Chat with Scouts Inc.'s Paul Biancardi
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Paul Biancardi (2:30 PM)
Good afternoon hoop fans. It's Sweet 16 in the NCAA tourney and recruiting time for everyone else as we inch closer to the Spring Signing period. Let's get after it!
What are my chances of landing John Wall?
Paul Biancardi (2:32 PM)
Coach K, congrats on the Sweet 16! If you get John Wall you'll be back there next year. You have a 33% chance right now as its between the Blue Devils, Memphis and Baylor. It looks like he'll decide at the Jordan Game in April.
sean (brooklyn, ny)
whats the word on Lance Stephenson? Will he end up at kansas or st.johns
Paul Biancardi (2:36 PM)
Thanks Sean. Being a native New Yorker I'm sure you'd love to see him in a Johnnies game. However, with his decision only a week away I think Kansas is in the lead.
Hey Paul, what do you think about the job Craig Robinson has done so far at Oregon State? Also, do you think if they continue to have success on the court that they will be able to compete for top recruits regularly given their basketball tradition? Thanks!
Paul Biancardi (2:39 PM)
Kevin, I think Craig Robinson has done an outstanding job on the court in his first year. The Beavers have won their share and they've been competitive. If they continue this they will attract better prospects but make no mistake they are facing an uphill battle. As they to continue to produce good recruiting classes you'll start to see the fruits of their labor and they should start to close the gap in the PAC 10.
Bookman baltimore md
Hey paul it's obvious larry drew is no ty lawson,who is the next great tarheel pg?
Paul Biancardi (2:42 PM)
Hello Bookman. Larry Drew is a terrific point guard but he doesn't have that blow by speed that Lawson has. Drew has a good IQ for the game and knows how to get his teammates involved for scoring chances. I like him as a point guard, he just doesn't have the explsion that Lawson has which makes him special. Drew will be fine next season for the Tar Heels but I'm sure Coach Williams will have his eye on future point guards. They may also use Dexter Strickland in a pinch.
Jason (Portland, Or)
Paul, please answer a Beavers question! What do you think about Coach Robinson's incoming class at Oregon State? Also, when do you see them becoming a legit tournament team and returning to the glory days of Ralph Miller? Thanks!!
Paul Biancardi (2:44 PM)
Jason, there must be something in the water. This is the second Beaver question! I think Robinson has a good class because it addresses various needs and it delivers a shooter in Nelson who can hit shots at the end of possessions. He's the most talented player in this class. In time, they have a definite chance to be a postseason team, maybe the NIT first. But it's gonna take a few years to allow the young players to mature and develop. I love the excitement the fans have for the future of the Oregon State Beavers.
If Eric Bledsoe qualifies, where do you think he is headed? What kind of shot do you give Duke with Darius Smith?
Paul Biancardi (2:46 PM)
Thanks Brian. There are many schools after Beldsoe. Memphis, Rutgers, Alabama (still waiting to name a coach) to name a few. He is the best available PG behind Wall. I'd give Duke a really good chance of landing Smith if they don't get Wall.
How good is Kyrie Irving? He seems to be Tom Creans number one target for 2010?
Paul Biancardi (2:48 PM)
Hi Mike. Kyrie Irving is a terrific guard. He makes big shots and big plays throughout the course of a game. When I watch him play I also see an unselfishness that excites me as a coach as he's willing to give up his shot for a better shot. I'm sure he's a high priority for Tom Crean as well as many other high-major programs. FYI, his father Dredrick Irving was an outstanding player for Boston U. in the 80's so the gene pool is there.
I heard that Tristan Thompson and his coach Dan Hurley got into a fight, which lead to Thompson getting kicked off the team. What can you tell us about this situation?
Paul Biancardi (2:52 PM)
Steiny, thanks for checkin' in today. Let me clarify the Thompson - Hurley situation as I know it to be. Danny Hurley was trying to coach Tristan throughout the season and at times Thompson refused the coaching. As a player you need to listen to a coach and do what he says. That didn't happen in this situation and it wasn't the first time it happened. Tristan is a fine young man but was defiant in some situations which led to his dismissal. When you have a coach like Hurley who played at a high level and whose father is a hall of famer, it would be wise to listen to his direction. Hopefully Tristan can learn from this situation. He is an outstanding player.
Just wondering how the Brandon Knight recruitment is going an ddo you think he will end up a Gator? Thanks
Paul Biancardi (2:54 PM)
Gator4Life, big win against Miami the other night. I know you're happy about that. Brandon Knight will be one of the most coveted recruit in the country next year and the Gators are high on his list, as well as Duke, Texas, Kansas and many others. I think Billy D. has a great shot.
mike dallas tx
Mark Turgeon has a pretty good recruiting class at Texas A&M coming in.What do you think of there wing players, Hibbert, Middleton, and Adams. Is that enough talent to push them to the top of Big 12 in the next few years
Paul Biancardi (2:57 PM)
Hi Mike. I really like the class Mark Turgeon and his staff have put togther, currently ranked No. 25 in the ESPNU class rankings. I'm impressed with Hibbert as a big guard who can shoot threes. He can defend and comes from one of the best HS programs in the country (DeMatha). Middleton is a versatile forward who can shoot 3's and anticipates well defensively and can also handle the ball in transition. He was a steal for A&M. As this class stays together and develops they'll be able to make a push for the Big 12 title in the years to come.
What three players do you think will make the biggest impact next year? I've seen Yarou and Wayans and both have left me very impressed.
Paul Biancardi (3:00 PM)
Matt, you have seen two great playes in Yarou and Wayns. I love them. Yarou on the interior and Wayns is one of the best scoring PG's who can run the show as well, in the country. The three players I think will make the biggest impact will be Xavier Henry (Memphis) with his scoring ability, DeMarcus Cousins, his teammate at Memphis who can also score from almost anywhere and Derrick Favors, who will be a double-double guy at Ga. Tech. He'll be a force on both ends of the floor, scoring around the basket and blocking shots.
ray tacoma [via mobile]
what do you think of uw's recruiting class and how it will impact them next season?
Paul Biancardi (3:03 PM)
Hey Ray. I really like Washington's recruiting class and it all starts with Abdul Gaddy. He's the consummate point guard who gets everyone on the floor involved. He knows how to get his teammates the ball in the right scoring areas. He and Isaiah Thomas will be one of the best backcourts in the Pac 10 next year. Clarence Trent is a high-flying athlete who excels at finishing in transition.
Stuart Wyse (Archbold, Ohio)
The Tar Heels by far have the best recruiting class but why not with Roy Williams, he can do whatever he wants.
Paul Biancardi (3:06 PM)
Hi Stuart. You don't sound to happy with Coach Williams. Believe it or not UNC still has to go out and evaluate properly, target their recruits and go after them. Obviously, they have an advantage with their history and success but make no mistake Williams and his staff work very hard at their recruiting and it's paid off.
Bill (Washington, DC)
Bruce Weber landed a solid class for 2009, and has a great one lined up for 2010. Will he be able to hold that entire group? Will these classes be good enough to get the Illini back to the Final Four?
Paul Biancardi (3:09 PM)
Bill, these are two GREAT recruiting classes for the Illini. I love Richardson's game. He'll be a go to guy for coach Weber. He can score on his own off the dribble or with a mid-range jumper. In '10, Jereme Richmond is a versatile small forward who is always a threat with the ball in his hands. As these two classes come in and stick together and work together they should produce some great years for the Illini.
Jason (GB, WI)
Got a chance to get my first live lookj at Vander Blue of Madison Memorial, class of 2010 committed to Wisconsin. Are wee looking at another Devin Harris? A great athlete who is explosive with great vision. Future combo guard!
Paul Biancardi (3:12 PM)
Good afternoon, Jason, you're right on the money. Blue is a very athletic guard who is terrific off the dribble. Defensively, he has quick hands and he's big enough and athletic enough to defend the 1 or 2. Bo Ryan likes his guards big for the swing offense. You'll see Blue score from all positions. Devin Harris? Maybe.
Jon (Columbus, Ohio)
Any prospects for point guard for Thad Matta and Ohio State in 2009 or 2010? Or is the program just looking at Payne from Dayton as the final piece in 2010?
Paul Biancardi (3:18 PM)
Jon, obviously its a glaring weak spot for the Buckeyes. If they could get involved with Wall, Bledsoe or Darius Smith they would like to take one of those three. But the Buckeyes are definitley looking hard at the 2010 class for a PG. Lavonte Dority from Illinois, Phil Pressey, the dynamic PG from Texas and T.J. Taylor also from Texas, are names to remember. And, yes, Ohio State is definitely looking at Payne. Plus, there's always a chance for a transfer point guard at the end of the season.
Mark Orlando, FL
Any word on Darius Smith or Marques Teague? I keep hearing Louiville is the team to beat for Teague, but TC at Indiana has been recruting him hard. Any chance for a surprise?
Paul Biancardi (3:20 PM)
Mark, Darius Smith is keeping things close to the vest but has plenty of suitors. As far as Marquis Teague goes, Louisville is out in front but never under estimate the power of the Hoosiers. Even though Tom Crean didn't full court press this season he is on Teague. Also keep an eye on Wake Forest as his brother is Jeff Teague.
UCONN is losing Adrien and Price and most likely Thabeet. Can Oriakhi and Coombs-Mcdaniel come in and fill some of this void for the Huskies? Thanks.
Paul Biancardi (3:26 PM)
Chris, UConn is losing the teeth of their defense and their losing a three-headed monster on offense. Coombs and Oriakhi will bring alot to the table. Oriakhi is a tough as nails defender and rebounder. Coombs is a versatile forward who can shoot the 3 and also take guys off the dribble. In time they will be great players but it's tough to replace those guys right away.
How about FSU? Michael Snaer is pretty good!!!
Paul Biancardi (3:28 PM)
Hey Josh, is that a question or a statement?? He's terrific and can be just like Toney Douglas where he can make 3's on a consistent basis and create his own shot. 'Noles fans will love him!
Herm (Baltimore, MD)
Talk a little about Thomas Robinson. Assuming KU brings their whole team back, I think the combination of him, Elijah Robinson, and Lance Stephenson will catapult KU into a legit title contender next year.
Paul Biancardi (3:33 PM)
Hi Herm. Bill Self did a remarkable job after winning the national championship and losing so much. He should be up for coach of the year. With every player coming back along with Johnson's elite athleticism and Robinson's tremendous rebounding they should be right back in the Top 10. If they land Lance, wow. Watch out.
Paul Biancardi (3:34 PM)
Thanks for all your great questions and your passion for recruiting! We look forward to more of the same next week, same time and place. Have a great week and enjoy March Madness!