landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
Mostly fluff (and known fluff at that), but still some nice quotes in there. Great to see him reclaiming his scorer's mentality. Also a reference to "Chicks Dig Scars" (an aneurysm of salesmanship? ;).
The only big-name player to come out of Chesterton High before Novak was IU's Matt Nover, who people my age will remember as "oh that white dude from Blue Chips", but after Mitch people have been paying more attention to CHS, or at least wanting to, judging by numerous comments made on the site.
Unfortunately, their two star 2015s (rising juniors) are leaving The Cheese: Matt Holba because his parents are moving to Indianapolis, and Chris Palombizio because his dad, himself a former Indiana Mr. Basketball who left Purdue for Ball State, thought he was being underused (shockingly) and is sending him to one of those basketball academies (albeit one without the East Coast location or reputation). The good news is Mitch McGary left CHS and got even better, so there is hope.
Here's a UMHoops article on Holba from last August to refresh your memory. And a scouting report on Palombizio, who camped with UM last summer. (Both grew up idolizing Novak, and he couldn't even watch them play at camp. Thanks, NCAA.)
While it's doubtful either will receive their offer in mid-June when the first round are extended, we shall see. But just like with GRIII and Spike, there's also plenty of other great talent and teams in Northwest Indiana. Two area targets who will likely get offers: Hyron Edwards is at East Chicago (alma mater of E'Twaun Moore and ) and Ryan Fazekas at Michigan City Marquette. Holba, Edwards, and Fazekas were all Second-Team All-Area as sophomores; Palombizio an honorable mention.
OSU freshman PG Marcus Smart, projected top 5 NBA Draft Pick, is announcing his decision tomorrow--in the Student Union with teammates Le'Bryan Nash and Markel Brown. Unless he has people advising him worse than LeBron with "the Decision," Smart is probably returning to school next year. Pretty surprising given his draft position.
This would most likely make Trey Burke the #1 PG in this year's draft. On the negative side, it is one less lottery pick in the draft and could make GR III or McGary a little more likely to go pro this year.
Markel Brown, Le'Bryan Nash and Marcus Smart are expected to announce whether they are entering the NBA draft at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow.
The press conference is in the Student Union and is open to the public.
Michigan basketball banquet tonight at Crisler.
From the twitterz:
Matt Shepard ( Matt Shepard @ShepMatt) with Trey Burke's Player of the Year trophy haul and the NCAA South Regional Championship trophy:
Bill Buntin Most Valuable Player Award - Trey Burke
Rudy Tomjanovich Most Improved Player Award - Tim Hardaway Jr.
Sixth Man of the Year - Mitch McGary
Thad Garner Leadership Award - Corey Person
Travis Conlan Sportsmanship Award - Jon Horford
Wayman Britt Outstanding Defensive Player Award: Jordan Morgan
Iron Man Award - Glenn Robinson III. Didn't miss one of the 109 practices this season.
Steve Grote Hustle Award: Mitch McGary
Gary Grant award for most assists: Trey Burke
Loy Vaught Rebounding Award: Mitch McGary
Free Throw Shooting Award: Nik Stauskas
Academic Achievement: Jordan Morgan (Industrial & Operations Engineering), Josh Bartelstein (Sport Management), Matt Vogrich (Business)
Project Yam nominees, also known as Slam Dunk of the Year - #1 goes to Tim Hardaway's Tomahawk in the Champ Game
Those of you who were lucky enough to attend, please share your stories here.
Zak Irvin moves up to 24th Overall and receives his 5th star...
Also, Derrick Walton moves up to 37th Overall
Donnal fell to 111th overall but remains a 4 Star prospect...
Another great example of Coach B identifying truly elite talent at very early stages of recruitment....
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On TruHoopTV, David Thorpe makes the case for why Burke should go number 1 overall and then says that he thinks he will go number 1 if the team drafting first needs a point gaurd:
Let's hope that he stays so we don't get to see if Thrope is right!