Former Wake Forest forward Tyler Cavanaugh was a late addition to the growing list of college basketball transfer list this offseason, but one that has drawn considerable interest.
The 6-foot-9 Cavanaugh visited both Dayton and George Washington earlier this week and will cap the weekend with a trip to Butler, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. Colorado, Davidson, Providence and Oregon were among the other teams to contact him since making the announcement. Cavanaugh previously said he wanted to narrow down his list of options to three or four schools.
Cavanaugh decided to transfer on June 14, but waited a week to explain why he left the Wake Forest program.
“I wrote down my goals — I want to make the NCAA Tournament, I want to compete for a conference championship,” Cavanaugh told the Post-Standard on June 21. “I mean, I loved my time at Wake. My two years were great; up and down and I learned a lot about myself as a player. But I felt like it was time for me to move on to something else.”
The Colonials are coming off their first NCAA tournament appearance in seven seasons with the pieces to make return trip in 2015. Butler’s offseason has been headlined by transfer news this spring with Elijah Brown, Nolan Berry and Rene Castro out and Tyler Lewis (N.C. State) and Austin Etherington (Indiana) in. Dayton has been a possible destination for several transfers, as the Flyers landed James Madison wing Charles Cooke earlier this month.
Cavanaugh, the stretch four, averaged 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore at Wake Forest. He will have to sit out the 2014-2015 season, per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.
New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.
The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.
UConn commit Juwan Durham, a four-star big man in the Class of 2016, has torn the ACL in his right knee for the second time in seven months. The Florida native committed to the Huskies and head coach Kevin Ollie back in September. The 6-foot-9 forward is regarded as the No. 31 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016, so he can really be a force when he’s healthy.
In a report from Tampabay.com’s Bob Putnam, UConn was notified of the injury immediately and there is no change in plans with the commitment. The Huskies also own commitments from four-star point guard Alterique Gilbert and three-star power forward Mamadou Diarra in the Class of 2016. Having Diarra, an active, rim-protecting presence, helps with Durham’s recovery, since he can provide some more front court depth.
If Durham rehabs back to full speed, UConn has a very talented power forward who was just hitting his stride in the Florida state playoffs last February. UConn has a nice class so far with this group, especially if Durham can recover, With a year to recover until next season, Durham can hopefully play during his freshman season in 2016.