Saturday, August 14, 2010

Chris Daniels Buzzer Beater

As readers of the Blog know, Chris Daniels has been playing in Poland for the PGE Turow team.

I thought that the video of his buzzer beater from last year was excellent, as was the web site's description of the post-game interview.


Friday, August 13, 2010

Cady Lalanne Not Admitted

Very awkward.

I don't know how this happened at this point on the calendar.., but here we are. I thought that Lalanne might need a redshirt anyway, but if he didn't get in on this go round, then there's hardly any chance that he will ever see UGA's campus.

Is there still a player out there who wants a schollie for 2010? There aren't any more Marcus Thornton late decommitting guys, are there?

I guess 2011 will have plenty of recruiting room for Fox, but he will need to get some guys who are ready to play.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Kentavious Caldwell Shows the Complete Package

Caldwell impressed the analysts with his performance at the Nike Global Challenge. Although his shots weren't falling enough in game one, he bounced back in games two and three. Against Canada, Caldwell scored 23 points with 11 rebounds. He shot a respectable 9 of 22 from the floor (but just 2 of 12 from behind the arc), and also had 5 assists against just one turnover. He was 3 of 4 from the line.

Caldwell followed that output with 21 points and 11 rebounds in the championship game against USA Mid-West. He boosted his field goal percentage by going 7 of 15 from the floor, 3 of 8 in three-pointers, and 4 of 6 from the foul line. He had 3 assists, just one turnover, and had 3 steals and a block.

Here is ESPN's review.

ESPN gives Caldwell a grade of 97 out of 100, which according to their system, means that Caldwell has the ability to start and make an immediate impact as a freshman for a top 25 college basketball team. Impressive!

ESPN also has some video of Caldwell up. Nice!

Note: I liked the video and that's Kentavious in the action recorded, but I don't think that's his picture.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Jarvis Hayes Hangs Out with Brother, Discusses Training Regimen

Learn something new every day. I was completely unaware that Jarvis had a brother who coached at Georgia State. Easy to see the resemblance.

At any rate, Jarvis went over to Georgia State to visit his brother and talk with the Panthers team. Jarvis made some good comments on what it takes to make it in the pro's.

Would be good to get Jarvis and Jonas back in Athens from time to time. I'm sure that Howard Thompkins and Travis Leslie could benefit from hearing about the NBA experience.


Monday, August 9, 2010

Gaines Still Hoopin'

It really has been fun to watch the career of Sundiata Gaines unfold. Joining a young Dawgs' team, leaving New York, playing through the tough years as Georgia recovered from NCAA sanctions. Worst to first run in the SEC Tourney. He and Dave Bliss were just hard ballers, battling through injuries and setbacks, all the while representing UGA well on and off the court.

Undrafted, Gaines went to Italy to play, then to the D-League, and on to the NBA. Since his short stint with the Utah Jazz, he has played in the NBA summer league, and now he is back in New York, constantly working on his game and maintaining his toughness.

Nice write-up with a few quotes (New York Post article).

Anyone Else Notice

that David Hale announces he's leaving and Kentavious Caldwell announces he's committin'?

Jes sayin...

Gauntlet Laid Down

Who will be our Harrison Barnes?

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Glory in the Game

Wow. I really enjoyed discovering Cc Robinson's site. I recommend it to the Blog's readers that like the life found at the intersection of sports and faith.

Cc included on her blog the link to the video about John Challis.

Great work, Cc!

Nick Jacobs

The AJC article about Nick Jacobs has created a buzz. Can it be that UGA has a chance to reel in the top big man in Georgia? I think it will happen. Here's why:

1) Family Relationship

David Jacobs is Nick's cousin, as the AJC states. What the article does not explain is the depth of the affection that David has for his alma mater. After David's stroke, the Bulldawg nation really stepped up to show concern for Jacobs. As Coach Richt said when Jacobs came back to the team to help the freshmen, "He [Jacobs] loves Georgia, he loves the coaches and players..." During the balance of the football season of 2001, David Pollack used to write #99, Jacobs' number, on his wristband before every game.

Nick and David have a family relationship. But the prospect for Nick Jacobs' commitment to UGA is strengthened by the fact that David Jacobs and coaches and fans at UGA also have a family relationship. David can tell his cousin Nick that without a doubt, he will be in good hands if he commits to Georgia.

2) Playing Time

Both Chris Barnes and Jeremy Price are slated to complete their eligibility this year. Many projections have Howard Thompkins foregoing his last year and heading to the pro's. Georgia will be thin in the post position. If Jacobs comes to Georgia, he will get plenty of playing time.

3) Momentum

Just as Georgia Tech managed to bring in top players year after year, recruiting is all about the big Mo. Well, Paul Hewitt has from all indications lost it. In fact, Hewitt's success in snagging Derrick Favors could mark the end of an era. Favors is gone after one year, and Jacobs wants to blaze his own path, which will probably mean that he comes to UGA. When Jacobs commits to Georgia, it will make other high school coaches and their players take note, creating more momentum for the Dawgs.

As I look toward the heavens, the stars are aligned over Athens. The Marcus Thornton commitment was like a gift from above, coming to us from Constellation Oliverpurnellius. Throw in Nick Marshall, Kentavious Caldwell, and an exciting brand of basketball in 2010, and Jacobs will in all likelihood choose UGA.

What do you think?