Some news and notes before the Jays start practice tomorrow:
- There have been several preseason previews coming out the past few days. Here is one on the Jays from ESPN/Blue Ribbon and the Sporting News and a preview of the Valley from USA Today and a basketball fan blog.
- The Mountain West Conference, which New Mexico is a part of and will visit the Jays to start the season, are working on promoting themselves more and bolstering their team’s non-conference schedules after being snubbed last year from the NCAA Tournament.
- The Rocky Mountain News did their preview of Jays opponent Northern Colorado and says that “UNC should be battle-hardened after early road dates against Oregon and Creighton and visits to state rivals Denver and Colorado State”
- Speaking of more previews, there is a 3 part (1, 2, 3) preview of St. Joes from the Philadelphia Examiner. A very nice review of last season and a preview of this season. The Hawks could be a pretty tough team when the Jays visit the Palestra after taking part in the Maui Invitational with Texas, Alabama, Indiana, North Carolina, Notre Dame, and Oregon. Oh yeah and that other school that hosts it every year :)
- Want to go to watch practice? Well not necessarily practice of the Jays, but of Nebraska. Huskers.com says that generally all of Slingblade’s practices are open to the public, but there are too many rules to make me want to watch. No fun!
- Speaking of the other Division I team in Nebraska, it sounds like Doc is pushing the players too hard and the injury bug has hit the team. Nebraska’s tallest eligible player Alex Chapman had knee surgery that will sideline him for 3-4 weeks. Then Nebraska’s only eligible new recruit, Eshante Jones, has a foot injury that may land him a redshirt. A couple other players have been held out of workouts because of chronic injuries. Oh, and this will get some Jays fans all worked up–Huskers are looking at another game in Omaha at the Qwest Center again.
- The Deseret News in Utah was comparing the trading of Kyle Korver to the Jazz to when they acquired Jeff Hornicek back in the day. Kyle is leading the Jazz in scoring this preseason. I was skeptical at first when he was traded to Utah, but after seeing him gel with that team last year, it should be definitely fun to watch them this year.
- On the flip side, Spurs coach Greg Popovich is confident in the performance of former Jay Anthony Tolliver and looks like he will likely stay on the Spurs roster this year. “It’s a great opportunity for Tolliver to see what he can do,” he said. “He’s going to get a lot of minutes. He’s doing a good job. He hasn’t shot it as well as he’d like, but he’s shown more of a focus on rebounding and playing defense and doing little things on the court.”