Trey Burke signed autographs tonight at the Champs Sports in Times Square. There were hundreds of fans on line, so he wasn't able to spend much time with each guest. But he was very nice and respectful. When I asked him to sign a maize and blue shoe on which I have other MBB player signatures, he recognized those and laughed and also complimented my shoe. Also, whenever anyone asked him what he's heard about who is going to pick him, he pretty much punted on the question; he's been well coached.
...and the sun comes up in the East, I know.
There are 10 Players invited to the draft day green room; the list is in the link:
Ken Berger reports that the clippers and celtics have reached an agreement to release Doc out of his contract and to sign with the Clippers for a 3 year, 21 million dollar deal. The celtics would recieve a 2015 1st round pick. However for now it seems as if Kevin Garnett is to remain a celtic....for now
I don't know if anybody else saw this today, but Trey Burke had a segment on Sportscenter today where he sat down with Jalen Rose and Bill Simmons. The video isn't up on ESPN.com yet, but it'll probably be running for the rest of the day.
The highlights of it were Trey comparing himself to Chris Paul, and Bill Simmons calling him "the one sure thing" in this year's draft. Other than that, he talks about how people who doubt him (particularly those who call him out on twitter) motivate him to work harder. Jalen Rose also comments on how he loves Trey's attitude towards his critics. It's a good piece if you get the chance to see it, and if anybody finds the link to the video, please feel free to post it in the thread below.
Brunson, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is a five-star prospect and ranked as the top point guard in his class and #20 overall according to ESPN.com. Brunson received the offer while on an unofficial visit to Michigan on Saturday.
*embed fail, highlights below*
Some lighter reading material for your lazy Sunday summer morning:
In a couple of days, it’s back to the grind for Albrecht. He heads to Michigan next week, where he’ll start classes and start to answer the question that everyone’s asking: Can he play like that consistently for the Wolverines?
Michigan has a highly touted point guard, Derrick Walton, who is expected to immediately challenge him for the position.
It’s a wide open competition and Albrecht is looking forward to it. He also doesn’t want to just be remembered for that one half. He didn’t score a point in the second half against Louisville and he admitted that he was a little tired.
“One of my coaches told me, ‘don’t let scoring 17 points in the national championship game be the best thing in my career,’ ” he said.
Spike will just have to prove it again.
(Also interesting that maize-and-blue were the color scheme for the kids' camp, even though his local high school does everything red-and-white. Michigan über alles Farben.)
Dan Dakich also returned to his alma mater in The Region and talked about his son Andrew choosing Michigan, among other things, delivering a couple tweetable quotes (one of which excerpted below):
Your son, Andrew, is going to play at Michigan as a preferred walk-on. How did that happen?
He always wanted to play in the Big Ten. Michigan always followed us around at AAU. I was talking to (Michigan assistant) Jeff Meyer about him at the Big Ten Tournament and he asked where he was going. I said either Purdue or Butler as a walk-on.
So they invited him to campus and he just fell in love with it. I fell in love with it. I said, “Son, if you don’t commit, I’m going to commit for you.” He said, “It’s a lot of money.” I told him not to worry about that. It’s perfect for him. Spike (Albrecht) and Mitch McGary are there. They’ve got a good point guard coming in. He might never get to play, but it’s still a great opportunity.
Why has Michigan been able to tap into Indiana so much?
Purdue and Indiana made a mistake using up all their scholarships and not taking Glenn Robinson (III). They are always there, recruiting these kids. It’s a comfortable place for them.
And a couple notes on his twitter life (no, he doesn't have Canseco's team writing them for him).