July has come and gone. And just like every summer, there were movers and shakers who will impact the rankings. Then there were the lesser-regarded guys who came out of nowhere to make their move. With that in mind, we take a look back at the month of July.
This one is kind of a no-brainer, but the CIA Bounce and Wiggins taking down Randle and the Team Texas Titans had to be the game of the summer. The game featured a big-time performance from Wiggins, a valiant effort from Randle late after a slow start and commanding performances from Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Matt Jones. It didn't hurt that the game went into overtime and the momentum turned several times before the CIA Bounce finally took home a hard-earned victory.
If you cover summer hoops long enough, you learn to always expect the unexpected. That's what happened when the Compton Magic and Urban DFW butted heads during a playoff game at the Super 64. With emotions running high, a minor scuffle broke out with less than five minutes to go. By the time the refs had settled things, every player from each bench had been ejected and the two initial on-floor combatants had been tossed. As a result, the final minutes of the game served as a four-on-four contest won by Urban DFW.
The NCAA made a well-intentioned move during the spring/summer of 2012 to change the recruiting calendar. Looking back, some of it worked and some of it didn't. The good is that coaches can now get out for a few weekends in April to see prospects play with their grassroots teams at events. It was also a great idea to cut down the two 10-day periods in July.
However, as it turns out, replacing them with three 96-hour live periods could still use some tweaking. The three 5 p.m. Wednesday to 5 p.m. Sunday periods were mostly booed by players, coaches and event organizers because of the drain of travel and scheduling issues.
The NCAA deserves credit for making the changes for 2012 and hopefully it will continue to make changes. After talking with several players and coaches, my suggestion would be that the NCAA also open up a weekend in May (Memorial Day seems like an easy pick) and then cut down to two periods (with Wednesday being live the entire day, not just starting at 5 p.m.) during July.