North Carolina-Central has locked one of the most promising young coaches in college hoops to a long-term deal.
LeVelle Moton has signed an eight-year contract extension with the school, according to The Durham News, that is worth upwards of $2 million. The $250,000 annual salary is the most in school history. When he was hired in 2010, before NCCU became a Division I program, Moton made just $100,000. The program moved up a level in
Moton, who is only 40 years old, has won 82 games in four seasons at the helm of the Eagles, including 50 in the last two years. NCCU won the MEAC in 2014 and played in the NCAA tournament and also managed to pick up a win at N.C. State along the way.
Moton was courted by both Florida Atlantic and Marshall this offseason. He played for the Eagles in the early 90s and is still the school’s third-all time leading scorer.
An interesting recruiting development hit on Friday as Josh Gershon of Scout.com reported that four-star center Jayce Johnson is reclassifying to the Class of 2015 and looking to join a program at semester break.
The 7-foot native of California is down to Cal, Colorado and Utah and Johnson is on an official visit to Utah this weekend after transferring to a charter school this week. As Gershon notes, only Cal has a scholarship to offer Johnson this season, but the family is willing to pay a semester at the other programs if it’s the right fit. Johnson would like to redshirt and train with his future college while playing against more mature players.
But if Johnson is persuaded not to redshirt, he could be an intriguing big man off the bench later in the season for a couple of teams looking to make a postseason appearance. As the No. 67 overall prospect in the Class of 2016, Johnson is a talented prospect and he isn’t afraid to score with either hand. With some time to fill out, Johnson can turn into a talented Pac-12 player down the road.
New Utah Valley head coach Mark Pope made quite an impression on fans at the team’s Midnight Madness celebration last night. That’s because Pope did a dance and lip sync routine with his four daughters that turned out to be pretty impressive.
The former BYU assistant looks to be the leader in the clubhouse for best coach dance so far this preseason. We’ll see if any other coaches pull out elaborate routines at madness celebrations the next few weeks.