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Spring Recruiting
 
We decided to pursue an international player from Turkey, PF Ufuk Oztorun (his parents gave him the first name, I didn’t). I made a quick visit after our exit from the NCAA Tourney which went well but only moved us up to #5 on his top 10 school list. I made him a $5000 offer to hang with a school celeb. He liked it and said it would factor into his decision. We moved up to #4 on his favorites list. 

I also visited SG Lamont Holiday, a JC SG. While the visit resulted in us moving to the top of his favorite’s list, I decided to try to nail it down and offered him a $5000 bribe, He was uncomfortable with it and refused it. 

The 3rd player I visited was C Adam Wallace, a high school senior from Wisconsin. Even though the visit went well we still weren’t in his top 10. My $5000 offer sounded good to him and he said it would factor into his decision.

Although I didn’t visit SG David Wrenn, a high school senior from North Carolina, I also offered him $5000. He also was tempted by it and said it would factor into his decision.

On April 2nd, we offered the final two scholarships to SG Lamont Holiday and PF Ufuk Oztorun.

I re-visited Ufuk Oztorun, SG Lamont Holiday and SG David Wrenn. I also visited SG Tim Vershaw from Alabama.

On April 16th both players we had offered scholarships to signed LOI’s to attend Memphis next year.

Recruits we landed this season:

PF Ruben Rohwer, 6-7 HS Sr, Cincinnati, OH. 2.1 GPA (890 SAT). 26.3 ppg, 4.6 apg, 16.1 rpg, 5.3 spg, 5.9 bpg. This guy is simply outstanding. Great shooter (inside and outside, scorer, rebounder, defender, passer, shot blocker, ball stealer. He has a tremendous work ethic and doesn’t have many problems with injuries and doesn’t cause problems. Rated as the #2 recruit in the nation. Overall rating: A.

SG Lamont Holiday, 6-1 JC So, Elmwood Park, NJ. 2.6 GPA. 18.9 ppg, 4.0 apg, 7.3 rpg, 2.6 spg, 2.6 bpg. Very good outside shooter and scorer. Very good ball handler. Great leader on and off the court. A hard worker who doesn’t have many problems with injuries. Ranked as the #58 recruit in the nation. Overall rating: B.

PF Ufuk Oztorun, 6-6 international player from Turkey. 2.7 GPA (1180 SAT). 17.7 ppg, 3.9 apg, 8.0 rpg, 2.1 spg, 2.6 bpg. Excellent shot from both inside and outside, very good scorer, strong defender. Tremendous work ethic and hardly ever missed a day of practice. Ranked as #72 recruit. Overall rating: B. 

We put aside the $5,000 for Ufuk Oztorun and he will receive the benefits of it after his arrival at school.


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Season 3
 
Meeting with the AD

My meeting with Steve Forester went well. I met all his goals for this year. He and the administration are pleased that we made it to the Elite 8 this year. His goals for next year are substantially higher though: Win 20+ games, Win the Conference Tournament, Maintain School Prestige, Sign a 4-star recruit, and Reach NCAA Final 4.

I ask for a facilities upgrade but the request is denied.

Players Declaring for the Pro Draft

Losing players to the pros is to be expected, but losing our two starting guards (Valder Green and Antonio Greer) was a difficult pill to swallow. I’m happy that C Joey Brown didn’t go to the pros. Fortunately we landed 3 very good recruits, including the phenomenal Ruben Rohwer who together with Joey Brown will form a dominating interior for us this coming season.


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Summer and Autumn Recruiting
 
We landed the 10th best recruiting class last year. Those schools ahead of us were Kentucky, North Carolina, Louisville, Michigan State, Oregon, Kansas, Virginia, Duke, and UCLA. We'd like to do even better this year.

We will have 6 scholarships to fill unless we pick up a transfer player. We order the basic editions of the Southeast and the National Reports. We also make plans to attend the Indy Elite Camp and the Memphis Hoop Summit.
Looking over the list of transfers, we decide to pass since we feel there’s a good chance of picking up better players and would prefer to get players we are likely to have for 4 years.

I’m excited by the number of high-ranking recruits who become interested in Memphis. Now if we can just land some of them. Again we will employ whatever methods needed and do whatever it takes to get them to commit to us, but first we need to try to determine which of them may be most likely to be influenced by our inducements. We focus on family finances. But then factoring in who is most likely to be willing to take what we offer and who will be turned off by what we offer becomes pretty much a guessing game. Determining integrity (and the lack of it) is elusive. This year many of the top-ranked recruits come from families who are well off so we may have to gain their interest in more traditional ways and save our “offers” for some a bit lower in the rankings.

Towards the end of August, we decide to try to solidify interest with some key recruits by hopefully making them an offer they could not resist (number in parentheses is that player's national ranking and number of +'s indicates level of interest in our program):

PG Joel English (#5)—family lower middle class—$10K cash offered but he's not interested, +++ dropped to ++ (he eventually signed with Mich St)

SF Greg Brooks (#8)—family lower middle class—$10K cash offered, he found it tempting offer and indicated it will factor into his decision—he was already +++ but we're not in his top 10 and still are not after the offer.

SG Michael Walcutt (#3)—family upper middle class—$10K cash offered, he also found it to be a tempting offer and said it will factor into his decision—already +++ but we weren't in his top 10 but became 8th on his top 10 list after the offer (he eventually signed with Mich St)

C Ryan Welch (#4)—family middle class—$10K cashoffered, he was not interested, +++ dropped to ++ (he eventually signed with Stanford)

SG A.J. Hahn (#12)—family poor--—$10K cash offered, he said it was a tempting offer and that it will factor into his decision— we went from ++ to +++ after the offer, but not still were not in his top 10 (he eventually signed with Syracuse)

PF Scotty Jackson (#2)—family upper middle class--$10K cash, he said it was a tempting offer and that it will factor into his decision—we were already + but we moved up to ++ after the offer, but still were not in his top 10 (he eventually signed with Mich St)

Our scholarship offers on 9/5:

SG Walcutt, #3—we were 8th on his top 10 list at that point (he signed with Mich St)
PG Mckie, #6—we were 3rd on his top 10 list at that point (he signed with Kentucky—but we had moved up to 2nd on his top 10—damn!--close but no cigar)
PF Jackson, #2, we weren't listed on his top 10 list (he signed with Mich St)
SG Hahn, #12, we weren't listed on his top 10 list (he signed with Syracuse)
SF Brooks, #8, we weren't on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 9/11 (hooray)
PG Smiley, #7—we weren't on his top 10 list at that point (he signed with UCLA, but we were 5th on his top 10 when he made his decision)

Bribe offered on 9/18:

PG Brennan Best (#16)—family poor)--$10K cashoffered--he said it was a tempting offer and that it would factor into his decision— ++ went to +++, but we still were not in his top 10 (he eventually signed with Mich St)

Our Scholarship offers on 9/18:

PF Akins (#1), 2.1 GPA)—we were #1 on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 10/9
SG Farmer (#21, 2.3 GPA)—we were #1 on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 9/18
PF Kirklin (#13)--we were #7 on his top 10 list (he signed with Arkansas)
PG Best (#16)—we weren't on his top 10 list (he signed with Mich St)

Our scholarship offers on 9/25:

PG Jerian Sarchet (#27)—we weren't on his top 10 list (he signed with Duke)
PF Angelo Craft (#34)—we were 2nd on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 9/25

10/2 Bribe:

C Larry Ress (#38)--$5K offer to hang with school celebrity, he found it to be a tempting offer and said it will factor into his decision—already +++ but we were not in top 10 and still not after the offer (he eventually signed with Stanford)

Our Scholarship offer on 10/2:

C Ress (#38)—we were not on his top 10 list (he signed with Stanford)

Michigan State and Stanford simply blitzed our recruiting efforts. Therefore we opened our sites to looking at highly rated JC players at this point.

10/9 Bribe:

PG Jared Keady (#48)--$2K for Entertainment System--he found the offer tempting and said it would factor into his decision--we were already +++ but not in his top 10 but moved up to #7 in his top 10 after the offer.

Scholarship offers on 10/9:

SG Hunter (#32)—we were 3rd on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 11/20
PG Keady (#48)—we were 7th on his top 10 list—VERBAL to MEMPHIS on 11/6

Summary of Scholarship Acceptances after summer and autumn recruiting:

PG Jared Keady, 6-3 JC So, Orange, VA, 2.5 GPA. 14.3 ppg, 5.1 apg, 4.6 rpg, 3.2 spg, 0.6 bpg. A very good scorer with a very nice outside shot; great passer and ball handler; outstanding defender; good at stealing the ball. Ranked #47, Overall Rating: A. We will be buying him a $2,000 entertainment center after he arrives.

PF Angelo Craft, 6-8 HS Sr, Lebanon, TN, 2.9 GPA. 18.6 ppg, 1.6 apg, 6.6 rpg, 1.5 spg, 2.5 bpg. Great scorer resulting from outstanding inside shooting; strong rebounder and passer; very athletic; could work harder; has had some attitude and discipline problems. Had a decent showing at the Indy Elite Camp and in the Top 5 at the Memphis Hoop Summit. Ranked #38, Overall rating: A.

SG Dennis Farmer, 6-4 HS Sr, Prairie Grove, AR, 2.3 GPA. 21.7 ppg, 2.6 apg, 4.0 rpg, 3.4 spg, 0.7 bpg. Another risky selection due to his 2.3 GPA which calls into question his ability to meet the minimum SAT score. Excellent scorer with very strong inside and outside shots; great defender; sharp passer and a strong ball handler; extremely good athleticism; a hard worker who doesn’t cause problems; doesn’t have problems with injuries. A Top 10 player in the Indy Elite Camp. Ranked #18, Overall rating: A.

PF Kevin Akins, 6-6 HS Sr, St. Johnsbury, VT, 2.1 GPA. 27.8 ppg, 2.9 apg, 21.2 rpg, 7.3 spg, 3.8 bpg. This guy is a beast...just look at this stats! But do you see the risk also? Yes, he’s sporting a 2.1 GPA, so he’s likely not to make the minimum SAT score...but it was a risk worth taking. Outstanding inside shot and excellent outside shot which creates phenomenal scoring; he absolutely OWNS the boards; a shut-down defender with a nose for the ball with hands that make him an A+ shot blocker and ball stealer; offensively a great passer; a hard worker who doesn’t cause problems. Was in Top 5 at the Indy Elite Camp. Ranked #1, Overall rating: A.

SF Greg Brooks, 6-7 HS Sr, Tenafly, NJ, 3.1 GPA. 27.6 ppg, 2.8 apg, 9.0 rpg, 5.3 spg, 1.2 bpg. The top SF in the recruit pool. An outstanding scorer with a sweet outside shot and strong shooter inside as well; Excellent defender and rebounder; great at stealing the ball and a very strong shot blocker also; excellent passer; a hard worker. Was in the top 25 at the Indy Elite Camp. Ranked #8, Overall rating: A. We need to funnel $10,000 his way when he gets here.

SG Austin Hunter, 6-1 JC So, Harvey, ND, 2.5 GPA. 17.6 ppg, 5.1 apg, 8.1 rpg, 2.3 spg, 1.7 bpg. A big scorer who is a very good outside shooter; excellent passer and very good ball handling skills; excellent rebounder; strong defender; a hard worker who doesn’t have many problems with injuries. Ranked #32, Overall rating: A.

Bribe summary:

7 offers of $10K/player--5 found it tempting--1 signed with us.
1 offer of $5K--he found it tempting but didn't sign with us.
1 offer of $2K--he found it tempitng and signed with us.

5 offers to players ranked 1-10, one accepted scholarship
2 offers to players ranked 11-20, none accepted scholarship
1 offer to player ranked 31-40, none accepted scholarship
1 offer to player ranked 41-40, one accepted scholarship

Scholarship Offer Summary:

6 offered to players ranked 1-10, 2 accepted scholarships
2 offered to players ranked 11-20, 1 accepted scholarship
2 offered to players ranked 21-30, none accepted scholarship
3 offered to players ranked 31-40, 2 accepted scholarships
1 offered to player ranked 41-50, 1 accepted scholarship


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Really liking this dynasty PG. Mich State really took it to u though :P

Yes, each time we lost another recruit to the Spartans, I got more upset. If the Spartans as much as looked in the direction of someone, that player swooned. mad.gif But this just shows that Memphis isn't ready to compete with the "big boys" for the very top talent (yet). Lassoing the #8 was good though (and we need a very good SF). Our getting the #1 player was only because the "big boys" didn't want to risk going after a guy with a 2.1 GPA (plus they have higher minimum SAT requirements anyway). We lucked out last season by getting a highly ranked recruit with a low GPA to meet minimum SAT numbers for us, but doing it two years in a row might be asking too much. This #1 is SO good though that it was worth taking a flyer on him. Now we all just have to wait until Jan. 28 to see what happens.



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Pre-Season Info
 
Norton Award

The following Memphis Tigers players were nominated for this season’s Norton Award:

C Joey Brown, 6-8 Sophomore

PF Ruben Rohwer, 6-7 Freshman

RedShirt

PF Ufuk Oztorun, 6-6 Freshman—redshirted—he needs some seasoning and to get used to the college game in America.

Starting Lineup:

PG: Howie Tyler, 6-4 Jr, 4.0/4.5 stars, 3.4 ppg last year

SG: Lamont Holiday, 6-1 Jr, 4.0/4.5 stars, JC player last year (#58 ranked recruit)

SF: Johnnie Campbell, 6-5 Sr, 3.0/3.0 stars, 6.6 ppg last year

PF: Ruben Rohwer, 6-7 Fr, 5.0/5..0 stars, HS player last year (#2 ranked recruit)

C; Joey Brown, 6-8 So, 5.0/5.0 stars, 12.3 ppg and 8.5 rpg last year

Team’s pre-season ranking in polls: #5


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Season 3, Games 1 thru 4
 
Game #1, #20 Texas: The game started as a defensive battle and ended as one as well. We trailed 31-30 at the half. The game was close all the way with 13 lead changes and 7 ties. But while we held Texas shooting to 35%, we could only sink 32% of our shots and we lost (69-64) our first home game since I became coach here. C Joey Brown scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds, SG Lamont Holiday dropped in 15 points. (0-1) 

Award: C Joey Brown selected AAC Player of the Week.

Game #2 @ #14 Mississippi St.: Mississippi State took an early lead but we recovered and took a 39-35 halftime lead. In the 2nd half we opened a 14 point lead and won 76-67, making up for our opening game loss. Again we shot poorly (40%) but dominated the boards 37-22. SG Lamont Holiday led the way offensively with 23 points, but C Joey Brown not only scored 21 but grabbed 13 rebounds. Adam Johnson came off the bench to score 11. (1-1)

Game #3, Marquette: We held the lead for almost the entire first half but only had a 42-36 halftime advantage. We drew away in the 2nd half and won going away 88-70PF Ruben Rohwer had his first double-digit game with 16 points, reserve Trey Frazier scored 15, PG Howie Tyler scored 13 while picking up 5 assists, C Joey Brown had another double-double with 12 points and 17 rebounds, and SF Johnnie Campbell scored 11. (2-1, Ranked #23)

Game #4, #11 UCLA: Not long into the first half, we took control and by the end of the half, we led 36-25. We gradually extended our lead all the way to the end of the game and won 71-54C Joey Brown had a huge game with 23 points and 22 rebounds. Ruben Rohwer scored 18, and SF Johnnie Campbell and PG Howie Tyler both scored 10 points. (3-1)


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Season 3, Games 5 thru 8
 
Game #5, Akron: We never trailed in this game. By the half, we led 43-27. We then continued to expand our lead up to the very end of the game, burying Akron 78-42C Joey Brown scored 19, grabbed 9 rebound, dished out 4 assists and stole the ball 5 times. Howie Tyler scored 12, Ruben Rohwer had 11, and C Karim Towns came off the bench to score 10 points during his 11 minutes on the court. (4-1, Ranked 17th, RPI: 12) 

Award: C Joey Brown was selected AAC Player of the Week.

Game #6, Virginia Tech: We again broke out early and by combining deadly shooting with shut-down defense, we ran off to a 47-26 lead at the break. We then cruised through the 2nd half to another easy win, 87-66C Joe Brown continued his dominance with 26 points and 10 rebounds. PG Abraham Althoff scored 14 points in his 11 minutes off the bench. PF Ruben Rohwer scored 13 and PG Howie Tyler added 10. (5-1)

Game #7 @ Utah: We scored first and never game up the lead. After building a 38-25 halftime lead, we played cat-and-mouse in the 2nd half and won handily 70-55C Joey Brown dropped in 29 points while pulling down 13 rebounds. SG Lamont Holiday had a good game with 17 points and SF Johnnie Campbell added 11 points along with 5 assists. (6-1, Ranked #11, RPI: 7) 

Award: C Joey Brown was selected AAC Player of the Week.

Game #8 @ Tennessee: Playing a big in-state rival, we gradually built a lead in the 1st half to lead 41-29 at intermission. We drew away quickly in the 2nd half opening a 25 point lead before easing up to record a 73-57 winC Joey Brown again sparkled with 18 points and 17 rebounds. PG Howie Tyler dropped in 14 points to go along with his 6 assists. SG Lamont Holiday and PF Ruben Rohwer also scored in double figures with 12 points and 10 points, respectively. (7-1, Ranked #8, RPI: 9) 

Award: C Joey Brown was selected AAC Player of the Week.


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Season 3, Games 9 thru 12:

 

Game #9 @ Butler: The lead swung back and forth in the first half. When the klaxon sounded, we trailed 37-36. We got our offense going in the 2nd half and gradually drew away to score an 86-74 victoryC Joey Brown poured in 28 points and hauled in 11 boards. SG Lamont Holiday put together a good game with 27 points. SF Drew Nolan scored 20 points for Butler. (8-1, Ranked #6, RPI: 6)

Player stats at the end of pre-conference play

PPG: C Joey Brown-21.4, SG Lamont Holiday-13.9, PF Ruben Rohwer-9.4 ppg, PG Howie Tyler-9.2, SF Johnnie Campbell-7.0

APG: SF Johnnie Campbell-2.7, PG Howie Tyler-2.6, SG Lamont Holiday-2.2, C Joey Brown-2.1, PG Abraham Althoff-2.0

RPG: C Joey Brown-13.7, PF Ruben Rohwer-5.1, SF Johnnie Campbell-4.9, PG Howie Tyler-3.7

Game #10 @ Tulane: Tulane came into the game with a 7-2 record and gave us fits in the first half, but we held a slim 45-40 advantage when we went to the locker room. We rapidly pulled away in the 2nd half and led by 19 before settling for a 79-70 road win. PF Ruben Rohwer was our top scorer with 17 points, SG Lamont Holiday scored 15, and C Joey Brown added 11. PG Mac Olson scored 20 for Tulane. (9-1, 1-0, 1st place tie)

Game #11, Temple: We never trailed and held a 40-26 lead at the half. We then closed out the year by closing out Temple, 84-65. C Joey Brown got back to his normal production with 22 points and 10 rebounds. SG Lamont Holiday continued to score well with 16 points, PF Ruben Rohwer scored 12, Adam Johnson came off the bench to pop in 11 points, and PG Howie Tyler added 10 points plus had 8 assists. (10-1, 2-0, 1st place tie, Ranked #5, RPI: 4) 

Game #12, Cincinnati: The first half was hard-fought but Cincinnati came away with a 36-34 lead at the half. We eventually took control in the 2nd half and pulled away to a 75-60 victoryC Joey Brown dropped in 30 points while hauling down 8 boardsPF Ruben Rohwer scored 15 and also had 8 rebounds. (11-1, 3-0, 1st place tie)



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Season 3, Game 13 thru 16
 
Game #13 @ Houston: We took control early in the first half and opened a 41-23 halftime lead. Our offense stuttered in the 2nd half but our defense didn’t allow Houston to get back into the game. We finished with a 65-51 road win against a very good team. C Joey Brown again led the way with 19 points and 9 rebounds. PF Ruben Rohwer continued to improve, scoring 14 and grabbing 8 boards. SG Lamont Holiday scored 11 and SF Johnnie added 10. (12-1, 4-0, 1st place tie, Ranked #3, RPI: 3)

Awards: C Joey Brown was selected AAC Player of the Week and PF Ruben Rohwer was selected as Freshman Player of the Week in the AAC.

Game #14, South Florida: We decimated the Bulls in the first half, drawing away to a 43-17 halftime advantage. Our dominance continued in the 2nd half and we ended it by whipping South Florida 70-37PG Howie Tyler led our scoring with 20 points. We only played C Joey Brown 18 minutes so he scored just 10 points. No player on South Florida scored more than 6 points. (13-1, 5-0, 1st place tie)

Game #15 @ Connecticut: This game pitted the co-leaders of the AAC. We came out hot and stayed hot throughout the entire 1st half, finishing with a 51-26 advantage at the break. We gave back some of the lead in the 2nd half, but were never seriously challenged and walked away with a 71-54 win to take sole possession of 1st place. C Joey Brown scored 24 and had 10 rebounds. Other players in double figures included SG Lamont Holiday with 12, reserve SG Trey Frazier with 11, PF Ruben Rohwer with 10, and PG Howie Tyler with 10. (14-1, 6-0, 1st place, Ranked #3, RPI: 4)

Injury: C Karin Towns sprained a toe and will likely miss our next game.

Game #16, Central Florida: We again put together a rock-solid first half, taking a 40-21 lead into the locker room. We maintained our lead throughout the 2nd half and finished with a78-60 winC Joey Brown scored 20, SG Lamont Holiday added 14, and PF Ruben Rohwer picked up 11 points. (15-1, 7-0, 1st place)


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Season 3, Game 17 thru 20
 
PROBATION:

Another team was placed on probation this year for recruiting violations: Auburn was restricted from offering scholarships for 1 year. So they join Georgia Tech (from last season) as the only teams presently on probation.

Game #17 @ SMU: The game was close during the first part of the 1st half, but we then pulled away and built a 41-28 lead at the end of the half. But SMU made things interesting in the 2nd half, narrowing our lead. We finished the game with a 68-59 win. SG Lamont Holiday scored 15, PF Ruben Rohwer dropped in 14, and PG Howie Tyler scored 11. C Joey Brown was held to 8 points but had 10 rebounds. (16-1, 8-0, 1st place, Ranked #2, RPI: 4) (Oregon has a spotless 21-0 season record and 7-0 record in the Pac-12 and is therefore ranked above us.)

Game #18, Tulsa: We steadily pulled away from Tulsa in the first half, finishing it with a 41-29 advantage. The second half was pretty much a repeat of the first half and we cruised to a77-58 winPF Ruben Rohwer led our scoring with 21 points. C Joey Brown had 19 points while playing just 23 minutes. His replacement, Karin Towns scored 11. Cincinnati beat Connecticut so both are 7-2 in the conference and tied for 2nd place behind us. (17-1, 9-0, 1st place, Ranked #2 in the polls, RPI: 3)

Awards: PF Ruben Rohwer was selected as the American Athletic Conference’s Player of the Week and Freshman Player of the Week.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly:

The Good: C Joey Brown was named a Quarterfinalist for the Norton Award.

The Bad: PF’s Terry Jones and Adrian Bains, who were solid subs for us last season, have nearly disappeared this season. This is probably due to the arrival and emergence of future star Ruben Rohwer. Jones has played in just 13 games, averaging 5.5 mpg and a paltry 0.7 ppg while Bains has played in only 5 games with 1.8 mpg on the floor and a 0.2 ppg average. Both are hitting just 33% of their field goal attempts. Jones will be graduating this year, but Bains is just a sophomore and has a lot of talent. Hopefully he will apply himself and make some serious strides forward next season.

The Ugly: We get word that SG Dennis Farmer (the 18th best recruit in the nation this year and who was in the Top 10 at the Indy Elite Camp) and C Kevin Akins (who was the #1 ranked recruit nationally and who was in the Top 5 at the Indy Elite Camp) both failed to meet our rather low SAT requirements and therefore can not play for us next year. The AD’s administrative assistant said she could hear my and my staffs’ wailing and blasphemous lamentations at her desk in the next building. That means we have 2 scholarships to fill this spring from the remaining talent in the recruit pool. We knew we were taking a risk on both players so, while it doesn’t come as a surprise, is a devastating to our plans to significantly improve our team next year. Akins got an 850 on his SAT and Farmer got an 840 so there are some teams (most notably several in the MEAC) that have 840 or lower SAT minimums) where they can play next year, if they so desires and then declare for the pro draft. If it were prior to 2006, Akins could be going pro after he graduates from high school since he’s that good. (FYI: I noted where one guy got a 620 on his SAT, missing even how to spell his name correctly...he’s the 77th ranked recruit in the nation and as a PG can handle the ball but obviously can’t handle much else.)

We’ve been continuing to communicate with recruits, but I now need to get 1st Assistant Coach Ray Schau to focus on the players we will try to get to replace Akins and Farmer. There are some very good JC players, but I think we will try to get two high school seniors even though their skill levels will not be so well developed.

Game #19, Tulane: The first half was close most of the way as Tulane fought us tooth and nail. We escaped with a 35-29 halftime lead. At one point in the 2nd half we opened a 15 point lead, but Green Wave rolled back in and made a game of it. We finished on top 71-61. Lamont Holiday scored 18 points. But the player of the game for us was PF Ruben Rohwer who dumped in 16 points and hauled down 12 rebounds. C Joey Brown contributed 15 points. Tulane’s C Frank Rivera scored 16 and grabbed 9 rebounds. (18-1, 10-0, 1st place)

Game #20 @ Temple: I told the boys this could be a tough game. Did they listen? Noooo! We actually played pretty well in the first half and came out on top 36-27. But then in the 2nd half we folded like a cheap suit. Our defense was non-existent, allowing the Owls to score 47 points in the half and not only overtake us, but give us a sound beating, 74-69C Joey Brown came to play, scoring 27 points and grabbing 17 rebounds. PF Ruben Rohwer also had a pretty good game with 13 points and 8 boards. Trey Frazier came off the bench and tried to save us, scoring 10 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. But the rest of the team stank up the gym. Our 3 remaining starters (SG Holiday, PG Tyler and SF Campbell) stood around and took just 11 shots combined and scored a combined total of 13 points. Meanwhile we let Temple’s PG Boyd Goode drop in 19 points. We simply tanked in this game. (18-2, 10-1, 1st place)


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Season 3, Games 21 thru 24
 
Game #21 @ Cincinnati: In our 2nd away game of the week, we took one of the 2nd place teams in the conference. Again we came out and played a strong 1st half, taking a 35-24 advantage into the locker room. And again we came out onto the floor in the 2nd half and simply stood around when Cincinnati had the ball, letting them score at will and drop 45 points on us in the 2nd half. They picked away at our lead and eventually tied us. Then they nimbly catapulted over us and planted a 69-63 loss on us. SG Lamont Holiday scored 12 and PF Ruben Rohwer added 11. C Joey Brown grabbed 11 rebounds, but uncharacteristically hit just 3 of 13 from the field and scored only 8 points. In the last 2 games, the guys seem to be playing as if in a daze in the 2nd halves. PF Lee Bain scored 10 and grabbed 11 boards for Cincinnati. Our 2nd straight loss dropped us into the 3 way tie for 1st place with Cincinnati and Connecticut. Gonna be some hard practices this coming week. (18-3, 10-2, 1st place tie, Ranked #3, RPI: 8)

Award: C Joey Brown was named the AAC’s Player of the Week on the basis of his strong game against Temple.

Game #22, Houston: We jumped out with the lead at the outset of this game and by the end of the first half we led 39-24. Our 2nd half play was again less than stellar although we held on for a 74-61 winC Joey Brown scored 17 points and had 12 rebounds. PF Ruben Rohwer, SF Johnnie Campbell, and SG Lamont Holiday scored 13, 12, and 10 points respectively. (19-3, 11-2, 1st place tie)

Game #23, South Florida: Even though South Florida has been rather weak this season, there still was a gnawing fear that we had lost our edge while playing on the road. And we struggled offensively in the first half. Although the score was tight the entire half, we came away with a 26-22 lead at the break. In the 2nd half, our defense remained solid and our offense came to life a bit. We steadily extended our lead and won easily 64-48C Joey Brown only scored 10 points but pulled down 16 boards and had 4 steals. PF Howie Tyler woke up from a scoring drought to knock down 15 points. PF Ruben Rohwer scored 12 and reserve Trey Frazier added 10. (20-3, 12-2, 1st place tie, Ranked #5, RPI: 7)

Note: C Joey Brown was selected as a semifinalist for the Norton Award.

Game #24, Connecticut: This game pitted the two teams presently tied for the conference lead so the winner would take sole possession of first place. We played lock-down defense in the first half and we took the lead at the onset and gradually expanded it. At the half, we were up 34-23. In the 2nd half, we maintained our margin and even increased it slightly,beating the Huskies to the tune of 71-56. It was a two-man show for us with C Joey Brown scoring 26 points and pulling down 15 rebounds while PF Ruben Rohwer scored 25 points and grabbed 11 boards. So those two players scored 51 of our 71 points and had 26 of our 44 rebounds. (21-3, 13-2, 1st place)


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Season 3, Games 25 thru 27

 

Game #25 @ Central Florida: We smoked Central Florida in the first half and came away with a 36-15 halftime lead. Some of our margin was shaved off during the 2nd half, but we were never in danger and came away with a 68-55 victoryC Joey Brown finished off his rock-star week by scoring 28 points and picking off 14 rebounds while getting 4 steals. Ruben Rohwer scored 12 points and had 6 rebounds and 6 assists plus 3 steals. (22-3, 13-2, 1st place, Ranked #5, RPI: 6)

Awards: C Joey Brown was selected as the AAC Player of the Week and PF Ruben Rohwer won the AAC Freshman of the Week award.

Game #26, SMU: We were at the top of our game defensively, taking a 29-19 halftime lead and then putting the Mustangs away 64-42. We held their shooting to 39% and forced them to turn the ball over 21 times. We played our bench extensively in this game. SG Lamont Holiday led our scoring with 17 points. C Joey Brown scored just 10 points but played only 17 minutes. PF Terry Jones subbing extensively for Ruben Rohwer, scored 10 points. (23-3, 14-2, 1st place)

Game #27 @ Tulsa: We closed out the regular season on the road. The first half was all ours and we pulled away to a 35-19 halftime advantage. We let up in the 2nd half and Tulsa dropped in 51 points and pulled extremely close. We barely held them off for a narrow 74-70 victoryPF Ruben Rohwer scored 23 points plus grabbed 9 rebounds. PG Howie Tyler scored 10 and had 4 steals. (24-3, 15-2, 1st place, Ranked #5 in the polls, RPI: 6)

Injury: C Joey Brown sustained a broken nose, thus dealing us a severe challenge as we go into the post-season tournaments. Trying to replace his 18.6 ppg and 10.9 rpg is not possible.

Note: Counteracting the bad news about his injury, C Joey Brown has been named a finalist for the Norton Award.



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Underclassmen declaring for the NBA Draft
 
We got the bad news that freshman PF Ruben Rohwer has declared for the draft. It’s not surprising since he came to us as a very highly rated player and developed strongly in the 2nd half of the season. 

Fortunately no one else, in particular C Joey Brown, declared for the draft. Even though Brown is a finalist for the Norton Award, it’s unlikely he will win it this year. Therefor he may be coming back so he will have a crack at it as a junior next season.


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American Athletic Conference Tournament
 
Game #28, Tulsa: Karim Towns started at center in place of injured Joey Brown. The first half was sharply contested, but we moved away late in the half and were up 38-31 at the break. We weren’t able to pull away, but played steadily in the 2nd half and came away with a 75-64 victorySG Lamont Holiday stepped up with an impressive game, scoring 26 points. PF Ruben Rohwer and C Karim Towns both scored 11 points and PF Terry Jones came off the bench to add 12 points and haul down 9 rebounds. For Tulsa, SF Terrence Lee drilled the basket for 27 points. (25-3)

Injury: PF Adrian Bains broke his wrist and will be out until the beginning of next season.

Game #29, Temple: We put together a strong first half and dominated the Owls by a score of 47-29 at the intermission. We kept them at bay the rest of the way and won convincingly 77-63C Karim Towns played a great game, scoring 20 points and pulling down 8 boards. SG Lamont Holiday hit for 15 points and three players (SF Johnnie Campbell, PG Howie Tyler, and reserve guard Trey Frazier) each scored 10 points. PF Ruben Rohwer was held scoreless. After the game, the media speculated that he had given up on the team since he's declared for the draft. (26-3)

Game #30, Connecticut: Fittingly the championship came down to the two best teams. We won both previous games against the Huskies, but that was with Joey Brown anchoring the team. We carried on our dominance by squelching Connecticut in the first half to take a 41-22 lead at the half. We then continued to trounce them in the 2nd half and won big, 84-54 to take the American Athletic Conference Championship. PF Ruben Rohwer came back from his poor last game to score 13 points and grab 9 rebounds. C Karim Towns was out top scorer with 16 points. PG Howie Tyler tossed in 14 points and SF Johnnie Campbell added 13. (27-3, Ranked #5, RPI: 6)


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Stats and Top 10
 
Memphis Tigers Player Stats for 2017-2018 season:

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Memphis Tigers Team Stats for 2017-2018 season:

PPG: 74.2 (4th in nation); Opponents: 59.5
RPG: 34.3 (5th in nation); Opponents: 27.5
APG: 14.7 (13th in nation); Opponents: 12.2
BPG: 2.8 (13th in nation); Opponents: 2.3
SPG: 8.3 (133rd in nation); Opponents: 6.3
FG%: 44.8% (129th in nation); Opponents: 38.2%
3P%: 41.7% (13th in nation); Opponents: 31.6%
FT%: 68.7% (308th in nation); Opponents: 74.0%
TOPG: 12.5 (17th in nation); Opponents: 16.9

Top 10 Teams in Media Poll at end of 2017-2018 season:

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Quote:
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PG are u showing off? :P 

Starting to think cheating is worth it if you can be in the hunt for the national title year after year with no consequences....thus far smile.gif

[The above quote copied from Wolverine Studios forum]

 

 

Yes, I'm bribing as many players as I can to see if (and when) I will got caught. While other teams have been put on probation, the game (errr, I mean the NCAA) has turned a blind eye toward Memphis.

If I could, I'd make my bribe calls from the desk phone of the president of Wolverine Studios (errr, I mean the NCAA). rolleyes.gif



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Post Season Tournament Selections
 
NCAA Selection Show:

#1 Seeds: Oregon, Kentucky, Indiana, UCLA

Memphis is the #2 seed in the Buffalo Regional and will play #15 seed Montana State

Cincinnati is the #11 seed in the Milwaukee Regional and will play #6 seed Gonzaga


NIT:

Temple is the #1 seed in the East Regional and will play #8 seed Texas State

Connecticut is the #1 seed in the Midwest Regional and will play #8 seed Louisiana Lafayette (Connecticut was jobbed by the NCAA selection committee)

SMU is the #4 seed in the West Regional and will play #5 seed Western Carolina


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NIT and CBI tournament results:

 

NIT games involving AAC Teams:

 

Temple edged Texas State 63-60 in round 1

Connecticut beat Louisiana Lafayette 76-66 in round 1

SMU whipped Western Carolina 66-61 in round 1

 

Temple won 82-70 over Nebraska in round 2

Connecticut floundered in the 2nd half and lost to Central Michigan 75-73 in round 2

SMU fell to Georgia 74-62 in round 2

 

Temple destroyed McNeese State 86-63 in round 3

 

Temple fell apart in the 2nd half and lost to Central Michigan 63-58 in the semifinals.

 

NIT Championship Game: Xavier-68, Central Michigan-55

 

CBI Championship Game: Brigham Young-84, Troy-62



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NCAA Tourney:

 

Cincinnati upset #15 Gonzaga 83-75 in round 1

 

Game #31, Montana State: In round 1 we moved out to a 44-31 lead at the end of the first half.  We continued to extend our lead in the 2nd half and won 85-63.  We got balanced scoring throughout our lineup with PF Ruben Rohwer scoring 15, PG Howie Tyler adding 14, reserve Adam Johnson scoring 12, SG Lamont Holiday scoring 11, and 3 other players nearly getting into double figures.  C Joey Brown came off the bench for 14 minutes but was clearly off his game.   (28-3)

 

Cincinnati was topped 86-83 in the final moments of their game against Illinois in round 2

 

Game #32, Syracuse: In round 2 neither team could take control in the first half.  We came away with a 39-37 halftime advantage.  Syracuse came out in the 2nd half playing great defense and opened a 12 point lead.  We finally began producing offensively and fought back but were unable to pull out the game, losing 65-62.  PG Howie Tyler topped our scoring with 12 points, SG Lamont Holiday added 11, and C Karim Towns scored 10.  For Syracuse, PG Jacob Robin scored 19 and C Marcus Brown had a double-double (10 points and 11 rebounds).  The loss of Joey Brown obviously sabotaged our NCAA Tourney dreams. (28-4)

 

NCAA Championship: Indiana-65, Oregon-61



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We made home visits to 4 recruits, but only 2 seemed impressed. We offered a $5000 bribe to SG Bryan Smith (and he was tempted and said it will factor into his decision; already was +++ and we were 4th on his top 10 and that didn’t change). We also offered a $5000 bribe to PF Julius Monfre but he didn’t want it (we were already ++ and 9th on his top 10 and he later decided he didn’t want to play for Memphis--sometimes you win, sometimes you lose!). 

Later we made a $2000 bribe offer to C Cary Jones (he was tempted and said it would factor into his decision)—we were already +++ and 8th on his Top 10 list. We also made a $5000 bribe offer to C Jason Keating (he was tempted and said it would factor into his decision)—we were already +++ and 10th on his Top 10 list. And we made a $2000 bribe offer to PF Eugen Smodlaka (he was tempted and said it would factor into his decision)—he was already +++ and we were 4th on his Top 10 list.

We made scholarship offers to SG Bryan Smith and PF Eugen Smodlaka and both accepted.

Recruits who accepted Scholarships to Memphis:

PG Jared Keady, 6-3 JC So, Orange, VA, 2.5 GPA. 17.3 ppg, 6.5 apg, 7.1 rpg, 3.7 spg, 2.8 bpg. A very good scorer with a very nice outside shot; great passer and ball handler; outstanding defender; good at stealing the ball. Ranked #47, Overall Rating: A. We will be buying him a $2,000 entertainment center after he arrives.

PF Angelo Craft, 6-8 HS Sr, Lebanon, TN, 2.9 GPA (1070 SAT). 19.5 ppg, 3.9 apg, 7.6 rpg, 2.1 spg, 2.7 bpg. Great scorer resulting from outstanding inside shooting; strong rebounder and passer; very athletic; could work harder; has had some attitude and discipline problems. Had a decent showing at the Indy Elite Camp and in the Top 5 at the Memphis Hoop Summit. Ranked #38, Overall Rating: A.

SF Greg Brooks, 6-7 HS Sr, Tenafly, NJ, 3.1 GPA (1040 SAT). 29.0 ppg, 5.2 apg, 13.0 rpg, 2.6 spg, 4.1 bpg. The top SF in the recruit pool. An outstanding scorer with a sweet outside shot and he shoots well inside as well; Excellent defender and rebounder; great at stealing the ball and a very strong shot blocker also; excellent passer; a hard worker. Was in the top 25 at the Indy Elite Camp. Ranked #8, Overall Rating: A. We need to funnel $10,000 his way when he gets here...$10K well spent!

SG Austin Hunter, 6-1 JC So, Harvey, ND, 2.5 GPA. 18.9 ppg, 6.5 apg, 7.2 rpg, 2.5 spg, 1.9 bpg. A big scorer who is a very good outside shooter; excellent passer and very good ball handling skills; excellent rebounder; strong defender; a hard worker who doesn’t have many problems with injuries. Ranked #32, Overall Rating: A.

SG Bryan Smith, 6-3 HS Sr, Bloomington, MN, 2.5 GPA (990 SAT). 16.6 ppg, 3.8 apg, 2.8 rpg, 1.9 spg, 1.6 bpg. Excellent outside shot and also a good inside shooter and very good scorer. Great ball handler. Strong athletically. A hard working kid who has has some attitude and discipline problems. Ranked #146, Overall Rating: B. We will spend $5,000 on getting him together with a school celebrity.

PF Eugen Smodlaka, Int’l, Croatia, 2.7 GPA (1180 SAT). 16.1 ppg, 1.7 apg, 12.4 rpg, 2.3 spg, 3.4 bpg. Excellent outside shooter with a good inside game as well. Very good scorer. Outstanding rebounder. Very good shot blocker. A hard worker. Ranked #133, Overall Rating: B. We will buy him a $2,000 entertainment system when he arrives at school.





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