Lots of links: NBA draft, Pierre-Paul and more
Plenty of reading this morning, and we'll start with Dominique Jones, whose position in the NBA draft could shift a bit this week as some of the underclassmen who applied for early entry make the decision to withdraw their names before Saturday's deadline.
There are differing opinions on whether Jones should have left the Bulls -- ESPN.com's Eamonn Brennan gives Jones a "B" and says the time was right for him to leave early, but ESPN's Chad Ford includes Jones among a group of underclassmen who "amazingly" have signed with agents despite not being guaranteed of going in the first round -- I've yet to be able to verify that Jones has signed with an agent, though he's shown no signs of returning to USF for next season. A few non-mainstream mock drafts: About.com and RidiculousUpside.com both have Jones going 29th to the Orlando Magic.
-- Jason Pierre-Paul was slowed by back problems in the Giants' rookie minicamp, and while he says they're normal and he's not out of shape, the New York media is off and running with it. Here's Newsday, and the New York Daily News, with "struggling" and "suffering" in their respective headlines.
-- As if falling to the seventh round weren't tough enougn for defensive end George Selvie, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that the Rams "took a chance" on Selvie there. "He's got a long way to go," Rams coach Steve Spagnuolo said, and there's more talk about Selvie needing to put on weight.
-- Another first NFL pic -- here's receiver Jessie Hester, who was part of the Lions' minicamp, from the Lions' official site. Can't tell if they're done with adding undrafted rookies, but Detroit only announced one signing Monday and it was not Hester. Also found pics of Jerome Murphy in Rams gear -- check out the Rams' official site, in the Day 1 minicamp gallery, second page, lower right, wearing No. 26.
-- Ranking prospects for the 2011 NBA draft? ESPN.com's Chad Ford has a super-early list of his top 100 prospects -- loaded with incoming freshmen who have yet to play a college game. USF's Gus Gilchrist -- listed as a center -- checks in at No. 82, which actually puts him 13th among Big East players. His top five from the Big East? UConn point guard Kemba Walker (19th), Syracuse forward Kris Joseph (24th), Providence forward Jamine Peterson (41st), Villanova guard Corey Fisher (46th) and Syracuse center Fab Melo (55th). Ford, incidentally, now has Jones up at No. 36 in his 2010 rankings.
-- Here's the Virginian-Pilot's story on Davante Gardner picking Marquette basketball over USF.
-- ESPN.com's Brian Bennett has his post-spring Big East power rankings for football, and he's putting USF sixth, ahead of just Syracuse and Louisville.
-- With Andrew Barbosa and Daniel Rockhold among USF's best baseball players this spring, who's the next walk-on to make an impact with the Bulls? This story from Stars and Stripes features a high school senior named Logan Porchie from Naples -- that's Naples, Italy -- who will be on a Navy ROTC scholarship at USF and intends to walk on to the baseball team.
-- Remember how USF receiver Dontavia Bogan had 228 yards and four touchdown receptions in the spring game? The @USFfootball page on Twitter.com joked that USF would be promoting him for Spring All-America honors. Well, Tom Dienhart at Yahoo.com has his All-Spring team, but Bogan isn't among the two receivers on his team -- he went with two other Big East receivers: Louisville's Doug Beaumont, who caught one touchdown pass and threw another in his spring game, and Rutgers' Tim Wright.
-- Ocala.com has an update on new West Port coach Ryan Hearn, the former USF player and grad assistant.