A Momentary Lapse of Reason

Two things I hate: gossip, and recruiting. It’s amazing how closely these two aspects of college basketball are linked. But it’s July, so I’ll let you in on some things I know, some things I’ve heard, and some things I think. I’ll let you decide which is which.

Imagine if the Drexel front court (Elegar, Crawford) were to be traded to Hofstra to play with the Pride’s backcourt (Stokes, Agudio, Rivera).

ODUs gentle giant, Sam Harris, is up to 290 pounds (from 260 last season) and working hard in Australia.

Blaine Taylor is looking to Brian Henderson to pick up much of the scoring slack with the departure of Isaiah Hunter, and Arnaud Dahi is “on schedule” in his return from ACL surgery.

Point guard, anyone? In the 2005 CAA tourney, Drew Williamson played 93 minutes with zero turnovers. In the 2006 CAA tournament, Carlos Rivera played 120 minutes with zero turnovers. Use that the next time someone questions CAA guard play.

Eric Davis has hit the weight room, adding to his already-muscular frame. More importantly for VCU, according to head coach Anthony Grant, is that Davis has matured and learned from his wildly inconsistent junior season. Developing consistency is the key for Davis.

How big is the “offseason” in high school basketball? Every coach that wants to keep his job is headed to Las Vegas, where the three big sneaker companies are hosting tournaments. There will be 600 teams playing all over Las Vegas. Let’s do some math: let’s say there’s five kids on each team that a particular school wants to see. That’s 3000 players. Three coaches, in one gym from 9-5 and then another for the evening sessions of games, can see about 20 different teams. That would be 100 kids. Seems to me they should hits the craps table and stay out of the heat.

Mason recruit Louis Birdsong is said to be the second best recruit to come out of the Baltimore area in recent memory. First? Rudy Gay. I love irony.

I still say it’s a crime Loren Stokes wasn’t named CAA POY last season.

When everyone in the free world (well okay, not that wide, but you get the point) is talking up Mason’s Will Thomas as first team All CAA, remember that I told you the same thing last January. And that’s why you read my blog.

Pardon the generalities, but you know my stance on recruiting and talking about recruits: Everyone is talking up that Hassel kid from ODU being redshirted this year. Don’t be surprised if it turns out to be that Neely kid. Look at ODUs current roster: At 6’8”, Hassel can make a difference. As a wing, Neely has about 47 players to fight through for playing time. Now consider that Abdi Lidonde and Brian Henderson, two mainstays in the upcoming year for ODU, were redshirted. I’m not saying, I’m just saying…

Luckily, I don’t have to put in print anywhere my All CAA team. But if I did?

First Team: Loren Stokes, Gary Neal, Antoine Agudio, Drew Williamson, Will Thomas.

Second team: Domonic Mejia, Frank Elegar, Folarin Campbell, TJ Carter, Carlos Rivera.

Third team: Deven Dickerson, Juwann James, Todd Hendley, Bashir Mason, Valdas Vasylius.

Let’s not forget: Jonathan Adams, BA Walker, and Denard Abraham.

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~ by mglitos on July 19, 2006.

21 Responses to “A Momentary Lapse of Reason”

  1. what about Gabe Norwood?? He AT LEAST deserves 2nd team honors

  2. Gabe will be lucky if he starts for Mason… my guess is that an ODU fan posted that.

  3. Dahi?

  4. If Dahi recovers, plays like the tough kid he is. He’ll be second team, remember he play in the NCAA with a dislocated shoulder and he’ll be getting votes for making a come back.

    ROY, I think Birdsong.

  5. Danny Sumner will be ROY. I would assume he’ll get more PT than Birdsong will(just based on the fact that W&M is bad and GMU isn’t)

    My .02

  6. Neely is going to see plenty of PT as a freshmen, where do you get your ideas from?LOL. Neely is a player and plays like Hunter, but sadly for CAA foes of ODU he does everything better than Zai.BT loves him and there is -20% chance he will be red shirted.

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