KJís BB Newsletter              May 13, 2001

LAST ISSUE THIS SEASON

Now that the spring recruiting period is over and my NBA teams have been eliminated, itís time to hang up the newsletter for this season.  During the offseason, Iíll be working on the following sections of HoopsZone.net:

Before closing, though, Iíd like to give you a brief preview of next season.

CLONES REBUILDING

The Cyclones will have a lot of holes to fill, having lost four senior starters (All-American Jamaal Tinsley, Paul Shirley, Martin Rancik, and Kantrail Horton), as well as senior forward Richard Evans and freshman Zach Fortune, who has left school.   These six represented 66% of ISUís scoring last year, as well as 63% of itís rebounding.

The 2002 Clones will be built around returning sophomores Shane Power (6í5 F) and Jake Sullivan (6í1 G) and 6í7 senior forward Tyray Pearson.  Omar Bynum, a 6í7 junior forward who only played 69 minutes this past season, will be given a strong shot at starting, as will redshirt center Andrew Skoglund, a 7í1 soph.  None of the other carryovers got more than 14 minutes of playing time last year.

Although the recruiting class is not highly rated, Eustachy has a nose for unearthed talent.  From the juco ranks, heís bringing in 6í7 swing forward Tommie King.  Three freshman signees include: 6í0 Ricky Morgan, a point guard from Pontiac, MI;  6í9 PF Jared Homan from Remsen, IA; and 6í9 PF Adam Schaper from Wheatfield, IN.

DRAKE SHORTHANDED AGAIN

The Bulldogs also lost a lot of talent, with seniors Lamont Evans, Joey Gaw, Aaron Thomas, and Justin Ohl departing.  It would appear that Luke McDonald may transfer to Texas Tech and Iíve heard too that Dontaie Smith has transferred.  Those six represented over 60% of Drakeís scoring and about 50% of its rebounding last year.  Additionally, there are some questions as to whether Alberto Jempierre and Mike OíNeill will be back, after flunking last semester.

So Coach Kanaskie will build on the nucleus of returnees Greg Danielson (6í9 soph center), Andre Sola and Aaron Knight.  The only recruit signed by Kanaskie was Lonnie Randolph, a 6í1 PG from Merrillville, IN.  So, it looks like Kanaskie is going to be awfully shorthanded next year. 

I was very critical, you may recall, in a couple of my newsletters about Evans, Jempierre, OíNeill and Smith letting Drake University, the team and fans down by not making their grades.  In retrospect, I may have been too harsh as it has been reported since that Evans not only stayed in school, but is scheduled to graduate this summer and OíNeill has regained his eligibility.  Good work guys!

HAWKEYES ON THE RISE

Although the Hawks lose four-year starter Dean Oliver and sub Jason Smith, things look pretty rosy in Iowa City now that Reggie Evans and Luke Recker have decided to come back for their senior seasons.  They will be joined by returning senior forwards Duez Henderson and Rod Thompson, senior guard Ryan Hogan, and sophomore forwards Glen Worley and Cortney Scott, as well as soph guard Brody Boyd.  The Hawks return over 78% of itís scoring from last season and over 91% of itís rebounding.

Coach Alford has brought in one of the nationís best recruiting classes, including two studs from Illinois, 6í3 point guard Pierre Pierce and 6í6 swingman Marcellus Sommerville, both of whom were nominated for the McDonaldís All-American game. And during the spring signing period, Alford also grabbed Chauncey Leslie, a 6í1 PG who helped Indian Hills CC to a fourth place finish in the National juco tourney.  The Hawkeyes also have a commitment from 6í11, 200-lb Erek Hansen from Euless, TX, who is likely to redshirt while trying to put on some pounds.

JAYHAWKS RELOAD

KU will have a big hole to fill left by departing senior Kenny Gregory, who led the team in scoring this past year.  Eric Chenowith and Luke Axtell both leave as well, after posting back-to-back disappointing seasons.  Itís doubtful that Mario Kinsey will join the team after football season.  Those four represented 34% of KUís scoring and 38% of itís rebounding last season.

Returning are juniors-to-be Drew Gooden, Kirk Hinrich, and Nick Collison, and fellow starter Jeff Boshee.  Jeff Carey, back for his senior season, will likely get some playing time, as will sophomore Bryant Nash.

Roy Williams landed  a stellar group of recruits, headed by Aaron Miles, a 6í1 point guard and 6í8 power forward Wayne Simien, both rated among the best in the country.  Theyíll be joined by Keith Langford, a 6í5  SG/SF and Milesí long-time friend,  Michael Lee, a 6í3 shooter.  Since junior high, Lee and Miles have played together on the basketball court as well as on the gridiron, where Lee was QB Milesí favorite receiver.

Unfortunately, Williams didnít land a quality center again this year.  I really canít understand why, when itís clear that he could virtually guarantee a starting role to any incoming postman.