"My rule was I wouldn't recruit a kid if he had grass in front of his house.
That's not my world. My world was a cracked sidewalk." —Al McGuire

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Al's Run......and actual updates on the program

There is no truth to the rumor that the Cracked Sidewalks staff is actively refusing to post news and opinion about Marquette hoops until the new stretch goal for Al's Run is met.

Of course, if we could collectively get to that lofty $2,750 donation level, the world would be a better place and kids in need would get even more help through the wonderful programs at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (subliminal message......the tip jar is hungry, very hungry. fill the tip jar and warm your hearts).

OK, back to Marquette basketball.

More on McMorrow
The Toronto Star checks in on the tallest Canadian to ever earn a scholarship at Marquette University, Liam McMorrow. McMorrow will be redshirted this year and retain three years of collegiate eligibility. What an amazing story -- the kid didn't even play hoops two years ago. Luckily for MU, he won't play competitively this year either.

The 'Help Wanted' signs are still out for the program.
Coach Buzz Williams remains active on the recruiting front, apparently set on adding more high-ceiling talent to the roster beginning next season. The prospect generating the greatest interest on the boards of late is 6'4" shooting guard Michael Snaer. Snaer, who hails from California, is one of the top 15 players in the country for the class of 2009, and will visit Milwaukee this weekend.

Snaer is down to Marquette, Missouri, Florida State, UCLA, KU and Stanford. He visited Tallahassee and Columbia earlier this month. (Edit: thanks to BMA725 for his real-time updates.)

In addition to Snaer, Marquette remains involved with a pair of highly sought after big men, seven-foot JUCO center Jerrid Famous and 6'9" Turkish strongman Deniz Kilicli. Famous is hearing from UConn, MU, Mizzou and OkState, while the skilled Kilicli recently fielded an offer from Kentucky. No word on visits from these fellas (or several others, we'd wager) just yet.

How is the team looking?
Todd Rosiak offers candid reviews of a recent open gym session at The Al, and provides good news on the long, slow recovery of David Cubillan.

Finally, congratulations to Joe Krysiak and his bride Pam!
Joe and Pam were married last weekend. Below is a photo from the wedding that includes a few faces you might recognize (left to right: John Wolf, Joe Nethen, Jim McIlvaine, Joe Krysiak, Jeff Zavada, Tommy LaChance)

Finally, legendary basketball coach Al McGuire will be inducted into the inaugural class of the Belmont Abbey College Athletics Hall of Fame on October 2. Coach Al was obviously a no-brainer in the selection process -- just like it should be a no-brainer for everybody to pitch in and help us meet our fundraising target of $2,750 in support of Al's Run. Every little bit helps!

(subliminal message......the tip jar is hungry, very hungry. fill the tip jar and warm your hearts).

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