Wednesday Market Watch

By - May 30, 2007

Your weekly look at trends in the market around college basketball and beyond:

Kentucky: A turbulent year that culminated with the resignation of longtime coach Tubby Smith had no effect on the rabid fan support in Big Blue Nation. The Wildcats drew 374,737 fans for their 16 contests at Rupp Arena -- an average of 23,431 per game -- to lead Division I in attendance for the second consecutive season.

Georgia Tech: Standout point guard Javaris Crittenton, who finished second to North Carolina's Brandan Wright in ACC Rookie of the Year voting, has decided to keep his name in the NBA draft and will turn pro after one season in Atlanta. Classmate Thaddeus Young has also put his name in the early entrance pool but has yet to hire an agent and could still return for his sophomore season. Had both come back to school, the Yellow Jackets would have been a preseason Top 15 pick -- but with Young's return could still salvage a Top 25 spot.

Rutgers: Dick "Hoops" Weiss reports that the Piscataway school is finalizing plans to build a new practice facility for the men's and women's basketball programs, a thing which should prove no small recruiting lure for second-year coach Fred Hill.

Creighton: Rising sophomore Isacc Miles, who started 27 of 33 games for the Blue Jays and averaged 6.1 points to earn a spot on the All-MVC freshman team, announced his intent to transfer closer to his Kansas City hometown. With Nate Funk, Anthony Tolliver and Nick Porter graduating from this year's Valley champs, Miles was expected to embrace a more prominent role with next season's group. His high school coach Rick Zych told the Associated Press that the 6-foot-2, 205-pound guard was "a little homesick" and wanted to be closer to his two sisters.

Kansas: When Brandon Rush announced his mildly surprising decision to return to Lawrence for his junior season, the Jayhawks were looking at one of the most emphatic "up" swings of the entire summer. But that was before Tuesday's revelation that the swingman blew out his left knee and will undergo surgery either late this week or early next week. Fifth-year Kansas coach Bill Self says it's possible that Rush won't miss a single game -- but the Allen Fieldhouse faithful can only wait and see how the torn ACL will affect the swingman in the long term.

Lindsay Lohan: I'll never understand why these people are doing their own driving.

Posted by at 12:29 PM on May 30, 2007
Comments (2)


Bryan (or should I say Brian)-
Surely you know by now that Creighton's nickname, Bluejays, is one word, don't you?

Guilty as charged -- it's a mistake I won't make again.


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