1. "Right now, I’m just looking for a roommate," Finke said with a laugh. "It’d be cool to have another high school kid in my class."

    http://www.news-gazette.com/blogs/recruting-wrap/2013-08/finke-pushing-hard-black.html

  2. Even hoops recruits are thinking football right nowHello? (oh… oh… oh) Is there anybody in here? (ere… ere… ere)
College football weekend is starting…View Post

    Even hoops recruits are thinking football right now

    Hello? (oh… oh… oh) Is there anybody in here? (ere… ere… ere)

    College football weekend is starting…

    View Post

  3. Phil Pressey dominated the Braggin’ Rights game despite putting up one of the worst shooting nights of his career. Pressey, who goes by the nickname “Flip”, might have changed it to “Chuck” after going 2-18 from the floor. And yet, Pressey proved the truism that a pass-first point guard can change a game without scoring, dishing out ten assists on the night and controlling the tempo of a chippy, physical Braggin’ Rights game.
(via No. 12 Mizzou survives No. 10 Illinois, claims Braggin’ Rights | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    Phil Pressey dominated the Braggin’ Rights game despite putting up one of the worst shooting nights of his career. Pressey, who goes by the nickname “Flip”, might have changed it to “Chuck” after going 2-18 from the floor. And yet, Pressey proved the truism that a pass-first point guard can change a game without scoring, dishing out ten assists on the night and controlling the tempo of a chippy, physical Braggin’ Rights game.

    (via No. 12 Mizzou survives No. 10 Illinois, claims Braggin’ Rights | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  4. christin-renee:

Meyers Leonard surprised to see his military brother return home .

    christin-renee:

    Meyers Leonard surprised to see his military brother return home .

  5. Best. Recruit. Announcement. EVAR.
Not often you see someone this excited about heading to Illinois.
Sam McLaurin’s twitter feed

    Best. Recruit. Announcement. EVAR.

    Not often you see someone this excited about heading to Illinois.

    Sam McLaurin’s twitter feed

  6. Dmitri McCamey

    Dmitri McCamey

  7. Rejoice, #CAAHoops. Until you have to play against him for another year.
“Shaka Smart says he will stay at Virginia Commonwealth.
Illinois had offered its coaching job to Smart, according to multiple reports.
In a statement released by VCU on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Smart said: “I’m looking forward to building on the successes of our program and university.”
(via Shaka Smart staying at VCU; Illini search moves on - NCAA Basketball - SI.com)

    Rejoice, #CAAHoops. Until you have to play against him for another year.

    Shaka Smart says he will stay at Virginia Commonwealth.

    Illinois had offered its coaching job to Smart, according to multiple reports.

    In a statement released by VCU on Wednesday, the 34-year-old Smart said: “I’m looking forward to building on the successes of our program and university.”

    (via Shaka Smart staying at VCU; Illini search moves on - NCAA Basketball - SI.com)

  8. Smart Should Confer With Mr. Creosote…

    #CAAHoops electrician Mr. Litos shows us Shaka Smart’s wiring:

    To Smart, the salary of his position is like the dessert tray. There’s all kinds of goodness on that thing. You cannot wait to get hold of it. But if the steak is cooked improperly or the wine suffers from cork taint, the money cheesecake is hollow calories.

    Which is why anyone who begins their argument with “Smart can’t turn down the money” is immediately disqualified in my mind.”

  9. Southern Illinois Salukis offer job to Bruce Weber, source says - ESPN Chicago

    Weber coached at SIU from 1998 to 2003, where he reached two NCAA tournaments and went 103-56. It was Weber’s first head coaching position after spending 18 seasons as a Purdue assistant coach.

    Southern Illinois’ position opened March 2 when Chris Lowery was fired after eight seasons. The Salukis went to the Sweet 16 under Lowery in 2007, but he failed to reach the NCAA tournament again. Lowery was a former assistant to Weber at Illinois.

    If Weber doesn’t accept the job, Southern Illinois’ other top candidates all have head coaching experience, according to a source.

    SIU is high on Vanderbilt assistant Dan Muller and Kansas assistant and former Missouri State coach Barry Hinson. Marquette assistant Tony Benford and Gonzaga assistant Ray Giacoletti also interviewed.”

  10. Shaka: Student of the game | IlliniHQ.com

    Shaka Smart, a sophomore or junior at the time, was putting himself through what might be the first 1-on-0 hustle drill in basketball history.

    "He was rolling the ball onto the court, diving after it, knocking it to himself," Bavery said Friday. "Then he’d grab it and finish (with a layup)."

    These stories about Shaka Smart go on for days. And one of two things occurred to make it so: Either all of his friends and coaching buddies and basketball mentors got together and schemed, “Let’s all say the same things about Shaka,” or the stories are true.”