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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Highlights from Kampe interview

Oakland men’s basketball coach Greg Kampe was on WXOU radio on Wednesday and touched on several key subjects. Here are some highlights.

— Kampe answered several questions on the recruiting class, here is what he had to say on a few.

On 7-footer Ilija Milutinovic, Kampe said he is not a typical European player. He can play near the basket and has outstanding ball skills for a 7-footer. Kampe said the big question was getting him physically fit where he can play 25-30 minutes. Milutinovic was offered $250,000 to play professionally in Serbia but came to Oakland in hopes he can get to the NBA.

On Drew Maynard, Kampe said he loves shooters and Maynard has unlimited range and he likes having several shooters in Maynard, Erik Kangas and Blake Cushingberry.

On point guard Matt Samuels, he said Samuels has a Derick Nelson type body on a 6-0 frame. He is also very confident, which Kampe likes. He hopes Samuels can push Johnathon Jones because nobody did last year. And hopefully Jones won’t have to play as many minutes.

My take: This recruiting class is coming in with a lot of hype. One thing Kampe mentioned though is Samuels and Milutinovic are both 20-year-old freshman so their adjustment period might be shorter. It seems that nobody’s job is safe and practices are going to be intense. Hopefully that will translate into wins for Oakland.

— Kampe discussed other Summit League teams’ recruiting classes. He said North Dakota State, IUPUI and Oral Roberts are all pleased with their classes, but he hasn’t really seen any of the kids they are bringing in.

My take: Like Kampe I haven’t seen any of the recruits going there so I can’t comment. But with that said I don’t think any of the junior college transfers these teams are getting are going to have the impact Kampe’s class has the potential to have.

— Kampe also touched on Detroit Mercy and gave some interesting comments. He said Oakland had a chance to join the Horizon League, but Detroit had a role in Oakland not getting in. He also said he had no interest in playing them because he doesn’t see how it will benefit Oakland. He believes they have passed Detroit in recruiting and doesn’t see a need to play them. But he did add he might play Detroit if they called, but he wasn’t going to call them.

My take: This would be a great rivalry and fun for the fans, but I don’t see it happening. There is too much bad blood between the two schools and what do they really have to gain by playing each other?

— Kampe also touched on the schedule, which he said he doesn’t expect to complete until mid-August. Kampe also wished George Hill luck and said he hopes Hill gets drafted.

My take: I can’t wait to see the schedule, but I also can’t wait for the season to get here. Is summer almost over? Lol.

Overall it was a good interview by Corey and Brad. For the complete interview go to



Anonymous ryan said...

Samuels is 6'6?

That means he's taller than Nelson, but he plays point.

Hudson might have a hard time finding more minutes than he did last year with all of the bigs we have, minus lawal. This team is DEEP!

June 28, 2008 at 9:20 PM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...


Samuels is 6-0 according to the roster on the OU Web site. I must have typed it wrong or heard Kampe wrong.

But yeah this team looks like it's going to be deep.

June 29, 2008 at 9:42 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kampe, an old school Mid-American Conference player and coach would never call first to Ray McCallum a once MVP of the league who played against Kampe when he was a Grad. Asst at Toledo. Wouldn't be surprised though if McCallum calls first, he's class.
What's the update on the kid from Pontiac who got tossed off the team?

September 2, 2008 at 12:24 PM 

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