Tag:Big 12
Posted on: February 13, 2012 11:17 am
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Wannah Bail & Michael Carey headed to Texas Tech

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been an exciting couple of days for Texas Tech basketball. On Saturday, the Red Raiders finally won their first game of the Big 12 season, beating Oklahoma by 18.

Things got even better on Monday, as Billy Gillispie picked up commitments from Wannah Bail and Michael Carey.

Bail and Carey are seniors from Lamar Consolidated (Texas), and were being pursued by Houston, Oregon, Florida State and others in the past few months. The two Bahamas natives had said they would announce their decisions back in October, but it seems that scholarship issues prevented them from committing to Houston.

Bail, a 6-foot-8 power forward, is ranked in the CBSSports.com Top 100. He has the physical tools to dominate, given his strength and ability to run the floor effectively. Bail gets solid position for post-ups on the offensive end, and just needs to refine his back-to-the-basket moves and finishing in traffic. Defensively, he’s a very good shot blocker and rebounder.

Meanwhile, Carey is a talented 6-foot-5 point guard who has been playing more off the ball lately. He has very good size for his position, and is explosive off the dribble. Carey is difficult to keep from getting to the rim, and he also has improved his mid-range and pull-up jumpers. He is also a very good defender due to his strength and athleticism. He has recovered from a toe injury that limited him during the summer.

The two join guards Dusty Hannahs and Daylen Robinson in Texas Tech’s 2012 recruiting class.

Posted on: November 9, 2011 4:26 pm
Edited on: November 9, 2011 4:37 pm
 

What's going on in Lawrence, Kansas???

By Jeff Goodman

There's no logical explanation.

Bill Self is regarded as one of the elite recruiters in the country and Kansas is obviously a program that is soaked in tradition.

Self is as likable as just about any coach in the nation and is a fixture on the recruiting trail - whether it's during the season or in the July recruiting period.

Kansas has just about everything to offer a kid - exposure, Phog Allen Fieldhouse and all the bells and whistles that many top-tier recruits yearn for nowadays.

So, why are the Jayhawks struggling mightily to land big-time players?

There is clearly playing time available in Lawrence these days, yet Self and his staff haven't been able to secure any of the big boys.

Sure, they got Perry Ellis.

But he's no program changer - and he's a local kid that may have gone there no matter who was in charge.

Oh yeah, they also got an unranked power forward named Zach Peters.

Kansas is hardly intimidating on paper this season and next year it could be even worse. Tyshawn Taylor will be gone - and Thomas Robinson could well explore the NBA route if has the season many (including me) expect.

The Jayhawks recently swung and missed on 7-footer Kaleb Tarczewski, their top target in the Class of 2012. Assistant coach Joe Dooley put in more work with the New Hampshire native than anyone else - but they lost out to Arizona.

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They've also struggled to secure a big-time guard - which is a necessity with the departure of Taylor. Marcus Smart went with Oklahoma State in a package deal with Phil Forte and J-Mychal Reese also paired up, with his father to Texas A&M. Kansas missed on Danuel House, who is headed to Houston, and Ioannis Papapetrou went with Texas over the Jayhawks.

There's still the top-ranked player in the Class of 2012, Shabazz Muhammad, but I'm not sure anyone - even Self - thinks Kansas has any chance over UCLA and Kentucky.

Maybe it's time to re-evaluate Self as one of the elite-level recruiters in the nation.

Or maybe this is just one of those years where all the stars aligned in a way that went against the Jayhawks.

Whatever the case, it's baffling. There's no clear explanation for what's gone on in Lawrence lately, but that wealth and excess of talent that was found at Kansas a couple of years ago?

Those days are gone. At least for now.

Instead, it can be found in other places - like Lexington, Tucson and Chapel Hill.

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Category: NCAAB
Posted on: September 10, 2011 4:20 pm
 

Oklahoma State gets Marcus Smart and Phil Forte

 

By Jeff Borzello

In the class of 2011, Oklahoma State coach Travis Ford made waves when he picked up a commitment from top-10 recruit LeBryan Nash.

It looks like he’s doing the same in 2012.

On Friday night, Ford nabbed commitments from two players, Marcus Smart and Phil Forte, teammates on both the high school and AAU circuits.

“Me and Phil just wanted to stay together,” Smart said.

Both players are from Flower Mound High School (Texas) and run with Texas Assault during the spring and summer.

Smart, ranked No. 12 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100, is one of the best all-around players in the country. The 6-foot-4 prospect is strong and active, and is one of the best on-ball defenders around. He has steadily improved his ball-handling and shooting, and can play multiple positions. Forte, a 5-foot-11 guard, is simply one of the best shooters in the class.

“We just felt that we started together, so we should finish together,” Smart said.

Both players were on the Stillwater campus on Friday night, and the entire visit won them over.

“Just the whole atmosphere,” Smart said.

Forte held offers from Oklahoma, Kansas State, Iowa and others, while Smart’s finalists were North Carolina, Oklahoma, Kansas State, Texas and Kansas.

Even if Nash doesn’t stay for more than one season at Oklahoma State, it seems the Cowboys will be in good hands. Smart is confident that he and Forte can make an impact.

“A good one, no doubt,” Smart said.

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