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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.

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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.

NY2LA SUMMER JAM: Breakout for Buddy

13 Jul

By Danny Hazan
National Hoops Report

MILWAUKEE – Mike Krzyzewski, Bill Self, Billy Donovan and John Calipari were just four of the many coaches on hand Wednesday at the NY2LA Sports Summer Jam in Mequon, Wisconsin as they followed highly coveted prospects Shabazz Muhammad, Mitch McGary and Perry Ellis.

Conveniently, the stars with their respective teams all played each other Wednesday, but it was Kansas’ Pray and Play Players’ 6-foot-4 shooting guard Buddy Hield who may have had the best day.

He already claims offers from Oklahoma, Nebraska, Texas A&M, Utah State and Wichita State, with Kansas, Clemson, DePaul, Missouri and Boston College showing interest, but that list will surely grow after his performances the first two days at the Summer Jam.

Conscious of his current environment at Homestead High School, Hield tried to play how he knew he could and hoped the rest would take care of itself.

Twenty points, a vicious one-handed tip dunk and dagger step-back, corner pocket, three-pointer with two minutes left to put McGary and SYF away – and a team-high 16 in a three point loss to Texas PRO and Isaiah Austin – is pretty good evidence he accomplished his mission.

“I want to showcase my talents to all the coaches,” said Hield, who hopes to have a top five in September. “I came here trying to make a name for myself. I can do that by just playing hard, be competitive on the court and try to win every game we’re in.

“I do look in the stands but I try and block it out. I’m playing for my team and myself and I know I can’t get nervous and mess up. I do my best to keep on being myself. I’ve been being myself a lot lately.”

Hield has relied on his athleticism and handle to get into the lane and finish with either hand over the Players’ first three games of the Summer Jam, and also knocked down three-pointers with consistency. While his release and unusually high arc may not be textbook, it’s a craft he’s spent plenty of time on this summer.

“I put six hours in the gym every day,” said Hield, who attends Sunrise Christian Academy. “I use my three-ball as my trick. So when they come out, I pump fake and take it to the basket and use my athletic abilities to finish with either hand.

“Offensively I want to score, so I always keep crashing the boards. I said ‘one of these days I’m going to get a tip dunk,’ and I finally got one (today). I like getting them because it makes the gym go crazy when I dunk on somebody.”

Ellis had difficulty getting in a rhythm in both games but still managed 14 points against SYF and 10 against Texas PRO, but still used his imposing 6-8 frame to be a presence on the offensive and defensive glass.

Raytown South’s 6-3 lighting quick, jumping jack Earl Peterson was also pivotal in the Players’ 64-60 victory over SYF with 13 points. Peterson has one offer from Oral Roberts, but is also hoping to add to that list as droves of coaches line the sidelines of his games.

“I know they’re there and I’m trying to play hard to get a scholarship,” Peterson said. “I see myself as a two in college because I’m a slasher. But I can also spot up and shoot. I just have to keep working on my jumper.”

Texas PRO beat Dream Vision 56-35 behind 12 points from Austin and 10 from Danuel House. Muhammad led the way for Dream Vision with 17. Dream Vision also fell to Mo-Kan 70-69 after watching it’s five point halftime lead evaporate almost immediately.

Mo-Kan 7-footer Willie Cauley (Olathe NW High School) had 12 points and was disruptive defensively in the paint. He already holds offers from Alabama, Kansas State, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, USC and Wyoming.  Cauley’s high school teammate, 6-5 slasher Shavon Shields led the way with 16.

Inside the SEC: July 12

12 Jul

By Matt Fultz
National Hoops Report

College coaches are bouncing around the country recruiting this month. Where did coaches from the SEC go and who did they watch? We know. A big transfer, a coaching move, a big injury and a new name all highlight this week’s Inside the SEC. Continue reading