BOZICH: Monday Morning Musings
Monday Morning Musings:
Here are a few names of famous former Louisiana State baseball players: Albert Belle, Paul Byrd, Aaron Hill, Joe Adcock, Ben McDonald, Brad Hawpe, Brian Wilson and Alvin Dark.
Here are a few names of famous former Stony Brook baseball players: Joe Nathan and nobody (which is one more name than I expected to find).
Here is the score from Sunday night in the Baton Rouge Super Regional: Stony Brook 7, LSU 2.
That makes Stony Brook the champions of the Super Regional and puts the Seawolves in the College World Series in Omaha.
It also makes teams that complain about where the NCAA asks them to play in the tournament look quite silly.
Where does this Stony Brook run rank in The College Sports Upset Catalogue?
Remember that Stony Brook won the regional in Miami, surviving the Hurricanes, Central Florida and Missouri State.
Ahead of Appalachian State over Michigan (football), James Madison over Virginia Tech (football), Boise State over Oklahoma (Fiesta Bowl), Chaminade over Virginia (hoops) and Virginia Commonwealth over Kansas (basketball)?
I vote YES.
I realize Stony Brook has been a power in college baseball in the northeast for several years, winning 94 games the last two seasons. But this is a program that was Division III when Nathan played there more than a decade ago.
For that cold weather program to beat a program with six NCAA titles knocks it over the left-center field wall on my list.
And the win Sunday night was no fluke. Stony Brook out-hit LSU, 15-3.
The scramble for position in the high school basketball Class of 2013 accelerates this week. Why? Many of the nation's top seniors, as well as a few juniors, will gather at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville for the annual NBA Players Association Top 100 High School Camp.
This is the spot where Chane Behanan made his name two years ago. This is the place where guys can play their way into consideration for the next year's McDonald's all-American game.
Anton Gill, the shooting guard from Raleigh, N.C., who has committed to Louisville, will be there. Quentin Snider of Ballard, a 2014 prospect who has also picked U of L, also snagged an invite.
There will be a string of other players that U of L, Kentucky and Indiana are targeting. Stanford Robinson, the wing from Fairfield, Va., who has already given an oral commitment to Tom Crean and IU, is playing. One strange omission is IU commit Luke Fischer, a Top 100 prospect with most recruiting services.
Former Central High star D'Angelo Russell, a member of the Class of 2014, is expected to play, as is JaQuan Lyle, a 2014 player from Evansville Bosse.
Two other interesting names – Darin Minniefield, son of former Kentucky star Dirk Minniefield and Reggie Theus Jr., whose father played in the NBA and also coached with Rick Pitino at U of L.
The fun starts Wednesday and ends Saturday. College coaches are not allowed to attend. That's why they'll be texting recruiting gurus like teenagers for information and hints about what players are thinking.
Former NBA star John Lucas is running the show this season.
Interesting NBA Draft tidbits from Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, who has been in Chicago at the NBA combine.
Amick says – brace yourself – that former Kentucky star Anthony Davis remains the only option for New Orleans with the first pick in the June 28 draft, but that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of UK has emerged as a solid choice for the second pick by Charlotte. Amick said there is no way Kidd-Gilchrist falls to the Celtics, but that Boston interviewed him in Chicago regardless.
He said former Florida shooting guard Bradley Beal has turned heads – and dusted off those old comparisons to Celtics' guard Ray Allen.
Amick also said that that Golden State (seventh pick) and Sacramento (fifth pick) are very interested in former UK forward Terrence Jones.
Enjoy Omaha, Stony Brook Seawolves.