this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
Just seent over at UMHoops that Bacari Alexander is in the running for the Wisconsin Green Bay job along with 3 other candidates. Because I'm a selfish prick I hope that the Phoenix select someone else.
Michign signed Bacari Alexander, LaVall Jordan and Jeff Meyer to extensions including raises.
Details are not available yet but this is obviously great news!
Does this mean Stauskas, GR3 and McGary are all coming back?
Coach BA gave a great update of the players on Twitter (along with a number of other great tweets).
■ “Jordan Morgan earned his engineering degree early, find me another high major school that has an engineering graduate in basketball?”
■ “Jon Horford is on track to@finish early as well. What I'm really excited about is he's been healthy all spring and summer.”
■ “Caris Levert has gotten stronger and Stands at 6'6" and some change. The biggest change is his confidence. #mygoodness”
■ “Nik Stauskas is looking like a grown man physically. I wasn't sure that he could looked so defined. His athleticism has spiked too. #yes”
■ “Spike Albrecht has benefited from the weight room as well, but the communication on the floor has been epic! Gonna be a great floor leader!”
■ “Max Beifeldt has really slimmed his frame and we're not sure If he can be called the "Moose" anymore. Suggestions?? #bekind”
■ “Mitch McGary is on the summer circuit for college guys and its easy to see that he has an engine that any car would love.”
■ “Glen Robinson III is a beast! He is so tunnel visioned right now and is eager to help lead.”
■ “What surprised me most about Mark Donnal is he has a funny side. This young man is low key funny. #HALOL”
■ “Andrew Dakich is the epitome of a coaches son and has the confidence to speak his mind. #jbart2.0”
■ “Cole McConnell is a very unassuming young man who is smart as a whip. Please don't leave him open on the court. #sniper”
■ “Derrick Walton Jr. Has a presence about him that seems very familiar. #hmmmm...”
■ “Zak Irvin is not afraid to take big shots at big times. Nice attribute to have. #intriguing”
Our favorite really motivational and sometimes secret leaking (see the "YESSSSSSSSSSSS" tweet that was removed just before Mitch McGary's committment went public) assistant basketball coach Bacari Alexander is at it again, tweeting "Stay Tuned. We will reunite soon...... Juwan Howard and Jalen Rose share a Fab Five moment" with a link to the Youtube Video embedded in the first comment.
There's been a lot of speculation already with the rededication of Crisler Arena and the "10 Year Ban" coming off the books in 2013 that the Fab 5 would be recognized in some way. 4 of the 5 (Not CWebb) have already been welcomed back in some form, most notably Jalen's "Rose Garden" section of seats that he buys for children.
I don't want this to turn into another "They cheated, I hate them!" "I love them!" thread, so what would your perfect "Reunion" be? I'd take having all 5 of them back at Crisler, maybe Jalen speaking to the crowd, and a new display case on the Crisler concourse showing the whole history - The baggy shorts, the final 4 banners, the downfall, the scandal, the cultural impact, etc. Lay it all out there. It's history, to be celebrated and scorned and most importantly remembered.
Oh, also, Juwan should do the Cabbage Patch again.
Tomorrow is "offer day" for John Beilien - the first 2014 hoops offers go out. Last Summer was extremely productive, as we locked up our entire #2-ranked 2013 class (thus far) within a month or two of offers going out.
Who commits in the next month or two?
I'm bullish - I think we get Booker and Bates-Diop, plus a quality big (possibly Sean O'Mara) by the end of July.
Great coverage at umhoops.