Jeff Goodman at Fox Sports reported earlier that Kevin Dillard - a 6 ft, 170 lb point guard transferring from Southern Illinois - is considering Alabama. Dillard is also looking at Baylor, Dayton, Nebraska and UTEP. Dillard was a sophomore so he will have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the mandatory one year for transfer.
His numbers at Southern Illinois this past season: 12.3 ppg, 5 apg & 3.1 rpg. Not too shabby, particularly playing in the Missouri Valley conference, which I consider a very high level of basketball. He will challenge for playing time next season if he does transfer to Tuscaloosa.
In other news: Former Rhode Island commit, Kyle Cain - a 6'7 forward from Chicago - has been released from his LOI and currently has a short list of Illinois, West Virginia, Alabama and Arizona State. Grant recruited Cain when he was at VCU. While Cain might not be an immediate impact player, he could provide much needed depth in the frontcourt if Grant is unable to land Marcus Thornton. Then again, if the schools on his short list are any indication, Cain's stock has obviously rose. Perhaps he would prove to be ready for prime time after all. Nevertheless, it's positive to see that Grant has so many kids on the radar this late into the recruiting period. As good as the 2010 class is looking, the hard work by Grant and his staff could reap huge rewards in 2011.
And, finally: I happen to believe that in life everything happens for a reason. Even the things that seem the most brutal and unfair on the surface will eventually show themselves to be absolutely necessary. So it is with the Justin Knox saga. While Justin and his family are currently appealing the university's decision to bar him from transferring to another SEC school or UAB, a potentially exciting opportunity has come in the form of North Carolina head coach, Roy Williams.
Turns out Williams contacted Justin's uncle, Darien Knox, to express interest in Justin for next season. With Carolina losing David and Travis Wear to transfer last week, their depth in the front court is looking mighty thin. While Justin wouldn't be guaranteed a starting spot with Tyler Zeller and John Henson returning, the chance to play for one of the best coaches in the game at one of the most prestigious basketball programs in the country might be too much to pass up. The consensus opinion is that there is no way Carolina will struggle through a second sub-par season, particularly with Harrison Barnes - one of the top five high school players in the country - set to make his mark in Carolina blue next season.
However it turns out, here's wishing the best of luck to Justin in the future.