Today in the Morning Rumble, two Indiana players were dismissed, Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht had surgery on his hip, the NBA Draft Combine wrapped up Day One and St. John's is making some huge strides with their spring sports success.
A couple of days following an incident on campus that involved a marijuana citation, Devin Davis, who had a rough sophomore year, has been dismissed. Hanner Mosquera-Perea, one of the most experienced big men on their team, was not cited, but this is not the first time he was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He too was dismissed from the program.
With Tom Crean on the hot seat coming off a disappointing end of last season, this certainly doesn't improve his status and it doesn't improve their interior depth. The Hooisers will have to win big this season or the fans in Bloomington will be calling for his name yet again.
The Michigan Wolverines have talent, experience and terrific guard play but they weren't able to stay healthy last season. Now the issues are spilling over into the offseason as rising senior guard Spike Albrecht had his second hip surgery since the season's end.
This is not a pretty procedure. Albrecht told the Detroit Free Press that his labrum was torn and "I had a fracture in there that he (the doctor) just shaved down."
In Chicago, the NBA Draft Combine began on Thursday and the Harrison Twins were the center of attention as they were some of the biggest names working out at the Quest Multisport Complex.
Aaron told Andy Katz that he and Andrew are prepared to separate (unlike the Morris Twins) and that "we really don't even care that much."
How did some of your favorite college players perform at the event? Draft Express has the best Draft Combine Day One recap around. One of my favorite story lines is Notre Dame's Pat Connaughton, who showed his sneaky athleticism by finishing second in Combine history in the vertical jump (44"). He was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 4th round but he wants to prove scouts that he can play at the NBA level.
Kentucky has missed out on a number of high-profile recruits this offseason but they have jumped back into the mix for 5-star big man Caleb Swanigan while Purdue and California also remain strong contenders. The 6'8" big man from Indiana recently decommitted from Tom Izzo and the Michigan State Spartans for reasons that are unknown.
Switching over to the diamond, the St. John's baseball team won it's 10th game in a row on Thursday, defeating Southern Illinois, 9-2. The Johnnies are having a tremendous season (34-14) and will finish the regular season with two more games (Friday and Saturday) at home against the Salukis.
The St. John's softball team is also having an outstanding year led by Erin Burner, who picked up a spot on the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All-Great Lakes Region team (second team). Tori Free also joined Burner on the team, making the third team.
In St. John's recruiting news, Our Savior New American's Kassoum Yakwe and JUCO transfer Bashir Ahmed are visiting unofficially this weekend. Yakwe would be a special addition to the team in 2016 because he plays similar to Chris Obekpa but with more athleticism.
One final note: The NCAA Men's Basketball Rules Committee will vote on rule changes Friday. The 30 second shot clock should be in our future.