Sean Banks is an idiot and he’s certainly making his coach feel/look like one (something Calipari is quite capable of doing on his own! :lol: ).
Here’s the Memphis newspaper article about Banks and Rodney Carney getting invited to the tryouts:
[b] 2 Tigers get shot at Team USA
Banks, Carney at tryouts in N.J.
By Gary Parrish
July 16, 2004
There are many ways to tell John Calipari is assembling an elite level of talent at the University of Memphis.
The number of wins is one. The increase in national recognition and respect is another.
But the best example may come this morning in East Rutherford, N.J., when two Tigers, Rodney Carney and Sean Banks, try out for the USA Basketball World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Team.
“I’m happy for both of them, and I think it’s a win-win situation every way around,” Calipari said. "If they make the team, they’re going to be well-coached by guys (Oklahoma’s Kelvin Sampson, Marquette’s Tom Crean and Minnesota’s Dan Monson) who are harder on players than me. And if they don’t make it, it’s a wakeup call. Then they have to ask themselves, ‘OK, where are we right now?’
“So it’s absolutely great, no matter what happens.”
Carney and Banks are two of just 20 college players who received invitations to the tryouts with the requirements being that they had to be U.S. citizens born after Jan. 1, 1984.
Banks, a 6-8 sophomore forward, is coming off a season in which he averaged 17.4 points and 6.5 rebounds to earn Conference USA Freshman of the Year honors. Carney, a 6-7 junior forward, averaged 13 points and 5.7 rebounds.
The U of M duo that helped the Tigers to a 22-8 record and the second round of the NCAA Tournament last season make Memphis one of four schools that received multiple invitations. The others are Wake Forest (Chris Paul, Justin Gray and Eric Williams), North Carolina (Rashad McCants and Sean May) and Arizona (Hassan Adams and Mustafa Shakur).
“I think it’s just a credit to coach Cal,” Tiger assistant Ed Schilling said. “It’s a credit to the connections he has.”
The two-a-day tryouts will take place at the Nets’ practice facility and should end Sunday. By then, the coaching staff is expected to have trimmed the roster to 12 players, a group that will begin training camp Monday in anticipation of the FIBA Americas World Championship For Young Men Qualifying Tournament that begins July 28 in Canada.
While Banks has known since June that he would be part of the tryouts near his hometown of Englewood, N.J., Carney accepted a late invitation just last week, the result of other players withdrawing because of injuries.
It’s a monumental accomplishment for the Indianapolis native, especially considering Carney came to Memphis two summers ago unknown on the national level.
“I’m out here in L.A., recruiting, and I ran into Dan Monson the other day,” Schilling said by phone this week. "He told me he couldn’t wait to work with Sean. And I said, 'Well, I bet you’re going to like Rodney too.[/b]
And here’s Andy Katz on “Mr. No Show”:
ESPN.com: Rising sophomore could regret decision
Of course, today there are no Tigers on the team with Banks’ boneheaded decision and Carney being cut over the weekend.
Good luck Curtis!!!