The mess Donnie Tyndall created — which will likely end up with him receiving a massive penalty from the NCAA — has claimed another victim.
That would be Tyson Waterman, sources confirmed to NBCSports.com. In the redacted version of the NCAA’s Notice of Allegations to Southern Miss, Waterman shows up as “Student Athlete I’s high school head coach” and is referred to as a former assistant at “NCAA institution 3”. Watermen spent four seasons as the head coach at Believe Prep in South Carolina, where Shadell Millinghaus, Leroy Fludd and Thaddeus Hall all attended before committing to Southern Miss late in the spring of 2013. Millinghaus, Fludd and Hall are all natives of Brooklyn.
Waterman refused to turn over bank records to the NCAA during the investigation after he was accused of “receiving payment for the commitments of recruited men’s basketball prospective student-athletes.” As an employee of a Division I institution, he is required to cooperate with any NCAA investigation. Since the NCAA doesn’t have subpoena power, the way they force cooperation is to hammer anyone that lies or refuses to turn over evidence. Waterman did the latter and was charged with unethical conduct and obstructing an investigation, a Level I violation.
CBSSports.com was the first to report the news.
Millinghaus enrolled at Southern Miss as a Prop 48 recruit, meaning that he was ineligible to play or receive a scholarship as a freshman. Millinghaus, listed as “Student Athlete I” in the Notice of Allegations, was investigated for receiving $2,000 in cash and gift cards from Tyndall to help pay for his tuition. Waterman is accused of scheming with Tyndall to make the former appear to be the source of that money — which is legal under NCAA rules — instead of Tyndall’s personal funds.
The ties go deeper than that. Fludd and Hall eventually wound up at Jones County Junior where they won an NJCAA Division I national title with Jay Ladner in 2014. Ladner was then hired as the head coach at Southeastern Louisiana, hiring Waterman onto his staff. Fludd signed a Letter of Intent with Southeastern Louisiana, although it is unclear if he will be enrolling at the school this fall. He played just three games at JCJC this season.
Ladner also brought in Millinghaus’ brother, Derrick, from Ole Miss as a transfer. A source told NBCSports.com that Shadell was set to transfer out of USM and into Southeastern Louisiana after the first semester of the 2014-15 season. But Derrick “went ineligible” and left the program. Shadell returned to USM, missing a total of 11 games. He ended the season with a 25 point performance in a loss to Louisiana Tech.
After playing two seasons at Ole Miss guard Derrick Millinghaus transferred to Southeast Louisiana last spring, and after sitting out the 2014-15 season per NCAA transfer rules he was expected to have two years of eligibility remaining. However Millinghaus is on the move again, as according to Patrick Magee of the Sun-Herald the guard’s request to be released from his scholarship has been granted.
Millinghaus made a total of 15 starts in his two seasons at Ole Miss, averaging 5.9 points and 2.0 assists in 15.9 minutes of action per game. What makes Millinghaus’ decision to leave Southeast Louisiana without having played a game for the program is the status of his brother Shadell at Southern Miss.
After making the decision last month to leave the Southern Miss basketball program, Shadell had a change of heart and returned to Doc Sadler’s team with the news being announced Friday. Millinghaus’ decision gives the Golden Eagles another guard to call upon on a team that essentially used a seven-man rotation in a 63-56 loss to UAB Saturday (Millinghaus did not play).
Magee wrote the following about Derrick receiving his release from Southeast Louisiana:
Southeastern Louisiana head coach Jay Ladner confirmed Saturday that Millinghaus’s brother, Derrick, has been granted his release there so he can transfer. It’s unclear where he will land, but maybe he will follow his brother back to USM.
Whatever school Derrick Millinghaus attends next will be his third in four years. The 5-foot-10 guard played his first two years of college basketball at Ole Miss and was sitting out this season at Southeastern Louisiana because of NCAA transfer rules.
If the two brothers do end up on the same USM team, you can’t fault the men for wanting to attend college and play basketball together.
Of course the key word in that second sentence is “maybe,” but it should be noted that Shadell did have interest in joining Derrick at Southeast Louisiana before ultimately deciding to return to Southern Miss. Southern Miss loses senior Chip Armelin at the end of this season, and they’ll add former Dayton PG Khari Price to the fold.
For a team that has struggled with depth issues all season long, the possibility of adding another guard in the form of Derrick Millinghaus would be a positive.
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.