Thursday afternoon Utah State head coach Stew Morrill announced the official addition of two new players to his program, as forwards Lew Evans and Grayson Moore are now Aggies. Evans has experience at the Division I level, as he played the 2013-14 season at Tulsa. Of the 34 games in which the 6-foot-8 Evans played he made 22 starts, posting averages of 5.3 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Evans’ best offensive performance of the season came in a win over Tulane in early January, as he scored 14 points on the evening. Evans is more of a perimeter threat, as last season more than 61 percent of his field goal attempts were three-pointers. Prior to joining the Tulsa program, Evans spent a year at Casper College in Wyoming.
As for Moore, he played the 2013-14 season at Northwest Nazarene University and posted averages of 10.8 points and 7.0 rebounds per game. With the number of front court players Utah State lost at the end of the 2013-14 season, Evans and Moore are important additions as the Aggies look to improve their depth.
Utah State lost its top two rebounders from last season’s team, with Jarred Shaw out of eligibility and Kyle Davis having transferred to BYU. Also having graduated from that team were guards Spencer Butterfield and Preston Medlin, leaving rising sophomore forward Jalen Moore (5.6 ppg) as the team’s leading returning scorer.
Utah State has signed eight other players heading into the 2014-15 season, with three being junior college transfers. The Aggies finished their first season in the Mountain West with an overall record of 18-14, going 7-11 in conference play.
One of the top points guards in the Class of 2017 has trimmed his list of potential collegiate destinations to six.
Trae Young, a consensus top-25 recruit, listed Texas Tech, Kansas, Oklahoma, Washington, Oklahoma State and Kentucky as the schools he is considering as he readies to begin his senior year of high school.
The list of the 6-foot-2 point guard is largely provincial as it includes Oklahoma, whose campus is just minutes away from Young’s Norman North High School, and fellow in-state school Oklahoma. Another pair of Big 12 schools make the list in powerhouse Kansas and the Red Raiders, whose first-year coach, Chris Beard, has spent the bulk of his career working in Texas. Texas Tech is also Young’s father’s alma mater. Washington has been on a role sending its players to the pros and recently received the commitment of top-five 2017 recruit Michael Porter, Jr.
Kentucky, of course, needs no explanation as to its attractiveness to high-level players.
Clemson will get a four-star recruit on campus a year earlier than it expected, though his on-court debut for the Tigers will remain on schedule.
A.J. Oliver, a guard from South Carolina, will enroll early at Clemson and redshirt this upcoming season, he announced via social media Wednesday.
“I woke up this morning and realized that the greatest opportunity for me is to enroll early into Clemson,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will redshirt a year & start my college career early.”
Oliver, whose mother is the head women’s basketball coach at Clemson, was a consensus top-100 player in the class of 2017 who committed to the Tigers last December. Texas Tech and the College of Charleston were involved before his commitment.
A three-star shooting guard, Scott Spencer of Virginia, was previously the only member coach Brad Brownell’s 2016 class. While Oliver’s decision to redshirt will keep him off the court for the 2016-17 season, he’ll have spent a full season in the Tiger program before making his debut in 2017
The cupboard isn’t bare in 2017 for the Tigers due to Oliver’s reclassification because Clemson received a commitment from power forward Malik Williams, a consensus top-150 player, earlier Wednesday.
Kentucky used Calipari-Chaney fight in media training
Kentucky held some media training sessions yesterday, and one of the topics that head coach John Calipari used to make a point was … his blow-up with John Chaney. The moment was captured on SnapChat by a trio of Kentucky newcomers.
You remember that incident. Chaney, then the head coach at Temple, and Cal, who was coaching Atlantic 10 rival UMass at the time, nearly came to blows over the way that Cal handled officials during the game. Before the video below picks up, the two shared this exchange:
“Could I say this to you, please?” Chaney said, before the video above picks up. “You’ve got a good ball club. But what you did with the officials out there is wrong, and I don’t want to be a party to that. You understand?”
Cal responded: “You weren’t out there, Coach. You don’t have any idea.”
Chaney fired back: “You got a game given to you by officials right here with G.W. on three bad calls, O.K.? Then you send your kids out there pushing and shoving. You had the best officiating you could ever get here. And for you to ride them, I don’t want to be a party to that.”