The U-18 National Team's games in the 2010 FIBA Americas Championship, which begin this weekend, will be live online at www.fibaamericas.com. UB coach Reggie Witherspoon is an assistant.
FIBA Americas announced that it will stream live all
20 games in the June 26-30 tournament that will be played at Bill Greehey
Arena on the campus of St. Mary's University. Each day¹s games will tip-off
at 2 p.m. EST. FIBA Americas will
also make available the play-by-play statistics for each game live online at www.fibaamericas.com.
Former NBA guard Michael Adams, who joined the St. Bonaventure staff as an assistant in May, has left the program for family reasons, a source told The Buffalo News.
Adams, a college teammate of Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt, spent the past season as coach of Archbishop Carroll High School in Washington, D.C., after two seasons under Gary Williams at Maryland. The source said Adams was torn because he wanted to see his son, Michael Christian, play his senior season. An emotional Adams informed Schmidt of his decision last week.
Schmidt, however, moved quickly for Adams' replacement and will hire Central Connecticut State assistant Steve Curran, the source said. Curran worked with Schmidt at Robert Morris and with Buffalo native Rob Lanier when he was the head coach at Siena.
---If the Class of 2006 had played four years in college - an unlikely concept for about 30 years now - Thursday's NBA Draft would have featured Kevin Durant, Buffalo native Greg Oden, pictured right, Stephen Curry, and Robin and Brook Lopez just to name a few. Draftexpress.com lists 153 players from '06 and 26 are currently on NBA roster. You'll also notice that among the top 14 players only Niagara Falls Paul Harris is not currently playing in The League.
Marvin Jordan was all set to attend Ball State, but was denied admission to the school. Niagara had no problems with his grades so now Jordan is a Purple Eagle.
Derrick Booth, Jordan's coach at Peoria (Ill.) Manual High, is not pleased with the bizarre set of circumstances and has chaged Ball State with unethical treatment of Jordan.
“Marvin busted his butt this whole year in the classroom and met every
(academic) benchmark Ball State set for him and then some,” Booth said.
“And then they pull the rug out from under him before they even have his
final grades. That’s why I’m so upset.”
But Niagara gets a 5-10 point guard, who scouts say can shoot from long range and considered one of the top 50 players in Illinois. Sounds like Ball State's loss is Niagara's gain.
Jessie Back, a 6-4, 240-pound offensive lineman from Cincinnati, gave UB a verbal commitment on Saturday, according to a source.
Back, who attends LaSalle High School, was part of UB's offensive/defensive lineman camp on Saturday which featured over 70 players. Back, who committed to the school following the camp, was also being recruited by Miami (Ohio), Ohio University, Bowling Green and Akron.
Back joins Depew offensive lineman John Kling as the first two commitments to UB from the class of 2011.
---St. Bonaventure's senior Ogo Adegboye, who will start at point guard next season for the Bonnies, is playing for a chance to make England's National team, which will play together in August
in the Eurobasket qualifier. More info can be found here.
---North Carolina freshman-to-be Harrison Barnes is the real deal. For all you old school folks he's like Walter Davis with some Paul Pierce mixed in. Hopefully Barnes doesn't play like the Game 7 vs. Lakers version of Pierce each night.
---Lost in the shuffle of Thursday's news was the fact that The Knight Commission came out with a report. Maybe the fact that it barely made a splash tells you how much power this organization actually yields.
Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.
Rodney McKissic began his journalism career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Cincinnati and has worked for The Buffalo News since 2001. A proud father of four children, he enjoys reading in his spare time.
Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.