IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) Iowa walk-on Nicholas Baer has been awarded a scholarship by coach Fran McCaffery.
Baer, who redshirted in 2014-15, was the most surprising player on Iowa’s roster. He broke through a deep class of fellow freshmen, all of whom were on scholarship, and averaged nearly five points a game. Baer scored 15 points in the Hawkeyes’ last game, an 87-68 NCAA Tournament loss to eventual national champion Villanova.
Baer will take up one of the scholarships freed up when Andrew Fleming and Brandon Hutton decided to leave the program after the season.
Baer’s role should be expanded next season, as Iowa loses four seniors starters.
For the first time in six years, a member of John Beilein’s coaching staff will be departing as Lavall Jordan is expected to be named the next head coach at Milwaukee.
Jordan will be replacing Rob Jeter, who spent 11 seasons with the Panthers.
Milwaukee was 20-13 last season.
Jordan has spent six seasons with Beilein at Michigan, tasked with recruiting and working with the guards. Jordan may not be the last assistant to leave Michigan this offseason, as Bacari Alexander is considered one of the front runners to take over at Detroit.
ESPN.com and CBSSports.com were the first to report the news.
Thomas Bryant will be returning to Indiana for his sophomore season.
Bryant averaged 11.9 points and 5.8 boards for the Hoosiers as a freshman, making some promising improvements by the end of the year. But based on where he started, with a complete inability to defend ball-screens, the fact that he improved doesn’t yet mean that he’s in a position where he can be effective at the NBA level.
If Bryant were to leave this season, he’d probably end up getting picked in the late first round or early second round, but he is projected as a top ten pick in the 2017 draft.
Bryant, if he declared, would be the second-youngest American in this year’s draft class behind only Brandon Ingram. He’s younger than both Bam Adebayo and Josh Jackson, freshmen that will be enrolling in college next season as members of the Class of 2017.
Bryant’s decision, along with that of Duke guard Grayson Allen, were two of the biggest question marks as we look forward to 2016-17. Bryant will once again provide the Hoosiers with an anchor in the paint, teaming with the likes of O.G. Anunody, Collin Hartman, De’Ron Davis and Juwan Morgan to give Indiana some quality depth up front. Troy Williams’ return would only bolster their depth and versatility up front.
Scout.com was the first to report the news of Bryant’s decision.
BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) Virginia Tech says sophomore shooting guard Jalen Hudson has asked for, and been granted, his release from the program.
Coach Buzz Williams made the announcement Wednesday night.
Hudson appeared in 67 games in two seasons, including 27 starts. He averaged 8.4 points and 2.3 rebounds this season, and at times showed potent scoring ability. He scored 23 points in a victory against N.C. State, 27 points in a loss to Louisville and 28 in the Hokies’ NIT victory against Princeton.
Tyler Ulis has made it official: he will be declaring for the NBA Draft and signing with an agent.
Ulis was an NBCSports.com first-team all-american this season, averaging 17.3 points and 7.0 assists on the season. At 5-foot-9, he was the shortest player to be named a first-team all-american in more than 60 years.
“I’ve coached a lot of great point guards in all my years of coaching. Tyler Ulis is the best floor general that I’ve ever coached,” John Calipari said.
Ulis is projected as a mid-to-late first round pick.
Louisville has self-imposed more penalties stemming from the investigation into the allegations made by Katina Powell in her book.
The school announced that they will be forfeiting two scholarships — one each in 2017-18 and 2018-19 — as well as implementing a number of recruiting restrictions. The staff will lose 30 recruiting days this spring and summer and will be docked an official visit in 2016-17 and 2017-18.
“After much deliberation, the University believes that self-imposing these penalties is appropriate,” outside counsel Steve Thompson said in a release sent out by Louisville. “While the University could elect to wait until the infractions process is complete, those consulted agree that these penalties are consistent with NCAA legislation, and imposing these penalties now is the right thing to do and may advance the University’s goal of expediting resolution of this matter.”
These sanctions are not the result of any new information coming to light from the investigation. This is Louisville trying to get out in front of this thing in order to avoid the NCAA coming down on them with a sledgehammer.
And these sanctions, frankly, don’t mean all that much. The real question that needs to be answered is whether or not the NCAA is going to hand out another postseason ban.
Louisville self-imposed a ban for the 2016 postseason back in February.