Continuing with my series of off-season college basketball notes, here are a bunch of possibly incoherent thoughts that may or may not relate to college basketball (we’ll see!):
- Georgetown forward Greg Whittington tore his ACL and could be out all of next season. This is clearly a very tough loss for a Hoya team that already lost Otto Porter to the NBA Draft. They might enter next season outside of the top 25 and will miss Whittington’s offensive production.
- Boston College continues to make scheduling decisions I approve of. They’re playing at Harvard this season in Lavietes (gonna be a hella environment) and will head down to the Big Apple (the best bball city in the world) twice. They’ll be taking part in the 2k Sports Classic in Madison Square Garden in November. The tourney should be a good one and features a UConn team poised for a big season. The Eagles will return to NYC in December for the Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival (you can read more about that here) for more basketball in The City That Never Sleeps. I’m excited.
- I’m also excited about America East hoops. The conference is on the rise. Last season three teams from the conference won 20 games. Albany eventually won the conference and kept things close in a respectable first round NCAA Tourney loss to Duke. The Great Danes (what an awful nickname) finished with 24 wins. Stony Brook, meanwhile, beat solid teams such as Canisius, Cornell, and UMass en route to a 25 win season. They also came a point away from beating Seton Hall. Vermont was also good, beating Harvard and Northeastern during their 21 win campaign. BU, a team on the rise under coach Joe Jones (the brother of Yale coach James Jones), also had a good season, as did Hartford. Keep a close eye on the America East going forward.
- I just got an update that David Wright hit a home run! YAY!
- Andrew Wiggins is good at jumping.
- Former Texas guard Sheldon McClellan is headed to Miami. While it was a good add for the ‘Canes, McClellan will have to sit out this season, which is unfortunate for a Miami team that will be very young.
- One of the worst things about the college basketball off-season is the fact that there is no college basketball video game to assuage the unpleasantness that comes with the sport’s off-months. There are old ones, like EA’s NCAA Basketball 10, but they all are outdated and weren’t any good to begin with. It stinks. College basketball fans deserve better from the sports video game companies!
That is all for now. Be on the look out for more college hoop notes in the near future.