Tracy Webster, former Kentucky assistant, current interim coach at DePaul, and life-long Michael Wilbon impersonator has gotten himself into hot water with the NCAA over his recruitment of 14-year-old Jahlil Okafor. Okafor is a distant cousin of current New Orleans Hornet and former UConn standout Emeka Okafor, as well as something of a phenom in the world of middle school hoops. And by phenom, I mean extremely tall. He’s 6’7” now, and doctors project that he could grow to 7’3” by the time his growth plates finally stop expanding.
As if you couldn’t already tell where this whole thing was headed, Webster has been going after Okafor ‘early and often’ of late, which, in and of itself, is not an NCAA violation. What is an NCAA violation, though, and a fairly serious one at that, is commenting on recruits before they’ve signed letters of intent. And who’s the last person in the world you’d expect to break that rule? Probably the Athletics Director, seeing how it’s a pretty big part of their job to make sure stuff like that doesn’t happen.
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the DePaul A.D., Ms. Jean Lenti Ponsetto:
“This is a young guy (Okafor) we’ve been talking with for a long time, and who has been to games and we have a relationship with because his uncle works for the Rosemont Police Department,” Ponsetto said. “I think it’s a prospect who has grown up around DePaul basketball. I think he’s probably a fan and someone who has been a fan for some time, since we have played in Rosemont for the last 30 years.”
To go along with the fact that DePaul is god-awful, this probably won’t do anything to increase the chances of Webster getting a commitment out of Okafor. Lessons learned from all of this?
1) Always think before you speak.
2) Women are stupid.
Just kidding! Women aren’t stupid, they just don’t make very good bosses. Or drivers.