Calipari Offers Tilton Duo; Recruiting Roundup

By ALEX KLINE

John Calipari always has a nitch for finding some of the best young talent. The Kentucky head coach did it again Thursday when he found his latest two recruits.

2013 6-foot-10 center Nerlens Noel (pictured courtesy Boston Herald) and 2014 6-foot-4 small forward Wayne Selden are both teammates at Tilton, a small private school in New Hampshire. With a team that features more than seven or eight potential high major players, Calipari has his work cut out for him as he went to watch workouts.

About an hour after the practice ended, Selden notified me by text, “Calipari just watched our scrimmage and he offered.” The same situation went for Noel, a top five player in his class.

“It feels nice to be offered by anyone, so this is just a pleasure,” said Selden, a Boston native. “I think Kentucky is a nice school and they have had some real good players come out of there in recent years.”

A 2014 star, Selden has already attracted some big schools.

“I’ve got offers from UConn, Pittsburgh and Boston College,” he stated. “I don’t have any favorites just yet, I have a few more years of high school left.”

The forward who attacks the rim at will aspires to go to the NBA and Calipari is the perfect coach for that.

“Kentucky has done it for players like John Wall, DeMarcus Cousins and a few others, but I’m nowhere near that level yet.”

As for Noel, the star center was originally a member of the 2012 class until an injury made him sit out for a long period of time last year. After coming to a decision to reclassify, the big inside presence has become a hot commodity and is hearing from schools like Syracuse, Florida, Georgetown, Kansas and UConn.

“Kentucky is a good school,” he stated. “They have pros that go in and out and are consistently running with a deep team in the tournament. I’m very appreciative and humble about the scholarship offer and will keep working.”

The Tilton team has a number of players from the famous BABC, Boston Amateur Basketball Club, AAU team. They also feature up and coming 2012 forward Georges Niang, Rhode Island commit Dominique Bull and Goodluck Okonoboh.

RECRUITING RUNDOWN

Dominic Hoffman, a 6-foot-7 forward out of Gill St. Bernard in New Jersey made his verbal commitment to Bucknell Thursday night after taking an unofficial visit. “Just walking around campus today and hanging out with the team, and then playing a few pickup games with them really put it over the top for me,” he said of the Bison. “The coaches are great.” He chose Bucknell over Lafayette, Penn and Rider, among others.

Former Oklahoma commit Richard Peters of Westwind Prep in Arizona, who decommitted last Sunday, has been contacted by a number of schools regarding his recruitment. According to him, “Davidson, Alabama, Minnesota, Seton Hall, Georgia, Louisiana Tech, Marquette, Washington, Washington State and Indiana” have all expressed interest. Coaches from Georgia, Marquette, Indiana, Arizona, Auburn, Washington and Washington State, including Ken Bone and Lorenzo Romar, will attend a Friday workout at Westwind.

New Missouri head coach Frank Haith is on the recruiting trail once again. This time, he was watching 2011 shooting guard Tony Kimbro of Jeffersontown in Kentucky. Kimbro, once considered a strong lock to Marquette, chose to remain open.

St. Patrick senior shooting guard Chris Martin plans to visit VCU and UAB within the next two weeks.

Tennessee, Providence, South Carolina and Dayton are the latest schools to express interest in 2011 Brewster (NH) guard Eli Carter, according to his coach Jason Smith.

Oklahoma State is now involved with 6-8 NIA Prep forward Ryan Rhoomes, and Rutgers is back in the mix for 6-5 NIA wing Kelvin Amayo. New Towson coach Pat Skerry was at NIA Thursday, and offered Amayo and 6-5 SG Deon Maddox.

Here is a list of some notable weekend visitors:
2011 forward Dominique McKoy and South Carolina transfer Ramon Galloway will be visiting La Salle.
La Salle transfer Aaric Murray will be visiting Oklahoma State.
2011 guard Tyler Hubbard will take an official visit Loyola.
2011 forward Casey Carroll is already on an official visit to Drexel.
2011 forward Otto Porter will take an official visit to Georgetown.
2011 guard DaVonte Beard is on an official visit to Siena.

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47 comments
Aram Ciamician
Aram Ciamician

I hope they will be back. There is a change of control clause in the so called iron-clad agreement signed. So there is hope. No matter who or how the ball was dropped by the Nassau County politicians, in the long run the futility of a few politicians today should not deter this team from coming back in the future when those delinquent politicians are long gone.

tpjm
tpjm

The comments in that article in Newsday are very good.  Mangano and the dopey repubs are getting hammered.  Uncle T is kicking butt and taking names there.

puckdad99
puckdad99

Maybe I'm dreaming, but I'd still love to see an arena at Flushing Meadow. Still gets the NYC/Manhattan corporate crowd while not abandoning the Nassau/Suffolk fan base; the most centrally located spot anywhere in the greater NY area for the 5 boroughs, Nassau/Suffolk, NJ, Westchester fans; a new arena could be built for hockey not b-ball; higher seating capacity; convenient to public transportation and highways; land is available there; plenty of parking already in place; etc, etc. 

Other than the fact that it makes all the sense in the world for a new arena to be located there, why else is this not being done?

caseysdad
caseysdad

@puckdad99 Puck, and a radio contract that all NY can receive, and not hope to even get the game coverage liker the present by carrier pigeon.

Steve Chong
Steve Chong

If the Islanders raise a stink about the obstructed seats at Barclays, chances are the NYC will do way more to accommodate them before Nassau ever steps in.

WestCoastFan
WestCoastFan

This is a pointless blog entry.  There wouldn't be any indication to the NHL at this time, because nobody knows what's going to happen.  Yes, it's a 25 year lease.  A lease is a contract.  Guess what?  Contracts can be amended by the contracting parties to modify any term thereof, at any time.  Plus there's a 5 year out clause, which can be exercised.  No-one knows what's going to happen.  

tpjm
tpjm

@WestCoastFan WRONG.  Show us where it says NYI can leave Barclays after 5 years. If you're referring to the dopey NY Post article it NEVER says that. What was written can be interpreted as the contract being re-negotiated for the guaranteed revenue Barclays pays NYI. Nothing more. And both parties have to agree.  It NEVER says NYI can leave Barclays.

John Niemczyk
John Niemczyk

rather them play in a 13000 seat arena with great site lines  than a 15000 seat arena with bad and obstructed seats....

isles23
isles23

Unfortunately the revenue stream of the team says differently. I will miss my seats at NVMC dearly but if a poorer arena for viewing hockey means a greater potential for a better product on the ice than so be it. Isn't that what we all want in the end? A good hockey team to watch?

puckdad99
puckdad99

Can someone provide me with an informed, factually supported statement on why the Islanders could not stay in the NVMC, which could have been renovated in the off-season, or worse case, renovate it over 18 months and play at Barclay's just one season during the renovation? 

I don't want to hear opinions or subjectivity, I've heard plenty of that, just the facts, Mam.

Thank you.

isles23
isles23

Puck, unfortunately I don't think the answer you seek exists. Its always going to involve someone's opinion of what they think happened and why it happened.

The best unpartial answer I can give is this; two plans were given neither worked out and they couldnt come up with a third. Wang couldve done a scaled down LHP and, as we are seeing, the county/town don't need the the owner to do a renovation so why wasn't a plan like this put into place years ago. As I've said all along, plenty of blame to go around.

puckdad99
puckdad99

@isles23 

OK, thanks 23. I think I'll do some Googling to educate myself more on the issue.

Mike T.
Mike T.

@puckdad99 Because every proposal to build or refurbish to an NHL quality arena has been shot down to date.  When the request for proposals went out for the site after the Isles announced the move to Barclays, all proposals, including the one chosen included a scaled down arena.  The current approved building, and the one that the entity funding it has agreed to build will have about 13K seats and will not be an "NHL building."

Bryan Ammirati
Bryan Ammirati

OK because they signed a 25 year lease to play at the Barclay Center. People are delusional when they leave there gone there not coming back to a less populated area with less seats and less boxes.

tpjm
tpjm

@puckdad99 Nassore/TOH didn't want to pay - simple as that.

Todd David Ferrell
Todd David Ferrell

@isles23 One thing I think you missed was is the value of renovating the NVMC. The cost to make it a modern NHL caliber arena  is much more than what they plan to do.

erika
erika

I don't think Mangano is that crazy at all.

First of all, the same main cogs that are involved with Barckley's will be involved with renovating the barn. I also don't think it was a coincidence that this group got the nod over many others. I have no doubt the Isles will play in Brooklyn for a while, but it is totally possible that at some point the Isles can return to Nassau.

To say it will never happen because Daily has no knowledge of it, and no one informed him is just silly over zealous journalism. Of course no one told him this is the plan...because right now...it is NOT!

The Isles will play 6 home games at the renovated coli, and  will have their minor league team here. The ties will still be here, if they come back in the future depends on how they are drawing in Brooklyn, and how successful they can be. 

I am looking forward for the Isles to play in the state of the art arena and being successful, both these things will lead to exposure and better marketing for the team. Yes, I will miss my 20 min or less commute to the Coli, and being so close to the ice that I get splashed with ice shavings when a player skates by! 

So let's enjoy our team...no matter where they play. As long as they are icing a competitive team that plays hard for us, we should support them, no matter where they play, and hey...you can call me crazy Erika all you want, but I would not rule out a comeback...albeit, not in a few years, anyway. 

Isleguy27
Isleguy27

@erika Where did you read that the NYI will play 6 home games at a renovated coliseum?

Mike T.
Mike T.

@Isleguy27 @erika Don't count on those six regular season games happening.  Although they were in Ratner's proposal, no one has ever confirmed that there is a formal agreement to that effect in place.  Even if there were, it would still need to be approved by the league, the other owners and the players association.  Plus, when that "understanding" was reached, Wang was the majority owner.  He will not be when the refurbishment is finished.  So, while it could happen, I would not bank on it.  If I had to guess, I would bet that the refurbished Coliseum hosts a number of preseason games, and at most, one or two regular season games per year, if any.

tpjm
tpjm

@erika WRONG erika. Ratner has incentive to keep the renovated NVMC small as to not compete with Barclays. There is more money in Barclays than NVMC and they will never return. Barclays is waiting for NYI to put them over the top financially, they won't relinquish that.


NYI will never play 6 home games at NVMC.  To give up all that suite revenue, club seat revenue and to go from 15,800 seats in Barclays to 13,000 at nvmc with few suites is big money lost for Barclays. Plus the logistics for Barclays season tix holders would be unrealistic. That was just lip service by Ratner to win the bid.  Plus the other NHL clubs won't approve it. It's a conflict of interest with different markets as then in Cali LA, ANA and San Jose could play in different places in the same region.  Will never work.


I luv ya erika but you're crazy.  They're never coming back to nassore. But yes support NYI wherever they play. Which LOSERS like tag and Bosstrots won't do as they purposely won't attend games at Barclays when they could.  They're not real NYI fans but you are.

Todd David Ferrell
Todd David Ferrell

@erika They would be nuts to come back and play any games. The loss of revenue out weighs any sentimentality.

tpjm
tpjm

What a shock! Somebody tell Crazy Eddie and his crazy believers the NHL laughs at them.

As it says in the article, the new owners bought the team with the expectation it would be in BROOKLYN!  The pol who said the ship has sailed on NYI returning to nassore after they squandered the opportunity had it right.

jrjr
jrjr

i love the fact that there have been 20 sellouts this season. love the team doing great and making lots of noise. kate murray, ed magano and jay jacobs should be ashamed of themselves. corruption in the political process in Nassau has led to this situation. the three above names will forever be remembered for losing the islanders. how does it feel jay, kate and ed? yours is the legacy of a scumbag. 


Congrats on the Islanders for a great season so far. F nassau county. take the winning ways to a new arena in brooklyn. Im stoked for brooklyn.

tpjm
tpjm

@jrjr BINGO!  I'm stoked for BROOKLYN too!  (in case nobody knew - LOL)

vegasvlo
vegasvlo

Long island just move on and except your mistake by letting the Islanders leave. Maybe one day you will learn from this major mistake. Hellllllooooooooooo Brooklyn

elephant
elephant

Wow, this is surprising. I thought Ed Mangano was going to put on his shining armor and personally move the Islanders back to a 13,000-seat building! NHL must be oblivious...

puckdad99
puckdad99

@elephant 

I'm no architect or engineer, but why exactly can't they renovate the place with at least a 15,000 seat capacity?

Greg Johnson
Greg Johnson

Thats too bad. Holding out hope. Heard the barclays is solely built for hoops... Hockey will have seats angled wrong way (because the hoops court is smaller than ice rink), the scoreboard will be over a blue line (same reason)...

tpjm
tpjm

It brings in more revenue and beats KC or Quebec.

bubbamac19
bubbamac19

I'd love for the Isles to play here, but this topic is getting old. People forget that it's about more than building capacity - the business plan does not work in Nassau County, with or without suites and all the rest of it. Barclays = guaranteed money in (I've read $25M, others on here say significantly more), NVMC = money out (lease, rent, taxes, etc.). Sad but true. The opportunity for the county and the TOH to amend/extend the lease to compete with the likes of Barclays and have the team stay passed long ago.

Mike T.
Mike T.

I know that there are a lot of Islanders fans who want the team to return to Nassau more than anything.  However, Mangano's speech was little more than a bunch of political blathering.  The Islanders are not going to be moving back to a 12-13k seat arena, and that is what has been approved, and what is being constructed.  The Town of Hempstead and Nassau County screwed this team over and now as a quality team leaves town, the politicians are seeking cover. 

WoodsideNative
WoodsideNative

@Mike T. Where was this guy when Wang wanted to make his changes? Modern arenas are 16-18 thousand and he hopes they'd come back for 13? Imagine the ticket prices so they could pay the players, etc.? Like it or not they will be the Brooklyn Islanders (I know, they're keeping NY) and we'll just have to get used to it.. Will be easier if they keep winning.

elephant
elephant

@WoodsideNative ... Even 18,000 is on the small side for a modern arena. 20,000+ is more the standard now. End Mangano is either on another planet or completely lying out of his rectum. Probably both...

tpjm
tpjm

@Don22 He's a nassore politician. Worst kind ever.

Hi Don!

Don22
Don22

@elephant He's a politician.  He can't help himself.   

Ronnie Kind
Ronnie Kind

New arena plans have not been submitted. Maybe they were waiting to see how their ticket sales for Barclay would be , which I am told are ot great. Sure Nassau blew it , but if it doesnt pay for Brooklyn to have them- anything is possible.

isles23
isles23

The guy that is renovating the building has said he doesn't believe it would work for pro sports. He's the one developing the plan. I'm going to miss the team on LI but if they do move back it won't be in a Coliseum renovated by Ratner, it would have to be something father down the line.

Jim Kulhawy
Jim Kulhawy

Not going to happen. The new coliseum will seat around 13K and there is NO WAY that the NHL approves a move to a venue that small...Nassau had more than their share of opportunity to keep the Isles, they blew it...