MI-6 hacked into an Al-Qaeda website, replacing a page with bomb-making instructions with a recipe for cupcakes... it's National Doughnut Day. Who decided that, a doughnut lobby? Still, I wish I had a Krispy Kreme near me... The X-Men First Class movie came out (I'm excited); here's a review from NY Mag... Donnie Walsh is out as New York Knicks president. Ugh... the age limit hasn't cut down on NBA Draft busts... a look at John Wooden and how he brought players of different races together.
June starts a real slowdown in news, an increase in Twitter beef over some content crumbs and speculation... it's time for all of us to go outside and enjoy the late Spring, obviously. I'll be around to keep updates going on St. John's news, recruiting notes and Big East news.
Make sure to read up on the Red Storm baseball team at the Charlottesville Regional; Anthony will be keeping us up to date on the happenings on the diamond. In basketball, here's what's happening:
Recruiting notes: these aren't true recruiting notes, since the college coaches can't be out on the road until July. But for now, players are getting better, competing in skills camps as their high school years end. The recruiting services will be tossing out some notes, and we'll compile them as they come out.
According to NY Hoops, Under Armour is holding their Top 100 camp in Georgia this weekend. St. John's 2012 commit Jevon Thomas will be attending, as will possible St. John's targets Isaiah Whitehead (2014 guard/ wing), Jason Boswell (2013 small forward), and Kamari Murphy (2012 forward). Jevon and many of those players run with the Juice All-Stars on the AAU circuit run by Lincoln High School coach Tiny Morton.
Meanwhile, the Pangos All-American camp will be held this weekend. St. John's target Ricardo Gathers is scheduled to attend; so if you're near Cal State-Dominguez Hills, go and show Gathers some love.
Former St. John's commit Davontay Grace committed to Manhattan College before their coaching change. Now, Grace will go to CJEOTO prep school and is looking for more Division I offers.
The Recruit Scoop notes that six foot 2013 guard Kahlil Dukes from Connecticut will attend a St. John's camp; no word if it's an elite camp or not, but we'll assume Steve Lavin and staff are putting one on to look at up and coming talent.
He's apparently been working on scoring less and passing more. At six feet tall, that's a good move. A video:
Johnny Jungle looks at whether the Justins - Burrell and Brownlee - are NBA material as they get workouts with NBA teams. I don't know if either will get a long look, but they may see an NBA camp and have solid careers across to Atlantic.
Zagsblog has an update on Eli Carter, the Rutgers commit, and Mike Taylor, the former Rutgers commit who will be going prep and re-opening his recruitment. Mike Taylor needs to improve his skills, according to Kenny Anderson, quoted in the article; and his consistency needs improvement as well.
The rest of the league: West Virginia will be selling alcohol at football games. If you've got any jokes about that, feel free to let loose in the comments. Burning couches are sure to be a fixture.
South Florida is looking at the former Maryland terrapins commit Martin Breunig, a 6'8" German forward who was released from his LOI when Gary Williams chose to retire. Good old Lamont "Momo" Jones is also taking a visit to South Florida. Good for them. Addendum - the Bulls have hired South Florida coach Steve Roccaforte as a new assistant; he made his reputation as an assistant before being hired for five years at Lamar.
A look at some keys to Cincinnati's hoops success.
More on Fab Melo's temper in practices, and how his incident with the woman isn't the first time; it was, apparently, a reason he lost playing time during the year.