Every Friday I will give my thoughts on the game I love, basketball.
• Congratulations to UCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero, who has been selected chairman of the Division I men's basketball committee for 2009-10. His term begins Sept. 1, 2009, when he will replace current chairman Mike Slive, commissioner of the Southeastern Conference. It has been a busy time for Guerrero as he recently signed coach Ben Howland to a long-term deal through 2014-15.
• Good news for Sean Miller and the fans at Xavier. Former Indiana guard Jordan Crawford, who averaged 9.7 points as a Hoosiers freshman, has decided to transfer and join the Musketeers. The brother of former Kentucky star and Lakers draft pick Joe Crawford, said he would leave Indiana as the result of the NCAA infractions case that led to coach Kelvin Sampson's departure. Now it will be interesting to see if Jordan Crawford is eligible immediately at Xavier, citing the situation in Bloomington and the uncertainty under Sampson. Stay tuned for that one.
• Will we see more kids go to Europe for one season to get around the current NBA draft rules? Arizona signee Brandon Jennings will start a professional basketball career in Europe, backing out of his commitment to Arizona. Jennings, who played his final two high school seasons for Oak Hill Academy in Virginia, had not become academically eligible to play for Lute Olson and the Wildcats, leading to his decision to go overseas. This could be a dilemma for college coaches and the NBA, a big-time loophole.
• Speaking of Arizona, the Pac-10 released a tentative schedule for the 2008-09 season. How would you like this stretch of three non-league games in a 10-day span (from December 14-23) the Wildcats are scheduled to face Gonzaga (in Phoenix), travel to UNLV and take on Kansas in Tucson! That will be a challenge, but Olson has always believed in facing tough competition before Pac-10 play.
• Congratulations to Notre Dame coach Mike Brey and Tennessee coach Bruce Pearl on recent contract extensions. Both took their teams to the NCAA last season and each has a lot to look forward to in the upcoming season. Having guys like Luke Harangody and Tyler Smith is a major positive!