Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Jio Fontan Asks For Release Again!

IPRB has learned that former St. Anthony's standout Jio Fontan has asked Fordham to release him. Sources close to the situation confirmed that Jio's dad, Jorge Fontan, reached out to Fordham's Athletic Director, this afternoon requesting his release. "Jio's career at Fordham is over. His father pulled the plug today and told Jio that he won't let him play there anymore, confirmed a source close the situation. Fontan asked for his release last year but the school declined. Fontan was A-10 Rookie of the year in 2009. He was clearly the best player on Fordham's team.

Fontan started for the Puerto Rico 19U National Team last summer with his former teammate at St. Anthony's and best friend Mike Rosario. Jio was the backbone of that team and played a huge role in the teams success. Many had speculated that if Jio got his release he got to Rutgers. His performance at the World Championship and the fact that he is a really good student and will help him secure another opportunity to continue his collegiate career.

Said a Big East assistant coach, "If Jio gets released there will be a ton of schools interested. Jio is a pure point guard. It is so hard to find pure point guards who are proven performers under pressure. Jio has been getting it done since he was with Hurley (Coach Bob Hurley) at St. Anthonys. This is the first I'm hearing that he has again asked for his release. He's a great kid so I hope things work out for him."

The Carmelo Betancourt Preview, Get Ready To Stand Up and Salute

Every so often a player come along and people start comparing him to some of the greats. You hear all these stories about how good the kid is and that he did this or did that. Well, I think we have an another example of that with Class of 2011 point guard Carmelo Betancourt. We've been getting calls from ACC, SEC, Big East and Pac 10 coaches. Many of them do not even know the kids name yet they all same the same thing. Who is this kid everyone says is the next "Arroyo"?

I saw him play against Rasham Suarez last summer at a National Team practice and the boy has a "bag of tricks". The jumper is wet. His handle is all of that and there was "the swag" you see in all great players. He is on the short side to put it nicely so the question will be asked. Is he really that good of just another little guy with a nice handle and some range on the jumper?

One thing is for certain, when you mention his name people's eyes get wide. We've talked to so many coaches and all of them say the same thing. He is really, really, really good! What is funny is when you ask most of the players who he has competed against most of them will tell you that is is "not as good as people think". I feel the hate! I see the jealousy in in their eyes.

We like hype, we hate "beef". There is no place in basketball for "beef" and my man Rasham Suarez ended any questions of "beef" between he and Melo in the piece we did on him yesterday. Shout out to Rasham for being so mature and really understanding that competition is great but respect is even more important. There are a lot of kids being taught to hate by coaches who are simply jealous. Cut that nonsense out! We are all one family and need stand up and salute when we see a player who has that special something.

Jay Z started it! KG does it! Bron Bron does it! So does D Wade! Stand up and salute!

The Best AAU Team of 2009

I meet kids everyday who think they are better than they really are. I meet coaches who tell me all the time that their team can compete. I served a humble pie earlier so now we are going to give you a dose of reality.

If you are planning on taking a high school age AAU team to play next summer please make sure you show your kids watch this video. It gonna be a cold summer!

See the link below. Once you are finished stand up and salute!

Meet Rodney Purvis

Rodney is in the 9th grade. So all you kids who think you got burn, think again. Here's a little taste of humble pie. Coming to a tournament near you. Welcome to Rodney's World.

Meet Austin Rivers

Austin is one of the top 10 players in the country and he is only a junior. See the link below. Cold Vicious!

Raymond Cintron And The Good Ole Boys In Mississippi

A lot of readers want to know if Raymond Cintron is really in Mississippi. The answer is yes and we have video to prove it. Cintron signed a letter of intent with University of New Orleans last summer but needed to spend the year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. As they say down south, "the boy is cold vicious". I'm not sure who is a better shooter. Cintron or Sosa, Sosa or Cintron. The fact is both those dudes can flat out shoot the rock! We are talking to Cintron tomorrow so he can share with all of us what life is like in Mississippi.

Just in case you forgot, below is video of Raymond's jumper. Agua babe Agua!