Saturday, April 17, 2010

Anderson spurns Oregon

Missouri's Mike Anderson has spurned an offer by Oregon to be it's next head coach.

Nike officials want big name; Oregon hierarchy want good coach.

Tennessee making late push for Selby

Earlier this week, we reported that Josh Selby would commit to Kansas, and at this point, according to various sources, we still feel that to be the case.

That said, in recent days (about the last 35 hours), Tennessee has made it's way into contention with Selby with connections outside of Bruce Pearl. There has been some scuttle that Tennessee may in fact land the guard, who parents aren't fond of the Flex Offense that is implemented by Pearl and Tennessee. Could Selby land in Tennessee? Possibly, but not probable.

At this point, the signs that I feel are the strongest point to Kansas. But with recruiting, everything is fluid and a kid can change his mind - remember that.

I am expecting some more information in the next hour, and will update you then.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Selby, Lamb, Leslie Update

Josh Selby has told the Kansas staff that he wants to play for the Jayhawks. We expect him to choose Kansas, but with recruiting, anything can happen.

Doron Lamb will commit to Kentucky tomorrow during the Jordan Game, in similar fashion as Selby to Kansas. A lot of people thought Kentucky had cooled on Lamb and that he may have been Kansas-bound, but Calipari put focus on Knight as PG and Lamb as SG and landed the tandam he wanted.

CJ Leslie is a little blurry. He seemed all but a lock for Kentucky at one point, but reports recently are saying he may instead go back to NC State. In my opinion, I would say 50/50. My sources around Leslie aren't as positive what his decision is compared to other players.

We'll have an update on Quincy Miller, Marquis Teague, and Tony Wroten Jr. in the next few days, and I may update tonight on Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Knight commits to Kentucky

Brandon Knight has told the Kentucky coaches he will wear blue next year.

Brandon will make a public announcement at 4:00est.

Source: Oregon wants Anderson

Oregon looks like it will offer their head coaching job to Missouri's Mike Anderson. Oregon has swung and missed at several big names, and I think it continues here.

I expect Anderson to turn this job down and wouldn't be surprised if he left for Arkansas next year, when I think it will open up.

Ray McCallum will sign with father

Ray McCallum will sign with his father's team, Detroit University.

Not that it is any surprise.

Memphis offers Thornton

Memphis has sent an offer to Marcus Thornton, Mr. Basketball in Georgia. Thornton has offers from Memphis, Kentucky, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and others.

More in a few...

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Josh Selby to Kansas

Josh Selby, the highly-rated PG/SG will commit to Kansas on Saturday at the Jordan Brand Classic.

More in a few.

Aziz N'diaye commits to UDub

Running behind guys... here is a little news.

Aziz N'diaye has committed to Washington and Lorenzo Romar.

Brandon Knight; Gilchrist to announce tomorrow

Brandon Knight, the #1 player in Rivals ranking for 2010, and Mike Gilchrist, the #1 player in Rivals ranking for 2011, will make their commitment tomorrow, Wednesday, the 14th.

As we said earlier, Knight will commit to Kentucky. It's all but done there.

Mike Gilchrist will decide between Kentucky and Villanova. Some "analyst" are saying Villanova, but it's not the case. Gilchrist and his connection with WWW will commit to Calipari.

More in a bit.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Lamb, Selby, & Knight Update

This weekend has been exciting for the fans of recruiting. A lot of juicy information has been leaked around to a few people and this is what I have got for you:

Josh Selby is all but signed to Kansas. He and his family liked Calipari at Kentucky, but the Kentucky coach has his eyes set on Brandon Knight (more on that later). Selby would be a great fit for any program, but would really thrive in the DDMO. That said, unless something drastic happens, Selby will commit to Kansas Saturday after Knight commits to his school on Wednesday.

Brandon Knight will commit to Kentucky on Wednesday. This has been rumored for some time that Kentucky led for the services of Knight and in a couple of days, it will be official.

Doron Lamb has been off the radar a bit compared to Selby and Knight, but now Lamb's name is picking up steam as reports are surfacing he is deciding between Kentucky, West Virginia, and Kansas. First, we'll say that Calipari has targeted Knight and Lamb above Selby. Kentucky's coach believes he will land Knight, and wants to land Lamb as well. Rumors that we're hearing says Kentucky is in prime seating to land Lamb, with better odds than both Kansas and West Virginia. It's not quite safe to say yet, but Kentucky appears to be in front at this moment in time.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Terrence Jones: Where is he going?

I've been out checking out the action this weekend and haven't updated in a while, but I have got some good new scoop for you all:

Terrence Jones, a McDonald's All-American, who was considering Kentucky, Oregon, Washington and Oklahoma, among others, may now have a leader. Over the weekend, I learned that Jones is likely bound for Calipari and Kentucky. This may be a surprise to you that expected it to be west coast for Jones. That said, I can say pretty confidently that Jones will commit to Kentucky.


I spelled Terrence's name with an A instead of an E. I apologize!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Cornell's Donahue to Boston College

Hearing that Cornell's Steve Donahue will be hired to replace Al Skinner at Boston College.

School is scheduled to make an announcement sometime Wednesday.

Check back for more.

2011 Recruiting: Marquis Teague

Marquis Teague will not make a decision at the Boo Williams event this weekend, like previously reported, sources tell CollegeCarousel.

Teague, considering Louisville, Kentucky, Indiana, Cincinnati, and Purdue, is considered one of the "big three" in the 2011 class with Mike Gilchrist and Quincy Miller.

Numerous sources tell us that the final decision will come down to Louisville and Kentucky. Reports indicated that with Pitino's extension at Louisville, it all but guaranteed Teague to Louisville - but not so fast. By exploring back channels, CollegeCarousel believes that Kentucky, not Louisville, may actually lead for the services of Teague.

At this point, smart money is on Louisville and Kentucky.

DePaul - what's happening?

DePaul University has targeted the big guys, only to be spurned numerous times.

There were rumors that Rod Strickland, a DePaul alum and Kentucky assistant coach, could land at DePaul. Those rumors don't appear to be completely true, but we do have some information that could be valuable.

We're hearing that a certain ACC Coach could make the move to DePaul and it could happen as early as the morning. It is very probable that Clemson's Oliver Purnell moves from the Tigers to the DePaul program if everything works out according to plan.

Check back later for official word.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Duke or Butler?

At about midnight tonight, we'll have a new champion of college basketball. Who will it be? Butler, the Cinderella and "America's team" will play the favored Duke Blue Devils, who strolled to the title game.

The smart money would appear to be on Duke, but you can't discount the close wins Butler has had - Syracuse, Michigan State, and Kansas State. I wouldn't be surprised either way, but I do feel that Duke has more offensive power than what Butler can handle.

I'm heart says Butler, but my head says Duke.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Pitino's staff cut in half?

Rick Pitino's Louisville staff may have a different look next season.

Sources tell CollegeCarousel that assistant Ralph Willard, who came to Louisville last year after being the head coach at Holy Cross, could return back to Worcester this season, after they fired his replacement.

Also hearing that Louisville assistant Steve Masiello could interview for the Iona job, which was opened after Kevin Willard left for greener pastures. Masiello is not necessarily the leading candidate, which also includes Norm Roberts, who was fired by St. John's, and Richard Pitino, Rick's son who is an assistant at Florida.