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Inside the SEC: Sept. 27

27 Sep

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

Texas A&M To Join SEC July 1, 2012

When the Southeastern Conference Presidents voted unanimously to accept Texas A&M several weeks ago, there was one condition, that the conference would not be sued by the Big XII or any of its member schools.

With the announcement Sunday night that the Aggies would officially join the conference on July 1, 2012, it appears that that condition has been met, although not explicitly stated

“On behalf of our presidents, chancellors, athletics directors, students and fans, I welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family,” SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. “Texas A&M is a nationally-prominent institution on and off the field and a great fit for the SEC tradition of excellence—athletically, academically and culturally.”

Texas A&M President R. Bowen Lofton offered up part of the schools reasoning for joining the SEC.

“The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve,” he said in a statement released by the conference.  “We are excited to begin competition in the nation’s premier athletic conference.  This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country.”

When the idea of adding a fourteenth team was brought up at Texas A&M’s press conference Monday, Commissioner Mike Slive said, “We anticipate being a 13-team league.” He did acknowledge that scheduling would be a challenge with the odd number.

“Clearly scheduling with 13 is not easy, and we’ll work through that,” he said. “But we will remain very thoughtful and very strategic about what we do in terms of further expansion.”

Georgia Signee Gets Go Ahead

Georgia’s top recruit Kentavios Caldwell-Pope has been cleared by the NCAA to suit up for the Bulldogs.

“The University of Georgia compliance office was notified by the NCAA on Tuesday that freshman basketball player Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been cleared to compete in the 2011-12 season,” the school said in a statement released on Tuesday.

Caldwell-Pope’s eligibility was in question because his mother’s cell phone bill was paid for by Tony Adams out of an unauthorized bank account. Adams coached the Georgia Blazers AAU team, which was sponsored by the Columbus, Georgia Parks and Recreation Department and apart of the EYBL.  Adams used the unauthorized account to pay for the phone bill as well as plane tickets for former USC linebacker and current Georgia player Jarvis Jones. Jones was declared eligible earlier this month.

“I am pleased that the situation regarding Kentavious’ eligibility has been resolved,” Georgia head coach Mark Fox said in the statement. “Kentavious can now put these issues behind him and focus on becoming a better student-athlete.  We can all move forward in our preparations for the coming season.”

Earlier in the summer it was unclear whether or not the 5-star shooting guard would qualify academically, but the issue was resolved in early June.

Goodwin Gives Wildcats First 2012 Commitment

Archie Goodwin’s plan had always been to wait things out and sign in the spring, but after some deliberation the 6-foot-4 guard knew there was no reason to wait any longer.

The consensus top-15 player in the county gave Coach Calipari and the University of Kentucky his verbal commitment late last Tuesday night, becoming the first commitment of the 2012 class for the school.

“If you don’t know by now I’m a Wildcat,” he announced on Twitter.

The Little Rock native chose Kentucky over Arkansas and Memphis.

Not everyone in Arkansas was happy with Goodwin’s decision to head out of state, so he tried to explain his rationale to ESPN’s Dave Telep.

“That’s one thing that is the toughest. Growing up here and with so many expectations to go there, it’s been a lot of pressure,” he told Telep “Arkansas is a great school and I love Coach [Mike] Anderson and his staff. I love my state but it’s a business decision and this is best for my career and my family.”

It wasn’t playing time that Coach Cal promised the shooting guard; actually it was quite the opposite.

“Coach Cal already told me that it’s not going to be easy. I don’t want anyone to give me anything. I’ve worked for stuff my whole life,” Goodwin said. “I’m going to compete and that’s going to make me and my teammates better. I want to go work every day. From a competitive standpoint, it’s the best decision for me.”

The competition could be very still at the guard spot by the time Kentucky’s recruiting class is done. The Wildcats will we hosting the number one player in the country Shabazz Muhammad on October 14th for Big Blue Madness, and they have recently increased their recruitment of Gary Harris, another highly ranker shooter. That doesn’t even take into account the possibility of Doron Lamb, returning to Lexington for his junior season, either.

Goodwin has already spoken to several top recruits, including Harris, about joining him in Lexington. Coach Calipari and staff have quite the list of visitors headed to Big Blue Madness and there is no doubt Goodwin will be in the ear of all of them.

Poythress Down to Four; Walker Sets Date

One of the top forwards in the 2012 class, Alex Poythress, has narrowed his list of college suitors to Vanderbilt, Memphis, Florida, and Kentucky.

The 6-foot-8 native of Clarksville, Tennessee eliminated the Duke Blue Devils from consideration.

Another recruit who severeal SEC schools are hot on the trail of is 2013 forward Chris Walker. Walker announced on Twitter he would be announcing his college decision on November 15th.

The native of Holmes, Florida will choose from Florida, Connecticut, Kentucky, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Baylor, and Memphis.

Inside the SEC: Sept. 20

20 Sep

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

Calipari Commits Violation Unheralded Recruit

Other than conference realignment, it has been a relatively quiet few months on the college hoops scene, and a least one college coach has an explanation  telling  Jeff Goodman of CBSSports.com that Kentucky coach John Calipari was out of the country.

 http://twitter.com/#!/GoodmanCBS/status/114136832752619521

Calipari, who spent spent several weeks in Argentina coaching the Dominican Republic’s national team, is back in the United States and once again creating news.

Late last week, Yahoo!’s Prep Rally reported that Calipari had committed a “bump” violation on July 15th when he shook hands with Austin Kyles after a game at the ScoutsFocus Super 60 Sowcase.

A “bump” which characterized by any face-to-face contact between a Division 1 coach and player during the non-contact period, is considered a seconday violation by the NCAA and rarely has sever ramifications.

“After the game, Calipari shook his hand and said, ‘Great game,'” Dr. Kyles told Prep Rally. “I think he was just acknowledging, ‘Hey, this kid is holding down my senior.’”

The act is not all that of an uncommon occurrence in July, what makes this interaction between Kyles and Calipari interesting is the fact Kentucky is not recruiting the 6-foot-7 forward, who attends high school in South Carolina. Calipari was at the game to watch Devonta Pollard, who the Wildcats are heavily involved with.

Calipari declined comment Friday night to ESPN’s Andy Katz.

Arkansas, Kentucky Recruit Changes Mind Not Once But Twice

Super shooting guard Archie Goodwin caught both college coaches and recruiting analysts off guard last Wednesday, when he tweeted his decision may come in the next week or so.

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But after just a several hours the 6-foot-4 Little Rock native tweeted that he had decided he was going to go with original plan of signing in the spring.

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In an interview with National Hoops Report in mid-June, Goodwin’s AAU coach Ron Crawford said the plan for the number 12 overall player by Rivals.com was to sign in the late period.

Goodwin announced on Twitter Monday that he will not consider Kansas or Connecticut as college options, and while Memphis is still in the mix most believe it will come down to either Arkansas or Kentucky. Goodwin played this summer with the Arkansas Wings, a program that produced three member Mike Anderson’s first recruiting class in Fayetteville. Although, Hunter said that will not play into Goodwin’s decision.

“He told us even though he has played with current Razorback signees Aaron Ross, Hunter Mickelson, and Ky Madden with our Arkansas Wings Elite Team that will not be a part of the decision making process, he respected their decision and knows they will respect his.”

The timing of the tweets has led some to believe that they have been in reaction to Kentucky’s in-home visit with consensus number Shabazz Muhammed. After the visit, Muhammed said the Calipari had told him he was the Wildcats number one priority and they wanted him to play shooting guard, his preferred position, in college.

Could the tide be shifting be shifting once again with Mr. Goodwin, Monday night he tweeted “It’s getting close to decision time.”

Florida’s Larson Makes Plea Deal

Florida’s Cody Larson now knows the outcome form his criminal trespassing charges, however his status on the Gators basketball team is still to be determined.

According to the Florida Time-Union part of the 6-foot-9 forward’s agreement will be to complete 200 hours of community service, attend any recommended drug treatment and go through drug evaluation program, pay the victim $240 and write them a letter of apology, pay an addition $200 in prosecution and other charges, and not consume alcohol of any other drug.

Larson may still have to server jail time however, for violating his probation of a previous arrest in South Dakota.

Erik Murphy, who was arrested with Larson on April 2, was reinstated to the men’s basketball team last week, but Billy Donovan has not spoken about Larson’s status since suspending him indefinitely following the arrest.

Ellis Set to Make Decision

One of the most sought after prospects in the county, Perry Ellis, will be making his college decision this week.

Ellis, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wichita, Kansas will be making his decision at 3:45 eastern time on Wednesday.

The three-time Gatorade Player of the Year in Kansas has his list narrowed down to Kentucky and three in-state schools: Kansas, Kansas State, and Wichita State.

Kentucky coach John Calipari was the last coach to conduct an in-home visit with Ellis last week.

Both Kentucky and Kansas both were in attendance for nearly every single game Ellis played in during July.

He is rated #24 by Rivals, #33 by Scout, and #37 by ESPN.

NGC Sunday stars

8 Aug

Archie Goodwin had the National Hoops Report vote for MVP of the Nike Global Challenge.

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

The United States Midwest team took home the gold medal in a spirited game against the Canadians. Who stood out on the final day of the Nike Global Challenge? Here’s my top 10 from Sunday. Continue reading

NGC Saturday stars

7 Aug

By Justin Young
National Hoops Report

It was an interesting day at the Nike Global Challenge on Saturday. There were three blowouts, one great match-up and 10 guys that stood out. Continue reading

Late decision for Goodwin?

29 Jul

By Brian Flinn
National Hoops Report

ORLANDO – In the beginning of the summer Archie Goodwin was considered a top ten player and possibly the best shooting guard in the class of 2012, but during the NBA camp in June he broke his wrist, sidelining him for a few weeks. Now he’s back with a vengeance and on a mission to regain his place on the prep pecking order. Continue reading

Goodwin back, big timers still in chase

21 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

With so many great players present, leading the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam in scoring is a serious accomplishment.  Doing so with limited use of your non-shooting hand?  Well that’s just crazy.

You can call it what you want but Archie Goodwin of the Arkansas Wings Elite did exactly just that last week in North Augusta, S.C. Continue reading

All Peach Jam team

20 Jul

By Bobby Bancroft
National Hoops Report

With four games going on at all times inside one building, the EYBL Finals at the Nike Peach Jam is a dream come true for college basketball coaches, fans, and would be talent evaluators everywhere.  The only unfortunate part is the inability for any one person to see every player an equal amount of time.  Given that constraint, a starting five must be picked, no matter how difficult it may be to leave off certain players.  Without further adieu, here we go: Continue reading

Inside the SEC: June 13

13 Jun

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

The National Hoops Report checks in with an in-depth look at the latest happenings in the Southeastern Conference. Matt Fultz is a Kentucky-based writer and he will be providing his insight to the league every week on the National Hoops Report. Continue reading