Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
The wait is over and Villanova won out on the Dominic Cheek recruiting wars. He's headed next season to join the Wildcats and 2008 USA U18 teammate Maalik Wayns.
"Bubba's Girls" returned to the Bay Area where their famous footballer father is now referred to as "Courtney & Ashley's dad" still coveting a national title before their career at OU is over.
The Detroit Shock is looking to woo Tina Thompson, among other free agents, to Auburn Hills ... The Sacramento Bee sits down with Candace Parker, who talks about heading to Russia soon to join up with Cappie Pondexter on the UMMC Ekaterinburg squad.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
More on yesterday's WNBA dispersal draft: WNBA stands strong despite Houston Comets fold ... Dream doesn't sleep on Lyttle in Comets dispersal draft ... Atlanta acquires Sancho Lyttle with first pick in dispersal draft ... Club adds big forward Lyttle in dispersal draft ... Defunct but not forgotten ... Fever pick up guard from Houston ... Lynx choose Hodges in WNBA dispersal draft ... Monarchs draft guard from disbanding Comets ... Storm passes in Houston Comets dispersal draft ... Mystics get Ajavon ... Mystics select Matee Ajavon ...
Monday, December 8, 2008
Saturday: Chicago Sky owner Michael Alter said his team is safe from folding like the Comets ...
Friday: The Australia Opals are expected to be led over the next quad, which includes the 2010 FIBA World Championship and the 2012 Olympic Games, by longtime Opals assistant and two-year Phoenix Mercury head coach Carrie Graf ... Jrue Holiday, Malcolm Lee and the UCLA Bruins ran into a Texas wall ... Kemba Walker and his UConn teammates survived a scare from Buffalo (yes, unranked Buffalo fell by just four points, 68-64, to the No. 2 Huskies) ... Ryan Kelly posted the first triple-double of his high school career with 38 points, 10 boards and 12 blocks ... Renee Montgomery tied UConn's single-game assist mark with 13
Thursday: Jrue Holiday, Malcolm Lee and the Bruins to face a tough challenge from Final Four-caliber Texas ... At Oklahoma, the Game is in Their Blood ...
Thursday, December 4, 2008
The Chapel Hill News spotlight's No. 1 North Carolina's incoming recruiting class for next year, including Leslie McDonald and the Wear twins, David and Travis.
More on the Comets flamout: Kelli Anderson remains positive the WNBA will weather this storm ... BlackAthlete.net gives the Comets a sad farewell ... Forbes named former Houston Comets owner Leslie Alexander the NBA's top owner.
Lindsay Wisdom-Hylton, who tore her ACL in Russia while playing for the eventual gold medal winning 2007 USA U21 World Championship Team, is back on the court and providing Purdue a wicked one-two punch in scoring and rebounding.
Tyler Hansbrough had 25 points and 11 rebounds as No. 1 North Carolina tore past Michigan State 98-63.
Kyle Singler got fed this summer, grew bigger and his stature is providing No. 4 Duke with some great production early on in the season as Duke looks to eclipse UNC as the top team in the area.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
- David & Travis Wear continue to be a huge one-two punch for their opponents.
- Travis Releford is playing well and using his limited minutes wisely, providing a nice spark off the bench for KU. He's still getting his freshman feet wet, but should continue to improve as the season continues. Plus, he's become a fan favorite.
- Kemba Walker is helping No. 2 UConn cruise through the early season. The Huskies, undefeated through their first seven contests, are getting 13.3 ppg. from Walker to go with a team third-best 22 assists. In their 88-58 rout of Bryant on Nov. 29, the Huskies got nine points off the bench from Walker; while he posted nine in the most recent victory, a 79-49 blowout of Delaware State, Walker again notched nine. UConn has two more easy games, against Buffalo and Stony Brook, as prep work for their Dec. 20 contest against Gonzaga.
- Older brother of Mason Plumlee, Miles, was set for his Purdue family reunion ... but in a Duke uniform.
From Scout.com: "Marshall Plumlee is playing alongside his brother and Duke-bound forward Mason Plumlee again this season at Arden (N.C.) Christ School, and they’re off to a 4-0 start. Mason – a Class of 2011 recruit – had six points and 11 rebounds in Christ School’s most recent win, a 73-50 victory over Porter Gaud."
- Festival alum and 2008 Hoop Summit player Jrue Holiday and 2008 USA U18 team member Malcolm Lee are teaming to help lead No. 13 UCLA to a 6-1 start.
Renee Montgomery, winner of a gold medal at the 2006 FIBA Americas U20 Championship, is quickly becoming one of UConn's best players in the history of the program. She's been mentioned alongside names like two-time Olympic gold medalists Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi, among others. Keep an eye on her this season ... she's a critical cog in UConn's bid for another NCAA title.
More on the Comets Demise from Around the Country
- John Smallwood in Philadelphia Inquirer wonders if this is a warning sign for women's sports ... In Washington Tim Lemke equates this to the Yankees or Celtics closing their doors ... out west in Sacramento Melody Gutierrez talks about the fact that Houston is one of four of the eight original WNBA franchises to fold and what it means from a Monarchs perspective ... Gary Washburn in Seattle doesn't foresee any ripple effects for the Storm ... in San Antonio, Greg Barr looks at the issues from a business perspective, while Mike Monroe and Terrence Thomas report that the Silver Stars won't follow the Comets into that good night ... the Houston Press wasn't very kind to the Comets and lists (tongue in cheek) the 7 things the city will miss about the Comets ...
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Comets Close Doors
First things first, the Houston Comets folded yesterday. The franchise that dominated the first four WNBA seasons, winning four consecutive titles with the help of three Olympic gold medalists in Cynthia Cooper, Sheryl Swoopes and Tina Thompson, is no longer in operation. Mechelle Voepel writes that it wasn't a shock and believes the league will survive. People are chatting about it in the blogosphere and there's a chance that if a new owner (the league has been running the team for the past few months) steps up, the team could be ressurected for the 2010 season. But for now, there will be no Comets basketball in 2009. The dispersal draft will take place Dec. 8.
Men's U18 Roundup
Slam previews the 2009 Hoophall Classic, which is played over Martin Luther King weekend and this year will feature Dominic Cheek, David Wear and Travis Wear, teammates on the 2008 USA U18 National Team. The News & Observer notes that Ryan Kelly has hit a double-double in each of his first three games this season and is currently ranked third on his school's all-time scoring list with 1,274 points. Already making a name for himself at college is Kemba Walker, who earns praise from Jeff Jacobs for his speed and agility, not to mention his hoop skills he brought to UConn and is sharpening up for Big East play.
Canada wants to host the 2014 Youth Olympics, but only after getting some more insight into what the IOC wants it to focus on - top notch athletes or more of a cultural flair?t