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Bryant Stith joins coaching staff at ODU

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New Old Dominion head coach Jeff Jones has reached back into his own past to help fill out his coaching staff. He brought in Bryant Stith, who finished his collegiate career in 1992 as Virginia’s leading scorer, to help with recruiting and teaching a young team in a new conference.

Stith was a first-round selection by the Denver Nuggets, and played ten years in the NBA. After he finished his playing career, Stith started his coaching journey at Brunswick County High School,his alma mater. His teams won state championships the past three years, and that was good enough to get him a look from Jones, who coached Stith at UVA in the 90s.

“I am elated to have Bryant joining our staff at Old Dominion,” Jones said in an official statement. “He was a tremendous basketball player, and had tremendous collegiate and NBA careers, but the special thing about Bryant is that as good as he was as a basketball player he’s even better as a person. He will be a great addition to our staff, and a great addition to the community. He will be able to help our student athletes develop as basketball players, but also as young men. He will be an outstanding ambassador for our program and I can’t wait to get started.”

Stith officially assumed his duties at ODU on Friday, May 10. His hiring came too late to secure the services of his two best players at Brunswick – his own sons. Brandan Stith will begin his college career at East Carolina next season, where he’ll face his father’s team in conference play. B.J. Stith will play at Oak Hill Academy next season, then join the Virginia Cavaliers.

Eric Angevine is the editor of Storming the Floor. He tweets @stfhoops.

Clemson lands 2017 guard

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Clemson landed a quality commitment on Tuesday as Class of 2017 guard A.J. Oliver committed to the Tigers. The son of Clemson women’s head coach Audra Smith, Oliver is regarded as a three-star prospect, according to Rivals, although some others view him as a top-100 caliber player.

The 6-foot-4 Oliver attends nearby Daniel High School and should have some time to get acclimated with the players and coaches before he sets foot on campus. A versatile guard who plays hard, Oliver showed that he can make plays with the ball in his hands this summer with the Upward Stars.

Oliver is Clemson’s first commitment in the Class of 2017 and it’s a strong start for head coach Brad Brownell.

Arizona’s Tarczewski out 4-to-6 weeks

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Arizona will be without senior center Kaleb Tarczewski for 4-to-6 weeks, the school announced on Tuesday. The 7-foot Tarczewski suffered a stress reaction and strained muscle to his left foot and he’ll have some time to heal before the main portion of the Pac-12 conference schedule.

The experienced Tarczewski was averaging 8.6 points and 7.2 rebounds per game before going down with injury. Without the senior in the lineup, Arizona fell to Providence in the Wooden Legacy last week. Without Tarczewski in the lineup, the Wildcats could turn to center Dusan Ristic while forward Ryan Anderson has had some solid outings this season.

Missing Tarczewski for the rest of non-conference play will hurt but he’ll get to rest and recover for the stretch run while the Wildcats can mix in some new frontcourt pieces.