Props to Bball Purist for sending me the link. We are still working on adding other authors on the site.
While this isn't 100% MD related, I think many of you will find interest in the news. This weekend there is a very large AAU tourney in Pittsburgh. Both the Houston Defenders and the DC Assult will be participating. They both are receiving #1 seeds and have a first round bye. Both teams will first play at 9:35 Friday night.
How will this effect MD? Well I'm 99% sure everyone who visits this blog knows that the Harrison twins play for the Houston Defenders so this is an opportunity for the staff to watch a few games and recruit the twins to a certain degree. Im not sure what the "contact rules" are currently for College coaches and recruits, but regardless it is an opportunity for the coaches to watch and for the recruits to see the coaches present. Additionally, it is an opportunity to watch the DC Assult and Dodd as well as Kris Jenkins.
Here is a list of all the teams participating: http://www.hoopgroup.com/hoopgroup/tournaments/under-armour-pittsburgh-jamfest-tournament-field/
Here is the schedule itself: http://www.hoopgroup.com/hoopgroup/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/17U-PITT-Gold-Web-Final-Sheet1-Sheet1.pdf
I am curious what members of the staff will be attending the Jam Fest. Keep in mind that the Capitol Classic is also this weekend. Given the number of MD recruits playing in the game as well as Sam Cassell JR., I would think that some presence would be shown. Does Turge go to Pittsburgh Friday night, Capitol Classic Saturday, and back to Pitt Sunday?? He could very well be earning his Frequent Flyer miles this weekend.
In other news, if you haven't already heard, Larry Brown accepted the SMU head coaching job. I was hoping that he would take some sort of advisory role with MD. If he wanted to get back into head coaching good for him. I am wondering how much success he will have there. Danny Manning at Tulsa also interests me. I wonder the type of players they will each attract.