Kyle Washington is headed to Ohio, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The former N.C. State big man is transferring to Cincinnati. The 6-foot-9 power forward averaged 6.8 points, 4.1 boards and 1.1 blocks in just under 18 minutes as a sophomore, numbers that were up despite his minutes being down from his freshman season.
Washington has two seasons of eligibility remaining. He’ll be eligible to play in 2016-17.
The news was first reported by CBSSports.com.
Washington is a key pick-up for the Bearcats, as he showed flashes of promise with the Wolfpack. He started 18 games this past season, although he was relegated to reserve duty late in the season. Washington is a high-energy forward that showed off a developing shooting touch from the perimeter.
That wasn’t the only addition for Cincinnati on Wednesday, as they also added a commitment from Jarron Cumberland, a 6-foot-5 guard from Ohio. Cumberland is the No. 65 player in the country, according to Rivals, and has a reputation for being one of the better scorers in the class. He’s got the kind of strong body that successful Bearcat guards have had in the past.
It’s worth noting here that this all came on the heels of a commitment from Nysier Brooks yesterday. It’s been a good 24 hours for Mick Cronin.
Former UConn guard Terrence Samuel is headed to Penn State, confirming the news on his twitter account on Tuesday evening.
Samuel was a borderline top 100 recruit coming out of high school in Brooklyn. He spent two seasons playing with the Huskies, averaging 3.6 points and 1.6 assists in just over 20 minutes as a sophomore. He started eight games in 2014-15.
The 6-foot-4 combo-guard played a key role off the bench for the Huskies during their run to the 2014 national title. He had 11 points in a win over No. 2 Villanova in the round of 32 and added 10 in the win over No. 3 Iowa State in the Sweet 16. But Samuel’s future with the Huskies was in doubt, as Kevin Ollie had recruited over him in recent years. Since Samuel committed, UConn has added top 25 recruit Jalen Adams, Rodney Purvis, Sterling Gibbs and Sam Cassell Jr. in their back court.
Samuel should be a nice addition to the Nittany Lions, although his upside is limited. Samuel is 0-for-18 in his career from beyond the arc.
He will become eligible in 2016-17 and have two seasons left to play.
Star Kansas freshman Carlton Bragg injured on trip to South Korea
It took all of two practices for Kansas to suffer an injury during their trip to South Korea for the World University Games.
Five-star freshman big man Carlton Bragg broke his nose on Tuesday during the team’s practice at Gwangju High. It’s unclear how much time he’ll be out of the lineup, but the issue is more pain management than anything.
“Hopefully he won’t miss very much. A turned ankle is a worse injury than a broken nose,” head coach Bill Self said in a statement. “Although the broken nose hurts bad, and there were no concussion symptoms, it’s one that you can come back. You just have to play without being nervous getting hit.”
Based on this picture of Bragg, that seems easier said than done:
“It would be nice to find a mask but I don’t think we’ll be able to,” Self continued. “He can’t hurt it any worse. We’ll wait to have surgery when he gets back to straighten it up. He should be fine.”
Kansas is participating in the event as the representative for the United States.