Coach Jim Calhoun is dealing with more potential scandal surrounding his championship hoops program. This time, as opposed to recruiting violations, Calhoun is answering questions regarding his teams academic performance. The questions have become hotter after Kemba Walker had a little verbal diarrhea.
As Tim Layden of SI wrote;
…in his travel pack is a copy of New York Times columnist William C. Rhoden’sForty Million Dollar Slaves: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of the Black Athlete, a book that Crump encouraged Walker to read as part of an independent study class on racism in sports. Before the Final Four, Crump suggested that Rhoden’s book would be the first that Walker had ever made it through cover-to-cover. After the win over Kentucky, Walker confirmed this. “That’s true,” he said. “You can write that. It is the first book I’ve ever read.”
The guy who graduated in three years only read one book and it was in an independent study class? That means that in the dozens and dozens of other required classes, Kemba read a grand total of zero books.
When asked about coming back for his Senior season Thabeet said, “I’m not sure. I don’t have a schedule. I was looking forward to play on Monday. So far I don’t have any plans.”
Bull. My friend, Thabeet is as good as gone and he very well should be.
Uconn could be losing nearly all of their core players–and are definitely losing a great deal of them without question.
AJ Price and Jeff Adrien are going to be 2nd round draft picks. Stanley Robinson is a Junior but is already projected to be a potential second round draft pick (believe it or not).Apparently this assessment is based solely on athleticism. I think Kemba Walker will be back, however there is an outside shot that he could get word he will be drafted and he could take off.
Who knows how Dyson’s knee is going to recover? As you can gather, this team is not going to be nearly as good as they were this year. Even regardless of the fact that the team is going to be completely different, Thabeet simply has nothing more to gain.
In 2007 Thabeet was predicted to be a first round pick. In 2008 he was predicted to be a lottery pick. This year he is a top 3 pick almost without question and if not for Blake Griffin we could be talking #1 overall.
I don’t know who was whispering in Thabeet’s ear the past 2 seasons to stay in school but he made, probably himself, as well as Hasheem a lot of guaranteed money by doing so.
Scott had a long list of schools eying him. He narrowed his choices down to Connecticut, Miami and Pittsburgh last week and said he would decide shortly. Miami and Pittsburgh are two of my favorite schools while Connecticut is on the exact opposite end of that spectrum.
So naturally, ever since I heard this story I was eagerly anticipating Durand’s decision. That decision came today and his decision was Miami.
Uconn was at one point thought to be the number one choice because current Huskies freshman Kemba Walker was Scott’s teammate in high school.
”When I took my visit to Miami, I knew it was the place I wanted to be.”
When you compare Miami to Hartford and Pittsburgh, there really is not a comparison at all. Miami is a natural recruiter.
So too is Coach Frank Haith really looks to be moving this basketball program to a place that it has never really been in recent years; relevancy.