You can feel the start of college basketball season coming. With Northwestern's recent schedule release all of the area's schools have released their full schedules and I've made my plans. The other way you can tell games are coming? News is starting to pick up. There were some very interesting articles released over the past week.
One of the more interesting, but sort of offbeat articles I saw this week about college basketball was this one in Block Shopper
new head coach Oliver Purnell's
purchase of a 5-bedroom, 5-bath home in Lincoln Park for $3.075 million. The purchase was made on August 27.
While on the subject of the Blue Demons, Villanova By the Numbers took a look at the team's statistical profile over the past three seasons
. I think greyCat does a very good job at analyzing DePaul. One of the best observations is the need for Mike Stovall
and Eric Wallace
to step up on offense this season. Both need to be more efficient this season for the Blue Demons to be successful.
More about Loyola recruiting, Big East expansion news and other tidbits after the break.
Both sides of recruiting were on display this week in the news for the Ramblers. First Loyola got the news that Keifer Sykes, a 5-foot-10 point guard from Marshall High School here in Chicago, was heading to Wisconsin-Green Bay next season. UIC and Eastern Illinois were also going after Sykes who averaged 9.7 ppg and 4.0 apg as a junior.
Today though it was announced that Jim Whitesell
had managed to land another recruit, Joe Crisman
. Crisman is a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Munster (Ind.) who plays on the Illinois Wolves AAU team. Two notable teams that were also trying to woo Crisman are Valparaiso
. Scott Powers has quotes from Crisman's club coach
Also worth noting is that the New York Post reported
earlier in the week that the Big East is targeting TCU
for possible expansion. This would be a move that was geared solely at football. The Horned Frogs offer absolutely nothing as a college basketball team. TCU hasn't had a winning record since the 2005-06 season.
Finally, Northwestern forward John Shurna
is the only Chicago player named to Andy Katz's
or Jeff Goodman's
Preseason Wooden Watch List. Other important local names are Demetri McCamey
(both lists) and Jereme Richmond
(honorable mention by Katz) and