With Micah Shrewsberry joining Brad Stevens in Boston, Purdue head coach Matt Painter’s brought a familiar face back to West Lafayette to fill out his coaching staff.
Purdue announced Wednesday that Brandon Brantley, who was a member of three Big Ten champion teams during his time as a player, has been hired as an assistant coach. After completing his college career Brantley played overseas in five different countries (there was also a stint in the CBA), winning four MVP awards and rebounding titles in four different leagues.
“We are excited about Brandon joining our staff. He has worked very hard to stay in and around the game after a successful career overseas,” Painter said in the release. “As a three-time Big Ten champion as a player, he brings a wealth of experience in understanding what it takes to be successful at the highest level. I am confident he can teach and mentor our players into well-rounded student-athletes in a first-class manner.”
Brantley spent the last two years coaching with the Eric Gordon All-Stars program, and those grassroots connections could give Purdue the recruiting boost it needs to once again be a factor in the Big Ten. Purdue loses four seniors at the end of the 2013-14 campaign, with shooting guard Dakota Mathias being their lone verbal commitment in the 2014 class at this time.
Purdue finished the 2012-13 season with a 16-18 record, going 8-10 in Big Ten play. Three of the team’s top four scorers from a season ago return, led by senior guard Terone Johnson (13.5 ppg, 4.7 rpg). Johnson was a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the league coaches.
Rising sophomores A.J. Hammons and Ronnie Johnson will once again play prominent roles for the Boilermakers, with the former earning Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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