OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr gave a social media shout out to California coach Cuonzo Martin on Wednesday to offer his support and thanks during a rough stretch for the Golden Bears program.
Kerr’s son, Nick, was a walk-on reserve guard under Martin this past season – and Kerr is so thankful his son had such a great experience.
The university announced last Wednesday that it was reviewing whether Martin properly handled sexual harassment allegations made by a female reporter against Yann Hufnagel, fired ahead of the team’s trip to Spokane, Washington, where fourth-seeded Cal lost to Hawaii in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday.
Kerr wrote Wednesday on Twitter: “Huge thank you to (at)CuonzoMartin and (at)CalMensBBall for taking care of my son (at)NickZKerr this season. Fantastic experience, exceptional people.”
While Kerr didn’t want to discuss specifics of Cal’s situation, he said he respects Martin as a coach and positive influence on his son.
“My son was a walk-on there this year. He had an incredible experience with his teammates, with the coaching staff, with Cuonzo,” Kerr said before Golden State hosted the Los Angeles Clippers. “I wanted to say thanks for the season that Cal had and for the experience that my son had. All I wanted to vouch for was his character. He’s been an incredible mentor for my son, phenomenal coach and I just wanted to say thanks for that. I know that the program is going through some turmoil with the issue that’s happening. … I just know from my son and getting to know Cuonzo what kind of person he is, and I wanted to support him.”
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) Florida State freshman Dwayne Bacon announced Wednesday night that he will submit his name for the NBA draft but will not hire an agent.
The 6-foot-7 guard made the announcement on his Twitter account and it was confirmed by a school spokesman.
Bacon is taking advantage of a new rule that allows underclassmen to attend the May 10-15 NBA draft combine to get feedback from teams and then decide their future as long as they haven’t signed with an agent. The deadline to withdraw from the draft is May 25.
Twins Caleb and Cody Martin announced on Thursday that they will be transferring out of the N.C. State program.
Along with Cat Barber, who is headed to the NBA Draft, this means that the Wolfpack will be losing three of their top five scorers from last season. Caleb averaged 11.5 points last season while Cody chipped in with 6.0 points.
“Through a series of honest, thoughtful and somewhat surprising conversations we have had in the days since our season ended, Caleb and Cody have informed me of their desire to explore options that they believe are in both of their best interests,” N.C. State head coach Mark Gottfried said in a statement. “While I don’t share all of their views, I have certainly come to understand and respect the unique dynamic and special bond that exists between identical twins, especially when they play the same sport for the same team. I enjoyed coaching them over the past two years.”
Part of the motivation for the twins’ transfer is that the Wolfpack perimeter is crowded. Dennis Smith Jr. will join the program next season, as will transfer Torin Dorn. Terry Henderson returns from injury and Maverick Rowan is back for his sophomore season. That doesn’t include Shaun Kirk or anyone that Mark Gottfried is able to add this spring.
And he will be adding people, whether it’s through graduate transfers or freshmen from overseas. The Wolfpack are currently down to just eight scholarship players.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Arizona State forward Savon Goodman is leaving the program and will be eligible immediately as a graduate transfer.
The 6-foot-6 forward averaged 9.6 rebounds and 6.4 rebounds in 28 games, including six starts. He was suspended four games in December for undisclosed rules violations and never fully returned to form.
Goodman started his college career at UNLV, but was suspended an entire season after being charged with burglary, grand larceny and conspiracy to commit burglary in 2013.
He ended up at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa, but did not play before transferring to Arizona State. Goodman averaged 11.2 points and 7.6 rebounds in 2014-15 after sitting out the first semester due to transfer rules.
SEATTLE (AP) Washington freshmen Marquese Chriss and Dejounte Murray have both declared for the NBA draft and will hire agents, ending their college careers after one season.
The school announced the intentions of both Chriss and Murray on Wednesday night. Both players are projected to be first-round picks after up-and-down first seasons of college basketball where each flashed NBA potential.
Chriss is a 6-foot-9 forward from Sacramento, California, with the ability to play on the low block and stretch his game beyond the 3-point line. Chriss struggled with foul trouble throughout his freshman season and played just 25 minutes per game because of the fouls, but averaged 13.7 points.
Murray, a 6-foot-4 guard from Seattle, came on as the season progressed. He averaged 16.4 points, 6 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
CHICAGO (AP) Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg was reunited with his former Iowa State players and coaching staff on Wednesday.
Less than a year after leaving the Cyclones to accept the Bulls’ job, Hoiberg greeted the team as it prepared for its Sweet Sixteen matchup against No. 1 seed Virginia at the United Center on Friday night.
Hoiberg was 115-56 in five seasons as coach of the Cyclones and guided them to four NCAA Tournament appearances, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2014.
The Cyclones met with Hoiberg on Wednesday at the Bulls’ practice facility, where Hoiberg addressed the team hours before the Bulls’ matchup against the New York Knicks.
Hoiberg will miss Iowa State’s game on Friday while the Bulls are on a two-game road trip, but he expects to be at the game on Sunday if the Cyclones advance.
“It’s really cool. I told them to take of business because we will be on the road. I’ll be in a bar in Orlando watching somewhere. I already have a ticket for Sunday so I’m ready to watch them cut down those nets and go to the Final Four,” Hoiberg said.
Hoiberg has a special connection with Iowa State since he grew up in Ames and starred for the Cyclones from 1991-95. He garnered the nickname “The Mayor.”
“The biggest thing is not only as a former coach and the relationship with those guys and as alumni of the university is just how proud I am with those group of guys. I told them to step back and enjoy it. That’s one thing I regret. I did not do that,” Hoiberg said.
Iowa State players and coaching staff were expected to be in attendance to watch the Bulls play Wednesday.
“Obviously it is a group of guys that are really special. I have a big place in my heart for them. I’m certainly going to cheer them on hard this weekend,” said Hoiberg.