Wednesday, June 13, 2012
3-point shot: Transfers key for Memphis
By Andy Katz
1. Memphis has a chance to start the Big East with two of the highest-profile transfers remaining on the circuit. Or they could easily get shut out. That could be the difference between Memphis making a major splash in Year 1 or simply being one of the upper half teams during the 2013-14 season. The Tigers hosted Virginia Tech’s Dorian Finney-Smith Tuesday and already had Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood in for a visit. Finney-Smith is also looking at Florida, Louisville and Iowa State so Memphis has work to do. Hood is looking strongly at Duke and Ohio State. Its tantalizing what the Tigers could be with an inside-out combo of Finney-Smith and Hood.
2. UNLV, the new favorite in the Mountain West and a likely top 15-20 team, will get a jump on the season with an August trip to Canada. UNLV coach Dave Rice planned the trip perfectly with five newcomers, notably Anthony Bennett, Khem Birch and Katin Reinhardt, joining returnees Anthony Marshall, Mike Moser and Justin Hawkins. The Runnin’ Rebels will get 10 days of practice in advance of the trip.
3. Kentucky’s Anthony Davis Jr., who will be the top pick by the New Orleans Hornets on June 28, is finally close to signing with an agent, according to his father, Anthony Sr. Davis has taken an unorthodox approach to the draft process, going without an agent during the month of May and through the Chicago pre-draft camp. Davis Sr. said they are choosing between the Wasserman Group (Arn Tellem) and CAA (Leon Rose). His father said a decision could be made by Friday. Davis is likely the last of any potential first-round players to sign with an agent.