Mark Gottfried’s coaching staff at N.C. State will look vastly different next season than it did this season.
The school has already announced that former Oklahoma State assistant coach Butch Pierre has been hired to replace Rob Moxley, and now it appears that Gottfried will likely be hiring former Kansas assistant and current FGCU head coach Joe Dooley.
Dooley, according to a source, took a paycut when he took the FGCU job, where he makes a base salary of $235,000, and would stand to get a raise if he were to move to N.C. State. Dooley has won 21 games in three straight seasons with the Eagles, won a Atlantic Sun regular season title and reached the NCAA tournament this past season and has not signed a contract extension with the school.
According to another source, Dooley would be replacing assistant coach Bobby Lutz on the N.C. State bench. The Wolfpack announced on Tuesday evening that Lutz has been reassigned within the athletic department, taking over a role as “Special Assistant to the Deputy Athletic Director for External Operations.
Deyonta Davis declares for the NBA Draft, will sign with agent
Deyonta Davis announced on Tuesday morning that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft and signing with an agent, according to a release from Michigan State.
“I asked Coach Izzo and Coach Guy to do research for me. The information that came back made me decide to enter the draft,” Davis said in a statement. “It was a tough decision, but after talking to my family and coaches, I felt it was the right decision and one I’m fully committed to.”
Davis averaged 7.5 points and 5.5 boards as a freshman, working his way into the starting lineup in 16 of the last 17 games the Spartans played. He’s 6-foot-10 with broad shoulders and long arms, making him the kind of prospect that NBA scouts love, but he’s still raw. Anyone that picks Davis will be getting a prospect more than a player, but he’s enough of a prospect that he’s looking at being a late-lottery pick.
With this decision, Davis becomes Tom Izzo’s first one-and-done player in 15 years, when Zach Randolph bolted for the NBA after one season in East Lansing.
Arkansas center Moses Kingsley declares for the draft without agent
Arkansas big man Moses Kingsley announced on Tuesday that he will be declaring for the NBA Draft, doing so without hiring an agent.
“After thinking about my future and talking with Coach Anderson and the rest of the coaching staff, I have decided to enter the 2016 NBA Draft without hiring an agent,” Kingsley said in the release. “I feel that getting an evaluation on myself after my junior year is the right thing to do while still keeping eligibility to play for my Hogs. I thank God for this opportunity and for putting my family, teammates, coaches, and managers in place to help me get to where I am today. This bond between us all will never be broken. I can’t wait to see what God has for me in the future.”
Kingsley averaged 15.9 points, 9.3 boards and 2.4 blocks as a junior, becoming one of the most improved players in the country. He’ll be eligible to return to Arkansas for his senior season as long as he removes his name from consideration within 10 days of the NBA combine ending. This year, that date falls on May 25th.
Xavier ex-assistant coach found not guilty of sex abuse
COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) A former Xavier University women’s basketball assistant coach who was accused of groping a player was acquitted of misdemeanor charges Monday in Kentucky.
Bryce McKey, 29, was found not guilty of sexual abuse and unlawful transaction with a minor in a bench trial in Covington. The ex-assistant coach pleaded not guilty last year.
A message was left for McKey’s attorney, as well as the woman’s attorney.
A Xavier player who McKey coached said he asked her to come to his Covington home to help him prepare to move on May 2, 2015, and repeatedly touched her inappropriately.
The player, who was under 21 at the time, said McKey gave her shots of an unidentified “dark alcohol” several times, hugged her and touched her. She also testified that he placed his hand on her thigh as they drove back from a restaurant.
But Kenton County District Court Judge Ann Ruttle questioned whether the player’s accusations rose to the level of sexual abuse, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported.
“If she truly was uncomfortable about what was going on … why didn’t she leave?” Ruttle said.
Ruttle also said that there were too many times when the woman didn’t object. She found that there was no evidence that McKey knew the woman was under 21.
Xavier said McKey wasn’t employed there at the time.
McKey had accepted an assistant coach position at the University of Maryland, but resigned after he was charged.
The Associated Press doesn’t typically identify people who may have been sexually abused.
Melo Trimble to enter NBA Draft, won’t sign with an agent
Melo Trimble has become the third Maryland Terrapin to enter his name into the NBA Draft, but unlike Diamond Stone and Robert Carter before him, the star point guard will not be signing with an agent.
“Melo will go through the draft process, which will provide him a stronger understanding of where he could potentially be selected,” coach Mark Turgeon said in a statement. “Melo has worked very hard and we will continue to support and guide him throughout this process.”
Trimble averaged 14.8 points and 4.9 assists this season, but his season was a disappointment as he lost his shooting touch during the second half of the year. He was also the face of a Maryland team that never seemed to live up to their potential. A preseason top three team, the Terps were a No. 5 seed in the NCAA tournament and lost in the Sweet 16.
Prior to the season, Trimble was projected as a mid-to-late first round pick, but he’s fallen to a likely second round pick after his disappointing year. Trimble shot just 31.5 percent from three, but a nagging hamstring injury that he suffered in late-January may have played a role in that.
Nation’s No. 1 prospect Josh Jackson commits to Kansas
Jackson picked Kansas over Arizona and Michigan State and, as one of the best shooting guard prospects in recent memory, is a perfect fit for a Kansas team that just lost Wayne Selden and Brannen Greene to the professional ranks. He’s a tough, athletic wing who will provide immediate help defensively and on the glass, and he’s as competitive as anyone. He’s excellent in transition and has the explosiveness and body control to make things happen when he attacks the rim in a half court set. As he becomes a more consistent perimeter shooter he’ll only become a more dangerous player.
His addition to the Jayhawks should give them arguably the nation’s best perimeter defense, as he’ll join Devonte’ Graham and Frank Mason on a team that will be a nightmare for opposing guards to deal with. With this piece, the Jayhawks move to No. 3 in the NBCSports.com preseason top 25.
The memory that this will draw for most Kansas fans is that of Andrew Wiggins, who arrived in Lawrence to much fanfare and left as the No. 1 pick after averaging 17.1 points and 5.9 boards on a team that couldn’t get out of the first weekend of the NCAA tournament. It’s not hard to find people willing to call Wiggins a disappointment.
Jackson will be in a better spot than Wiggins, however. For starters, this is not going to be a roster dominated by freshmen. Frank Mason will be the decided leader on the Kansas roster, as he has been the last two seasons. Devonte’ Graham will play a major role as an off-guard while the Jayhawks — led by Landen Lucas, Carlton Bragg, Udoka Azubuike and Svi Mykhailiuk — will have size, depth and versatility along their front line.
Three of the top four scorers when Wiggins was a freshman were, well, freshmen. The other was sophomore Perry Ellis. The veteran leader? Naadir Tharpe, who transferred out of the program after the season.
The Jayhawks are adding a talented, super-competitive and uber-athletic 6-foot-8 shooting guard that will be one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. Only time will tell whether he ends up living up to the hype or failing to meet expectations the way Wiggins, Selden, Kelly Oubre and Ben McLemore did, but as long as Kansas fans keep their expectations in check — the second-coming of Andrew Wiggins as opposed to freshman year Kevin Durant — they’re really going to enjoy watching this kid play.