New Rutgers head coach Mike Rice continues to bring in the top players from New Jersey and the surrounding area for visits.
The same week that Kadeem Jackunofficially toured campus, 6-foot-8 forward LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center came to Piscataway.
“I took a visit out there,” Ross said Friday by phone on his way to Los Angeles for the Pangos all-american camp. “It was good. I liked the campus a lot and the new coaches over there.
I talked to the head coach and the assistants and I played.” To read more of this story, click here
Renardo Sidney said he will return to Mississippi State next season even after the NCAA on Friday fined him and ruled him ineligible for this season and part of next.
“Yes I am comeing (sic) back to b a bulldog next year :)” Sidney put on his Facebook status Friday night.
Sidney, a 6-foot-10 Mississippi State freshman who has not played this season while the NCAA investigated his case, was declared ineligible for the rest of this season and 30 percent of next year and fined $11,800 for “benefits received from preferential treatment.”
Mississippi State said it would appeal the decision.
When I caught up with Rider coach Tommy Dempsey Saturday morning, he was enjoying a celebratory breakfast at Memphis International Airport.
Dempsey and the Rider Broncs pulled off the biggest win in program history Friday night when they went into Starkville and beat defending Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State, 88-74.
The win happened on the same night the No. 18 Bulldogs raised the banner from their 2008-09 SEC championship.
“I have to say it’s got to rank up there,” Dempsey said by phone. “It’s the first win over a nationally-ranked program as far as we can tell. It’s certainly the biggest win in recent history.” To read more of this story, click here
Maryland coach Gary Williams, who took a lot of heat last year for his supposed failures in recruiting, received a one-year extension through 2013.
“I’m pleased for Gary that he met the competitive and academic benchmarks of his contract,” said Maryland AD Deborah Yow. “The 2009-10 season has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory.”
Williams, recently voted onto the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is the winningest coach in Maryland history and enters the season with a 418-229 mark in his previous 20 seasons in College Park. To read more of this story, click here
Roscoe Smith, a 6-7 small forward out of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, will visit Duke unofficially Sept. 6, according to his father, Brian Thompson
Thompson said the following schools are recruiting his son and would have in-home visits: UConn, Duke, UCLA, Maryland, Georgetown, Florida and Kentucky.
“I’m going to pick out the school that I’m going to commit to going on the middle of my Oak Hill season,” Roscoe, the No. 31 player in the Rivals150 and the No. 6 SF in the Class of 2010, told me earlier this month at the Boost Mobile event in New York.
He said he transferred to Oak Hill to improve and prepare for college.
Looks like Thursday was a bad day all around for basketball coaches connected to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
About 12 hours before Rick Pitino held a defiant press conference in which he took aim at the media and Karen Sypher, former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with drunken driving.
Here’s the video, courtesy WLEX-18 in Lexington, Kentucky.
Police dispatcher Todd Sparrow said Lawrenceburg police arrested Gillispie and took him to the nearby Franklin County Regional Jail.
WLEX-TV in Lexington reported that Gillispie was pulled over in a white Mercedes with Texas tags around 2:45 a.m. after someone reported seeing the car driving erratically. To read more of this story, click here