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Former Missouri assistant Rick Carter joins Xavier coaching staff

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With Ashley Howard leaving the Xavier coaching staff to join Jay Wright at Villanova, head coach Chris Mack had a vacancy to fill before the Musketeers officially join the Big East on July 1.

According to Shannon Russell of the Cincinnati Enquirer that’s been done, as former Missouri assistant Rick Carter will fill the position. Prior to his one season at Missouri, Carter spent four seasons on Steve Hawkins’ staff at Western Michigan.

Carter’s connection to current Missouri assistant Tim Fuller (both were members of Ed Cooley’s staff at Fairfield) played a role in Frank Haith hiring him last summer. In the aftermath of Carter’s decision to resign earlier this week, it was rumored that he would make the move to Xavier.

“Rick is a talented coach and a relentless recruiter,” Haith said in a statement announcing his hiring of Carter last year. “He has a great basketball background working for Steve Hawkins at Western Michigan, Ed Cooley at Fairfield and of course Tom Izzo at Michigan State and he has connections to a couple members of our staff, so I really liked the instant fit.”

With the first live recruiting period less than a month away (July 10), the sooner a head coach fills out his coaching staff the better. With all positions accounted for, it becomes that much easier to divvy up responsibilities for July, whether it’s regarding the evaluation of recruits or working with the players currently in the program.

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Oklahoma State without Jawun Evans, questionable moving forward

Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans (1) goes up for a shot between Kansas forward Jamari Traylor (31) and forward Perry Ellis (34) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Stillwater, Okla., Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016. Oklahoma State won 86-67. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)
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Oklahoma State’s star point guard was not in the lineup on Saturday against No. 13 Iowa State.

Evans injured his shoulder in the Cowboys’ loss at Texas Tech on Wednesday and was ruled out of Saturday’s game.

According to the school, his official status moving forward is questionable. The Pokes are just 11-11 on the season and likely need to earn the Big 12’s at-large bid to get into the NCAA tournament. It makes sense to let him get healthy.

Evans was averaging 12.9 points, 4.9 assists and 4.4 boards this season, but he had been arguably the best point guard in the Big 12 during league play, averaging 15.6 points and 5.6 assists.

WATCH LIVE: Delaware faces William & Mary on NBCSN

Virginia forward Anthony Gill (13) defends William & Mary guard Omar Prewitt (4) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Ryan M. Kelly)
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William & Mary tries to keep pace in the CAA standings when they face Delaware on Saturday afternoon. This game can be seen live on NBCSN at 2:30 p.m. EST.

The Tribe (16-6, 8-3) have won three consecutive games and are getting great production from Omar Prewitt, as he’s coming off of a big game on Thursday night in a win over Northeastern.

Delaware (5-17, 0-11) hasn’t won a game since Dec. 12 when they outlasted Marist by one point. Losers of 14 straight, the Blue Hens are led by guard Kory Holden.

CLICK HERE to watch this game on NBC Sports Live Extra Saturday afternoon.