Friday, January 21, 2005

Hoops Notes

Yet more proof that Jarrett Jack is shouldering too much of the offensive burden. When a scouting report for NCST talks about a player's defensive talent by mentioning that he "held Jarrett Jack to 16 points", that's a problem. The way I see it, that should be about his average, and maybe even less.

TURKISH PICK POCKET --Sophomore guard, Engin Atsur, has become a defensive stopper lately. In two recent games, the native of Istanbul, Turkey, held Duke's J.J. Redick to 8 points and Georgia Tech's Jarrett Jack to 16 while recording 5 steals.

Looks like VaTech will be ready for the Jackets:

Tech heads to Atlanta to play Georgia Tech on Saturday with a sense of confidence.

"At first we were in awe of the ACC," Dowdell said. "We were asking ourselves, 'How good are these teams going to be?' But after the Clemson and North Carolina State games, we're obviously on an emotional high and ready for anybody."

For an injury report click here. Elder will be a gametime decision and the bigger decision about Jeremis Smith's future is at least another 2 weeks away.

In my "Where are they now" segment, I found mention of Craig "Noodles" Neal. He's currently the Iowa associate head coach, and had spent the past 8 seasons with the Toronto Raptors.............. Here's an article about a former state of GA PG standout who's dreams of major Div I hoops were ruined by an injury - just goes to show you how fragile things are and should reinforce the importance of an education...

For an interesting look around the ACC, read this story. The bit on John Gilchrist is very interesting - that Gary Williams convinced him to stay. It is also interesting how open they are about the fact that he is listening to outside influences re: the NBA. Not suprising he's doing it, just surprising they're talking about it..........Here's more about how college hoops is not smarting too bad over early entry players......Lastly, talk about an absolute trouncing of the ACC by the Washington Times. Yes they give the league SOME due, but mostly point out why it is completely overrated.....