Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Royce and Rodney Updates

The Star Tribune's Myron Medcalf reported the other day here that Rodney Williams has narrowed his list of schools down to three, except he's apparently only telling us who two of the teams are. Strange? Yes. But I've got a theory!

Medcalf reports that Williams indicated Minnesota and Kansas are two of the three teams. Kansas, according to Medcalf and Rivals.com, hasn't offered the athletic swingman yet. Rivals' page on Williams also indicates three teams that the Cooper product is "high" on. Those teams are Minnesota, Miami (FL) and Wisconsin.

Guess here is that Williams is also including Wisconsin in that list, considering Bo Ryan's need to pluck Minnesota talent in order for him to have a chance to compete in the Big Ten. However, if Williams does commit to the Gophers, it will have taken just one full year for Tubby Smith to completely shut the gaping hole that has allowed countless top Minnesota reecruits to escape maroon and gold and wear that hideous red and white.

Finally, per Rivals, we learn that 2009 commit Royce White has moved up the recruitment ladder. If you believe in the 5-star Rivals scale, at this time last week White was your average 4-star prospect. Now, he's added a star and is the #18 player in the country, according to Rivals' scouts. Williams, at 4 stars, is ranked #28. Food for thought: No Big Ten team has a 2009 player ranked higher than White or Williams.

5 comments:

lonebadger said...

My my, a bit bitter aren't we?

FishingMN said...

Hasn't Wisconsin used up all of their scholies for the next 2 years?

The Sports Guy said...

From Charley "Shooter" Walters today:
Robbinsdale Cooper junior basketball star Rodney Williams has added Connecticut to the list of schools he is considering. Also on the list: Kansas and the Gophers.

PJS said...

Fishing, good point. I'm pretty sure I've written that before but it escaped my thought process yesterday. That said, I think the Eric Gordon flip-flop is a good example with these early recruits. NOthing is final until it's on paper.

LB--I was thinking of you when I took a cheap shot at Bo. Glad it caught your attention!!!

Sports GUy--Thanks for the info, hadn't read Walters yet today. Connecticut and Kansas will prove tough competitors for Rodney's services. Hopefully Royce White's decision will be an overriding factor.

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