In his fifth season at the helm of the Bryant Bulldogs, Tim O’Shea orchestrated one of the most impressive turnarounds in college basketballs history. After winning just one game in 2011-2012, the Bulldogs finished 2012-2013 with 19 wins.
And as you might expect, it was enough to earn O’Shea a contract extension. He’ll be at Bryant through 2020.
“Coach O’Shea has done a remarkable job in guiding our men’s basketball program through the difficult transition to Division I,” said university president Ronald K. Machtley. “To have a winning season and qualify for the postseason in our first year of eligibility, speaks volumes for the type of experienced leader coach O’Shea brings to our program. As a recruiter, Tim brings high quality student-athletes to our campus who represent our institution in a first-class manner both in the classroom and on the court.”
“I am grateful to President Ron Machtley and Director of Athletics Bill Smith for the vote of confidence this extension represents,” said O’Shea. “Working together with my outstanding staff, I look forward building upon the growth and progress achieved by our team season.”
Bryant, who finished 12-6 in the NEC last season, good enough for second place, might be in line for an even better year in 2013-2014, as they return two all-conference players in Alex Francis and Dyami Starks.
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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.
UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.
In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.
If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.