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The era of Chaz Williams, Raphiael Putney, and Sampson Carter is over at UMass. The question is, what comes next?
Well UMass has met it’s allotted scholarship quota, but if a better prospect came along it would be easy to cut ties with some dead weight like T-Berg. With offers accepted from Rashaan Holloway and C.J. Anderson already, it’d be nice to see Kellogg get another big name player, because I wouldn’t get very excited about either of these players.
We stole Holloway away from the mighty Philadelphia powerhouses of Drexel and Temple. His other offers were from such legendary programs as Marshall and Rider. Oh yea, and he’s from South Jersey, AKA Philly.
Now on paper I like the Holloway recruit. He’s 6’9″, 250 lbs. God knows UMass needs a true center after we were emasculated by Mr. Stokes and company in the tournament. I want to be optimistic, I really do. So on the positive side he’s not Raphiael Putney. He’s actually the opposite. Scouting reports say that he’s got great hands and footwork, and that his body can easily be filled in with some time in the weight room.
But the more I read about this kid, the less optimistic I get. He’s only a three star prospect, and isn’t a top 150 recruit. Now, if he was some kind of scholar, I would be a little more glass half full. But here’s some of his tweets from the past week or two. For starters, he’s one of those guys who posts WAY too much on Twitter. I never trust those guys:
Wonder what kind of shampoo he uses. Also….
Also, after reading the next tweet, I hope his high school is more challenging than UMass will be…
Here’s some more random thoughts from Rashaan…
Don’t worry Rashaan, I know a massage parlor in town where you can get a nice (toe) rub. Then there’s this mysterious St. Patty’s Day tweet:
Actually this is a pretty good sign. If there’s one type of player I don’t trust, it’s someone without a shitload of tattoos. Here’s what he had to say after signing with UMass:
“I look forward to becoming a Minuteman and playing and becoming a mentor under the direction of Coach Kellogg.”
Hope Kellogg is cool with the fact that he’s going to be mentored by a 19 year old. With the way he coached in the second half of the season this might actually be a good thing.
C.J. Anderson is a 6’5″ shooting guard. He’s not as highly ranked as Holloway, but he seems to have a lot of athletic promise, along with a pretty bad ass flat top:
“I project Anderson as the classic swingman collegiately, a guard/forward who can defend multiple positions. I think he will be All-Atlantic 10 by the time he’s a junior. He’ll be too long for typical, smaller 2-guards and too quick for small forwards. Kellogg and UMass got a S-T-E-A-L when they inked C.J. Anderson.”
Unfortunately I can’t find this kid’s twitter, so I have no idea when he took his last shower, what’s on his mouth, how his toes feel, or whether or not he plans on getting another tattoo. But to me he looks like your typical VCU player, and since we won a recruiting battle with Shaka Smart for him, I’m pretty excited to see what this kid has to offer.
The real prize though is Melvin Swift, from just outside of Houston. The 6’7″ forward has athleticism like you read about. Here’s his highlights:
Yea, that’d be nice. He committed last year to Xavier, but then pulled away shortly after. Now this top 100 ranked recruit is being pursued by several schools, but almost all scouts say it’s down to two: UMass and UConn. That’s the difference between a four star recruit and a three star recruit. We’re competing with UConn instead of Drexel and Rider.
Swift would be the ideal addition to the Minutemen for the next four years. He’s a great on the ball defender with above average rebounding skills – both things that UMass needs an abundance of. Losing him to UConn would be a giant kick in the nads. Right now 75% of scouts think he’s coming to UMass. Look, I shit on DK on this blog, but recruiting is clearly the man’s strength. He’s a Calipari guy, and Calipari is the godfather of recruiting. This would be a marquee signing, and I simply cannot let him go to such a dumpy place like UConn.
Luckily my man Melvin likes to tweet. So I tweeted my case to him yesterday on why he should come to UMass – and wouldn’t ya know it, I got a retweet and Mr. Swift is now following TurtleBoy:
For the record, that is 110% truth. Shabazz Napier is the last remnant of the Jim Calhoun era. As soon as Calhoun’s dirty hands are off the Huskies’ program, UConn goes back to being Rutgers. Well since this kid has a couple thousand followers, including some UConn lackeys, they weren’t going to let that kind of statement go unchallenged:
Once again, 110% truth. Hasheen Thabeet is not walking through that door, largely because now that UConn is on double secret NCAA probation, they can’t afford to cheat in order to get players like him anymore. Don’t blame me UConn fans, those are CBSSports’ Gary Parrish’s words, not mine:
“The UConn basketball program is still on probation because the school was caught — first by Yahoo! Sports, then by the NCAA — using a booster turned agent to buy a recruit. Say what you want about John Calipari, Scott Drew or any of the other coaches who turned up on our list of perceived cheaters last month, but none of them have ever been caught leading a program that worked with a booster/agent to secure a commitment from a prospect neck-deep in extra benefits. Calhoun, on the other hand, was caught leading a program that did exactly that, and the Huskies remain on probation because of it. So that’s a stain.”
So when these same idiots tweeted pictures like this at me,
they failed to point out that all of those players were probably being paid and all of those championships were bogus. So Melvin, don’t be fooled when they try to pull stuff over on you like this – this was the OLD UConn. You won’t be playing with anyone close to the caliber of anyone on this list.
Even Jake Voshkuhl?
ESPECIALLY Jake Voshkuhl!!!
And Melvin, whatever you do, don’t fall for the whole UConn in the Sweet 16 thing. They are only there because, 1) Villanova was the worst two seed in NCAA history, 2) St. Joe’s absolutely choked the game away in the final minute (yea, and UMass beat St. Joe’s this year too), and, 3) Shabazz Napier is one of the most legendary four year players in NCAA history, and he will never be your teammate.
Here’s some other reasons why Amherst needs to be your destination.
- UConn wasn’t eligible for the tournament last year because they were academically ineligible. Wont’ be the last time that happens. Just like UMass they forfeited the 1996 season because of NCAA violations, but unlike UMass they have been caught with their hands in the cookie jar several times since then.
- The last time UConn came to Amherst, we won. Calhoun was too chicken shit scared to come here since then.
- Storrs is a terrible town in the middle of nowhere. Amherst is a magical paradise, and home to the Blarney Blowout.
- UMass has Antonio’s. UConn does not.
- At UConn you will always be the second most important basketball team on campus – after the women’s team. Emasculating.
- At UConn the best coach is Geno Auriemma. Unfortunately he would not be your coach. Instead you’d have the unproven, politically connected, and likely lame duck Kevin Ollie.
- UMass has a variety of babes to offer you. If you’re into Plain Jane and don’t mind burning calories, then there’s a wonderful place called Orchard Hill which has tons of mediocrity to offer. Like pot? Wait until you see the junior smokeshow stoner babes of Central. Like to do your homework in peace and quiet? You’ll love Northeast then. You strike me as the Southwest type though. If you like girls with loose morals and zero inhibitions, then you’ll love Southwest.
- If you come to UMass you get to be a part of the UMass basketball renaissance. If you go to UConn you are literally jumping on a sinking ship. Our stock is on the rise, while their’s is plummeting like it’s October, 1929.
- You went to the same high school as freshmen Clyde Santee. Trey Davis is also from Texas. UConn has ZERO players from the lone star state. You’ll have a million more things in common with your UMass teammates than you would at UConn, where half the roster is from Connecticut, and the best player next year is from Ghana.
So the decision is your’s big man. Come to UMass and enjoy the the best for years of your life at the greatest University known to mankind. Or go to UConn, where you might potentially make the NIT a couple times – if your team’s GPA is high enough.
Until then UMass fans can just salivate over your man-child dunks, and picture you wearing Maroon and White.
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