Monday, June 19, 2017

The Spartans exploring a 2019 SoCal guard

Dinos Trigonis: "2019 nat'l sleeper 6-4 G Robert McRae (Fairfax/LA CA) has heard from Wash St, UCSB, Pepperdine, Penn, Montana, San Jose St., UCSB & Denver"

"Fairfax unveils freshman Robert McRae" -- Eric Sondheimer
(from 2015)

Friday, June 16, 2017

Can SJSU become an asset?

Part of a Chris Murray interview with Nevada AD Doug Knuth:

RGJ: You said Nevada was part of the issue with the Mountain West. This year was your best season in terms of average finish in the Mountain West. Do you feel like you’re now an asset to the conference?

DK: “I don’t know if we’re an asset yet. I would say we’re not as big of a liability as we were. I’m just being honest. Anybody who would look at us the last few years in a couple of sports, they would say, ‘You’re not helping the conference. In fact, you’re hurting and bringing some of us down.’ We’ve gotten back to a position we’re middle of the pack and top quarter in some sports. We’re not hurting the conference as much, but I wouldn’t call us an asset. Someday we will say, ‘Nevada has done a really great job and they’re winning conference championships and they’re in the top three in half their sports,’ and then we become one of the assets.”

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Scratch one from Muhammad's list of suitors

"Report: UNLV Recruiting Miami Transfer Rashad Muhammad" -- Tyler Bischoff

It's important to check the update noted at the top of the article as not all suitors that are named by a recruit are necessarily truly in the hunt.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Muhammad with multiple suitors

Jon Rothstein: "Miami grad transfer Rashad Muhammad tells me he's received interest from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, UNLV, Portland, and Washington."

Interest is located in a different universe than an actual offer but why even the 'feelers' for a one-dimensional player who has already blown through two programs? Not trying to knock the young man -- it's a fair and accurate assessment.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

This is based on pure speculation and nothing more

This is based on pure speculation and nothing more...

It appears San Jose State University has one scholarship available for the 2017-18 recruiting class, that being fifth-year senior Jalen James. Ryan Singer could become a graduate transfer if he has completed the necessary requirements to do so in what would be his four years at SJSU but that obviously remains to be seen.

Noah Baumann will be a freshman this coming season and likely the best long-distance shooter on the team, thus highlighting the major remaining team need. Another outside marksmen would really be beneficial. Walter Graves may eventually help in that area but not likely immediately.

The answer to this deficiency lies really close to home. It's Jake Wojcik of Bellarmine College Prep, a 6-foot-4 2018 prospect

One recent evaluation: "Wojcik was one of the better shooters in the event. He gets great lift on his shot and he is always on balance. He has a quick release on his shot and he is equally effective off the catch as he is off the dribble. Has the IQ to be secondary ball handler and facilitator."

Yes, Wojcik announced an early commitment to Sienna University in Albany, New York. The Saints play in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The earliest he can sign will be mid-November.

But will Jake Wojcik sign with Sienna if his father receives a lengthy extension of his contract at SJSU?

Just asking.

Also, one of Jake Wojcik's best friends (they are rivals in the West Catholic Athletic League but play on the same travel team), 6-foot-2 Tyler Johnson of St. Francis High and also in the 2018 class, was just recently offered by the Spartans. His recent evaluation: "Tough, physical, assertive, and athletic describe this blue-collar point guard. He gets in the lane with savvy and IQ and his vision is high-level. He can defend both guard positions as well as rebound and lead the break. For his game to go to another level his jump shot needs to get more consistent."

Might some home cooking and close to home cooking be the answers for the Spartan backcourt needs?

Sunday, May 7, 2017

A look at next season's Mountain West Conference

"Mountain West Stock Watch: UNLV’s rebuild, New Mexico’s teardown, others" -- Eli Boettger

The Spartan excerpt:

"San Jose State
Notable additions: Oumar Barry (4* JUCO transfer), Keith Fisher (3* redshirt), Nai Carlisle (3*)

Significant departures: Gary Williams, Jr. (7.1 PPG, 2.6 RPG), Isaac Thornton (4.6 PPG), Cody Schwartz (3.8 PPG), E.J. Boyce (3.9 PPG)

San Jose State’s losses are minor, and I don’t think many people are aware of the talent that Dave Wojcik is bringing in this fall. Oumar Barry, Keith Fisher and Nai Carlisle are all nationally-rated recruits that provide a spark at the guard, wing and forward position. Let’s not forget that the Spartans also bring back one of the most efficient players in the conference in Brandon Clarke (17.3 PPG) and also Ryan Welage (13.2 PPG). A top five league finish is a very realistic possibility for SJSU in ‘17-18.


Stock: Up"

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The Graves scholarship

Verbal Commits: "Former San Jose State G E.J. Boyce is transferring to Saint Martin's (DII)." 

Monday, May 1, 2017

Learn more about Walter Graves III

6-foot-7, 190 wing Walter Graves III has committed to playing at San Jose State University for the 2017-18 season. To get a better sense of who the young man is and the degree of his basketball skills, we contacted Jeff Young who coached Graves as a freshman, sophomore and junior at Clovis West High.

"I've known Walter since he was 11 years old. He has a terrific personality, very outgoing -- you can't help but like him and his smile ... 

... I've always been drawn to those who outworked others, not necessarily those who are most talented, and Walter is someone with talent who works very hard ... 

... He is exciting [on the court], fun to watch and he enjoys being out there. Walter is a gem of an athlete who plays above the rim and is a shotblocker ...

... Walter played in the paint for us because he was the tallest guy and he can score in there as well as shoot the three and the mid-range shot. He just needs to work on bettering his skills. He is best in transition ...

Here's an analysis of Graves' game after a 2016 event: "Graves is an athletic wing that is very active. He looks to impose his will on smaller defenders with his chiseled frame and can take defenders off the dribble from the 3-point line. When a shot goes up, Graves looks to corral every rebound in sight; defensively, he uses his athleticism to alter shots and/or send them into the bleachers."

From a tournament this past weekend: "There wasn't a better slasher/finisher at this event than Urbina-Graves. Ideal Division 1 frame with long arms and he is explosive in transition. He scored in a variety of ways and he was engaged at both ends as a rebounder and weak-side defender."

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

San Joaquin wing commit

Josh Gershon: "SanJoseState landed a commitment from 2017 Splash City forward Walter Graves."

His commitment post.

He's 6-foot-7, 190 and out of Clovis West High where he played for Coach Vance Walberg this season. The young man possesses tremendous athleticism.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Meet Oumar Barry

So who and what is San Jose State University getting in signing 6-foot-11, 220 Oumar Barry? We recently chatted with Iowa Western Community College Coach Michael Johnette to find out:

"A very intelligent and thoughtful young man with a 3.7 grade point average. He came from West Africa to attend high school and ran with it ... Oumar has a high character, a very good basketball motor and showed really quality improvement this year. He needed to get some college minutes [after playing little at DePaul] and he has developed his offensive game ... He and De'Quon Lake (6-foot-10 and an Arizona State signee from Iowa Western) benefited from practicing against each other all season ... Oumar is a rim protector and a catch and finish guy offensively. He understands the game well and is an eager learner, he can help with ball screens and he recovers quickly ... Oumar wanted to be patient with recruiting because he felt he committed too fast with DePaul and it helped that Coach Wojcik took a personal interest in his recruitment."

Friday, April 21, 2017

JC big goes with SJSU

"MEN'S BASKETBALL SIGNS 6-FOOT-11 BIG MAN OUMAR BARRY" -- Spartan athletics

Great individual, great student, not much of a threat offensively on the court but finally some rim protection.

Barry was at DePaul but left amidst a coaching change and not getting on the court very often and transferred to Iowa Western Community College this past season. He averaged 4.4 points per game on 62% and 41% shooting respectively plus 4.4 rebounds an outing. Barry had 36 blocked shots in 32 games and made one start. His minutes per game average has so far remained elusive.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Schwartz heading home

Junior-to-be Cody Schwartz has announced he is heading back to The Dairy State to play for Wisconsin-Green Bay.

He'll be playing in the Horizon League after sitting out a season. The Phoenix shot 32% from three-point range this season (Schwartz finished at 38%) and posted an 18-14 overall record, 12-6 in conference. Just 10 free throws on the season as well as being a defensive liability didn't bode well for greater playing time for him with the Spartans in 2017-18.

Monday, April 10, 2017

A new recruiting prospect out of the Bay Area

Julius V: "2018 Garrett Pascoe 6'3 PG receiving serious interest from Stanford, San Fransisco, San Jose St, Davidson, Liberty, CS Fullerton, & More!"

Also: "2018 Garrett Pascoe 6'3 PG Clayton Valley HS recruitment heating up! Grew 5 inches in HS that's why all of West Coast MMs hasn't offered yet"

Some video