Travis Walton and Durrell Summers are tearing it up in the Moneyball Pro-Am League, according to a Rivals.com report from last week. They’re the only two current Spartans to have participated in games to date. I don’t have enough context to say exactly how positive an indicator a 42-point performance in a summer league game is (Summers posted 42 in a game last weekend).
Drew Neitzel will be joined by a couple other Big Ten players on the Timberwolves’ summer league team: former Gophers Dan Coleman and Vincent Grier. Kevin Love is the big name on the Wolves’ summer league roster.
The Detroit News’s Eric Lacy recently conducted a lengthy interview with Tom Crean. Crean on his relationship with Izzo:
Q: How has Michigan State’s Tom Izzo helped you through this challenging time at Indiana?
A: “Outside of my wife, he’s my best friend. He would be the first to tell you, there’s nothing that he’s been through that resembles this. But he’s supportive and has great ideas. I don’t make many adult decisions without talking to him. Our friendship transcended basketball and competition a long time ago. He always picks the phone up. In this time, where others have really made an open attack on Indiana basketball, I know I never have to worry about that with Tom because of our friendship.”
It certainly will be interesting to see how two guys as close as Izzo and Crean handle playing each other at least two times per season. Hard to say whether things will be more awkward as Crean fields a half-baked roster this upcoming season or down the road when MSU and IU could be playing each other with championships on the line.
Gopher Nation posted a nice early preview of the 2008-09 Minnesota basketball team. He projects three of their five starters to be new guys: freshmen Devoe Joseph and Ralph Sampson and juco transfer Devron Bostick. And he projects a 3rd place finish for the Gophers in the Big Ten–behind Purdue and Ohio State. I give him credit for chutzpah–and for actually attending summer league games to scout the incoming Gophers.