““The issue with Anthony was, and we had no way of knowing it at the time, the kid had no desire to overcome adversity whatsoever. As soon as it was hard, he was out,” (David) Griffin said. “His whole life, he rolled out of bed bigger, better, and more talented than everybody else. As soon as it was hard, it was over. And I was the one on campus at UNLV. I’m the one who got sold the bill of goods and I bought it hook, line, and sinker. You fuck up sometimes. But I feel bad (Cleveland GM) Chris (Grant) took it for that, because Chris was the one guy who wasn’t sure.”
How were Bennett’s personality deficits missed? How were they not discernible?
“On the court, the King shaped the way the modern game is played by introducing an era of unicorns and positional flexibility. He also changed the way superstars do business. And if he wants another ring, he’ll have to defeat teams constructed using the blueprint he drew up.”
Coach K and John Calipari enjoy the exalted positions of picking and choosing from among the annual array of elite prep basketball prospects. Sacramento State Coach Brian Katz and new San Jose State University Coach Jean Prioleau are not as fortunate. They and their respective staffs have to beat the proverbial bushes in hopes of unearthing a hidden gem or two while observing some mid-level talents, saying to themselves or under their breath, “I have no shot at that guy.” The recruiting gap is immense between the top and bottom tier teams…
The name Wrenn Robinson evokes the basketball impression of someone possessing the knack of swooping and swerving in mid-air among larger members of his species.
A 6-foot-2 2019 guard out of St. Ignatius and Team Lillard, Robinson displays the capacity for the acrobatic on his dribble-drives alongside an uncanny soft touch that appears to seek out the net. He is also proficient at stopping and popping from outside.
Detailing his top tier skills, Robinson modestly offered facilitating, pushing tempo and three-point shooting.” Plus, he demonstrates a high IQ on the court…
Northern Arizona Suns: Eric Stuteville, Rahlir Hollis-Jefferson
“Around 24 hours before last weekend’s NBA G League Draft, the Northern Arizona Suns acquired the 1st overall pick and the returning player rights to Zach Andrews from the Iowa Wolves in exchange for the rights of Elijah Millsap and Michael Bryson. At that time, the Suns seemed to be on their way towards selecting big man Joel Bolomboy, who was projected to pick during the following day’s draft. However, those plans quickly changed as the Bucks signed Bolomboy to a two-way deal just hours after the Suns traded for that pick.
With Bolomboy in Milwaukee, Northern Arizona still needed to find another player to select with that pick. That alternative ended up being 6’11 big Eric Stuteville, who spent three years as the starting center for Sacramento State. As a senior, he averaged 11.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in only 27 minutes per game. While those numbers might not be too impressive, this selection was understandable once you start to look into his game.
In the film I watched, Stuteville kinda gives off this Jack Cooley vibe in the fact that he’s a fighter on the offensive glass, has great hands, and remains cool under pressure when he’s surrounded by multiple opponents. One advantage that the Suns rookie has is that his defensive awareness seems to be a bit better as Stuteville does a nice job of being able to quickly read and react to on-ball drivers…”
Ali Faruq-Bey Western Oregon G 6-2 Sr. Chicago, Ill. (Idaho State Univ.)
“Faruq-Bey, a transfer to WOU last season from Division I Idaho State, followed right behind Omlid in scoring with an average of 15 points per game to go along with four rebounds per game and 54 steals. His 1.7 steals per game tied him for third among GNAC players.”
He prepped at San Lorenzo High.
Western Oregon is a member of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.
Like football, basketball is also a game of inches and St. Ignatius’ Neal Begovich is winning. Just as important as his height increase in the last two years is his increased weight and strength plus the advancing of his skill set.
Beginning as a 5-foot-10, 115 pound freshmen, Begovich shot up to 6-foot-4 as a sophomore. As he enters his junior season, he measures 6-foot-8. As Begovich noted, it’s the same height of his late father Daniel who played at California and earned Most Valuable Player honors in 1977. “My Dad died when I was nine and it motivated my brothers and me to follow in his footsteps for him. It’s like he’s watching over us. I wear #21 because that was my Dad’s number.”