Friday night, while the snowstorm halted any sort of activity in the northeast, Trevor Wages, a junior center for the Colorado School of Mines delayed a Division II game after shattering a backboard.
In the first half of the Mines’ game against Metro State, the 6-foot-9 junior center threw down a dunk, breaking the backboard, causing the game to be postponed until Sunday with Metro State leading 21-16.
“I didn’t believe it until I landed,” Wages told 9News.com following the dunk. “I was just stoked about the dunk and then all of a sudden I look back and it’s hanging down. I just started screaming.
“I was thinking, ‘Are we going to be able to play the rest of the game,'” added Wages. “Those kinds of plays get you pumped. We had the momentum; you don’t want to stop playing. It was an awesome experience but I wish we could still be playing.”
Wages is tied for the team-high in points per game at 16.6. He leads the team in rebounds with 9.7 per contest.
Colorado School of Mines is currently 11-8.
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An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.
The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.
But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.
New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.
The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.