George Muresan committed to Georgetown on Wednesday, where he will enroll in the basketball program as a walk-on, his high school, St. Andrew’s announced.
You can probably guess who his father is: Gheorge Muresan, the 7-foot-7 Romanian center that once averaged 14.5 points in a season for the Washington Bullets. Muresan shares the honor of being the tallest player in NBA history with Manute Bol.
George does not have Gheorge’s height, as he stands “just” 6-foot-9, but he’s talented enough to have been offered preferred walk-on spots at a number of programs and to have been recruited by a handful of mid-major programs in the area.
Ole Miss has landed a commitment from New Mexico transfer Cullen Neal, a source told NBCSports.com.
Neal, the son of New Mexico head coach Craig Neal, averaged 12.3 points and 3.7 assists for the Lobos as a sophomore. He got a medical redshirt for the 2014-15 season, and, after graduating in three seasons from UNM, he’ll be eligible immediately for the Rebels.
The 6-foot-3 lead guard will be paired in the back court with Miami transfer Deandre Burnett, as head coach Andy Kennedy looks to replace the production he got from Stefan Moody last season.
Neal transferred out of the New Mexico program after dealing with quite a bit of backlash from the fan base in Albuquerque. He’s a shot-first lead guard that played a major role on a team where he may have ended up being the third-best player on the roster. He did have some success, but the fan base viewed him similarly to how UCLA fans view Bryce and Steve Alford — ‘Daddyball’ if you will — and at one point Craig Neal told reporters that his son had received death threats from fans.
ESPN.com was the first to report the news of Neal’s commitment.
While we all sit and wait for the NCAA to finish parsing through the North Carolina case, it seems like the organization is steam-rolling over Louisville’s case.
Rick Pitino spoke to Bob Valvano, a radio host in Louisville, and discussed the investigation into the escort scandal, telling him that “it’s almost pretty much over” and that he — Pitino — believes that “everything’s behind us right now.”
The Louisville head coach couldn’t give details on whether or not he’s been interviewed yet, as the NCAA frowns on that sort of thing, but given that this appearance occurred just a week after the Cardinals self-imposed some recruiting restrictions and scholarship reductions for the coming years, it’s probably safe to assume that the NCAA has finished with their investigation.
Does that mean we’ll know in a timely manor whether or not the punishments that Louisville has levied upon themselves — Remember the self-imposed postseason ban that cost them the 2016 NCAA tournament? — will save the program from future postseason bans or any individual punishment for Pitino?
Every investigation takes place on the NCAA’s own timetable.
“You just let them do their job,” Pitino said, “and certainly the university has done everything that they can to justify the mistakes that were made, and then you move forward. And certainly we will. We’ll have a great team coming back next year.”
Whether or not that team, which currently sits in 10th in the NBCSports.com Preseason Top 25, has a chance to prove how great they are in March still remains to be seen.
The full interview can he heard below.
NJIT will hold a press conference on Friday to announce that Brian Kennedy has been named the head coach, replacing Jim Engles.
Engles left the Newark, N.J., school to take over for Kyle Smith at Columbia.
Kennedy’s family launched the Hoop Group, an organization that runs many AAU tournaments and instructional camps up and down the eastern half of the United States, where he worked after graduating from Monmouth. He spent five years on DePaul’s staff, helping recruit the class headlined by Quentin Richardson, before leaving the business for seven years. He returned to the Hoop Group in 2009, eventually joining Engles’ staff at NJIT in 2012, when the school was still a Division I independent.
The Highlanders went 20-15 this past season, their first as a member of the Atlantic Sun. They advanced to the semifinals of the CIT where they to Columbia, ironically enough.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) The University of Illinois has announced a pair of settlements involving former female basketball players who sued the school and its former football coach, Tim Beckman.
Campus officials said Tuesday that the seven former players will receive a one-time payment of $375,000 to split among them. The University of Illinois Board of Trustees must approve the settlement. The women sued in 2015, claiming basketball coaches created a racially hostile environment. The women, through their attorney Terry Ekl, said in a statement that they’re happy “no other student athlete may have to experience what we have.”
The school also said Beckman would receive a one-time payment of $250,000, which doesn’t need approval from trustees. Allegations of player abuse led the school to fire Beckman a week before last season started.
They ran the play 11 times.
Kris Jenkins hit seven of them. That’s not bad.