Last weeks “CWL” edition included all the coaching changes that have occurred. The last few days have produced a couple more. Here are the coaching changes within the last week with the coaches name and new school listed.
MEMPHIS- Tubby Smith
GEORGIA TECH- Josh Pastner
UNLV- Marvin Menzies
Memphis fired Josh Pastner last month and hired Tubby Smith. We believe this is a good hire for Memphis. Although Smith is 64-years old he is a very good coach. He has taken 5 schools to the NCAA tournament and he won a national championship in 1998 while coaching Kentucky. Memphis has phenomenal facilities, a fertile recruiting area, and a loyal and passionate fan-base. He brings instant credibility to the program, which is what Josh Pastner lacked. Everything is in place for Smith to have success and lead a 6th college program to the NCAA tournament.
DWAYNE BACON RETURNING TO FSU
Seminole fans can rejoice. Star freshmen Dwayne Bacon has decided to stay for another season in college. The 6’7″ Shooting Guard was part of a fantastic freshmen 1-2 punch with Malik Beasley. Bacon averaged 15.8pts, 5.8reb, and 1.5ast last year. He was considered a late first-round pick. We believe that this was a smart move. While very talented, Bacon will only improve next season and will be the team leader. He was considered a late first-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. His stock should climb next season. Along with incoming High School All-American Jonathan Isaac, the Seminoles will have the talent to make some noise in the tough ACC Conference during the 2016-17 season.
This edition of the 2016 Team Recruiting Rankings will feature the Mississippi State Bulldogs. Head Coach Ben Howland pulled in 5-star recruit Malik Newman last year. He has kept up the recruiting momentum with a top 5 recruiting class in his 2nd season. Here is a close look at the incoming class.
#4 RANKED RECRUITING CLASS (2016)
COMMITTED PLAYERS: (#’s next to players name indicates national ranking)
#29: MARIO KEGLER SF
#34: SCHNIDER HERARD C
#62: TYSON CARTER PG
#73: ABDULHAKIM ADO C
#78: LAMAR PETERS PG
#94: ELI WRIGHT SG
CLASS SUMMARY: Ben Howland’s first season in Starkville was a learning experience. Having had previous success at UCLA, which included 2 Final 4 appearances, Howland was asked to rebuild and change the culture at a college which is predominantly a football school. During last season’s recruiting cycle he managed to land a top 10 recruit in the country in guard Malik Newman. Newman had an uneven freshmen year, showing glimpses of why he was such a highly touted recruit but also struggled, which showed he has plenty of room for improvement. Newman is unsure about his future plans and has another month to decide if he is going to stay at Mississippi State or enter the NBA Draft.
Howland has reeled in an excellent 6 player class, which should give the roster very much needed depth. All 6 players are ranked as a top 100 player in the country. Leading the way is SF Mario Kegler. He will be a starter from Day 1. Herard also has a chance for immediate playing time. The 6’10” center chose the Bulldogs over national power Kansas. Carter has very nice size for a PG and will see time at both the PG and SG positions. If Malik Newman stays in school for another year look for them to play in the back-court together at times as they have the ability to cause match-up problems due to their versatility.
Ado, the #73 recruit in the class of 2016 is a very good shot-blocker while Peters will add more depth to the back-court. Eli Wright is a very athletic SG who can score in bunches. We really like this class. All 6 of these players will get immediate playing time next year. Howland has already made a difference in his short time at the school. This class added an influx of talent. While there might not be any sure fire superstars, it is a class where the sum is better than the individual parts. Look for these 6 players to grow together and in a year or 2 make Mississippi State rise up the SEC rankings.
JORDAN BRAND CLASSIC
On Friday, April 15, 2016, twenty of the best high school seniors in the country played at the Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, NY. The “Jordan Brand Classic” is quickly becoming one of the nation’s premier All-Star games. All of the players in the game will be heading off to college next season and their future college coaches can’t wait for their arrivals.
The following will include the names of the players who participated in the game as well as their respective college choices. Players who are hyper-linked have a profile that we have written on them. Click on the respective player who has a hyper-link to learn more about the future star.
MARQUES BOLDEN– UNDECIDED
MILES BRIDGES– MICHIGAN STATE
AMIR COFFEY- MINNESOTA
WENYEN GABRIEL– KENTUCKY
FRANK JACKSON– DUKE
ANDREW JONES– TEXAS
MALIK MONK– KENTUCKY
SHAMORIE PONDS– ST. JOHN’S
OMARI SPELLMAN– VILLANOVA
CASSIUS WINSTON– MICHIGAN STATE
BAM ADEBAYO– KENTUCKY
UDOKA AZUBUIKE– KANSAS
TONY BRADLEY– NORTH CAROLINA
BRUCE BROWN– MIAMI (FL)
De’AaRON FOX– KENTUCKY
MARKELLE FULTZ– WASHINGTON
ALTERIQUE GILBERT– CONNECTICUT
HARRY GILES– DUKE (INJURED, DID NOT PLAY)
JONATHAN ISAAC– FLORIDA STATE
V.J. KING– LOUISVILLE
JAYSON TATUM– DUKE
SUMMARY OF THE GAME: A majority of the top talent in the country was on display Friday, April 15, 2016 for the Jordan Brand Classic. The All-Star game showed off the skills for players of the class of 2016. In a game where not much defense was played, the East beat the West 131-117. Bringing home MVP honors for their respective teams will both be heading to Kentucky next season. Malik Monk and De’Aaron Fox scored 22 and 23 points, respectfully. These 2 players will step right in next season for departing star PG Tyler Ulis and provide the Wildcats with explosive scoring ability.
While all of the players in the game expect to make an immediate impact at their respective colleges next season Kentucky fans have to be ecstatic at what they saw last night. Fox and Monk are 2 of the most explosive high school players in the country. Along with returning guard Isaiah Briscoe, look for these 3 players to make up what should be one of the top back-courts in college basketball next season.
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