Today's Powerlinks is cutting straight to the chase and getting into some major recruiting news.
Update: Tyler Ulis has committed to the Kentucky Wildcats over Michigan State and Iowa.
When it comes to point guards remaining on the market, Illinois product Tyler Ulis is pretty much the cream of the crop of currently uncommitted players. Ulis has seemingly narrowed his list down to Kentucky and Michigan State, though Iowa has made a decent push and USC is still in the game. That being said, the 2014 guard will be announcing his decision later on tonight at 8:20 eastern time.
The hype for Ulis picked up immensely after the committment of Emmanuel Mudiay to SMU. While Ulis seemed like he was going to end up in East Lansing, Kentucky went all in after Mudiay was off the market. There's always the chance Iowa could pull a massive upset as Ulis has shown quite a bit of interest in the program, though it seems rather unlikely considering the advantages of choosing Michigan State or Kentucky. If Michigan State manages to land Ulis he'll be a major get for their 2014 class. However, if they lose out it'll be a pretty rough loss considering they were sitting pretty with Ulis until John Calipari and Kentucky came along.
It was touched on earlier in the week that it looked like Snider was going to end up choosing Illinois. Well it looks like the Champaign Room's sources were correct as the four star point guard has chosen Illinois over UCLA. Snider now joins a strong 2014 recruiting class that also includes four star power forward Leron Black and three star power forward Michael Finke.
With a slew of targets going elsewhere Purdue had recently showed some interest in the 6'11 center from New Haven Indiana. It came off like McElvene wasn't the Boilermakers first choice, but considering the potential early departure of A.J. Hammons, Matt Painter seems to be searching for a viable back-up plan at center. Purdue never offered the big man a scholarship though as they were waiting on his grades to come around. McElevene decided to head elsewhere, committing to Dayton this Thursday. While he was on Purdue's board and had some potential, he came off like a relatively raw project that would take time to develop and shouldn't be a huge loss to Purdue's recruiting efforts, though McElvene's size doesn't always come around that often.
Bleacher Report recently posted an slide show listing what they believe to be the ten most delusional college basketball fan bases. I'm sure the list is bound to create some debate among the fan bases and it's an interesting enough read while we wait impatiently for the start of the season. The two Big Ten fan bases included in the list include the not so surprising Indiana Hoosiers and the moderately surprising Illinois fan base. I can understand Indiana but from what I've witnessed the last few seasons, I've seen more self-loathing and depressed Illinois fans at the end of Bruce Weber's tenure than delusional fans trying to talk up the program. Of course, John Groce does have Illinois trending upwards and they could return to the compete in the Big Ten race soon enough so I'm not sure how they are delusional, but I didn't write the article.
In some actual good news for the Boilermakers, their season tickets for the 2013-14 season have been selling at a fast pace. As of now Purdue has already sold 10,985 season tickets. The number looks pretty good when you take into consideration that Mackey Arena seats 14,846 and that so far 74% of the capacity is already accounted for the entire season. Purdue has seen solid attendance as of late, finishing no worse than 36th in any season over the last eight years. In that time span Purdue has gone 111-23 at home.
As MLive touches on, ESPN recently claimed that the Wolverines have the toughest non-conference schedule out of all the schools in the Big Ten. That statement sounds pretty accurate as Michigan will play at Iowa State, participate in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off, travel to Duke in the Big Ten / ACC challenge, host Arizona and play Stanford in Brooklyn. While Michigan faced some criticism over it's non-conference slate last season, that will definitely not be the case in 2013 as Michigan faces one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation.
- Eleven Warriors concludes their two part look at each programs current recruiting efforts
- Inside the Hall's season preview kicks off with Penn State
- Ohio State will play a diverse non-conference schedule
- Indiana freshman Troy Williams motivated by success
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