Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Isaiah Whitehead to remain in NBA Draft

With NBA Draft's early entry deadline hours away, Isaiah Whitehead has opted to remain in consideration, ending his career at Seton Hall. (Photo courtesy of Newsday)

The decision has been made, and for Seton Hall fans, it is not the one they were hoping for.

Isaiah Whitehead, who led the Pirates to their first Big East championship since 1993 and first NCAA Tournament since 2006, has hired an agent and will remain in the NBA Draft, opting to forgo his final two seasons of eligibility.

First confirmed by Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Whitehead's future had been a hot topic for the past week following his stellar showing at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. The Brooklyn native wowed several NBA scouts, and has continued to schedule workouts with teams during the draft process, including one with the Indiana Pacers on June 2 that was reported by SNY's Adam Zagoria, and upheld his intentions late Tuesday night via Twitter.






According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, who has covered Whitehead since his career took flight at Lincoln High School in Coney Island, the guard has signed with Andy Miller of ASM Sports. Miller, who will also represent Syracuse's Malachi Richardson, boasts a list of clients that reads like a Who's Who of NBA talent, counting the likes of Kevin Garnett, Kyle Lowry, Serge Ibaka and Kristaps Porzingis among those in his stable.

Braziller further reports that Whitehead and his family decided Friday that he would remain in the draft after heavily debating both sides of the decision throughout the week. The news comes on the same day in which two of his Big East counterparts announced they would withdraw from the draft, as Xavier's Trevon Bluiett and Villanova's Josh Hart are both returning to their respective programs.

In Seton Hall's 25-9 season, Whitehead averaged 18.2 points and 5.1 assists en route to being named a first team all-Big East selection. Currently the No. 58 selection in Draft Express' mock draft, he would be the first Pirate to have his name called since Eddie Griffin and Samuel Dalembert were both first-round selections in 2001.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monmouth non-conference schedule podcast with Josh Newman

Tweeted earlier tonight, here is the podcast I recorded with Josh Newman of the Asbury Park Press, which breaks down Monmouth's non-conference schedule, released Monday afternoon:

Quinnipiac front line grows stronger entering an opportunity for redemption

Going into junior season, Chaise Daniels has already made great strides at Quinnipiac, and head coach Tom Moore is hopeful that he can continue upward mobility among Bobcat forwards. (Photo courtesy of Quinnipiac University Athletics)

For every bit of good their guards have done over the years, if there is one thing that Quinnipiac has come to be known for under Tom Moore, it is the physical front line that the Bobcats have sent out onto the hardwood year after year, leading the charge in their aggressive rebounding tactics.

Just think of the great forwards that have come out of Hamden since Moore took over the former Division II program in 2007. Names like Justin Rutty, Ike Azotam, and Ousmane Drame, players that; although not household names at the national level, echo through the New England basketball landscape like a Who's Who of the mid-major level.

This season, a new group of big men have already laid their names into the cement hoping to etch their own imprint on the legacy authored before them, and will seek to take the next steps toward enhancing their respective marks.

"The lessons they learned this year, some of them were hard lessons, but they battled really hard," Moore said of a frontcourt led by soon-to-be junior Chaise Daniels. "They showed a lot of positives and did quite a few things that, as a coaching staff, we're really, really excited about what they will do now with a year under their belt in primary roles."

Daniels, whom Moore has raved about since the day he stepped on the York Hill campus, was Quinnipiac's third-leading scorer last season, averaging nearly ten points and just over six rebounds per game. Of even greater significance is the fact that he returned to top form immediately following a knee injury that shelved him through the early part of the Bobcats' non-conference schedule. Freshman Abdulai Bundu showed just as much of an impact in his rookie season, going for better than seven points and six rebounds per contest in a first-year campaign that saw him take on greater responsibilities as the season went on. Along with junior college transfer Donovan Smith, (7.2 points and 5.8 rebounds per game of his own) Moore now has a three-headed monster that can rival preseason Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference favorites Monmouth and Siena among the more superior interiors in the league.

"I think those two, (Chaise and Abdulai) and Donovan Smith, we're expecting quite a bit from right now," said Moore. "I'm very excited about them, where they are in their growth and their challenge. Their work ethic, I'm really happy with."

"I do think there are some terrific frontcourts in the MAAC, but I think they should look at themselves as somebody who can compete to be one of the better frontcourts in the MAAC," he elaborated, "not just because of their experience and their talent, but the opportunity that's ahead of them as well."

Friday, May 20, 2016

Canisius head coach Jim Baron announces retirement


Jim Baron announced retirement Friday after four years at Canisius and 29 years as a head coach. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)

Canisius College will have a new head coach for the first time since 2012, as Jim Baron announced his retirement Friday morning, following four seasons at the helm of the Golden Griffins.

The news was first reported by Shawn Stepner of WKBW-TV in Buffalo, and soon confirmed by a Canisius official. A press conference will be held at 1:30 p.m. this afternoon to formally announce Baron's departure.

The 62-year-old Baron replaced Tom Parrotta in 2012, and went 73-61 in his tenure, guiding the Griffs to three consecutive postseason appearances before finishing 14-19 last season. Associate head coach Pat Clarke will serve as interim head coach until a permanent successor is named.

Baron compiled an overall record of 462-430, also coaching at Saint Francis University, St. Bonaventure and Rhode Island before arriving at Canisius. During his stint with the Griffs, his youngest son, Billy, developed into an all-conference point guard and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Player of the Year in the 2013-14 season.

The sudden retirement comes after Baron, who had signed a contract extension immediately following the MAAC tournament and Canisius' loss to eventual conference champion Iona, returned from a trip to Europe to watch his sons compete in Belgium. The coach cited a desire to spend more time with his family. Both Jimmy and Billy Baron play for the same team overseas.

More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Whitehead to postpone draft decision

Originally scheduled to make announcement on his future yesterday, Isaiah Whitehead will instead wait as he continues to work out for NBA teams and weigh his decision. (Photo courtesy of the New York Post)

As Tom Petty once said, "the waiting is the hardest part."

Seton Hall fans are now experiencing that foreboding lyric firsthand, as sophomore guard Isaiah Whitehead has decided to postpone his impending announcement on whether he will remain in South Orange next season, or bypass his two remaining years of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.

Exactly when Whitehead will declare his future plans is still up in the air. The Brooklyn guard tweeted on Wednesday that a verdict would be reached on May 24. However, ESPN's Jeff Goodman would later report that the announcement would be made the following day, stating that Whitehead and his mother, Ericka Rambert, "needed more time" to fully analyze the pros and cons of the draft process.









Whitehead had been scheduled to work out for the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics, but scrapped those workouts to both nurse a sore hamstring and continue to receive more feedback following his impressive turn at last week's NBA Draft Combine in Chicago.

At this point, despite the conflicting reports on both ends of the spectrum, the future is still largely uncertain, with the New York Post's Zach Braziller reporting that a source close to the budding superstar said he had "no idea what will happen."

The Most Outstanding Player in the Big East Tournament after helping Seton Hall emerge from Madison Square Garden victorious for the first time since 1993, Whitehead is still slated to work out for the Chicago Bulls on Monday, and will most likely make his decision shortly thereafter.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tom Moore reflects on last season, admits much at stake for Quinnipiac in 2016-17

Following an uncharacteristic 9-21 season, Tom Moore has put last season's struggles behind him at Quinnipiac, where he is hopeful for a reversal of fortune with a more seasoned roster next year. (Photo courtesy of Vincent Simone via Big Apple Buckets)

When you're a coach who has been accustomed to winning, and winning consistently, for over two decades, a nine-win season can be an unnerving dose of culture shock.

So it was for Tom Moore and Quinnipiac last year, as the Bobcats sought to reclaim their spot in the top half of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference after each of their four leading scorers in the 2014-15 season graduated. But for all the promise and upside prevalent in Hamden, the results were unfortunately not as abundant as those in the program had hoped when all was said and done.

"It was obviously a disappointing season," Moore lamented, putting to rest what had been an unusual experience for the longtime assistant to Jim Calhoun at the University of Connecticut, where he had helped deliver a pair of national championships before building his own successful program at Quinnipiac. "It's the first year myself and my staff have really ever experienced losing that much. We've been fortunate that if we had a sub-.500 season, it's been one game under."

"There were quite a few things that contributed to us being as ineffective offensively as we were," he said of the Bobcats' maladies with the ball in their hands, "and the shame of it is that for, I think three-quarters of the season, it really undercut what was a really good defensive team and a really good rebounding team."

Quinnipiac remained true to itself on the defensive end with its aggressive rebounding principles, and their philosophy did indeed keep them in the majority of their contests through Moore's ninth season at the helm. However, the youth that the coach was hopeful would make their mark while tasked with the responsibility of replacing first team all-MAAC talents in Ousmane Drame and Zaid Hearst, as well as role players in Evan Conti and Justin Harris, proved to be more of a factor than anticipated in the Bobcats' growing pains.

"I knew there was going to be a lot of pressure on our sophomore class just because we lost the four seniors from the year before," said Moore. "I was hopeful that that sophomore class would take a big step up in production and maturity with the opportunity that was ahead of them."

Even in adversity, though, there were noticeable bright spots.

"I thought Chaise Daniels did as best as you can expect," Moore said, heaping praise on his burgeoning forward, "especially when he lost about five games to a knee injury in the middle of the year. I thought James Ford did a nice job for us defensively and leadership-wise, but he was the only real seasoned sort of veteran in our program that was playing meaningful minutes."

Ford has since graduated, and point guard Giovanni McLean; who was approved for a final year of eligibility by the NCAA, will transfer elsewhere as a graduate student, Quinnipiac announced on Tuesday via Twitter.





Despite the losses, Quinnipiac still returns nearly all of their major rotation players up front, and will lean on sharpshooter Daniel Harris to anchor a transitioning backcourt in a season that Moore admits he is eager to see unfold, although he is aware of what is at stake for the program.

"I think the main thing is we have to get more of our swagger back internally," he revealed. "There's no way of sugarcoating it: When you have a losing season, you lose some of that. There's going to be a lot more pressure on me as a head coach and on my staff to make sure we instill that, but also on the older guys to be really on top of their game on and off the court as far as establishing that."

"There are a lot of things at stake with us, because we entered the league a lot higher than people thought," he warned. "We came in through the front door and didn't crawl in through the bottom, and then in year three, we finished lower than we would have thought. We have to first find ourselves this year. This will be our fourth season, (in the MAAC) and I'm excited about going through it."

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Isaiah Whitehead to make announcement regarding his future on Thursday

After an impressive NBA Draft Combine, Isaiah Whitehead is set to announce Thursday whether he will remain in draft or return to Seton Hall for his junior season. (Photo courtesy of Fox Sports)

The deadline for underclassmen to decide whether to remain in the NBA Draft is one week from Wednesday.

Seton Hall fans, however, will find out the result of their important decision six days prior.

Following a performance in last week's NBA Draft Combine that impressed many pro scouts, Isaiah Whitehead will ultimately announce on Thursday if he will remain in South Orange for his junior season, or take his burgeoning talents to the professional level.

"Will make a decision on May 19th whether or not to stay in the draft," the Coney Island guard and Big East Tournament Most Outstanding Player tweeted Sunday afternoon. "Overall, had an unbelievable experience at the NBA Draft Combine. Thanks for having me and making a dream come true."

Whitehead, whose tour de force at Madison Square Garden this past March led Seton Hall to its first Big East championship since 1993 and first NCAA Tournament since 2006, is projected as the 58th overall pick in next month's NBA Draft by DraftExpress, which puts him at the tail end of the second round.

However, after having already met with at least ten teams over the past week, with additional workouts yet to come, he insists that he will forgo his final two years of eligibility if promised that he will be a first-round selection.
"Oh yeah, 100 percent," Whitehead told SNY's Adam Zagoria at the combine when asked if he would sign with an agent under the proviso that a team guaranteed to take him in the opening round. "You can't give up opportunities like that."

Whitehead's next workout comes on Monday with the Philadelphia 76ers, who presently have three first-round selections, and could win the NBA Draft Lottery for the No. 1 overall pick. According to Zach Braziller of the New York Post, Whitehead will also showcase his skills for the Indiana Pacers, Boston Celtics and Chicago Bulls in the coming days.

Should he return to school, Seton Hall will almost certainly be ranked in the Top 25 to start the season, as the Pirates would return everyone except graduating senior Derrick Gordon to a team that won 25 games last season under head coach Kevin Willard. Without him, though, Seton Hall will still be projected among the top tier of the Big East next season, with fellow juniors-to-be Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, Khadeen Carrington and Ismael Sanogo leading the way as the Pirates look to defend their Big East crown.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Pink Whistle: Hoop Heaven Spring League

BY RAY FLORIANI

Allendale, NJ - The return to action after the completion of a busy winter of officiating and coverage. The Hoop Heaven Spring League utilizes the Hoop Heaven facility in Waldwick, NJ, as well as several locations around Bergen County. Late April saw four games, three of them girls’ games, all contested at Brookside School in Allendale, NJ.

April 21: Allendale 26, Gryphon 16
I do not know what Gryphon is or stands for. They are a sixth-grade team from Bergen County in Northern New Jersey. Here they are facing Allendale, playing in their home gym at Brookside School.

I have often noted how I am against teams at this level pressing the entire game. It is better to learn the game, especially on defense, at half court. Allendale pressures, but utilizes it like a blitz in football, not for the whole game but as an element of surprise.

The script is repeated several times. Gryphon trails and uses their size to get it to a one-possession affair. Allendale pressures and gets the lead back to double digits. The pressure plus sound dribble penetration on offense are too much for Gryphon to overcome.

Allendale finishes a solid win. In their defense, Gryphon set solid, fundamentally sound screens. Commend the coach on her team setting better screens than some high school teams. She enjoyed the compliment, but went on to list the things her club needed to work on. Every group has that list. Some longer than others.

Ring City 34, Hoop Dreamz 28
The teams are warming up. Coach Billy Armstrong is watching his eighth-grade Hoop Dreamz club from center court. Billy is one of my favorite coaches to work for. He played for Bob McKillop at Davidson in the late nineties, and to this day, speaks regularly with his former coach. To no surprise, he employs the Davidson offense, tailored to the level of eighth-grade girls.

Upon saying hello, I mention to Armstrong his alma mater edged mine in the Atlantic 10 tournament. “What school?,” he asked. “St.Bonaventure,” I replied. Armstrong noted he was at that game.  I mentioned I was as well, on press row covering a heartbreaking yet thrilling contest. “Hey,” he said. “Your (Marcus) Posley kid could play.” My reply: “Your Jack Gibbs did quite the job as well.”

Perception: I spent a few minutes with Armstrong and you do not know if the opposition’s parents and/or coach notice. To devote ‘equal time,’ I introduce myself to the Ring coach and chat briefly about her team before wishing the best of luck. Perception can be huge in officiating.

Early in the game as Hoop Dreamz runs their offense, I think back to that Bonaventure-Davidson game. Quick reminder to myself: Put that Friday night at Barclays behind, as there is a competitive game here demanding 100 percent effort and concentration.
Hoop Dreamz leads by four at the half. In the second half, Ring City abandons the dribble handoff offense to go into an attack-the-basket mode. That seems to ignite Ring City, as they post a hard fought 34-28 victory.

Armstrong exchanges postgame pleasantries with us, the Ring City coach and team. After meeting with his team briefly, he is on the way out. A stickler of fundamentals, Armstrong had to be upset over two deciding factors. One, the inability to close out on Ring City’s No. 13, who buried three second-half three-pointers; the other, several unforced turnovers, very uncharacteristic of Armstrong’s teams. Rest assured those points would be addressed at the next practice.  

April 28: Allendale 19, Saints 15

The Saints hail from Essex County. St. Catherine of Siena, based in Cedar Grove and a school for whom I have enjoyed working better than two decades, is involved in several spring leagues. On this night, they have made the trip to the Hoop Heaven League with a game in Allendale. The sixth-grade competition has the Saints up against Allendale Travel. The Saints coach, a personable lady in her forties, puts the team through a few pregame offensive sets. The Saints use their size to build an early 8-2 lead. Allendale has only five players at the start. Gradually, the latecomers arrive. With girls also playing in soccer and softball leagues in the spring, late arrivals are more the norm. The addition of the additional players allows Allendale to regroup and close out the half with a one-point lead.  

The second half sees Allendale, as they did last week, use the press as an element of surprise. The pressure allows the home team to maintain a lead. The Saints have difficulty on defense stopping Allendale’s penetration. The visitors incur a number of reach-in fouls. The game is aggressive, with players sometimes hitting the deck. Coaches are looking for a call on every sequence. Bottom line: They are competing, we as officials are taking care of business, and basketball is a physical game. Allendale is far from perfect from the line in the stretch. They hit enough to keep the Saints at bay and close out the win.

After the game, both the winning and losing coaches do commend us for our work. Our scorer suggests the tape of this game might not end up in Springfield. At any rate, the teams competed, which is what it’s all about.


Friday, April 29, 2016

Heather Vulin introduced as Manhattan women's basketball coach

Flanked by Manhattan College president Brennan O'Donnell and athletic director Marianne Reilly, Heather Vulin is introduced as Jaspers' new women's basketball coach. (Photo courtesy of Manhattan College Athletics)

Manhattan College christened the latest chapter in its women's basketball program Friday morning, officially welcoming Heather Vulin to Riverdale as the eighth head coach in Jasper history.

"I'm so thankful and honored for this amazing opportunity that Manhattan College has given me," said Vulin in her introductory press conference inside Draddy Gymnasium. "From the moment I walked on campus, I felt the energy and the commitment to make Manhattan College the best it can be from everyone I met with."

Vulin replaces John Olenowski, whose contract was not renewed after guiding Manhattan to a 12-win improvement in his seventh season at the helm last year, finishing 15-16 and advancing to the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference tournament. The Jaspers' new shepherd is no stranger to success in the Division I coaching ranks, having spent 16 years as an assistant, first at North Dakota State before spending six years on the staff of Ed Swanson at Sacred Heart and seven more with the legendary Harry Perretta at Villanova. Most recently, Vulin was an assistant coach at Virginia Tech, where she helped lead a seven-win improvement in Blacksburg as the Hokies accepted a bid to the Women's National Invitation Tournament. In her tenure as an assistant, Vulin's teams enjoyed winning campaigns in all but two of those 16 seasons.

"I'm not afraid to say our goal here at Manhattan College is to win a MAAC championship," she said moments after describing herself as an "incredibly competitive person."

"More importantly, we'll do things the right way, and we won't cut corners," she continued. "We will not sacrifice character and integrity for short-term success."

Vulin inherits a roster that, although losing five seniors to graduation, remains a competitive unit, as reigning MAAC Defensive Player of the Year Amani Tatum and rim protector Kayla Grimme return for their junior seasons, as do perimeter threats Nyasha Irizarry and Taylor Williams.

"I think right now, this team really wants to win," Vulin told the Jasper Sports Network's Christian Heimall shortly after her official welcome to the Manhattan community. "With what we have returning, I'm really excited, because a lot of times when you get an opportunity, it's because the program's not in good shape. I'm very blessed that we have our top three scorers coming back, and obviously Amani's defensive presence and Kayla's blocks."

"It's surreal," she admitted of the whirlwind experience that now culminates in her first career head coaching opportunity. "It's overwhelming, but it's just extra rewarding because it was worth the wait."

Sunday, April 17, 2016

A magnificent, and lucky, seven years now in the books

Over 141 games, some memories stand out more than others. Stony Brook's long-awaited America East championship win was just one of many this past season. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Daly)

It is once again April 17, which may be just a typical day in the lives of most people, but to the braintrust behind this site, it is a symbolic day.

A day of celebration, one where I just have to stand from a distance and marvel at what has taken shape over the years, what came to be in the executive offices of WSJU Radio now seven years ago today.

This site has taken on a cult-like following over the years, and for those of you who are regulars in this space, you already know the significance of April 17. For those who are more casual observers of our content, please allow me to give a little background.

On April 17, 2009, this site was born late on a Friday afternoon, getting its start as a generic sports update blog with no real niche. A hiatus or two later, coupled with a desire to remain in the college basketball landscape in case my broadcasting career fell flat on its face, which it thankfully has not, saw a reborn outlet, one committed to establishing a brand for itself in and around the New York area.

Credentialed work produced while covering St. John's soon led to Brian Beyrer of Iona becoming the first sports information director outside my alma mater to open his doors to this site, and I was able to play a small part in helping tell the story of the Gaels as they received just the second NCAA Tournament at-large bid in MAAC history. Joe DiBari at Fordham followed suit. By the end of the 2012-13 season, nearly every school that was in the area and within close distance of mass transit, as those who know me well know that I work the MTA about as well as John Calipari works the one-and-done market, was within the Daly Dose Of Hoops sphere of influence. Here we stand seven years after a creation that was equal parts intended and spontaneous, and just about every program within a 50-mile radius has at least heard of the site; if not seen myself or my staff in person, and know of its three million-plus page views, and 3,200-plus Twitter following.

It's not about the numbers, though. It's about each and every one of you contributing to those numbers and making me a part of your season in some capacity. Without you, there is no me, and if you know anything about me, I make sure to interact with as many of you as possible, making you just as much a part of my experience. As a broadcaster at heart, one of the first things I was taught was to engage the audience. If I'm preaching to the choir and turning my back on the people that came to see me, where's the fun in that?

This past season broke records, and NCAA Tournament action in three local venues played a large role in getting me to 141 games when all was said and done. Although I saw some teams more often than others, I made sure to treat everyone with the utmost respect and professionalism possible. Over five months, the nights were long, the travel could probably land me an endorsement for Hotwire or Expedia or whatever other name you want to throw out there, and the lack of sleep was disturbing at times, but the experience was one that will not soon be forgotten.

Mike Lonergan, after not being able to bring a ladder across the court to cut the second of two nets, gets a boost from his team to further commemorate NIT championship. (Photo courtesy of Jaden Daly)

My exceptional staff deserves some credit for this season too, starting with Jason Schott and Patrick McCormack, who contributed as best they could with their hectic schedules. Of course, Ray Floriani's advanced stats added their own element to what we were able to bring you during the year, and his photographic work told more stories than any amount of words ever could. Josh Adams and Teddy Bailey also showed up with cameo appearances during the season, and I thank both of them for that as well. I was also fortunate to welcome two close friends aboard the ship this season, and I would be lost without both of them.

Norman Rose, who you may know from Rumble in the Garden, moved to Albany shortly before the season and became my point man for Siena coverage. In fact, Norman's MAAC Tournament coverage alongside me made this year's trip to Albany extremely gratifying from both a business standpoint and a desire to share as much of the experience as we could.

In December, I welcomed Jason Guerette, a colleague of mine in the broadcast booth at St. Francis Brooklyn and a longtime fellow Big East scribe, to the staff after New Jersey Newsroom went down. Immediately, Jason's five thoughts after every Seton Hall game gave us more of a presence in the Pirate community, and either or both of us were in the front row at the Prudential Center for every home game this year, which meant a lot considering it was a show of trust in our coverage by the Seton Hall administration.

I am also proud to announce that the Daly Dose staff will grow by at least one more next season, as Brandon Scalea will be joining the family as one of our MAAC contributors, most notably at his alma mater, Rider. Brandon does excellent work covering the Broncs for the Rider News and is a broadcaster in his own right much like I am, and I look forward to sharing his work in the near future, as well as that of anyone else interested in coming on board. I will probably not be able to pay just yet, but what I can offer is a chance to showcase your talents and give you exposure that can hopefully lead to something bigger and better. Send me an e-mail to dalydoseofhoops@gmail.com, and I will be more than happy to discuss it further.

They say you need to be impartial on press row, but admittedly, watching Seton Hall win the Big East championship live at Madison Square Garden just hours after watching Stony Brook finally slay the dragon and earn their first-ever NCAA Tournament berth out on Long Island, ranks among the most fulfilling nights of my career, right up there with calling Manhattan's MAAC championship last year. The icing on the cake came later in March when North Carolina, the team that got me hooked on college basketball when a young boy just months away from turning seven watched the 1993 national championship game for his baptism into the sport, won the East Regional with me there to watch it unfold from the Philadelphia Flyers' press box inside the Wells Fargo Center. I digress for a moment, and I apologize.

I cannot thank everyone with whom I have worked this past year enough, from all the coaches, players, administrators, and staff at each school I visited along the way, to my contemporaries in the media, and most importantly, to each and every one of you who reads what I put out there. As I always say, and I always say this because I mean it as humbly and truthfully as possible, your support means the world and all of you are much bigger parts of my life than you will ever know.

With seven years now in the books, I remain moved by all the adulation shown toward myself and this site. At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I offer yet another "thank you," and hope that until we meet again for our eighth season together in November, that God keeps you all firmly within the palm of His hand.

Enjoy the offseason, and I'll still be around to offer as much content as I can before the practices and the games start up again. Until then, and as a New York Rangers fan, I have no guilt in the following clip I'm about to post; considering it was played in the wake of the timeless 1994 Stanley Cup celebration, let me remind you all that you are simply the best.

Thank you for everything, my friends. Much love to all of you!

Jaden Daly
Founder and Managing Editor
A Daly Dose Of Hoops