New Mexico head coach Craig Neal dipped into the prep school ranks to fill his coaching staff. La Lumiere School (Indiana) head coach Alan Huss was officially named an assistant coach on Tuesday night, the team announced.
Huss replaces Craig Snow, who left the Lobos in July to become the head coach of New Mexico Highlands University, a Division II program. Huss joins associate head coach Lamont Smith and assistant Drew Adams on staff.
He is the second coach from a highly-touted prep school to land an assistant coaching job this summer. Missouri head coach Kim Anderson hired Huntington Prep (West Virginia) head coach Rob Fulford in June. Five weeks later, Fulford’s former player, Montaque Gill-Caesar, a four-star prospect, reclassified and committed to Mizzou for this upcoming season.
It appears Huss’ hire will reportedly come with a bonus. Minutes after it was announced Huss would join the staff, Gary Parrish of CBS Sports reported that former Auburn signee Sam Logwood, a La Lumiere product, would join Huss at New Mexico. Logwood committed to Tony Barbee in September. On July 30, new Auburn coach Bruce Pearl released the 6-foot-6 wing from his National Letter of Intent. Logwood is regarded as the No. 150 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, according to Rivals. After getting his release, Logwood scheduled a visit to New Mexico for this upcoming weekend.
La Lumiere has a talented roster for the 2014-2015 season. Top-40 2015 shooting guard Jalen Coleman, Vanderbilt commit Joseph Toye and incoming wing Davon Dillard, a three-star prospect, will be out on the perimeter, joined by Australian big man Isaac Humphries, a 6-foot-11 2016 prospect. You can read more about Humphries in College Basketball Talk’s Recruiting Roundup from Monday.
The injury Stephen Zimmerman suffered on Saturday will keep the star UNLV freshman out for at least a week, a source told NBC Sports.
The injury is not thought to be serious, however. Zimmerman may be kept out for longer as a precaution, but that’s a result of the Runnin’ Rebels being in a situation where the rest of their regular season is relatively meaningless.
They’re not getting an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament regardless of how they finish out league play. With back-up center Ben Carter out with a torn ACL, it’s more important to make sure that Zimmerman, who is averaging 10.6 points and 9.1 boards this season, is totally healthy for the Mountain West tournament.
That tournament, mind you, will be played at UNLV’s Thomas & Mack Center.
So the Runnin’ Rebels, regardless of how poor they’ve played this season, will always have a chance to land an automatic bid.
Anyway, the more interesting aspect of this story is how Zimmerman injured the knee. It was a completely avoidable play that came after the whistle, but I’m not sure it was what you would call a “dirty play”. You tell me:
With a little more than three minutes left on Monday night, No. 24 Texas held a 57-51 lead on No. 3 Oklahoma in Norman as Jordan Woodard struggled again and Buddy Hield failed to find the rhythm that he had throughout the first three months of the season.
At that point in the game, Hield was 4-for-14 from the floor with 15 points and four turnovers. He had just missed a pair of wide-open threes
“I couldn’t make a shot,” Hield said after the game. But that changed down the stretch. First, Hield finally got a three to drop. On the next possession, he got all the way to the rim and scored. On the following two possessions, he was fouled on a drive to the rim and hit four free throws. And after missing a pull-up jumper, Hield did this:
“I told coach I wanted the ball,” Hield said, “I saw Lammert coming to bite, so I pulled up.”
“It’s all money.”
Hield is already the favorite to win National Player of the Year, and this performance is only going to help his cause further. Think about it like this: Buddy was not good on Monday night, at least according to his (admittedly lofty) standards. But he still finished with 27 points and shook off a cold shooting night just in time to take over down the stretch.
Now think about this: Hield’s head coach has enough confidence in him to hand him the keys in the final minutes despite the fact that he’s struggling and on a team that has two other players that Lon Kruger trusts on game-winning possessions. Think about it. When Oklahoma beat West Virginia at the buzzer, it was Jordan Woodard that the play was drawn up for. When they beat LSU, it was Isaiah Cousins that got the rock on the final possession while Hield was used as a decoy. .
Want to talk about coaching luxuries?
Kruger has three guards that can shoot, penetrate and score, and penetrate and kick, and one of them is the National Player of the Year that doesn’t mind being used as a decoy.