Just thinking about College Basketball as well as the HS game.
I love what St. Johns is doing. They really are getting after it and going after elite players.
I LOVE GARY CHARLES! However, I doubt Gary Charles would ever say Norm did not go after the right players. That has to be a misinterpretation of something he said. If Gary did say this, and kick a guy when he is down, it would be totally out of his character, and in my eyes Gary always has been a person of high character. And if he did say this, I strongly disagree because who in their right mind at St. Johns or any other Big East program would not go after "The Best." That is such a crazy thing to imagine or say. You could say Norm did not get the top guys, but you cannot ever say he did not go after them.
I also know Nate Blue and consider him a friend in basketball. He too would never intentionally put Norm down, In fact he even questioned some of my comments on past blogs he thought was negative towards Norm and SJU.
For the record anyone who really understands college basketball knows that Norm did not cheat! If he did, or had influential alumni he could sic on recruits and advisors, he would have gotten a lot more great recruits. Even without cheating, he did a great job of bringing in talent that Steve Lavin just might lead to the NCAA or at the least the NIT.
Love what is happening at Rutgers as well. Mike Rice is proving to everyone what happens when a person gets an opportunity. That includes ME! He is doing a FANTASTIC job that started with the Assistants he hired. SMART MAN.
I honestly think Rutgers games will be exciting again. Place will have big crowds and the future looks very bright as it does for St. Johns.
Seton Hall is doing well also. Not doing it on the recruiting circuit YET! But I think they will step it up. I also knew the staff they have in place would have difficulty going against other BE, SEC, ACC, staffs based on the barracuda policy. We all know every staff needs one, even if he is disguised as a very laid back gentlemen. Still not sold on SHU having one.
Despite this SHU still has time to get additional very good players. And they will once they win a lot of games at home in front of large crowds going crazy.
I love how folks look the other way when things are going great for the school they are cheering for. Many elite kids really are taken care of when they choose a school. Has happened for many years and will always happen as long as it is not widespread. Many who read this blog know the real deal. You see the kids being recruited by many programs. You know the Advisors disguised as coaches etc. You know a lot of stuff happens. Maybe I need to re-post my stuff on recruiting and what happens in places like Chicago, the deep south, and even up east.
One day a lot of stuff will come out about a lot of programs people consider squeaky clean.
If people think players, and often advisors discussed as coaches, are not getting great benefits you are wrong. Could be use of a campus facility, buying expensive tickets to events sponsored by organizations, having many kids attend a camp free despite the players paying for the camp through the advisor discussed as a coach, and much more.
How about the old exhibition season rules that allowed AAU programs to use ex college players for games against college programs and get paid.
When we talk bending rules, many know what is really happening!
It seems very quiet on the Fordham front. What is going on over in the Bronx? I still say they need a new GYM/Small Arena badly. I really cannot see any very good high level A10 recruit jumping to there with the facilities as they are. They will get a low end 4 star guy every so often based on conniptions. But watch the 3 star guys role in. Hard to compete with then upper A10 schools that way.
No reflection on the Head Coach! Even if John Wooden himself was the Coach they would have difficulty.
Looking to buy all the basketball magazines as they come out. This is great reading, especially if done before the season starts.
On the HS level looking forward to seeing St. Benedict's and how Tyler Harris does.
St. Patricks will be interesting as well and I know they are loaded. Maybe I will finally get to watch the Great Mike Gilchrist lol. Sorry, still wonder if he is the legit number 1 player in the USA. I even wonder if he is top 10. He might be top 25, and there is nothing wrong with that! Top 25 in the ENTIRE USA! That is a great thing.
Interesting how reputation allows you to gain a certain status. One scouting service says you are great. They all will say you are very good at the least.
Jerome Smart takes over at Teaneck, and what a SMART MOVE that was! I am looking for great things out of Teaneck with Coach Smart at the Helm. He will continue what Curtis March started and keep Teaneck as a household name in New Jersey.
Back to College Basketball.
Looking for the Garden to rock at St. Johns Games
Looking for The RAC to be ALIVE again!
Looking for The Prudential Center to be filled with fans and exciting.
What a great time for College Basketball! Good times have returned. And if we think this year will be good. Wait until next year