While the exploits of players such as Terran Petteway, Walter Pitchford and Shavon Shields was enough to get Nebraska to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1998, one thing the Huskers lacked in 2013-14 was interior depth. Shields, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard, was Nebraska’s leading rebounder and outside of Pitchford just one true big (Leslee Smith) averaged double-digit minutes in 2013-14.
That may change in 2014-15, with center Jacob Hammond arriving in Lincoln and the addition of Georgetown graduate transfer Moses Ayegba. As first reported by Adam Zagoria, the 6-foot-9 forward/center has decided to use his final season of eligibility at Nebraska. Ayegba, who missed the entire 2011-12 season due to a torn ACL, wasn’t a highly productive player during his time at Georgetown (1.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg for his career) but he gives head coach Tim Miles another physical body in the paint.
And according to Robin Washut of HuskerOnline.com, one of the factors that helped Ayegba in the decision-making process was the presence of assistant coach Kenya Hunter. Hunter was an assistant on John Thompson III’s staff in three of Ayegba’s four seasons at Georgetown, and that familiarity was important.
“It played a lot, because knowing that you have somebody there just makes you feel more comfortable with everything,” Ayegba said of Hunter being at Nebraska. “Him being there played a big part.”
How much Ayegba, who was a Top 100 prospect coming out of high school, is able to contribute from a statistical standpoint remains to be seen especially when considering his production to this point. But it never hurts to have another front court body when it comes to competing in the Big Ten.
With Petteway, Pitchford and Shields all returning, Nebraska will be expected to at the very least return to the NCAA tournament. How far can they go? What Nebraska gets from its interior will be a key factor in the answer to that question.
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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