As a freshman at USC this season, 6-foot-6 forward Roschon Prince averaged 4.2 points and 2.7 rebounds in just over 11 minutes of action per game. Prince didn’t receive a large amount of playing time during Pac-12 play, as he didn’t see action in five games and played single-digit minutes in seven others.
With this being the case Prince made the decision to transfer, and as reported by Mike Guardabascio of the Long Beach Press-Telegramthe forward is headed to Long Beach State. Prince is a Long Beach native, and at Long Beach Poly he became the lone player in school history to surpass the 2,000-point mark.
According to the report Prince will sit out the 2014-15 season and have three years of eligibility beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. Long Beach State has nine juniors on the 2013-14 roster, so adding Prince to the fold will give them a newcomer who knows what head coach Dan Monson wants to run when 2015 rolls around.
As for why he made the decision to join the Long Beach State program, Prince stated the following in the story:
One of the things that appealed to Prince about Long Beach State, besides the zip code, is the way he said head coach Dan Monson and his staff know how to use their players. “They really don’t pigeonhole people into being a two or a three,” he said. “They play the five best players…and they’re not just going to stick me down on the block.”
With guards Mike Caffey (16.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 4.2 apg) and Tyler Lamb (15.4, 3.6, 2.2) leading the returnees in 2014-15, Prince will have some experienced players to learn the Long Beach State system from while sharpening his skills for a return to the court in 2015.
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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