Victor Oladipo and Peyton Siva had strong debuts in the NBA Summer League, but Terrence Jones outscored both of them.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Your four-day weekend washed away. That extra shot of espresso refuses to kick in. No worries. I've got the morning jolt. Time for the Monday Rewind.
NBA debuts, gold medals, college football rankings, SEC basketball scheduling, Urban Meyer bashing? It's all here – except more love, love, love for Brad Stevens. Everybody else in the media has taken care of that.
What can I add?
Only this: Is Stevens stopping in Boston to coach the Celtics or going directly to Springfield and the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame?
Just kidding. Let's get to work.
SUMMER LEAGUE MVP – JONES, OLADIPO OR SIVA?
I knew the basketballs would not remain on the rack for long. They started bouncing Sunday in Orlando for the opening session of the NBA Summer League and they'll keep bouncing the rest of the week. Then the show will move to Las Vegas with other players (like Gorgui Dieng, Archie Goodwin and Cody Zeller).
But first, let's call the roll of how the locals performed – and fuss about who had the best game: Terrence Jones, Victor Oladipo or Peyton Siva?
Jones, Kentucky, Rockets – 24 points, 12 rebounds. Jones played like a guy who doesn't want to spend any more time in the D-League next winter. Yes, he turned the ball over five times, but Jones gets a pass because he made 9 of 13 shots and wanted the ball in traffic. He'd better shoot while he can. Dwight Howard is coming to town.
Oladipo, Indiana, Magic – I'm guessing that the odds on Oladipo winning the NBA rookie of the year award plunged after he crammed the box score with 18 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five steals and a new contract that will pay him close to $4 million next season.
Yes, he turned the ball over six times. Yes, he is experimenting with a move to point guard. Yes, the folks in Orlando seem ecstatic.
Doron Lamb, UK, Magic – After going at each other twice a year ago, Lamb and Oladipo played in the same Magic backcourt Sunday. How sweet! Lamb shot the ball well, making all three of his three-point attempts, but didn't do much else. He needs to work on the much else part.
Peyton Siva, U of L, Pistons – The summer league is a big deal to Siva. A really big deal. He is playing for a contract – and the chance to earn close to $500,000 next season.
Siva's numbers were deceiving. Not because he missed both of his field-goal attempts and scored all six of his points at the line in more than 26 minutes. What's deceiving is his assist total. Siva had six (and only one turnover). He would have had more assists but his backcourt mate, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, chucked 10 shots and missed nine of them. But Caldwell-Pope can exhale. His deal will be guaranteed.
Jeremy Evans, WKU, Jazz – I guess Evans must want some work because he only played 215 minutes in his third season in the league. He played 26 more Sunday and scored six points.
DeAndre Liggins, UK, Thunder – Offense remains a mystery to Liggins. He took one shot in nearly 23 minutes and scored two points.
Daniel Orton, UK, Thunder – With his body and height, Orton should be able to hang around the NBA for a decade or so if he can get healthy. He scored 15 points in less than 20 minutes and even grabbed four rebounds.
Kyle Kuric, U of L, Thunder – Ahh, some UK-U of L harmony on the Thunder in Florida. Even sweeter! Not that Kuric got much clock. He played less than 10 minutes. That was long enough to take three three-point shots and make two. I think Kuric is the kind of versatile player that belongs with Gregg Popovich and the Spurs. Not that Pop asked me.
Christian Watford, IU, Pacers – The three-point shot will have to be Watford's ticket if he makes the NBA – and he failed to punch that ticket Sunday. He missed all three attempts and scored only three points.
FROM NUMBER 82 TO THE FIRST ROUND
Before you get all silly about the latest batch of recruiting rankings that will come out after the LeBron James Skills Academy closes in Las Vegas, it's time for my weekly public service reminder about the way the ratings translate to performance.
If you watched a few dribbles of the US 19-and-under team as they played their way to a gold medal in Prague, you know that the announcers were talking and talking about Louisville forward Montrezl Harrell – even if the guys I listened to had no idea how to pronounce his name.
Blocks, rebounds, points. Harrell put Serbia in Czech-mate Sunday, scoring 17 in America's 82-68 victory.
That is the same Montrezl Harrell who was ranked 82nd in the 2012 class by Rivals.com – guys who do know how to pronounce his name. Now serious basketball people are making serious predictions that Harrell will be a first-round pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
What was Harrell's focus against Serbia?
"I always try to go out there with great energy," Harrell said. "I didn't want anyone to see me get frustrated because I felt like then they would get frustrated. I just tried to keep everybody up, stay active in the game and it came out wonderful."
COLLEGE FOOTBALL COUNTDOWN – CATS AT 101?
Paul Myerberg of USA Today is more than halfway through his 125-to-1 countdown of the nation's FBS college football teams. It will be a few weeks before he focuses on Louisville because his latest entry is about Utah, a team he ranks No. 61 nationally.
Hmm. That sounds like a vote for Bobby Petrino and the Hilltoppers over Mark Stoops and the Wildcats when the two programs open the season in Nashville in 54 days – and something for Stoops to hang in his locker room.
SCHEDULING FOR SUCCESS – SEC STYLE
What price are Southeastern Conference men's basketball coaches going to pay for the league's lackluster performance putting teams in the NCAA Tournament last season?
The league office wants to see everybody's non-conference schedule before it is announced. Too many games against Alcorn State and Houston Baptist will get you summoned to the principal's office. Remember that the SEC brought Greg Shaheen, the former director of the NCAA Tournament, to the conference meetings in Destin, Fla., last spring for a scheduling discussion.
According to this story by David Paschall of the Chattanooga Time Free Press, not every SEC coach is high-fiving the concept – starting with Kevin Stallings of Vanderbilt.
"To add more layers of approval and things like that is not necessarily what I would desire," Stallings said.
Getting three of 14 teams invited to the NCAA Tournament is not what commissioner Mike Slive desired. But it happened. So turn in your schedule, coach.
Tough weekend for Ohio State football coach Urban Meyer.
Ripped by Orlando Sentinel columnist Mike Bianchi herefor an incident that involved Aaron Hernandez when he played for Meyer at the University of Florida.
Once upon a time Meyer was getting the Brad Stevens' treatment in the media. Not anymore. There are other stories beyond these three. But that's a good start. No reason for me to pile on. It's time for Meyer to do more than defend himself with text messages to a reporter at the Columbus Dispatch and have his family defend him on Twitter.