UMass landed a late addition to its 2014 recruiting class on Thursday as Mississippi native and forward Malik Hines committed to head coach Derek Kellogg. The news of Hines’ commitment was first reported by Alex Kline from The Recruit Scoop.
The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Hines played last season at Life Center Academy in New Jersey and took a visit this spring to Memphis. Although high-major programs were pursuing Hines, he was an academic question mark and many programs backed away.
As Daniel Malone of Mass Live points out, Hines becoming eligible for the 2014-15 season would put UMass in an interesting dilemma, as they would have one scholarship too many committed for the upcoming season.
Because of academic concerns, Hines’ eligibility for the upcoming season is in question. If he fails to qualify, he’ll have to sit out the year (like Donte Clark last seaon) and will – assuming he gets back on track in class – join the team with a scholarship for 2015. If he’s ruled eligible, coach Derek Kellogg will have some tricky roster maneuvers to make as he’ll have one too many incoming players on board for 2014.
UMass already adds Clark, center Rashaan Holloway and wing C.J. Anderson next season, so if Hines qualifies, it means someone on the roster will have to relinquish their spot on scholarship.
But until that becomes a dilemma, Hines is a nice front court pick-up for UMass this late in the game.
Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.
The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:
Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.
UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.
Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.
All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.
The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.