This week's edition of Sunday Links has another Northwestern blog, information about a UIC player continuing his career abroad, a sad loss for the Chicago college basketball community and more.
-The recent high school basketball tournaments around the country have given college coaches the opportunity to scout a new crop of players. It has also given fans the opportunity to read more about these players for the first time. DePaul and Northwestern are both chasing Nnana Egwu. He is currently ranked as the #16 center in the class of 2011. That means he's getting a lot of attention. WeAreDePaul.com has been doing a lot of work following DePaul recruits this summer and this article about Egwu is just another good example.
-Speaking of recruiting, Carmody Court has noticed a disturbing trend in Northwestern's current efforts. There are no point guards. With current point guard Michael Thompson entering his junior season it is time for the Wildcats to get serious about finding his replacement and so far their efforts have come up short. Will Wisconsin's high schooler John Gasser be the answer?
-Former UIC center Scott VanderMeer (above) is taking his big frame and game abroad to Switzerland. The Horizon League's all-time leader in shot blocks is going to play for the B.C. Lugano Tigers. Lugano is currently 13-8 overall according to EuroBasket.
-I'm always looking for better stats, RPI and NCAA Bracket predictions. I stumbled upon WarrenNolan.com the other day while looking for college baseball statistics. It features a lot of great information for college basketball as well. Most of it is available in other places, but if you want another opinion about the NCAA Tournament bracket during the season you should check it out.
-Finally, on a somber note, Patricia Denning-Golden, one of the first female assistant coaches in men's college basketball passed away on Thursday, July 23. Denning-Golden coached at UIC during the 1985-86.
From the Tribune's obituary: "Mrs. Denning-Golden was in charge of personal, vocational and
educational counseling for the players, in addition to coaching and
scouting duties, for the 1985-86 season." Willie Little hired her as one of his assistants because he knew the former Chicago public school teacher would keep on his players.
Some very kind words were also written by contributors in the Chicago Bulls' RealGM forum where Patricia also made her mark on the world.
She will be missed.