Commentary

Roundball chatter

Updated: April 16, 2012, 11:09 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:

• Missouri coach Frank Haith had to be happy with the addition of Alex Oriakhi from Connecticut. It seemed like Oriakhi wasn't the same player as the prior season when Andre Drummond showed up at Storrs. Oriakhi is the latest transfer to go to Columbia, Missouri as Haith has a team with a bright future.

• A pair of guards made their respective coaches happy by deciding to return to school next season. Trey Burke will be back at Michigan, while B.J. Young is returning to Arkansas. Both will be exciting sophomores to watch during the 2012-13 season. Why not come back to college and refine your skills? There is time to prepare for the NBA. Baylor's Quincy Miller and Indiana's Cody Zeller were among others returning to college. It was good news for the fans in Bloomington, Indiana with Zeller and Christian Watford back next season. Both players decided to return to school, bypassing the NBA draft. You can bet Tom Crean was happy with that news. I have the Hoosiers in my top five for next season.

• It was sad to learn of the passing of former Florida center Dwayne Schintzius. He was just 43 years old and had been battling complications from a bone marrow transplant he received as treatment for leukemia. Schintzius helped the Gators make three NCAA tournament bids. His injury-plagued NBA career lasted eight seasons as he played on six different teams.

• Former St. John's head coach Norm Roberts has returned to his roots, rejoining the staff at Kansas as an assistant coach. Roberts is filling the position vacated by Danny Manning's departure to become head coach at Tulsa. Roberts served as an assistant for Billy Donovan at Florida last season and now gets a shot to coach his son, Niko, a sophomore with the Jayhawks. Donovan hired former DePaul guard Roshon Burno as Roberts' replacement.

• I felt NCAA head Mark Emmert and his people gave Greg Shaheen a raw deal. Shaheen did a super job in making the NCAA more fan friendly and he did a great job getting the organization a phenomenal contract for televising the NCAA tournament. He has left the NCAA and I wish him the best in the future.

• Mississippi coach Andy Kennedy got some good news as the Rebels signed JUCO star Marshall Henderson, a 6-2 guard. Henderson recently led his South Plains College Texans to the junior college national championship and No. 1 ranking in the NJCAA with a perfect 36-0 record. The NJCAA first-team All-American scored 32 points in the title game victory over Northwest Florida and was named to the All-Tournament team.

• Bill McCabe, the Pac-12 Coordinator of Men's Basketball Officiating, will retire effective in June. McCabe was appointed to the position in 2006 following 11 seasons as an observer of men's basketball officials for the Pac-12 Conference. I wish him the best in the future.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.