* Speaking of recruiting…have any of our readers ever heard of a power forward named Tirell Baines? He is supposedly 6-7, 235 pounds with a 44-inch vertical jump and is reportedly being recruited by State, Wake Forest, and East Carolina. We can’t find him in either Scout or Rivals databases.
* News on Vinny Del Negro. (Link)
* Looks like the Wolfpack is suddenly competing with the Pitt Panthers for a large chunk of our 2007 class? (Link)
Could Chris Wright, Julian Vaughn and Michael Beasley play college basketball together? One might think that Kansas St would have a shot at such a class, however, Chris Dokish on his Panther Rants blog reports that Pitt’s nes Director of Basketball Operations David Cox is Already Paying Dividends for the Panthers and suddenly has Pittsburgh on the minds of several of DC’s finest ballers. Of course, Georgetown is in very good with Wright and Beasley is a current verbal commitment of Kansas St, but the Panthers are making their push.
Although many Panther fans follow the recruiting of local top prospects such as Herb Pope and DeJuan Blair, Jamie Dixon has brought more options to the table as the Panthers have widely broadened their recruiting base this offseason. Dokish also talks with Pittsburgh JOTS founder JO Stright on Pope and Blair to see where they are at in the middle of the busiest recruiting month of the year. Blair has additional Big East interest from Rutgers and Pope has always listed Louisville and UConn, along with Pitt and Kansas St, among his favorites.
* The 2006-2007 NC State Basketball roster has been updated on GoPack.com. (Link)