There has been a ton of news lately. So this is a link roundup of everything that's come out over the past few days including the Big Ten / ACC Challenge, coaching situations, recruiting (DePaul and Loyola), and a Dar Tucker sighting.
Georgia Tech is coming to Welsh-Ryan Arena - The ACC / Big Ten Challenge draws are out and Northwestern is going to play Yellow Jackets on Tuesday, November 30th. The premiere games of the challenge are probably North Carolina at Illinois, Michigan State at Duke and Purdue at Virginia Tech, but lets hope that the Wildcats can escape the abyss that is ESPNU.
Georgia Tech played in the NCAA Tournament last season and advanced to the second round where they lost to Ohio State. This is going to be a very important game in terms of NCAA hopes for the Wildcats. So be sure to make it out.
Dar Tucker wishes he stayed at DePaul - It appears that Tucker has some regrets about how the whole NBA and D-League stuff shook out after he left DePaul following his sophomore season. His Q&A with The DePaulia should be a cautionary tale for any athlete that is thinking about leaving school early for the NBA Draft.
We'll see how Tucker's former teammate Mac Koshwal does with his transition to professional basketball this season.
Oliver Purnell is working the recruiting trail - Jamie Crockett, a 6'3" swingman from Crete, Illinois, is Purnell's first recruit for the class of 2011. California, Dayton and Western Michigan were also recruiting Crockett. Scout has him as a 2-star prospect, Scouts Inc. thinks he's an 85 (and the 81st ranked small forward in the country). It is worth noting that Crockett plays for the Mac Irvin Fire AAU team. Now that he's signed up, maybe he convince some of his high profile teammates to come with him to DePaul. WeAreDePaul has more - subscription required.
Loyola fills its final scholarship - The Ramblers went out and got another wing player to add to their collection with the verbal commitment of Denzel Brito, a 6'1" shooting guard from Massachusetts. Brito considered a number of other lower mid-major programs, but he appeared headed to a year of prep school before deciding to commit to play for Jim Whitesell. Scouts Inc. has Brito as an 82 overall and the 173rd shooting guard in the class of 2010.
Whitesell is going to have to find someone with impact size for the class of 2011. Even if Jon Gac emerges from project to potential contributor, which certainly seems possible considering his body type, the Ramblers are going to be undersized in the Horizon League the next few seasons. Butler has Andrew Smith, Green Bay is getting Alec Brown and thus competing in the paint is becoming more and more important.
More on the Ramblers and their rotation tomorrow as I continue the Depth Ratio series.
Chicago State is still looking - The Cougars haven't found a head coach yet, but there are rumblings that they certainly are searching. Simeon head coach Robert Smith was contacted by Chicago State about the vacancy. It certainly would be a good proving ground for the power of the Chicago Public League if one of their coaches was to take over at Chicago State.