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Forward Evan Bailey becomes College of Charleston’s second 2014 commit

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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.

VIDEO: Utah Valley’s Mark Pope dances, lip syncs with daughters

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New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.

The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.

UConn commit tears ACL for second time

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UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.

In a report from’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.

If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.