Matt Vogrich commits to Michigan

October 6, 2008

Yesterday we wrote about the basketball recruiting status of Matt Vogrich (SG, 6’4″, 2009), who at that time was down to no more than three schools he was considering. Today, he’s only considering one as he’s decided to play basketball for Michigan, and it seems the ACC schools that had shown interest were always on the outside looking in:

The 6-foot-4, 185-pound shooting guard chose Michigan over Notre Dame and Stanford. Vogrich’s mother, Mary, said her son had long been interested in attending a Big Ten university because she and his father, Bob, both graduated from Big Ten schools: Mary from Wisconsin and Bob from Illinois.


Matt Vogrich close to committing?

October 5, 2008

Matt Vogrich (SG,6’3″,2009), who has offers from Wake Forest and Miami, apparently has a short list of Michigan, Notre Dame and Stanford, according to the Illinois Prep Bullseye:

Vogrich, meanwhile, is completing an official visit to Michigan this weekend and will choose soon between them, Notre Dame or Stanford.

Looks like the ACC is on the outside looking in for Vogrich, who admittedly has focused his interest elsewhere.

Harrison Barnes

Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), who has interest from…well, everybody in the world of basketball recruiting, will be visiting Late Night at Kansas, along with ACC target Dominic Cheek (SG, 6’5″, 2009). Barnes also reportedly has an official visit at Duke lined up.


Wax On, Wax Off

October 3, 2008
Fear the turtle...sculpture...

Fear the turtle...sculpture...

I am pleased to point my readers (especially my Maryland fan readers) to the Turtle Wax blog, which I’m adding to the Blog Roll. Turtle Wax is all Terps, all the time, not just basketball.

Head on over there and read up: Turtle Wax Blog.

The nifty Terrapin sculpture is from the equally nifty Fear the Turtle website, which is sponsored by the University of Maryland and whose sole purpose, it seems, is to spread incredible terror of the mighty Terrapin across the land. As I understand it, chelonaphobia, a.k.a ‘fear of turtles’, is up 19% across the U.S., Mexico and Canada since it’s inception.


UNC Basketball Tickets

October 2, 2008

UNC fans are getting excited, looking for basketball tickets for their Tar Heels of 2008-2009. Which is fine, and you can get your UNC tickets right here:

UNC Basketball Tickets – Click Here

And one thing about UNC fans is that the Tar Heels always have a lot of buzz about their recruits. So, even though we’re talking about the 2008-09 season (and, don’t worry, non-UNC fans, I will have information on all the teams), here’s some nice video of Dexter Strickland, who will be joinining the Heels next season, when UNC fans will be dealing with Life After Hansbrough:

Okay, so go get your tickets, ACC season approacheth!

Image courtesy TylerHansbrough.org.


The New Basketball Recruiting Blog

October 1, 2008

We come across so much basketball recruiting information that it’s sometimes hard not to talk about players and events not related the ACC. Rather than try to create a blog for each conference, we have launched the Basketball Recruiting blog, which is plain-jane in name and hopefully stuffed with basketball recruiting content. Today we discuss top point guard John Wall’s basketball recruiting status, and share a little video to boot.

What’s that, you say? John Wall info belongs on the ACC recruiting blog, since he lives in NC and list the Wolfpack? Sure, but we’ve written about Wall a lot already, and readers of the new blog are also interested in Mr. Wall. However, we still have some ACC basketball recruiting news to pass out, so here we go:

Talib Zanna goes to the Big East

Talib Zanna (C, 6’9″, 2009) seemed like a Pitt lean for a while, but a few people hoped Virginia or Virginia Tech might convince him otherwise. Alas, it was not to be and he’ll be playing for the Panthers in the Fall of 2009.

Wake Forest visiting Cheek

With the on-campus visits getting most of the press these days, we kind of forget the old standby of the in-home visit. Lest we forget that Wake Forest is in the mix for sharpshooter Dominic Cheek’s services, Adam Zagoria mentions that Wake will be visiting Cheek on Wednesday.

Harrison Barnes

The next great recruiting battle is answering to the name Harrison Barnes (SF, 6’6″, 2010), who holds a ton of offers, including Duke, UCLA and Kansas and UNC’s Coach Roy Williams has watched Barnes play.

Derrick Favors

So Derrick Favors (PF, 6’9″, 2009) has cut his list to six, and now he’s just returned from a visit to Georgia Tech, and it sounds good for the Yellow Jackets:

“Georgia Tech, of course, is right here in the city, and that’s always a great thing. It would allow people around here, such as his family and his friends, the opportunity to see him play in person. And Georgia Tech has a great tradition of putting players in the NBA on a regular basis …”

Tech has been thought to be a leader for Favors, despite claims to the contrary, and Tech would love to have the big time power forward.

Michael Snaer

Finally, Michael Snaer talks basketball recruiting in this interview, in which he discusses his visits:

You took official visits to Missouri and Florida State prior to coming to MU. How would you compare and contrast the three visits, and what you saw on each? The whole recruiting process, it’s like they’re all saying the same things, so it’s the little things that you’ve got to bring out. And one of the real good things that attracted me to Marquette is that they just play hard. How tough they are and how hard they work.

Florida State and Missouri are bigger schools and have football teams. Basketball at Marquette, meanwhile, is the biggest show on campus. How much does the thought of being ‘the’ show at MU appeal to you? It feels good, but it really doesn’t matter to me because at the end of the day you’ve still got to win games. Either way, it doesn’t really matter to me. I’m still going to play as hard as I can, no matter what.

I really have appreciated how Snaer has handled his recruitment. He has pretty much taken his visits as planned, and seems to be doing his best to really evaluate each school. It’s only one of the biggest decisions of his life, after all.

Melvin Tabb

Even though we dropped Talib Zanna as an ACC target when he committed to Pitt, we’re adding Melvin Tabb (PF, 6’8″, 2009) to the tracking list, with an offer from Clemson and a recent visit to NC State. He’s actually been contacted by a few other ACC schools as well.


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