For some time now we’ve watched Steve Vasturia, the babyfaced assassin, known in some parts as White Steve, perform a wide array of incredible feats. From his widely renowned corner three accuracy (especially in clutch situations), being one of the best defensive players on the floor, and all the way down to his lesser known ability to take the ball to the hoop and score the game winning bucket. Yes, we’ve even seen him dunk on some fools.
Now, Steve gets a little more of the national recognition he deserves. As reported by UND.com, Steve Vasturia will represent the University of Notre Dame in the 2016 Reese’s Division 1 College All-Star Game. Heads up - the game takes place today 6:30 pm EST, as part of Reese’s Final Four Friday, which is held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. You can watch on the CBS Sports Network.
Steve is one of 21 NCAA Division 1 seniors who will participate in the all star game. Joining him on the All-Stars East team - coached by Georgia Tech coach Josh Pastner - is fellow ACC combatant London Perrantes of the Virginia Cavaliers. Tad Boyle, Colorado Head Coach, will lead the West. A fitting end for a spectacular career for Steve Vasturia.
Athlon Ranks College Football’s Starting QBs, 1-130
A comprehensive and exhaustive (or exhausting) list, indeed. No worries, I skimmed it for you. Brandon Wimbush, the assumed starter for the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish come September 2, shows up at number 30 on the list. A generous placement for an unknown quantity, but I think we all feel good about Wimbush’s upside, Athlon is no exception.
Known quantities and past standouts sit atop the list, with 1-5 reading like this: Lamar Jackson of Louisville, Sam Darnold of USC, Baker Mayfield of Oklahoma, J.T. Barrett of Ohio State, and Jake Browning of Washington. Wimbush certainly has a chance to surprise plenty of folks this year, but only time will tell. For the full list as well as the reasoning behind every pick, check out Athlon here.
Basketball Isn’t Quite Over Yet
Even when your team is out, there is still plenty of reason to get involved in the happenings of college basketball. There are two that piqued my interest that happened this week, especially.
A few weeks ago I touched on the state of college basketball in Indiana, and it was looking bleak for the in-state blue blood and fellow Crossroads Classic participant Indiana Hoosiers. Well, things are looking up in Bloomington. Indiana introduced former Dayton Flyers coach Archie Miller as head coach this week, and apparently it’s so far so good. Miller brings an impressive streak of success with him to Indiana, which included a run to the Elite Eight in 2014. Notre Dame will face Indiana in next year’s Crossroads Classic.
Elsewhere in Indiana basketball, Purdue coach Matt Painter’s right-hand man, Jack Owens, has found gainful employment just south of Dayton in Oxford, Ohio. He was named head coach for Miami University, leaving Purdue after nine years, six of which his title was associate head coach. Where Indiana gets stronger, the Purdue Boilermakers seemingly take a hit.
That’s all for this Friday’s link roundup. Time to get that last nagging bit of work done so you can enter the Final Four weekend ready to enjoy some high caliber basketball.