Thursday, July 2, 2009

Basketball Diaries

It's that time of year where nothing happens. My brain is fried, the Phillies are pissing me off, and I'm hours away from a 3-day holiday weekend. So when Dime posted this video, it gave me something put up here:

Oh, and The Big Lead directed me to this post, which ranks Villanova as the second-best recruiting class for next season, behind Kentucky and just ahead of UNC:

2. Villanova Wildcats (Coach: Jay Wright)

Coach Jay Wright reached a Final Four in March and now has put together the best recruiting class in the Big East led by two top-notch guards and two big men with supreme upside. Mouphtaou Yarou may take a year or two to develop but has a physical body/presence and will turn into one of the most effective forwards in the conference. Two Philly-area guards (and both McDonald’s All-Americans) join Yarou in this tremendous class. Dominic Cheek is an advanced shooter with a quick handle and Maalik Wayns is a rough-and-tumble point guard in the Randy Foye mode who will compliment Scottie Reynolds and Corey Fisher very well. 6’8 forward Isaiah Armwood definitely has to develop but could become a player.

3. North Carolina Tar Heels (Coach: Roy Williams)

You had to know that North Carolina would reload right away. Losing four starters from last year’s championship team will be an easier transition with this exceptional recruiting class led by lanky forward John Henson. He’s a top-notch passing big man with great penetration ability and a decent mid-range jumper but adding some more muscle will be beneficial. David and Travis Wear are two California twins are also big men who can shoot and will help Williams off the bench. Dexter Strickland may be more of a 2-guard but is so skilled scoring-wise that he may pose a threat to Larry Drew III at the point guard spot. Leslie McDonald is only an afterthought on a few classes and this is one of them- he’s a big guard who plays well around the perimeter.

BallHype: hype it up!

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