Tuesday, June 19, 2007

June 19 News and Notes

After yesterday's barrage of news, here's some quick-hitters for today:

- Outstanding piece on New Mexico State recruit Herb Pope by Thayer Evans in the New York Times

- Gary Parrish of
CBS Sportsline.com gives his Preseason Top 25 (and one). Guess who the former Memphis Commercial Appeal writer and current Memphis resident has atop the rankings?

- Bob McClellan of Rivals.com discusses eight players that may be ready to break out next season

- Andy Katz of ESPN.com discusses how the decisions by several key early-entrants affect their former or current teams

- Mike DeCourcy of the
Sporting News breaks down the winners and losers from the NBA Draft’s withdrawal deadline

- Top 25 recruit
Romero Osby is headed to Mississippi State

- Kentucky freshman guard
Derrick Jasper had knee surgery last week and will miss four-to-six months; he is not expected to miss any official practice time or games

- Incoming Virginia freshman point guard
Sam Zeglinski won’t get thrown into the fire immediately now that Sean Singletary is returning

- Jenni Carlson of the Stillwater News-Press looks at life at Oklahoma State without JamesOn Curry, and also discusses how it is the beginning of a new era as Curry was the last link to the Cowboys’ 2004 Final Four team

- Matt Winkeljohn of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution says that the timeline between the end of the season and the deadline for early-entrants to withdraw from the NBA Draft is way too long

- Andy Fritchley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution thinks that Georgia Tech freshmen Thaddeus Young and Javaris Crittenton should have stayed in school, and that coaches should recruit players who will stick around for more than one year

- Steve Kelley of the Seattle Times thinks that Washington freshman Spencer Hawes made the right decision by turning pro

- Ted Miller of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer writes that Washington freshman Spencer Hawes going pro is a win-win for both Hawes and the Huskies

- Former Iowa transfer and current Tennessee freshman Tyler Smith is looking forward to playing for the Volunteers—although he might have to wait a year

- Bryan Mcanally of The Battalion, Texas A&M’s student newspaper, looks ahead to the Aggies’ 2007-2008 season

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