Report: Furman to hire Colorado State assistant Niko Medved

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Nearly three weeks following the decision of Jeff Jackson to resign following his seventh season as head coach at Furman, the school has reportedly found his replacement.

According to a report from Colorado State assistant Niko Medved will be hired by the Southern Conference school.

Medved spent the last five seasons in Fort Collins, assisting Tim Miles for four years and Larry Eustachy in 2012-13 following Miles’ leaving to take over the Nebraska program. Medved will be a familiar face to some on the Furman campus, as he spent three seasons at the school as an assistant and was even the interim head coach back in 2006.

Medved will have quite the rebuilding job in front of him, as Furman won just seven games (7-24, 3-15 SoCon) in 2012-13. Three of Furman’s top four scorers from last season have eligibility remaining, led by guard Stephen Croone (9.9 ppg), but this is a group that struggled mightily on the defensive end.

Opponents shot 46.1% from the field, and according to Ken Pomeroy’s numbers the Paladins ranked 339th in the country in adjusted defensive efficiency (Furman ranked 326th in adjusted offensive efficiency). Frankly not much went right for Furman, which lost ten straight games before knocking off Samford in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament.

The hope now is that Medved can turn around a program that is just two seasons removed from winning 22 games (2010-11).

Photo credit: Colorado State University

Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, 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 hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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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.