James Montgomery has made an impression on first-year Northwestern coach Chris Collins.
The long-time Duke assistant accepted the head coaching job at Northwestern in March. He ostensibly knew of Northwestern’s top players from afar, but not on a personal level. Collins almost certainly did not know of James Montgomery prior to coming to Northwestern.
Calling Montgomery, who is embarking on his senior season, a role player would be generous. He’s seen just 124 total minutes of action and scored 17 points in his career.
Despite that, Collins couldn’t be asking anything more of Montgomery during the early season practices. He’s been so impressed with Montgomery, that he awarded him a scholarship for his senior season.
During his freshman year at Northwestern, Montgomery served as a practice player for the Northwestern women’s basketball team.
Going from practicing with the women’s team to earning a scholarship to play Big Ten basketball — job well done.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina freshman guard Rakym Felder was arrested Sunday and charged with several counts, including assault, resisting arrest and public disorderly conduct.
Felder, a 6-foot-1 shooting guard from New York, is being held at Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center in Richland County, according to the facility’s website.
A team spokeswoman said coach Frank Martin was aware of Felder’s arrest and was gathering more information. Per South Carolina athletic department policy, Felder is suspended indefinitely.
Felder was charged by the Columbia police with simple assault and battery, resisting arrest, public disorderly conduct, failure to stop on police command, a pedestrian on a controlled access highway and use of another’s or altered license or identification card.
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The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.