Springin’ along

Collegiately speaking……

The hemorrhaging continues at Oregon State, where yet another player has left the basketball team. Kassandra McCalister’s departure leaves five left on the roster. What’s going on at that school? And did the entire team meet and decide to leave?

Stephanie Glance will be the new Illinois State University coach, it was announced today. Glance has worked under Kay Yow and Pat Summitt, so she should do just fine.

The comments of the coach she succeeded, Robin Pingeton, are under fire now. When accepting the University of Missouri job, Pingeton made a big deal out of being a Christian, which made some understandably nervous. We’ll see what happens next.

On the club ball tip……

Hoopfeed has another excellent piece on Marques Jackson, founder of Dallas Fort Worth Elite, who recently passed away. He “never left a girl behind.”

The West Coast Spring Invitational, at Cal Poly Pomona and Mount Sac May 15-16, will feature all the top teams in California. The Boo Williams team will also be there, believe it or not. Needless to say, I’ll be there.

Players at this past weekend’s viewing tournaments were getting the pressure from coaches. But perhaps none tops this: an eighth-grader has received an offer from Virginia Tech. Please, please don’t let that be the trend of the future.


Ben York takes some time to answer letters in the WNBA mailbag. I like his links list.

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  1. Hey Sue, an 8th grader getting offers is not something tht is new. I know for certain that Kaleena Lewis and Jordan Adams both received full ride offers from MAJOR D1's in the 8th grade and this was 3 and 4 yrs ago. West Coast Premeir made it to the semi finals of Boo along with Tennessee Flight, Philly Belles and Boo. Does that make them one of the top teams to watch. Give me your thoughts.

  2. I know it's not new, but I don't want it to be a common thing, to shop eighth-graders.

    Yep, West Coast Premier seems to be at the top of the list of California teams, for those in the know. Swish is right behind, and Cal Sparks is also on the rise. The entire list of participating teams looks great – not a dud in the bunch.

    Are you going?