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Posted on: September 16, 2011 11:40 am
 

Jakarr Sampson in a holding pattern

By Jeff Borzello

Jakarr Sampson was the most highly-touted of the nine St. John’s newcomers, ranking in the top 40 by nearly every outlet.

Of course, on Thursday, he was also one of three Red Storm freshmen ruled ineligible for the first semester by the NCAA.

The 6-foot-8 forward from Ohio has not decided on his next move yet.

“Nothing definitive as of yet,” Don Anderson, his former AAU coach, said.

There are a few options: he could head back to Brewster Academy (N.H.) for another prep year, or he could go to a different prep school and take classes in order to get cleared as soon as possible.

Since Sampson never officially enrolled at St. John’s, he can still go back to St. John’s or any Big East school if he does another year at Brewster. Had he enrolled, he would be ineligible to go to a Big East college – including St. John’s – if he did another prep year.

Anderson also cleared up rumors that Sampson has opened up his recruitment.

“No he hasn’t,” Anderson said.

Looks like this will be a situation that continues to evolve.

Posted on: September 16, 2011 10:10 am
Edited on: September 16, 2011 10:18 am
 

Someone tell Mullin and Wennington not to worry

By Jeff Goodman

By now, you probably know that St. John's hyped freshman class, the one that was ranked just behind Kentucky and Duke, took a significant hit on Thursday.

Three guys - all considered Top 100 players - didn't qualify to play this semester. Amir Garrett's father told CBSSports.com that his son Amir, a two-sport star who intends to play minor league baseball in the summer, will take classes in the fall with the hope of suiting up for the Red Storm in December.

Norvel Pelle may do the same, but JaKarr Sampson - according to a source - is leaning towards heading back to prep school, where he could re-open his recruitment.

Now the Red Storm Nine are down to a half-dozen. Two of them are junior college kids, one is Chicago guard Phil Greene and the other three are highly regarded, consensus Top 100 high schoolers: Sir'Dominic Pointer, Maurice Harkless and D'Angelo Harrison.

Let's face it: St. John's was going to take their lumps this year, anyway.

Steve Lavin has already proven he can get players - and he'll continue to get them.

This was a setback, but I wouldn't push the panic button if I were, say, Chris Mullin, Mark Jackson, Bill Wennington or just an ordinary St. John's fan.

This season will be rough as the Red Storm will not only be young, but they'll also lack depth. That's a brutal combination in a league as unforgiving to inexperience as the Big East.

But there were only so many minutes, anyway, and now Pointer, Harkless and Harrison will gobble up the majority of them - instead of having to split them with the JUCO kids and also Sampson, Pelle and Garrett.

There's still a chance, at least according to Darrow Garrett, that his son and Pelle wind up in uniform for the second semester. Sampson is a big-time athlete and many have him ranked highest of the entire class, but he's still not a program-changer. He's a piece that would have certainly helped.

But The Johnnies will be fine. It's just going to take some time.
Posted on: September 15, 2011 5:58 pm
 

Plan remains the same for Amir Garrett

By Jeff Goodman

Amir Garrett’s plan remains the same.

Garrett, one of three St. John’s freshmen ruled academically ineligible by the NCAA on Thursday, still intends to play basketball for the Red Storm.

“He still has a chance,” Darrow Garrett, Amir’s father, said. “He will play at St. John’s in December. Mark my words.”

Garrett is a two-sport star who was selected in the 22nd round of the MLB draft this past June. He signed a contract with the Cincinnati Reds that included $1 million spread over five years.

Garrett’s father said the plan, if his son qualifies, would be to play with St. John’s in the spring and then play minor league baseball in the summer with the Reds. He also said Amir would take classes this semester in hopes of being cleared for the second semester.

“This time we’re going to be proactive with the NCAA,” Darrow Garrett said. “We’re going to get them everything they ask for as early as possible, but we’re optimistic everything will be taken care of and he will be able to play at St. John’s in December.”

Posted on: September 15, 2011 4:12 pm
Edited on: September 15, 2011 6:02 pm
 

Three St. John's freshmen ruled ineligible



By Gary Parrish and Jeff Goodman


Remember that highly ranked recruiting class that had St. John's fans excited?

It's the same class that now has the same fans disappointed.

Class of 2011 signees Amir Garrett, Jakarr Sampson and Norvel Pelle have all been declared ineligible by the NCAA, St. John's confirmed Thursday. The school is still hoping to get the talented trio through the NCAA Clearinghouse in time for the second semester, but it remains undetermined whether that'll actually happen. Meantime, a source told CBSSports.com on Thursday that Sampson, a 6-foot-7 wing, might now elect to return to where he played last season -- Brewster Academy.

Sampson and Garrett were both ranked in the Top 100 of CBSSports.com's Class of 2011 rankings.

Sampson was No. 55. Garrett was No. 89.

Photo: US PRESSWIRE
Posted on: September 9, 2011 2:20 pm
Edited on: September 9, 2011 2:28 pm
 

Kansas frosh lead list of those still up-in-air

By Jeff Goodman

Kevin Ware wasn't the only one who was awaiting his fate.

Louisville's freshman failed to meet NCAA initial eligibility requirements. The school received the news on Friday and Ware, a 6-foot-4 wing from Georgia, will attempt to become eligible for the spring semester.

CBSSports.com has learned that there are several other high-profile players who are still making their way through the NCAA clearinghouse due to academic concerns:

- Kansas freshmen Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson

- Arizona State's prized point guard Jahii Carson

- Ohio State's LaQuinton Ross

- St. John's frosh Amir Garrett and Norvel Pelle

- Maryland late signee, Ukraine native Olexiy Len

- DePaul's Macari Brooks


Bill Self told reporters on Thursday that Ben McLemore, Jamari Taylor and Braeden Anderson - three of his freshmen - have not been cleared to play. McLemore and Taylor are allowed to attend class while Anderson isn't on campus.

McLemore and Taylor both attended three schools while Anderson, according to sources, is being scrutinized for non-traditional classwork in which he was home-schooled.

Seven of Steve Lavin's nine freshmen have been cleared, but according to sources, he's still waiting for the NCAA to clear Garrett and Pelle. Both players are Top 100 players and finished summer school last week.

Carson, a consensus Top 50 recruit nationally, was a huge coup for Herb Sendek and the Sun Devils and is expected to run the team from day one in Tempe. Carson attended Mountain Pointe and Mesa High in Arizona and has yet to be cleared by the NCAA.

Another player whose status is unclear is that of Ross, another Top 50 player. The Ohio State freshman spent his first two seasons of high school in his home-state of Mississippi before transferring to Life Center in New Jersey for his junior and senior campaign.

Len is a 7-foot-1 Ukrainian who is being researched by the NCAA, according to sources, due to his background overseas.

Two more players in Scout.com's Top 100 didn't qualify: Chris Jones, who signed with Bruce Pearl's staff at Tennessee, is playing for former Vols assistant Steve Forbes in the junior college ranks at Northwest Florida State while Central Florida signee Michael Chandler is headed to prep school.

Brooks, a Chicago native who is a piece of Oliver Purnell's class that he is hopeful will help him rebuild the program, also attended multiple schools - including an alternative high school.

Notre Dame freshman Eric Katenda, who suffered a serious eye injury, still has not been cleared. However, Katenda is in no rush since the plan - according to a source - is for him to enroll for the second semester.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 1:32 pm
 

Reds sign St. John's freshman for $1 million

By Matt Norlander

Look: it's a college athlete that's going to get paid! Legally, too.

Not only is 6-foot-5 Amir Garrett a top-75 2011 recruit in hoops, he's also a heck of a baseball player. We've covered this before. And it -- the possibility that Garrett could get drafted into The Show -- was first brought into scope by Sports Illustrated in early June.

Soon after that Garrett was plucked by the Cincinnati Reds, and even then he said he'd play two sports going forward. Garrett went in the 22nd round back in June. Since then, it's been a waiting game. Garrett still hasn't registered for classes at St. John's, apparently, and because of that, Johnnies fans began to wonder if he'd choose to take the hardball route sooner rather than later.

But he also hadn't signed a contract yet, either, meaning he hadn't officially made his decision on whether or not he'd pursue baseball in addition to playing under Steve Lavin. The deadline for that decision was Aug. 15. Well, that was Monday, and it was then that Garrett was inked to a five-year, $1 million deal.
Yep. Million-dollar contract and getting to play college basketball all the while. Why's this so? I tracked down John Infante, who is the conduit for so many of us regular media folk's elementary understanding of many an NCAA bylaw. He told me this exception falls under bylaw 12.2.5, which states, "An individual shall be ineligible for participation in an intercollegiate sport if he or she has entered into any kind of agreement to compete in professional athletics, either orally or in writing, regardless of the legal enforceability of that agreement."

Infante said the key part of that bylaw stating "an intercollegiate sport" vs. "any sport."

Because Garrett's very talented in one doesn't preclude him from participating in another, regardless of if he makes money off his skill sets. This is a side of the NCAA that so often gets mocked, when in fact there are ways -- albeit rare ones -- for student-athletes to reap benefits while in school thanks to God-given abilities.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: August 8, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: August 8, 2011 9:08 am
 

Big East Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

Well, it’s just Jeff Borzello and I this week in this space – since Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander are out gallivanting somewhere.

That means, well, I’m going to have to try and pick it up a bit cause Borzello is busy with recruiting news and also trying to pick out a new wardrobe (I hope).

Anyway, here’s the Big East Offseason Report to get things started:

Big East Offseason Report

Cincinnati – The Bearcats will play in the Global Sports Shootout along with Marshall, Alabama State, Jacksonville State and Northwestern State. Mick Cronin’s team also has a non-league slate that includes contests at Georgia (12-2), at Xavier (12-10) and against Oklahoma.

Connecticut – Andre LaFleur left for Providence and Glen Miller was bumped up from director of basketball operations. Former GW head coach Karl Hobbs was brought on as the director of basketball administration. The defending champs will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas (Nov. 23-27) and also have non-league games vs. Arkansas (12-3), vs. Harvard (12-7), vs. Fairfield (12-22) and at Tennessee (1-21). Jamal Coombs-McDaniel transferred to Hofstra.

DePaul – The Blue Demons will head to France from Aug, 11-21. Josh Postorino left for Georgia Tech and Andy Farrell was promoted to take his spot as the director of basketball operation. Matt Fleming is the new video coordinator. Oliver Purnell’s team will play in the Old Spice Classic in Orlando and its top non-conference game is at home against Ole Miss (12-1) in the Big East/SEC challenge. Mike Bizoukas (Missouri ) transferred out and freshman Shane Larkin left prior to the start of the season. Donnavan Kirk is eligible this season after transferring from Miami and sitting out last year.

Georgetown – The Hoyas brought former assistant Kevin Broadus back as a special assistant and also added former star big man Othella Harrington in some sort of role. John Thompson III & Co. will travel to China on Aug. 13 and will also play in the Maui Invitational. Georgetown has non-league games at Alabama (12-1) and at home against Memphis (12-22). Jerrelle Benimon (Towson) and Vee Sanford (Dayton) both left the program.

Louisville – Rick Pitino’s staff has a different look. Ralph Willard retired, Steve Masiello got the head job at Manhattan and Tim Fuller left after just one season for Missouri. Pitino brought his son, Richard, back from Florida – and added Kevin Keatts (Hargrave Military Academy) and Wyking Jones (New Mexico). Mark Lieberman is now the director of basketball operations. The Cardinals are heading to the Bahamas from Aug. 10-14 and have a non-league slate that includes games at Butler (11-19), against Vanderbilt (12-2), vs. Memphis(12-17) and at Kentucky (12-31). George Goode (Missouri) left while Luke Hancock (George Mason) transferred in and will sit out this season.

Marquette – The Golden Eagles will play in the Paradise Jam and also face Washington (12-6) in the Jimmy V Classic in NYC. Buzz Williams’ team will also play at Wisconsin (12-3), at LSU (12-19) and against Vanderbilt (12-29) at home in the non-conference schedule. Eric Williams (Sam Houston State) left the program and Jamil Wilson is eligible this season after sitting out last year following transferring in from Oregon.

Notre Dame – The Irish will play in the CBE Classic, will play Maryland (12-4) in the BT&T Classic and will also play Indiana (12-17) in the Crossroad Classic in Indianapolis. Mike Brey’s team will also face Gonzaga (11-30) at home in the non-league slate. Garrick Sherman (Michigan State) will sit out this season after transferring into the program.

Pittsburgh – Pat Skerry left to become the head coach at Towson and was replaced by Bill Barton (Marshall). The Panthers will play in the Hoop Group Classic (11-25/26) and also have a non-league game at Tennessee (12-3). J.J. Richardson transferred to Houston.

Providence – Ed Cooley brought Bob Simon and Brian Blaney with him from Fairfield and added Andre Lafleur (UConn). The final spot is now open after Carmen Maciariello left for BU. The Friars are in the South Padre Invitational and have non-conference games at South Carolina (12-1) and at home against BC (12-8). Duke Mondy and Dre Evans both left the program.

Rutgers – The Scarlet Knights will play in the Cancun Challenge (11-23/24) and also have non-league games at Miami (11-15), against LSU (12-3) and against Florida (12-29). Wally Judge transferred in from Kansas State and will sit out this season.

Seton Hall – Kevin Willard’s team will play in the Charleston Classic (11/17-20) and also have non-league games against Auburn (12-2), Wake Forest (12-10) and at Dayton (12-21). Anali Okoloji (George Mason) left the program while Brian Oliver (Georgia Tech) and Gene Teague (Southern Illinois) both transferred in.

St. John’s – The Red Storm will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event in NYC on Nov. 17-18 and also have non-conference games at Kentucky (12-1) and against UCLA (2-18) at home. Dwayne Polee II transferred to San Diego State.

South Florida – Steve Roccaforte, the former head coach at Lamar, takes the spot of Jeremy Cox. The Bulls will play in the Hall of Fame Classic (11-19/20) and have non-league games at VCU (11-30), at Auburn (12-15) and at Kansas (1-3). Mike Burwell (Towson) and Shedrick Haynes both transferred out of the program.

Syracuse – Former Orange guard Adrian Autry (Virginia Tech) took the spot vacated when Rob Murphy got the head job at Eastern Michigan. Syracuse will play in the Preseason NIT and also has non-league games at N.C. State (12-17) and vs. Florida (12-2). Dashonte Riley left and transferred back home to Eastern Michigan.

Villanova – The Wildcats already left on a trip to France, Luxembourg and the Netherlands and will return on Aug. 16. Jay Wright’s staff had some movement as Chris Walker (Texas Tech) and Keith Urgo (Penn State) both left and were replaced by a couple of familiar faces: Doug West and Billy Lange (head coach at Navy). ‘Nova will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and the Wildcats have a non-league game at Temple on Dec. 10.

West Virginia – Bob Huggins’ team just left on a trip to Italy and will return on Aug. 21. Jerrod Calhoun was promoted to an assistant coach and Billy Hahn was reassigned to the assistant to the head coach. The Mountaineers will play in the Las Vegas Classic (12-22/23) and have non-league contests at Mississippi State (12-3), against Kansas State in Wichita (12-8) and vs. Miami (12-11). Dalton Pepper (Temple) and Dan Jennings (Long Beach State) both transferred out while Juwan Staten (Dayton) and Aaric Murray (La Salle) came into the program. Kevin Noreen (BC) is eligible to play this season after sitting out last year. 

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Posted on: June 29, 2011 4:09 pm
 

Versatile Kyle Anderson talks top five

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By Jeff Borzello

Normally, when scouts who have watched a player for three or four years still can’t figure out his position, it’s a bad thing.

In the case of Kyle Anderson, it’s just another sign of his versatility.

Anderson, a 6-foot-8 St. Anthony product (N.J), has the vision and passing ability of a point guard; the scoring prowess of a wing; and the size, finishing and rebounding skills of a power forward.

Ask Anderson, though, and he knows which position he wants to play at the next level.

“Point guard,” he said. “It’s the position I’m most comfortable at.”

At the NBPA Top 100 camp two weeks ago, Anderson played that position for the majority of the event.

“I’m just trying to be unselfish, play the point guard role,” he said.

Anderson has already made plenty of advancements in the recruiting process, trimming his list to five schools earlier this spring: Georgetown, Florida, Seton Hall, St. John’s and UCLA.

His potential to be a match-up problem and his passing ability would be a perfect fit for Georgetown.

“John Thompson III is a great coach, they run the Princeton offense,” Anderson said.

He also likes the way Florida head coach Billy Donovan makes players better during their time in Gainesville.

“Coach Donovan is great with player development,” Anderson said.

While Seton Hall might seem like it doesn’t belong in the same breath with the other programs, its proximity to Anderson’s Fairlawn, N.J., home could play a factor.

“It’s the hometown school, and all the guys play hard,” he said.

St. John’s emerged on the radar of several high-major prospects in the last year, as head coach Steve Lavin reeled in a nine-person class that included six players ranked in the top 100.

Anderson is impressed by the talent on the Red Storm’s roster.

“I like Coach Lavin, I like the class he has coming in,” he said.

Across the country sits UCLA, where Ben Howland has had a steady stream of pro point guards run through his program.

“Coach Howland puts point guards in the NBA,” Anderson said. “I think there’s five in the NBA right now.”

With most of the recruiting process behind him, the nation’s most versatile player is still not sure when exactly he wants to commit.

“No timetable,” Anderson said. “But before the season.”

Photo: NJ.com

 
 
 
 
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