Last month Oakland head coach Greg Kampe announced that he would be hosting a “beat cancer” fundraiser, and the project was different from many that Division I head coaches involved with Coaches vs. Cancer tend to hold. Kampe’s idea was to involve other head coaches with the project by allowing fans to bid on the opportunity to golf with the head coach of their choice at Oakland Hills Country Club May 31 and June 1.
The auction closed Wednesday night, and it’s safe to say that it was a successful one. How successful? When the auction closed Wednesday night $161,000 was the final tally.
Among the coaches participating are Arizona’s Sean Miller, Kentucky’s John Calipari, Michigan’s John Beilein, Michigan State’s Tom Izzo and North Carolina’s Roy Williams. Amongst the coaches who joined Kampe in this cause, it was Izzo whose bid wound up being the highest at $19,000.
However dinner and a round on the links with Kampe raised the highest amount of money, with bidding for that opportunity closing at $30,000. According to the Detroit Free Press, Kampe wanted to make a big impact from a financial standpoint. It’s safe to say that he accomplished that goal.
“This isn’t about awareness, this is about getting the money to do something,” Kampe said according to the Free Press. “You’ve got to think big, and I’m thinking big. Did we reach as big as I wanted? No. But what I’ve got to do is make this the best 24 hours in these people’s entertainment lives so they go and talk about it.”
The court isn’t quite done yet. The 3-point and out-of-bounds lines (both white) are still covered in tape. The new court design season has officially begun. On Tuesday, Oakland head coach Greg Kampe tweeted a picture of the new floor at the Athletics Center O’rena.
The blacktop look isn’t where Kampe wanted to stop.
“We looked at trying to get the nets colored black (or) grey like chain-link nets, but there’s a rule that the nets have to be white,” Kampe told Rod Beard of the Detroit News. “We have graduation (in three weeks) and it has to be done before graduation, so we’re hoping that within the next 10 days it’s done.”
We’ve seen schools follow other designs over the last few years. George Washington, Memphis and Washington have all gone with the skyline look. Looks like Oakland is following UCF’s lead, which went with the blacktop look in 2013. Last summer, Northern Illinois also went with a mostly blacktop floor.
Having lost two of its top three scorers from a season ago in guards Travis Bader and Duke Mondy, Oakland will need some perimeter options to step forward in 2014-15 alongside sophomore point guard Kahlil Felder (9.5 ppg, 6.4 apg). Unfortunately for head coach Greg Kampe he’ll be short a player in the backcourt, as 6-foot-1 redshirt freshman guard Nick Daniels suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot in practice.
According to the school release Daniels will miss around eight weeks due to surgery, which will take place at some point in the next week, and recovery time. Daniels redshirted last season as a result of a Jones fracture in his right foot.
This offseason the Golden Grizzlies, who finished last season with a 13-20 record, added St. John’s graduate transfer Max Hooper to the program. Another player to keep in mind with regards to minutes on the perimeter is senior wing Dante Williams, who averaged 7.6 points and 3.6 rebounds per game in 2013-14.
Williams started just one game last season, shooting 45.4% from the field and 36 percent from beyond the arc.