Monday, December 28, 2009

Very Disappointing!

I know a few people might be upset with what I have to say. But as I always say, I give it to you as I see it which is straight with no chaser! So Seton Hall Fans, HS Basketball Followers, Street Agents, and others, this blog is dedicated to you!

Lets start with the huge Seton Hall game against West Virginia on Saturday. Because I could not get to the game I watched from the front row in my home from a couch reserved seat. I say front row because I had 5 basketball junkie friends over watching with me.

The atmosphere at The Prudential Center seemed outstanding. Enough for any HS recruit at the game to be totally impressed. I was even ready to send in my letter of intent after seeing such a turnout. But than the game started and boy was I disappointed. Not because they lost the game. Heck Seton Hall played a close game against a team that was rated higher than they were. Let me explain why I was so frustrated. I really feel SHU is NCAA bound this season, but to get there they must hold the home court advantage and win the big games at home. What I saw was not the team I expected. Let me explain further.

Starting with Herb Pope this team did not seem ready to play. I watched this guy play when he was in HS. And to be honest, this was not the kid I saw. I saw a guy playing on his name without bringing his game. Are you kidding me with all those missed free throws? That just says to me he was not ready to play. It also shows he had no legs. How can you be a power player and not shoot at least 65% from the FT line? Wilt Chamberlain shot free throws better when he played! Shag could give him lessons! It was almost like he had been out on a date the evening before the game......if you know what I mean lol. What a disappointment based on expectations!

Mitchell seemed over his head against West Virgina. What was that about? He looked weak and unsure.

Hazell played a great game when hitting shots. But some of the shots he missed early had us thinking he was shooting his way to Europe as opposed to the NBA. However when he made the shots, which were still questionable, he looked great. I guess SHU will live and die with his shot selection this season.

The guards did OK even though they could have stepped it up better statistics wise. Not mad at Keon or Jordan for effort. They will play better.

The bigs on SHU looked almost out of shape. In fact, Pope and others looked like they had McDonald's strength if you know what I mean. I could have swore Pope was not that big at his last school. They must get in better game shape. And if any of those guys who are not seniors think they will be in the NBA next season, they are mistaken.

Lastly on Seton Hall. I like the dribble drive kick it out system. But I also like something a bit more structured for when things are not working. I felt man to man match-up wise, the smart money would be on Seton Hall on this day based on injuries and the WVU starting center out. And if they hit free throws I would be right. I also must question the fact so many guys play during the game. It will be hard to get into a flow when you play guys because you feel you have to. Only certain programs like Duke and North Carolina can have so many talented players on a roster and win because the HS AA types on the bench understand their day is coming in the future.

Finally. I loved what I saw in Robinson and Hall. They will be great for SHU this season and even better next season!

Went to see Teaneck HS play Kennedy HS in the Playez tournament at Patterson Catholic HS in Paterson NJ. While there it occurred to me that what they need in Patterson is an all Paterson Tournament with Paterson Eastside, Paterson Kennedy, Paterson Catholic, and one different outside team each season. Maybe a Dematha, NYC Lincoln, etc. Call it the Mayors Cup! Place would be packed and maybe a portion of the proceeds could go to charity.

Well back to the game. Sorry to say Teaneck was the better team but lost because they did not have a leader on the court. I was stunned to see the Teaneck guards fumbling with the ball and sliding and pushing off when pressured. I even had to close my eyes on a few occasions. Please do not get it wrong. Every Teaneck player including all the guards had game! They could really play! They just were lacking that 5 point, 6 assist guy who would be the glue. I was very surprised a program such as this did not have a freshmen, or sophomore guard on the JV or Freshmen team to bring up to handle this. I was also stunned to see Coach Curtis March, one of the best in the entire state and usually a dapper dresser coach the game in worn and old looking jeans and a faded blue t-shirt. Come on Curtis you are better than that! I remember when you made the kids wear ties to games with jackets.

Lastly, for a $10 entry fee I thought they could have provided free programs at least to the adult paying customers. But everyone knows I am a Jimmy/Playez fan so I will not be too hard on them lol.

Momentum is building for the Fran back to college coaching push. Many people in the NY Metro area are hoping he takes a job.......if one happens to develop. I have not spoken to him but hope to run into him at a game. I for one sure hopes he gets back in it! Ditto Tim Welsh who is really interested in the Fordham job according to my sources. If he or Fran get back in the mix, watch out because it will be fireworks in local basketball and recruiting circles.

Have to talk about Northeast Pennsylvania HS Basketball. I went to a game at a local HS a week ago and could not believe my eyes at the new gym they had built. I am talking state of the art 2500-3000 seats and scoreboards better than most colleges. Here is the problem. The Team is horrible! I cannot even remember who was coaching and the talent was like a NJ or NY 8th grade team. I cannot understand why coaches in that area do not develop the talent better. Tall kids who look like they are touching a basketball for the first time. All the 5 schools in this area minus 1 (Stroudsburg) have great facilities that could put college gyms to shame. I forgot to say at that grand opening of the new gym, about 130 people were in the stands.

OK it is confirmed the Washburn Boys are back in Texas. Never knew folks in Texas were reading my blog. Received a call on Sunday confirming what I had written. Person is well connected and even said the older boy could be a 2 years a done player!

Tuesday, December 22, 2009


What a confusing season thus far in area hoops. Seton Hall beats Cornell who beats St. Johns who beats Temple. Wow! Maybe the various teams in the east are getting closer talent wise? I really doubt that! What really is happening is some of these less talented teams have very good coaches and great systems that they run. Plus they play as teams should play, as a team.
Jio Fontan to Southern California? Wow! They will always be JV to UCLA and the Lakers. Plus Kevin O'Neil is tough to play for from what I hear. Well good luck to him and his family. At least the weather is great!

That brings me to the St. Johns game against Cornell. In a perfect world for St. Johns, they should never lose to an Ivy type school or schools that have zero players who were recruited by high major schools. Ditto Seton Hall and Rutgers University. The trick to those teams doing well is winning all the games they are supposed to win and than do at lease 500 in conference.

I have been very impressed with St. Johns prior to the Cornell game. I was not as impressed watching them play street ball and very selfish at times. This was not the team I saw against Duke. I do understand Coaches need to provide some offensive freedom but this was a bit too much. Guys seemed to be playing for stats as opposed to playing as a team. Win a few early games and some players start thinking about the next level and we know what that is. Norm is better and so are the SJU players, which at this time does not have a true NBA prospect. But playing better team ball will only enhance a few players marketability. Lastly on this topic I do understand two starters were out and with them SJU most likely would have won this game. But they were out and Cornell showed what true student athletes can accomplish through hard work, a great system, and good solid coaching.

This brings me to Seton Hall Vs Temple. Not as bad a loss as many might think. But nonetheless it should not have been a loss. The big problem for SHU as they head into the BE season is how they will adjust to better comp night in and night out? Also will they play as a unit/team or a few guys thinking they are all set for the NBA and just auditioning for spots on NBA teams? Hazel is a favorite of mine and a player who could sneak into the league and become rich in the process. But he needs to understand that the team concept comes first and if he plays within the system he will show he is a true team player worthy of NBA opportunities.

I can say the same thing for many other players in the Big East and other leagues. However I do salute Eugene Harvey who finally has it. He understands he needs to make plays first and score 2nd. I also think Keon Lawrence showed he will be a true team player and maybe even a star. Jordan Theodore will only get better. The bigs still can play, they just need to better compete on every possession.

But 1 loss is not the end of the world. They win against West Virginia and no one will remember Temple. Ditto St. Johns. Win the next few and the Cornell game will be a distant memory. This is why I love Basketball over football. In football you have a week to sulk and live the loss. In basketball it could be a game two days after a bad performance or even a loss.

Just received word via David Britton's buddy Rob Wright, ex Texas Assistant and current HS Super Coach in Dallas, who told Jim Couch, NYC Playground Coaching Legend, that the Washburn Boys are back in Texas in time for the HS season. Curious to see if they play. Maybe they will reemerge next year at St, Benedict's or a similar type school?

Providence is having some struggles. I guess it is hard for Coach Davis without the players he inherited. What is going on at FDU? Are they kidding us with that team disguised as a D1 program? This is not aimed at the coaching staff who were thrown into a difficult situation as much as the university for funding the team like it is a D3 program in South Dakota. And again lets not talk facilities and marketing. Heck NJIT looks like Villanova compared to them lol.

Just siting here thinking about Villanova. Can anyone local beat them for players based on school rep academically, facilities, fan support, and coaching staff. Its like for a bigtime program yet in a small nurturing environment. Almost like Davidson being in the Big East.

Looking forward to seeing my man Curtis March lead Teaneck to the Group 3 NJ Championship this season. Do not sleep this team who has some very good players who Coach march gets to compete all game long, every game! A great Public program in a nice community. Watch for a certain 6 ft 5 kid on the Teaneck team who will remind you of Ron Artist at the same stage though not quite as talented. he scares the heck out of opposing players and is a pretty good pickup after moving to the area from the Bronx.

Loved listening to Jamal Mashburn do color on the Kentucky romp over Drexel last night. I cannot understand why he is not swiped up right now to do the huge college games. Talk about role models from Harlem, NY? I do have to question Mr. Mashburn's comments about AAU and Travel teams. From what I remember he was a card holding member of the NY Gaucho's and received all the privileges that came with his membership. All of them lol!

Speaking of the game. Is it me, am I wrong, am I crazy? Why would kids play for Bruiser Flint? He must be the best in practice and with off court issues. He might even be a great x and o guy and teacher. But come on with the frowns! It looks like a terrible experience the way he frowns at his players when they do not please him. Did he really think he was going into Lexington Kentucky and beat The University of Kentucky? Did he really think the game was going to be close? Well Bruiser I frown at you lol. I frown because though you should always play thinking you can win, you need to get as much out of the experience as you can. I sometimes feel this guy, who has great genes from a very respected playground legendary coach in Philly, acts as if he is coaching summer or AAU ball. Just me! Bruiser please do not frown at me if I run into you during the summer. I would not be able to deal with the pressure.

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Interesting stuff going on in college basketball. Maybe the field is more level than ever before with the exception of the super type programs. But heck even they are losing to teams from lessor conferences. Teams with not a single player on the roster that would be recruited by high major teams.

Lets look at Louisville. Are you kidding me? How does a program with a multi million dollar coach, a sold out 19,000 seat arena, a new state of the art arena on its way, an assistant coaching payroll of close to $2,000,000 with perks and benefits included, a state of the art practice facility, and some of the top recruited players in America lose to Western Carolina University? OK the NC Charlotte loss was one thing. So was the UNLV loss. But Western Carolina? Who are they? Are they the North Carolina version of Southern Connecticut? OK I should not be putting down Western Carolina, I should question Louisville. Bad Bad Loss and a horrible start of the season. Is Rick Pitino losing it? Will he ever get the Cards back to the Final 4? can they ever win a national championship under him? Lots of flash and glitz at Louisville with very little substance thus far. And what's with Samuel's? He better watch himself because guys like Pitino and Calipari will blame you very fast for stuff. Check out what happened to Sean Banks, who was very good and similar to Mr. Evens who left Memphis after 1 season. Oops, could they make him a derrick Caractor type scape goat?

Speaking of winning games that you are supposed to win, that's exactly what Rutgers did against Rider University, a MAC Team that plays home games in a HS Auxiliary type gym. Folks seem thrilled at a win that RU was supposed accomplish. This was Rider of The MAAC. Not the A10, CAA, or The MAAC, its the MAC. Now Rider is not a horrible team, and honestly have decent tradition and should be proud of all they do. especially considering what they have to work with in regard to selling recruits on attending Rider.

Rutgers, Seton Hall, and St. Johns are not supposed to ever lose to any team in the area not associated with the Big East Conference. That includes Fordham, Manhattan, St. Peters, Rider, Siena, Hofstra. etc. Now all of a sudden a overtime win against a team you scheduled for a automatic win is the most exciting game played all year. That's sad! Those games should never be under a 14 point type win. Those type of teams coming into a place like the RAC (though it needs ABC's Home Makeover lol), Alumni Hall, MSG, and The Pru Center should feel intimidated and in awe from the time they hit the locker room. Overtime? Please! Good to get a win that you were supposed to get, but do not get it twisted, this was supposed to be a huge game for the walk-ons.

Hearing a few interesting rumors. cannot say actual names but will provide info you might be able to figure out>

Guess what School might be concerned about Fran Frachillo taking over at Fordham? No not St. johns and not because he might outwork other local schools for good players. The school in question might just have been interested in Fran for their program depending on what happens this season.

Guess what program might be right back to the NCAA next season with the ex coach returning to lead his troops into battle? It will be interesting to say the least.


The CHSAA needs to stop the bull. They have alot or nerve talking about a boycott of the PSAL and having relations with them. They are upset at the recent transfer of a kid from Bishop Ford to Lincoln HS in Brooklyn. Well, guess what? The CHSAA has robbed the PSAL of talent for the past 25 years. They have provided good opportunities for kids via grants from places like Riverside Church and The Gaucho's, but killed the talent base in the PSAL until recent years.

Now people such as Tiny Morton, Johnny Mathis, Ron Neclerio, Ex Coach Jack Ringel, Ruth Lovelace, The Guys at Thomas Jefferson, and many others including Pat Mangham (sp) at Fredrick Douglas have worked their butts off making their programs attractive enough to get kids to attend and gain exposure.

Maybe the PSAL should boycott St. Francis College where Ray Nash son Brian is the coach. Brian is a great guy but when folks make threats it becomes serious. Imagine if the PSAL Coaches said no PSAL kid would attend a local Catholic College or University. This boycott thing is just Tom Murray, ex Hayes Coach and Ray Nash, Current Bishop Ford President;s way of getting back. Does not hurt that both are very good friends and almost always agree with each other going back to when Murray and Nash coached together including the Empire State games.

I say let it go. After all many PSAL Players have gone the opposite direction to Catholic high schools. And lets not even discuss the state of New Jersey!

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Information and Thoughts

Washburns out!!!!

So the Washburns have departed St. Patrick's for greener pastures. I wonder if this has anything to do with Chris Sr, arriving in the area a few weeks ago? Chris said he was going to change a few things. I really hope he took a good look at the great work Kevin Boyle does with players development and exposure wise before making a harsh decision. Derrick Caractor to me never recovered after leaving St. Pats even though he did return later. What would Luther Wright had been if he did not leave St. Anthony's and transferred to Elizabeth, which really was not even his district HS? Yes he had a great HS career, but would he had been better prepared for college by staying at St. Anthony's? Hopefully Chris and the kids Mom will make a wise choice for the two young men. If they stay gone it could be Rice, Paterson Catholic, or if what Chris said is true, anywhere that David Britton did not have juice or influence. Who gets hurt by all of this? You know the answer. Be wise Washburn family! Who knows, they might go back to Texas or to North Carolina. Chris email me. I know you read this blog!


Uconn lost a good game yesterday. From watching it is obvious Kimba walker is a future NBA player. Problem is John wall is a future NBA Star. The Garden was alive and all the big timers were in attendance including the new breed of fans, groupies, and even bookies lol. But the atmosphere was great and something that will be a routine thing when St. Johns gets even better. Could not believe the house was so empty for St. Johns vs Georgia and filled up for Uconn vs Kentucky. Big difference in D1 basketball and High/Super D1 programs. Like comparing Kimba Walker to John Wall.

I still believe St. Johns has improved. And remember they have two potential starters out injured. Plus I actually saw them running a good offense and playing under control. And if you think they do not have talent, you are wrong. St. Johns is moving is the right direction.

Speaking of UConn. Heard from a pretty reliable source that UConn has some interesting news coming out in nest few days or next week. Something to do with a very tall ex player who now plays in the NBA. Stay tuned it could be very interesting from what I hear.

Rutgers beat Monmouth in a game they were supposed to win. I say a win is a win and fans should be pleased to win without one of the bigs on RU playing, even if I thing he is OK/Good and not what others think he is. No one should be upset with the RU staff if they win all the games they are supposed to win and look respectful in the loses. The Vermont loss was a bad one. But losing to the top of the BE is expected as is losing to North Carolina. They just need to win against Providence, South Florida. steal a game against SHU and St. Johns, etc. I do agree no coach should get upset with a fan, or blogger, for expressing his or her opinion.

For Rutgers to get to the top half of the Big East, it will take a university wide committment because as much as folks do not want to admit it, NO STUD PLAYER/PROGRAM CHANGER will ever commit to RU while they have poor facilities, no practice gym, and a poor fan base. NO ONE! And Fred Hill Jr., as good a recruiter as he might be, could not make this happen. Neither could John Calipari, or Rick Pitino if they were the coaches. This is why coaching is so important. Being a 2nd tier team you win with execution, coaching, and good talent. The top tier teams win with Great Talent and decent coaching and motivation. I do not see great coaching at Kentucky, etc. I see stud players who would be NBA players if the rules were different. So RU fans should not look at FHJ as much as the President, AD, and University Sports Information and Marketing Staff. If You Build It They Will Come!!!!!!!!

Seton Hall

10,000 or 20,000. If SHU sells the game against West Virginia out soon, why not lift the cutain to get 5000 more fans and future students in the building. Still remember 15,000 plus at the Medowlands when John Morton and Gerald Green played. Heck, buy another curtain for games that can draw 15,000 fans or more. What's the big deal? That game should draw 15,000!!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Recent Information and Rumors

Some names might be spelled wrong. Please forgive me. But you will know who I am writing about.

Great to see Jio Fontain gain his release from Fordham. I do however question if all the hoopla is worthy for this young man. Is he really a program changer? Is he the missing ingredient? Is he the guy that makes everyone else around him better? Could he be making a huge mistake? Lastly could he just have been the best player on a very untalented Fordham team?

I say all this because sometimes kids get full of themselves and think they are better than they really are. To leave a place where you were a bonifide star to start all over against better athletes and definitely better players is very hard. And sitting out a whole year does not help the situation.

I also question why this kid does not play out the year at Fordham since it would not impact on him still receiving 2 full years of eligibility from the NCAA. I really hope he does not start playing in late December 2010. That would be even harder, especially with a program WITH GOOD PLAYERS AND SET STARTERS.

Lastly. I understand from friends in the know that ex Fordham Coach Derrick Whittenburg graduated all players who stuck with him for 4 years and will be paid in full based on his contract. Watch for him to hook up with a very good team as an Associate Head Coach or an NBA team in some capacity. If Sidney Lowe can hold on he could end up back at NC State in some capacity.

Who Gets Fordham Job

I hear the following are being considered.

Fran Frachillo ex St. Johns and Manhattan Coach. Great choice if this happens. Fordham would be right back in mix. Almost a smaller and less expensive version of Rick Pitino.

Tim Welsh ex Providence and Iona Coach. Great choice as well but not the home run Fran would be based on Fran is a never say quit guy who is terrific. But Tim would also be outstanding and would win and recruit NY and NJ well. Plus he would bring back a great NY Guy, Steve Demello who is now at Central Florida.

Pete Gillian is also on the short list at this time from what I hear. We all know how much he is loved by many and on this level he would really excel. Another great choice!

Those are the three big names. Also being considered is:

Kentucky Assistant Steve Masseola (Sp) who has terrific NYC ties. Not sure if he is ready for an A10 position but would be great at a MAAC or NEC school and I know just the school that could use him and by doing so he would completely turn the program around and attract thousands to games.

Arizona Assistant Book Richardson. Question is if he is ready to step out on his own. He is a unique guy who is mature beyond his years. Sleeper? Ummmmmmmmmm!

On another note I love when fans at one school call out fans at another school because they feel cheating was involved in the recruitment of certain players. What is comical is the fact that almost every school in America commits recruitment violations. That's right every school! Some more than others and some spend a heck of alot more money than others. Come on folks open your eyes and you will be surprised what you see.

Just read on the Rutgers Board that tickets to the Rutgers vs North Carolina Game in Chapel Hill are very expensive. cannot believe some are $100. You know your program is upscale and terrific when you can get $100 for this game and sell out the entire arena. Talk about generating money? If the average ticket is $50 and the place holds 20,000, that means they make $1,000,000 each game plus money from concessions. And remember this does not include money fans have to donate for the privilege of purchasing tickets. WOW! And we wonder why College Sports especially football is such a huge business. Even $500,000 a game is huge! Should the players be paid a weekly stipend? You better believe it! Heck, they would even sell out against NJIT!

Seton Hall is on target to be undefeated going into the West Virginia game at the Rock. Both teams are currently undefeated last time I looked. This game will be a true indicator of where SHU is marketing wise and team wise. No reason the Rock should not have 14,000 at this game. If the crowd is less than 12,000 it will be a terrible sign to potential recruits. The place should be rocking and SHU needs to do all they can to make sure it is. Bring back PJ, The Final 4 team again, Luther Wright day, Welcome Home Sharpe James Day, Salute to Corey Booker, half time performance by Bruce Springsteen, Jay Z and Beyonce, and anything else to fill the building even if it means going out and giving away 7,000 comps. A great showing here will mean alot not only this year but for seasons to come.

Again I say St. Johns is on target for the post season. That's right I said it! Forget the Duke loss even though I loved the toughness they displayed. If Norm gets that 1 stud player and one more similar, SJU will again become a MSG favorite. I really like this team and the direction they are going.

Say what you want, but Villanova is a very good team and a much better program. Can anyone say "National" program? And the kids are all very nice kids. Was on the campus and saw a few players including Corey Stokes. They came over and extended their hands and introduced themselves in a very professional way. Wow! And they can play!

There is an over 40 league that is running in Harlem, NY every Sunday. Funny thing is all the guys look like they can still compete on some level. many are in their late 50s and maybe 60s. But they can play. Among the players are ex NBA Stars, NBA Employees, ex College Stars, and ex street ball legends. In fact their is even a VIP/Legend section where many older ex Knicks, Nets, and Community people who were involved in basketball for many years sit and talk hoops while watching the games. Even the Dad's of a few current Great HS players participate. Would have been a great place to recruit Kyrie Irving since his Dad plays and he often comes to the games which are played from 8:30 AM until 2 PM each Sunday at IS 201, which is better known as Harlem Square Garden.

Speaking of Uptown, guess who attended a week or so ago? Chris Washburn Sr? Folks said he was just stopping by to see what was going on. Told a few folks he was looking for an AAU Team for his two sons. The consensus according to many was The Playez out of Patterson, NJ. I heard a rumor yesterday that both boys might have left St. Patricks. trying to find out if it is true. If it is they could wind up at a certain NYC area Power. Stay tuned!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A Bit of Basketball History, NYC Area Style

Came across this on my computer and wanted to share again. Just somthing to read when you have nothing else to do lol.

A Bit of Basketball History, NYC Area Style

It was a hot summer day many years ago that I ventured to the local park outside of home in the St. Nicholas Projects in Central Harlem to watch the most famous summer basketball league in America. Besides the great basketball, it was a great place to collect empty soda bottles in order to cash them in for the .02 deposits on the small bottles and .05 deposits on the larger bottles. Growing up this was one of the many ways to earn money for purchasing candy, or attending movies. Besides hustling at the local food chains carrying bags, this and opening taxi doors at local churches was the next best thing for a bunch of enterprising 11 year old kids.

As I sat down in a small space under the basket watching the great Wilt The Stilt Chamberlain from Philadelphia dominate the paint I was amazed at his size and ability. He was a true super star!!!! But what has remained with me for over 40 years is what happened with less than one minute to go in the game Big Wilt was playing. Big Wilt stepped on my foot going for a loose ball under the basket and all I could do is scream. Being the enterprising person I was at the time, I turned my pain into gain by tapping him on the shoulder with a smile minutes after the game reminding him how he hurt me. Well Wilt Chamberlain decided to treat me and a few other kids to sodas and Ice cream for my suffering. We were so pleased just to get him to acknowledge us. But to get him to treat us to goodies? That was the greatest! I would imagine if the same thing happened now, kids and parents would be seeking much more compensation via law suits, etc. lol.

That day was my first real initiation into New York City Summer Basketball. Summer basketball in New York City has been popular for 50 years or more. We all know the story about the legendary Holcombe Rucker. But many do not remember the other legendary figures associated with NYC Summer basketball. People such as Ollie Edinboro who was a protégé of Mr. Rucker, Snookie Walker who owned the Famous Snookies Sugar Bowl which was a popular local restaurant filled with basketball trophies. Oddly Snookie was even more famous for standing up to organized crime to protect his vending machine business. His exploits and courage against organized crime was legendary!

Additional heroes were Leroy Otis, One Eye Sam, Rodger Buster Bryant, Bob McCullough, Sand Man Sims, Jaws, Artie George, John Black, Jelly Roll, Cecil Watkins, Leroy Watkins, Lester Roberts, Skinny Reeves, Rap Perez, Gil Reynolds, Jim Couch, the Taliaferro Twins, Don Adams, and Hilton White. Later these guys were replaced by a few major teams who provided better uniforms, trips nationally and internationally, and assistance with tuition to private schools. They included Ernie Lorch at Riverside Church who often saw his early teams slaughtered by the older programs run by the gentlemen listed above. Also on this new and wealthy list was Lou Demeo (sp) who rumor has it was from Argentina and decided after meeting a few young men at a Knick game to start the Gaucho program. Both of these programs took kids from all over NYC and parts of Long Island and New Jersey in contrast to how others won with kids locally. They even had kids nationally participate in some tournaments including the great “Golden Hoops” sponsored at the time by The NY Daily News and coordinated greatly by Nate “Tiny” Archibald, Bob McCullough, Butch Purcell, and The Uptown Chamber of Commerce.

Summer ball in the city was played in all 5 boros but dominated by tournaments in Manhattan, The Bronx, and Brooklyn. In fact, it became so competitive that the original youth Rucker League and City Wide which was new at the time, decided to have end of the summer championships which were held at St. Johns Recreation Center in Brooklyn. All the champs from leagues in the five boros went through a playoff with the winners meeting in Brooklyn on a Sunday for the overall City Championship. This was huge and as a youngster I had the privilege of participating as a member of Leroy Otis’s Church of the Masters/Young Life midget team. I remember the game as if it was played yesterday. It was so exciting to be part of an event that no longer exits. By the way we did win the game against a strong team of future Boys High Stars including Ernie Douse, Gus Washington, and a guard named Bo who was great to say the least. Well this is not about my limited basketball exploits. It’s about the many players who left their mark on the hard top.

I remember the first time I watched Richard “Pee Wee” Kirkland play basketball. He was a 6 ft 2 guy who honestly was dunking on guys in Mount Morris Park playing for Milbank. He was one of the greatest guards I had ever seen. I could care less about the NBA. The summer in NYC had all I wanted to see. Pee Wee dominated the game and was very smooth off the court. I remember watching him score 50 in a game when he played in the Pro Rucker. I also remember him driving a luxury Duisenberg automobile around my Harlem Neighborhood later that evening in a blue suit with 4 beautiful women all dressed in blue riding with him. Now in our eyes, that was a star!

The first time I saw Pablo Robinson play basketball I thought he was doing magic. How could he do so much with a basketball. He was simply amazing the way he dominated. He had a brother Walter who was also good but not the player Pablo was. Still remember how folks always talked about his dad, who according to many was one of the top Chefs in NYC. Pablo made all of us proud by making the Harlem Globetrotters and even having a cartoon character in his image on the Globetrotter Cartoon Show.

People always seem to think Earl “The Goat” Manigualt was the greatest athlete and player during his time. He was a great one but the person often forgotten is Willie Manguam. I personally saw Willie Manguam take a quarter off the top of the basket in a park on 130th street and 7th avenue at 11 PM at night 45 years ago. I saw it with my own eyes as he took the quarter during a bet with a few other players. Besides jumping, Willie could just play!!! He could shoot, run, jump, and defend. Unfortunately we rarely hear his name. But he was a true playground legend.

Rodney Butler was the Charles Barkley of his time. When he entered a gym initially folks got a good laugh because he was a fat guy. Yes I said fat as opposed to big. Around 6 ft 3 and 280 ponds of White Castle Muscle, he would dominate every game he played. If he did not score 40 or 50 points it was a bad game, all he did was play hard and dominate. He also went on the Springfield College where the legendary Hilton White coached after a great career with the NYC Parks department as coach of The Bronx Falcons. Prior to these guys were players like Willie Hall, Bill Pleas (The First Mt. Vernon Star I saw), Dave Grey (Mt. Vernon) Dean Meminger, Tiny Archibald, Charlie Yelverton, The Great Joe Hammond, the best player ever both fundamentally and skill wise, Red Cotto the first HS All American from my old neighborhood, Rudy Waterman from LI, The Smith Brothers who all were great, The Williams Brothers from Mt. Vernon including Gus who still competes every Sunday at IS 201 in Harlem with a host of other ex NBA and local stars, Thomas Lockhart, Butch Lee, Artie Green who could draw 7000 to an outside game at King Towers, Bill Willoughby from Englewood (Which is 4 minutes from Manhattan) who played a lot in Harlem, and many more.

During these times a few NJ programs started to emerge as powers keeping the good players in the Garden State for the most part. People such as Rich Leary and the NJ Demons, who could be the greatest teacher ever in local AAU basketball, Brian Crawford and the Newark Rams, Sandy Python and the Road Runners, The Jersey Shore Warriors, The NJ Jay Hawks, and others. Recent additions have been the New Jersey All Stars and what might be the best program in NY or NJ The Playez Basketball Club based in Patterson NJ. 2nd best could easily be New Heights of NYC based on talent.

But for overall best program including services to support athletes, New Heights remains number 1 to me. Program wise others have eemerged as major players in youth basketball. The Panthers led by dapper Gary Charles and Sterling Nunly, Bingo's All Stars, The new Metro Hawks, The New Riverside Church Hawks, and Juice All Stars, all of New York.

I could go on and on with this and will in the future. But one thing for sure, New York City Area (including LI and NJ) basketball has proved to be entertaining and a great learning ground for many players including those from the suburbs

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Quick Hits

Jayvaugn Pinkston to Villanova?

Great get by Jay Wright and company. Although I feel another local school would have been a great place for him in the tradition of undersized forwards who excel, the Villanova choice is not as bad as Collier to Oregon. Or was it Oregon State? same rain lol.

Villanova is hard to beat for local great players for a number of reasons whether you like it or not.

1. The school is an excellent academic choice
2. The school attracts NY Metro kids regardless if they play basketball or not.
3. The basketball team is popular and sells out on and off campus every game
4. The basketball team wins games and is a national type program
5. The team is going to the NCAA this year and years to come
6. Jay Wright is loved by most
7. Villanova is close to NYC and NJ
8. The kids on the team do a great job of recruiting other kids
9. Jay Wright knows how to close the recruitment
10. The Kids Graduate!!!!!!!

So Villanova is a great choice for most kids based on them having a great role on the team. But despite this, I still feel St. Johns would have been ideal for young Mr. Pinkston from day 1! He would have been a stud right out of the gate and from what I saw on TV watching SJU, he would have been part of that special new beginning. He could have been the King of NY in the mode of a richer version of Anthony Glover.

Speaking of St. Johns

Watched the game on TV and came away quite impressed despite a score closer than it should have been. Loved how Alumni Hall/Carnesseca Arena looked on TV. Much better than the job St. Joe's did when they kept that same ceiling and walls from what I could see in pictures.

The pace was electric like it was years ago when tickets were hard to get. Despite having around 3500, the place looked like it had 5500. Great look and the new scoreboard was big time!

St. Johns does have players and they will give Seton Hall a great game when they meet up.

Watched New Mexico against California at the "PIT" If you have never been to the "Pit" you have missed being at one of the most intimidating and loud arenas in America. Now they are doing a huge renovation of the Pit and I hope it remains close to what it was with all the new bells and whistles.

Again I wonder why certain D1 programs do not switch conferences or drop to D2. Why embarrass the school and the kids in the program. FDU? What the heck are they doing playing for the guaranteed money? Come on! Plus they seem to be putting zero into the program. So even if Greg Vetrone works his butt off it is hard without the proper support. What a waste! And could someone again please explain why they took out all the end bleaches and made the FDU gym look smaller than Hackensack HS? NJIT? Come on!!! The experiment failed now get back down to D2 or D3! The phone must be ringing off the hook with request for wins...I mean games. I felt the same about St. Peters for a long time but now I can see some improvement although I do not ever see them getting to the NCAA tournament in the next 25 years. But at least they are competitive!

Chris Washburn got back to me on my blog with some updated and angry information concerning his son and ex wife. He also took time out to really dog Dave Britton who seems to be in charge of what is going on right now. I will delete what he wrote but would be glad to talk to him and put something on here less graphic. By the way, the Chris Wasburn I met years ago is nothing like the guy folks assume he is. The Chris I met and took around was very nice, intelligent, understanding, and very approachable. I remember we went to Sweet Waters night club for a great show and all he wanted to do was wear his paisley tie.

Lastly, DePaul is really doing what it is supposed to do. Win every game they are supposed to win. Ditto SHU! That puts less pressure on a team to have to come up big at certain away games in The BE.

Finally lets see what happens at Fordham. Will they let Fontan out of his commitment? They should! Why keep a person who does not want to be with you?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Weekend Thoughts


I know there have been multiple hits on this site looking for what I am saying about the Rutgers loss to Vermont. Some folks are assuming I will tear into the coaches at Rutgers especially Fred Hill Jr. Well, I am sorry to say I will not do that. Just too easy for me and I like to fight for the underdog and cheer him on.

Now I will say a Big east School should never lose to a middle of the pack America East School. NEVER! I would guess Rutgers will not have an AE school on future schedules after losing to Binghamton last season.

Was the coaching really that bad? I did not see the game but I would think it was not. Did the players really play that bad? I would guess not! Should Fred Hill be fired right now? HECK NO! Who knows this might turn everything around. A few good wins and everyone will forget Vermont. Do not believe me? Check out Syracuse who loss to that upstate power......Technical College of Broome County....oops my bad, it was LeMoyne College or University. But you get the picture. Everyone was stunned but now folks are saying how good Syracuse is after beating North Carolina. Now I do not expect Rutgers to beat North Carolina, but a few solid wins and RutgersAl will be again predicting a national championship. That's what fans do. Dream and become hurt from disappointment.

But lets honestly assess the Rutgers basketball program. Forget Fred Hill because this is way bigger than him and goes straight to the University President. Folks do not want to hear it but Rutgers might not have a winning record even if Rick Pitino was coaching considering all that goes into creating a winning program.

Let me be more specific without folks throwing items at the computer. RUTGERS WILL NEVER do that friends of the Program thing that many schools do. OK do not act as if you do not know what I am talking about. Rutgers offers all that every school should offer. They do it the right way! Problem is many others do not. Especially those schools way out of the way and seeking success right away. I do not blame RU for doing it right, I salute them.

However I do not salute Rutgers for having horrible and old facilities in a top notch basketball conference. I saw seats at the RAC that were broken and shabby a few years ago. Sure the locker room is nice, though not as nice as many others. Sure they have a media room that would make a 2 star and 3 star player say wow! But the 4 and 5 star players want glamour and a nice arena filled with thousands of fans and a top notch practice facility with all the bells and whistles. In fact the next announcement from Rutgers about athletics should be that of a new arena, or a totally refurbished RAC with an attached practice facility. Heck play all the home games at the old gym for two years until the new place or new RAC is completed. Big east Games could be played at The Medowlands for next season.

I do need to comment on the basketball staff. These guys really need to get it together in many areas and hopefully they will. They are in many doors but even if Lou Carnessecca was the closing coach, and he did this well, they might lose many recruiting battles based on what they can offer facility wise and other wise if you know what I mean. Just keeping it real!

Lastly on Rutgers. The players are solid but far from very good! The JC PG transfer playing 12 minutes? Greg E getting 9 points and 5 rebounds? Will he ever in his career be a double figure scorer? The big Fella has not improved in 4 years. Remember he was a top 65 type kid. Was the scouting services wrong? Or has RU failed him? maybe he has failed himself and is just happy to be in America? Coburn was recruited to be a role player and has taken over the role of PG lol. Shows what can happen when you take advantage of an opportunity.

I could go on and on but the bottom line is Rutgers Basketball needs a timeout. And to blame Fred Hill for everything is totally wrong. Some things yes! But everything heck no! Rutgers is now on life support regardless of how many cup cake games they win in the next few weeks. Where is the overall plan?

Friday, November 20, 2009

Tobias Harris and Tidbits

Tabias Harris to Tennessee

No surprise to me. I knew, but could not say, this was the program to beat. They had everything going for them as a program to land this kid who has great upside. Folks can hate on him all they want to but anyone who can go from being a good HS player to a Great HS player ranked 5th in his class in one summer must be a hard and determined worker. Please allow me to set the record straight as I see it regarding the schools who recruited him. This is my opinion!

Syracuse was never a true factor for him. Visit was decent to good with nothing special. That's what happens when the Coach is a Hall of Famer. You come or you do not come. If not they get someone else. They might have started out as the team to beat but that laid back attitude they often exhibit when it comes to recruiting and player development might have hurt them.

Kentucky was a good visit but Coach Calipari did not press any of the kids at the midnight madness to sign. Might have even told them to make the decision right for them. But if they did not pick Kentucky they could be making a mistake. The lack of real diversity seen on the campus might have also hurt them more than anything else. No problem for a one and done player. But if you will be there for 2 years or more it becomes a factor.

Louisville was a true contender for Tobias who loved what he saw. The family might have been truly impressed by Pitino and staff. This is a case of other factors away from basketball that could have played a huge role.

West Virginia might have been the team that came in 2nd for Tabias. They had everything going for them and the family most likely loved Coach Huggins. It might have just come down to loving Tennessee more.

Maryland and Georgia Tech were courtesy visits that the Family might have taken based on relationships, etc. Never thought they would be true factors.

Why Tennessee? The Vols were chosen because they have everything going for them facility and coaching wise. As a program they play in front of 20,000 fans all the time. They also play a competitive schedule against Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and other SEC schools. And if folks think the SEC is not a tough league they are mistaken. Academically Tennessee is a very good choice. Facility wise they have as much if not more facility wise than anyone else. Also Bruce Pearl is LOVED by every player in his program. The coaching is very good as is the player development. Pearl has paid dues and is excited about getting the number 5 player in America. Lastly Tennessee is the place where a good friend of Torrel Harris, Tabias Dad, attended school . That friend is very close to Torrel and could keep watch on his son from the stands when he is in the area on business. By the way that friends name is Bernard King! My thought? GREAT CHOICE!!!!!

North Carolina vs Syracuse at MSG

Great game tonight. Kind of makes me want to take out my old HS GO card and get down there for the game. Anyone else remember those HS discount cards? Might be something needed to boost attendance at Knicks games if they continue to play as they have.

More Tidbits

Is it me or does it seem all is quiet with a few local colleges recruitment wise. What are they doing? Any new developments?

I am still waiting for the local teams to get to a level where each game is a war similar to the Big 5 games in Philly.

NJ Tech and a few others need to seriously consider returning to D2 status.

Some teams need to seriously consider other leagues if the administration is not prepared to provide better support. Hard to compete with schools that have so much to offer student athletes.

Monmouth is still on my mind. If they make a change after this season that will be a great job for a person with vision and great coaching ability. Again I feel that is the best area place after the local big east schools in regards to campus, location, facilities, and a great potential fan base.

Hofstra is sneaking up on folks. Might be Picora's last season in Hempstead because the way they are playing someone will come after him. I wonder who?

Delaware was at one time the dream mid major job. What has happened? Every game was close to a sell out. Wow!

St. Peters has really improved. No excuses for others considering they have a 3 block campus in Jersey City, a HS type Gym, and small weight room, etc. despite this the staff there has worked hard to make the Peacocks competitive. Great job thus far. Another Coach who could be somewhere else if he keeps showing great improvement.

Looking forward to the HS games at the Pru Center. Laughed at comment that Morgan Wooten was coming out of retirement to coach DeMatha. Funny!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

My Thoughts

The college basketball season is fully up and running. What a great time of the year. Time to start providing thoughts on various subjects ranging from recruiting to critiques on what various colleges and coaches are doing.

Lets start with Seton Hall University. So what the first game was a tight one. So what they did not completely dominate the second game. This team will be fine. In fact I can see them going 10-0 heading into the West Virginia game which will be the game to establish them as a legit NCAA contender.

Lets also look at Hall Line, the SHU Student run talk show. I continue to love listening to those young college students, yes STUDENTS, cover the Seton hall basketball team. Folks tend to forget they are students. I am sure Marve Albert and others at Syracuse were not what they are now when they attended school there. I also knew mike Kay when he was a college student at Fordham (I Think) and he was an announcer for the NY Summer Pro basketball league. His best line every game was "This Buds For You!" In other words he was not what he is now. People should take that show for what it is and stop expecting to hear the FAN. Honestly, it still is more interesting than the fan to me because I think the callers help make the show interesting. Call in and participate!

Tobias Harris is set to make an announcement this evening. I am so glad his dad took him to see The University of Tenneesee again without the coaches knowing they would be coming (Please see my last post). I told them this would be a great opportunity to get the real picture without staging. Again I say more kids and parents/advisors should do this. Now where will he go? I would be surprised if he does not attend Tenn. West Virginia, or Louisville, although I have no idea how the Maryland visit went. OK I know lol. I am just leaving the announcement stuff to those who fight to have breaking recruiting news. But I will say there is more to his decission than basketball. Tobias Mom and Dad really understand the process. His Mom is very interested in having her son in an comfortable environment socially and academically.

So Jayvaughn Pinkston will wait until the spring to commit to a college program. UMMMMM. Does that open doors for local Big East schools to make a better impression? Does it mean he is waiting for Tobias Harris to make his decission? Will St. Is he waiting to see how SHU, SJU, and even RU does this season?

Still stunned by Devon Collier picking Oregon State. Rain, Rain, and Rain with a good coach who might just move on after the season.

Hofstra really played UConn tough. Shows Tom Picora will again be in demand for high level D1 jobs again.

Morgan State with Head Coach Todd Boozeman, who had to wait 10 years or so to get another college job after being the Head Coach at California, beat Maryland BC, and Savana State from Georgia beat Central Conn, and Norfolk State beats Maine.
Shows the D1 schools considered HBCU's (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) are catching up with the low and mid D1 schools they have lost to in the past.

Providance wins by 2 at Mercer. Wow! Shows how easy it was to win with Tim Welch players a year ago. makes Tim welch a strong candidate for future jobs.

Monmouth seems to be on the verge of a horrible season. I really thought this could be the start of a season that could lead them to a stronger conference. New Arena, nice area near the Jersey Shore, Good academics, good fan support in the past. This is the time to start developing future fans while satisfying those already on board. Not sure the current Head Coach can survive a losing season considering the new building was not built for low attendance at home games. Monmouth should be hard to beat when it comes to players after Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. Johns, in the NY and NJ area.

Talking about conferences: here are my top northeastern leagues (NC to Maine) :
1. Big East
2. ACC
3. Atlantic 10
4. CAA
6. America East
6. NEC
7. Ivy

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

The Season Is Here

Well, kids are choosing schools but I strongly suggest they refrain from signing letters of intent until the fall signing period. Watch the team play and make sure the Coach will be around next season.

I recently suggested to the Dad of a top 10 player that he and his son sneak back to his final two schools to get a look at what really takes place. I do not understand why more folks do not show up unannounced? Than you get to see the real stuff!
Also talk to the 9th man on the team and not the new kids who are still wet around the ears. But make sure you separate BS from real concerns to think about.

Yes, I feel Collier choose the wrong school! Yes, I also feel Robinson is a rising coaching star. But from the Bronx to Oregon and all that rain? This is usually the case when a kid has few local options. Heck even Gary Peyton only went to school in Oregon when St. Johns turned him down. He even cried!!! True story.

FDU has Sonny Vacarro speaking to all the student athletes today. He will be a fantastic speaker. But it makes you clearly see what happened at FDU. They are now officially part of the network lol. First they hire ex UNLV assistant Vetrone over the Associate Head Coach Ron Brown, than Vetrone hires a California HS Coach as an assistant when they really only recruit east coast. Trust me if FDU gets a California kid he will not be even a 3 star player. more like a 2 star if that. Now Vaccaro speaks. Again he will be fantastic and I wish I could be there to listen. But it still makes you wonder. I wonder if the AD will one day be at a higher level D1 school? Interesting!!!

Watched North Carolina play. Freshmen received limited minutes. Strickland looked OK but will he play 10 minutes a game? Will he be a 20 minute guy next season? Will they still go out and recruit studs who play his position? This kid is a great talent, great kid, and has a great family support system. Just hope he gets his opportunity to shine. When you choose a super D1 program, you need to be sure you will play good minutes as a freshmen and much more as a sophomore. Alot of top 15-20 guys have rode the pine at places like Duke, NC, UK, etc.

Cannot wait to see Rutgers and SHU start the season. Wish both well. I wonder if I am allowed to attend a game at Rutgers lolol. Expectations seem high for both teams. Now they have to do it on the court.

I really think St. Johns will be improved. Just a gut based on personnel and kids in program along with an improving coaching staff.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Monday Thoughts

Its been a while since I have been on my blog. However I have followed what has been happening and even talking to various coaches and families. Well, here are a few thoughts for today.

Lets start with Devon Collier. His Dad was my HS Teammate and a very good player. I guess it is where Devon gets his ability lol. Unfortunately I feel Devon could not have chosen a worst destination for college. After watching him in The Eddie Griffin Challenge a few weeks ago I am even more convinced of this. Let me respectfully say why. This has less to do with basketball than with life after basketball. The NBA is not a guarantee for this kid. Nice player with great upside but hardly NBA at this time. Now if Craig Robinson is a great developer of talent, than maybe its the correct choice. But from what I understand and have seen, Craig has a very small resume when it comes to developing future professional basketball players. Now he might be able to get Devon to Wall Street after basketball. That's a great selling point. But I cannot believe a kid has to go a thousand miles away to gain future Wall Street connections. Heck, Iona College does better than most in regard to this with their great ex player corporate connections which could be the best in the area. Plus, Coach Robinson might just bolt after this season if Jerry Wainwright is let go at DePaul. Red, listen to your old buddy, take a better look at this. Oregon State is a great school, even though it rains most of the time. But do you want your son that far away based on the Coach being our wonderful Presidents brother in law? Honestly I am shocked at the signing. Thought Providence was barely leading Seton Hall for his services. Will this stand? Will he reopen? Is it a great fit there? I honestly thing St. Johns, and Seton Hall would have been great for him. Even Providence. Maybe Red will get a White House Appointment. But what ever Devon does we wish him well because he does have great potential and Oregon State plays in the Pac 10, which is a finesse conference as opposed to a rough and tumble conference.

Had a nice talk with Torrel Harris yesterday while driving through the mountains of Pennsylvania. Seems Tobias Harris really enjoyed his visit to West Virginia. Torrel says Huggins was outstanding during the visit. I asked about facilities, etc. Told me that the facilities were very good. But to me, and this is my opinion, West Virginia has the best coaching staff in the entire big east when you combine coaching and recruiting. I guess Tobias has a difficult choice between West Virginia, Tennessee, Louisville, Kentucky, Syracuse, and two more visits that are unofficial to Maryland and Georgia Tech. I think I know where he is leaning but it will be all over soon.

Quick thought about Tobias younger brother Tyler. Recruiters better remember the Harris phone number on Long Island. Tyler might just be better than Tobias when he graduates in 2012. From what I have seen and heard, he is a 6 ft 7 pure shooting lefty wing who could grow to 6 ft 11. Watch out!!!

Monday, October 26, 2009

It is Getting Interesting and Eddie Griffin Challenge

Look for more on the Washburn Brothers who are attending St. Patrick's this season. Their Dad, Chris Washburn, has reached out to me and wants to tell me his side of this transfer and much more. In fact, his email response was very angry. Stay tuned!

Eddie Griffin Challenge

Today I would like to publicly thank The Playaz Basketball Club for again proving what happens when a group works together. The Eddie Griffin Challenge held in Conshohoken Pa. was not done good. IT WAS DONE GREAT!!!! Jim Solmon and his Staff put this event together in 3-4 weeks. If he did not mention this I would have thought it was planned over a 6-8 month period. Even my usual complaint of no rosters was addressed with rosters including history of the event. And just in case folks still could not figure who was who, they had names of players on the back of jerseys. OUTSTANDING!

But what also makes this event great is the conversations before, during, and after the games. Nice seeing Fathers with sons watching. I had the pleasure of sitting with two dads and their sons who play for Bishop Eustice in South Jersey. Both seemed like excellent dads with one explaining every single possession to his son in a way that would have made Hubie Brown proud. Both sons are varsity players and I look forward to watching them.

Another great thing was how they kept the cost of refreshments down for the kids and adults attending. $1.00 hot dogs and $.75 sodas? WOW!!! Though this was great, the games were even better as was the talent on hand.

In the first game Philly beat NJ after trailing in the first quarter. I love the way fans comment on young players not finishing or making certain plays. What they fail to realize is these young men are only lacking strength that they will obtain over the next few years. In the game certain players really stood out to me and not because of how much they scored. For Philly I think Amile Jefferson a 6 ft 6 player from Friends Central will be special and a likely McDonalds AA in the future. Played hard and with enthusiasm. Also loved Montana Matfield of Roman Catholic, Ryan Arciadano of Neshaminy, Malik Gardner from Chestnut Hill Academy who reminded me of Ron Artist when he was younger. Also outstanding for Philly was Kyree Wooten of Strawberry Mansion which by the way has a name that makes you think it is a beautiful campus but when visiting is anything but that. For New Jersey Tariq Carey of Newark Eastside did his thing. Wonder what Big East School will not be on his list. St. Anthony's had 3 kids on the roster showing the future is bright in Jersey City as all played well. I have also watched Kyle Anderson for a while. I now see why he could attract jealous haters. Haters always come out for gifted people. It is not ever going to be about how much he scores or rebounds. It is about what he does for others by being on the court. Even at my age I could score 10 points a game playing with him. Special kid with a special gifts. Just happens to be well groomed and middle class looking. But do not be fooled, kid will also be a contender for the McDonalds game in a few years. A few folks were calling him "The Next Big Thing."
The NJ Kids were coached by Marcus Toney-El former Seton Hall Star who is walking the walk by giving back to the team he played for as a HS Student.

In the junior game it was about the NJ Guards and a big guy from Paterson Catholic. Call the Governor of NJ!!!! Close the boarders!!! How did they ever allow Myck Kabongo to commit to Texas as a Sophomore? Are you kidding me? This kid is the next Kemba Walker of UConn and former Rice NY Player. Kid is way better than most folks thought. Who knows, maybe the Texas commitment will not stand. UMMMMMMMMM Long time to signing date in fall 2010! He was great in the NJ win. Also standing out was Myles Mack, Vaughn Gray, Sterling Gibbs (who could be a better player than his brother), and Myles Davis who helped put St. Peters on the map on NJ. But the big guys were also good especially Derrick Randall of Paterson Catholic via New York, and Jarrelle Reischel of Point Pleasant Beach via Germany who was a true clean up man and would be a great pick up for a top mid major program in the future. A huge disappointment was Gilchrist again not participating in a showcase event. I guess all he has to do is hide out and retain his number 1 ranking by default. Personally I think it is like the heavyweight champion not taking fights but retaining his ranking. Is he and his camp scared of how he would look or do? WE all know he is a great talent but come on, lets see him participate against the best in the area. Lastly, Derrick Randall could be special. A big guy at Paterson Catholic with heart and desire to go with good skills. Philly had a good cast as well led by John Johnson who has committed to Pitt already. Again will this commitment hold true? Again Ummmmmmm! Was looking forward to watching Raheem Christmas play but he was out injured.

By the time the Senior game started It was time to get on the road. But as I left I decided to watch at least a half from the entrance to the gym. That's where I heard a great debate by two adults over who was the best on the court. It became almost comical as both gave strengths of favorite players. One loved Kyrie Irving and the other loved Deon Waiters. Honestly both are outstanding! It still makes me laugh how Kyrie Irving sneaks up on folks. Honestly, unlike most kids who you can tell are ballers from the time they enter the gym, this kid looks like he could be in the science club and on the chess team. He could sit in a gym somewhere and folks would never even know he was a great basketball player. Last person like this I knew was Dean "The Dream" Meminger when he played at Rice HS and was a 3 time All City Selection who despite living in Harlem, no one in Harlem knew he played ball because he was always so unassuming. Well, in the half I watched both players were outstanding. I also want to say the big bodied kid, Dominick Morris, will be All Conference in the America East when he attends BU. This is a case of a kid choosing the correct school. Great future there. Tony Chanault, who has been on everyone's radar for many years and will attend Wake Forest also showed why he is rated highly. Tyrone Garland will make Seth Greenburg very happy. Shows Seth knows exactly what he is doing at VT. Loved watching Devon Collier on he court. Brought back memories of his dad Red who was my HS Teammate. Runs floor and has very good skills. When he gets to college and puts on weight, watch out! I guess everyone who doubted Fuquan Edwin are now believers. Kid can ball and will be outstanding at Seton Hall. A great get for The Hall people were saying. I agree! Player who showed tremendous improvement was Aaron Brown of St. Benedicts. talk about underrated? The half I saw, he might have been one of the best on the court. Still remember him in the Teaneck Biddy Program and boy he has come a long way. What makes him even more special is he has TREMENDOUS GRADES and could wind up at an Ivy League School if folks at the other places do not recognize his improvement soon. Before I forget, New Jersey won this game to end the day 2 and 1.

A little bit on behind the scenes stuff. Many of the scouting services and folks who have made a difference were in attendance.

Alot of talk about where kids are going to school

Some talk about salaries at BE schools for coaches and basketball operation people including Rutgers and SHU. Was stunned at what is being paid to support staff!

Loved watching the many Dad's in attendance supporting sons

Enjoyed sitting near different stars from all 3 games at different times and just listening to what they were talking about. They really are just nice kids who enjoy being kids.

Interesting watching the younger girls in attendance trying to meet the players. Enjoyed hearing one great talent from the junior game talk to one nice lady he had just met. Interesting lolol.

Gym was totally full and done in 3 weeks time!

Big improvements to the building from the last time I was there. Place was nicer than a full YMCA.

Nike was the sponsor

Each kid in the Jr. and Sr. game received a pair of Nikes

Each kid received a meal after they played

I would again like to thank The Playaz Club organization for doing this event so well as well as keeping basketball lovers such as myself entertained year round with great events. I would rate this event a 99.9 on a 100 point scale. I need to leave slight room for improvement although I do not know where lol.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Weekend Thoughts

Weekend Thoughts

I really love the way the Seton Hall fans are handling the the Kyrie Irving to Duke announcement. I am not kissing up to anyone but they have enough knowledgeable posters on their board to realize that sometimes things do not work out one way or another for kids that go away. If this kid gets to Duke and things are not as he wishes, Seton hall could be a logical destination for this outstanding young man. My feeling is he will do great at Duke. But you never know.

Also it is always a great thing not to knock kids for not choosing your program. Kids and advisors look at that all the time. It shows that the coaching staff and fans have class.

Just read where Binghamton opens up the season at Pitt of the Big east on TV. All I can say is someone might need to hit the breaker switch after 10 minutes to get a cancellation.

I still say do not be surprised to see some of the Binghamton cast offs return to the team in the future. Honestly a few would have good legal cases since they are not convicted or in some cases not even charged.

Looking forward to the big Eddie Griffin Challenge which will be held 1 hour from my Pa. home. Chance to see some very good talent on display. Great job by Jim Solmon and his team.

The Jim Couch HS event takes place this weekend at Kennedy HS in upper Manhattan on Saturday and Baruch College on Sunday. Great man, great program!

Speaking about Jim I have known him for over 30 years. I was at one time his main workout coordinator and one of his main coaches. This is a wonderful man who loves the kids and the sport. He already knows what he is wearing on both Saturday and Sunday. It's laid out already lolol.

Unfortunately Jim is a bit tight with a few of us because he thinks we are not pushing a certain kid to Georgia Tech and Paul Hewitt. After all he did help them get another local kid who attends a prep school. His other favorite school is St. Johns and Norm Roberts with Bobby Gonzalez in the mix as well as the coach at Manhattan. But after talking to him the other day I could hear him thinking even after I assured him I had nothing to do with what a certain kid is thinking school wise. I love Jim and look forward to seeing him and alot of great HS talent on Saturday.

Alot of people are upset with Rick Pitino. I agree it is not his business to critique the Rutgers facilities. But you never know, someone at RU might have asked him to do that as a way of speeding up the process to improve facilities.

Speaking of Rutgers. Even Stevie Wonder can see that the basketball team has not received the same support as the football team percentage wise financially.

I still remember when the RAC was completed. The Nets played there and we all agreed it was the best facility in the area on campus. It still could be if they just gave it a facelift and a new practice facility for both Men and Women. What is the hold up. Jeeeeeeeez! And yes it plays a huge role in recruiting when you are in a conference like the Big East.

I look at a school like a Monmouth location wise, campus wise, support wise, and now facility wise. What a great situation! The experience playing there has just gone to another level.

I think the Playez Basketball Program's fall league starts its playoffs next week. If so it will be some great basketball for the true fans in the area. Games are Weds at Kennedy HS in Paterson NJ.

Back to Pitino. He did not go hard at Seton Hall and St. Johns, in case people are wondering, because they play games at The Pru Center and MSG respectfully. That's a bigtime feel for any team coming into the NY area. Plus, I am sure he said what he did to help friends, etc.

Speaking of basketball practice facilities. Visited Villanovas a few weeks ago. saw the newer facility they have. Nice, but did not knock my shoes off. I think kids are not choosing Villanova for the practice facility. They are choosing them because they are now one of the top programs in America with a Coach who has gained a reputation as a true closer. It also does not hurt that they sell out games on and off campus. Villanova basketball is really a big thing in Philly and the surrounding areas thanks to Jay and staff as well as a heck of a marketing department.

Seems no one has noticed St. Johns has moved up in pre season rankings. No, they are not predicted to make the dance, but it seems they have respect from the other coaches. I still feel in a matter of time they will again be the choice for the top NYC players even if they get the 3rd and 5th best area players.

Local schools need to watch out for Providence. They are quietly sneaking into the area and getting into homes with the promise of playing time on a team that has great New England support and tradition. Glad they are also smart enough to bring recruits in the long way so they will not see the eye sore parts on the city which are near the campus. Remember last years record was done with players from the previous regime. Lets see what they do this season.

Why are we not hearing more about Iona, Manhattan, St. Peters, Hofstra? I need to see what's going on with those programs.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Hall Pirate and more

Again I will keep it real. Hall Pirate I might be the only blogger who will mention names of those who criticize. I think that is keeping it real lol. But please understand I appreciate your desire for "Real Solid Information." I too would like that and when I want that I read the NY Daily News, The Record, The Ledger and the Pocono Record. The Times is a bit too advanced for me.

There are so many folks fighting to get the scoop on who is going where. They are on the kids playing ball 24/7. That's not my thing. Most of what I get is from calls to me and friendships developed over 35 years. Some guys I was friendly with when they were graduate assistants are now working in the NBA or as D1 and D2 Head Coaches. I still talk to some if you know what I mean. Others changed with power comes the hint.....a certain coach in the ACC who might be on the hot seat. Some guys like Seth Greenburg at VT never ever changed. From the time I met him while he worked at Columbia as an Asst. through the biggest Columbia fan in the world Dr. Ron Kapon, he has never changed.

When certain guys say things to you they are not doing it for you to post. Others send emails and leave messages that I do not post based on fairness to the people they are talking about. Trust me, and many who read this know I am telling the truth, if I put all that I receive about RU, SHU, and SJU on this blog I would be doing serious harm because 70% is not true or proven. Even had a comment about the New Coach at FDU. I never took the bait because I saw no truth in what was commented.

So again Hall Pirate I appreciate you reading my blog and if it is not what you like I am sorry. Hopefully you will find something interesting one day. But at least you love your team!

Kyrie Irving

Kyrie Irving is going to Duke? No real surprise but the reports I received from Lexington Kentucky suggested he was really into Kentucky during his visit. I was told his interest went from doing the right thing for Rod Strickland to Kentucky becoming a serious option. Guess the people speaking to me were wrong. But one thing for sure, his parents are astute enough to understand what a Duke degree means as well as attending a school where he could be in the mix from day 1. Who knows what might happen with John Wall. Plus UK has other top notch PGs in the program when Wall leaves. Lastly, not much diversity in Lexington Kentucky. While Durham, NC has an area that is similar to a smaller version of certain parts Newark. I said certain!! Please do not get Mayor Booker on me. He and Hall Pirate together would be a bit too much. Newark also has some wonderful sections and areas. Last thing. I wonder if Coach K did the squeeze play and told Kyrie they would sign another kid if he did not commit? Ummmmmmm! I wonder if it is true? Ummmmmmmmmmm

If this is true kids all over will look at the Irving commitment and choose schools sooner than later. I know a few kids who are really doing courtesy visits trying to be nice and politically correct. I would not be surprised to see some of these kids just come out and commit in the next week or two. One kid I know will visit two schools that he has very little interest in at his families expense. I would not be surprised to see that young man just come out in the next week or two and decide. I have to always remember how hard it is for folks to just volunteer information. But in the end they will do what they think is right.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009


OK first of all anyone who does not like hints or the fact I do not come straight out with my information needs to exit right at this time. But please come back later when I have more substance.

Here goes what I know. A few area kids went to Kentucky for Midnight Madness activities. From what I understand John Calipari did not beg any of them but made sure they understood what playing for Kentucky means and the benefits of being part of the program. He told them they would be foolish not to attend but he knows they have other options. Trust me, he wants all those kids because he knows he will lose at a minimum Patrick Paterson and John Wall after this season.

I will say one kid was more impressed than many thought. In fact Kentucky now has more than a token chance to get him if you know what I mean.

Another Kid also loved the festivities. It is a great thing to enjoy a night like this. Wonder if it means he wants to go to Kentucky or did he just enjoy the time there? Ummmmmmmmm

When certain schools recruit certain types of kids alot goes into recruiting other than basketball. Academics and more important diversity issues. Who outside of basketball can kids relate to? Playing time is important but so is feeling you are liked for more than just basketball. Also a kid from a very nice home and pleasent surroundings are not going to be as ompressed with the facilities including dorms and dining room, as a kid who has not experienced his own room in a nice home.

Kids at Kansas seemed to really enjoy themselves also. Kansas offers great tradition and lots of supportive fans. Diversity? Academics are very good with many Alumni working in NY area who could help career wise later in life.

I would not be surprised if one of the kids visiting Kansas winds up at Kentucky when the smoke clears.

When recruiting kids sometimes the people advising are also blinded by facilities and level of program. It is almost like they are being recruited and lose sight it is about the HS player. Parents also can fall into this trap. It becomes "We Will Be" lol. Parents also always feel there kid will beat out a kid who is a current freshmen. Funny! Most coaches when doing a home visit always do position comparisons. They will never say in a home visit "We really want your son and he will be our 3rd string guard until he is a senior because the freshmen and sophomores ahead of him are fantastic." And when their 4 Star son is a freshmen that same coach will tell a HS senior what he needs to do to beat their son out for minutes. That's why you go to games and take your time. Lance Thomas thought he would be NBA bound by now. Lets not even discuss Derrick Caractor!

Lets look at Devon Collier. He had 2 great visits so far. Honestly it is odd when a kid does not come back impressed. It is the follow up that really makes a difference. I honestly feel this kid will choose the program he is most comfortable in. I also think an opportunity to excel early is very important. I do feel 1 school is slightly ahead of others based on how his Dad talked about them to me. But I do know his dad loves the Bob Hurley style. Bob Hurley could probably make it work for a school really wanting him as will his AAU connections.

I was reminded of the passing of a true hero to kids in NYC. Mr. Cecil Watkins passed a few weeks ago and will be a tremendous loss to everyone in the Basketball Community. Thanks to Mr. Conrad Martin,a guy who respectfully challenges much of what I write without ever being vicious, for the information. I am so glad he reads my blog and comments.

I remember meeting this legend when he was running the Ray Felix Tournament in Corona Queens. One of the first super tournaments not called Rucker. I played in the tournament as a 12 year old with Leroy Otis Young Life/Church of the Master Squad. A great experience as we played in Queens which most of considered the suburbs. Over the years Cecil started Elmcore Youth and Adult Center which has a great gym, and many programs assisting both youth and adults.

Later Cecil went on to run the NBA Pro AM Tournament that was taking place in many cities across the country. A Rec worker, Mr. Watkins went on to earn his Masters degree and serve as a true role model for many people. Rest in peace Cecil. We know there is now an NBA Pro AM league in Heaven.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Friday Tidbits

More Binghamton

As I always say I speak my mind. Today no difference. It seems Kevin Broadus is now on paid leave at Binghampton. Is this really just a stall tactic until his contract can be brought out?

Still a very unfortunate situation at a truly great academic university. I still say it is wrong for him to take such a beating over things that happened away from the basketball court. Things that happen even at Ivy schools and tier 1 universities all over America. I feel the same way about Corporate execs taking hits for what an employee who he or she does not even know does in an office they have never visited. Sure he should be punished for the NCAA infraction. That's a given! But to beat him up over the other stuff is not correct.

Remember when a kid is being recruited by a coach, the kid and his family really are talking to the representative in the body of the coach. In many cases when the kid arrives on campus, they will meet the true person. They were recruited by the head of sales in a coaches body but met up with a true coach on the first day of practice. Well it is the same with players. Personality wise you are meeting the representative. The real person will emerge during the time they are on campus. If a kid has no history of selling or using drugs, fighting, or stealing, how does a coach know this behavior will occur when the kid comes on campus. Just as the kid might not realize the coach is abusive. I know of at least 5 guys in college basketball I could not recommend based on abusive behavior yet they kid great recruits all the time because they are great salesmen.

Broadus has a great case if they dismiss him without significant compensation. One last thing. Mark Macon is a swell guy who was a great player. He will be a very good coach in time. But how they did not name Julius Allen as temp coach is crazy! He has held it down at Binghamton this season and last season. What a slight!!! But knowing Jules as I do, he will work hard for Mark and teach him about the coaching business all season long.

Interesting Conversation

Had a call from a top 10 prospects dad last night. What a talk and sorry I will not discuss what he asked. And no it was not Collier. This parent really wanted to talk recruiting and where the family liked and did not like. As usual I told them I would never suggest where the player should attend. But I did tell them to make a surprise visit to the campuses in the final two without the "Representative" to get a true picture. But honestly the leader for the kid in question will be a surprise to many lol. This family has as good a plan as I have ever seen and the kid will be in the NBA in a few years. Especially if the kid listens to his Family. One of the schools they eliminated would have been Ideal to me personality wise. But they know what is right for the son. Wish I could say more but I cannot. I do know where the kid would sign if he did it today. I will leave all the announcement stuff to those who work harder than me to do that. Lastly, I will say those who forgot where they came from will always have to deal with folks with great memories.... UMMMMMMMMM!

Monday, October 12, 2009

After Reading Carino's Blog!!!

This is just a short piece based on something I read on Carino's blog recently. He had a story linked about two players who played for Princeton when they defeated UCLA. The story reminded me about what is really important about college and college athletics. These two guys are super successful now and when you look back, they were just players on a good Princeton team and not highly rated out of HS.

We tend to put so much emphasis on the bigger basketball conferences and the top HS players being recruited. Rarely do we measure the success of the top 25 players in a particular year against players who were barely recruited career wise. Of course if these kids make it professionally in the USA they will make great salaries. But trust me, those going abroad are often not making alot and just playing to be playing while putting their future careers on hold. I hear kids often bragging about what they are making abroad only to later find out they are making 1/3 of what they claim if that. I guess for many it is just an opportunity to continue playing the sport they love while dreaming of the NBA.

Brings me back to a guy I was friendly with from the time we were kids to our college years. His name is Michael George and he covered the NY Knicks for the NY Post and even covered the NJ Nets. He is now a screen Writer in California. But growing up in central Harlem we always talked about how we would play for the Knicks FOR FREE if we had an opportunity. We loved basketball that much! I am sure there are a number of guys in the NBA and definitely hundreds abroad who would play for free where ever they are.

Basketball is still a game that has become a tremendous business from the NBA to the AAU. But what we never celebrate is the large number of kids who go on from college experiences to become successful in life after basketball. This brings me to the point I am attempting to make.

Why are more kids not looking at the large picture of success after basketball? Why are we not letting them know how great it is to be a Teacher, Dentist, Lawyer, Doctor, Professor, Business Person, Manager, Social Worker, etc.? From the time kids are in 7th grade they are being steered to the think professional basketball. If we got into these kids head right now they would understand the thousands of careers available outside of basketball. It is funny how many of the top guys and gals at the NBA and NHL and even MLB, never played the game they are over seeing. David Stern is running the NBA and most likely never played on the HS team at Teaneck where he graduated from. But he was focused enough to get his law degree.

I honestly hope we start looking at more than the basketball program when kids choose schools. I hope they look at life after basketball and what graduates of the universities recruiting him are doing and the connections that come with them. Lastly I continue to say kids need to stay close to the area they will reside in after basketball is over. This is why I DO THINK KIDS SHOULD CONSIDER STRONGLY the local universities. Maybe one day I will give the local version of ex stars and what they are doing now after attending college hundreds of miles away. I can also give names of kids who stayed local and barely played who are now SUPER SUCCESSFUL including that ex St. Johns Point Guard who never got off the bench who is legendary on Wall Street. How about the Iona guys who all are very successful now. Or the guys in Film and TV who are moving up the ladder.

College basketball should not be a holding area for kids on their way to the NBA. It should be a place for competitive competition and school pride through a team sport as kids work toward getting meaningful college degrees. Remember, no one is guaranteed to have long basketball careers.

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Binghamton True Thoughts

Binghamton Situation

Its time for me to discuss the Binghamton Situation as I see it. I have met Head Coach Kevin Broadus on a few occasions and find him to be professional yet very personable with many people. That includes the kids he recruits at Binghamton and the kids he recruited at Georgetown. Having met him through one of my best buddies in basketball, who told me a year ago that Broadus is a very good person who believes in young men and always wanted to provide opportunities to them as well as many guys who worked with him and for him,the Kevin Broadus who I met is the exact person that was described to me.

Though I do believe in the coaches at Binghamton, I must say what the Head Coach and his Assistant did With the Notre Dame players was dumb, foolish, and borderline crazy and retarded. There is no excuse for this even if the incidents over the last month had not occured. No Excuses! The rules are the rules and many college coaches break them all the time including local schools we admire and love. Please do not have me start giving examples including special offers and deals. And many of you know exactly what I am talking about.

In this case I was told that Broadus actually had the rules confused. Still no excuse because a head coach has to understand the rules. Plus I thought there was an NCAA exam given to all coaches before they are allowed to recruit on the road.

This is a very serious situation right now on the Binghamton campus and throughout the East Coast. Everyone is watching to see what will happen next week. Well, allow me provide my spin on how things can be twisted.

Lets look at the charges against Broadus in the press:

The Foreign player that beat the student at Binghamton and fled the country WAS NOT recruited by Broadus nor was he on the team at the time. The previous Coach brought him to Binghamton. Why blame Broadus for this?

Broadus did not allow his player to peddle crack cocaine! How would he know he was doing this if in fact he was? Remember innocent until proven guilty. The Player had been close to a model citizen up to that point. Broadus was not in the car with him. Stuff like this happens all over America and if a kid is guilty he should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But again how was Broadus to know?

Lets look at the condom theft and assault charges against another player. Stupid, stupid, and stupid! Assault or was he running and ran into an older women shopping? Now the press makes it seem as if he actually hit the women on purpose or beat her to the ground. He did a stupid thing by taking some condoms and was punished. Everyone knows the assault thing was exaggerated. Yet the press makes it out to be Broadus fault. I guess he knew when he recruited the player from Junior College that he would eventually steal condoms from a store? Of course he did not know this and neither does other coaches who have similar situations all over our GREAT COUNTRY!

I read in certain blogs statements like "he allowed his players to run wild by distributing crack; stealing condoms from a Walmart and then beating up a 66-year old woman; and beating another Binghamton student into a coma in a bar fight." I ask how did he do that? You mean he actually knew his player was going to be around crack and allowed it? You mean he was there and allowed his player to beat a 66 year old women to the ground (Never happened that way!)? You mean he actually recruited the foreign player who beat a student into a coma? He barely knew that player because he was recruited by a previous coach and was not part of the team.

I think a coach has to take some responsibility for the kids HE RECRUITS and the kids he inherits who are part of his program. But to make him sound like he knew and allowed certain behavior is not fair. I am telling you kids need discipline and maybe this group needed more than they were getting. But to rip this guy over things he had no control over is wrong. Rip him for his graduation rates at Binghamton, Georgetown, and George Washington. Oops.....His kids graduated and did well in school for the most part. Recruiting from diploma mill? Every school with the exception of a few would take a kid from a store front academy on Market Street in Philly or 8th Ave in NYC if he could help and could prove academic achievement and passing SAT scores. And just because a prep school has grass, great buildings, and a large endowment does not mean they are not close to also being a diploma mill with 5 and 6 kids in a class up in New England. Trust me when I tell you even the Ivy schools work hard to get kids in who would never ever be considered under regular circumstances. And somehow they find money for these kids....UMMMMMM. But more important most of the kids actually graduate from IVY schools because of the opportunity they received. Just like the Ivy's, Binghamton gave kids opportunities.

Some kids did not do well academically so they had to transfer or go to Junior College. They than transferred to Binghamton. Funny thing is do you think Albany, Vermont, Stony Brook, and others would not take those kids? Those transfers did not shoot anyone, peddle drugs on or off campus, assault anyone, etc. Why not provide them with an opportunity? I know 100 other schools in D1 who would have taken them with open arms. Stop beating on him for taking transfers. Low mid major schools have done this for years.

Now what happens from here? Honestly I feel Kevin Brodous in trouble. Not as much by all that has happened, but because folks are not fully looking at each situation. They are looking at The Binghamton basketball program and at this time he is in charge. Has he made mistakes? YES Should he be responsible for his program? YES Should he be held responsible for everything that happens off the campus in cities miles away? NO Should he be responsible for every ex player no matter what? NO

Maybe he waited too long to act on the various off court and off campus incidents. But when you look at it he would have a good case in regard to keeping his position with a strong letter outlining what needs to be achieved on and off the court by him, his players, and assistant coaches.

Lastly. Vermont was chosen to win the America East this season and it might have bothered a few folks in Binghamton. The person who decided this was the same person who did the article in question. Honestly the article was a good one and seems accurate as are most of the articles by the Writer in question. But my understanding is the Writer was kind of snubbed by the Binghamton staff based on this choice. Thus it was easy to write a story and put a coaches career in question over something that 65% of coaches do when they get an opportunity. I wonder if it would have been written if he was not snubbed! Well, at least HE had the facts!

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Getting Stuff Off My Chest...Not For Everyone! Weekend Edition LOL

First the answers to a few questions on the SHU Board. No I do not think Collier would be a good fit at SHU or SJU!! I think he would be a GREAT FIT at those two programs!!!!!! His final 4 looks like very solid programs for him. As far as me not having much substance? What blog does lol. Again maybe I should text kids and find out where they are leaning so that it can be posted AGAIN! Or maybe I should just report what I read in the newspaper or on other blogs and sites? I again say if it is so bad do not read it. It's OK because there is not a paycheck attached and no one is checking how many folks read my blog.


I would like to thank the many folks who send me comments that are both positive and negative regarding my posts but do it without an agenda but as true fans of the game we all love. This includes fans from many Big East, A10, and even NEC schools. In fact a few guys on the SHU board have no problem challenging me and my thoughts. I love it because they do it with no animosity but only to have the facts straight. On the other hand guys like RU66 and a few others work hard to find things wrong with me and what I write. I think it is comical based on some comments he has made such as calling me LFHall, calling me sad, calling me a person in need of attention, and much worst. Even more comical is the fact he hides behind his computer and continue to kiss up to the basketball coaches and program he supports. He gets on me for talking about my connections? Well, I do know a few people should I apologize lol? Yes, I have Craig Carters cell number! I also have Fred Hills, Bobby Gonzalez, Jay Wright, Jim Carr, Tom Green, Ron Brown, Binghamton Coaches and many others. That makes me a groupie? maybe it makes me a guy who has been in touch with guys over the years helping kids get into school. Groupie? I would bet a dollar no coach in the area would say that. And when it comes to connections there is really not much separation in the NY basketball community. Thats why COACHES need to be careful of what they say or do when it comes to basketball players and those who might know them.

Lastly when it comes to fans such as RU66. You are the true groupie who cannot see your teams future clearly based on rose colored glasses. You also seem to read my blog regularly. WHY? If it is so bad or something you hate, why read it. And when you say things about me or the blog you only bring attention to it and more folks click the link and increase the hits lol. I think you should just wake up and talk bad about me without reading the blog. Maybe there is a way I can bar you lol. But than again you could always use the computers in the basketball offices at Rutgers in between kissing up to the BBall staff.

For the people interested here is a comment from one of the most connected basketball/academic people in the NY tri-state area. A man very respected all over the country.


Linc, Enjoy reading your blog & have to shake my head & chuckle at the folks who are quick to knock you on other web sites. They should only know how deep your roots go back in NY area hoops and that you've have always been fair in your comments & sincere in your support of the positve people & programs in the area. Well, it's their loss for not heeding your words with the respect they deserve. At least you haven't been banned from LOL I just came from Ron Naclario's annual showcase of his high school team for college coaches. He does a great job of promoting his kids & cares passionately about them. He has a team that will be strong contender for the PSAL Championship at MSG in March. His connections had over 40 Div I, II & III coaches in attendance. With several BIG EAST schools represented. I was there to conduct a student-athlete workshop for his players & found them to be attentive, respectful & hungry for information about recruiting, educational responsibility and picking a suitable college. I believe the student-athletes of the PSAL will be heard from MORE in the next few years when it comes to meeting Div. I & II requirements ofr participation. As in all things hoops, academics & life in general-"time will tell." Keep talking the talk you do so well at LF, I know you've walked the walk to do what you do so well. Be well & take care! RK aka

Thanks Rich. We go all the way back to that first camp you did for student athletes. Was it called AFBE?. RON is the man and anyone would be proud to have their kid playing for him at Cardoza. When the message boards knock me I know it is because of something I have said about their team and not really personal. This RU66 Guy must be connected to the RU program based on his always hateful words. it is OK because anyone who really knows me will always say I am a fair guy basketball wise ACCEPT WHEN IT CAME TO MY SON lololol. When it came to my son I was a huge jerk lol. But its guys like you and I and Russell Shuler and Rudy King who have to keep it real and say what is really needed. Thanks for your kind words and see you soon.