Dayton offers scholarship to three-star recruit in class of 2018

Published: Monday, January 01, 2018 @ 1:36 PM

The Dayton Flyers huddle before a game against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. David Jablonski/Staff
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The Dayton Flyers huddle before a game against Saint Mary’s on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017, at McKeon Pavilion in Moraga, Calif. David Jablonski/Staff(Staff Writer)

The Dayton Flyers offered a scholarship to Frankie Policelli, a 6-foot-8 small forward in the class of 2018, on Friday.

Policelli’s high school, Long Island Lutheran (N.Y.), announced the offer on Twitter. The team was playing at the Beach Ball Classic in Myrtle Beach, S.C., on Friday. He also received an offer from the Cincinnati Bearcats on the same day.

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Rivals.com ranks Policelli No. 146 in the class of 2018. He ranks 168th, according to 247Sports.com. Both web sites list him as a three-star recruit.

Policelli took an official visit to another Atlantic 10 school, Georgia Washington, in October. Texas Tech offered him a scholarship in December. Numerous other schools have recruited him or offered scholarships.

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Policelli is from New Hartford, N.Y., which is four hours from Long Island. He transferred to Long Island Lutheran for his senior year. He missed the second half of his junior season after undergoing knee surgery. He averaged 28.1 points and over 13 rebounds as a junior.

Danny Kanell takes a predictable shot at SEC on championship Sunday

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:22 PM

The “SEC is all propaganda” has become a tired argument for Danny Kanell, but it’s one he insists on making at every opportunity. Even when it’s not accurate.

On Sunday afternoon, the former ESPN radio host took a predictable and selective shot at SEC teams for not being among the leaders in championship Sunday participants.

Yawn. This is a lazy take from Kanell, and it’s not even completely accurate — Florida has eight players on the four rosters who played on championship Sunday.

But even if it was accurate, it’s another cherry-picked stat to make the SEC look worse than it is. In reality, the SEC is sending a NCAA-high 19 players to the Super Bowl. Two of them — South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery and Stephon Gilmore — made arguably the biggest plays of the game for their respective teams.

This is not Kanell’s best effort and, don’t be mistaken, it won’t be his last either.

Multiple former West Virginia players headed to Super Bowl with Philadelphia Eagles

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:21 PM

West Virginia football fans will have plenty to cheer about in two weeks if the Philadelphia Eagles capture their first ever Super Bowl Championship.

Four former Mountaineers — Shelton Gibson, Rasul Douglas, Najee Goode and Wendell Smallwood — will be playing in Minneapolis, all with Philadelphia.

It is the first trip to the Super Bowl for all four players. Douglas and Gibson are in their first season in the NFL after being drafted by the Eagles this past spring. Goode is the longest tenured of the four players, having been in the league since 2012.

West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen joined in on social media in congratulating the four.

The Eagles are looking for their first Super Bowl win in franchise history. Philadelphia was defeated in its lone Super Bowl appearance during the 2004 season, also against the New England Patriots.

Stanford QB Keller Chryst to leave program as graduate transfer

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 5:04 PM

Keller Chryst began the 2017 season as Stanford’s starting quarterback but eventually was overpassed by redshirt freshman K.J. Costello. With Costello firmly entrenched in that job for 2018, Chryst is looking to complete his career somewhere else as a graduate transfer.

Chryst threw for 1,901 yards and 19 touchdowns for the Cardinal in three seasons, including 937 yards and 8 TDs last season. He threw for a career-high 258 yards and 3 TDs in a 2016 win at Oregon.

Costello threw for 1,598 yards and 14 TDs with 3 rushing scores in 2017, his best effort a 4-TD performance against Notre Dame on Nov. 25.

Recruiting analyst: NCAA ‘failed’ Billy Preston, Kansas through lack of ruling

Published: Sunday, January 21, 2018 @ 4:53 PM

The Billy Preston era of Kansas basketball ended before it even started on Saturday when it was announced that the freshman had signed with a Bosnian professional team.

The rivals 5-star prospect never started in a regular season game after he was suspended due to an ongoing investigation by the NCAA regarding an on-campus car accident during the opening week of the 2017-18 season.

At at least one analyst believes the lengthy investigation was a disservice to the former McDonald’s All-American.

Rivals.com recruiting analyst Eric Bossi wrote that the NCAA failed Preston by failing to rule a decision on the investigation in a timely manner.

“Enough time has passed that there’s no reasonable explanation for why a decision regarding Preston’s eligibility was never rendered. Guilty or not guilty, at some point the NCAA owed a yes or no answer to Preston. Instead it essentially held him, his family and Kansas hostage to the situation.”

Kansas head coach Bill Self said in a statement Saturday that he was “disappointed” Preston never had the chance to experience the thrill of college basketball competition. He commended Preston on his positive attitude amid the situation.

Kansas fans and players alike will now only be left wondering what could have been at Allen Fieldhouse had Preston received a ruling before leaving the program.

The Jayhawks return to action with a road trip to Oklahoma on Tuesday. The Sooners are riding their first losing streak of the season after suffering defeats to Kansas State and Oklahoma State this past week.