Congratulations to Rysheed Jordan, who was named to CollegeInsider.com's all-freshman team, and is one of 26 finalists for their Freshman of the Year award, announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas - location of the Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
Doug McDermott was named NABC National Player of the Year. Would you have picked someone else? McDermott was also a three-time All-American, joining a mostly old-school list of luminaries including Ralph Beard, Tom Gola, Oscar Robertson, Jerry Lucas, Lew Alcindor, Pete Maravich, Bill Walton, David Thompson, Ralph Sampson, Patrick Ewing and Tyler Hansbrough.
St. John's baseball won 11 games in a row before the loss to Towson University on March 29. Kudos to the team, whose baseball RPI sits at 114, but are build to peak in April after playing much of their first month on the road - and going 3-10 in that period. The Johnnies are 15-11 on the season so far. Today, they face Wagner in Staten Island at 3:00 PM.
St. John's and Rutgers will renew rivalries - on the lacrosse field. The Johnnies and the Knights face off this evening in a conference clash (Rutgers is still in the Big East for Lax) at 7:00 PM in New Jersey. The Knights are the Johnnies' most-played opponent, having played each other 21 times in total. Senior Kieran McArdle continues to assault the record books, setting new St. John's highs in points, assists and goals.
Marquette has hired Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski - and Anonymous Eagle counsels patience, as the Golden Eagles lost half their minutes and scoring. Considered the heir apparent to the Duke Blue Devils' empire of winning, Wojo is highly-regarded in coahcing circles. Cracked Sidewalks also has some positive words on Wojo and talks about his skills. And for quotes, check out Paint Touches, who also noted some issues between Buzz Williams and his players, notably Steve Taylor.
A list of players transferring out of the Big East from Banners on the Parkway. Butler has a number of players leaving, and will need to hit the recruiting trails hard.
A former pro basketball agent drops dimes on former UCLA player Tyler Honeycutt, providing evidence that Honeycutt took cash and gifts. The agent didn't sign Honeycutt, which is why he's talking about what goes on behind the scenes of recruiting a college player to an agency. UCLA and Ben Howland reported what they knew, by the way.
And all the other notable dunks from the McDonald's All-American Game.
Any interesting news/ notes that we missed?