Friday, June 30, 2000
UH basketball coach Riley Wallace said the NBA Draft system needs a major overhaul -- and league commissioner David Stern doesn't have to look too far for a good model.
Wallace cool on the draft
"Maybe they should do it like baseball does," Wallace said.
He likes how freshmen and sophomores are not allowed to be drafted out of college in baseball.
"Picking guys out of high school is OK, because they might not have the grades for college," Wallace said. "But once they start college, staying there for awhile might make sense."
"We saw at the Final Four how diluted the college field is getting because so many guys are coming out early. It's probably going to get worse."
Wallace left Hawaii last night for a short vacation that will be followed by summer recruiting for 2001-2002, beginning July 7 in Los Angeles.
After returning July 14, he leaves again July 22-30 to see more tournaments and camps in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.
Assistant coach Scott Rigot will scout the Nike camp in Indianapolis starting July 7. Assistant Jackson Wheeler also hits the recruiting trail, July 13.
Wallace said this is the last year the NCAA will permit recruiting at privately run camps.
"But they'll still have them and find ways to get around it," Wallace said. "I got a letter this week from a camp offering to send me tapes for $150 or $200."
He said he didn't respond.
"I don't know if it's legal," Wallace said. "And I don't plan on finding out."
Three HonoredAndy Nishioka (3.41 grade-point average), Lisa De Rossi (3.31) and Denise Parreira (3.21) of UH were named to the 1999-2000 Women's All-Academic Team released by the American Water Polo Coaches Association.
UH was also recognized with a team GPA of 2.90.
Here and thereFormer UH basketball star Anthony Carter, who helped the Miami Heat to the NBA Eastern Conference semifinals, may be back to visit in August and hold a clinic. ... Geremy Robinson, who completed his UH career last spring, is trying out for the FILA Summer League in Los Angeles..... Current Rainbows Carl English and Phil Martin have both made Canada's 22-And-Under National Team. ... Senior-to-be forwards Lane O'Connor and Troy Ostler are headed home to Vancouver, Wash., and West Valley City, Utah, for the rest of the summer after finishing first-session summer school and playing part of the NCAA Summer League. ... The 2000 Rainbow Summer Baseball Camp has three more sessions beginning later this month for ages 7-18. Call 956-6247 for information.
By Dave Reardon, Star-Bulletin