With the change in coaches at Wake Forest from Jeff Bzdelik to Danny Manning, 6-foot-9 forward Tyler Cavanaugh made the decision during the spring to transfer. Thursday evening Cavanaugh announced on his Twitter account that he will be transferring to George Washington to play for head coach Mike Lonergan.
Excited to join the buff and blue! I am a Colonial! #GW
Cavanaugh will have to sit out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules, leaving him two years to play beginning with the 2015-16 campaign. As a sophomore at Wake Forest the Dewitt, N.Y. native posted averages of 8.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game, with both figures being improvements over the numbers he produced as a freshman (5.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Cavanaugh started 22 of the Demon Deacons’ 33 games in 2013-14, with his best offensive performance coming in Wake Forest’s 82-72 win over Duke on March 5. In that game Cavanaugh scored a career-high 20 points to go along with six rebounds, making five of his nine shot attempts from the field and shooting 10-for-12 from the foul line.
On the season Cavanaugh reached double digits in 14 games, and his best rebounding efforts came in wins over Richmond (nine rebounds) and St. Bonaventure (eight). Cavanaugh is one of two transfers joining the George Washington program this offseason, with former Hamilton (Division III) guard Matt Hart being the other. During the transfer process Cavanaugh also visited Butler and Dayton.
In total the Colonials are adding seven new faces to the program, with guard Paul Jorgensen and forwards Matt Cimino and Yuta Watanabe leading the five-member freshman class.
George Washington, which won 24 games and reached the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2006 last season, will need to account for the departures of guard Maurice Creek and forward Isaiah Armwood. However the Colonials return four of their top six scorers from that team, including guard Kethan Savage (12.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg) and forward Kevin Larsen (11.4, 6.9).
The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 10.3 points per game, while shooting 42 percent from three, as a freshman. He, along with Malcolm Hill and Michael Thorne Jr., is one of three returning players who averaged double figures last season.
This could prove to be a make-or-break year for John Groce, who enters his fifth season at the helm. He guided the Illini to an NCAA Tournament in his first season, but hasn’t been back since.
The key for the Illini is health. Abrams gives them experience and leadership, but it won’t be a surprise if there’s some rust in his game after spending the past two seasons on the sideline. Having a healthy Coleman-Lands will help stabilize the backcourt, while Hill, an all-conference caliber forward, and Thorne anchor the frontcourt.
Like Alkins, Jones was a sought-after scorer. The 6-foot-4 two-guard was rated No. 69 overall in the Class of 2016 by Rivals. He picked Indiana over offers from Cal, Cincinnati, Georgetown and more than a dozen other high-major programs.
Jeter, the 6-foot-10, played in a reserve role as a freshman, averaging 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game last season. He will be part of a loaded frontline that includes heralded freshmen Harry Giles and Marques Bolden, as well as redshirt senior Amile Jefferson, who returns to the lineup following a foot injury.
The greatest player in Auburn program history will honored with a statue outside of the team’s home arena.
The university announced that Charles Barkley, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer, will be the fourth athlete to be given a statue, joining Heisman Trophy winners Bo Jackson, Pat Sullivan and Cam Newton.
“It just means a great deal to me,” Barkley said in a statement. “Being a kid from Alabama, going to Auburn. I think everybody knows what Auburn means to me. It’s going to be pretty cool.”
Barkley, currently working as an analyst for TNT, was the SEC Player of the Year in 1984, as well as a second team All-American. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.6 rebounds per game in 84 appearances for the Tigers.