Welcome back to the work week kiddos. I hope everyone had a great weekend. Since El Capitan Jones is out and about, you’re stuck having me as your substitute today. I’m Mr. Beisner, but you can call me by my first name – Mr. Sorry, part of my Mother’s Day weekend duties involved watching Sixteen Candles and, unfortunately, that’s all I can remember. I wish I could have found a way to use “No more yankie my wankie. The Donger need food”, but I’m worn out. Anyway, here are few interesting things you might have missed this weekend while you were being forced to watch coming-of-age 80’s movies.
– There was a lot of action at the adidas May Classic in Bloomington over the weekend where Vinny Zollo and Dominique Ferguson both took the court. Zollo’s suited up for the Indiana Elite team and all accounts say that he has a very impressive body in terms of size and strength. The reports from the tournament say that Zollo scored the ball well inside using a soft hook shot and stepped out and hit a few jumpers. Ferguson, on the other hand, was nothing short of an absolute stud for his Chicago Express team. According to Jody Demling, an opposing coach referred to Ferguson as “a future lottery pick”. I’ve certainly been called worse things.
– The first tournament of Michael Avery‘s post-UK commitment career went down in Arizona this weekend at the UA campus in Tucson. Avery didn’t get a whole lot of playing time and scored no more than 2 points in any of the four games, but it’s tough to say how much this indicates about his game. You have to keep in mind that he’s playing with kids who are 2 and 3 years ahead of him in their basketball development and it’s tough to expect huge numbers from him – especially when these kids are all tops in their classes, as well. My mom, after I wrote such a glowing review of her, opted to not attend after all so there is no “scoop” that I was expecting. I guess she had her fill of seeing the guy she came to watch sit on the bench when I was in high school.
– Avery’s Belmont Shore teammate Darius Morris, who should cause plenty of confusion with Darius Miller as his recruitment continues, played well. Morris, the 10th best point guard from the class of 2009 according to Scouts, averaged just under 17 points to go with 3 boards and 3 assists per game. As of right now, Morris has been offered by Michigan and Washington State, but has not taken any visits. Kentucky is starting to show some interest, but it remains to be seen how much.
– I hope you had your brooms out yesterday as the Bat Cats gave Tennessee a 20-5 beatdownin the final game of their three-game series, giving them their first sweep in Knoxville since 1988. The win moves the Cats (38-14, 14-13) into third place in the SEC East as they enter their final games of the season. They will play a one-game series in Paducah against Murray today before taking on Ole Miss (33-20, 14-13) in a three-game series starting Wednesday in Lexington. The SEC tournamet begins the following week on May 21.
– The injury bug bit at Giants camp when Andre Woodson had to leave practice with a quad injury he suffered while scrambling toward the sideline. It’s not a serious injury and shouldn’t require any type of major rehab, but it did leave the Giants with only one healthy quarterback in their rookie camp and the usual not-so-rosy outlook from Head Coach Tom Coughlin. Coughlin said, “The main lesson today is you can’t miss practice and expect to make a team in the NFL”, proving once-again how player-friendly he is.
– Sergio Garcia wrapped up the The Player’s Championship yesterday afternoon with a -5, but former Cat J.B. Holmes finished in a tie for 10th with a +2 for the tournament. Holmes’ finish bumped him back into the top 10 of the FedEx Cup Points list, placing him at ninth overall. Also, a guy from Australia named Matt Jones finished tied for 107th and didn’t make the cut. Am I the only one who feels like guys named Matt Jones are taking over the world?
– Keith Bogans might have been the one mic’d for sound, but Tayshaun was the one who stole the show with the game-winner as the Pistons went up 3-1 in the Eastern Conference semi-finals. I know it’s like beating a dead horse, but can Tayshaun get some love? The guy just gets the job done every time you ask him to. Exactly the type of guy I’d like to have on my team. Game 5 is Tuesday in Detroit and, for some reason, Jameer Nelson has guaranteed a victory. Those things usually don’t work out well. Meanwhile, Rajon Rondo and the Celtics will try to win a playoff game on the road for the first time tonight at 8 on TNT.
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