well replace him since all of his assistants were gone (minus 1). Also, they could be bracing for Syracuse and Pitt joining the ACC in 2013.

Unrelated... I have to admit I watched less college basketball this year than I have in about 10 years. Obviously I watched just about every Bama game I could, but I barely watched any Big Monday or ESPN Wednesday games. Heck, I only watched bits and pieces on Saturdays.

I think the one and done makes it harder for me to pay attention. I really wish they'd let them declare straight out of HS or have them commit 2 years to college. It's hard to invest when the best players move on after 4 month. Maybe it's me getting older... who knows.

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Way too early 2012 preseason rankings, coaching changes

First, from Yahoo sports. Notice where our pal Mark Gottfried is rated... NC State is the favorite next year in the ACC.

Coaching changes from CBS Sports. I didn't know Bobby Kremins called it a career @ College of Charleston... and am surprised Keno Davis was hired as a HC again (Central Michigan).Also, John Brannen is a candidate to replace Isiah Thomas @ FIU. That surprises me. Finally, Danny Hurley took over at Rhode Island. Look for him to make an impact in the A-10... and in about 4yrs... at a bigger school.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Good and Bad News

First, the good news. This bit of news is sure to be warmly embraced by Finebammer, the President of the JaMychal Green fan club.

JaMychal Green was invited to take part in the Portsmouth Invitational, a showcase for college seniors hoping to improve their draft stock. In his first outing on Thursday, Green put up numbers of 29 pts (14-18 from the field) and 10 rebounds. His performance garnered raves, including this excerpt from Ryan Mattocks at NBADraft.net:

JaMychal Green (Alabama) put up a videogame-like stat line with 29 and 10 (6 off.) on 14-18 shooting. Most impressive about the 6'8" 240 lb. forward's performance was the way in which he went about his business. Green didn't try to become someone is isn't. He didn't attempt a 3 (only took 10 all year and 17 in his college career). What he did do was space-out beautifully after setting ballscreens and pop for 15-17 jumpers and consistently knock them down. He played volleyball on the offensive glass and ran the floor with a purpose (ran straight to the rim in transition many times) and was rewarded for doing so on more than one occasion. Had crowd roaring after an alley from Jordan Theodore in the first half. Along with Chace Stanback, Green gets my nod of approval for most-likely to land on an NBA roster at some point in the next calendar year from this group.

Obviously Green's physical talent has never been the question mark, it's always been his maturity. Granted, the NBA today is a place in which players can snap their fingers and have coaches fired so perhaps maturity and attitude don't count for much anymore. Still, credit JaMychal for having himself ready, both physically and mentally, for this event. Hopefully, it leads to more NBA interest for him.

And now the bad news:

DeVon Walker, the 6'5 guard from Winter Haven, Florida that Alabama had recently offered, has decided to sign with the Florida Gators. Obviously Alabama has its share of guards right now, but it appears the coaching staff was high on this kid so it's disappointing they could not land him. Seems like it's Devonta Pollard or bust right now for the Alabama coaching staff.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Rodney Hood Transferring from Mississippi State

The new State basketball coach, Rick Ray, was already facing an uphill battle in his first season in Starkville with the departures of Dee Bost, Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie. That chore becomes even tougher with tonight's news that gifted 6'8, 204 lb forward, Rodney Hood is leaving the program. In the news releases I've read it is not yet known if he will seek transfer or enter the NBA draft.

Assuming he transfers to another program, this could be potential news for the Alabama program. Keep in mind that Alabama was one of Hood's final five schools he considered before signing with Mississippi State. More than likely, Hood will have to sit out one season per NCAA transfer rules, but the kid's raw talent is enough that the NBA draft geeks have pinned him as a possible 1st round pick at some point in the future. I seriously doubt State will allow him to transfer within conference, but it's certainly something to keep an eye on in the days ahead.

Again, it is unknown if Hood will seek transfer or take his chances in the draft, but there are certain to be a lot of schools clamoring for his talents should he stay in school. He had a very productive first season with averages of 10.3 pts and 4.8 rebs per game, which netted him selection to the All-SEC freshman team.

Friday, April 06, 2012

Hankerson, Mitchell leaving Tuscaloosa

Not unexpected, but in Hankerson's case I don't blame him. He should've gotten more playing time. Hankerson, Mitchell gone

I don't follow recruiting, but this is what I know... 3 years of Grant... 2 busts.

I'll go ahead and put this out here... I'm not a big fan of CAG. I don't think he'll take us any further than Mark Gottfried did in his underwhelming 11 seasons.