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).

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

POSTERIZED: Wyoming’s Josh Adams takes flight

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Not only is Wyoming senior guard Josh Adams the lone returning starter from a team that won the Mountain West tournament last season, but he’s also one of college basketball’s best dunkers. And if anyone may have forgotten about his jumping ability, Adams put it on display Saturday during the Cowboys’ win over Montana State.

After splitting two Montana State players at the top of the key Adams attacked the basket, dunking with two hands over a late-arriving help-side defender. If you’re going to rotate over, have to do it quicker than that.

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Defensive progress will determine No. 4 Iowa State’s ceiling

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Even with the coaching change from Fred Hoiberg to Steve Prohm, No. 4 Iowa State remains one of the nation’s best offensive teams. Given their skills on that end of the floor many teams find it tough to go score for score with the Cyclones, and that’s what happened to Illinois in Iowa State’s 84-73 win in the Emerald Coast Classic title game.

Georges Niang scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds, with Monté Morris adding 20, nine rebounds and six assists and Abdel Nader 18 points as the Cyclones moved to 5-0 on the season. The three-pointers weren’t falling in the second half, as Iowa State shot 0-f0r-12, but they shot 19-for-24 inside of the arc to pull away from a team that lost big man Mike Thorne Jr. late in the first half to a left knee injury.

Illinois’ loss of size in the paint opened things up offensively for Iowa State, and the Cyclones took advantage. But where this group grabbed control of the game was on the defensive end of the floor, and that will be the key for a team with Big 12 and national title aspirations.

Nader took on the responsibility of defending Illinois’ Malcolm Hill (20 points) in the second half and did a solid job of keeping the junior wing in check, with that serving as the spark to a 12-2 run that put the game away. There’s no denying that the Cyclones can put points on the board; most of the talent from last season is back and the productivity on that end of the floor hasn’t changed as a result. Niang’s one of the nation’s best forwards, and both Morris (who now ranks among the country’s best point guards) and Nader have taken significant strides in their respective games.

Iowa State will add Deonte Burton in December, giving them another option to call upon. Front court depth is a bit of a concern, as Iowa State can ill afford to lose a Niang or Jameel McKay, but there’s enough on the roster to compensate for that and force mismatches in other areas.

But the biggest question for this group is how effective they can become at stringing together stops. Illinois certainly had its moments in both halves Saturday night, but Iowa State also showed during the game’s decisive stretch that they can step up defensively. The key now is to do so consistently, and if that occurs the Cyclones can be a threat both within the Big 12 and nationally.