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  1. Fordham just landed Abdou Tsimbila from Penn State, so there's a transfer. Didn't play much at Penn State but it's clear Fordham is making moves under Kyle Neptune. Riley is supposedly a player. Tsimbila is depth with Big Ten experience, if nothing else.
  2. Jalen Hampton committed to Missouri State today. SLU interest, no offer. Here's his bio: Jalen Hampton - SF, 6-7, 195 - St. Louis, MO (Link Year Prep) - AAU: Michael Porter Jr. Elite - Twitter: JalenHampton8 Offers: St. Bonaventure, Missouri State, SIU-Edwardsville, Eastern Illinois, Western Michigan, Illinois-Chicago, Youngstown State, Bryant. Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, St. John's, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Boston College, Illinois, Iowa State, Missouri, Cincinnati, Tulsa, East Carolina, UNLV, Colorado State, Boise State, Loyola-Chicago, Northern Iowa, Drake, SIU-Carbondale, Indiana State, Illinois State, Bradley, Murray State, Morehead State, Southeast Missouri, Florida International, Texas-El Paso, Milwaukee, IUPUI, East Tennessee State, UNC-Greensboro, VMI, Sam Houston State, Nicholls State, New Orleans, Appalachian State, Texas-Arlington, Louisiana-Monroe, James Madison, South Dakota State, North Dakota State, North Dakota, South Dakota, Oral Roberts, Denver, St. Thomas, UC-Davis, NJIT, Montana State, Winthrop, Radford, Longwood, Stetson, North Alabama, New Mexico State, Texas Southern, Coppin State, Jackson State, Grambling State, Florida A&M. Latest News: Hampton committed to Missouri State. (8/24/21) Scouting Report: Hampton is a skilled, athletic wing who scores in a variety of ways. He's an elite slasher who gets to the rim in transition, through defenders, using a Euro step, or relying on his leaping ability. He's a high level defender with great lateral quickness and can guard the 1-4. He's developed into a dangerous shooter from outside, as well. He plays with a lot of energy. He transferred from University City to Link Year Prep for his senior year.
  3. KyeRon Lindsay, the forward we offered out of ProSkills (TX) in the EYBL/Peach Jam, announced his top 8 and SLU isn't in it. Tennessee, Texas A&M, TCU, Arkansas, UNLV, Georgia, Tulsa, Oklahoma State.
  4. Thanks, everybody. I listened yesterday afternoon and like the way it turned out. Ford low-key drops a lot of good information in between a lot of good stories and opinions. Also had some great thing to say about his players and staff. I said this on Twitter but if this doesn't make you excited for the upcoming season, I don't know what will.
  5. You're going to like his episode, then. We got some great anecdotes out of his movie experience. And thanks for the kind words.
  6. This is it. I think people are also underrating the importance of depth at this position, especially for practice. Rashed Anthony was more valuable than we ever realized because of this. The upside here is we have the potential to have him around for four years. He could develop into a nice big, and if he doesn't, he's depth until he leaves. There's not really any downside here.
  7. Zaide Lowery - SG, 6-5, 175 - Springfield, MO (Kickapoo) - AAU: Missouri Flight - Twitter: @LoweryZaide Offers: Marquette, Kansas State, Missouri State. Interest: Saint Louis, Wisconsin, Purdue, Iowa, Northwestern, Oklahoma, Missouri, Oregon State, Boise State, SIU-Carbondale, Illinois State, Belmont, Southeast Missouri, Navy, Liberty, South Carolina State. Latest News: Lowery played at the Larry Hughes Elite Camp this month. (8/18/21) Scouting Report: Lowery is a talented wing who scores on three levels. He has a quick release on his shot, which he hits consistently off the catch or the dribble. He handles the ball well and goes to the rim with authority. He runs the floor well and thrives in transition. He's an aggressive but smart defender and pickpockets opposing ball handlers. He has good length for his position and he rebounds and blocks shots. Lowery also plays football and is a star WR for Kickapoo.
  8. Jalen Quinn committed to Loyola-Chicago last night. He was one of the first in-person visitors SLU had once recruits could get back on campus this summer. Had an offer but probably saw a crowded backcourt and opted for Loyola.
  9. Responding to @brianstl's post in the 2023 thread here: Mathok Chol - C, 6-10, 185 - South Sudan (John Burroughs, MO) - AAU: Brad Beal Elite - Twitter: @MChol12 Offers: Texas A&M. Interest: Saint Louis, Illinois, Tulsa, Missouri State, Murray State, McNeese State. Latest News: Chol received an offer from Texas A&M. (8/16/21) Scouting Report: Chol is a long, athletic big man who runs the floor extremely well. He's an elite shot blocker and contests everything without being susceptible to fouling. He finishes hard at the rim. He has a raw but rapidly developing offensive game. -Everything I've seen except his own Twitter bio says 2024, so that's what I'm going with for now. I'm assuming Frazier was his connection between BBE and Burroughs, so I'm wondering what he'll do now that Frazier is leaving both programs - probably stay with BBE but the HS situation might be a bigger question. If he does stay at JB, he'll pair with 2024 prospect Ramzi Salem. Whatever the situation is, SLU is tracking Chol so I will, too.
  10. If we made reference to message board lore, we'd have lost him. "...I was actually born in Salina, Kansas-" "PAYSTUBS!" [Confused silence, followed by awkward explanation, followed by more awkwardness.]
  11. No SLU offers out to local 2023 recruits yet. I have Jayden Nicholson, Jordan Pickett, Macaleab Rich, and Jorden Williams on the interest list. Sultan Adewale went to the reportedly defunct STLCA, and no word on where he'll be next season but he's from the UK and there's no reason to think he's staying in STL. Are Davis and Stovall both better than their new teammate Nicholson? Nicholson was a nationally-ranked player heading into HS but his star level has gradually declined since. He's been great at times, just inconsistent. I'm high on Rich, less so on Pickett and Williams at this point. Need to see more from all of them, obviously.
  12. Kizer plays on the MidPro Academy squad with two other SLU interests, Brock Harding and Ty Pence. I like all three, but really like the way they play together. Here's a Twitter thread from a couple weeks ago: Breaks down each player's game and ends in a highlight video of those three tearing it up. No, they're not playing EYBL competition but the skills are there. I'm monitoring this group closely.
  13. Thanks for the support and kind words, everybody. We're always a work in progress, still a little raw, and trying to improve every show. But we hope the enthusiasm and love for SLU comes across every time you hear from us. Zac does a tremendous job in putting these out and tracking down leads for interviews. I just show up and talk and ask questions. I'm streaky with my availability lately (quarantine with a COVID-positive kid, plus another kid and a full-time job, etc.) but always trying to keep the Recruiting Lists thread updated here and putting out as much info as possible on the Midtown Madness Twitter feed. We're not just a podcast - the Twitter feed is ongoing and active and a great way to engage with us. It's also a lot more detailed in terms of recruiting and other topics. Both formats serve their own purpose. And we appreciate engagement of all kinds - comments, questions, criticisms, etc. The goal is to serve SLU fans. More exciting things are in the works. Kevin Lisch part II is in the can and coming soon.
  14. Two more interests off the table. Gortman was never coming here. Brumbaugh was rumored to have a SLU offer (seemed to be bad info) before he blew up. Rowan Brumbaugh - PG, 6-3, 178 - Washington, DC (Northfield Mount Hermon, MA) - AAU: Prospect U - Twitter: @BrumbaughRowan Offers: Richmond, George Washington, Xavier, Georgetown, Creighton, Marquette, Butler, Seton Hall, Providence, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Miami, Georgia Tech, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Maryland, Minnesota, Penn State, Northwestern, Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Oregon, California, Wichita State, San Diego State, Penn, Brown, Rice, Ohio, Boston, Elon, William & Mary, Fairfield, Southern Utah, Bryant. Interest: Saint Louis, VCU, Davidson, St. John's, Duke, Virginia, Louisville, Syracuse, Notre Dame, Boston College, Ohio State, Indiana, Illinois, Florida, Stanford, Temple, Tulsa, Tulane, East Carolina, Boise State, Air Force, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Belmont, SIU-Carbondale, Toledo, Western Michigan, Middle Tennessee, Marshall, Milwaukee, East Tennessee State, UNC-Greensboro, VMI, Georgia State, Coastal Carolina, South Dakota State, Denver, Iona, Siena, Holy Cross, Lafayette, American, James Madison, UMBC, Mount St. Mary's, Lipscomb, Liberty, Florida A&M. Latest News: Brumbaugh announced his top 6 - Maryland, Miami, Kansas, Northwestern, Texas, Oregon. (8/11/21) Scouting Report: Brumbaugh is a tough, poised point guard with a broad skill set. He has a quick release on his short and good range. He's smart, has a great feel for the game, manages tempo, sees the floor well, and finds his teammates. He's an excellent passer. He's efficient and plays well in the pick and roll. Rankings: 247Sports - 139, 247Sports Composite - 175. Jazian Gortman - PG, 6-2, 160 - Columbia, SC (W.J. Keenan) - AAU: Nightrydas (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @TreonLil Offers: Providence, Florida State, North Carolina State, Miami, Clemson, Wake Forest, Illinois, Maryland, Kansas, Texas, Florida, Alabama, South Carolina, Ole Miss, Wichita State, Murray State, East Tennessee State, Middle Tennessee, Appalachian State, Coastal Carolina. Interest: Saint Louis, Dayton, George Washington, Creighton, Duke, Virginia Tech, Pittsburgh, Ohio State, Purdue, Baylor, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Missouri, Georgia, USC, Houston, Temple, Furman, Charleston, Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, UC-Riverside, North Carolina Central, Alabama A&M. Latest News: Gortman is going to the Overtime Elite League. (8/11/21) Scouting Report: Gortman is an excellent two-way point guard with quickness, confidence, and toughness. He's a relentless on-ball defender and creates for himself and others on the offensive end. He has a strong mid-range game, great touch around the basket, and is efficient as a shooter. He's a leader and competitor who plays with smarts. Rankings: Rivals - 13, Prep Hoops - 78, 247Sports - 13, 247Sports Composite - 10, ESPN - 7.
  15. Same deal here, another guy with SLU interest at one point. Committed to Monmouth this week (he should be a nice player there). Tahron Allen - SG, 6-4, 200 - Brooklyn, NY (Brooklyn Collegiate) - AAU: NY Renaissance (Nike EYBL) - Twitter: @TahAllen Offers: Massachusetts, Kent State, Manhattan, Stony Brook, Binghamton, Bryant, Fairleigh Dickinson. Interest: Saint Louis, VCU, Rhode Island, St. Bonaventure, George Washington, La Salle, Fordham, Creighton, Seton Hall, Providence, St. John's, DePaul, Syracuse, Virginia Tech, Rutgers, Nebraska, Penn State, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Temple, East Carolina, Boise State, Air Force, San Jose State, San Francisco, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Loyola-Chicago, SIU-Carbondale, Murray State, Morehead State, Southeast Missouri, Buffalo, Ohio, Toledo, Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Southern Miss, Illinois-Chicago, Robert Morris, East Tennessee State, Georgia State, Little Rock, Appalachian State, Holy Cross, American, Lafayette, Charleston, William & Mary, Siena, Rider, Quinnipiac, Niagara, Marist, Fairfield, Hofstra, Vermont, NJIT, Hawaii, Montana State, Merrimack, Mount St. Mary's, St. Francis, Bryant, Charleston Southern, Longwood, North Alabama, Chicago State, North Carolina A&T, South Carolina State, Maryland-Eastern Shore, Prairie View A&M, Florida A&M. Latest News: Allen has played in some events around NY but his college plans remain unclear. He has new interest from Oklahoma State and San Francisco. (7/26/21) Scouting Report: Allen is a big, athletic scoring guard with the ability to catch fire from outside. He scores on all three levels and is left-handed. He's got a game that is both physical and smooth and plays with a lot of confidence. He's smart and aggressive at both ends and rebounds like a forward. He transferred from St. Raymond to Brooklyn Collegiate between his sophomore and junior seasons. He spent a year at Crestwood Prep in Ontario before that.
  16. VC actually does a pretty good job of capturing the transfer market, even those going down to or coming up from other divisions. In terms of whether it's "normal" to have this many available players in early August, the short answer is no. With over 1700 transfers this season, it's by far an all-time high. The rule giving players another year of eligibility due to the pandemic is another factor. I'm not sure whether the ratio of available players to overall transfers is similar to other seasons on this date, but it doesn't really matter because the number of D-I schools has only gone up by a few and the number of players available is what matters. I'm still not ruling out 1-2 more players for SLU. We've shown the ability to get a transfer within a short window from initial recruitment to signing.
  17. I agree, and I remember saying this last year. It's the largest external factor driving decisions in every facet of life. We can't ignore it. It also doesn't have to be political. Never did. (Also doesn't have to be annoying.)
  18. Marshall is in West Virginia, not Virginia. Selfishly, campus is just under 3 hours from my house. Easiest road trip after Dayton. Soccer is riding high with the national championship but I wonder if it's sustainable. This was only their second NCAA Tournament appearance, the other being the previous year. Otherwise, I don't get it. Basketball has been to the NCAA Tournament once since 1987. The school is ranked #284 academically. They have a football program.
  19. Just to update the non-conference slate - noticed my previous post is now slightly outdated: 11/9 vs. UCA 11/20 vs. Mercer 11/23 vs. Illinois State in Cancun 11/24 vs. Buffalo/SFA in Cancun 11/30 at Boise State 12/4 vs. UAB 12/18 vs. Auburn 12/22 vs. Drake in Las Vegas TBA vs. Belmont TBA vs. Boston College TBA @ Memphis
  20. @NH- @3star_recruitbasically covered what I would say in my reply. Cleveland is an underrated city. I kinda like it better than Cincy but my wife's family is here and Cincy is also closer to STL, making weekend trips easier. Congrats, @Quality Is Job 1. @cgeldmacher, the Duquesne thing has also driven me nuts. I'm four hours from Duquesne and we've played there on a weeknight every season. We were a home-and-home partner for DU most seasons, too. It's gotta happen sooner or later. I'd love to get up there and catch a game in that newly renovated gym. Also, if we want a normal basketball season, we need to get vaccinated. Do your part, everybody.
  21. Lamar Washington - SG, 6-4, 215 - Portland, OR (Compass Prep, AZ) - AAU: Dream Vision (Adidas 3SSB) - Twitter: @1amarwashington Offers: Saint Louis, Texas Tech, TCU, Washington State, Oregon State, Colorado State, Boise State, San Francisco, Pepperdine, Portland, Pacific, Montana State, Portland State, Eastern Washington, Bryant. Interest: Dayton, Boston College, Ohio State, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Ole Miss, Oregon, Arizona, USC, Stanford, Utah, Houston, Tulsa, Nevada, Utah State, Saint Mary's, Princeton, Cornell, Columbia, Loyola-Chicago, Florida International, Northern Illinois, Louisiana-Monroe, North Dakota, Hawaii, UC-Irvine, UC-Santa Barbara, Cal Poly, Montana, Idaho, Seattle, Bethune Cookman. Latest News: Washington received an offer from SLU. (8/4/21) Scouting Report: Washington is a big, tough, left-handed guard who creates mismatches with his size and strength. He's a menacing defender. He's got a slightly unorthodox but consistent stroke with range. He's hard to stop, finishes at the rim, and rebounds. He sets the tone with his toughness, he's productive, and he does the little things. He's also an excellent passer. He transferred from Jefferson HS in Portland to AZ Compass Prep for his final season. Also a star linebacker with offers from power conference schools, he will not be playing this season but is open to playing in college. -Helped Dream Vision to a Hoop Circuit Vegas Summer Championship title and had 28 in the title game. Led Dream Vision to a 3SSB title and won MVP. He won Gatorade POY for Oregon as a junior but he's heading to Compass Prep in Chandler, AZ for his senior year. He's also a 4-star linebacker recruit with a bunch of big-time offers, but he's not playing football this season. He has said he'd be open to playing both sports in college, though.
  22. Penny absolutely wasted Nesbitt. I don't think he expected him to show up mid-season and was counting on him showing up this summer. He already had big-time talent being underplayed. His approach so far has been to go get as many talented players as he can and let the cream rise to the top. The problem with this strategy is that it's boom or bust, and you wind up with malcontents. For every big wave of players coming in, you get one going out, and sometimes the outbound group is even larger, between guys going pro and guys transferring. It's something he's going to have to figure out over time if he's going to stay in the college game. You can't have a roster full of top-100 recruits playing in the NIT every season. Back to Nesbitt, he didn't come here to sit on the bench. I expect him to be a starter.
  23. From an inauspicious start, this thread has taken quite a positive turn, as far as I'm concerned. (Round 2 with Kevin Lisch is coming soon!)
  24. Little bit of both. Disney agreed to buy Comcast's 1/3 stake in Hulu in 2019, but it won't close until 2024. It was originally a joint venture between four companies but has consolidated over time into these two companies at the helm. I am curious to see how this evolves with another three years until it closes, a much different value of that stake in the meantime (definitely more than $5.8B now), and Disney+ having been launched successfully.
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