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."