07 April 2008
Back to back whammies for the point guard position at the Capstone this weekend.
First, the news that Ronald Steele has decided to test the draft waters
. According to his father, if Steele is projected in the first round, he'll go to the NBA. Otherwise, he's back for his senior season at the Capstone. It seems unlikely that Steele will go in the first round, barring some sort of miracle being worked at a pre-draft evaluation. You'd have to be desperate to take a chance on a guy who hasn't looked healthy in a couple of years.
Add to that the fairly deep PG pool for the draft (Derrick Rose, Jerryd Bayless and Eric Gordon are all predicted in the top 10), and it seems likely Ron will be playing in Coleman next year.
However, on Sunday, Mark Gottfried announced that he was suspending Rico Pickett
indefinitely. That was bad.. and then Rico's dad told the Decatur Daily
“He told them that he wanted to leave. They told him they weren’t going to release him. This is their way of fighting back, saying that he is suspended for academic reasons,” his father said. “He has the same grades that he has had since he has been at Alabama.”
Added Pickett’s father, “He is transferring. That is a fact. You heard it from me.”
Ugh. Pickett showed real promise this year in some limited action. He showed flashes of being an excellent point guard - even if he'd spent time in the Coach's doghouse. A season spent spelling Steele meant that he'd learn bunches and give Steele a chance to play back into shape. Now, it likely means another year of Brandon Hollinger seeing serious playing time at both the 1 and the 2.