Wednesday, December 28, 2005

New basketball commit

As far as I know it was broken first by a loyal reader of this blog that junior F Kenny Belton, formerly of Salem, Virginia and now at Greensboro Dudley High in North Carolina, has accepted a scholarship offer from Maryland. The 6-7, 220 lbs combo forward had been gathering interest from some ACC schools but this news seems to have caught the recruiting services by surprise as none of them even had Belton listed as a Maryland prospect.

The Roanoke Times is also reporting this story, Salem is a suburb of Roanoke. I expect Belton to play power forward with his solid frame and post oriented offense. He averaged 14.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and shot 52% from the floor as a sophomore. He played on the Boo Williams AAU team with Maryland commit Eric Hayes and other high 2006 talent like Vernon Macklin, Duke Crews, Scotty Reynolds and Chris Wright. With many of those players being seniors Belton will get his chance to shine if he stays with Boo. I wouldn't be surprised to see Belton blossom like Duke Crews did this past year. Crews wasn't highly regarded until he started tearing up the AAU circuit with tenacious rebounding and defense. I'm not sure Belton will have that kind of blastoff but he will be a higher ranked recruit by the end of this school year.

ACC Notes
Looks like Virginia Tech will redshirt about half their team. Forward Wynton Witherspoon who has been battling a stress fracture in his foot will likely sit out the rest of this season. Robert Krabbendam, a reserve center who hasn't played at all this season with a knee injury will try to see if he can play effectively in the next few games before making a decision on redshirting. Not a good position with a bunch of ACC games coming up. Also reserve forward Terrance Vinson is also likely to redshirt. This makes an already thin Hokie team even more depleted. Don't expect them to compete for an NCAA bid. The ACC schedule will wear them down and you'll likely see another second half swoon like last season.

Tune to ESPN
On Saturday. Gonzaga will be playing St. Joes at 6pm in a game that will be shown on ESPN. If you are a fan of college basketball you must watch Adam Morrison any chance you can get. Once they get into the WCC schedule they likely won't be on national tv much so watch this maestro while you can. Watching him fight like a gladiator against John Calipari's Memphis mercenaries was a treat last night. If Batista or Raivio had done better than 8-25 from the floor the Zags would have won on Memphis' home floor.

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