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Monday, March 26, 2007

Monmouth hoops - RJ Rutledge to join the Hawks/ few other things

Due to the need to get this in the paper ASAP I didn't get all the info on RJ I would have liked Monday night - will try to get a hold of his coach at some point at Northfield Mount Herman and get some stats..anyone out there in Blogville ever see RJ play????

R. J. Rutledge, a 6-4 wing player for the Northfield Mount Herman Massachusetts Prep School boy's basketball team, has made a verbal commitment to Monmouth University his father, Ron, said Monday night.

According to the lanky shooter teamed with current Northfield player Tyrone Nash at Lawrence-Woodmere Academy on Long Island helping lead it to the Class A State Federation final as a senior.

Rutledge told the web site that attending prep school furthered his development. ""You have to play hard every day, bring it every day,'' he said.

Rutledge made a favorable impression last fall on Steve Keller of the National Recruiting Report based in Neptune.

""He's competed against and with good Division I-type players,'' said Keller. ""And that should give him a jump on coming in and being a factor right away.""

Ron Rutledge played at St. John's and C.W. Post and coached for 20 years at St. John's under Lou Carnesecca, Brian Mahoney, and Fran Frischilla.

He said R.J. had interest from schools in the Atlantic-10, America East, the MAAC, and the Northeast Conference.

A few other items..another recruit, 6-7 JUCO forward Jermaine Smith, originally from Irvington, was on the MU campus on a visit Monday ..

Dejan Delic told me he hopes to play pro basketball in Spain or Russia...

Corey Hallett told me his hoops future is "undecided"

I didn't see Marques but am told he intends to go into law enforcement...

I didn't see John Bunch and have no information on his plans at this time..

Walk-on guard T.J. Tibbs told me he plans to transfer..maybe to a D2 school....I'll be sad to see T.J. leave....really pleasant young man.

On the women's front....Incoming MU recruit..JUCO guard Marbely Montas was named by the The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and Eastman Kodak Company announced to the 2007 Junior College/Community College (JC/CC) Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team. This year’s team marks the 25th year of the JC/CC Kodak/WBCA All-America Basketball Team, which began in 1983. Selection committees in each of the nine WBCA geographical regions select ten of the top women’s basketball players in the nation (at all levels) to be honored.


Marbely Montas
Union County College

Injury front..Brianne Edwards (knee) did not require surgery.

Lakia Barber (ACL) had surgery. Could red shirt next season, but only time will tell..

I will be out for most of Tuesday..hope to get back on line later in the day...


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Is Rutledge a forward? I thought he was mentioned as a shooting guard.
Anyway, sounds like an nice upgrade -- but may create a logjam if he's to play guard.
Now we need a legitimate banger off the boards.

6:23 AM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Rutledge is a 2-3, now if they can get Smith..there's your upgrade up front...

9:15 AM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Hawk eye said...

Tony, Lasalle and Hofstra are trying to poach Jhamar any truth to this ?

11:19 AM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jermaine Smith: (SO) 6 foot 9 (220) from Irvington, NJ.

"Jermaine is a very skilled power forward that can step out and shoot it," remarked the coach. "He is one of the best decision makers from the post that I have coached."

Jermaine is at 10.9 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4 blocks a game. Smith has had nine double-doubles this season. Nevada, New Mexico, Nebraska, Fresno State, Manhattan and San Jose State are recruiting the big boy from New Jersey.

5:21 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Smith. Heard nothing new on him today...He is definitely NOT 6-9 but has the body of an athlete. I saw him. He is about same size as Rickie Crews..6-7. I heard he had narrowed his choices down to SJ State, MU, Albany, and CCSU.

7:00 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I had not heard this..would not surprise me's a vicious world ....I saw Jhamar Monday at MU playing pick up with the guys...

7:09 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Here's how I see the team at the moment....PG Ship or Hett or a combo of both..whoever playing better ...Whit at the 2..Jhamar at the 3...RJ off the bench at 2/3.......

Up front...gotta go with Adam at center for now..

If they get Smith he's at the four and also plays some five...

Crews, Dutch, etc. off the bench depending on who'se playing the best...

Nunner and Yaniv battle for time as the "'shooter" off the bench....

and whatever happened to..

1. Bob Curran?

2. Jason Krayl?

7:50 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Maybe DelTufo somewhere in the mix depending on his progress..

7:52 PM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick D should red shirt not going to help next season at all. Great kid but can use the time to get bigger and smarter.Good long term recurit for Monmouth ,talk with a few D-3 coaches NJAAC all say he is a D-1 project .In Monmouth system over time he will be a good 3-4 player.By the way NO other D-1 program offered but that was the same with Russ Anderson.

9:20 PM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, Is it true some AAU coaches are hanging around Monmouth pick up games at Boylan? Lots of BAD chatter from the side lines... Why does Calloway allow these guys to hang around they are talking lots of TRASH behind his back telling the kids to look else where now.

9:26 PM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great job by Calloway and Mr.Calz ,they are working hard and RJ is a very good recruit at the NEC level.Now land the JUCO big man and get the players to buy into the MU system and they will be back in the hunt in a another seasons.

9:34 PM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Re the Jhamar comment. Of those in the past who have left MU for "greener" pastures, who has really made out?

The kid who went to Iowa is the only one I can remember. Bangora(?) at St John's did play some but nothing great.

9:36 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Nick D. Red-shirt sounds plausible....would depend on how this year's red shirts and others (Rickie?) look....If MU gets Smith it perhaps becomes more likely...

9:43 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

RE: AAU coaches - I was over at MU the other day but aside from myself saw no ""outsiders" present .....

I would have to think MU coaches are aware of who's "hanging around" ....At least for their sake I would hope so...

9:50 PM, March 27, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re the kid who went to Iowa..wasn't that Joe Fermino who was kicked out of MU anyway??..never really played much at Iowa far as I recall .....

all those kids (the Bangura group, Andre Williams) who bailed on MU after their freshman year..never did much...and two years later MU was in the NCAAs (thanks to Rahsaan Johnson, Gerry Crosby and a solid supporting cast)

9:54 PM, March 27, 2007  
Anonymous jason krayl said...

Tony, I have been off the reservation for a while, the reservation being this board of course, but I will try to check in periodically and post if plausible and pertinent. I do have a source within my family, so I have been kept abreast of much of these ongoings. These two recruits probably are very good tactical moves for MU, and hopefully will get us headed in the right direction. Alright thats all for now. Take care Tony.

12:24 AM, March 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Always good to hear from APB remains in effect for Bob Curran...

8:55 AM, March 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


A couple of questions:

Any word on Crews? Is he still in Blue & White?

A question about transferring that has bugged me for a while --
how do athletes find schools to transfer to when they want to?
I'm sure some simply contact coaches who were recruiting them out of high school; but others seem to land half-way around the country.
How do they make these contacts? is there some databank they have access to when they're looking for another school?

10:39 AM, March 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

As of Monday ""The Phantom" was sighted by yours truly in an MU pick up game in Boylan..the coaches - last I heard - seem to feel he's progressing on and off the court.....sooo...we'll see what happens...

Re a nutshell a player who opts to transfer I believe must be given a release by his/her school....odten these are listed in transactions on the AP wire - "Joe Doe has announced he plans to transfer from Podunk U" etc...

then the player - I think - can contact any school and I do know often the school he is leaving helps the player make contacts..

By the way "Podunk" has a helluva program

11:54 AM, March 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OOOOHHH Yeah Tony,

Care to rethink this???
This time last year!!!!


""I think Jhamar is good get for Monmouth. His ability - has got good potential..has some versatility athletic ..I don't think he's a steal. But he plays for a team that contends for the championship of the state every year and he should help Monmouth continue to contend for the NEC title.

On Rickie Crews...I under rated Rickie...he may be a big steal. He's kind of what they don't have which is a little quickness and athleticism with big guys. This kid is long (6-6), he could be the next Jason Thompson who came out of South Jersey and was an all-MAAC rookie last season.for Rider...he could be real good...

As for myself. and I am not shilling for MU..But I would get my season tickets now....I think Monmouth has a chance to be VERY good next season..with who they have back and who they have coming in. Of course, don't go by me. I'm wrong more often than right but I think they are the real deal next season (a lot hinges on Bunch's progress and whether the two young guards fulfill their promise) . MU has one scholarship left which they may hold to see if a transfer becomes available...


8:27 PM, March 28, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Keller on Jhamar - was right on about him as player don't you think?

Keller on Rickie - again I think Keller is correct about Rickie's ability. Only time will tell what that translates into.

As for myself when I said ""and I am not shilling for MU..But I would get my season tickets now. I think Monmouth has a chance to be VERY good next season.""

That's what I thought and I had no reason to feel otherwise and..going back in time..I would make that same prediction.

I also said ""I'm wrong more often than right.'' Well...last season was living proof of that.

At the least I thought they would finish first or second in the NEC and make the NEC championship game.

If you or anyone reading this predicted the crash that took place.....please contact me before the next mega-million drawing...

9:06 PM, March 28, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

HARTFORD, Conn. -- Connecticut assistant coach Tom Moore is leaving to become head coach at Quinnipiac University, an official with firsthand knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press Wednesday.

An announcement was expected at a news conference on Thursday, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been finalized.

Moore, 41, joined Jim Calhoun's staff in 1994, and is his top recruiter. He was promoted to associate head coach before the 2005-06 season.

During his time with Calhoun, the Huskies won both their national championships, eight Big East regular season titles, and five conference tournament titles.

The Huskies finished this season 17-14, and failed to get a postseason bid for the first time in 20 years.

Moore will replace Joe DeSantis, who left after 11 years as the Bobcats' head coach. He had a 118-188 record and finished this season 14-15.

Moore was 24 in 1989 when he became the youngest head coach in New England, taking the helm at Worcester (Mass.) State College. He spent five seasons there, compiling a 76-59 record, before being hired away by Calhoun.

He joins a Quinnipiac program that in January moved into the $52 million TD Banknorth Sports Center, a 180,000-square-foot building that houses twin arenas, a 3,570-seat bowl for basketball and a 3,286-seat hockey rink.

Moore had also has interviewed for St. Bonaventure's head coaching vacancy. Messages seeking comment were left for Moore

10:01 AM, March 29, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Tony,

Let's deal with the who was a "Steal" and who wasn't part. Rickie - a steal, played what 2 games or was it one and a "Phantom" sighting?

Jhamar - not a steal for MU started by what the 11th game and ROY, wow give up the predictions or just say the opposite of what you guys predict because you guys are toast (totally burnt out)

8:48 PM, March 29, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Rickie played in one game. Hey, thanks for the kind words!! and pass the jelly for the toast, please.

9:26 PM, March 29, 2007  

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