So I was hoping for some interviews this week to post, but it appears it is not working out like I expected. As I try again and also keep afloat with other things going on in life, here are some things of interest from this past week.
- Incoming recruit Andrew Bock will be playing in the Academic All-American Classic on May 9th at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, California. Playing with Bock is 6-foot-10 UCLA-bound Brendan Lane, who was on Rocklin, the Bock let Eisenhower team defeated to win the state championship in Sacramento. Bock just missed being named California D-II player of the year from CalHiSports.com. Lane beat him out for that. Must be because Lane is going to UCLA.
- If you want to see Anthony Tolliver and “Friends,” then sign up your K-8 child to participate in the 2nd annual Omaha Sports Academy’s Anthony Tolliver camp that runs July 27th-30th. Campers will experience a high interaction level with not only Anthony Tolliver, but also current and former D1 and D2 standouts.
- Now that the Utah Jazz NBA season is over, it will be interesting to see if Kyle Korver stays in Utah or opts out of his contract. I remember initially when he got traded to the Jazz from the 76ers, I was really dumbfounded why Utah? But after seeing him play there the last year and a half, he looks like a natural fit there. I see him staying.
- When was the last time Jays fans received a personal letter from head coach Dana Altman? I find it interesting that John Pelphrey sent out a letter to all Arkansas ticket holders to provide some very frank information about the team. Now, the Razorbacks just hope they don’t lose a scholarship as the APR reports come out. I am only mentioning this stuff because it could be Coach Altman that is in the situation that Pelphrey is in with the Arkansas basketball team.
- Ryan Anderson from Nebraska declared for the NBA draft. Wow. Maybe he is being pushed out with all of the players Doc wants to play on scholarship next year. Maybe the scholarship is being pulled out from Anderson, so he wants the NBA pre-draft experience to hopefully come back as a better player for them. Keep an eye on this one. He torched the Jays as a freshman. Osiris Eldridge from Illinois St. is joining him. Two thorns in the sides of the Jays.
- Matt Perrault, who did a sports talk show in Omaha that had a lot of Jays coverage, has landed back on his feet at KXNO in Des Moines. Now he can talk Drake basketball :)
In other Valley related things
- Indiana St. coach and former Bluejay assistant Kevin McKenna will be coaching an Athletes in Action team this summer. Dane Watts and Anthony Tolliver participated on these teams in the past that go to other countries to play basketball but also teach the game of basketball to others in those countries.
- Apparently the powers that be in Wichita like the job Gregg Marshall is doing down there as they extended his contract which will keep him around until 2015. Marshall currently makes $750,000
- This will be an interesting year for Bradley. Jim Les signed all just out of high school players this season and no JUCO players. Before this, 17 of his 33 recruits before this class were junior college or Division I transfers. I mentioned before that I think Les is on the hot seat this season, but he may have just gotten himself another year because he can use the excuse that he brought in 4 young players that he expected to contribute right away.
- The brand new Diamond Head Classic that pretty much replaces the Rainbow Classic that the Jays played in a few years back has announced their field. No MVC teams in that one.
Finally, check out a new radio show starting this Sunday covering Bluejay sports. The Bluejay Banter show will be on Omaha’s 1620 the Zone radio station from 10-11AM on Sundays. For those outside of Omaha, the stream will be available at 1620thezone.com and podcasted for listening later. The first show will feature Steve Pivovar from the OWH and Kevin Sarver from Creighton athletics.