In today’s episode, I had a chance to sit down with Maurice Joseph, the new head coach of George Washington. Joseph spent last season as a 31 year old interim head coach, getting the job just days before the season started. We talked about that experience as well as what it’s like being a Canadian hooper, playing for Tom Izzo and why he’ll never eat squid on a stick again.
Former Ohio State guard JaQuan Lyle was arrested early on Saturday morning back after an incident in a bar in his native Indiana.
Lyle was charged with public intoxication, criminal mischief to a vehicle and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors, and released on $150 bond, according to Vandendurgh Sheriffs booking records.
A police affidavit states that an on-duty officer observed Lyle bumping into patrons, including an officer, at Pistons Bar and Grill on West Franklin Street. Lyle was asked to leave the bar for being intoxicated. Police said that Lyle punched the front door and walked outside. After the officer advised the front-door cashier to not allow Lyle back inside, Lyle walked to a marked police vehicle and punched the hood of the car. Police then arrested Lyle and transported him to the Vanderburgh County Corrections Center.
Lyle, a former five-star recruit, averaged 11.4 points and 4.6 assists as a sophomore with the Buckeyes, but according to an Ohio State spokesman, he had quit the team on April 11th. Ohio State went 38-29 in his two seasons, failing to make the NCAA tournament either year.
Lyle was part of a five-man recruiting class in 2015, but he was the only one of those five to play a second season in Columbus. He initially committed to Louisville, and in Katina Powell’s 2015 book title “Breaking Cardinal Rules”, Lyle was one of the recruits mentioned has having sex with an escort hired by a former Cardinal assistant coach. He had signed with Oregon in the Class of 2014, but he failed to qualify academically.
SMU’s Semi Ojeleye officially announced on Sunday that he will be signing with an agent and remaining in the NBA Draft.
Ojeleye was one of the biggest difference-makers that had yet to make a decision. He had an all-american caliber season as a junior with the Mustangs, averaging 19.0 points and 6.9 boards while shooting 42.4 percent from three to lead SMU to a 30-win season. If he had returned to SMU, the Mustangs would have been a top 15 team and he would have been a contender for National Player of the Year.
But Ojeleye turns 23 in December. He has a very good chance to be a first round pick this year. It makes sense for him to head to the NBA.
Ojeleye was one of the ten most influential NBA Draft early entry decisions left to be made.
After missing out in top ten recruit Kevin Knox, who surprisingly committed to Kentucky last weekend, Duke landed themselves a big forward as four-star recruit Jordan Tucker picked the Blue Devils over Syracuse.
Tucker is a 6-foot-7 shooter from New York that will likely play an immediate role for Duke on the wing and as a stretch-four. He’s not as skilled as the like of Justise Winslow, Jabari Parker, Brandon Ingram or Jayson Tatum, but he’s the only player on Duke’s roster that can play that role next season.
Duke now has a five-man recruiting class for next season – Tucker joins five-stars Wendell Carter and Gary Trent Jr., four-star Alex O’Connell and three-star Jordan Goldwire – and they may not yet be done. Mike Krzyzewski is still awaiting word on whether or not he’ll be coaching Trevon Duval next season.
The Blue Devils, for the first time ever, have lost four players to early entry, as Tatum, Harry Giles III, Luke Kennard and Frank Jackson all entered the NBA Draft. Grayson Allen opted to return for his senior season.
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — A woman at the center of North Carolina’s multi-year academic scandal interviewed with NCAA investigators after previously declining to cooperate in the probe.
Raleigh attorney Elliot Abrams told The Associated Press on Wednesday night that his client — Deborah Crowder — met all day with investigators. Crowder is a retired office administrator in the formerly named African and Afro-American Studies (AFAM) department.
“She has never wavered in terms of what happened,” Abrams told the AP, “and I think she knew that this was a chance to actually tell her story, and she did a good job of doing that.”
UNC faces five top-level charges, including lack of institutional control, in the long-running probe centered on irregular AFAM courses featuring significant athlete enrollments.
The school was due in March to respond to the charges. But the case hit one of its many delays after Abrams wrote the NCAA to say that Crowder was willing to talk with investigators.
Crowder, who graded many of the papers in the problem classes, also filed an affidavit defending the courses’ quality. She said she didn’t create courses to provide special assistance for athletes while saying athletes and non-athletes received equal treatment.
NCAA spokeswoman Emily James and UNC spokesman Rick White didn’t immediately return emails for comment Wednesday night.
Southeastern Conference commissioner Greg Sankey, the chief hearing officer for the infractions panel handling UNC’s case, wrote in a latter last month that Crowder’s interview should take place in time to allow his panel to hear the case in August.
UNC is due to respond to the latest charges by Tuesday.
The website InsideCarolina.com was first to report that Crowder was interviewed.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Filipino basketball celebrity Kobe Paras has announced he will transfer from Creighton to Cal State Northridge.
Paras said in a Skype interview with Filipino media this week that he would leave the Bluejays after one season to play at Northridge, which is about an hour from where he attended high school in Los Angeles.
Paras’ father, Benjie, was a two-time MVP in the Philippine Basketball Association who’s become a popular television actor. Kobe has attracted a large fan following in his home country. He boasts a social media following that includes 461,000 on Instagram and 114,000 on Twitter.
The 6-foot-6 wing played sparingly in 15 games last season. Northridge has not announced the addition of Paras, who would sit out next season because of transfer rules.