News of the day, 2/21
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 Auburn blog on the 'net.
FRANKIE SULLIVAN, G
6-1, 185, R.C. Hatch High
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.