After appearing in 34 games for the surprising South Florida Bulls in 2011-12 and transferring from the program at the end of the season, rising junior Blake Nash has landed at Texas Tech, according to Nash’s Twitter feed Tuesday.
Nash averaged 3.7 points and 1.1 assists per game this past season for South Florida, a team that made a run throughout the year, finishing 22-14 and losing to Ohio in the Round of 32 of the NCAA tournament.
Prior to his transfer, the move had been rumored about for some time, and Nash has reportedly been in Texas working out with the team.
He played his freshman season of college basketball at Williston State, averaging 22.3 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists per game.
According to Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times, Nash, an Arizona native, has an illness in the family and could file for a hardship waiver with the NCAA which would give him two years of eligibility remaining at Texas Tech.
Assuming he is granted a hardship waiver, Nash would come to a Red Raider team that finished 8-23 overall, including 1-17 in the Big 12. Their only victory in conference play came against Oklahoma in February.
Leading scorer Jordan Tolbert will return for his sophomore season and will join a massive nine-man recruiting class coming to Texas Tech. That 2012 class is led by point guard Josh Gray, a 6-1 native of Houston, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.
The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.
Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.
With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.
“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”
Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.
While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.