MJ's three pointers: Gwynn could hoop
Marcus Jackson's three random thoughts:
1. The big news in the sports world last week was the untimely passing of baseball great Tony Gywnn at the age of 54.
We all know Gywnn for that sweet swing, the .338 career batting average, the 3,141 hits and that contagious smile.
Most don’t know that Gywnn was a two-time all-conference pick in the Mountain West at San Diego State — in basketball.
Gwynn went to San Diego State to play hoops. He didn’t start playing baseball until his second year on campus.
The point guard still holds the Aztecs’ single-game record for assists with 18 and the single-season record for assists (8.2 per game) and career (5.5).
One of the top-three pure hitters of all time considered baseball to be his second sport coming out of high school.
Let that be a lesson to all you youngsters out there putting all your eggs in the basket of one sport much too soon. Play everything.
2. It seems that Tom Izzo isn’t afraid to go the transfer route in an effort to boost his roster.
Just days after landing high-scoring West Virginia transfer guard Eron Harris, the Spartans got a commitment from Cleveland State transfer guard Bryn Forbes.
Forbes is a Lansing, Mich., native, who was a high school teammate of Michigan State starter Denzel Valentine.
He’s transferring closer to home to be near his ailing sister.
The 6-foot-3 Forbes averaged 15.6 points and shot 42.4 percent from three-point range last season.
He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining at Michigan State.
Forbes could be eligible to play immediately if he receives a hardship waiver from the NCAA. Harris will have two years of eligibility after sitting out the upcoming season.
3. The Kansas haters among you are going to have quite the dilemma on your hands next summer.
It was announced last week that Bill Self’s program was selected to represent the United States at the World University Games being held in South Korea.
After dealing with issues fielding a strong team of collegiate players from various programs in recent years, USA Basketball decided to select a college team to represent the U.S.
Northern Iowa was the most recent team to play as Team USA back in 2007.
Most of us Americans root for Team USA during international competition, regardless of sport.
Will you be rooting for the Jayhawks in the summer of 2015 as they represent the country?
Oh, and that very vocal Kansas fan base, they’ll be in full force in the Far East.
“It’s also auspicious that the 2015 games will be held in South Korea, which is home to a strong group of KU alumni and to several of our university partners,” Kansas Chancellor Dr. Bernadette Gray-Little said.