Resume issue provides valuable lesson for Manhattan

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In the aftermath of his leading Manhattan to the NCAA tournament and giving Louisville all it wanted before falling in the round of 64, Steve Masiello was considered by many to be a rising star in the coaching profession. His work turning around the Manhattan program ultimately resulted in South Florida offering him its head coaching position and he accepted, with designs of pulling off a similar turnaround.

But because of the fact that he’d yet to complete his undergraduate coursework at Kentucky, despite the fact that his resume stated that he’d graduated, Masiello was no longer in line for that job and his coaching future hung in the balance. After completing his degree requirements Masiello was reinstated as head coach at Manhattan, which had placed him on leave following the discovery.

And in a story written by Scott Gleeson of USA Today, Masiello stated that the situation was “the best thing that could have happened” to him.

“It reprogrammed me from an accountability standpoint,” Masiello told USA TODAY Sports. “I am now proud to say I graduated. And I try to graduate 100% of my players. My job is to impact people’s lives. If this doesn’t get people’s attention — to do the little things — then I don’t know what will. Forget about money or other jobs. I almost lost my career because of a mistake I made when I was 21. Now I’m 36. I’m not trying to spin that, but I tell my players what you do now matters.”

As Masiello stated, his situation is one that can be used as a learning experience for both he and his players. And after reaching the NCAA tournament a season ago, the Jaspers are capable of making a return trip in spite of some key personnel losses.

Gone from last season’s team are key seniors and leading scorers George Beamon, Michael Alvarado and Rhamel Brown, and their contributions won’t be accounted for easily. But with returnees such as Ashton Pankey, Emmy Andujar and Shane Richards back, and Cincinnati transfer Jermaine Lawrence granted immediate eligibility, Manhattan shouldn’t be ignored when assessing the MAAC race in 2014-15.

In addition to Manhattan, bitter rival Iona should also be a contender with A.J. English and David Laury III back on campus, and a Siena team that returns every key member from a rotation that won the CBI will be heard from as well.

NCAA denies extra-year request by NC State guard Henderson

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The NCAA has denied North Carolina State guard Terry Henderson’s request for another year of eligibility.

Henderson announced the decision Friday in a statement issued by the school.

The Raleigh native played two seasons at West Virginia before transferring to N.C. State and redshirting in 2014-15. He played for only 7 minutes of the following season before suffering a season-ending ankle injury.

As a redshirt senior in 2016-17, he was the team’s second-leading scorer at 13.8 points per game and made a team-best 78 3-pointers.

Henderson called it “an honor and privilege” to play in his hometown.

SMU gets transfer in Georgetown’s Akoy Agau

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SMU pulled in a frontcourt player in Georgetown transfer Akoy Agau, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. Agau is immediately eligible for next season as a graduate transfer.

The 6-foot-8 Agau started his career at Louisville before transferring to Georgetown after one season. Spending two seasons with the Hoyas, Agau was limited to 11 minutes in his first season due to injuries. He averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.

Coming out of high school, Agau was a four-star prospect but he’s never lived up to that billing in-part because of injuries. Now, Agau gets one more chance to make a difference as he’s hoping to help replace some departed pieces like Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye.

South Carolina loses big man Sedee Keita to transfer

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South Carolina big man Sedee Keita will transfer from the program, he announced on Friday.

The 6-foot-9 Keita was once regarded as a top-100 national prospect in the Class of 2016, but he never found consistent minutes with the Gamecocks for last season’s Final Four team.

Keita appeared in 29 games and averaged 1.1 points and 2.0 rebounds per game while shooting 27 percent from the field.

A native of Philadelphia, Keita will have to sit out next season before getting three more seasons of eligibility.

Although Keita failed to make an impact during his only season at South Carolina, he’ll be a coveted transfer thanks to his size and upside.

Mississippi State losing two to transfer

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Mississippi State will lose two players to transfer as freshmen Mario Kegler and Eli Wright are leaving the program.

Both Kegler and Wright were four-star prospects coming out of high school as they were apart of a six-man recruiting class that is supposed to be a major foundation for Ben Howland’s future with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-7 Kegler was Mississippi State’s third-leading scorer last season as he averaged 9.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Kegler should command some quality schools on the transfer market, especially since he’ll still have three more years of eligibility after sitting out next season due to NCAA transfer regulations. Kegler’s loss is also notable for Mississippi State because it is the second consecutive offseason that Howland lost a top-100, in-state product to transfer after only one season after Malik Newman left for Kansas.

Wright, a 6-foot-4 guard, was never able to find consistent minutes as he was already behind underclass perimeter options like Quinndary Weatherspoon, Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter last season. With Nick Weatherspoon, Quinndary’s four-star brother, also joining the Bulldogs next season, the writing was likely on the wall that Wright wasn’t going to earn significant playing time.

 

N.C. State lands second transfer of day with Utah’s Devon Daniels

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A big recruiting day for N.C. State continued on Saturday afternoon as Utah transfer and guard Devon Daniels pledged to the Wolfpack.

Earlier in the day, N.C. State and new head coach Kevin Keatts landed another quality transfer in UNC Wilmington guard C.J. Bryce.

The 6-foot-5 Daniels just finished his freshman season with the Utes in which he put up 9.9 points 4.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game while shooting 57 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range. Just like Bryce, Daniels will have to sit out the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before he has three more seasons of eligibility.

N.C. State now has two potential starters on the perimeter for the 2018-19 season with the addition of Bryce and Daniels as it will be interesting to see what kind of talent the Wolfpack can get around them.