Thursday, September 27, 2007

New and Notes

I'm shocked, shocked that there is cheating going on at Florida State.

A high school sophomore announced he intends to commit to North Carolina two years from now. Kendall Marshall, a highly regarded point guard prospect, picked the Tarheels over Connecticut, Georgetown and Ohio State among others. They had better hope that Ty Lawson is a four year player because if he leaves early it will be very hard for UNC to recruit a top point guard talent to replace him with Marshall waiting in the wings.

Former Maryland target Duke Crews was suspended indefinitely from Tennessee's basketball team for unspecified reasons.

Carmelo Anthony now has a basketball facility named after him at Syracuse after having played only one season at the university. I wonder how many other buildings on the campus are named after people who didn't even graduate and appeared in "stop snitchn" videos. That Carmelo is a classy guy.

Shooting guard Anthony Gurley has transferred from Wake Forest to UMass. Gurley was shaken by the death of Skip Prosser in the off season and wanted to be closer to his family in Massachusetts. Gurley was ranked the 58th player overall in the 2006 recruiting class and was a 4-star rated talent. This is the latest in a transfer exodus from the Deacon's program that started before Prosser's untimely passing. Forward Kevin Swinton, PF Casey Crawford, and PG Shamaine Dukes have all transferred since the end of that season. That leaves only two out of the original four players in the 2005 class and four out of the original six in the 2006 class. With the departure of Gurley and the graduation of Michael Drum it leaves Wake very thin at shooting guard. Incumbent Harvey Hale, with 18 starts last season, will need some help from someone off the bench, perhaps freshman Gary Clark or Jeff Teague. Unless one of them surprises the lack of depth from the transfers and graduation will make it another rough season for Wake Forest.

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