Negedu’s coach: A lot of words, little substance

  • 06/16/2008 11:08 am in

negedu.jpgAs much I like to follow recruiting, there are some things that drive me crazy. One of those things is when a recruit, parent, coach, representative or handler takes a list of schools and discusses it with a reporter. Take Emmanuel Negedu’s coach at Brewster Academy, Jason Smith, for example. Smith talked to Adam Zagoria of the Zagsblog about the four schools in the running for Negedu and the result was a big pile of nothing:

Indiana has tremendous tradition and passion for basketball. The previous staff recruited Emmanuel, so he was familiar with the University, but it was a great chance for him to get to know Coach (Tom) Crean and hear about his style and track record of player development. They are rebuilding and would offer a shot at immediate playing time. He is very familiar with Bloomington, since he lived there and played for Indiana Elite. A few of his former teammates at IU definitely make it an attractive option. Emmanuel enjoyed getting to know Coach Crean. It’s very evident he’s a high-energy, upbeat coach who Emmanuel reports works non-stop…constant motion.

Indiana has tradition and passion for basketball? Who knew? I know some of you are waiting anxiously on a decision from Negedu, but all signs point to Tennessee or Memphis. Luckily we have Kyle Taber* back to hold down the paint.

{HT: Basketblog}

*For the record, Kyle Taber is a fine lad who I enjoy watching play basketball.

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  • *For the record, Kyle Taber is a fine lad who I enjoy watching play basketball.*

    Ditto that, and he's the only one with any college experience. Maybe we should start a Taber fan club. lol

  • Kelin Blab

    I am going to go out on a limb and say …..next season Taber will get 6 rebounds a game……….book it!

  • I could go along with that, add about 2-3 blocks and he'll be all suited up.

  • Don't get carried away…

    By the way, Van Treese visited B'Town today.

  • Kelin Blab

    I saw that Van Treese visit……….I am done with my love affair of Negedu..if he comes to IU great if not keep it movin'……..we have been through this before with other kids and I just want a good team, kids I can watch for at least 2 years and a solid respectible program. I would take a hit on some NIT ball next year to be competitive for the next 4 years plus.

  • Kelin Blab

    I will tell you what how about this lineup for 09-10

    PG-Devan Dumes……Verdell Jones, Jordan Hulls
    SG-Mo Creek———–J.Rivers & Matt Roth
    F-Nick Williams…………..Derek Elston
    F- Roger Franklin……….Van Treese
    C- Tom Pritchard……….Bobby C and Tijan Jobe

  • hoosiergal

    Does Memphis have room for Negedu with the Sallie commit and the return of Dozier?

  • woodpecker

    that would be very nice to see!!

  • Kelin Blab

    Good question………I am sure they have “ways” of working things out. I wonder how him and Angel Garcia would mesh together…..same position, same year

  • MikeinNC

    Those comments were the equivalent of when you are getting ready to break up with someone you have been dating and you say, “you are sooooo awesome, you are a terrific person and you are going to meet someone and be very happy…trust me, it's not you, it's me…I'm just not good enough for you”…he's gone. We rarely recognize the critical “crossroads” decision points in our lives until long after we've passed them. Methinks he has made one of those decisions, and that he has missed out on a rare opportunity at Indiana that he won't get with his other choices, but hey, I'm a little biased. C'est la vie.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Verdell Jones is better than you give him credit for and I think you over rate Dumes. Next season will tell…

    Who is Roger Franklin and why is he in your starting 5?

  • kelin

    I think Jones is good, but Dumes coming from this area and having some college time under his belt and at that time being a senior will help…..just a feel……

    Roger Franklin……Big Time 09 frosh we are trying to get….
    http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/demling/la

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Thanks but how tall is he for real? 6-5, 6-6, shorter? Weight 190 or 220? Not a 4 for sure but looks like solid player.

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  • MikeinNC

    Those comments were the equivalent of when you are getting ready to break up with someone you have been dating and you say, “you are sooooo awesome, you are a terrific person and you are going to meet someone and be very happy…trust me, it's not you, it's me…I'm just not good enough for you”…he's gone. We rarely recognize the critical “crossroads” decision points in our lives until long after we've passed them. Methinks he has made one of those decisions, and that he has missed out on a rare opportunity at Indiana that he won't get with his other choices, but hey, I'm a little biased. C'est la vie.

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Verdell Jones is better than you give him credit for and I think you over rate Dumes. Next season will tell…

    Who is Roger Franklin and why is he in your starting 5?

  • kelin

    I think Jones is good, but Dumes coming from this area and having some college time under his belt and at that time being a senior will help…..just a feel……

    Roger Franklin……Big Time 09 frosh we are trying to get….
    http://www.courier-journal.com/blogs/demling/la

  • Disco_Briscoe

    Thanks but how tall is he for real? 6-5, 6-6, shorter? Weight 190 or 220? Not a 4 for sure but looks like solid player.

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