Travis Hines

Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Four-star forward commits to Wake Forest

Leave a comment

Danny Manning added another four-star recruit to his 2018 recruiting class.

Isaiah Mucius, a 6-foot-7 forward, committed to Wake Forest on Monday evening, giving the Demon Deacons another top-rated prospect alongside top-25 prospect Jaylen Hoard in 2018.

“I’d like to thank my family and my friends for having my back throughout all the tough times and good times,” Mucius said in a social media post. “I’d like to thank all the college coaches that recruited me through this process and believed in me and my talents.

“I’ll be attending Wake Forest University.”

Mucius, a consensus top-100 recruit, visited Wake Forest, which he visited this past weekend, over Xavier, which he visited earlier this month. The Brewster Academy product also had offers from the likes of Connecticut, Minnesota and LSU, among others.

Manning’s 2018 class now includes Mucius, three-star guard Sharone White and Hoard, a 6-foot-8 four-star forward who committed to the Demon Deacons last month.

“I am trying to win an NCAA Championship,” Mucius told Scout.com, “and I think having Jaylen (Hoard) on the wing with me, and we are trying to help get a point guard, and I think we can win a championship.”

Rhode Island staffer arrested at team facility

Rhode Island athletics
Leave a comment

A Rhode Island staffer has been placed on administrative after an arrest last week stemming from an incident at the team’s facility, according to reports.

Tyron Boswell, who joined Rhode Island last season as the director of operations, was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, following a verbal altercation with police, according to WPRI-TV in Providence.

From the police report, according to WPRI:

“Officers working a concert detail at the Ryan Center Thursday night responded to a reported fight in a men’s bathroom involving members of the basketball team. While trying to break up the disturbance, officers said Boswell started yelling and swearing at them. The officers told Boswell to leave, but said he kept yelling as he walked out of the bathroom.

Officers said Boswell’s outbursts agitated the crowd that had gathered outside the bathroom. Seeing that he was not going to leave peacefully, officers said they decided to place Boswell under arrest. However, police said Boswell kept yelling and struggled with officers as they put him in handcuffs and led him out of the building.”

Boswell was placed on administrative leave by the university.

“The University cannot comment further on the circumstances of the arrest, other individuals named in the arrest report or the details included in the arrest report until the investigation of the situation is complete,” a spokesperson for Rhode Island said in a statement. “The University is cooperating with the South Kingstown Police Department for the investigation.”

Boswell joined Rhode Island last year after previously being the director of operations for the grassroots program Expressions Elite. He reportedly was promoted to assistant coach at Rhode Island this year, according to Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports. He remains listed as the director of operations on Rhode Island’s roster.

Lonergan, George Washington reach settlement

AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh
Leave a comment

Mike Lonergan and George Washington have reached a settlement a year after he was fired amid a university investigation into his actions with players.

“Shortly after Mr. Lonergan was terminated he informed the university that he was considering legal action for breach of his employment contract with GW and for defamation,” a statement released Wednesday said, “because his termination was improper and without just cause and media reports about his termination contained factual errors and misinformation.

“GW denies Mr. Lonergan’s allegations, denies that the university or any of its employees acted wrongly or have any liability, and has no comment on the veracity of the media reports whose accuracy Lonergan disputes. Mr. Lonergan dn the university have reached a settlement that will avoid litigation and put this dispute behind them. The terms of the parties’ agreement are confidential.”

Lonergan’s firing in Sept. 2016, came after the school investigated allegations of verbal and emotional abuse toward players. Lonergan coached George Washington for five years, leading them to the NCAA tournament in 2014 and an NIT championship in 2016.

Maurice Joseph led the Colonials to a 20-15 record as the team’s interim coach last year, and signed a five-year contract with the school in March.

Butler may sell alcohol at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season

AP Photo/Michael Conroy
Leave a comment

Butler basketball games could soon be more of a party.

The school hopes to sell beer at Bulldogs games at Hinkle Fieldhouse this season, having applied for an alcohol permit, the Indianapolis Star reported.

“Butler has communicated this plan to those who live near campus,” Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in a statement, “and the permit application has been supported by the Butler Tarkington Neighborhood Association.

“Butler is committed to maintaining the exciting and positive gameday experience that our fans and their families enjoy for all contests that take place on our campus.”

The Bulldogs already sell alcohol in limited locations at Hinkle Fieldhouse, but the permit would allow them to sell it arena-wide from concessions stands.

Once a rarity, beer at college sporting events in a growing trend. Minnesota, Florida and Texas, among a number of others have added alcohol sales in recent years. Given the money that would seem likely to be generated, it’s a trend that will probably become even more pervasive in college athletics.

Cheers.

LSU adds top-25 forward to 2018 class

Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Leave a comment

Will Wade continues to attract top-tier talent to Baton Rouge.

Naz Reid, a top-25 recruit in the 2018 class, committed to Wade and the Tigers in a social media post Tuesday.

“Now as my journey continues, I want to thank my family, all those who supported me and all the coaches who recruited me,” Reid said in a video message. “And now I will be announcing that my new home at the Louisiana State University.”

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward chose LSU over offers from the likes of Arizona, Kansas, Louisville and Maryland, among others. He joins Ja’Vonte Smart, a four-star combo guard, as Wade’s first two pledges of 2018. And that’s on top of getting Tremont Waters, a four-star point guard, in the 2017 class.

Adding such high-level talent at the start of his tenure is a fantastic early sign for Wade’s tenure at LSU. The SEC may struggle to stay relevant as a whole nationally, but in order to compete with the likes of Kentucky and Florida, the Tigers will need to make serious talent upgrades from the Johnny Jones era, beyond just securing a talent like Ben Simmons without enough around him to even earn an NCAA tournament spot.

Justise Winslow and Duke team for Harvey relief

AP Photo/David J. Phillip
1 Comment

Houston native Justise Winslow and his alma mater Duke are teaming up this weekend to help raise money for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Cameron Indoor Stadium will play host  to games of knockout at Coach K court for a $10 contribution per person. The event will help support Robin’s House Family Foundation,  the charity founded by Winslow and his mother, Robin Davis.

The foundation has raised nearly $90,000 for Hurricane Harvey victims to date. The event will run from 9:45 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., with prizes awarded to winners. Duke football hosts Northwestern at noon.

Winslow, now in his third season with the Miami Heat and expected to attend Saturday, was one of the key contributors to Duke’s 2015 NCAA tournament championship. He averaged 12.6 points and 6.5 assists in his lone season in Durham before being the 10th overall selection in the NBA Draft.