Archive for June 2009

What Kyle Rowley and John Shurna need to learn

Kyle Rowley (left) was given an invaluable opportunity on Monday when he was named a member of the senior national team of Trinidad and Tobago. Along with John Shurna’s commitment to the U.S. U19 team, Northwestern now has two of its key rotation players learning on the job over the summer while playing meaningful basketball games. ... Read more »

Sunday links

A collection of links to end/start the week non Sundays might become a tradition here at Chicago College Basketball. These are some of my favorites from the last seven days. They include a rambling Northwestern blog, notes on a very smart Loyola-Chicago recruit and a bunch of others. All the links after the jump. Of... Read more »

What's next for Dar Tucker?

The NBA Draft has concluded and not a single player from Chicago’s five NCAA Division I schools was selected. In fact, only one player from Chicago was chosen. (That was Patrick Beverley who played at the University of Arkansas and then moved onto the Ukraine.)  It wasn’t until the very end of the draft that... Read more »

Duke coming to Chicago

It isn’t too often that an ACC or Big 12 team comes to Chicago to play – much less to play each other, but that’s exactly what’s going to happen on January 6, 2010 at the United Center. According to the Des Moines Register, Duke and Iowa State have agreed to play each other in... Read more »

Northwestern and Loyola lose out on recruits

A few recruits from the Chicagoland area committed to play college basketball on Monday. Unfortunately for Northwestern and Loyola-Chicago Alex Rossi and Fred Heldring decided to commit to far away schools. This article from Wilmette Life is a good summary of the decisions.  Rossi is a Class of 2010 shooting guard that has good size... Read more »

Remembering Ricky Byrdsong

Ricky Byrdsong (left, coaching against Wisconsin in 1996) was the coach of the Northwestern from 1993 through 1997. Under Byrdsong the Wildcats had one of their best seasons ever reaching the NIT in 1994. On July 2, 1999 Byrdsong was murdered in a hate crime near his home in Skokie, Ill. Three Northwestern seniors set out... Read more »

Random basketball links

Over the past few days I’ve encountered a number of links, I thought I’d share a few of the more interesting ones. You can also get more links and the first notification about new posts on Chicago College Basketball by following me on Twitter. Lots of links after the jump. Onto the links: basketball writer Jeff... Read more »

Is Dar Tucker's NBA jump a blessing in disguise?

Is Dar Tucker’s decision to stay in the NBA Draft actually a good one for DePaul basketball? It appears that Dar Tucker isn’t coming back. Monday is the final day for college players to withdraw their name from the NBA Draft pool, but all indications are that Tucker is sticking with his dream of jumping... Read more »

DePaul's Mac Koshwal returning to school

DePaul will have a physical presence in the post this season after all. The Blue Demons announced today that Mac Koshwal is withdrawing his name from the NBA Draft and coming back to DePaul for his junior season.  Koshwal was testing the draft waters after a sophomore season in which he averaged 12.2 points per... Read more »

The improvement of DePaul's Jeremiah Kelly

DePaul’s Jeremiah Kelly (11) wasn’t expected to play right away for the Blue Demons as a freshman during the 2008-09 season. He was pushed into extensive service when senior guard Jabari Currie was injured. While Kelly struggled at first with his expanded role, he showed improvement throughout the season.  With the continued improvement of his classmate Michael... Read more »