Commentary

Roundball chatter

Updated: July 2, 2012, 10:38 AM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• It is great to see that Michigan State and Connecticut are planning to play on a U.S. Air Force base in Germany. It is scheduled for November 9th at Ramstein Air Base. I love the match-up of Tom Izzo and Jim Calhoun on the sidelines. I will never forget calling the game between the Spartans and Tar Heels played on the deck of an active aircraft carrier in California to tip off last season. I was thrilled and honored to meet President Obama there. Seeing the Big Ten and Big East going at it in Germany would be special. The young men involved in this year's game will have a memory they can treasure for the rest of their lives.

• Memphis fans had to be thrilled with incoming diaper dandy Shaq Goodwin's performance on USA basketball's gold medal-winning under-18 team. The squad, coached by Billy Donovan, Shaka Smart and Mark Few, saw the 6-8 Goodwin put up incredible shooting numbers. In five tournament games, he shot 80 percent from the field (24-of-30).

• Tough news for Providence as diaper dandy guard Kris Dunn, a McDonald's All-American, may miss the start of the season due to a shoulder injury. He was expected to have surgery and the long recovery period and rehab could lead into the 2012-13 season. You have to feel for coach Ed Cooley upon hearing that news.

• Some guys who gave up their basketball eligibility by entering the draft did not hear their names called. Players like Maryland's Terrell Stoglin, J'Covan Brown of Texas, Georgetown's Hollis Thompson, and Villanova's duo of Maalik Wayns and Dominic Cheek could become basketball vagabonds. Now they have to hope they can hook up as free agents.

• Congratulations to Big East associate commissioner Dan Gavitt, son of the late, great Dave Gavitt. Dan was hired as vice president in charge of the NCAA's big dance, also known as the men's basketball tournament. Gavitt will assume the newly-created position started by new NCAA executive vice president Mark Lewis.

• Marquette coach Buzz Williams suspended guard Todd Mayo. No reason was given, and there is no word when Mayo will be reinstated. The bottom line is, players have to be accountable for their actions.

• You will see St. Mary's in the Anaheim Classic this season. Randy Bennett's star guard, Matthew Dellavedova, made the Australian team which will be competing in the Olympics in London. Another former Gael, Rob Jones, turned down an off from the Minnesota Vikings to attend a preseason mimi-camp. Jones will try to continue his athletic career playing hoops, either here or overseas. We will see what happens to the outstanding rebounder.

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.