Saturday, November 17, 2007

Showcase Showdown

LOWELL, Mass. --- Both Jim Calhoun and John Calipari insist their alleged feud is well behind them.

"He and I laughed about it before (Friday night's) game," Calipari said. "He said, 'What was it, 20 years ago?' I said, 'I don't even know.'"

A new rift could soon come between them, however, in the form of Tyreke Evans. The 6-foot-4 senior from American Christian (Pa.) School is the No.2-rated senior shooting guard in the nation, according to He's also yet to declare where he'll be playing next year. UConn and Memphis are among the six schools that have made his final list.

Evans was on his way to this weekend’s National Prep Showcase at UMass-Lowell on Friday night, so he didn’t get a chance to watch the UConn-Memphis game on espn2. His brother, Eric, went to the game at Madison Square Garden.

"He said Memphis looked pretty good, nobody could stop them when they were in their offense," Evans said on Saturday. "He said UConn looked pretty good, too, A.J. Price looked pretty good. But Memphis had more scoring power.”

Evans promises he had no rooting interest in the game, but likes to see his suitors play each other.

"It makes me see what they do, how they do. When they play each other, it's a chance to see both teams I’m looking at," said Evans, who only saw highlights of Friday's game.

Evans has pared his list down to UConn, Memphis, Louisville, Texas, Villanova and Seton Hall. He has already visited all of the schools but Memphis, but intends to do that some time within the next few weeks. He’ll also visit Louisville for a second time (his first visit was last year). Evans visited UConn back in mid-September.

He may make his decision after visiting Lousiville and Memphis, but also might hold off until the spring signing period.

“Everything’s going well,” Evans said after putting up 32 points, six steals and five assists in an 89-85 win over Winchendon School. “I’m trying to be a leader, doing the right things, making my teammates better. I’m averaging 35 points per game, trying to make my last year in high school a fun year.”

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Miles away

LOWELL, Mass. --- The National Prep Showcase is running at UMass-Lowell this weekend, and several UConn recruits were expected to participate. One prominent name is conspicuously absent, however.

Nate Miles, the well-traveled postgrad student from The Patterson (N.C.) School, is not with his team at the event. According to his coach, Chris Chaney, Miles was kept back for disciplinary reasons.

"It's nothing major," Chaney said. "We're being super-hard on him."

The coach added that a few other Patterson players were also left back, "all for the same reason." When asked if it was simply a violation of team rules, Chaney agreed.

Miles has signed his National Letter of Intent to attend UConn and is still hoping to qualify academically so that he can enroll at Storrs for the second semester. He is slated to take his S.A.T. soon.

"He's going good. It's an everyday process," Chaney said. "He's working hard, going to class."

UConn commits Alex Oriyakhi and Jamaal Coombs, both juniors at Tilton School (N.H.) are slated to play Champlain St. Lambert of Montreal on Sunday at 1 p.m. Tyreke Evans, one of the top-rated senior shooting guards in the country who has pared his list down to UConn, Memphis, Louisville, Texas, Seton Hall and Villanova, is playing today at 3 p.m. and tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. for American Christian (Pa.)

Friday, November 16, 2007

Gardner-Webb box score ... finally

A computer malfunction at Madison Square Garden prevented any box scores from being released during or after Thursday night's UConn vs. Gardner-Webb game. A representative from Gazelle Group -- which is running the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic -- said after the game that they had a box score for the second half, but that they had to re-watch the first half to get complete game stats.

Apparently, somebody finally watched the first half, because a box score is finally available. Here's the link:

Some interesting numbers: A.J. Price had 17 of his 18 points in the first half and 6 of his 9 assists in the second. Jerome Dyson also dished out 4 dimes. Hasheem Thabeet, who didn't start, finished with 8 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocks. The Huskies shot 43 percent from the floor and 50 percent (6-for-12) from Trey Land. They held Gardner-Webb to 32-percent shooting and forced the Runnin' Bulldogs into 20 turnovers.

Negatives? The Huskies let the smaller Gardner-Webb grab 17 offensive rebounds.

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Thursday, November 15, 2007

FYI on LOI's

UConn left Storrs before receiving national letters-of-intent from recruits Kemba Walker and Nate Miles, but according to a source, the LOI's "should be there" by now.

Thabeet won't start tonight

Hasheem Thabeet was late for team shooting practice on Wednesday morning and will not start in tonight's 7 p.m. 2K College Hoops Classic game against Gardner-Webb at Madison Square Garden.

Curtis Kelly will start at center instead.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

They're No. 22

According to, UConn has the 22nd-ranked 2008 recruiting class in the country. The Huskies have received commitments from point guard Kemba Walker of Rice High in New York City and combo guard Nate Miles, who's currently at The Patterson (N.C.) School. Walker is rated as the third-best point guard and 23rd-best overall player in the class, according to the website. Miles is now considered a postgraduate and is rated No. 4 among postgrads. It's possible he may enroll at UConn for the second semester.

Incidentally, the top five rated recruiting classes are UCLA, Ohio State, Georgetown, Wake Forest and Louisville. Among other Big East schools, Syracuse is No. 21, right in front of the Huskies.

Check out tomorrow's Register for a preview of UConn's 2K Sports College Hoops Classic game with Gardner-Webb tomorrow at 7 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Until then, here's an interesting bit of information: UConn and Gardner-Webb are meeting for the first time ever in the sport of men's basketball, but they will make up for their lack of familiarity rather quickly. After tomorrow's game, the two battle again on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at the Hartford Civic Center. The game was originally going to be played this past Monday, but UConn coach Jim Calhoun didn't want his team playing a game in between its two in last week's Storrs Regional and its two tonight and tomorrow at The Garden.

This will be the third time in the last seven years the Huskies play a non-conference opponent multiple times in the same season. In 2003-04, UConn met Georgia Tech twice, including a meeting at Madison Square Garden. The Yellow Jackets won that one, but UConn got revenge by beating Tech in the NCAA championship game.

In 2001-02, the Huskies played Maryland twice.