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---St. Joe's Chad Kelly announced he's headed to Clemson but he had some nice things to say about UB, who recruited him heavily.

---Meanwhile, UB coach Jeff Quinn is spreading the word about the Bulls while defensive coordinator William Inge is one of seven Division I assistant football coaches and athletic directors taking part in the NCAA's 2011 Champion Forum this weekend in Orlando.

---Rodney McKissic


Kelly: 'UB is awesome'

---UB was considered a longshot to land St. Joe's Chad Kelly, who gave a verbal commitment to Clemson this afternoon, but the quarterback had some positive things to say about Bulls coach Jeff Quinn and recruiting coordinator Ernest Jones whom Kelly called, "excellent."

“UB is awesome … they were definitely near the top,’’ Kelly said. "They’re going to be good. I tell you what, they’re on the right path and I truly believe it. I just didn’t think it was going to be the right fit but Clemson is the right one.’’

---Rodney McKissic


Does UB have a chance at Kelly?

---Syracuse, Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Michigan State and Purdue are all recruiting St, Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, so it would be shocking if he selects hometown UB, right?

While it would be a major upset if the Bulls land Kelly, a source said UB has a chance and is one of the seven schools he's considering. Kelly will announce his college pick at a press conference Thursday at 3 p.m.

“UB offers a unique scenario for Chad because it’s close to home and he’s really close with his family,’’ a source said. “”They run a wide open offense so UB poses some aspects to really think about.’’

---Rodney McKissic


Kelly ranked in ESPNU's Top 150

---St. Joe's quarterback Chad Kelly, who is being recruited heavily by UB, ranks 80th on ESPNU's Top 150 rankings. Kelly, the nephew of Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly, is the No. 5 ranked QB on the list.

Kelly is also being recruited by Syracuse Clemson, Alabama, Florida State and Michigan State among others. Kelly and Rochester offensive tackle Jarron Jones are the only New Yorkers mentioned. Jones has already verballed to Penn State.

---Rodney McKissic


Chambers brings energy to Penn State

Chambers ---Pat Chambers, pictured left, believes he can change the perception that Penn State is a bad coaching job. Why Chambers got into coaching is a good story.

---Gary Parrish hopes that no coach patterns his coaching career after former Kelvin Sampson.

---Bob Knight calls some NCAA rules idiotic.

---Jason King previews the top junior transfers in 2011-12.

---Here's a list of the 12 most-hyped recruits ever.

---The movers and shakers from pre-draft workouts.

---Rodney McKissic


Ndoye signs with St. Bonaventure

---Dakar, Senegal native Youssou Ndoye has officially signed with St. Bonaventure after verbally committing to the Bonnies last weekend. The 6-9 Ndoye averaged seven points, seven rebounds and two blocks this past season for Lee Academy (Maine) and brings some much needed size to the lineup.

Here's a scouting report from

Ndoye is a long and active five-man who makes his biggest impact on the defensive end of the floor where he blocks shots and alters others. He has good agility for a player his size with the sturdy frame to eventually have a very good body. He runs the floor very well, has pretty good hands, and a decent touch inside the paint.

Ndoye's offense is very limited and raw at the moment. He doesn't show any type of post-game outside of work-outs and isn't a threat to score unless at the rim. Athletically, he isn't quite as bouncy as he looks and lacks explosiveness around the rim as his reaction time can be a second or two behind the play.

Bottom Line:
Ndoye is an intriguing post prospect because of his long frame, high motor, and ability to impact the game at the defensive end of the floor but he is very raw and a few years away from making an offensive impact.

---Rodney McKissic


Last shot for Fab Five

---Juwan Howard, pictured above, is the Fab 5's last chance to get a championship ring.

---The one-and-done rule isn't going anywhere.

---A top ten list of the schools that will benefit the most from JuCo transfers, including St. John's, who signed ECC's God's Gift Achiuwa.

---Mike DeCourcy provides his list of winners and losers from the 2011 recruiting battles. DeCourcy also ranks his top ten recruiting classes.

---Georgetown transfer Vee Sanford has decided to attend Dayton.

---Bill Self believes his job is better than most NBA coaching gigs, and is not likely to leave Kansas any time soon.

---Zeke Chapman, the son of former NBA guard Rex Chapman, has committed to Ball State.

---Rodney McKissic


Life of a recruiter never ends

---SI's Bruce Schoenfeld provides a look at the life of college basketball recruiters.

---A look at Syracuse's potential dance-partners in next season's Big East/SEC Challenge.

---Dana O'Neil profiles piece former Villanova forward Will Sheridan, who openly admits that he is gay.

---In a surprising move, Xavier assistant Pat Kelsey is leaving the coaching profession because of personal issues.

---Coach-K made $4.7 mil during Duke's 2010 National Title run. Worth every penny.

---Rodney McKissic


Accuracy counts for preseason annuals

---And Phil Steele is the most accurate. Or so he says.

---Here's a 2011 preview of Syracuse.

---UMass' Together We're One Tour begins in Boston.

---Tony Barnhart writes that coaches need to stop oversigning.

---Rodney McKissic


UB adds another recruit

---UB added yet another player to its already impressive 2011 recruiting class in Fred Russ from New York Mills. The 6-5, 235-pound Russ, who was also an all-state basketball player, projects as a tight end, defensive end or linebacker for the Bulls.

---Rodney McKissic


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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.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

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.

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