The biggest takeaway from Syracuse's one-point win over Georgetown? Patrick Ewing is one heck of a basketball coach. If Hoyas can recruit at a high level, watch out.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) December 8, 2018
Per HoopsLens (H/T @NationWideNolan for highlighting this), this is the difference between lineups with LeBlanc on the floor, and lineups without him... [see tweet below] That is a stark difference, and clearly illustrates how much better the lanky freshman makes this team.
Trey Mourning will continue to be an important player to this team, with its weak frontcourt depth, but he is a minus defensively, and does not provide enough offense to warrant more minutes than LeBlanc. Currently, LeBlanc averages 21 minutes per game, compared to Mourning’s 24.6 minutes per game. Going forward, LeBlanc should be in the 25-27 minute range.
It’s interesting to look at him more than anyone else - because he’s played almost exactly half of the total year possessions. And it results in two different teams: pic.twitter.com/KtLUWy77PN— Nolan (@NationWideNolan) December 10, 2018
Big East commissioner Val Ackerman ... suggested the 10-team, basketball-centric Big East could expand by one, giving the league the ability to adopt a 20-game conference schedule that other major conferences have or are considering. Ackerman tried to walk her comment back a bit on Sunday, saying “there is nothing cooking on that,” although the recent history of conference realignment belies that assertion...
Sports Business Daily injected more ripples on Monday when it reported American Athletic Conference commissioner Mike Aresco wants AAC schools to agree to remain in the conference long-term (officially, signing on to what is called a Grant of Rights) with the lure being a TV contract worth as much as four times the league’s current 7-year, $126 million deal, a pittance compared to the Power 5 leagues. The AAC TV contract expires at the end of the 2019-20 academic year. Such a deal could earn schools $10 million-$15 million a year, still far behind the annual takes of Power 5 schools.
NB: Big East’s deal with Fox Sports was expected to be $500MM over 12 years (c. 2013) and up to $600MM if the conference went to 12 teams...
The Big East locked up Madison Square Garden through 2028 in what Val Ackerman told @CBSSports was an “air-tight agreement.” There are no opt-outs.— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) December 12, 2018
Ackerman also said at least four schools have approached the conference about Big East expansion.https://t.co/0ITv6z7YHc
UConn has also had visits from front court prospects Tre Mitchell of Woodstock Academy and Kofi Cockburn, a New York kid who transferred to Oak Hill in Virginia.
Wahab’s coach, Rico Reed, expected him to be deliberate with his process and he has been, visiting all five schools and taking time to think it over, in no rush to sign a Letter of Intent during the November signing period. He hasn’t indicated he is leaning in any direction, though he did tell Rivals his relationship with Virginia Tech coach Buzz Williams “is much different than with the other coaches recruiting me.”
UConn has signed letters from guard James Bouknight and Jalen Gaffney, and Akok, who withdrew from Putnam Science Academy, intends to enroll at UConn in January for the spring semester. Once UConn has its big man, it would have one scholarship left open for next season, assuming no one transfers.
Not a good sign for Georgetown, seems like UConn has gotten in his ear about waiting until the Spring so they can create some space. Not sure why he'd want to play for a mid-major though, but whatever. https://t.co/bZJlUDtlPy— Casual Hoya (@CasualHoya) December 12, 2018
To Wahab’s point, Capel and three assistants traveled to see him play last week, and those following the center’s recruitment are well aware that Pitt has been present every step of the way, especially over the past few weeks. However, Wahab is not a lock, as several analysts have predicted he will head to Georgetown, which is situated fewer than 20 miles away from his current school.
There, he would also have the benefit of learning under former New York Knicks star Patrick Ewing, and he talked about that possibility in his conversation with Evans.
“[Georgetown] is really close, which is one advantage,” Wahab said during his interview with Evans. “Coach Ewing has said he is going to get me right, and with him being a big man, too, I am going to get the ball. He talks about Jessie Govan a lot and how I am going to be able to do the same stuff as him.”
In addition to Pitt and Georgetown, Syracuse, UConn and Virginia Tech are also in the mix for the center’s services.
Not as good of a second day from Jalen Johnson but skillset is difficult to find guys that can touch every portion of the stat sheet. Georgetown’s Pat Ewing & Kentucky on hand for the five star junior https://t.co/dk5zDUHpSN— Corey Evans (@coreyevans_10) December 9, 2018
Celtics held practice at Georgetown. Patrick Ewing and Brad Stevens chatted. The Hoyas were watching from the attached weight room. Mac McClung all eyes on Kyrie including during the point guard's media avail.— Ben Standig (@BenStandig) December 12, 2018
After Arizona was implicated in the probe, the former five-star recruit — who may or may not have been a key figure in the investigation himself — decommitted from the UA and eventually pledged to the Villanova Wildcats, who had been tracking him throughout the recruiting process.
Well, that does not appear to be a happy marriage.
The freshman point guard has only played 70 minutes all season, and after playing one minute in a stunning loss to Penn on Tuesday, Quinerly apparently wrote “was my 2nd choice for a reason” on Instagram before quickly deleting the post...
James Akinjo is Averaging— I have great problems (@WillPowerBST) December 11, 2018
More points than
JQ from Villanova
Mac his teammate
Haven't heard nothing from Jordan mccabe from West Virginia
And the list really goes on and on
Roy Hibbert Says Zion Williamson Is An Unstoppable Beast Who Will Kill It In NBA https://t.co/0mpqmFeitK— West Virginia Topics (@dubvNOW) December 8, 2018
Seniors Jarrey Foster and Jahmal McMurray were named to the preseason All-American Athletic Conference second team. McMurray and Whitt have each earned an AAC Weekly Honor Roll nod this season.
Preseason All-AAC selection Jahmal McMurray is leading SMU in scoring (18.7, 3rd AAC) and is hitting 41.6 percent from 3-point range (4th AAC). His 3.7 threes made per game are second in the AAC and rank 15th nationally. Sophomore Ethan Chargois is averaging 13.8 points (17th AAC), 7.2 rebounds (5th AAC) and 1.0 blocked shots (12th AAC). Jimmy Whitt Jr. is third on the team at 11.8 points (24th AAC) and 6.3 rebounds (13th AAC) with a team-high 4.1 assists (9th AAC) and a 2.7 assist-to-turnover ratio (4th AAC) while shooting 49.5 percent. Nat Dixon is adding 6.6 points and hitting 38.9 percent from three.
2. I remember the night that I found out Coach Thompson was no one to mess with.
We were playing Villanova at their place — had to have been the middle of my freshman year. Big rivalry game, plus a little something extra with both of us being ranked that season.
We come out of the tunnel and get in our warmups. All good — we’re ready. There’s some real energy in the building. But then suddenly one of our guys, he notices something…. and he points up to the crowd.
And I’ll never forget it...
ALLEN IVERSON: THE NEXT M̶J̶— The Players' Tribune (@PlayersTribune) December 12, 2018
ALLEN IVERSON: THE NEXT OJ
AI shares the story of "that" sign at the Villanova game and why you should not mess with Coach John Thompson.https://t.co/budLjzn0Nb