Greetings from my apartment, where after a two-month recess, I bring you this long-delayed post.
The Blog, I’m happy to say, enjoyed what I thought was its best two-week stretch of its existence before and during (but especially during) the MAAC tournament. Then, however, came way too much down time, but I’ve got a few Rider tidbits to pass along, good wireless connection and an unexpected post-work surge of energy, so now is as good a time as any to get back into this.
While The Blog was on vacation, Siena gave Louisville a scare but was eliminated in the second round, North Carolina, Penn State, Oregon State and Old Dominion won tournament championships, Jim Calhoun got into all sorts of hot water at UConn but announced he’d return next year anyway, Ed Cooley got free air time on FOX at a Red Sox-Yankees game, and some French guys came up with this video
Now that we’re caught up on all that …
The spring signing period ends tomorrow, May 20, and Rider enters the day, officially, with THREE scholarships to give.
As was reported earlier this month in The Trentonian, Matt Griffin has decided to transfer. Griffin, a sophomore point guard, told Tommy Dempsey he was concerned about his prospects for playing time moving forward. There’s no word yet on where Griffin will end up. … Dempsey quickly filled the vacated scholarship with Carl Johnson, a Philly product by way of St. Thomas More Prep in Connecticut.
Center Dara Nd-Ezuma is on board for next year, as is Jhamaar Youngblood, who’s eligible after sitting out last year as a transfer from Monmouth.
But the Broncs have released point guard SirChristian Williams from his letter of intent, opening up another scholarship.
According to a source close to the program, Williams wanted to go to a school where he could get significant playing time as a freshman. Since Rider has four returning starters and Youngblood waiting in the wings to fill Harris Mansell’s spot, that kind of playing time wasn’t available in Lawrenceville.
So Williams re-opened his recruitment, Rider reopened its recruiting, and the Broncs have until the end of the day tomorrow to wrap up their 2009-10 roster.