‘Round the Web
The First Hip-Hop Hooper?
Master P’s son, Lil Romeo apparently has some game. According to the juvenile hip-hop star cum Nickelodeon darling, he’ll be playing hoops at USC in two years. If he actually suits up for the Trojans he will become the first ever major hip-hopper turned college basketball player. Ma$e, Cam’ron and The Game are among the list of rappers who allegedly had D-1 skills. Master P actually tried out for a couple of NBA teams several years ago. The list of ballers who’ve attempted to make rap careers includes Chris Webber – who actually produced a track on Nas’s Hip-Hop is Dead – former pro Dana Barrows, Allen Iverson, Kobe, Shaq, and most recently Tony Parker! Yes, you heard me correctly. A few weeks ago, the future Tony Longoria released a hip-hop album that is available in France.
Dehere Doing it Fo’ the Kids
Former Seton Hall shooting guard and first round draft pick Terry Dehere was elected to the Jersey City School Board last week. Still Seton Hall’s all-time leading scorer with 2,494 points, Dehere lasted six years in the pros and averaged a whopping 8 ppg game. Dehere has become a successful real-estate developer since retiring from basketball and ran unsuccessfully for a Jersey City City Council seat in 2001. When he was asked what he planned to do to celebrate his victory the former Pirate said he was “going to Disney World with the kids.”
The Domino Effect, D-1 Style
It’s been less than a month since the college basketball season ended and already there have been 50 Division 1 coaching changes. What’s really interesting is tracking the Domino Effect. Just look at what happened when Tubby Smith left Kentucky for Minnesota. Bill Gillespie left Texas A&M to take the Kentucky job. Mark Turgeon left Witchita State to take the A&M job. Greg Marshall left Winthrop to take the Witchita State job. Randy Peele, an assistant at Winthrop got bumped up to the top spot
Meanwhile Tubby’s predecessor at Minnesota, Dan Monson, took the Long Beach State job after Larry Reynolds led the 49ers to a 24-8 record and the Big West regular season and tournament title. Monson was credited with cleaning up the Gophers after an academic scandals decimated the program and there was some talk that a similar scandal was brewing at Long Beach State under Reynolds.
The second-most intriguing Domino Effect was set off by the firing of Michigan coach Tommy Amaker. John Bielein left West Virginia to take the Michigan job. Bob Huggins left Kansas State to take the West Virginia job. A neophyte Huggins assistant, Frank Martin, was then hired to takeover the Kansas State program in large part because of his relationship with incoming recruit Marcus Beasley.
Meanwhile, Amaker ended up at Harvard leaving Frank Sulivan out of a job.
So much for school loyalty.
Testing the Waters
The number of underclassman who’ve declared themselves eligible for the NBA draft has reached a whopping 28. Everyday it seems like one more, increasingly obscure name is added to the list of hopefuls. Most of them are smart enough not to sign with an agent and are therefore eligible to withdraw their names up until 10 days before the draft, but, still, you’ve got to wonder what’s on some of these guys’ minds. Ramon Sessions? Marcelus Kemp? Do these guys realize they play for Nevada? Does Dwight Brewington realize that he only averaged 14 ppg for the Liberty Flames and that his team finished 14-17? Does Delaware State’s Roy Bright realize that he is a 6’6″ forward averaging 15 ppg and 5 rpg in the MEAC? I admire the courage and the willingness to dream big and I even understand that it’s really just a way to gauge where they stand, but who is advising these guys?