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 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.