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Report: Arizona State poised to complete its coaching staff

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After seeing two of his assistant coaches leave Tempe for other schools, Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek is on the verge of filling those vacancies.

As reported by Doug Haller of the Arizona Repbulic on Friday and by Andy Katz of ESPN.com earlier Sunday, Larry Greer and Eric Musselman are expected to join Sendek’s staff.

Both have NBA backgrounds, as Greer was one of Nate McMillan’s assistants in Portland last season (after spending the past four years as an advance scout in the organization) and Musselman was a head coach at both Golden State (2002-04) and Sacramento (2006-07).

Last season Musselman served as head coach of the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the Lakers’ NBA D-League affiliate, and he also coached the Venezuelan national team.

Greer and Musselman join the program in what’s an important season for the Sun Devil program, as they look to bounce back from a 10-21 campaign.

Point guard Jahii Carson is eligible, as is Liberty transfer Evan Gordon, but with three of the top four scorers from last season no longer in the program there’s a lot of work to be done.

And with the Pac-12 receiving a sold boost in talent, this could be a tough season for Arizona State to bounce back and improve their standing within the conference.

“We have some new faces and could have a lot of changes in what we do, both subtle and obvious, and the schedule is appropriate for this team right now,” noted Sendek in a school release announcing their 2012-13 schedule.

“We had some good momentum towards the latter part of last season with Carrick (Felix), Jordan (Bachynski), Jon (Gilling), Chris (Colvin) and Ruslan (Pateev) playing well and making big improvements in their game.

“We also are counting on three players to make an impact who only could practice last year, as well as getting three freshman adjusted.”

Given their NBA experience the hope is that the additions of Greer and Musselman can help from a skill development standpoint.

Raphielle is also the assistant editor at CollegeHoops.net and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Texas lands commitment from top 100 center

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James Banks announced on Thursday that he has committed to Texas, joining Jacob Young in Shaka Smart’s first recruiting class as the head coach of the Longhorns.

Banks is an interesting prospect. A 6-foot-10 center from Georgia, Banks is a still-developing prospect that was recruited more on his potential than his immediate ability.

“James Banks emerged as a good low post prospect this spring and summer,” NBC Recruiting Analyst Scott Phillips said. “With a good set of hands, some offensive potential and a frame that can add weight, Banks is a nice upside grab for Texas.”

He’s probably a few years away from having a major impact in the Big 12, but he may not have that much time to develop. Cameron Ridley, Prince Ibeh and Conner Lamert all graduate after this season, meaning that Banks is going to have to contribute immediately when he sets foot on the Austin campus for the 2016-17 season.

Texas has three commitments in the Class of 2015. Smart convinced Kerwin Roach and Eric Davis to remain committed to the program when he took over for Rick Barnes while he landed a commitment from Tevin Mack, who pledged to Smart when he was at VCU.

Memphis guard could miss season with shoulder injury

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Memphis just cannot catch a break.


It’s to the point where I almost feel bad for Josh Pastner.

Today, CBSSports.com reported that Kedren Johnson, a 6-foot-4 point guard that was on track towards being an all-SEC point guard at Vanderbilt, could end up missing the season due to a shoulder injury. If he can handle the pain he can avoid surgery and play with the injury, but at the very least, Johnson is going to be less than his best.

Johnson averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists last season for the Tigers. He sat out 2013-14 after leaving Vanderbilt and entered last season incredibly out of shape. There was hope that he would be able to make a bigger impact this season and help fill the void at the point guard spot.

This news comes on the heels of Memphis finding out that Jaylen Fisher is heading to UNLV. Who’s Jaylen Fisher? Well, he’s a point guard and top 40 recruit from Memphis that was Pastner’s No. 1 recruiting target that opted to leave the city for his college hoops instead of play for the Tigers.

That’s a bad sign, but not quite as bad as Memphis losing star center Austin Nichols — another local kid — to a transfer over the summer. Nichols transferred to Virginia.