When Jeff Bzdelik resigned towards the end of March, it was unclear whether his Wake Forest squad would return to the ACC school when athletic director Ron Wellman hired a new coach. Now that Danny Manning has been brought from Tulsa to Winston-Salem, questions have been raised if certain Demon Deacons, like sophomore guard Codi Miller-McIntyre, would indeed be back.
Bret Strelow of the Fayetteville Observer spoke with Miller-McIntyre and asked if he would play under Manning, and the guard confirmed he wasn’t going anywhere, telling Strelow that he couldn’t see any particular reason why he would transfer from Wake Forest.
The 6-foot-3 guard had one of the more underrated sophomore seasons; he significantly increased his assist rate, cut down on his turnovers — 15 percent turnover rate! — and worked hard to attack the basket in the halfcourt, spurning low percentage shots when drawing a foul and getting to the free throw line would prove more advantageous (the guard attempted nearly 100 more free throws than his freshman year). Now under the tutelage of Manning, Miller-McIntyre could be on the cusp of a potential breakout season.
Illinois suffered another blow in what has already turned out to be a brutal season.
Mike Thorne is expected to miss the rest of the season after tearing his meniscus. He reportedly underwent surgery on Monday to repair the injury.
Thorne, a transfer from Charlotte, was starting at center for the Illini and doing a good job of it as well. He was averaging 13.4 points and 8.4 boards, although Illinois has started off the season 3-4.
The reason for that slow start has mainly been those injuries. Tracy Abrams is already out for the season after tearing his achilles, and the Illini training room looked like a M.A.S.H. unit. Kendrick Nunn just returned two games ago from surgery to repair a torn thumb ligament. LeRon Black is still getting back to speed after offseason knee surgery. Jaylon Tate is back after dislocating a finger. Jalen Coleman-Lands was slowed by a stress fracture.
John Groce entered this season on the hot seat, and dealing with all of these injuries certainly isn’t helping his cause.
We talk about a lot of stuff of the podcast today, mainly because a lot of stuff happened since we last spoke with you all.
For starters, we need to discuss the ‘realness’ of Syracuse and Xavier. Are they both truly top 15 teams, or do they just have top 15 resumes? We also dive into Chris Mack’s epic troll-job of Dayton at the Advocare Invitational final.
Other topics we touched on: Whether or not Scott is ever going to apologize to Wayne Selden, Wichita State’s tournament hopes, Texas A&M and whether we’d take Ben Simmons, Kris Dunn or Denzel Valentine today.
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