Skull Session: Quinn Ewers is Ridiculously Good, Chris Holtmann is a Sleeper Celtics Coaching Candidate, and Seth Towns’ Family Needs Help


I’m pleased to inform you that Dre’Mont Jones hasn’t changed one bit since leaving Ohio State.

Dude was one of the most underrated Buckeyes in recent memory – as both a player and an interview.

Word of the Day: Mien.

 TURNING HEADS. Quinn Ewers entered this summer as quite literally the highest-rated quarterback prospect of all time, and yet, somehow he seems to be easily living up to that hype before his senior season of high school.

He participated in last weekend’s Steve Clarkson QB Retreat, and folks cannot stop talking about him, with some even going as far as to call him one of the best prospects they’ve ever seen.

Southlake (Texas) Carroll quarterback Quinn Ewers was our top performer at last weekend’s Steve Clarkson QB Retreat and hyperbole aside, he might be one of the better QB prospects I’ve covered. 

Ewers was the top guy at the loaded Steve Clarkson QB Retreat and it honestly wasn’t even close. He’s one of those rare quarterbacks where you really only need to see 1-2 throws before you know you’re watching something special.

It wasn’t just me, it was literally everyone in attendance who saw him and was wowed at different points in the weekend, including Clarkson, who has seen his fair share of talented quarterbacks over the years. 

At the end of the day Saturday, Clarkson walked towards me with his eyebrows raised and said, ‘so what did you think of Quinn.’ I said, ‘man the ball just comes out of his hand a little differently doesn’t it,’ which he laughed and said, ‘you’re telling me, that kid is something special.’

At different points of the two day camp, several of the college counselors including Bryce Young, D.J. Uiagalele, CJ Stroud, Hank Bachmeier and Miller Moss all made a point to walk over, point at Ewers and say something to the affect of, ‘that kid is really good, he’s different.’

And then we’ve got Pat McAfee and AJ Hawk with the same sentiment, just quite a bit more irreverent and less safe for work.

« I’m kind of pissed he has to go to college. I wish we could get him in the NFL right now. »

You can go ahead and file me under « decidedly not pissed » that he has to go to college. Though I love the suggestion that teams should just go ahead and start tanking now to draft him in four years.

 NEXT CELTICS HEAD COACH? Sadly, we do know who the next Boston Celtics head coach won’t be.

There’s no word on how those talks broke down, but I think it’s safe to assume Carmen’s Crew was able to match whatever the Celtics were offering him.

In any case, he isn’t the only Buckeye linked to the new opening.

Could Boston go for another promotion from the college ranks similar to the Stevens hire that shocked the league in 2013? One name likely to come up is Virginia’s Tony Bennett, a former NBA player, but A) don’t you dare do that to my Wahoos and B) Bennett is reportedly very happy at Virginia. Names like Bill Self, Mark Few and Kelvin Sampson are also likely to come up.

However, the sleeper name to watch here is Ohio State’s Chris Holtmann. He didn’t technically overlap with Stevens at Butler but was the head coach there from 2014-17 and developed a relationship with Stevens. And if you’re looking for a deep, deep sleeper, many NBA scouts admire Dayton’s Anthony Grant. He’d be exactly the type of out-of-left-field hire that Stevens was eight years ago.

This probably won’t happen – he’s listed as a « sleeper » for a reason – but just to be safe, I’d like to openly petition that the Celtics hire Juwan Howard, instead.

 GIVE A HELPING HAND. In a world where players are about to be using their platforms to turn a bit of a personal profit, Seth Towns is using his for a different reason – to help raise money for his family, who just lost everything in a house fire.

If you’d like to help, you can swing on over to the family’s GoFundMe page. They’re admittedly nowhere near their target goal, but absolutely anything helps when you’re out there paying for three hotel rooms a night just to house your family.

 THOSE WHO TRANSFER… You’ll be absolutely shocked to hear that there has been yet another departure from the Michigan football program.

For those keeping score at home, that’s 16 transfers from the program since the end of last season, which means that Michigan has now officially sent twice as many players to the transfer portal this year as it did the NFL Draft.

Sending players to other programs at that rate is some extreme JUCO energy.

 SONG OF THE DAY. « Teeth » by Billie Martin.

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