Sidney Wilson to Transfer from St. John’s

 

Sidney Wilson had yet to play a game for the St. John’s Red Storm, and it appears he never will. It was reported today that the 6-6 wing from the Bronx will transfer from St. John’s before ever suiting up for the Johnnies. A four-star recruit with highlight making bounce, Wilson was a big get for Chris Mullin and staff when they convinced Wilson to stay home.

Per Scout, since Wilson enrolled at SJU this summer and took classes, he will have to wait a year before being eligible to play for whatever school he chooses. The same thing applied to Mitchell Robinson, who ended up returning to Western Kentucky this week instead of transferring. Wilson chose St. John’s over UConn, UMass, Syracuse and Texas.

Wilson transferred from St. Ray’s in NY to Brewster Academy for his last year in high school. I would not be surprised if he chose Connecticut over New York again for college and chose to commit to the Huskies. Anything can happen though, so stay tuned.

Jim Calhoun Eyes New Coaching Opportunity

Former University of Connecticut coach and basketball great Jim Calhoun has a major case of FOMO.

The legendary basketball coach said he was considering coming out of retirement, just in a roundabout way … and for an unusual coaching position.

News broke Monday when Calhoun told ESPN about a possible return.

“I’ve got a couple of other things in the works, one involving basketball, which I’m intrigued by,” he was quoted.

The 75-year-old Hall of Fame coach said he missed the kids. This is also the guy that became the oldest coach to win a Division I title in 2011 after leading UConn to the school’s third NCAA championship.

But Calhoun retired in 2012 for a reason. He beat cancer not once but three times. He missed a string of games during his last season at UConn because of back issues.

For his health’s sake, a return to coaching may be possible at a less stressful level. Turns out Calhoun isn’t at all eyeing a program under the Division I stage. He told ESPN reporters that he has had some discussions with Bill Cardarelli, the athletic director at St. Joseph.

Wait. Where?

It’s a no-name, Division III school that doesn’t even have a men’s basketball program. The school doesn’t have any men attending, period.

The tides are turning, however, and the school gave a press release in June detailing a future men’s undergrad program in the fall of 2018.

Talk about working from the ground up.

Nobody would doubt that Calhoun doesn’t have the experience in the game. He’s inarguably one of the best coaches of all time. That’s the kind of name you make for yourself if you had a career win percentage of nearly 70 percent, earn three NCAA titles, win four Final Four contests and win the John R. Wooden Legends of Coaching Award. His accomplishments go on for days.

But it makes sense. Coaches go into coaching for many reasons and almost always because of passion. The man misses being a part of that game. As long as he gets the OK from his wife apparently, that could very well be his last hoorah – a low key, starter program at a D-III school.

You can only play the game, or in his case coach, for so long. Once you stamped your legacy, would you want to be remembered as anything else? If you go out, you go out on top. If speculation is true and the HoF legend is successful at building a solid foundation at the no-name program, he’ll have changed the game even more for not only a D III university, but for basketball itself.

Start of live period brings highly anticipated excitement

If you ask anyone affiliated with high school and college basketball what the most chaotic and busy part of the year is, they’ll probably give you one of two answers: the March Madness, or the July Live Periods.

For four days out of the second, third, and fourth days of each week Division I coaches have the opportunity to watch players all across the country, making each live period a critical time for scouting.

Today, at 5:00 PM, marked the beginning of the first live period, and dozens of D-I coaches flocked to Albright College to see what kind of talent the Elite camp has to offer.

To read about the best performers on the first day of live period, click here

Some of the most notable programs that showed up to scout our talented pool of players included DePaul, St. Bonaventure, George Mason, and Hofstra. A wealth of Patriot and Ivy League coaches were also in attendance, as the bulk of this week’s coaches in attendance were of the mid-major variety.

A bulk of the players that showed off their skills already hold solid lists of Division I offers. Specifically, two of our rising juniors have impressive lists of offers that they can certainly build on this week and in the remaining live periods this summer as members of the class of 2018.

Cormac Ryan (Milton Academy ’18), one of the top prospects at Elite 1, already holds offers from Tulane, DePaul, St. John’s, Davidson, Rice, Boston College, and Penn, While he also holds interest from Notre Dame, Stanford, and Michigan, according to Verbal Commits, the coaching staff of the Maryland Terrapins also told Ryan they planned to be in attendance to see him play this week. 

“I’m excited to get out here with my team, it should be a fun July,” said Ryan. “Hopefully me and my team can get a couple of wins and get looked at. I’m trying to prove that I’m just as good as anybody else, I improved my game in the spring and I want to show that I’m continuing to get better.”

Atiba Taylor (Hackensack ’18), an explosive 6-foot-3 guard  also has the potential to add to his already impressive offer sheet, which includes Connecticut, Rutgers, Manhattan, Fairfield, Rider, Seton Hall, and Temple. Taylor also cited recent interest from SMU and Louisville since the contact period began for rising juniors.

With three days left of live period, countless other players are poised to show off impressive skill sets to a growing list of D-I coaches. We’re looking forward to another great day of hoops!