It was good to be back in a gym today. I checked out the first day of practice at Simeon. You can check out the story here.
The Wolverines have some experience with Jeremy Jones, Brandon Orange and Brandon Spearman, but the present and future of the squad will be determined by a very talented group of sophomores (DeShawn Greer, Tywon Pickney, Rashawn McElroy) and Rob Robinson, who was very hyped heading into high school and should start living up to that billing as a junior this year.
Steve Walker should provide some strength in the post. According to Simeon coach Robert Smith, Walker is no longer committed to Northern Illinois and his recruitment is wide-open.
Smith also named a long list of schools that had interest in Spearman: Iowa State, Baylor, Bradley, Kansas, Miami, Indiana State and Illinois State.
And he also mentioned a conversation he had with Illinois assistant coach Jerrance Howard about Spearman.
"I told him that none of the guards he has coming in can do what Spearman does," Smith said. "They've got a bunch of guys that can score, but you need someone to step up and guard. Spearman is the guy that can guard the other team's best player."
-I saw some reports today that Young guard Chris Colvin added Connecticut to his final list of five (now six I guess) and that he is going to announce his decision tomorrow (Wednesday). That's not what Chris' father told me yesterday (said it would be announced at a press conference on the 19th). I guess we will find out tomorrow.
-Word is that Jacob Williams, who left St. Patrick last month, is going to play at Bartlett this year. Bartlett opens the season against Waukegan, so that could be a very interesting game.
-Expect Marshall coach Courtney Hargrays and Morgan Park coach Mandel Oliver, who were both involved in the paddling controversy, to hold on to their jobs. Nothing has been decided yet, but that is what I'm hearing.
-Isn't it strange that the Public League singled out Young coach Tyrone Slaughter and Von Steuben coach Vince Carter for recruiting Crandall Head? I think it's fairly common knowledge that almost every powerhouse program in the city was recruiting Head. Why were they the only ones punished?