Today in the Morning Rumble, Jayson Tatum commits to Duke, the Johnnies will play St. Francis NY and Amir Garrett is lighting up the minor leagues.
Duke continues to beat Kentucky at their own game as they landed the number two player in the 2016 class, Jayson Tatum, on Sunday. Tatum, who has a high basketball IQ, a nice mid-range game and the ability to play all over the floor, chose the Blue Devils over St. Louis, Kentucky and North Carolina and may try to convince fellow top five player Harry Giles to join him.
Coach K sent three players to the NBA this season (Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow) after winning the National Title and has reloaded this season, landing Brandon Ingram, Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, and Derryck Thornton.
We already know the Johnnies will face off against Arizona State (in Las Vegas), Rutgers and Incarnate Word, in addition to playing in the Maui Invitational in Hawaii, but Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports announced this morning that St. John's will face St. Francis New York at Madison Square Garden on December 6 as part of the Holiday Festival. Hofstra will play Appalachian State in the following game of the doubleheader.
For St. John's women's basketball fans, head coach Joe Tartamella released his team's 2015-16 non-conference schedule. The slate will include six road games and five games at Carnesecca Arena before tipping off Big East play in December.
The Red Storm face UCLA (in their season opener), UC Riverside, Rutgers, Kansas, UCF and Duquesne on the road and Marist, USF, Fairfield, Sacred Heart and Yale in their home gym.
That's a very difficult slate (especially the games away from Carnesecca), but if any team is capable of pulling off a strong record against high level opponents it's St. John's. They have made eight straight NCAA Tournament appearances and this rigorous non-conference schedule will help them have a shot to reach their ninth.
This is a very enjoyable piece on Amir Garrett, who played in the MLB Future's Game Sunday, from the Zach Braziller of the New York Post. Garrett quit baseball and turned to basketball during his sophomore year of college because the sport made him think of his grandfather, who passed away.
Despite the road block, Garrett pushed through, found a way to deal with the problem and is suddenly lighting up the minor leagues with his terrific arm. Garrett, who gave up one run in one inning on Sunday, has a 2.79 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 84 innings in Single-A as a 23-year old. He is one of the top prospects in the Reds organization after having using his versatile on the St. John's basketball court.
Some rare footage of Michael Jordan ballin' in high school? Yes, please.
Notice the curtain in the background when he goes up for the slam. I'm pretty sure we almost never see that in this day in age.
This is absolutely crazy. St. Louis Eagles guard Jordan Barnes knocked home a buzzer-beater to defeat Team CP3 in the Nike Peach Jam semifinals on Sunday morning. Barnes has been offered by Arkansas State, Indiana State, IUPUI, Missouri State and South Alabama.