“That’s not my legacy”: 12 years after Rutgers firing, Kevin Bannon is at peace (Newark Star-Ledger)
When he first took over as head coach at Rutgers in the late-1990s, Kevin Bannon has the look of a coach capable of leading the program to greater heights. But a free throw contest in which players had to remove an article of clothing for each miss resulted in Bannon’s firing. And while Rutgers continues its quest for a spot in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1991 Bannon’s moved forward in life.
NBA projections fall for star-studded lineup (Louisville Courier-Journal)
One aspect of the one-and-done era that has taken some getting used to is the immediate analysis of the draft potential of the nation’s best freshmen. Having played just one-third of the season doesn’t stop pundits from offering their thoughts and mock drafts, and in the case of Kentucky’s crop their stock has dropped some. But in all honesty this likely isn’t (and shouldn’t) be their focus right now.
BC’s Clifford still a question mark (Boston Globe)
Boston College center Dennis Clifford is a valuable piece for the Eagles, but unfortunately for them he’s been unable to play this season after undergoing a procedure during the offseason on both of his knees. Without their big man the Eagles have struggled defensively, and a decision should be made in the next couple of weeks as to whether or not he’ll be able to play at all this season.
Marist graduate Kristina Danella leading own college basketball team (Poughkeepsie Journal)
For many college graduates the job market can be tough to navigate, with the number of immediate opportunities in their chosen field being limited. But in the case of former Marist forward Kristina Danella, she’s now in charge of her own program (interim head coach at Urbana University) less than a year removed from college.
Sylvia Hatchell doing “really good” (ESPN)
North Carolina women’s head basketball coach Sylvia Hatchell’s been on leave since being diagnosed with leukemia in October, and her hope is to be back on the sideline running her program by the end of the season.
Henderson getting help as Rebels near SEC play (Columbus Ledger-Enquirer)
Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson receives most of the attention when it comes to the Rebels thanks to his shot selection and histrionics that fire up fans no matter when the game is being played. But as Ole Miss approaches the start of SEC play it should be known that he’s got some help, most notably a player in Jarvis Summers who’s much improved from a season ago.
Brandon Taylor’s heart outgrows his frame (Salt Lake Tribune)
Utah put together arguably its best performance of the season on Saturday night as they blew out rival BYU in Salt Lake City. The tandem of Jordan Loveridge and Delon Wright will receive many of the headlines but they aren’t the only key contributors at Larry Krystkowiak’s disposal. Sophomore point guard Brandon Taylor’s been key as well, and he’s becoming a vocal leader for the Utes.
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.
Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.
The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.
As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.
Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.
SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.
Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.
South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.
The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.
Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.
A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.
Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.
Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.
Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.
Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.
A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.
Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.
The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.
N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.