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Missouri hires Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford as assistant coach


New Missouri head coach Kim Anderson made a splash hire on Monday afternoon, as the school announced that Huntington Prep head coach Rob Fulford was hired to be an assistant coach.

Fulford founded the Huntington Prep basketball program in 2009 and has quickly built the program into one of the premier high school basketball programs in the country. A native of West Virginia and graduate of Marshall, Fulford was 139-18 in five seasons at Huntington Prep and the program produced a number of high-level Division I players, including Andrew Wiggins (Kansas), Gorgui Dieng (Louisville), Sim and Tanveer Bhullar (New Mexico State), Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State), Dominic Woodson (Memphis) and Moses Kingsley (Arkansas) to name a few.

This past season, Fulford coached Josh Perkins (Gonzaga), JaQuan Lyle (Oregon) and Jalen Lindsey (Providence) as Huntington Prep finished the season nationally ranked for the fourth consecutive season.

“I couldn’t be more excited to welcome Rob to the Mizzou family,” Anderson said in the release. “Rob is obviously an outstanding coach and he won at an incredible level at Huntington Prep. He is well-respected by his peers and will be a great asset to our program.

“One of Rob’s biggest strengths is his ability to build relationships with his young men,” Anderson continued. “He gets the most out of his players because of those strong relationships and that’s exactly what we were looking for as we went about completing our staff.”

Fulford has noted ties to Canada and is well-connected to high school and AAU coaches throughout the United States and should be able to get some premier recruits interested in playing at Missouri.

“I want to thank Coach Anderson, Mike Alden and University administration for this incredible opportunity,” Fulford said in the release. “I wasn’t looking to leave Huntington Prep but after speaking with Coach Anderson and seeing his vision for the program, this opportunity was too good to pass up and I’m excited to be a Missouri Tiger.”

Although Anderson won a Division II national championship at Central Missouri, many questioned his ability to recruit high-level talent to Missouri. By retaining noted recruiter Tim Fuller and adding Fulford, Anderson has addressed that concern in his first offseason as Mizzou’s head coach.

NCAA prohibits coaches from visiting programs deemed to be ‘non-scholastic’

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With college coaches in the portion of their recruiting calendar where they’re allowed to visit high schools throughout the country, this is an important time for many young players across the country. Those open gym sessions can be a game-changer of sorts, as a player who performs well could land himself a scholarship offer that otherwise would not have been available.

However those opportunities aren’t available to all, especially if the school in question has been deemed to be “non-scholastic” by the NCAA. According to Yahoo! Sports the NCAA sent a list to Division I programs across the country listing programs that have been given that label, with two such institutions being Huntington Prep (W. Va.) and Findlay Prep (Nev.).

The “non-scholastic” designation means that college coaches are prohibited from visiting those schools, and that can be an issue for some when considering the amount of talent that programs such as Huntington and Findlay Prep currently possess.

Highlighted in the NCAA directive was the following fromJamie Israel in its department of academic and membership affairs:

“A team that is affiliated with a scholastic institution, but not subject to the rules and regulations of a scholastic governing body would be considered a non-scholastic team for purposes of applying the evaluation legislation set forth in Bylaw … At this time, the AMA staff has been presented fact situations involving two teams, Findlay Prep and Huntington Prep, and has determined that based on the facts presented and the above mentioned legislation and interpretation, both of those teams would be considered non-scholastic teams …”

The hope is that this situation is remedied in short order, with the end result being that coaches will be able to visit these schools. And with highly regarded uncommitted players such as JaQuan Lyle (Huntington Prep), Kelly Oubre and Rashad Vaughn (both are at Findlay Prep) at these institutions it’s easy to figure out why college coaches would want this situation to be addressed quickly.

2014 combo guard JaQuan Lyle de-commits from Louisville

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In late June the Louisville recruiting haul for 2014 received a nice boost in the form of 6-5 combo guard JaQuan Lyle, who is regarded as a Top 25 prospect by most major scouting services. However that move triggered the domino that was Quentin Snider de-committing from his hometown school in July, and on Thursday Snider wrapped up his recruitment by committing to Illinois.

And late Friday night it was reported by multiple outlets that Lyle has de-committed from Louisville. Lyle would eventually confirm the news via his Twitter account.

This is certainly an interesting turn of events when looking at the 2014 class as a whole, especially when considering the fact that Lyle made his decision without taking any of the five official visits he’s allowed per NCAA rules. Who gets those visits? He has a solid list of schools that were interested in his services before making the decision to commit to Louisville, but what those schools have done thus far on the recruiting trail will certainly have an impact on who’s still interested.

After attending Bosse High School in Evansville, Ind. the last three years Lyle will be playing at Huntington Prep this season, a program that has turned into one of the top prep schools in the country. Lyle averaged 27 points, 13.4 rebounds and 6.8 assists per game last season, and he left Bosse ranked 8th on the city’s all-time scoring list (1,440 points). How much of an impact will playing at Huntington Prep have on Lyle’s recruitment? That ultimately comes down to how well he plays.

As for Louisville, the Cardinals are down to two commitments in the 2014 class (forwards Shaqquan Aaron and Jaylen Johnson), and the absence of a guard in that projected haul could mean that Rick Pitino and his staff look to grab a guard. After the 2013-14 season, the Cardinals lose the valuable Russ Smith and Luke Hancock from their perimeter rotation. Perimeter players who will have eligibility remaining in 2014 are junior college transfer Chris Jones, juniors Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware, and freshmen Anton Gill and Terry Rozier, so the Cardinals won’t lack for options if they don’t add a guard in this class.