It’s a bit of a basketball round-up.
First up, J.J. Moore got injured over the weekend playing pick-up basketball.
Pitt sophomore forward J.J. Moore will undergo surgery for a fractured fifth metatarsal bone in his right foot after suffering the injury in a pickup game Friday.
The injury takes three months to heal.
Moore’s injury is common among basketball players. It is the same injury that forced Levance Fields and Jermaine Dixon out of the lineup in recent seasons.
It isn’t the healing that is the concern. It is the possibility of it being a recurrent issue. It was a bit of a problem for Levance Fields. Still, while he won’t be playing in the summer league, he will be ready for the start of the practices before the season begins.
I have the Jordan Brand Classic on the DVR. Haven’t had a chance to watch it yet. Most accounts say, Adams was rather solid. He led his squad in rebounds with 9, despite only playing 17 minutes. He also had 3 turnovers. Here’s an account from a New Zealand paper.
The 2.13m Wellingtonian played a team-low 17 minutes in the game and finished with four points (1/2 FG, 2/4 FT), nine rebounds, an assist, block and steal and three turnovers.
Adams’ rebound haul was a team-high for the West lineup despite his minimal minutes.
Observers noted that though Adams had not stood out among the elite of the college-bound American high school fraternity, he had held his own in a game more geared towards the smaller players on court.
Adams, the younger brother of Olympic shot put champion Valerie Adams, will start the next college season in August at the University of Pittsburgh under Jamie Dixon. Many are tipping him to play just a single season before entering the NBA draft.
Looks like I’ll be able to get through the game in under a half-hour if those were his total minutes. The article also notes that Adams may play for the Tall Blacks down in Venezuela as they try to qualify for the Olympics.
Ashton Gibbs played well in the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament. Strengthening his opportunities to play in Europe. Something this NBA.com article says as well.
Pittsburgh’s Ashton Gibbs had another very strong outing for Mike Duman Auto Sales, finishing with a game-high 23 points on 7-for-11 shooting.
After a standout junior season in which he shot 49 percent from distance, Gibbs slumped badly as a senior as Pittsburgh missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade. Gibbs has played with a bit of a chip on his shoulder at the PIT, and the results have been positive.
Clearly more two than one, though blessed with the size of a point guard, Gibbs has been forced into lead guard duties this week — like he was at Pitt this year — and has handled it well. He’s the type of player who’ll be highly coveted overseas given his ability to fill it up, and will have to decide his best course of action should he not get drafted in June.
Presumably, Gibbs had to miss the Awards Banquet. It’s always an important booster event, but the number of “awards” they hand out at these make it seem like a kindergarten self-esteem event. Rather than list what each player got, it’s shorter to simply list the players who didn’t get an award: Durand Johnson, Aron Nwankwo, Isiah Epps and Khem Birch.
Finally, here’s a piece from Chris Jones signing his LOI for Pitt — his dad is just happy that he gets the scholarship.
“It was about Coach Dixon and Coach Knight,” said Jones, 18, who led Teaneck to back-to-back Bergen County and North 1, Group 3 titles. “I really think they preach family, and it felt right for me.”
“It’s a great opportunity,” said Jones’ father, Kenneth. “In this nation, and in the world, to get an education, but be able to do so doing something you love, playing basketball, it’s a great opportunity.”
Jones is a 6-foot-5 wing who can play shooting guard or small forward, and he averaged 21.0 points, 8.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists for Teaneck (31-1). Off the court, he is friendly and affable.
“He’s a good kid, he’s worked hard, and he’s earned everything,” Highwaymen coach Jerome Smart said. “Sometimes you get kids who don’t deserve it and they get in and they blow it. I think he’s going to take this opportunity and do a good job with it.”
Jones chose Pittsburgh over Colorado, Connecticut, Hofstra, La Salle, Seton Hall and West Virginia. The Panthers are coming off a down season during which they finished 22-17, but their 5-13 record in the Big East tied them for 13th among 16 teams.
Pittsburgh graduates two of its top three scorers, including guard Ashton Gibbs, a New Jersey native who earned All-State honors at Seton Hall Prep, where Knight also starred.
“He’s an unbelievable kid from a standpoint of being a really good person,” Knight said. “As far as his basketball prowess is concerned, we’re looking for him to come in and be able to defend multiple positions and be a guy who can make shots when called upon.
“We think he’s a very skilled perimeter player, so hopefully he’ll be able to contribute in a big way, and hopefully early in his career.”
The only way I see Jones playing as a freshman, though, is if Zeigler’s waiver is denied.