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Monday, April 16, 2007

Latest MU men's hoops news/updates

Starting a new thread for comments/info here.... I ended comments on the other hoops updates - simply to make this topic more easily accesable...

36 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Are the 45 days up yet for the MAC tony?

7:19 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Jim said...

Tony,
Any update on Rickie Crews on the court or/& the classroom??? As you know, if could bulk-up & get his head together, he could be big factor next season!!! That could be a big help!

7:32 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I'm certain not yet...But next time I get a chance I'll ask at MU what the date is..they've got to have it circled in red don't you think???

Got your shovel ready???

7:37 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well...he's still there far as I know..and this spring I have heard some encouraging comments about him from the coaches...

He certainly is a wild card.....

7:40 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony do you think Rickie Crews has turned around his act on and off the court and will become the player the coaches were betting on?

10:31 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

George Barbour 6’7” 2007 Torrance (Torrance CA)

Bouncy post-forward is a late-bloomer that played in the shadow of UNC-bound Deon Thompson at Torrance last season. Look for 2006-07 to be Barbour’s year to shine as George should be a magnet for mid-majors in need of a quality athletic big.

10:41 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Last post on Rickie. I hope so. He has a great opportunity. I think it's safe to say off the floor and in the classroom he was a tad immature.

On the floor there's no doubt as to his athletic ability but he has to improve defensively and I think the coaches would like him to attack the rim more as opposed to shooting from deep.


I think it's interesting that - MU's spring sports are doing well, that football spring practice is in full swing ..and the main topic on this blog remains men's hoops, and ""THE PHANTOM" of Boylan Gym.

10:48 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous speed dial said...

In case you're curious why I didn't compile a list of the "five worst" like I do for football -- it's because there are 336 Division I teams, for crying out loud. I'd be lying if I told you I even knew the names of the bottom 150.

But that doesn't mean I won't accept nominations

10:59 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Gym Rat - good job! SWhere was that posted?

11:05 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Let's just say..for argument's sake and just for conversation....I have no word this is going to happen..this is just for discussion..OK.??


Let's say Barbour decides on MU, and MU still has no decision from Smith...


MU should:

1. Take Barbour and cease recruiting Smith....

2. Ask Barbour to wait and risk losing both...

11:11 PM, April 16, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To Speed Dial - don't know exactly what you're referring to (a past post I presume) but I like that blog name!

11:17 PM, April 16, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can you explain to me the post about this guy Barbour?

Is someone just putting this guy's name up here out of the blue because he happens to know him, or is MU actually recruiting him?

9:00 AM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Yes..MU is recruiting him..here is some back ground from a recent thread....

The player visiting MU this week is George Barbour 6-7, 225 from Torrance High School outside Los Angeles, Cal.

That's really all I know about him.

No sense for me in checking for stats, etc. unless he signs. Heard USF, Binghampton, maybe even Auburn have showed some interest.

but also, MU has NO scholarships at the moment..and last I heard no one is leaving from the current returning roster ....

I would think they may probably have another player or two they are recruiting in case they don't get Smith or Barbour...

9:23 AM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Tony,
In your expert opinion, who seems to be their #1 target Barbour or Smith? Who would fit in better for MU hoops? I would have to think Barbour because he is a true freshman and is highly rated 2 star recruit on Rivals.com. Although, I do not know much about either kid. Your opinion?

1:17 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

In my "expert" opinion (and I am not often accused of that) I would go for the kid.

They'd have him for four years and he could grow with some of the other younger players they have and are bringing in ..though that would also make that one class top-heavy with freshmen and the result might be a lesser record next year.

But I think - in my opinion - they are hoping to land Smith first.

That (in Smith) would bring in an experienced more ready to contribute right away type player and perhaps lend itself to a few more wins next year and also enable some of their other younger forwards/centers to have a larger margin for development.

7:01 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

I would go with Barbour over Smith.One Smith will only play two seasons MU has 3 jrs already shipman coleman nunner,and it takes lots of time to understand and master the MU systems.Next season will be at best like this past one and they have NO money for the 08/09 season so your stuck with what you see...Calloway has a huge whole to dig out from and not much time to go three seasons at best to get back to winning.The class so far is two yrs away from helping and you have Youngblood and an up and down Coleman no BIGS at all and a project with Rickey at best.So the BIG bet is that Hett can play point asap,Youngblood at the 2 guard along with Coleman and who up front????that has any playing time...YES Smith might plug the whole and help win 2 maybe three games if he is a stud but if its down to CCSU and MU don't coun't on it.Bottom line poor mgt of the program and what you got is THREE middle of the road seasons ahead.

10:44 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tyson Johnson To U of Wyoming

Former St. Mary's star Tyson Johnson has signed a letter of intent with the University of Wyoming. Johnson had been at Blinn Jr. College in Texas where he averaged 21 points and 8 rebounds a game.

Tyson would have helped this season and next you need to look at the issues at Monmouth .Rickey could be next lets hope not and he makes it..But Calloway has given up early on a lot of players why good question to ask...Maybe just maybe it a lack of understanding by all.

10:54 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

6-foot-3 Roman Catholic PA Sr. Brian Wanamaker has made his college pick. The physical guard has decided to attend Central Connecticut State in the fall.

Wanamaker averaged 12 ppg while helping lead Roman Catholic to a 28-3 record in the tough Philadelphia Catholic League. His twin brother Brad Wanamaker is headed to Pitt in the fall.

The tough, hardnosed defender played AAU ball with Positive Image.

Well it looks like Howie getting it done again with guards if Smith wants to play in the NCCA tourney he will take a shot with CCSU with only two years to play.

11:03 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Listen, most of us know why, but we cant say it because tony wont post it.

11:14 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

To last anon: Please get your facts correct - Tyson failed out of MU ..Calloway did not "give up" on him...

I am not dumping on Tyson here but that's what happened and it's very old news..


To Gym Rat - it's a little too early to consign MU to middle of the road for the next 3 years...that means when Jhamar is a senior and Hett an RJ Rutledge, etc. are juniors they're also rans.

Now you could be right, but I think your gloomy three-year forecast at this stage is a little premature....just my opinion...as you have yours...

11:17 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Hey Rat - this CCSU recruit at guard could be very good - and maybe not....and he may just be OK....let's not crown him all NEC just yet...

11:19 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony those that know the real story and facts about Tyson starting with the early season problem with a few other players bad start for anyone at college the lack of understanding of basic issues by ALL and Calloway washing his hands of it you can say he failed out but Alex Blackwell didnt but had the backing of the staff and had much bigger issues then any player in along time.

11:24 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

I won't post what? "Everybody" knows what???

At least run it by me and I'll decide...but the rules here are no trashing and bashing..and rumor mongering involving athletes, coaches, etc.

So far tonight people are all about complaining about the coaching (normal run for the course here I guess) but also about me posting about the MU student who is a
21-year old head tennis coach in high school...

Oh, well..it's good to see complaining is 12 month past time...

11:27 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

Tony if you were Smith who has a better chance going to the dance over the next two season CCSU or MU ?Thats my point...

11:30 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Alex Blackwell??!!!!..You're right..he didn't fail out...well, you had that part correct..but if he had - somehow today - it would probably have been Calloway's fault...How far back would you like to go ??

I guess it was Calloway's fault MU struggled early in its D 1 days.. oh, wait..Calloway was in high school..or middle school.. or where ever....

11:38 PM, April 17, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tony Tony Tony WOW lay off Calloway my point was that if the Coaching Staff understands the issues of their players they can HELP guide a player thru MONMOUTH like they did with Alex Blackwell nothing to do with wins or losses just the ways of college basketball ...Calloway is a outstanding coach ....

11:46 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Maybe we're all spinning our wheels here....Did Dwayne Byfield, Blake Hamilton, Steve Bridgemohan, Russ Anderson, Kevin Owens (I'm just firing names out here) many others, make it through any "issues" ???.....Guess the coaches under stood them or vice versa...

Hey, I'm not saying every situation at MU (or anywhere) is handled perfectly ....

11:59 PM, April 17, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Well....that's it for tonight...more fun tomorrow I'm sure...

12:03 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey TG
Its Tim Walker and I guess nobody has anything better to do then BASH Dave and his staff. Lets give Dave some credit expecially after the freshman class all but left him after the 98-99 season. The likes of Bagura Williams and the others that were supposed to be the cream of the crop in that class. Most coaches migh have left the program or had major colapses but Lets see what has Dave done since Correct me if I am wrong. 6 winning seasons 3 NCAA Tournament Bids 1 NCAA Win. I think any D1 in a school in a small league liek the NEC would love that resume.
Have a good day TG
Tim Walker
Proud MU Hawk

8:45 AM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the heck did we get involved with a kid from Torrance CA. (Barbour)?
Don't get me wrong -- I'm glad to see MU's reach out that far, but how did it come about?

11:42 AM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

MU came across him when they were scouting Jermaine Smith..the JUCO from California...

11:57 AM, April 18, 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...

6:38 PM, April 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous 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.

10:18 PM, April 18, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re: Holland. Well..we know he's coming to MU...han't heard his name mentioned much around WLB lately..

12:40 AM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous gym rat said...

Sources close to the situation reveal that 6-foot-9 former Irvington star Jermaine Smith will return to the Garden State to continue his college career. Smith who was rated as the #49 senior in the state in the May 2005 NJ Hoops Newsletter is at Ohlone Junior College in California and will attend Monmouth in the fall.

Smith was listed as the #3 juco sophomore from NJ at an out of state junior college in the October NJ Hoops Newsletter. Smith had a solid campaign for Ohlone, leading them to a 29-4 mark, while averaging 9.7 ppg, and 7.3 rpg.

9:41 AM, April 19, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

According to caainsider.com, Monmouth has gotten a commitment from Jermaine Smith- PF/C 6'9 220 from JUCO ranks.

10:16 AM, April 19, 2007  

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