A TEXAS PANHANDLER
You might expect a typical recruiting trip for Brooklyn College coach Ron Kestenbaum to consist of a walk down the street to the nearest pickup game. New York City is so rich in basketball talent that even after the bigger schools have skimmed the best players off the top, there should be enough left over to fill the Brooklyn roster with local talent.
So how is it that 10 of Brooklyn's 15 players (including two redshirts) are from Texas? "We've always tried to recruit in this area, but there's as much undiscovered talent in Texas as there is here," said Kestenbaum.
Maybe, but the imports have not brought many victories to Brooklyn so far. The Kingsmen went 7-21 last season, though they are off to a better start this year. They were 4-4 at the end of last week.
Life off the court has had its tribulations for the Texans, too. Forward Mark Hayward of Arlington has had is car stolen twice. The 1976 Chevy Nova was also broken into another time, and Hayward found it with its windows smashed and a tire flat. He drove a friend's car over to the Nova, fixed the flat, and as he was putting the jack back in the friend's car, a man jumped into the Chevy and tried to steal it again. Then there's center Rafael Solis of El Paso, who was sitting in a car with his mother on her first visit to New York when two plainclothes policemen suddenly drew their guns on the driver of the car behind them.
"She told me that if I didn't want to go to school here, it was O.K. to come home right now," Solis said.
Even though New York hasn't exactly rolled out the welcome mat for the Texans, they don't feel they've been given a bum steer. Hayward's biggest complaint is that he can't find good chicken fried steak in Brooklyn. And Solis loves the fact that "when you want to get a game up, all you have to do is walk down to the park and there's always a lot of hoops going on."
Arkansas coach Nolan Richardson said no thanks to Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton's proposal for a series between the two teams. Richardson hasn't forgotten the slight he suffered in the early '80s, when he was the Tulsa coach and Sutton was at the helm at Arkansas. "I'm not going to play Coach Sutton, and I'll tell you why," Richardson said. " Coach Sutton would not play me home and home when I was at Tulsa."...
Three Providence players—starting point guard Corey Floyd and reserves Ken McDonald and Marvin Saddler—were given one-game suspensions by the NCAA for their part in a fight during a game with Rhode Island last week. Admirably, Providence put more teeth in the punishment by suspending the players for two more games, against Manhattan and No. 4-ranked Arizona....