Monday, May 30, 2011

Just a few things before picnic time

Devan Newman leaves Louisville to take the assistant coach gig at Weber State.

Nicky Anosike finds her new location with the Washington Mystics suits her well.

ESPN cautions fans not to expect too much from rookie Maya Moore this season.

SLAMonline's WNBA previews archives.

Have a great Memorial Day.

U16 team announced

Big things poppin - here they are:

Recee’ Caldwell
Jordin Canada
Kaela Davis
Rebecca Greenwell
Linnae Harper
Stephanie Mavunga
Erica McCall
Taya Reimer
Mercedes Russell
Jannah Tucker
Sydney Umeri
Jatarah White

I'm not surprised at any of the selections - particularly Erica McCall and Mercedes Russell, who I've previewed and photographed for this space for a while now.

Congratulations to all.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Justine Hartman to attend Cal

The former UCLA signee, granted a release from her Letter of Intent two weeks ago, will play for Cal.

Catching up with the WNBA

Last night the Los Angeles Sparks defeated the Phoenix Mercury 83-72 in Albequerque, New Mexico. It's too bad the Sparks' news release doesn't include the attendance figures for the game, as the WNBA was testing the site for interest in considering the city for a team.

This morning the Atlanta Dream played in its Great Britain exhibition, handily putting away the host team 82-51.

This afternoon, the Seattle Storm pulled one out against the Tulsa Shock, who fought hard. The final score was 76=71. Superstar Australian import Elizabeth Cambage, in her first WNBA game for the Shock, said she was so nervous she threw up before the game. It's refreshing to hear about that kind of passion and caring in this day and age.

And then there were 34

U16 team is cut again today, from 53 to 34. Here's who is left standing.

Camp is over and the final, final cut will come soon.

My two horses are still in the race, so I'm pleased.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

U16 roster cut to 53

There were two cuts today at camp - one around lunch time and the second late this afternoon. Here is who is still standing:

Lindsay Allen

Lynee' Belton

Jayda Bovero

Tasia Butler

Recee’ Caldwell

Sierra Calhoun

McKenzie Calvert

Jordin Canada

Alexis Carter

Jamie Cherry

Alaina Coates

Nia Coffey

Kendall Cooper

Kaela Davis

LaJahna Drummer

Sadie Edwards

Courtney Ekmark

Mackenzie Engram

Makayla Epps

Allisha Gray

Gabrielle Green

Rebecca Greenwell

Taryn Griffey

Linnae Harper

Kelli Hayes

Kianna Holland

Breonn Hughey

Jessica Jackson

Alex Lapeyrolerie

Erin Mathias

Stephanie Mavunga

Erica McCall

Kelsey Mitchell

Mariya Moore

Jaime Nared

Mikayla Reese

Taya Reimer

Jordan Reynolds

Alyssa Rice

Taylor Rooks

Mercedes Russell

Karlie Samuelson

Vanessa Smith

Lindsey Spann

Jannah Tucker

Brianna Turner

Sydney Umeri

Mikayla Venson

Jessica Washington

Makayla Waterman

Kendall Waters

Jatarie White

Peyton Whitted

USA Basketball stuff

USA Basketball interviews five of the participants after day two of the U16 trials.

In further USA Basketball news, it's nice to see Jacki Gemelos doing well. One publication thought so, too.


New UCSB Coach Carlene Mitchell has hired two former Rutgers players as her assistants.


Storm media day notebook has some good bits. According to player tweets, they had a lot of fun on their media day yesterday.....again. (Maybe that's one of the reasons they win so much together).

Sheryl Swoopes and Betty Lennox are ready to lead the Shock to success.

Hires of non-whites in women's basketball declining, organization says

A study by the Black Coaches and Administrators found that the hiring of non-whites to major positions in women's basketball is in decline.


Friday, May 27, 2011

One week until the start of WNBA season


WNBA President Laurel Richie has issued a statement on the passing of Margo Dydek earlier today.

The league is testing for interest in Albequerque, New Mexico by staging a game there tomorrow: Sparks vs. Mercury at 6 p.m. MDT. The Sparks and their coaching staff left on a plane this morning.

Connecticut Sun guard Kara Lawson discusses the next step in the evolution of her game.


ESPN has done a story like mine on Oregon prep star Mercedes Russell. In theirs, they even use the term "under the radar," like we did. But they might want to note that Russell is from Springfield - not Eugene.

She is currently trying out for the U16 team in Colorado. ESPN's Chris Hansen is there, and will provide full reports soon.

NCAA approves three-point line rule change

Remember that proposal to move the women's line back? It's been approved:

In women's basketball, the 3-point line will be moved back to 20 feet, 9 inches, which is the standard in the men's game. That means those floors that have been home to both men's and women's games no longer must contain multiple 3-point lines.

This is supposedly to encourage more inside play, but is this fair?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Tasty nuggets

As the WNBA pre-season heats up, the great stories are pouring forth........

The picture on this story should be framed: the Shock offered some senior players tips before their big game.

Tina Thompson is the only original player left in the WNBA. Sparks teammate Noelle Quinn watched her play growing up. Now that's a trip.

Phoenix point guard Temeka Johnson talks about the upcoming season, her alma mater LSU, and more.


Tennessee's Glory Johnson has always been a beast, according to her hometown newspaper.

A former Heisman trophy winner addresses the sense of entitlement he sees in today's college athletes.

Margo Dydek, 37, dies

A week after suffering a heart attack and being placed in a medically-induced coma, former WNBA athlete Margo Dydek has died.

I'm speechless right now. What a tragedy.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Today's WNBA pre-season results

The Silver Stars beat the Sun 80-56, and the Norwich paper says the losers looked lousy.

In California, the Sparks topped the Storm 71-66. Candace Parker lead LA with 17 points.

U19, World University Games finalists named

U19 roster:

2011 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Championship Team Finalists Roster


Jordan Adams G 6-1 165 02/20/94 2012 Mater Dei H.S. Irvine, CA
Cierra Burdick F 6-2 160 09/30/93 2011 Butler H.S. / #Tennessee Matthews, NC
Diamond DeShields F 6-1 155 03/05/95 2013 Norcross H.S. Norcross, GA
Stefanie Dolson C 6-5 210 01/08/92 2014 Connecticut Port Jervis, NY
Bria Hartley G 5-10 142 09/30/92 2014 Connecticut North Babylon, NY
Mo Jefferson G 5-6 125 03/18/94 2012 Texas Home Ed.s Sports Assoc. Glenn Heights, TX
Alexis Jones G 5-8 150 05/08/94 2012 Irving MacArthur H.S. Irving, TX
Betnijah Laney G/F 6-0 160 10/29/93 2011 Smyrna H.S. / #Rutgers Clayton, DE
Ariel Massengale G 5-6 149 06/10/93 2011 Bolingbrook H.S. / #Tennessee Bolingbrook, IL
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis F 6-0 180 11/03/93 2011 Mater Dei H.S. / #Connecticut Anaheim, CA
Meighan Simmons G 5-9 126 01/25/92 2014 Tennessee Cibolo, TX
Imani Stafford F/C 6-7 185 10/11/94 2012 Winward H.S. Los Angeles, CA
Breanna Stewart F/C 6-4 170 08/27/94 2012 Cicero-North Syracuse H.S. / *Conn. North Syracuse, NY
Morgan Tuck F 6-2 185 04/30/94 2012 Bolingbrook H.S. / *Connecticut Bolingbrook, IL
Elizabeth Williams C 6-3 195 06/23/93 2011 Princess Anne H.S. / #Duke Virginia Beach, VA




WUG roster:

2011 USA Basketball Women’s World University Games Team Finalists Roster


Elena Delle Donne G/F 6-5 195 09/05/89 2013 Delaware Wilmington, DE
Skylar Diggins G 5-10 145 08/02/90 2013 Notre Dame South Bend, IN
Jacki Gemelos G 6-0 165 11/22/88 2012 USC Stockton, CA
Keisha Hampton F 6-2 170 02/22/90 2012 DePaul Philadelphia, PA
Shenise Johnson F 5-11 164 12/08/90 2012 Miami Henrietta, NY
Glory Johnson F 6-3 170 07/27/90 2011 Tennessee Knoxville, TN
Lynetta Kizer C 6-4 215 04/04/90 2012 Maryland Woodbridge, VA
Natalie Novosel G 5-11 165 11/22/89 2012 Notre Dame Lexington, KY
Chiney Ogwumike F 6-3 174 03/21/92 2014 Stanford Cypress, TX
Nneka Ogwumike F 6-2 188 07/02/90 2012 Stanford Cypress, TX
Devereaux Peters F 6-2 164 10/08/89 2011 Notre Dame Chicago, IL
Odyssey Sims G 5-8 155 07/13/92 2014 Baylor Irving, TX
Shekinna Stricklen G/F 6-2 172 07/30/90 2012 Tennessee Morrilton, AR
April Sykes G/F 6-1 187 07/30/90 2012 Rutgers Starkville, MS

(Some teams just have all the players, don't they?)




Official announcement on Loree Moore

From Sparks HQ:

Point Guard Loree Moore Leaves the Los Angeles Sparks
Five-Year WNBA Veteran had Joined the Sparks this Off-Season

LOS ANGELES – Loree Moore, a 5’9” point guard, has decided to leave the Los Angeles Sparks due to medical reasons, it was announced Wednesday.

“Loree will unfortunately not be able to continue her WNBA career with the Sparks due to health issues,” General Manager Penny Toler said. “We wish her all the best in the future.”

The Carson, Calif., native joined the Sparks in February after previously playing five seasons (2005-09) with the New York Liberty. There she averaged 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 155 regular season league games. Moore was a 2007 WNBA All-Defensive Team selection, and helped New York reach the 2008 Eastern Conference Semifinals.

The Sparks’ 2011 training camp roster currently stands at 13 players entering today’s preseason game vs. the Seattle Storm.

Check out that last line. With only two more cuts to make, the Sparks are looking powerful right now. If they stay healthy.

Kai Felton leaves Oregon for Cal

After two years as assistant at Oregon, former USC assistant Kai Felton is going to Cal.

Loree Moore stepping away from the Los Angeles Sparks

Rumors began on twitter over an hour ago. Now Loree Moore has posted the following on her Facebook page:

Family, Friends and Fans...This was the hardest desicion for me to
make but I will not be playing w/the LA Sparks this summer due to
medical issues w/my body. I'm going to take the time that I truly need
to get this body of mine completely healed and healthy from head to
toe. Thank you all for your support and love leading up to this point
its truly been great and a blessing! Much love

A Sparks spokesman said the organization could not confirm or deny rumors, but will make an announcement at noon, as the team begins their first pre-season game against the Seattle Storm.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Droppin' it

Not even sure where to start........


Ohio State assistants Kelley Meury and Pete Gaudet are leaving the program.

Oregon assistant Kai Felton is leaving.

USA Basketball:

ESPN takes a look at participants in this weekend's U16 trials.

Academic progress:

The NCAA is working with historically-black colleges and universities on academic rate declines.

IUPUI will lose two scholarships next year due to poor academic progress.

Eastern Kentucky will lose one, University of South Florida loses two, Tennessee-Martin loses one.


Pre-season games have begun. Today the Lynx prevailed over Indiana, 71-66. (I am pulling for a certain short player on the Fever to make the final cut).

Tomorrow the Storm are at LA at noon. Wish I could go, but it's in the middle of the work day.

Hoopfeed has a bunch of great WNBA story links here.

Margo Dydek:

Hoopfeed has an update.

USA Basketball U19 player profiles

Some interesting reading here, on our top representatives.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Random items

Dydek watch:

WNBA players are sending prayers to Margo Dydek, who is only "a tiny bit better," according to her family.

Cheryl Miller answers some questions.

There are reasons why Storm rookie Krystal Thomas is mature beyond her years.

One more tip sheet from the West Coast Premier Spring Invitational, and this one's my favorite.

Los Angeles Sparks players in sync, healthy and ready for 2011

My season preview story of the Sparks.

I went to a practice, and there really is something different about them this year.

We'll see.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

U19 team tryouts begin today

The last are arriving in Colorado today, just in time for the first practice in U19 team tryouts. Good luck to all.

Nice story: WNBA rookie Jessica Breland is a veteran in life's lessons.

Longtime ODU Coach Wendy Larry has left a legacy.

As Connecticut Sun players worked on a Habit for Humanity project yesterday, their thoughts were on former teammates Margo Dydek, still clinging to life after suffering a heart attack Friday.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Just a few little heres and theres

I've had an amazing couple of days that have involved coaching girls flag football, going to a Sparks practice, and watching some of my kids win a regional track and field section championship. Life is good.

In the basketball world, the work before the harvest continues.........


UCLA's new assistant coaches are Shannon Perry, Tony Newnan and Jenny Roulier-Huth.

UA Coach Niya Butts has been named one of the most influential African-Amerians in Southern Arizona.


Yikes: right after a story ran about how happy Jayne Appel was to be healthy and playing, the Silver Star has knee surgery.

Hoopfeed has a great interview with the underrated Amber Holt.

Elizabeth Cambage made it to Tulsa.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Carlene Mitchell named UC Santa Barbara coach

Carlene Mitchell, who has worked for the last decade as an assistant and associate coach to C. Vivian Stringer at Rutgers, is the Gauchos' new coach. She already made a good impression at today's news conference by making an effort to shake the hand of one of the school's most revered former coaches.

More on Margo Dydek: her sister says she has a heart arrhythmia.

Margo Dydek suffers heart attack

The news isn't formally reported yet, but the Internet is on fire about news of former WNBA player Margo Dydek's heart attack earlier today. The 37-year-old post is three months pregnant and is now in an induced coma. What a tragedy.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A little more

Two good pieces on Pokey Chatman's first three days with the Chicago Sky:

Sylvia Fowles is reunited with her former college coach, who she says "don't take no crap."

Courtney Vandersloot has already learned a lot.

It's DeWanna Bonner's "time to shine" with the Phoenix Mercury.


UC Santa Barbara will introduce their new head coach tomorrow morning.

Kansas loses another one.

UNCW player says she didn't ask for release

Two days ago, it was announced that three players at Cynthia Cooper-Dyke's University of North Carolina-Wilmington had been granted releases from the team.

One - Jessica Cohen - now says she never asked for the release, as UNCW reported.

The season began in controversy last fall, when Julia Finlay left the team after suffering harsh punishment at a practice run by assistant coach Johnetta Hayes.

So what's up at UNCW?

Mid-week WNBA update

It's day four of training camp, and several teams have had their media days. I went to Sparks media day today, and I'll provide more details later on

That website has a good update roundup for what's going on right now.

Carolyn Peck weighs in on the WNBA.

Seattle Storm color analyst-now UW assistant coach Adia Barnes will have basketball camps next month.

USA Basketball/high school:

The four USA Basketball U16 court coaches have been named.

More sage recruiting advice from ESPN's Mark Lewis.

Maya Moore signed by Jordan Brand

Today the decorated UConn star became the first female basketball player to be signed by the Nike Jordan Brand name, to represent their products. Now that's a good look for women's hoops.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

More leaving


Wendy Larry steps down at Old Dominion after 30 years. She'll stay at the University, working in the Office of University Advancement. Wow.

Kye Allums leaves George Washington University's basketball team, and doesn't give a reason.

UTEP loses two players, including top guard Dietra Caldwell.


ESPNW has five things to know about WNBA training camp.

Kalana Greene has mixed emotions about being traded from New York to Connecticut.

You can never say enough about Tamika Catchings.


Tennessee associate head coach Holly Warlick talks about the annual motorcycle ride she and Nikki Caldwell just completed. They go each year to raise money for breast cancer research.

DI, DIII, total attendance up

Hey, here's some great news:

NCAA women’s basketball attendance for the 2010-11 season surpassed 11 million for the fourth consecutive year as record highs were achieved in Divisions I and III. Attendance for all three NCAA divisions was 11,159,837, good for second all-time and just short of the record 11,160,293 set in 2008-09.

Division I attendance in 2010-11 led the way with an all-time high of 8,127,779. The Division I record had been 8,090,084 set in 2007-08. Division II totaled 1,692,085 fans, while Division III also set a record at 1,206,054.

A record 333 Division I teams averaged 1,642 fans in 4,949 games or sessions this season, up slightly from 2009-10. The record of 1,693 fans per game was set in 2007-08.

DI leaders:

Iowa State
Notre Dame
New Mexico
Michigan State
Texas Tech

UCLA adds point guard Alexis Perry

Ah, the rumors I heard last week were true: Brea Olinda's Alexis Perry has signed with UCLA. Allegedly, the talented senior is a late signer because some colleges were scared away by her previous injuries, to both knee and shoulder. Patience appears to have paid off, however. Just a few days ago, Perry's teammate Justine Hartman was released from her letter of intent with the Bruins.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Back in the swing!


Sheryl Swoopes' comeback is under way with the Shock.

The Silver Stars' Jayne Appel is happy.

Candace Parker talks about her past season in Russia and her upcoming season with the Sparks.

The Dream's training camp roster, so far.

Club ball:

While Boo Williams was coaching at the West Coast Premier Spring Invitational this weekend, Ganon Baker and Dee Brown were working with top recruits at Boo's place: the Nike Regional Skills Academy.

And speaking of that invitational, ESPN covered a game that I missed while watching Boo vs. FBC Blue, and they were there yesterday too. How convenient. And goooo, California!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

More on West Coast Premier Spring Invitational

More pictures from yesterday.......

Erica McCall (left) of Cal Sparks Gold battles a MOC Elite Black player for the ball in the first half of play.

CSG guard Kari Korver has a word with Coach Elbert Kinnebrew during a free throw.

Mercedes Russell (left) watches her shot fall against the Stockton Mustangs.

Still waiting for the final brackets to be updated on this fine tournament.

First day of training camp

The Shock has quotes.

The Mystics have pictures.

So do the Silver Stars.

The Storm have lots of information, via twitter.

Hopefully the rest of the league's teams will post something about day one.

In the meantime the Shock's top pick, Liz Cambage, is having trouble getting here due to Visa issues.

Bonus: Stephanie Glance on the role of an assistant coach.

UCLA releases Justine Hartman from letter of intent

The top prospect from Brea Olinda High School is on the recruiting trail again after being released from her committment to UCLA. She had previously verbaled to Boston College, and was released from that too.

Also today: Aly Beebe has been admitted to Stanford.

West Coast Premier Basketball Academy Spring Invitational, Day one recap

Pictures and slideshow.

What a bangin, loaded tournament. High-quality teams. Just addicting.

I'll have more pictures later today on

I'm not at the tourney today, but IM in OC is. He reports that this morning, Boo beat Cal Swish 53-43; Team Taurasi beat the Lady Warriors 48-34; GSB beat DFW 56-53; WCP beat Cal Sparks (score unknown). WCP and GSB will face off in the semis at 1 p.m., with Boo vs. Taurasi on the other side of the bracket.

Mercedes Russell: emerging from under the radar

Mercedes Russell makes a shot in the first half of play yesterday.

I got a chance to see the Springfield, Oregon prep star - whom I wrote about in March - play in person yesterday at the West Coast Premier Spring Invitational.

Impressed isn't the word. She's amazing for her age, in skill and poise.

I met her and her mother after the game, and it finished me off: I'm a full-fledged Mercedes Russell fan now. Interview.

There are a few more Mercedes pictures on the tournament story link, coming right up.

Three different takes on WNBA training camp

Lauren Jackson is stressed out, but the rest of the Storm is "a little old happy family."

The Fever roster is taller this year.

The Sparks were running a hospital last year. This year, they're starting out full-staffed and healthy.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

WNBA training camp: players are excited

It's been over a month since the WNBA draft, and players finally begin training camp tomorrow. What a long haul. And perhaps because of this, athletes seem to be more excited than usual.

A number of players, and some teams, have posted on twitter how excited they are for tomorrow. Sparks forward Delisha Milton-Jones said tonight felt like the night before the first day of school.

Teammmate Kristi Toliver had some bad news, though: she said that she had an abnormal EKG during a physial and couldn't practice tomorrow. Yikes.

Good luck to everyone in training camp.


Jackson State has asked coach Denise Taylor to resign or be fired.

Parade All-American team

Congrats to the Parade Magazine All-American team:

Name, Position, Ht. High School College*


Promise Amukamara, G, 5'8" Apollo (Ariz.) Arizona State
Kaneisha Atwater, G, 5'7" Westwood (Fla.) Old Dominion
Rachel Banham, G, 5'10" Lakeville North (Minn.) Minnesota
Taylor Brown, G, 5'7" Bishop McNamara (Md.) Georgetown
Cierra Burdick, G/F, 6'2" Butler (N.C.) Tennessee
Mariah Byard, G, 5'10" North Marion (W. Va.) Ohio University
Madison Cable, G, 6'0" Mt. Lebanon (Pa.) Notre Dame
Briyona Canty, G, 5'9" Trenton Catholic Academy (N.J.) Rutgers
Krista Donald, G, 5'11" Lake (Miss.) Georgia
Lexi Eaton, G, 5'11" Springville (Utah) BYU
Keiahnna Engel, G, 5'8" Dimond (Alaska) Boise State
Temi Fagbenle, F, 6'4" Blair Academy (N.J.) Harvard
Krystal Forthan, F, 6'4" Georgetown (Tex.) LSU
Bria Goss, G, 5'11" Ben Davis (Ind.) Kentucky
Reshanda Gray, F/C, 6'3" Washington Prep (Calif.) UC Berkeley
Sara Hammond, F, 6'2" Rockcastle County (Ky.) Louisville
Amber Henson, F/C, 6'4" Sickles (Fla.) Duke
Jasmine Hines, F/C, 6'3" Central Lake (Mich.) Michigan State
Kayla Hoohuli, G, 5'10" St. Marys (Pa.) Canisius
Sarah Imovbioh, F/C, 6'2" St. Anne's-Belfield (Va.) Virginia
Brandi Jeffrey, G, 5'8" St. James (La.) Nebraska
Erika Johnson, G/F, 6'1" Holy Names Academy (Wash.) UC Berkeley
Jamie Katuna, G, 5'7" Longmont (Colo.) San Francisco
Jordan Kelley, G, 5'10" Campbell County (Wyo.) Washington State
Betnijah Laney, G, 6'0" Smyrna (Del.) Rutgers
Samantha Logic, G/F, 5'10" Case (Wis.) Iowa
Cartaesha Macklin, G, 5'7" Lafayette (Fla.) Southern Illinois
Ally Malott, G/F, 6'3" Madison (Ohio) Dayton
Ariel Massengale, G, 5'6" Bolingbrook (Ill.) Tennessee
Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, G, 6'0" Mater Dei (Calif.) UConn
Jenzel Nash, G/F, 5'8" Worthing (Tex.) UTEP
Amber Orrange, G, 5'7" Westbury Christian (Tex.) Stanford
Cassie Peoples, G, 5'6" Cy-Fair (Tex.) Texas
Jen Reese, F, 6'2" Clackamas (Ore.) Colorado
Kiah Stokes, C, 6'3" Linn-Mar (Iowa) UConn
Alexyz Vaioletama, F, 6'1" Mater Dei (Calif.) USC
Maiki Viela, G, 5'7" Lahainaluna (Hawaii) Gonzaga
Danielle Walczak, C, 6'1" Oyster River (N.H.) Maine
Elizabeth Williams, C, 6'3" Princess Anne (Va.) Duke
Shelby Winkelmann, G, 5'9" Hermann (Mo.) Nebraska

Toppa the mornin'

USA Basketball:

Hoopfeed interviewed Renee Montgomery about her USA Basketball experience this week.

Brittney Griner made a big impression at USA training camp......and the experience seems to have made an even bigger impression on her. This is an impressive statement for a 20-year-old:

“I needed to get another year under my belt,” she said. “I needed to work on different things and get stronger. Get more mature mentally.”

Too bad more people don't have those kind of metacognitive skills.


Washington's Alana Beard, who turns 29 today, has had a long journey back from her injury.

Never say never - Diana Taurasi will play in Turkey again next season after all.

Nicole Ohlde has retired.

The Storm's Ashley Robinson modeled last night at a Seattle fashion show. I hope there are pictures of the event.


Are people really still having trouble getting over the departure of former UCLA coach Nikki Caldwell? One LA columnist says so.


There was a pro women's team almost 40 years ago called the Red Heads. Love the pictures.......

Friday, May 13, 2011

Two days before WNBA training camp starts........

Catching up on stories I wanted to post last night and couldn't because blogger was down.........


Peyton Little picks Texas A&M.

More on Bria Smith choosing Louisville.

The OSU Beavers are loading up on Junior College players.

Another great piece from ESPN's Mark Lewis about recruiting.

Chandler Cooper has swag.

New this morning.....recap of the week in recruiting.

The rankings process.


A'Quonesia Franklin has been named an assistant coach at Kansas.

West Coast Premier Spring Invitational

Boy, I'm irritated. shut down for almost 24 hours working on "maintenance" issues. They took down all Wednesday and Thursday posts and promised to put them back up, but so far, no dice.

So here's the elite bracket of this weekend's major tournament at Mt. Sac and Cal State Pomona. I don't feel like doing all the investigating and re-posting my team previews.

Pool Play Schedule & Results
Sat 5-14-11
10:10 AM
Cal Poly Court 1 [E] CAL SWISH BLACK
10:10 AM
Cal Poly Court 2 [F] GSB
10:10 AM
Mt. San Antonio College [H] UTAH FLIGHT
12:30 PM
Cal Poly Court 1 [D] BOO WILLIAMS
12:30 PM
Cal Poly Court 2 [B] ESSENCE 2013
12:30 PM
12:30 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [A] WCP BLACK
2:50 PM
Cal Poly Court 1 [D] FBC BLUE
2:50 PM
Cal Poly Court 2 [C] DFW GOLD
2:50 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [G] TEAM TAURASI
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
4:00 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [B] OC ELITE NATIONAL
5:10 PM
Cal Poly Court 1 [C] WCP RED
5:10 PM
Cal Poly Court 2 [G] EBX BLACK
5:10 PM
Cal Poly Court 4 [H] MOC ELITE BLACK
5:10 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [E] CAL SWISH BLACK
6:20 PM
Cal Poly Court 1 [F] GSB
6:20 PM
Cal Poly Court 2 [D] BOO WILLIAMS
6:20 PM
Cal Poly Court 4 [B] ESSENCE 2013
6:20 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [A] WCP BLACK
7:30 PM
Cal Poly Court 1 [C] DFW GOLD
7:30 PM
Cal Poly Court 2 [G] TEAM TAURASI
7:30 PM
Mt. San Antonio College [H] CAL SPARKS GOLD

DFW, Essence, Boo Williams, Game Time Basketball, Cal Sparks Gold, Team Taurasi, West Coast's gonna be a bangin' tourament.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Wow, is Lauren Jackson really 30 today? I remember her at 20 when she was a stick kid with hair plastered to her head during games.

USA Basketball:

The lone college student on the USA Basketball team - Baylor's Brittney Griner - stood out at practice yesterday. Hell of a picture with that story. Griner will be one of the great ones.

More NCAA coaching changes:

Joanne Boyle has named her assistant coaches at Virginia - Kim Hairston, Cory McNeill and Katie O'Connor.

Joanne P. McCallie has added Candice Jackson and Chris Carrawell to the Duke staff.

Brian Neal resigned as Thomas More's head coach to be an assistant at Xavier.


Keep buying those tickets.....the NCAA paid $17 million to protect the term "March Madness."

Mystics owner Sheila Johnson says there need to be more female sports team owners.

Bria Smith picks Louisville

Bria Smith, the seventh-ranked 2011 prospect who renewed her search for a school when Debbie Ryan left Virginia last month, has chosen Louisville. She opted for the Cardinals over Tennessee.


New NCAA president Mark Emmert is getting tougher on rule breakers.

Big teams, big names at West Coast Spring Invitational

DFW Gold isn't featuring Moriah Jefferson this year, who just committed to UConn a few days ago. The roster is full of players from the class of 2013.

Game Time Basketball, from Oregon, features top 2013 prospect Mercedes Russell (in top right photo). I'm looking forward to seeing her play.

Essence of Florida doesn't list teams on its website, and in my experience is hard to get hold of. But their 2013 will play this weekend.

It's hard to tell who's on the Boo Williams team this year, since Elizabeth Williams is about to graduate.

I'm not familiar with anyone on the OC Elite roster.

FBC Blue is loaded: Imani Stafford, Jeanier Olukemi and Rishonda Napier, to name a few.

Team Taurasi is also stacked with talent.

Cal Sparks Gold has top recruits Erica McCall, Kari Korver, and a team of rising talent.

And of course the host team has Jordan Adams, Destiny King, Taylor Spears and Candice Agee.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

USA Basketball back in full effect; NCAA hirings

Those pros don't get a's right from overseas to USA Basketball camp. Sounds like they're each glad to be back.

Here's the roster of the World University Games Team.

On the college coaching tip:

University of Washington Coach Kevin McGuff has hired his three assistant coaches: Mike Neighbors, Kevin Morrison and Adia Barnes.

Samantha Williams joins Louisville as an assistant coach.


ESPN profiles three of the top movers on the new class of 2012 top 100 list: Katie Collier, Jordan Jones and Malina Howard.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Maine takes one from North Carolina State

Richard Barron - assistant at North Carolina State - is the new University of Maine coach. He replaces the fired Cindy Blodgett.

The Shreveport Times provides an LSU report card, and they don't seem outwardly optimistic about the Tigers' new women's basketball coach.

More Mother's Day stories:

Tennessee's Glory Johnson is growing the relationship with her mother.

Rebecca Lobo's own mom calls her daughter "an incredible mother" to her grandchildren.

Mount Union Coach Suzy Pietz knows the meaning of family.

ESPN's 2012 top 100

ESPN has its latest, freshest top 100 of the class of 2012.

The list:


1 Breanna Stewart 98 Connecticut F 6'3" Cicero-North Syracuse High (NY)
2 Moriah Jefferson 98 Connecticut PG 5'7"
3 Alexis Jones 97 None PG 5'8" MacArthur H.S. (TX)
4 Jewell Loyd 97 Notre Dame G 5'9" Niles West H.S. (IL)
5 Jordan Adams 97 None G 6'0" Mater Dei H.S. (CA)
6 Alyson Beebe 97 None F 6'3" Saint Joseph H.S. (CA)
7 Malina Howard 97 None P 6'3" Twinsburg H.S. (OH)
8 Rachel Hollivay 97 None P 6'4" Caledonia H.S. (MS)
9 Bashaara Graves 96 Tennessee F 6'2" Clarksville H.S. (TN)
10 Alexis Prince 96 None W 6'0" Edgewater H.S. (FL)
11 Courtney Williams 96 Texas A&M G 6'0" North Shore H.S. (TX)
12 Morgan Tuck 96 Connecticut F 6'2" Bolingbrook H.S. (IL)
13 Nirra Fields 96 None G 5'9" Oak Hill Academy (VA)
14 Jasmine Jones 96 Tennessee F 6'1" Bob Jones H.S. (AL)
15 Jordan Jones 96 None PG 5'5" DeSoto H.S. (TX)
16 Brianna Butler 96 None G 5'11" William Penn Charter School (PA)
17 Imani Stafford 95 None P 6'5" Windward School (CA)
18 Andraya Carter 95 Tennessee PG 5'8" Buford H.S. (GA)
19 Bria Holmes 95 None W 6'1" James E. Hillhouse H.S. (CT)
20 Tierney Pfirman 95 Maryland F 6'2" South Williamsport Jr-SrH.S. (PA)
21 Aaliyah Whiteside 95 None W 5'9" Memphis Central H.S. (TN)
22 Katie Collier 95 None F 6'3" Seattle Christian HS (WA)
23 Kahleah Copper 95 None G 6'1" Girard College H.S. (PA)
24 Danielle Ballard 95 None G 5'9" Memphis Central H.S. (TN)
25 Xylina McDaniel 94 None F 6'2" Spring Valley H.S. (SC)
26 Taylor Manuel 94 Purdue P 6'3" Incarnate Word Academy (MO)
27 Faith Randolph 94 None PG 5'10" Good Counsel H.S. (MD)
28 Peyton Little 94 None G 5'10" Wylie H.S. (TX)
29 Chardonae Fuqua 94 None F 6'0" Hoover H.S. (AL)
30 Chandler Cooper 94 None G 5'11" Clarksville H.S. (TN)
31 Breanna McDonald 94 None G 6'0" Chamblee H.S. (GA)
32 Chelsea Jennings 94 None G 5'9" North Crowley H.S. (TX)
33 Je Zhe Newton 94 None F 6'2" Chandler H.S. (AZ)
34 Macy Keen 94 None P 6'5" Dillard H.S. (FL)
35 Brittney Martin 94 None W 6'0" Syracuse H.S. (UT)
36 Brittney Sykes 94 None G 5'9" University (NJ)
37 Nicole Kornet 94 None G 5'11" Liberty Christian School (TX)
38 Sydney Moss 94 Florida G 5'11" Boone County H.S. (KY)
39 Courtney Walker 94 Texas A&M W 5'8" Edmond Santa Fe H.S. (OK)
40 N'Dea Bryant 94 None W 6'0" Goose Creek H.S. (SC)
41 Cortnee Walton 94 None F 6'2" Saint Marys H.S. (AZ)
42 Khadijah Sessions 94 None PG 5'6" Myrtle Beach H.S. (SC)
43 Hannah Huffman 94 Notre Dame G 5'9" Carondelet H.S. (CA)
44 Brittany Jackson 94 None G 5'10" Sebastian River H.S. (FL)
45 Tiffany Mitchell 94 South Carolina G 5'10" Providence Day School (NC)
46 Sierra Moore 94 None W 5'7" Delone Catholic H.S. (PA)
47 Janee Thompson 94 None PG 5'7" Whitney Young H.S. (IL)
48 Michaela Mabrey 94 Notre Dame G 5'9" Manasquan H.S. (NJ)
49 Alexus Johnson 94 None F 6'2" Monarch H.S. (CO)
50 Danaejah Grant 94 None G 5'9" Piscataway H.S. (NJ)
51 Mooriah Rowser 94 None G 5'9" Saint Johns College H.S. (DC)
52 Antoinette Bannister 94 North Carolina G 5'10" Potters House Christian (FL)
53 Sidney Cook 93 None F 6'2" Southmoore H.S. (OK)
54 Lexi Sells 93 None G 5'10" Bishop Feehan H.S. (MA)
55 Jesseika Palmer 93 None PG 6'0" La Marque H.S. (TX)
56 Katie Heckman 93 None F 6'3" Regis Jesuit H.S. (CO)
57 Curtyce Knox 93 None PG 5'6" Atascocita H.S. (TX)
58 Dominique Brooks 93 None P 6'4" Thornton Fractional South Sr. H.S. (IL)
59 Hillary Fuller 93 North Carolina F 6'1" Potters House Christian (FL)
60 Jamee Swan 93 None F 6'2" Marana H.S. (AZ)
61 Kelsey Brockway 93 Pepperdine F 6'1" Palos Verdes H.S. (CA)
62 Kristina Higgins 93 Baylor P 6'4" Chapin H.S. (TX)
63 Cornelia Fondren 93 None G 5'9" Overton H.S. (TN)
64 Ariel Butts 93 None P 6'3" Carver H.S. (GA)
65 Niya Johnson 93 None G 5'7" P. K. Yonge Developmental Research (FL)
66 Katie McCormick 93 Georgetown G 5'9" Saint Mary's Ryken (MD)
67 Darius Faulk 93 None G 5'10" Nazareth Regional H.S. (NY)
68 Angela Mickens 93 None PG 5'7" Robert E. Lee H.S. (VA)
69 Samantha Clark 93 None F 6'2" St. Rose H.S. (NJ)
70 Kelila Atkinson 93 None W 5'10" Riverdale Baptist H.S. (MD)
71 Chadarryl Clay 93 None PG 5'7" Girls Preparatory School (TN)
72 Ameryst Alston 93 None G 5'9" McKinley H.S. (OH)
73 Kuaneshia Baker 93 None G 5'10" Helen Cox (LA)
74 Raeshaun Gaffney 93 Virginia G 5'8" Fairfield Senior H.S. (OH)
75 Asia Jackson 93 None PG 5'7" Peekskill H.S. (NY)
76 Marjorie Butler 93 Georgia PG 5'7" Webb School Of Knoxville (TN)
77 Aerial Powers 93 None W 5'11" Detroit Country Day School (MI)
78 Asia Dozier 93 South Carolina G 5'11" Spring Valley H.S. (SC)
79 Logan Battle 93 Georgetown W 6'2" West Springfield H.S. (VA)
80 Jennie Simms 93 West Virginia F 6'0" Riverdale Baptist H.S. (MD)
81 April Wilson 92 Purdue PG 5'7" DuPont Manual H.S. (KY)
82 Tyonna Snow 92 None G 6'0" Blue Springs H.S. (MO)
83 April Johnson 92 None PG 5'9" Renaissance H.S. (MI)
84 Nicole Boudreau 92 Boston College G 5'10" Andover H.S. (MA)
85 Kari Korver 92 None G 5'9" Valley Christian H.S. (CA)
86 Ashley Santos 92 None PG 6'0" Geneva H.S. (IL)
87 Shacobia Barbee 92 None W 5'11" Riverdale H.S. (TN)
88 Destiny Brown 92 None G 5'10" Lake Ridge Academy (OH)
89 Alexis Lloyd 92 None G 5'8" Whitney Young H.S. (IL)
90 Airashay Rogers 92 None PG 5'7" Hazen H.S. (WA)
91 Jasmine Jenkins 92 None PG 5'7" East Hall H.S. (GA)
92 Maddie Manning 92 None G 5'11" Ankeny H.S. (IA)
93 Empress Davenport 92 None G 5'7" Duncanville H.S. (TX)
94 Jonquel Jones 92 None F 6'2" Riverdale Baptist H.S. (MD)
95 Kayla Montgomery 92 Clemson P 6'3" McEachern H.S. (GA)
96 Joslyn Massey 92 None F 6'1" John Glenn H.S. (MI)
97 Rachel Theriot 92 None PG 5'11" Midpark H.S. (OH)
98 Lauren Huggins 92 None W 6'1" 140 Heritage H.S. (CO)
99 Chloe Pavlech 92 Maryland PG 5'6" Sycamore H.S. (OH)
100 Galaisha Goodhope 92 None PG 5'5" Princess Anne H.S. (VA)

I like to look ahead, and was going to post ESPN's class of 2013 watch list. But it's so out-of-date I'm not going to bother.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

UCLA students reject Pauley Pavilion new seating plan

UCLA students overwhelmingly rejected the administration's plan to move the student section behind one basket when Pauley Pavilion re-opens next year. Only eight percent supported the plan, while 69 percent opposed it, and 23 percent had no preference. PP is being extensively renovated.


The Seattle Storm's games will be broadcast on a new radio station this season, with a stronger signal.

Sheryl Swoopes, whose last WNBA stint was with the Storm, is amped up and ready to go for the Shock.


Nice interview with Doris Burke of ESPN. Most interesting statement:

Was it good for women's basketball to have someone besides UConn and Tennessee win the NCAA title?

It hurt the credibility of the sport to have those two dominating as much as they did. So the fact that Texas A&M and Notre Dame crashed the party and inevitably played for the national championship between them was extraordinary. It was an awful lot of fun.

True, true.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Basketball de Mayo

USA Basketball:

The U19 court coaches were named today, and they're Kenya Larkin-Landers of Trinity Valley Community College, and Mark Youngs of Davenport University in Michigan. Congratulations to them.

The athletes who will be at the trials are listed here.

Recruiting news:

Top pick Moriah Jefferson chooses UConn. ESPN's analysis.


The smart student athlete of the season goes to Layshia Clarendon, who received a Golden Bear Achivement Award for having the highest GPA on the women's basketball team. Love that.

Who will take Charli Turner Thorne's place next season while she takes a leave of absence? Joseph Anders, who's been her associate head coach for a while now.


Andrea Riley had a baby back in March, and she's rarin' to go for the Tulsa Shock.

After several years, Sue Bird is leaving her Russian Spartak team.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Three-point line change?

The NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee recommended that the three-point line be moved back one foot, to 20 feet, nine inches.

They provide data, but it doesn't support the action. Here's the real impetus, I think: they're trying to stop some teams from relying on the three-point shot.

“Change is always tough, but we think this will open up some things offensively in the women’s game,” Claybrook said. “The committee had great conversations prior to and during this meeting about the three-point line. We think this can be a game-changer for women’s basketball and open up the inside play, as well.”

Other news.......


The Seattle Storm unveiled their championship rings at a ceremony this morning. Gallery.

The LA Sparks are beginning publicity appearances: Revlon Run/Walk for Women is Saturday.

And did you know where your favorite college players are during April and May? In the weight room.

DeNesha Stallworth to Kentucky

The former McDonald's All-American, who left Cal last week, will attend Kentucky.

More on monumental Pac-12 deal

ESPN's official release on yesterday's deal, and their plan to show Pac-12 sports "across multiple entities."

Reactions to what is probably the biggest agreement for a college conference.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Things are heating up

Major college news going down:

The Pac-12 is rich, biiatch......they'll get $3 billion over 12 years by selling the rights to their basketball and football games to FOX and ESPN. How booyah is that?

Charmin Smith - who is staying on as assistant coach at Cal, posted this video showing what she says are the exciting changes coming for the Bears. Good stuff.

Charli Turner Thorne talks a little bit about her decision to take next season off.

LSU Coach Nikki Caldwell announces her freakin' staff (just playin - I'm past it now).

Colgate's new coach is Nicci Hays-Fort.


The Tulsa Shock has signed Oklahoma native Betty Lennox. She will be reunited with former LA Sparks teammate Andrea Riley, who went to the Shock a couple months ago.

High school:

Briyona Canty continues to have a helluva year.

ESPN's Chicago tip sheet and Great Plains tip sheet from the recent viewing weekend.

Fascinating extra:

Susan Walvius and Michelle Marciniak used to coach together at South Carolina. Now they are business partners, selling sheets:

Walvius and Marciniak no longer are coach and assistant coach. Instead, they're business partners who have learned to complement each other in their shared venture.

"Michelle is probably more like Pat Summitt,'' said Walvius, referring to Tennessee's coach, "in your face, no tolerance at all. I talk people through things.

"... I'm a processor. She relies on her instincts, and they're good instincts."

Marciniak related the personal investment to her Tennessee hoops career and the demands of playing for an ambitious program.

"You have those days when you walk away from practice and you think, 'I don't know if I can do this anymore.' " she said. "You always get up the next day and you always show up at practice. You lace 'em up. You don't quit."

I appreciate that kind of chutzpah.

Monday, May 2, 2011

All over the place


WNBA players react in different ways to the death of Osama Bin Laden.


San Antonio traded some draft picks to Tulsa for Scholanda Robinson.

The Fever waived Jori Davis and the Mystics waived Bernice Mosby.


Arizona State University Coach Charli Turner Thorne will take nine months off, beginning July 1.

Mistie Bass of the Chicago Sky will miss the upcoming WNBA season for personal reasons.


What will Lindsay Gottlieb bring to Berkeley?

High School:

It was a fun weekend at the Nike Girls Skills Academy in Indianapolis.

Great extra:

In India, teen girls face down Islamic traditions with basketball.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

DeNesha Stallworth: the truth comes out about why she left

Joanne Boyle was "too laid-back," said the father of the departed sophomore. He also complained about the lack of crowds at games on the West Coast. Stallworth is deciding between Florida, LSU and Kentucky.