Thursday, October 30, 2008

Darrell Moody on Luke Babbitt

Here's more on Nevada's ' Golden Child' -- Darrell Moody is very familiar with Luke Babbitt, having seen him play at Galena High in Reno. We still believe Babbitt will be the POY in the WAC this season. His biggest adjustment will be on defense where he'll need help from the other Wolf Pack frontcourters if he wishes to stay out of foul trouble.

Author Sinclair Lewis wrote a book titled "Babbitt' and it ironically featured 'boosterism' among other subjects. We are Babbitt boosters no doubt but grounded in reality -- at least we think so.

Babbitt and Nevada now a match
Darrell Moody
Nevada Appeal Sports Writer
October 29, 2008

RENO — It was the middle of June in 2007. While most of his Galena High buddies were enjoying the start of their summer vacations, Luke Babbitt was wrestling with what might prove to be a career-altering decision regarding his basketball future.

The 6-foot-9 Babbitt, who had watched Ohio State and Texas play football on his recruiting trip to Columbus, had given the Buckeyes a verbal commitment shortly after he led Galena to the state championship in Las Vegas several months earlier.

As time passed, however, he was starting to waver. He made a call to Nevada coach Mark Fox and asked to talk to him; asked if Nevada still had a place for him. Of course Fox said yes, and Nevada had stolen probably its most-famous recruit ever right out of the hands of a Big Ten school...

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