Thursday, November 15, 2007

November 15 News and Notes

Kentucky sophomore guard Jodie Meeks will miss four-to-six weeks with a stress fracture, according to coach Billy Gillispie. Meeks suffered the injury to his pelvic area when he fell to the ground during an exhibition game against Seattle. Since then, he started two games despite the injury. "If you've ever had an abdominal muscle pull or anything in the core area, it's tough," Gillispie said. "Sometimes you can't even move your body a particular way, much less try to practice." Meeks was averaging 7.0 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in two games this season, shooting just 22% from the field.

The Gazelle Group has announced the introduction of a third postseason tournament, the College Basketball Invitational. It will compete with the NIT for teams that are not invited to the NCAA Tournament. The CBI will be staged by the same group that runs the 2K Sports College Hoop Classic that benefits Coaches vs. Cancer and the O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic. It will be a single-elimination tournament through the first two rounds and the semifinals, all played at campus sites. The Championship Series will be a best-of-three with the higher-seeded team playing at home in the first game and, if necessary, the third. With the new tournament, there will now be 113 teams playing in the postseason.

On the first day of the early signing period, many of the country’s top players signed with the schools they had committed to months earlier. However, there were also several stars who were uncommitted heading into the day who made a decision.

Chris Singleton, a four-star small forward from Georgia, announced his decision to go to Florida State. "Really it came down to me building a relationship with coach (Leonard) Hamilton and the players," Singleton said. "I feel like coach Hamilton is the missing mentor from part of my childhood." Singleton is ranked No. 33 by "It was a great experience being able to build a relationship with coach Hamilton and the people at Florida State,” he said. “The staff there has been in the NBA and knows what it takes to get there, and that is one of my goals. I want to go as high as a possibly can." Singleton chose FSU over Kentucky.

As originally reported by Adam Zagoria, four-star power forward Kevin Jones from Mount Vernon, New York, announced his commitment to West Virginia. "Bob Huggins does the best job with tweeners like Kevin and getting them prepared for the next level," Gerard Jones, Kevin's older brother, said. "With Huggins' resume of developing players Kevin's size and making them productive, we had to go with his resume.” Jones chose WVU over Indiana and Pittsburgh, as well as Massachusetts, Seton Hall, Rutgers and St. John’s.

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