UMass reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in 16 years this past March. The Minutemen coaching staff is riding that momentum, cashing in Bogan (Ill.) 2015 point guard Luwane Pipkins, a three-star recruit, who committed to UMass on Tuesday night.
Matt Vautour of the Daily Hampshire Gazette first reported the news, confirmed by CBT‘s Scott Phillips.
The 5-foot-10 floor general is ranked as the No. 122 overall by Rivals, and is the first commit in UMass’ Class of 2015. He held offers from Bradley, DePaul, La Salle, Northern Illinois and Valparaiso.
Pipkins is a good fit for UMass on both sides of the ball. He is a tenacious on-the-ball defender and is an improved 3-point shooter. Playing with the loaded Mac Irvin Fire on the Nike EYBL circuit, Pipkins is connecting on 38 percent of his shots from beyond the arc through three games.
He was Mac Irvin Fire’s leading scorer at 19.7 points, along with 3.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game, during Nike EYBL Session 1 in Sacramento.
While it’s natural to compare him to Chaz Williams, given that they are both under 6-feet, Pipkins will need to become more of a distributor to fit the mold. When he arrives in Amherst in the fall of 2015 he’ll join an experienced back court headlined by Derrick Gordon, Trey Davis and Jabarie Hinds, who is eligible this upcoming season following his transfer from West Virginia.
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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The new college basketball AP Poll is out, and it shouldn’t be much of a surprise to you that Syracuse and Xavier are the big winners.
The Orange steamrolled through a good Battle 4 Atlantis field, while Xavier capped a dominating performance in the Advocare Invitational with a 29-point win over Dayton. It should be no surprise that they are where they are.
[MORE RANKINGS: NBCSports.com top 25 | Coaches Poll]
It is a bit surprising, however, that both Texas A&M and Providence made it into the polls with a loss this week. They both deserve to be there, I just wasn’t sure they were both going to be.
Anyway, here is the full poll:
1. Kentucky (59 first place votes)
2. Maryland (4)
3. Michigan State (2)
5. Iowa State
9. North Carolina
18. Texas A&M
20. West Virginia
NEW THIS WEEK: Syracuse, West Virginia, SMU, Providence, Louisville
DROPPED OUT: Indiana, Cal, UConn, LSU, Wichita State