With two players at the small forward position out of eligibility when the 2013-14 season ends, College of Charleston head coach Doug Wojcik needed to land another wing on the recruiting trail. On Friday the head coach received a verbal pledge from 6-6 small forward Evan Bailey, the Cougars’ second commitment in the 2014 class.
Bailey, a native Massillon, Ohio, committed to the Colonial Athletic Association school without taking an official visit and did so despite holding offers from programs such as Harvard, Princeton and Kent State. Bailey joins power forward Donovan Gilmore, a native of Greensboro, N.C., in Charleston’s 2014 recruiting class. In Bailey, the Cougars get a versatile player who has the ability to play multiple positions at the collegiate level.
“He plays all five positions for us from point guard to center,” Jackson High School head coach Tim Debevec told Andrew Miller of the Charleston Post and Courier. “Evan is a gym rat. You’ve got to kick him out of the gym. He’s a very good shooter and he’s a good all-round player. He wanted to go to the ACC or the Big Ten, but I think he’ll have a chance to play his freshman year down in Charleston.”
With Bailey on board, Charleston has a player who can help account for the eventual departures of current seniors Nori Johnson and Anthony Thomas. Johnson averaged just 4.5 points per contest last season, while Thomas accounted for 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
With guard Andrew Lawrence and forward Trent Wiedeman no longer a part of the program, Johnson and Thomas will be two of the players (along with guard Anthony Stitt and forwards Adjehi Baru and Willis Hall) expected to lead the way for the Cougars as they begin play in the CAA.
Charleston adds four newcomers to the program this season, center Glen Pierre Jr., power forward Terrance O’Donohue and guards Joe Chealey and Johnathan Cook.
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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