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Thursday, April 19, 2007

04/19 - Latest thread on MU hoops starting here

Re: men's recruits. Apparently Smith was going to commit, Barbour had
committed, and, apparently, Barbour, the 6-7 power forward from Calif, is coming to MU. MU only has the one scholarship.

Advisory - Was tied up all Thursday night with scholastic duties and mainly same for today and tomorrow. BUT will try and have more on all this at some point this weekend. Hope to talk with Barbour at some point soon and eventually have a Press story down the road with Calloway commenting on the recruiting class.

Thanks for hanging in there.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is GREAT NEWS Hope they can find a way thru other aid packages to get both on board.Maybe lady luck is back...

12:09 PM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh well -- Smith apparently took too much time. You snooze, you lose.

Let's hope we lucked out with Barbour!

1:21 PM, April 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon: post rejected. I don't think these kids or their parents really need to see that here. Do you?

4:41 PM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In hindsight it may have been a mistake to bring in Rutledge. We could have had both these power forwards (a position of great need to us), instead of adding to a logjam at guard.

What bothers me a bit about Rutledge also is that despite the fact he's supposed to be on a 'higher level', it was only NEC teams in the hunt for him at the end.

Let's hope it works out. I just would have loved to have BOTH Barbour & Smith on this team next season.

5:47 PM, April 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Rutledge...what is he 6-4, 6-5??..can certainly play the 3 or two...

In the NEC you mainly win with talented guards and forwards even though MU has had successful big men which has been a key to its championship years..though Blake Hamilton was "only" 6-7...

6:45 PM, April 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I do see your concern though..

6:46 PM, April 19, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

And..they really wanted Rutledge. They certainly knew they were using a potential big man spot when they recruited him.

6:48 PM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is frustrating is the fact that there are a few scholarship guys on this team that have no right earning a DI Scholarship, even at the NEC level. Too bad a few recruiting errors could have the Hawks missing out on some "promising recruits". Hope Smith doesnt go to another NEC and burn us down the road.

9:33 PM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I echo the comments of the last poster -- too many wasted scholarships the last few years on non-D1 calibre players.

Hopefully this year's class will begin changing that, though there's at least 1 incoming freshman who I also wonder about (he'll probably be next year's entrant into MU's revolving red-shirt door).

8:06 AM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

You're applying the red-shirt label to the "can't play, or never will be significant'' phrase.

That does not have to be the case.

Kevin Owens (1,080 career points) red-shirted his first year.

There is nothing wrong with red-shirting a player, especially in the case of big men at the NEC level.'re looking for a polished big man to step right the NEC and elsewhere it may take some time whether they are red-shirted or not...

MU examples..Blake Hamilton and Corey Albano were not significant contributors their first seasons...

I'm not saying MU's current red shirts will rise to that level...I don't know.

But to apparently dismiss them as future factors - I think - is totally premature.

And don't say "wasted scholarships' just yet.

You are certainly entitled to your evaluations..but can we wait a year or two to see what tarnspires?

Having said that - not every recruit works everywhere.. you just need more to work out than not.

10:08 AM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

and yes - I know - Blake and Corey were not red shirts...

10:41 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous speed dial said...

Tony just more evidence of POOR Management of a D-1 program,They needed BIGs not more Threes ie Rutledge .Not saying he is not a good player but when you have very little athletic BIGGS ie three on the bench and one new freshman ...What are they thinking ...My guess two season to rebuild and by the thrid season they could be a 500 team again.

10:50 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Corey did redshirt before coming to MU but have probably could have used another redshirt year from the looks of his senior season. Tony, out of the guys who sat last year, which ones do you think will actually pan out to be starters in the next few years.

10:53 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tim Walker if Calloway is such a great coach then why over the past THREE years Both HOT and COLD as a YOUNG coach ie team record NCAA Trips hasn't his name come up once for a Mid Major Job ??? And I am not saying he should take it Just a fair Question...

10:53 AM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said... could be right. Then again...they could be right!!..I guess we'll see...

10:57 AM, April 20, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon - Corey Albano definitely did not red-shirt. I covered his entire career.

I think Adam Dobriansky has a chance to be at least OK.. Has some big man skills...appears to be a decent enough rebounder and - free throw shooter!

Dutch..honestly ...from what I saw last year needed a lot of work on offense..but may be a good fit in the MU system. Knows how to play - as they say.

Don't expect miracles fom either in 07-08.

11:02 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

6-foot-5 St. Benedict's Postgrad John Holland has made his college choice. The lively, athletic forward will attend Boston University in the fall. Holland attended Fordham Prep last season in New York before heading to New Jersey for a postgrad season.

Holland chose Boston University over Manhattan, St. Peter's and Monmouth. Holland was named 3rd Team All State Prep by NJ Hoops.

Holland has good athletic ability and thrives in an uptempo system. He rebounds well and can play either forward spot at the next level

11:35 AM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous coaching changes said...

Princeton has offered its head basketball coaching position to Georgetown assistant Sydney Johnson, according to a published report.

Johnson captained Princeton for three years and played a key role in the Tigers' upset of UCLA in the 1996 NCAA tournament. He would succeed Joe Scott, who left in March to become the head coach at the University of Denver.

The offer to Johnson was first reported in the Daily Princetonian, the university's student newspaper. Johnson did not return messages left at his home and on his cellphone Thursday. In an e-mail, Princeton athletic director Gary Walters said the coaching search was ongoing.

In three years under Scott, who played for legendary coach Pete Carril in the mid-1980s, Princeton went from one of the Ivy League's dominant programs to a last-place finish last season, the first time the Tigers had finished that low since the Ivy League began play in 1956.

Johnson would become the fourth coach to take over the Princeton program since Carril left in 1996 after 27 seasons, after Bill Carmody, John Thompson III and Scott.

1:10 PM, April 20, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't it have been nice with our 4 scholarships to have gotten Hett, Smith, Barbour, & Rutledge? How good would we look for next year then?
Instead we choose to recruit a player who I believe no other D1 school was after (DelTufo) from one of the weaker NJ hs conferences. I know, I have'nt seen the kid play yet, but the reviews are not promising.
Tony, the recruiting the last few years has been poor -- Nunner and Simpson will play very little thru their careers, Barlow will probably never get off the bench, and Del tufo will head right for the red-shirt, before becoming another 'role player' -- at best.
Why has such a high percentage of scholarships gone to these players? It seems that just now the urgency of the situation has hit the staff and we've gotten some higher-quality players (Barbour & Rutledge).
And please don't give me the list of past recruits who have been great players for us -- I'm strictly talking about the past 2-3 years where the ball has definitely been dropped in this regard.

11:04 AM, April 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Any word on the 'phantom'?

Getting only 1 of the 2 power forwards we targeted (Barbour, and not Smith) puts even more importance on Crews starting for us next season.

11:07 AM, April 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Have recently heard "The Phantom" is doing "OK."

12:22 PM, April 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re - recruiting last 2-3 years.

The biggest hit recruiting took was the Tyson Johnson situation. MU believed he would be a mega-player for four years. And some others Nunner, Simpson have not been the players - yet - MU had envisioned them becoming.

Barlow was always considered something of a project but here - too - they felt he would develop.

There was some thought of red-shirting Crews before last year but he loked so promising at times that plan was abandonded.

It's easy to second guess now but that's prob what should have happened.

1:58 PM, April 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I have never seen Del Tufo play either and - yes - I am not led to beleive he will be an impact player.

MU coaches feel he has a chance to eventually be similar to Russ Anderson. That wouldn't be bad.

2:27 PM, April 21, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Del Tufo. I should say impact player right away after that - You never know.

2:38 PM, April 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony, what else you have for us?

1. How about interviews with players/coaches on here?

2. Any players leaving?

3. Any NEC news?

4. ANy off-season news, ie pickup games?

5. Misc? Come on Tony, I need some Hawks hoops talk now!

9:48 PM, April 22, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon - not enough off season MU hoops on here for you?

To get right to the primary job in the spring is covering Shore Conference high school baseball .. plus producing a local weekly update on former area high school players in college, etc.

If I want to continue to receive a pay check, that generally takes up 80-90 percent of my week...

and while I love doing the MU blog - and that's why it's still here in the "off" season - I basically am working it between other duties...

Glad to see you're so hungry for MU hoops news...I try to oblige when I can..

Last I heard as of late last week - no players are leaving..

I am attempting to get in touch with new recruit George Barbour and then hope for a story with Calloway (for the Press and the blog) on the recruiting class....

Hope this will suffice......

I encourage you and everyone to stop by the NEC web site daily where they publish timely newspaper stories on all NEC schools....

11:18 PM, April 22, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Im sure that will be some story Tony. Anyway you can interview Ron Krayl instead?

12:35 PM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ron Krayl has been at MU as long as the dinosaurs prowled the earth. He's too old school!

9:23 PM, April 23, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You're a dinosaur Tony!

5:14 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

And I'm still roaming the earth!

11:04 PM, April 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Tyson goes out with a bang in JC all-star game....

Blinn sophomore Johnson scores 15 in all-star game

Blinn College sophomore Tyson Johnson scored 15 points to help lead the Region XIV all-stars to a 123-103 victory over the national NJCAA all-star team at the NJCAA Basketball Coaches Association All-Star Classic in Kilgore Saturday.

Johnson, a University of Wyoming signee, was one of eight Region 14 stars to score in double figures in the annual game pitting Region 14's 10 best players against 10 all-Americans from outside the conference.

Johnson averaged 20.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game this season at Blinn. He earned second-team all-Region 14 honors while ranking second in the conference in scoring and third in rebounding.

8:12 PM, April 25, 2007  

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