From The Blog
August 10, 2014
I was truly touched and honored Saturday, when I received the Vincent T. Lombardi Memorial Award. It was presented by UNICO, the largest Italian-American service organization in the United States.
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Dickie V reveals the his Pre-season Elite 8 Teams and Top 12 Recruiting Classes for the 2013-2014 season!
Elite 8 for 2013-2014 Season
Once again, John Calipari has a super recruiting class, this one even better than last year's. Why is Kentucky number one? Besides the recruiting class, led by the Harrison twins, Kentucky has veterans returning to provide experience. Alex Poythress and Willie Cauley-Stein can help the newcomers learn the ropes, and that can make a difference.
2. MICHIGAN STATE
Having Gary Harris, Keith Appling, Branden Dawson and Adreian Payne back is good enough for me to believe the Spartans are legit contenders to cut down the nets at Cowboys Stadium. Tom Izzo is a master at tournament time and his team should make a serious run in 2014.
The defending national champions lose a lot (Peyton Siva was a senior, Gorgui Dieng went to the NBA early), but it helps to have Russ Smith, Chane Behanan. NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock and Wayne Blackshear back. Rick Pitino also added depth via recruiting and Kevin Ware is expected to make a return from that gruesome injury.
This will be a different Duke team without Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly. Jabari Parker is one of the premier diaper dandies in America. The return of Andre Dawkins will also help. Coach K will have another Final Four contender.
Bill Self was thrilled to add Andrew Wiggins to the roster and he will be a difference-maker. Perry Ellis has to live up to his potential as a super soph.
Sean Miller has a talented nucleus returning, including Nick Johnson. The addition of Aaron Gordon, who was MVP at the McDonald's All-America game, is a major positive for the frontcourt after losing Solomon Hill.
Patric Young decided to return and that is a plus for Billy Donovan. Casey Prather, Will Yeguete, Scottie Wilbekin and Michael Frazier are also back, and Donovan has an excellent class coming in.
Trey Burke and Tim Hardaway Jr. are gone, but Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III are back. Remember the names of diaper dandies Zak Irvin and Derrick Walton.
Dazzling Dozen Top 12 Recruiting Classes1. Kentucky