Friday, March 17, 2006

2006 all-star games

Want to get an early look at what we'll see on the floor next fall for the basketball team? Maryland recruits will be playing in two local all-star tournaments the Capital Classic and the Charm City Challenge.

The Capital Classic is an institution in the Washington area and I encourage everyone who can to go and support this event. When Michael Jordan came to town he not only screwed up the Wizards with his colossal ego but he almost ruined this storied tournament. When Jordan was here it became the Jordan Capital Classic and Nike threw it's media machine and money behind the tournament. When things soured between Jordan and the Wizards he took he ball and went home. He now has a competing tournament in New York City. You can find ticket information in the link above. Maryland recruits Greivis Vasquez and Eric Hayes will play in this event for the capital team along with Virginia Tech signee Nigel Munson. The national team will feature recruits from many major schools including Jamil Tucker from Virginia, William Graves from UNC, Josue Soto from FSU and former Maryland target Jerome Dyson.

The Charm City Challenge will feature all four Maryland recruits for the 2006 class and, along with Hayes and Vasquez, Landon Milbourne and Jerome Burney will all play on the "national" team. Eric Hayes' father Kendall Hayes, the recently retired coach of Potomac high school, will coach that team. Other ACC recruits include Dwayne Collins from Miami, along with Jamie Skeen and LD Williams from Wake Forest. That game is unfortunately in Towson. I'm going to try to make one or both games to give my readers a report on this important class of recruits.

NCAA notes

Syracuse and Oklahoma made early exits as I thought they would and Tennessee and Indiana both escaped by slim margins. I think UCLA will have a better run than I thought they would.

George Washington was down 18 points to UNC-Wilmington before a flurry of points and turnovers allowed them to tie the game and then win in overtime. Their total inability to defend in the half court was plain to see as John Goldsberry sliced and diced them for 9 assists and 14 points. When they started pressing and trapping Wilmington didn't adjust and the great ball movement they showed in the half court disappeared. I'd be shocked if Duke didn't blow out the Colonials.

The Big East has been a big bust so far as both Syracuse and Seton Hall were bounced from the tournament.

Let's not view the shellacking that Seton Hall got at the hands of Missouri Valley Conference no-name Wichita State as a vindication of the Mid-Major conferences. Seton Hall is the same team that got trashed by NIT participant Rutgers in the Big East tournament and last time I checked Wichita State was the higher seed. They should have won the game, folks.

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