Bud Mackey is a free man (for now); Jordan Crawford down to five schools

  • 07/03/2008 1:32 pm in

mackey12.jpgBud Mackey, who lost his opportunity to attend IU after being caught at school with crack, is a free man once again. WKYT in Lexington, Kentucky reports that Mackey was released at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday:

Former Scott County High School basketball star Bud Mackey is out jail, but not out of trouble. Workers at the Scott County Jail say Mackey was released at 12:01 a.m. Thursday.

He served 60 days for violating his bond. He’s been in trouble since being arrested on drug charges.

A judge says Mackey must now live with his grandfather in Lexington and get a full-time job or work toward his GED. His trial on drug charges begins in August.

The most unbelievable part of the whole story is that Mackey’s name still comes up as one of the “best available” players remaining on the board for 2008 by a couple different recruiting services. I put Mackey’s chances of ever suiting up at a legitimate DI school at less than 50 percent.

Switching gears a bit, Jordan Crawford has narrowed his list of schools to five and Kentucky isn’t among the finalists. Jerry Tipton of The Lexington Herald Leader has the details:

Jordan is considering Xavier, Cincinnati, Texas, Oklahoma and Central Michigan. He’s ”leaning more than heavily“ toward one of those schools, his mother Sylvia said.

The school that Mrs. Crawford is referring to is Xavier, reportedly the second choice for Crawford when he picked Indiana in November of 2006. He’s expected to make his decision sometime this weekend.

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  • pacino

    Crack Kills!

  • hoosier07

    BigA, on your game today…

  • Kelin Blab

    Xavier would be a good fit for jordan will learn to play some D too…good for him…

  • msdiu81

    Who cares about these two? One is a druggie and the other quit on us. I'd rather read about current, loyal players and not IU wannabes.

  • Kelin Blab

    Heard Creen on the radio this afternoon, he said a lot of great things and he will get this ship on the right path ….a few things he said….

    1. A lot of other schools are smashing IU with recruiting lies on the circuit. He said he hates going on recruiting trips seeing coaches he knows that have lied about IU…IN STATE and OUT…….(code word for PURDUE)

    2. He said a kid on the team last year….had a class he NEVER went too….an ONLINE class.

    3. Said they still have one scholly left, may not use it this year and save it for next.

    4. Said the team will run alot this year, create mismatches, and Tijan WILL have to play. He is 7ft with a 7'5 wingspan…he will play according to crean.

  • HoosierSmitty

    Hopefully Crean saw something in that big mass of space that others have not.

  • HoosierSmitty

    I'm going to miss Crawford aka TUO. Tons of potential even though I loved to dis on the kid. Not that Sampson's even connected to Oklahoma anymore, but that's a little ironic to me.

    I hope he makes a good decision and has a solid career, but I'm done with these “former” players in terms of worrying about what they do with their lives.

  • JerryCT

    Its Independence Day……………….so NCAA……………..FREE IU BASKETBALL ( a chant ).

    Maybe we should begin the chant on July 14………that is Bastille Day.

    I have always been able to see how the calls could be difficult to monitor but going to class and grades ? Why would a parent trust their kids' education to IU ? Clearly the Ath Dept did in fact need a complete overhaul

    Of course Jobe will have to play . How long and what offense do we run are the questions.

  • JerryCT

    I really loved Crawford . I hope he goes where it does him good and I can see him on TV

  • In terms of negative recruiting, you can put Kentucky and Louisville on the list with Purdue.

  • oldfan

    Isn't there a rule about negative recruiting? I know it would be hard to prove, but there is a rule,it seems like, for everything else. Any comments Big Al or anybody?

  • hoosierfan27

    Its Big A not Big Al

  • oldfan

    Sorry, typing error.

  • oldfan

    Sorry, typing error.

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