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2.20.2008

News of the day, 2/21

Hey everyone. I finally had a chance to see signee Frankie Sullivan play ball today and, well, he is a stud. Check out my official HABOTN scouting report below.

Also, noted scheduling ace Tommy Tuberville shifted his spring schedule around again today. You can peep the revised schedule below. I think spring practices will be closed to the public, though I'll be planning to give you all pretty thorough coverage.

Thanks for perusing the HOTTEST Auburn blog on the 'net.

FRANKIE SULLIVAN, G
6-1, 185, R.C. Hatch High

Opponent: Lanett
Stat line: 26 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 blocks in 22 minutes
Scouting report: Calm player. Not a take-charge kind of scorer who demands the ball. He fits in with what's going on around him. Outstanding passer. He anticipates his teammates' movements and makes passes rarely seen from high-school players. Undisciplined shot selection could hamper scoring production against better opponents, though his mechanics are fine. Finishes well around the basket. He doesn't look as comfortable dribbling, though he changes pace frequently. He knows how to throw a defender off. He has a real presence on the court -- frequently talking with his teammates about ways to attack the defense. His defense was difficult to gauge today. He was the middle guy in a 1-3-1 scheme. Sullivan jumps quickly. He's able to apply that offensive anticipation to defense by stripping passes and blocking shots.

Strengths: Scoring, passing, emotional control, changing pace with dribbles.
Weaknesses: Shot selection, defensive intensity wasn't remarkable.

Summary: Reminds me of a more refined version of Frank Tolbert. Sullivan will be a slasher in college. Auburn wants him to be a point guard. I haven't seen enough to judge Sullivan's ability to handle point guard in the SEC. Alli Smalley, the women's guard, was a similar high-school player and has struggled to make the transition from HS 2 to SEC 1.

Auburn has moved up its spring start date to this Sunday.

Sunday Feb. 24 - approx 3:15 p.m. (helmets/sweats)
Tuesday Feb. 26 - 7 a.m. (helmets/sweats)
Thursday Feb. 28 - 7 a.m. (pads)
Friday Feb. 29 - 4 p.m.
Saturday March 1 - 10 a.m.
Sunday March 2 - 4 p.m.
Tuesday March 4 - 7 a.m.
Friday March 7 - 4 p.m.
Saturday March 8 - 10 a.m.
Tuesday March 11 - 7 a.m.
Friday March 14 - 4 p.m.
Sunday March 23 - 5 p.m.
Tuesday March 25 - 7 a.m.
Friday March 28 - 4 p.m. (helmets/sweats)
Saturday March 29 - A-Day – 1 p.m.

There is some talk going around that DT Tez Doolittle will apply for a sixth season of eligibility. Applying and receiving are two different things. There are two reasons why I don't think Doolittle will gain relief.

a.) The NCAA usually grants those exceptions only when a player deals with a recurring injury that compromises multiple seasons ... or some other overwhelmingly adverse situation. I feel for the kid. The NCAA isn't known for sentimentality.

2.) A torn Achilles tendon is a career-threatening injury for a DT, who puts incredible strain on that area every single play. I just don't see how Doolittle is going to be rehabilitated in time for the 2008 season. This is WAY beyond an ACL or MCL tear. I was there when the injury happened. I heard it snap. This wasn't a strain; this was the real deal. He'll be lucky to walk without a limp.

13 Comments:

Blogger scott from tucson said...

He sounds like someone we could use quite soon. Dismal end to the first half against Tennessee this evening. AU and foul trouble is never good. Does anyone other than cstv stream AU baksetball live on line?

9:08 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

Sorry, meant to say basketball...

9:08 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

I don't think anyone streams Auburn hoops online outside of the ISP operation at the athletic department's web page.

You all knew it was going to be a bludgeoning in Knoxville. That's the definition of a BAD MATCHUP for the Tigres de Lebo: Size, depth, Chris Lofton, good coach.

9:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jay, I was just wondering why you thought practices would be closed to the public? Is this due to the new coaches or is it a change in the open practice policy Coach TT has had in the past? Thanks for the info, love your blog.

9:48 PM  
Anonymous Phred said...

Man, we are just trying to make everyone nervous. Gotta hide the stealth technology.

10:26 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

The word from Auburn is that the practices are open to the media "until further notice," which gives me the impression that stuff will be closed to the public.

I'll work to get a more definitive answer tomorrow (Thursday).

11:47 PM  
Blogger scottie b in tennessee said...

yup. whoopin' in knoxville last nite. we actually hung with them for, um,....5 minutes or so. it got ugly late in the first half. we kept getting in the paint but missing short shots & layups over UT's bigger fellas. frank had a good game, though. i hope UT kills memphis.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did anyone see the story about the guy from Louisville getting kicked off the team for his arrest for robbing a convience store? "We do not tolerate that type of behavior in our football program," the school said in a statement. "Fortunately, no innocent bystanders were injured or harmed in the process." Too bad for him he didn't go to Alabama. He might have had to sit out a practice or something of the sort.

On a related topic, what is it with these young men robbing people? Do they seriously believe they will get away with it? I know the feeling of being a poor college student. When I was at Auburn I had no car so to get somewhere I either had to walk or rely on someone else which is hard when you would like to go home for a weekend and can't find someone to ride with there and back. I made do though. I never considered stealing a car, or robbing someone so I could eat a better meal or anything of that nature.

10:38 AM  
Anonymous Phred said...

the bammers say these poor kids are forced to do it.

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

These kids don't get paid to play college football. They have to fund their lifestyle somehow. Who are you to judge how they provide for themselves?

Oh wait. What they're doing is illegal.

Carry on.

2:54 PM  
Blogger scott from tucson said...

Then there are the two south carolina wideouts that just got busted for possession. From what i read, they wre sitting in a car with a cranked up stereo and the police officer approached to ask them to turn it down. Now that's just dumb and asking for it.

3:38 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

Playing the radio loudly while firing up a fatty has to be an episode of Dave Chappelle's "When Keeping It Real Goes Wrong."

4:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Would have to disagree about the injury to Doolittle. I tore my achilles that exact same way a year and a half ago and was back running 5 months after the surgery. Just for the record, I'm 43 and I don't walk with a limp... Well, maybe after one too many Miller Lites

4:30 PM  

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