Kalin Lucas is at the LeBron James Skills Academy and is reportedly showing a more consistent jumpshot.
Everyone agrees that Travis Walton will be MSU’s leader next season. The question, of course, is whether his offensive production can return to a level that justifies 20+ minutes per game on the floor.
Jamil Wilson lists Duke as one of his top schools, but Duke may not have a mutual interest.
Now we have a reason to file a formal protest: Beyond the Arc has named Illinois the 14th greatest college basketball program–one spot ahead of MSU. He places more weight on Illinois’s consistency (5 more NCAA appearances than MSU; 7 more conference titles) than on MSU’s peak performances (Illinois has no national titles and one fewer Final Four appearance than MSU). Regardless, the in-depth historical information included by Beyond the Arc in the posts on each program is impressive and enlightening.
And a few Big Ten blogger links for good measure:
Eleven Warriors ponders whether recent bad news surrounding the Ohio State basketball program is the signal of a downturn in the program’s strength. My take: probably not so much. Matta seems to have a knack for winning with guys who only stick around a year or two.
Gopher Nation breaks down the EPSY nominees for Best Play, which includes Blake Hoffarber’s buzzer beater at the Big Ten Tournament (his second career nomination!). It was certainly the most amazing basketball play I’ve ever seen in person. Probably won’t beat the “helmet catch” from the Super Bowl, though.
College Basketball Chronotope has the scoop on IU’s newest recruiting commitment, Malik Story. He projects a starting lineup of Devan Dumes, Story, Nick Williams, Kyle Taber, and Tom Pritchard. IU fans are certainly going to need to buy a program this season.