Tuesday, November 22, 2011
3-point shot: Replacing Jabari Brown
By Andy Katz
1. Oregon plans on replacing Jabari Brown, who quit on the team after two games, with Minnesota transfer Devoe Joseph, who becomes eligible on Dec. 10. The swap sounds good, given Joseph's experience over the freshman Brown. But remember, Joseph quit on Minnesota last season, sending the Gophers into a tail spin once Al Nolen was injured and they didn’t have a backup point guard. The Oregon staff isn’t weeping for Brown and there are no plans to beg him to return. The staff is pleased with Joseph’s effort, something that was a concern with Brown. Still, there has to be some pause since they are replacing Brown with a player who quit on his previous team.
2. Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said injuries and overconfidence were the reasons behind the poor performance against Presbyterian. Meanwhile, Alabama coach Anthony Grant isn’t disputing the importance of winning the Puerto Rico Tip-Off when compared to last year's to 0-for-3 finish at the Paradise Jam. Grant said last season’s team did get better but this season’s team can improve too (maybe more). The Tide beat Purdue in the final and Boilermaker forward Robbie Hummel, fresh off a second straight ACL injury, averaged 20 points a game and scored 24, 20 and 17 in the three matches in San Juan. Purdue coach Matt Painter said, “He has looked good from Day 1. We are extremely pleased with his progress.’’
3. Oregon State is maximizing its trip to the East Coast after playing in the Legends Classic at the Meadowlands. The Beavers will head to New York City Wednesday to tour Barclays Bank and then the New York Daily News (yes a hoops team willingly to see a newspaper) before heading to D.C. The Beavers will then join the First Family to package 100 Thanksgiving meals for senior citizens, and another 30 for school children at the Capital Area Food Bank. A tour of the White House comes Friday (Craig Robinson has taken each of his previous three teams to see his brother-in-law and sister’s residence) before playing at Towson Saturday.