Thursday, September 4, 2014

Remembering Ater Majok, bracing for Jim Calhoun on TV, and a little on Derrick Jones

Remember Ater Majok, the kid from Sudan via Australia who was supposed to be the next big star at UConn, wasn't, eventually was drafted by the Lakers and has since more or less fallen into oblivion?

Remember his guardian/handler named Ed Smith, who seemed to be trouble? Well, he's certainly proven to be just that, and now it's Thon Maker, some say the most talented 16-year-old out there right now, that seems to be getting some less-than-stellar advice from Smith. Here's a story from the Sydney Morning-Herald in Australia that talks about the negative effects Smith seems to have on young, African basketball prospects. Majok and UConn are featured prominently.

*** Meanwhile, as we had reported back on Aug. 8, it appears Jim Calhoun will be doing studio work for ESPN this college basketball season.

Now, it's The Big Lead that's reporting Calhoun will be joining ESPN. If this happens, it sure will be entertaining television.

*** Lastly, had a brief conversation with Terrell Myers, the New Haven product who coached Derrick Jones's AAU team this past summer. Myers said Jones, who will be getting an in-home visit from UConn next week, had a "great summer. His outside shot was a bit more consistent, he had confidence in handling the ball. He was maturing as the summer went on, learning how to be a leader."

Myers, who knows Kevin Ollie very well, said that he might be at the in-home visit on Tuesday.

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