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Monday, July 23, 2007

JSBL news - big game Tuesday for "Jet" and Whitney - also, Qa'rraan Calhoun maybe hasn't left St. John's

Calhoun, the former Raritan high school star, an Asbury Park Press Co-Player Player of the Year (2004) - left the Red Storm and is looking to transfer - according to our Jersey Shore Basketball League beat writer Josh Newman who said he got his info from Calhoun's JSBL coach. Today (Thursday) I heard from a Big East source this hasn't happened. Such is life in the blogosphere.

We do know (barring anyone leaving the MU program) the Hawks have no scholarships available until the 2009-2010 season.

In the JSBL - Stern's Trailer (""Jet" and Whitney Coleman of Monmouth U ) play Seaview Jeep 845 p.m. Tuesday for the North Div. title in which the winner earns a likely first round playoff matchup with winless Rod's Tavern...

Also...T.J. LaFalce of the 2007 Freehold Twp. Shore Conf champs and John Romero and Andre McKenzie - both from Asbury Park HS - are heading to Brookdale Community College, according to Josh.


Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Calhoun would be a huge recruiting get for MU. I would've been ecstatic if MU could've landed him and his PG from Raritan-Johnson who signed at Boston University. MU should try to be creative, maybe take away a scholarship from an underachiever and give it's all to grab up this kid. He could be a total STAR in the NEC. I have seen him play MANY times, he is an exceptional athlete who needs some polish to his game. If he could come over as a redshirt transfer and coach Calz could work with him for a year...he could be one of the best big men in the NEC in 2 yrs. I will be at the JSBL game tonight, excited to see Blake, Jet, Whitney play. Hopefully Marques will be there.

2:47 PM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Apparantly the MU kids that are there now all want to stay ..whether they figure in MU's future plans or not.

As you probably know, you can't take a scholarship away from a player purely for underachieving in basketball..

3:02 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

Unfortunately I know you cannot take away a scholarship based on ability. It's a shame that there will not be an opening for him here in MU. On the plus side, hopefully I will enjoy a semi-Monmouth win tonight.

3:35 PM, July 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've heard that scholarships are NOT guaranteed from year to year. Although I've never heard of it happening, and it would be extremely un-MU-like to take one away, I think it CAN be done!

10:45 PM, July 24, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Re scholarships: I also believe - while it may be within a school's power to do so - I agree it's unlikely MU would snatch a scholarship leaving a student athlete without a place to go...

12:47 AM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


It's now 7/25 and still not a hint from MU regarding ground-breaking on the MAC.

Is there a snag? With all the problems we've encountered to this point I just sense trouble!

11:13 AM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

First of all: Stern's (quasi MU) won this game Tuesday night in double OT, 110-108. "Jet" strafed for 30 despite sitting out much of the 4Q and the 2 OT after taking a knee in the groin but he should be fine for the playoffs. Blake Hamilton added 29 and Whit (don't have his numbers) played well I thought.

Quasi MU plays 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the playoffs.

If MU Mystery Coach did attend the game we would be interested in hearing your review..

Re: the MAC - I have heard of no problems..Marilyn told me as we posted in a blog last month they would break ground at a home football game...

The MAC has been approved by WLB (kicking and screaming all the way), cleared, etc. etc....

The "fun" will begin anew when MU
attempts to expand Kessler Field at some future point...

1:31 PM, July 25, 2007  
Anonymous mu mystery coach said...

I was there and the game was enjoyable. On a side note, the game beforehand was fun to watch thanks to Jason Thompson (over 40pts) from Rider. What an absolute stud he is.
MU game: Sad to not see Marques, Giraldo, Barksdale there. However, that is expected in the JSBL. Seeing Eric Hazard on the "MU" team was a bit disheartening, especially after that jumper last year (I was about to bet the house he was making that game winning 3 that turned into a gametier layup for him). The MU team played some zone, somewhat reminding me of an MU game but a lot less intense on defense. Again, expected in the JSBL. I thought Youngblood looked good, shot it well from the outside. However, he looked disinterested towards the end of the game and I was wondering why he wasn't in the game at the end. As always, thanks for clearing that up for us with the injury report Tony. Blake stuggled shooting the ball from the outside, but really turned it on controlling the boards and scoring inside down the stretch, leading MU to the win (I really miss watching him play). Whitney looked good running the PG position and very good on defense. He used his length to alter/block shots and knock away/steal the ball a few times. His offense and ahtleticism were also on display. I hope he and Jhamar are ready for this year without the safety blanket of Blake Hamilton. I think that they both will have all of their talents on display this year, I am excited to continue to see them develop and blossom as players.
-I hope to make it to a playoff game but I am not sure, if you go keep us informed.

9:52 PM, July 25, 2007  
Blogger Tony Graham said...

Stern's coach Ron Pastore told me Marques will not play any more this season..he's heading for, or is at the Police Academy. It should make for a good story next season.

Whit def. needs to be more offensive minded this season.

Re: Jason Thompson. Those young MU centers are in for a possibly long afternoon when Rider visits in Dec.

I will not be at the jSBL playoffs next week either..will be on vacation...

1:23 AM, July 26, 2007  

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