While only nine of the 29 recruits currently committed to New York City mid-majors are playing high school basketball in the state, that number is pretty deceiving about how well schools are mining the talent base of the city. Take a deeper look and see just what some schools are doing to revive and build their programs.
Last season Hofstra went 21-12 and played in the CBI in Mo Cassara’s first season. But he had some help, senior Charles Jenkins. The dynamite 6’3 guard from Queens was the driver behind the Pride’s offense for the past four seasons. He averaged 22.6 points per game last season. Now begins life after Jenkins.
How is Hofstra going to deal with that loss? It’s certainly not going to be easy.
It appears that the NCAA Tournament is going to lose one of it’s official stalwarts as Gus Johnson and CBS have been unable to come to a deal. That means no more of “Rise and Fire” or any of the other magical moments we’ve had since he started calling tournament games for CBS in 1996.
Not all numbers are created equal. While there are a number of widely accepted methods of figuring out which teams are the best in college basketball, not even they completely agree. Statisticians like Ken Pomeroy and Ken Massey lead the way, but the College Basketball Rankings Comparison page lists 42 different ones.
Some are tempo-free, others are based on human intuition. They’re all some sort of ranking of the 345 teams in Division I college basketball (or some subset of that group). Good luck figuring out which one is right.
It’s not often you get fired and actually end up coaching a better team, but that’s exactly what happened to Paul Hewitt. After finishing 13-18 (5-11 in the ACC) Hewitt was relieved of his duties at Georgia Tech. Still, he managed to land on his feet with a sweet gig at George Mason after Jim Larranaga left for Miami.
Hewitt was known at Tech for underachieving teams. It might seem odd then that he was chosen to lead a Patriots team that is expected to be in the Top 25 in the nation next season.
The field for the Puerto Rico Tip-Off has officially been set and it includes five teams that played in either the NCAA Tournament or NIT last season. Iona isn’t one of them, but the Gaels will still have a good shot at taking home the tournament title on November 20.
Many of the other teams in the tournament have to replace key pieces. Purdue will be without both E’Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson next season and those two players used over 50% of Purdue’s possessions last season. Colorado’s Alec Burks, who used a whopping 32.2% of the Buffaloes’ possessions last season when he was on the court, looks to be headed to the NBA.
Congrats to Hofstra’s Charles Jenkins. He picked up another today with the announcement of the Haggerty Award, which goes to the player of the year in the New York metropolitan area. (Which means it includes the major conference guys as well.)
It was Jenkins’ third straight season winning the award. I guess he’ll have to give it up to someone else next season. (Since he’s graduating at all.)
Recruiting is picking up steam at the moment and Justin D. Young over at the National Hoops Report recently posted a list of the top incoming players for each conference.
It’s an entertaining undertaking that probably took quite a bit of research for a few conferences where you won’t find McDonald’s All-Americans or even Top 100 recruits via any service. None of the NYC schools were represented, but here are some talented freshman that will be playing for the visiting teams next season.
Unlike say college football where schedules are set years in advance, scheduling for the next season in college basketball takes place mostly on the fly once seasons have ended. One place schools can go to speed up the process is Basketball Travelers. It’s been compared to a college basketball Craigslist, but it basically is a place for schools to post if they have specifics dates or games they’re looking to fill.