The Big East Media Day is tomorrow, so we can begin our speculating about the teams, the league, and the players based on their first-hand accounts. The Rumble will be there and providing some intel on the site and on Twitter/ Facebook as well.
Until then, we can noodle over Jon Rothstein’s tweet that St. John’s is looking to use 6’7” Bashir Ahmed as a power forward.
Hearing more and more that St. John's is leaning heavily towards using Bashir Ahmed at PF. Built like an ox. Would live at FT line. #SJUBB— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) October 9, 2016
Occasionally? When he comes off the bench? All the time in the starting lineup? That comes with chatter that Shamorie Ponds has been very good in the early going. But these ideas would lead on to think about a short starting lineup (LoVett/ Ponds/ Ellison/ Ahmed/ Yakwe) or... well, you speculate on the options based on the comment above.
Adam Zagoria wrote a solid piece about Tariq Owens and how basketball helped him recover from the loss of his mother from cancer at age 14.
"Basketball was sort of like my safe haven," Tariq said. "My mom was sick, that was a rough time. [Basketball] just took my mind away from a lot of things. It was sort of like a way of expressing myself, just going and playing basketball. It really released a lot of frustrations."
In recruiting, St. John’s has an offer out to a 2020 wing from Wilmington, Delaware.
Soon we will be talking about the Philadelphia area for basketball prospects like we talk about the DMV (DC/Maryland/Virginia suburbs).
Red Storm Tip-Off is next week Friday and an artist named Desiigner is playing.