Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Southern Illinois Transfer Considering Alabama

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.


39 Steps said...

Good news for everyone.

Alias said...

Thanks for the great news. I agree whole heartedly that I hope every thing works out for the best for Justin Knox. Thank you, Justin, for all you have given to an done for our University and its basketball program. All of us here hope nothing for you but the best of success in all your future endeavors and we hope you will come back some day to enjoy Bama Basketball with the rest of us as fans and supporters of the program.

finebammer said...

from the "b'ham news":

"I (coach grant) went and spoke to our administration, (concerning the knox transfer request) and they indicated that they'd be willing to consider that, but they had stipulations. And once that got talked about ... I stepped away from it. ... Right now, I'm out of it."

hmmm......"i".....and "they".

if i didn't know better, i'd think young mr. grant just separated himself from his employer in a public situation. sounds as if he just threw mal under the bus.

"i".......and "they". "i stepped away from it".

is there anyone in here that isn't so drunk on the koolaid that they could give an objective opinion on what just happened here?

is this guy on the team?

does he understand the gaffe he just committed??

and if he does???

MSmilie said...

Finebammer: He disagreed with the university's handling of this situation. So what? All he's done is let it be known he's not going to be a scapegoat in this situation.

And I wouldn't say he threw anyone under the bus. Look, the Alabama administration has bungled this whole situation from a PR standpoint since day one. If they had come out and stated their case clearly and succinctly in the beginning, this would be no big deal. Unfortunately, they've been ridiculously vague about what's going on. In the process a poor light has been shed on Grant and his staff. From a recruiting standpoint, he can't have that light shed on him.

Seems to me you've had a bone to pick with Grant since day one. Perhaps you think he's a socialist or he was actually born in another country. Whatever the reason is, I wish you would give the guy a break. He's bringing in a solid class this year and he's on the radar of several highly ranked recruits next season. In the long run this is all going to work out for the Alabama basketball program and Justin Knox. There's really nothing to it. Find something else to worry about.

Good day to you, sir.

finebammer said...

"Seems to me you've had a bone to pick with Grant since day one."

on that point m, you're absolutely correct. and why don't you have the guts to go ahead and say i'm a racist because i don't trust him. that's what you're doing. don't be a coward about it.

in fact, i don't trust him because i don't like the idea i'm a stone being stepped on. this guy hasn't done one thing since he's been here to convince me he's here for anything but the money and the opportunity to get somewhere else.

he's shown no passion, every interview sounds like he's going thru the motions.

m, i hope i'm wrong. and i hope you believe that. but i don't have to tell you i've been a fan of this program a long time and i don't trust anybody around it. anybody.

in case you haven't noticed, there's some goddamn stiff competition in sec basketball out there. i know who's running the show at kentucky. tennessee. m. state. florida.

who's running the show at alabama?

MSmilie said...

Finebammer: Okay, you're a racist pig. Happy now?

Grant probably is in Tuscaloosa for the money and the opportunity to go somewhere else eventually. I don't think anyone who writes or reads this blog has ever thought that Grant was going to be at Alabama for the long haul. I think it was Bobby who said we would be lucky to have the guy for five years. I agree with him.

That's the state of modern coaching, friend. There's only a handful of jobs in college basketball that are not "stepping stones". And even those aren't sacred if you believe the rumors regarding John Calipari and his renewed NBA aspirations.

I don't expect Anthony Grant to coach in Tuscaloosa forever. What I expect of him is to rebuild the program, bring in good players and, if he chooses, to leave the program in good standing so that the next coach will have something to work with and there won't be too much lost during the transition. I also expect the athletic department to do their job and hire the best man for the job. Their apathy regarding the basketball program prior to hiring Grant was a source of frustration for all of us, I think.

I don't question your passion for the Alabama program (you were actively criticizing Gottfried when guys like me were saying give him another year) but you're being a bit of a blowhard this time around. This is truly a non-issue.

Anonymous said...

With regards to Kevin Dillard, he has now cut down his list to two, Alabama and Dayton. I think this would be a great guard addition for Bama as he was Mr. Basketball in Illinois his senior year of high school and spent two productive years with SIU in a very tough Missouri Valley Conference.