Commentary

Roundball chatter

Updated: September 9, 2010, 4:24 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:

• BYU vs. Gonzaga will be sweet as they hook up in hoops when BYU starts play in the West Coast Conference in 2011! I have so much respect for both Mark Few and Dave Rose, two outstanding coaches that have done a great job building their respective programs.

• I want to wish the best for a speedy recovery for Duke's Kyle Singler. He recently had arthroscopic knee surgery to help alleviate discomfort. He is expected to be ready for preseason practice in mid-October. I have Mr. Singler among the crème de la crème on my All-Solid Gold first team heading into the season.

• Critics of Kentucky coach John Calipari will go wild if recruit Enes Kanter from Turkey is ruled ineligible by NCAA. I have to ask one simple question: which school would have said no to Kanter? Give me a break! A seven-footer with skills would have been enticing to any Division I coach. We will have to see how this plays out.

• Kansas athletic director Lew Perkins decided to retire a year earlier than previously announced. I have known Lew for a long time, through his tenure at Connecticut and now Kansas; he has always been a class act. I wish him all the best in his retirement.

• I have often said that decision-making is so important in the game of life. Certainly Michigan State guard Korie Lucious made a very bad decision recently, getting behind the wheel of a car after drinking. The junior guard entered a guilty plea to misdemeanor reckless driving. His sentencing is scheduled for December 20th, early into the basketball season.

• Louisville coach Rick Pitino struck gold in recruiting for the class of 2011 with 6-7 Chane Behanan joinng guard Wayne Blackshear, center Zach Price and forward Ryan Taylor among verbal commitments. Are the big blue fans at UK getting nervous?

• New Oregon coach Dana Altman will have a challenging first season rebuilding the Ducks. He came in late and five players have left the program, including center Michael Dunigan, who averaged nine points and five boards last season. Altman is a solid leader and while it will take some time, he will get Oregon back on track. It helps to have NIKE supporting things out in Eugene.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.