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2014 small forward Jordan Barnett generating buzz in the EYBL

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FRISCO, Tx. — After the St. Louis Eagles lost on Friday night to the Jackson Tigers in the opening night of the EYBL Dallas Session they didn’t slump off the court and hang their heads. Well, they did, but they didn’t have much time to stand and sulk as they were quickly summoned to the baseline to run a few sprints for their lackluster effort.

Then former Eagles’ alum and NBA veteran Larry Hughes spoke to the group after the loss.

“I’m here if you have questions; use me as a resource,” a prideful Hughes said to the Eagles as they begin to pick their heads up again.

Jordan Barnett, one of the Eagles’ highest-regard prospects, is having a solid spring on the wing and the 6-7 small forward is generating a lot of recruiting buzz, so having an NBA veteran like Hughes speak to the Eagles was important to him.

“It’s a huge deal, he’s one of the alumni from the Eagles and he made it to The League so that’s where we want to be,” Barnett said. “He had some really important and good stuff to say to us and we have to follow his advice. It’s a privilege to have someone of that caliber talking to us.”

While it’s nice to have NBA vets like Hughes drop by to show support, Barnett has been showing signs of being the next high-profile wing from St. Louis as he’s been putting up solid numbers in the EYBL. Barnett is currently rated as the 83rd best prospect in the 2014 class by Rivals and was averaging 12.8 points and six rebounds per game while shooting 39% from the three-point line through the first two sessions.

“It’s honestly been a privilege playing this competition. You can only get better and learn from playing in this environment,” Barnett said of the EYBL. “It somewhat humbles you as a player because you’re going to some good games and have some great games and have some bad games and have some terrible games; it’s just apart of the learning process and so it’s a privilege to come out here and play.”

Barnett claimed scholarship offers from Missouri, Harvard, Stanford Oklahoma State, Kansas State, Saint Louis, Michigan State, Texas, Michigan, Iowa and Florida. He also has been hearing from one school that has yet to offer but showed some interest in North Carolina.

“North Carolina is pretty much the only one (with interest and no offer,” Barnett said. “They call every once and awhile and they send a text and tell me they’re going to come out and watch me. It’s not really that big at the moment but they tell me they’re interested so we’ll see what happens with that.”

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Former Wichita State assistant returns as a consultant

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Prior to a one-year stint as the head coach coach at Bowling Green that came to an end in early April as a result of an incident at a Bowling Green restaurant, Chris Jans was a member of Gregg Marshall’s coaching staff at Wichita State from 2007-14. During those seven seasons Jans was a key figure as the Shockers made the progression to a respected national power.

Jans is back in Wichita, with Paul Suellentrop of the Wichita Eagle reporting Thursday that he’s serving as a consultant to the program. Jans’ consulting agreement runs for 45 days, which the school can renew, and he’ll be paid $10,000 for the work. While Jans isn’t allowed to do any coaching, he can watch practices and provide Marshall and the coaching staff with his observations.

“He will be able to consult with the coaching staff, only on what he observes in practice,” said Darron Boatright, WSU deputy athletics director. “By NCAA rule, a consultant is not allowed to have communication with student-athletes … not about basketball-related activities or performance.”

While Jans (who according to the story has served in a similar role for another school) can’t do any coaching in this role, his return does give Marshall another trusted voice to call upon when needed. Wichita State bid farewell to an assistant coach this spring with Steve Forbes being hired as the head coach at East Tennessee State, with his position being filled by former Sunrise Christian Academy coach Kyle Lindsted.


AUDIO: Rick Pitino discusses allegations, future at Louisville

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Thursday afternoon marked the first time since Friday that Louisville head coach Rick Pitino commented on the controversy that has taken his program by storm. Speaking with Terry Meiners of 840 WHAS in Louisville, Pitino discussed the escort scandal, what could have possibly led former staffer Andre McGee down the path he’s alleged to have taken in Katina Powell’s book and his future at Louisville.

The interview began with Meiners asking Pitino if it changed his thinking as to whether or not he needed to resign, which (as one would expect) Pitino shot down. Also discussed was the statement released by school president Dr. James Ramsey, which expressed support for athletic director Tom Jurich but did not mention Pitino at all.

“Well I can’t answer that, Terry,” Pitino said when asked why he wasn’t mentioned in the statement. “Twenty-six years ago Kentucky brought me in to make the program compliant to NCAA rules. (Then-Kentucky president) Dr. (David) Roselle and (then Kentucky athletic director) C.M. Newton thought I was the guy to come in and change around the images, change around the culture and add a lot of discipline to the program. And I did that.

“And then I came here to the University of Louisville, and if someone was five seconds late or not early consequences would be paid from a disciplinary standpoint,” Pitino continued. “This is obviously not a person being late, this is not about a person (not) working hard. This is about things that are very disgusting, things that turn my stomach, things that keep me up without sleeping.

“But unfortunately, I had no knowledge of any of this and don’t believe in it. It’s sickening to me, the whole thing. But I’m thinking of my 13 players, I’m thinking of our program, and I’m sorry that Dr. Ramsey did not think enough to mention me but that’s something I cannot control.”

Below is audio of the full interview, which ran just over 17 minutes in length.