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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Memphis Life in the Headlines; Head Coach Training Ground, The Draft and More


Man, I am amazed at what I have seen on the internet the past two weeks. Everyday Memphis seems to land in the news. Talk about exposure.

Rose Declares for the NBA Draft
Calipari Comes to Terms With the University on a Contract Extension
Tyreke Evans to Announce Between Memphis and Villanova
Marist Hires Memphis Assistant Coach Chuck Martin
Tyreke Evans Announces Intention to Attend Memphis, Won't Sign LOI Yet
Chris Douglas-Roberts Declares for NBA Draft
UMass Hires Former Player and Tiger Assistant Derek Kellogg
Juniors Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier to Test NBA Waters Without Hiring Agents

So, what now?

Can Memphis land Top 50 recruits Devin Ebanks and Wesley Witherspoon?
What Assistant Coaches Will Memphis Hire?
Will Cal Bring Back Former Tiger Players? Root, Chapman?
Will Anderson and Dozier Learn They Are Not 1st Round Material (Yet)?

Impressive

Four Former Cal Assistants From Memphis Will Now Be D1 Coaches

Steve Roccaforte - Lamar
Tony Barbee - UTEP
Chuck Martin - Marist
Derek Kellogg - UMass

The Draft

For anyone out there who thinks its a disaster to see Anderson and Dozier declare for the draft doesn't understand simple economics and the ways of the world. Both guys will get to travel to NBA workouts on the NBA's dime, learn the process, experience what it takes and then learn from the horse's mouth that they need to return for their senior seasons and perhaps be first rounders this time next year.

In other words, unless they are stupid (i.e. Darius Washington, Jr.) they will be back next year.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was trying to think of umass assistant coaches under calipari who might be D1 coaches, and all i could think of was Bruiser Flint at Drexel. Any more?

g.

Coach said...

G,

I believe you are correct. I could think of anyone from the UMass days besides Bruiser who started his heading coaching at UMass before being replaced a few years ago.

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