Hump Day Hoops Chatter

Let’s start out with the Prevarication of the Day.

As a member of U of L’s credentialed media, I received this message this afternoon: “Forward Stephan Van Treese has been provided his release from the University of Louisville men’s basketball team.”

Given that Rick Pitino’s hoops squad was over the limit on schollys, there’s been lots of talk in the last few days which of the Cards’ marginal ballers would be “provided his release?” Seems appropriate that a kid from the home of the Indy 500 would be first on the bubble.

Sayonara Stephan Van Treese.

It’s a shame, we hardly got to know ya. It’s also a shame that big time college basketball at the championship level has gotten so cutthroat. SVT missed most of last season and will most of next. It will be interesting to see where he matriculates? Butler? Florida International? Bellarmine, perhaps, where he could play immediately?

Let’s just all be clear about one thing. SVT, I daresay, did not ask for a release voluntarily.

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Now that room’s been cleared for Montrezl “Silent L” Harrell, which of the other Cardinals should be expecting a deal they can’t refuse to continue their educations elsewhere? If Harrell’s former future teammate at Virginia Tech, Dorian “Silent Dash” Finney-Smith, chooses the Cards in his quest for a new biology professor, another head will roll.

Rakeem Buckles is even odds to be the sacrificial lamb. And he might end up toiling for Little Ricky @ Fla Intl, or so the conjecture surmises, since it’s so close to his home.

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The more I read about the goings on in the ACC and Big 12, the less likely it appears that U of L might land in one of those leagues . . . ever.

Unless . . . one of those two confederacies, along with the Big 10, Pac-12 and Mike Slive’s SEC, decide to become 16 team superconferences and thereby gutting the NCAA in both football and basketball. Not to mention the other sports.

Even then, Louisville still appears destined to be the odd man out. Geographically. Scholastically. Psychologically.

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My hope is that you college basketball fans have moved beyond your prejudices and been savoring the glorious hoops that’s being played in the NBA.

Favorites Miami and San Antonio need to win 2 in a row to make it to the Finals.

I think the Spurs will go down tonight. They’ve gotten this far through guile, good coaching and well-timed pit stops. OKC is more talented with younger, fresher legs. They seem destined for prime time.

It is still hard to believe, as athletic and talented as LeBron is, that he can’t seem to close the deal. Perhaps he should “take his talents” somewhere else and join up with a group of winners.

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Is it my imagination, or, now that he’s won his coveted NCAA crown, Coach Cal has spun out of control?

His arch rival The Rick is looking almost demure in comparison, when considering the hubristic in extremis Cal’s rants.

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Would love to chat more, but it’s time for tipoff.

– Seedy K

4 Comments

  1. doug
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:32 am | Permalink

    I think CL Brown’s interview with SVT confirms your involuntary release theory. It’s one thing when a scholly is available and a player is recruited over, but when a scholarship of a good kid is revoked to make room for another, that sucks!

    I find myself more and more everyday wondering why it is I continue to spend a bunch of money and to invest so much time and energy into this bigtime, cutthroat business of college athletics.

  2. Bobby Belllarmine
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    We would welcome SVT with open arms, seems to be an excellent teammate and hard worker and based on his comments sounds like this came out of nowhere. No one should ever again try to make an argument that D-1 sports are anything other than a business. Wonder if they booted him out of summer school.

    Calipari has taken it to a new level….someone should inform him that most people don’t care what he thinks once the season is over.

  3. Hendricks
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 10:54 am | Permalink

    It’s a weird feeling regarding SVT. But how he could think this came out of nowhere, I dunno. He was never going to get much playing time and he had to have known that. Props to the guy, no doubt. College BBall is big business, universities are big business…life is big business.

  4. fred
    Posted June 7, 2012 at 9:42 pm | Permalink

    SVT always impressed me as a most fundamentally sound basketball player, a Hoosier throwback. Hardworker too. Butler would be a great fit.

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