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.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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