Creepiness abounds in the recruitment of one-time MSU target JaKarr Sampson, who will be transferring to Brewster Academy prep school in New Hampshire. His now openly acknowledged academic problems were cited by his mother as the reason for the transfer, but his high school coach, Dru Joyce II, has lashed out at the colleges recruiting Sampson, specifically Xavier, for luring him away from Akron Saint Vincent-Saint Mary's to have more control: "I truly believe he still wants to be here, but they just tore him away from us." Ugh. The best I can say is that I didn't see Michigan State or Tom Izzo mentioned in any of the articles I found. Also no word on whether Sampson is reclassifying to 2012, as had originally been rumored.
UoM picked up another commitment in their 2011 class from Columbus, Ohio point guard Trey Burke, once committed to Penn State. Scout has him ranked as the #22 point guard in the class.
Gary Harris visited Indiana on Saturday and will be at Notre Dame this Sunday. His father has said nothing more to dispel the air of mystery. Here's a selection of quotes from him in the Indy Star: "We'd like for him to stay reasonably close to home so we can see him play. . .But it's not the only factor"; "Some of the places on his list are more of a long shot than others, but . . .we haven't told anybody that we're not going to consider them"; "We'll take a deeper dive into some programs and go from there". Consider yourselves informed.
Ballin' is a Habit has posted their synthesis of the three major recruiting services rankings, which includes average deviation in the three rankings. The results have Branden Dawson at #13. The weirdness of ranking players listed by one service but not others results in Dwaun Anderson and Brandan Kearney being tied at #120 (Anderson is #89 in Rivals, Kearney is #89 in ESPN and neither is ranked by the other services).
In case you were unaware (as I was), basketball at the 2010 Youth Olympics is a half-court 3-on-3 affair. Here's the description from the official website:
Basketball 3 on 3 will debut at the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games as an Olympic sport. There will be two teams made up of three players each on court at any one time. This adrenaline-packed game is played on a half court, with one basketball hoop. It includes two intensive periods of five minutes each. The team to first score 33 points or is leading the game after the regular game time is the winner.Despite 10 points from MSU commit Brandan Kearney the US fell to Greece in the bronze medal game. In what was probably a bruising final, Serbia beat Croatia for the gold 22-9.