I don't know about "superior," but if given the choice between an elite point guard and an elite combo/shooting guard with equal ability, I'll take the point guard every time.
What about Baylor's history since 2000 -- which includes rapes, assaults, a murder, recruiting violations, and coverups -- has led you to give Baylor any benefit of the doubt? They're a whitewashed tomb.
Essentially, Scott Drew is Hugh Freeze. And Dabo Swinney.
The more a person trumpets his morals and ethics, the more I want to check my pockets after shaking his hand.
The question: Who is perceived BY COLLEGE COACHES to be the biggest cheater in the sport?
John Calipari (Kentucky): 36 percent
Scott Drew (Baylor): 34 percent
Ben Howland (UCLA): 12 percent
Jim Calhoun (Connecticut): 7 percent
Tom Crean (Indiana): 3 percent
Dave Rice (UNLV): 3 percent
On Scott Drew: "I don't even have to blink when I say the answer. He's despised by a lot of people because he comes off holier than God. Meanwhile, everyone knows he's had to cheat big-time to get the program to where it's at. If it wasn't for the God stuff he wouldn't rub people the wrong way as much."
He wasn't wrong, but he certainly wasn't first. Or second. Or third. Nevada put out the "=====" when? On Wednesday or late Tuesday last week, right? Well, after a couple months of silence (following Brian Snow's crystal ball), Rivals' Corey Evans put in his prediction on Monday night. Then a few more Rivals guys put in their prediction before Nevada.
But really, the guy who got it first and right was Brian Snow back in May. He knows more than he's letting on. I mean, Branham wears #22 and is committing at 2:22 on the 22nd. Certainly all of this was planned weeks ago. Snow interviewed Branham on the 28th of May, posted his crystal ball on the same day, and said he'd probably increase his "confidence level" in a couple months. Well, it's been a couple months. Put 2 and 2 together.
If that doesn't clear up the picture, take a guess whom Holtmann followed on Twitter just a couple days after Snow posted his crystal ball? Malaki Branham... who is the very first and only recruit Holtmann has followed on Twitter since he was hired by OSU. Interesting timing, I'd say.
I'm not saying that Branham verbaled to OSU a couple months ago, but I do think he planned next week's commitment back in May, which pretty much let all relevant parties recognize where he was going unless something major changed. And then Corey Evans was the first among the recent bunch to hear that Branham would soon commit (or had already, which I doubt). The rest followed suit.
Have you thought about pushing it to 11? These go to 11.
Have you found it hard to root for Justin Fields? Will you find it hard to root for Trey Sermon? Did you not root for Joe Burrow?
Good stuff, Colin.
I think Sean said it all when he listed OSU, Xavier, and VCU as the programs calling him the most. If you haven't offered a player but have called him as much as the programs who have offered, then the intentions are obvious. As I stated before, I think OSU hasn't offered because they don't want any added attention.
I wouldn't be surprised if one day we simultaneously get news of OSU's offer and Jones' commitment. Heck, I'm opening up to a similar thought about DJ Moore.
He's especially appealing as a committed recruit because he's a point guard who is a true floor general. Seeks to control flow. Tends to dribble the air out of the ball at times, but he's always looking for others. Certainly plays with the mindset beyond his age, which is impressive because he's missed a full high school season, half of another high school season, a full AAU season, and half of the current AAU season. Very experienced despite having little experience.
And while typing this, Meechie just dropped a few more jaws.
edit: Also, Indy Heat is a really strong team. During a normal Nike circuit, probably one of the 3 or 4 best. They have everything but more beef to complement Furst. Think this Blake Sisley fella is a bit underrated.
Watching Meechie and Kalen play in the championship game at an AAU event in Fort Wayne.
Holy crap. The long and short of it is that Meechie Johnson is an absolute stud. Kid is top-25 good and there's no debate about it.
To Snow's credit, though, he hasn't increased the confidence level on his crystal ball, which has stuck at a 4 since he posted it a few months ago. But he also hasn't withdrawn his crystal ball, either.
Anywho, it's 2020 and a crystal ball's "confidence level" is now part of our lingo. Shoot me.
Thanks, Colin. My guess is that there was a positive comment made by Branham (or his group) about OSU, Corey Evans posted his prediction, and then others tagged on to it -- with some claiming an actual commitment. If Branham commits to OSU, watch him do it in the fall and before certain insiders claim that Branham verbaled back in July.
Only a couple days behind Corey Evans. Impressive.
If we see an announcement that includes a tentative schedule, my guess is the NCAA goes the way of the NAIA and NJCAA with a shortened season that starts in January. Perhaps only conference games before a national tournament consisting of only 16 teams.
My guess, though, is that we see a major college football or overall NCAA announcement before a basketball-specific announcement.
By the way, my answer is a yes; that would be great. If not for the current situation, I'd request that you interview Etzler in person. Preferably at a restaurant that serves big portions.
If OSU is developing bigs that nicely, then the staff needs to do a better job relaying that success to their recruits. I don't at all get the impression that blue-chip centers view OSU as one of the best places to prepare them for the pros. A few top-50 centers might put OSU on their shortlist, but signing Diallo and Key is no better than a single stretched to a double in the recruiting world.
In other words, Holtmann and Terry Johnson need to watch Glengarry Glen Ross and take some notes. We'll see by next spring if they deserve to drink a cup of coffee.
What's the status of a groomsman?
As for Jones and McMillan, Ohio State wanted to get another good look at both of them on the Nike EYBL circuit.
If the AAU season were running as planned and if recruiting visits were permitted, I fully expect that either Jones or McMillan (perhaps both) would have been offered by now. But without all the events and visits, there just isn't a pressing need to offer local players until other major programs make moves to offer. I mean, the only reputable program from a power conference to have offered Jones so far is Xavier from back in April. No reason for OSU to create a stampede with an offer. Then again, Louisville and Purdue have offered McMillan, so perhaps Holtmann is nearing a decision for that reason alone.
Definitely agree that Jones is the favored commit. Hope it happens, too. On paper, Johnson and Jones would be our best back-to-back point guard duo since... well, Craft and Scott. The latter two would have the edge on defense but certainly not on offense.
I guess the silver lining is that many have considered Louisville to be on Efton Reid's shortlist. I still don't expect that Reid will become a Buckeye, but the Wiz going to the 'Ville won't hurt our chances.
Still sucks to miss out on Wiznitzer, though. I thought he'd fit extremely well with our roster and our style.
This is where things like scheduling a Cincinnati or X or Dayton as the opener would be fun.
Another Cincy-type game right out of the gate? Are you mad? Are you a masochist?
I kid, but the first half against UC was such an insult to the game of basketball that I hope we just go back to the tried-and-true approach of scheduling the first couple games as tune-ups.
We looked horribly pathetic in the first half (though pretty darn good in the second half), but then shortly after the game I wondered how often OSU has played that kind of quality opponent to start the season. I looked at OSU's schedules going back to the 80s or so. Pretty much every season started with at least a couple cupcakes. Heck, the two great Randy Ayers' teams from the early 90s had like 7 gimme games apiece to start the season. Matta usually started with two or three "buy games."
OSU's home non-conference schedule is abysmal. Perhaps the worst ever. I bet we're doing everything we can to pull a home game for the challenge. If it happens, that's my guess for the reason why.
Then again, given the likely uncertainty about the virus going into the fall months, it might not be a bad thing to have such a bad home schedule. Risk minimized. And our home basketball fans already know how to socially distance themselves.
I will say, though, that if OSU does play an away game for the challenge, our best non-conference home game will be Akron. Again... Akron.
No doubt Holtmann and the administration are strongly requesting a home game. Otherwise, our 2020 non-conference schedule will be the worst we've seen in a very long time. Possibly ever. It really, really sucks. Even if we get lucky and play, say, Louisville at home, that's a pretty bad collection of games for season-ticket buyers.
Now for those searching for pitchforks, understand that this is the fallout when you schedule one of those early-season tournaments. The B4A essentially steals four opportunities for four home games against nameworthy opponents.
My prediction for OSU's opponent is Notre Dame. OSU is due an away game. Notre Dame has played 3 home games versus 4 away games. They played an away game last year. They're due a home game this year. OSU finished tied for 5th in the B1G. Notre Dame finished tied for 6th in the ACC. Finally, OSU has yet to play Notre Dame in the challenge.
Could also see NC State, Louisville, or Syracuse. Louisville probably plays a team assumed to be better though (e.g., Wisconsin, Iowa, or MSU).
I expect our B1G-ACC Challenge game to be away. OSU has played 10 homes games versus 9 away. Moreover, if we were to play a home game this year, that would make it 3 out of the last 4 that have been at home. I don't see that happening.