A basketball player getting the opportunity to play for his father at the college level isn’t an opportunity that occurs all that often. Of course in recent years the tandem of Greg and Doug McDermott at Creighton immediately comes to mind, and earlier this year Avery Johnson Jr. transferred from Texas A&M to Alabama in order to play for his newly hired father.
Wednesday it was announced that another college basketball player has transferred in order to play for his father, as Hudson Price has officially joined the Charlotte program, where his father Mark was hired as head coach in the spring. Hudson, who played two seasons at TCU, will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA rules.
After playing just over 15 minutes per game as a freshman the 6-foot-6 Price’s minutes decreased some in 2014-15, as he averaged 9.4 mpg as a sophomore.
Hudson Price is one of two transfers from four-year schools who have joined the Charlotte program since his father took over the program with former Pitt big man Joseph Uchebo being the other. In total, Charlotte will have eight newcomers on its roster when the season begins.
The 49ers have one scholarship upperclassman at the shooting guard position in junior Ivan Benkovic, with sophomore Ridell Camidge and freshmen Jon Davis and Curran Scott being the other options.
Charlotte head coach Mark Price landed his first verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Thursday evening, and it’s an important one for the future of the program.
Three-star point guard Quentin Jackson Jr. announced via Twitter his decision to commit to the Conference USA program, picking the 49ers over offers from programs such as Cincinnati, Providence, Rutgers, Ole Miss and Tennessee. The Raleigh native not only gives Charlotte much-needed depth at the position, but he’s also a player Price can build around as he looks to rejuvenate the program in his first head coaching gig.
Charlotte currently has two scholarship point guards on its roster in redshirt junior Braxton Ogbueze and freshman Andrien White.
Jackson attends the Carlisle School in Martinsville, Virginia, and being able to learn from a coach with Price’s credentials as a player was one of the reasons for his decision according to the Martinsville Bulletin. Also at play was Jackson’s desire to wrap up his recruitment before his senior season, allowing him to focus fully on winning a state title.
Wake Forest added a promising shooting guard on Tuesday as Charlotte guard Keyshawn Woods committed to the Demon Deacons, according to Jon Rothstein of CBSSports.com.
During his freshman season with the 49ers, Woods averaged 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but he’ll have three seasons left of eligibility.
Seeing as though he shot 48 percent from the field and 46 percent from 3-point range, Woods was efficient scoring the ball during his first season and he’s a nice floor spacing scorer for Wake Forest.
Illinois landed a huge piece to the 2015-16 puzzle on Saturday as a source confirmed to NBCSports.com that Charlotte graduate transfer Mike Thorne Jr. is headed to the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-11 Thorne averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds per game for the 49ers last season and is immediately eligible to play next season. Thorne should step in and receive immediate minutes at Illinois with the departure of senior Nnanna Egwu, the team’s former starting center. Thorne also shot 53 percent from the floor and averaged 26.1 minutes per game last season.
Thorne also had strong interest from Kansas, Kentucky and Pitt before choosing to play at Illinois. By landing Thorne, lllinois can pair promising rising sophomore Leron Black with him in the front court and the team also returns a talented rising junior trio in Malcolm Hill, Kendrick Nunn and Jaylon Tate. After sitting out the year with a torn ACL, former starting point guard Tracy Abrams will also return next season for Illinois.
Head coach John Groce had plenty of guards and wings in the equation for next season, but adding Thorne means the interior for Illinois got a lot more stable for next season.
Former Georgia Tech and Cleveland Cavaliers star Mark Price will be the next head coach of the Charlotte 49ers.
The news was first reported by ESPN.com and the Charlotte Observer.
Price will replace Alan Major, who parted ways Charlotte earlier this month after five seasons. The 49ers were 75-81 during those five years.
Price has spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach with the Charlotte Hornets, having worked as a coach for the Magic, the Hawks, the Grizzlies and the Warriors. His only stint in college was as an assistant with Georgia Tech in 1999-2000.
In college, Price was an all-american, and he was a four-time all-star in the NBA.
During the second half of the 2014 Battle 4 Atlantis championship game between No. 2 Wisconsin and Oklahoma, broadcasters Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas revealed the 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis field.
Syracuse, UConn, Michigan, Texas, Gonzaga, Washington, Texas A&M and Charlotte will be the eight teams in yet another star-studded event.
The 2015 Battle 4 Atlantis field provides several opportunities to revive rivalries that became casualties of conference realignment. Syracuse and UConn have not played since the 2012-2013 season and while Syracuse has lined up games against former Big East foes Villanova and St. John’s, nothing has been set between the Orange and Huskies. That is the same situation for Texas and Texas A&M, two schools that have not met on the hardwood since the Aggies left the Big 12 Conference for the SEC.
After a decade-long break, Gonzaga and Washington agreed to renew its rivalry with a four-year, home-and-home series, beginning in 2016, but next year’s event can give us a preview of those matchups.
Once again, it will be hard to find a more competitive field than this one in Paradise Island, Bahamas.