Arkansas State head coach John Brady will coach the 2015-16 season before stepping down as head coach after the season, the school announced.
“John alerted me today of his intentions to resign at the end of the season, at which time we had a conversation regarding his decision,” said Arkansas State athletics director Terry Mohajir. “I have a great deal of respect for John as a person and coach, and we appreciate his desire to finish the rest of the season as our head coach. We will support him, his coaching staff and our players as they pursue a Sun Belt Conference championship this season.
“Coach Brady has had a great coaching career, including guiding Arkansas State to two Sun Belt Conference West Division championships. We wish him only the best the rest of this season and beyond.”
Brady has coached seven seasons with Arkansas State and owns a 110-108 mark at the school entering his final season. Also formerly a coach at LSU and Samford, Brady helped the Tigers reach the Final Four in 2006.
Arkansas State head coach John Brady, who has eight players on his current roster with playing experience at the junior college level, announced the addition of another such player Thursday afternoon. Devin Carter, who played sparingly at Kent State in 2013-14 after beginning his career at Lake Land College in Illinois, has joined the Arkansas State program. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining after sitting out the upcoming 2014-15 season.
The question for Arkansas State is which player will they get: the one who put together a very productive freshman year at Lake Land, or the one who couldn’t crack Rob Senderoff’s rotation and played in just 13 games in 2013-14?
At Lake Land, Carter averaged 17.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game, shooting 40 percent from the field and 34 percent from beyond the arc. Carter reached double figures in 23 of the 28 games he played at Lake Land, including a 31-point effort in a loss at Vincennes College on February 6, 2013. With a season to sharpen his skills and help the Red Wolves on the scout team, maybe Carter can get back to that level.
“Devin is a very versatile player who can play any perimeter position,” Brady said in the release announcing Carter’s arrival. “He’s an extremely good passer and can drive it to the goal. Devin is a good enough perimeter shooter to keep a defender honest.”
There are no seniors on the current Arkansas State roster, meaning that Carter will have competition for minutes when he becomes eligible to play in games next year (2015-16). Arkansas State enters the 2014-15 season needing to account for the loss of their top three scorers from last season, with Melvin Johnson III (15.2 ppg), Kirk Van Slyke (14.9) and Kendrick Washington (10.1) all having moved on.
Arkansas State is coming off of back-to-back 19-win seasons under head coach John Brady and the Red Wolves added an experienced combo guard late this week when junior college guard C.J. Foster committed to the program. The school announced the addition of Foster in a release.
A 6-foot-3 native of Georgia, Foster played for Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee last season and averaged 13.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Foster shot 47 percent from the floor, 36 percent from three-point range and 77 percent from the free-throw line in 22 games last season.
Foster will have three years of eligibility remaining at Arkansas State.
“We are pleased C.J. has decided to join the Arkansas State men’s basketball program,” Brady said in the release. “He’s a combination-type guard with good size. C.J. can shoot it well from the three-point line and can make a play off the dribble. He’s an excellent student and is a great addition to our team.”
Foster should offset the loss of senior guard Ed Townsel as Arkansas State adds an eight-man recruiting class for the 2014-15 season.
On Saturday the Arkansas State basketball program announced both an addition and a departure, with forward Seth Kisler cleared to return after playing in just one game last season due to injury. It remains to be seen what Kisler can provide the Red Wolves, who are off to a 5-3 start, but at the very least the 6-foot-8 forward gives Arkansas State another player with size.
The departure from the program is where things get interesting. Reserve forward Raeford “Gator” Worsham, who was averaging 6.4 points per game, quit the team and based upon his quote in the release Brady didn’t sound too thrilled with how things went down.
“Also Raeford Worsham has decided to quit the Arkansas State men’s basketball team. The coaches, his teammates, the administration and the university as a whole gave this young man a wonderful opportunity,” Brady said in the release. “We believe some NCAA rules may have been breached as it relates to tampering and we will use all avenues to protect the investment we made.
“As always I’m indebted to the players who wear the Scarlet and Black and I’m proud to coach those who represent this wonderful university. We will continue to improve and look forward to Sun Belt Conference play.”
In other words, when it comes to where Worsham can transfer to the school may impose some limits while also taking this to the NCAA. Limitations are placed on transfers quite often, with some conferences having rules prohibiting transfers within the conference, and more than a few coaches have imposed such limits whether there are allegations of tampering or not.
Tampering’s a serious allegation to make when it comes to these situations, and it will be interesting to see what happens with Worsham moving forward.