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10/19/2006 03:04:00 AM
Extras, Extras (From Marquette)
The 'ol digital camera, which came in mighty handy during our tourney blogging days, was packed for the trip to Marquette this week. The real dirt on the Golden Eagles can be found in the Postcard that went up on the site today; random photos and extra nuggets are the basis for this post.
• At the top is the tip-off for a scrimmage in the Al McGuire Center, the state-of-the-art facility that opened in 2003 and -- along with membership in the Big East -- cemented Marquette's status as a major national program. The banner Tom Crean put up in the practice gym, which has padded walls and no windows, says, "The Star of the Team is the Team." Crean has signs everywhere; there was one over the urinals in the locker room that said -- to the best of my recollection -- "Fatigue is never an excuse."
• The next photo features Dominic James (left) and Wes Matthews, who are roommates and will star together in Marquette's backcourt. James says he, Matthews and fellow guard Jerel McNeal are inseparable; apparently Matthews and McNeal constantly play video games (most recently, NBA 2K7) while James provides the commentary. Dominic -- pronounced like Dominique -- says he's the kind of announcer who "lets you hear it when you're losing."
• The last shot is of one of the Dwyane Wade "altars" up around the Al. There was this trophy case, myriad items hanging on the wall and a giant image of D-Wade in his Heat gear hanging over the practice court. Marquette is even waiving its graduation requirement for jersey-retirement in order to honor him in February. You can't blame them for the semi-idolatry. As much as the McGuire Center is beautiful, Crean's greatest recruiting tool is probably the ability to tell a blue-chip prospect: "I coached Dwyane Wade."
• The Eagles have a rule in practice that there are no whistles on tie-ups. No jump balls, no alternating possessions -- the players just fight on the floor until someone comes out with the rock. McNeal and freshman guard David Cubillan went at it on Wednesday -- with Crean yelling to the rest of the team, "Spread out [from the scrap], it's going to come loose!" -- and McNeal won despite being put in a full headlock.
Readers: Want to discuss the Golden Eagles? Fire away in the comments section.
I dont understand how arguebly the nations best point gaurd was not good to enough to make the list for best back courts. Iunderstand he is not the entire back court, but wow! I really see less and less of a need for so call experts got any sport. But hey what do I know I only watch like every else