Thursday, January 29, 2009

Nothing but 'Net: Jan. 29

Welcome to Nothing but 'Net, the newest feature on the National Hoops Report. Our staff searches the web for the latest and greatest in all things basketball recruiting. We will try to update the list regularly. For any notable link, please email it to us at released an updated listing of the top 25 team rankings. Georgia Tech makes a move to No. 4 thanks to the addition of Derrick Favors. (FREE)

Dave Telep and Evan Daniels of had their national chat today. A lot of nuggets in today's chat. (FREE)

Prep Stars wonders where all of the junior commitments are in January. There were eight. This year, not so much. ($)

Tommy Mason-Griffin is the main focus in ESPN's weekly Hall Pass. (FREE)

Antonio Williams, one of the good guys in the industry, spent his afternoon in a chat session for ESPN. There were no hot babes or talks of cage fighting mentioned however. (FREE) player updates: Trevor Cooney (2011), Ferrakohn Hall (2009), James McAdoo (2011), Kyryl Natyazhko (2009), Shaquille Thomas (2010) ($) player updates: Lavonte Dority (2010) ($)

Class of 2010 forward Joel Wright committed to Fordham on Thursday, according to sources close to the National Hoops Report. The 6-foot-7 forward from New York (N.Y.) Jefferson is a major score for the Rams. He also had interest from Seton Hall, West Virginia and Providence.

Introducing The Mailbag

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Felton fired

Another day, another SEC coach has been relieved of his duties.

University of Georgia head coach Dennis Felton was fired Thursday morning. The news comes after Georgia's 83-57 loss to Florida on Wednesday night.

Potential replacements for the job include Anthony Grant of Virginia Commonwealth, Mike Anderson of Missouri and Mike Davis of UAB.

Alabama parted ways with Mark Gottfried earlier in the week.

The National Hoops Report has learned that assistant coach Pete Hermann will serve as the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Hot seat watch

ESPN senior writer Pat Forde writes in his Forde Minutes column that there are a number of a coaches feeling the heat in the dead of winter.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Bye Bye Bama: Gottfried out

Alabama is looking for a new head coach.

After 11 seasons as the head coach at Alabama, Mark Gottfried has resigned from his position, according to multiple reports.

Philip Pearson will take over for Alabama (12-7, 2-3 SEC). Gottfried is the first of what will likely be many job openings in the Southeast this year.

"It has been a wonderful decade for me and my family, and I love the University of Alabama, but I feel that it is in the best interests of everyone involved," Gottfried said in a statement released by the university.

Names already mentioned for the job are Mike Anderson (Missouri), Anthony Grant (Virginia Commonwealth) and Tubby Smith (Minnesota). UAB head coach Mike Davis will likely push for the job but sources say Alabama is not keen to the idea at the moment.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

National Hoops Report McDonald's All-American's

The McDonald’s All-American game will be announced in March and most of the votes have already been submitted for the game. After spending the last four years watching each of these players at a national level, it is my pleasure to announce my (fictional) votes for the 2009 McDonald’s All-American game.

PG Abdul Gaddy, Bellarmine Prep (Wash.) (Pictured/
PG Elijah Johnson, Cheyenne (Nev.)
PG Peyton Siva, Franklin (Wash.)
SG Xavier Henry, Putnam City (Okla.)
SG Avery Bradley, Findlay (Nev.)
SG Michael Snaer, Rancho Verde (Calif.)
SF Solomon Hill, Fairfax (Calif.)
SF Tyler Honeycutt, Sylmar (Calif.)
SF Royce White, Hopkins (Minn.)
PF Thomas Robinson, Brewster Academy (N.H.)
PF Wally Judge, Arlington Country Day (Fla.)
PF Renardo Sidney, Fairfax (Calif.)
C Daniel Orton, Bishop McGuinness (Okla.)
C Keith Gallon, Oak Hill Academy (Texas)

PG Maalik Wayns, Roman Catholic (Pa.)
PG Mfon Udofia, Miller Grove (Ga.)
PG Lorenzo Brown, Centennial (Ga.)
SG Kenny Boynton, American Heritage (Fla.)
SG Lance Stephenson, Lincoln (N.Y.)
SG Durand Scott, Rice (N.Y.)
SF Dominic Cheek, St. Anthony (N.J.)
SF John Jenkins, Station Camp (Tenn.)
SF John Henson, Sickles (Fla.)
PF Ryan Kelly, Ravenscroft (N.C.)
PF Alex Oriakhi, Tilton School (N.H.)
PF Dante Taylor, National Christian Academy (Md.)
C DeMarcus Cousins, LeFlore (Ala.)
C Derrick Favors, South Atlanta (Ga.) (Pictured)

Friday, January 23, 2009

Welcome to the National Hoops Report

Welcome to the National Hoops Report.

The NHR is the brainchild of Justin Young, noted national basketball recruiting analyst. With 10 years of experience in the sports media world, Young has established himself as one of the top voices in the college basketball spectrum. He has written for Yahoo! Sports,,,, ESPN, USA Today, The Sporting News, Lindy’s, Street & Smith, Blue Ribbon Sports and numerous newspapers nationally.

Here on the new National Hoops Report blog, Young will unload the information stored away in his brain.

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