Vanderbilt’s Kevin Stallings didn’t exactly put all of his recruiting eggs in one basket this spring, but there’s no disguising the fact that he wanted local guy Alex Poythress pretty badly. Perhaps an order of magnitude more than he wanted anyone else on his list. When Poythress chose SEC rival Kentucky instead, Stallings found himself holding a nearly empty bag. Rather than trying to hide that fact, Stallings has been refreshingly honest.
Right now, the Commodores have commitments from German Kevin Bright and A.J. Astroth, a shooting guard from Florida. With four scholarship slots left, Stallings doesn’t need to fill all of them this season, but he has an excess of playing time and a paucity of top talents lining up to grab it.
In the article, recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer says he does not believe Vanderbilt can make a late run at top talent, the way a Duke, Kansas or Kentucky can. ESPN’s Dave Telep told the Tennesean that the Commodores will have to find creative ways to bridge the talent gap.
“My guess is that they’re going to be active from now until the end of July trying to fill that playing time … that could come from players overseas. From a high school perspective, barring any guys getting out of their letters of intent, there’s not much there. There’s nothing there.”
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman guard Rakym Felder was arrested Sunday and charged with several counts, including assault, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.
Felder, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from New York, is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, according to the facility’s website.
A team spokeswoman said coach Frank Martin was aware of Felder’s arrest and was gathering more information. Per South Carolina athletic department policy, Felder is suspended indefinitely.
Felder was charged by the Columbia police with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command, a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.
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The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.