- SLAM Online on Friday had some rave raviews for big man Tristan Thompson, who is slated to begin his college career at Texas in 2010:
"...it feels pretty good to see him dominate elite talent with his combination of length (despite his slender frame, the class of 2010 prospect hits the boards hard, battles on the inside, finishes with power and blocks shots), quickness (the Texas commit runs the floor like guard and can guard all five positions on the court) and skill (a role player for St. Benedict’s in Jersey last season and the go-to guy on his Grassroots Canada AAU squad, he can handle the rock in perimeter and in transition, see the floor, hit the mid-range J and has a wide array of post moves)."
- Here's a look at the rigamarole that Toronto baller Devoe Joseph has faced getting his credits approved by the NCAA so he could play at the University of Minnesota. It seems bogus that Joseph was subject to such scrutiny when there are players with no desire of an education, who are waved right into college.
- The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has posted a Q&A with point guard Junior Cadougan, who's planning to go to Marquette.
That's three good building blocks for the senior national team, if not for when London 2012 qualifying begins in three years' time, but somewhere down the line. It would be great to not have to type that with your fingers crossed.