Wednesday, May 30, 2007

May 30 News and Notes

According to Kansas coach Bill Self, Jayhawks sophomore Brandon Rush might not miss any part of the 07-08 season. “There’s a great chance he will not miss a game,” Self said. “We will not push it. It depends how rehab goes. I’ve had numerous experiences of players who came back in a far shorter amount of time than six months. If his mind-set is right, if he approaches rehab in the right state, there’s no reason why Brandon Rush will not be close to 100 percent in that respective time frame, at least physically.” Rush’s doctors said that he could miss up to six months, which would be the end of November. Self said you could “take a month on either side of that” six-month time frame, depending on how rehab goes. He also noted that Rush is in “good spirits,” but won’t grant interviews until after the surgery.

Tom Keegan of the
Lawrence Journal-World writes it is not definite that Brandon Rush will be able to play in the 2007-2008 season. He talks to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Johnny Benjamin, who says that the six-month time frame that Rush’s doctor gave him is “very aggressive” and that “less than a year” is a better time frame. Keegan and Benjamin also discuss that Rush might come back less than 100% and decide he does not want to risk a potential NBA career by playing injured with the Jayhawks.

Joey Johnston of
The Tampa Tribune writes about coaching in the NBA, and why or why not Florida coach Billy Donovan would want to coach in the Association in the future. He talks to Louisville coach Rick Pitino, Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, UNLV coach Lon Kruger, Kansas coach Bill Self, and former Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly. Daly thinks that Donovan will coach in the NBA one day. "Once I got to the NBA, I thought it was the way to go," Daly said. "You didn't have to recruit. You didn't have to worry about getting them to class. It was all basketball, and it was the best basketball in the world. Billy Donovan will eventually go [to the NBA], I think, just for the challenge of that." Pitino agrees with Daly, but says that he regrets going to the NBA. "I know there's a part of him that's curious about coaching in the NBA," Pitino said. "He's like me. He's like the rest of us. If it comes down to it, if he wants my suggestions, I'll tell him straight-up. I think I made a mistake."

Tony Barnhart of the
Atlanta Journal-Constitution talks to Florida coach Billy Donovan about what lies ahead for the hottest head coach in basketball. He discusses the new deal that he and Florida are trying to work out—and why a deal has not been reached yet. "I have trust in Jeremy and Dr. Machen, and so really it's not in my hands," Donovan said. "It's really in the University of Florida's hands. I understand that it is a process that they are going to have to go through." Donovan also talks about a possible NBA coaching job in the future, as well as the 06-07 Gators. “I just think you have to consider those guys one of the best teams of all time,” he said.

According to the
Dayton Daily News, Duquesne freshman Scott Grote has left the Dukes program and will transfer, most likely to Wright State, which is close to home. He asked for his release from the program last week. "I have an interest in Wright State,” he said. “I don't want it to come out yet that I'm going there, because I'm not quite sure that's what's going to happen.” He also said that he likes WSU coach Brad Brownell. "I always liked him," Grote said. "Everybody does a little of everything on his teams, and he stresses teamwork a lot." He averaged 9.9 points and 4.1 rebounds last season, starting 22 games.

According to the
Fort Collins Coloradoan, Purdue freshman Dan Vandervieren is transferring to Colorado State. “The addition of Dan Vandervieren is critical to the success of CSU basketball. He is a great kid and an excellent player,” CSU coach Tim Miles said. “Dan is a center who plays with great tenacity and will provide us with a physical force in the paint.” Vandervieren averaged 1.7 points and 1.4 rebounds last season.

According to the
Chicago Tribune, Wake Forest freshman Casey Crawford is going to transfer to Colorado. "I appreciate the opportunity to come to Wake Forest and be a part of ACC basketball," Crawford said. "I just felt like a new place and a new challenge would be best for me right now." Crawford chose the Buffaloes over Northwestern. He played sparingly last season for the Demon Deacons, logging just 27 minutes.

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