The crickets are growing louder from Matt Haarms’ camp. Internet rumors pointed to the former Purdue big man announcing his decision over the weekend, one that never happened. While the Big Blue Nation awaits his decision, more players are entering the transfer portal.
Monday night VCU forward Marcus Santos-Silva announced he will leave Richmond as a grad transfer. The Rams’ top scorer in 2019-20, the 6’7″ 250-pounder averaged 12.8 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 steals per game. Some of his best games were against VCU’s most-talented opponents, recording 17-11 vs. LSU, 22-11 vs. Tennessee, 12-17 vs. Dayton and 19 points vs. Purdue.
Shortly after Santos-Silva made his announcement on Twitter, he was following the Kentucky’s Men’s Basketball account. Coincidence? Perhaps. But we would be remiss if we did not at least present the dots for you to connect between the Wildcats and this ram-wrecker.
— VCU Basketball (@VCU_Hoops) February 14, 2019
— VCU Basketball (@VCU_Hoops) January 29, 2020
Santos-Silva also follows the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and I don’t think he’s considering that as a potential next destination. This could be nothing. Jack Pilgrim will do some digging for KSR to see if it’s something. Until then, let the grad transfer waiting game continue.
In-State Football Offers
Vince Marrow’s work-week began on the virtual recruiting trail. He started nearby by extending scholarship offers to a pair of talented Frederick Douglass rising sophomores, Thomas Howard and Isaiah Kenney. After reaching out to a pair of defensive backs, the Big Dog extended an offer to another big dog, John Central offensive lineman Grant Bingham.
The action follows a day where one of the state’s most-talented athletes chose to leave the Commonwealth. Jantzen Dunn, a four-star athlete from South Warren, announced his commitment to Ohio State. A top 250 player in the country, the Cats could never get in the mix for the 2021 defensive back.
The NFL Draft Needs More Bandwidth
An unprecedented NFL Draft will take place virtually Thursday night. Leading into the action, on Monday the NFL hosted a trial run with coaches and general managers from all 32 teams. It went about as well as you’d imagine. From ESPN’s Dianna Russini:
Text from a GM during this mock draft “there are early communication issues because 32 of us GMs are on conference call and we didn’t hit mute. Sounds awful”
Asked a coach to describe this mock draft “You got the NFL main room-that only main people in the organization can log into, you got 15-20 scouts/ coaches on another meeting. You have to find a way to call prospects after you pick them, sign off on trades, lots of moving parts.”
I was on the phone with a head coach talking about the mock draft today and he was losing his mind because his Internet went down…apparently his young children were all on their iPads using up the band width. “ everybody get off the Internet”-in loud dad voice. I hung up.
There’s nothing I want more in this world than for a few games of Warzone to ruin a team’s draft. Now NFL coaches understand what bloggers go through everyday. Regardless of he circumstance, the internet you’re working on is never good enough.
Boo Roger Goodell from Home
We’ve already missed one tradition unlike any other as The Masters was postponed to the fall. Now late-April’s greatest tradition will be absent from the NFL Draft — booing Roger Goodell. Luckily, the fine folks at Bud Light have come up with a viable alternative.
The NFL Draft will be without an important tradition. And we just can't let that stand. Record your boos then post & tag @budlight and #BooTheCommish. We’ll deliver the boos to the Draft, and for each #BootheCommish thru April 25, we’ll donate $1 to NFL Draft-a-Thon up to $500K. pic.twitter.com/fnvcYDpZPW
— Bud Light Seltzer (@budlight) April 20, 2020
A New 11 Personnel LIVE
11 Personnel will have plenty of bandwidth and plenty of players to talk about to prepare you for this week’s draft. Not everyone is an NFL Draft-head. The only sporting event for the foreseeable future, this year more casual viewers will be tuned in Saturday than ever before. Our hope is that we can give that casual viewer enough knowledge to enjoy the experience through all three days.