Southern Miss received a boost to its injury-depleted lineup late this week with the return of sophomore guard Shadell Millinghaus. The sophomore had originally intended to transfer and left the team after playing in seven games and starting in six this season. But now Millinghaus is back with the team and hoping to contribute.
“The team, as well as the coaching staff, welcome Shadell back and we look forward to the future,” head coach Doc Sadler said in the release.
A 6-foot-2 native of Brooklyn, Millinghaus averaged 8.6 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game this season on 52 percent shooting from the field and 46 percent shooting from 3-point range.
“I’m glad to be back in the program,” Millinghaus said in the release. “I’m just here to support them in any way possible and I’m looking forward to the future.”
The return of Millinghaus comes at a good time for the Golden Eagles. Southern Miss is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak and is 0-4 in Conference USA this season.
Coming off of a disappointing performance in their 75-43 home loss to Rhode Island last Saturday, Southern Miss will look to get back on track Saturday night against Division II program Spring Hill. Head coach Doc Sadler will have some work to do when it comes to his rotation, as he announced Friday that two guards are leaving the program.
Sophomore Shadell Millinghaus and junior Dallas Anglin, two of the Golden Eagles’ best perimeter shooters, are no longer with the program according to Patrick Magee of the Sun Herald. Millinghaus, who started six of Southern Miss’ seven games this season, was averaging 8.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Anglin, who began his college career at Hofstra and played at the College of Southern Idaho for Southern Miss assistant Jeremy Cox last season, was one of the team’s top reserves and averaged six points per game. Both players were 6-for-13 from three this season, with the percentage (46.2%) making Millinghaus and Anglin the top two three-point shooters on the team.
“We have released Dallas and Shadell from the men’s basketball program,” Sadler said in a release per Magee’s report. “I wish them both the best of luck in their future endeavors.”
With Millinghaus and Anglin no longer in the fold guards such as Chip Armelin and Rasham Suarez will be asked to do more to support redshirt sophomore Matt Bingaya, who’s currently leading the team in scoring with an average of 15.9 points per game. Southern Miss’ second-leading scorer is junior forward Norville Carey, who’s currently averaging 10.1 points per contest.
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With the presumed favorite to be the new head coach at Southern Miss making the decision to keep his current job, athletic director Bill McGillis’ search for Donnie Tyndall’s replacement continued. And according to a report by Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com the search has reached its conclusion, with Iowa State assistant Doc Sadler the choice to fill the vacancy. The report was confirmed by Travis Hines of the Ames Tribune.
Sadler has plenty of experience as both an assistant and head coach, with his most recent head coaching stint coming at Nebraska (2006-12). And there’s also some familiarity with Conference USA, as Sadler was head coach at UTEP from 2004-06, posting a record of 48-18.
Of course the Conference USA he’ll be coaching in this time around has a much different look than that edition, with programs such as Louisville, Marquette (both schools moved to the Big East in 2005) and Memphis among the members during Sadler’s time at UTEP. He’ll be taking over a Southern Miss program that’s been successful in recent years, with the Golden Eagles having won 20 games or more in each of the last five seasons.
Southern Miss won 29 games and a share of the Conference USA regular season title in 2013-14, but the Golden Eagles will lose four of their top five scorers. The leading returnee at this point in time is guard Aaron Brown, who averaged 9.9 points and 4.3 rebounds per game last season.