USC's Floyd extends Scholly offer to 8th grader, who, after checking his upper lip for incipient hair growth and updating his myspace, accepts

Longest title ever. I know. and I also know i haven't been around much. 4 cities in 5 days.

But I couldn't let this get by.

Dwayne Polee Jr., a 6-foot-6 freshman guard, said Tuesday he has made a commitment to USC, even though he has yet to play in a high school basketball game and is only 14 years old. Polee, expected to start as a freshman for City Section champion Westchester, said USC Coach Tim Floyd offered him a scholarship Monday and he accepted. Polee has been spending time working out at USC on his own.

Something about this story makes me sad.

Gordon, Rose and Soft Commitments

Late last week, there was a bit of a furor brewing regarding Eric Gordon's rumored de-commitment from Illinois. While I enjoy a good Illinois decommitment and the pandemonium that ensues all over the unpaved roads and grassy sidewalks of your average Illinois fan's simple brain, it all sounded a bit too clean, especially since the writer that was floating the comments was about a thousand miles away from Mr. Gordon. Well we've got a bit more clarity here from the Indy Star. And rather regale you with yet another boring plot summary, I'll clip a great quote from EG's dad:

"It's like saying I'm committed to my girlfriend,'' Gordon Sr. said. "But I can still look. I'm not dead.''

I like how he ads "I'm not dead" to the end of the statement. Like a vestigial tail it's just hanging there and we the listeners are stuck trying to understand what troubled history led to its inclusion. Because really, the whole point of the girlfriend metaphor is to suggest a soft commitment. But then he seems afraid of this girlfriend, because the whole dead thing implies...never mind.

Here's a juicy bit of the article.

On Friday, a Web site called reported Gordon had walked away from his verbal commitment to Illinois. Later that night, the younger Gordon got on an Illinois basketball message board, said the story was untrue and assured fans he was still heading to Champaign. But in quotes published on Saturday morning, Gordon again left the door open.

"Yeah, I'm still solid with Illinois, but I am thinking about IU, too,'' he was quoted as saying. "At this point, nothing has changed. I have looked at them (IU) for a long time because they're an in-state school. They have a good tradition and Coach (Kelvin) Sampson is a good guy, so I think because he is the new coach there that I should give them a look.''

Why is this important to you, fair Jayhawk? Because Derrick Rose and Eric Gordon have discussed playing together at Illinois. And because if Eric Gordon backs away from Illinois, we might have a better shot at Rose.

Self Keeps Working Illinois

The Lawrence Journal World's Tom Keegan notes that an interesting plot line is developing with Self's latest recruiting target out of Illinois, #3 rated Derrick Rose.

"I want to get Derrick Rose to go to Illinois with me," Gordon told the Indianapolis Star. "I want people to see us play on the same team and see how good we are together."

Gordon, who has known Rose for two years, has said he would join Rose's AAU team for a tournament July 12-15 in North Augusta, S.C.

So what this amounts to is a two-on-one trap with Illinois coach Bruce Weber and Gordon trying to take the prize from Self. If it were a basketball game, my money would be on Weber and Gordon. It's not. It's a personality contest. That's why my money's on Self, based on nothing more than a hunch.

Given Self's Julian Wright coup, Rose is clearly within reach. The question is, how adept is Self at breaking trick defenses? And the second question is, what color do IL fans turn after they've reached "livid?"