Big South: Conference Expands with addition of Presbyterian Blue Hose

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Newswire

Big South to Expand: The Big South Conference announced today that Presbyterian College has accepted an invitation to join as the conference’s tenth member institution. The expansion will be effective the 2007-08 school year, which is when PC will move to Division I. The Blue Hose – no, seriously – finishing the D-II football season ranked tenth, and the hoops program finished with a 25-10 mark and a second round NCAA Tournament appearance this past season. PC will play a conference schedule beginning with the 2008-09 season, but will not count in the standings nor be eligible for postseason play until receiving active Division I status, which is expected for the fall of 2011. [4/06/06]

Portsmouth Invitational, Day One

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Columns

Portsmouth Invitational Tournament – Day One

by George Rodecker

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – The 54th edition of the P.I.T. (Portsmouth Invitational Tournament) kicked off with two first night games that were highlighted by an energized performance by several of the players. Typically thought of as a guard-driven camp, the first game displayed outstanding interior play from the big men.

“Bigs” are usually expected to get rebounds and score via put-backs, but things appeared to be a bit different in the first game, which saw Louisiana Lafayette’s Michael Southall put on a display of interior power. While the stat sheet revealed “only” 4 blocks, it’s quite possible that he may have actually had the 7 that I counted. His intensity, energy level and consistency indicated that he’s a player to be watched more closely as the games play on. Southall netted 10 boards while giving an excellent representation of himself. Hometown and George Mason star Jai Lewis contributed 16 points and 8 rebounds, while Pitt’s Carl Krauser added 11 points and 12 assists. Wichita State’s Paul Miller dropped 19 points as Naval Shipyard topped Tidewater Sealants 84-75.

The nightcap contrasted with high-level guard play as Keydren Clark of St. Peter’s led all day one scorers with 22 points, 10 of which came from the free-throw line. Clark added 6 assists while teammate Dwayne Mitchell scored 15 points, nearly all of which came via athletic moves to the basket. Charlotte’s Curtis Withers snared 6 offensive rebounds to give a great accounting of his efforts as Portsmouth Sports Club toppled Beach Barton Ford 87-80.

Beach Barton was led by Northeastern’s flashy point guard Jose Juan Barea, who scored 19 points while dishing out 11 assists. Maryland’s Travis Garrison added 12 points and 10 boards while teammate Kenny Adeleke of Hartford delivered 15 points and 10 rebounds as Barea, Garrison and Barea all had double-doubles in the loss.

Around the Gym

  • It’s always interesting to see which coaches come out to support their players right after being at the Final Four. In the first day’s slim pickings, Keydren Clark’s head coach Bob Leckie and the athletic director Bill Stein both came out to cheer on Clark. It may be the first time both an A.D. and head coach attended camp on behalf of a player. Dawan Robinson was supported by the presence of Rhode Island head coach Jim Baron. Back in the 90’s, Baron was a regular here as his St. Bonaventure team seemed to produce Portsmouth players every year. With three games on tap Thursday, many more coaches are expected to drop in.
  • Spent some time after the games with San Diego’s Nick Lewis, the 6-10 player added late to the PIT. Some players come here thinking NBA lottery while some show up without a clue. This kid gets it – well grounded and realistic about his future. The double-degree big man from the left coast has the skills and roundball intelligence to make some waves. We’ll keep our eye on him and report back.

From the Sidelines

  • Rumors continue to swirl regarding both coaching vacancies and early entry candidates for the draft. Some expect word on the highest prospects from LSU, Florida and Connecticut to start leaking out later this week.
  • Chief gossip concerns the North Carolina State job, long considered a no-win position. The Wolfpack, who play in an excellent facility, are dropped along Tobacco Road in between Duke and North Carolina. With no titles to show while their rivals seemingly cash in all-too-frequently, the school will be under pressure to hit a home run with the hiring. Truth is, Herb Sendek did an exceptional job keeping the team competitive and getting into the dance with regularity. But this is ACC country and for the Pack, going dancing is simply not enough. Watch this drama unfold in the near future.
  • Important to the Portsmouth locals is the pursuit of George Mason’s head man Jim Larranaga by Seton Hall University. The Hall were rumored to have met privately a few weeks ago before the Patriots found slippers and went dancing long into the night. Now with the magical run over, the full-court press will begin in earnest for the now red hot head coach. Many thought Larranaga might be ticketed for Providence down the road as the former Friar would agree to coach his alma mater after the Tim Welsh era ended.
  • Manhattan’s Bobby Gonzalez appears ticketed somewhere as he was reported to have had two excellent interviews at Seton Hall and Temple. Gonzo would be the perfect fit for the Hall – he’s local, flashy enough to keep fans, alum and the media paying attention, and has a proven success record in recruiting. What the Hall will do remains the Metro New York mystery of the moment.
  • Private workouts have arrived at Portsmouth as a Chicago-based sports representative Michael Naidich is running what is believed to be the first ever at the Port City.


  • Personally, I’m into this camp every spring in a big way. Leaving the usually chilly northeast behind, the blooming flowers and warm air of Virginia are a welcome sign that better weather lies ahead.
  • The camp itself is a fundraiser for Portsmouth and the citizens come out in force to volunteer their time. For a New York guy it’s refreshing to learn about southern hospitality first-hand. This camp is #13 for me, putting me near the head of the seniority list along with Chris Monter, a Minnesota-based draft expert who’s been doing this longer than anyone else. But it’s hard to avoid the annual refresh of basketball hopes and opportunities. Each year a player or two will emerge as intriguing enough to warrant both an invitation to the NBA-sponsored June Pre-Draft Camp as well as private workouts for teams. Who becomes this year’s PIT darling(s) has yet to be decided.
  • Let the games continue!


Cleveland State: Waters Moves Back to the Midwest

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Newswire

Waters Moves Back to the Midwest: Former Rutgers and Kent State coach Gary Waters will likely become the new coach of the Cleveland State Vikings. The deal is not final, but the school is completing contract negotiations with Waters and expects to announce his hire today. Waters coached Rutgers for the past five seasons after leading the Kent State Golden Flashes for five seasons before that. While at Kent State, Waters made the Golden Flashes a perennial mid-major powerhouse with a 92-60 record. Cleveland State is mired in mediocrity with only one winning season this decade and no NCAA Tournament appearances since 1986. [4/06/06]

Missouri: Anderson Keeps Watkins at Mizzou

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Newswire

Anderson Keeps Watkins at Mizzou: New Missouri coach Mike Anderson announced his staff for next season. And it includes Melvin Watkins, an assistant coach under Quin Snyder who became interim coach after Snyder resigned. Watkins was a player favorite, and Anderson probably won some more supporters by keeping him around. In addition to Watkins, Anderson hired T.J. Cleveland, Matt Zimmerman and Jeff Daniels. All three worked with Anderson at Alabama – Birmingham. [4/06/06]

Louisiana Tech: NCAA’s Best Rebounder Hopes to Make NBA Impact

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Newswire

NCAA’s Best Rebounder Hopes to Make NBA Impact: Louisiana Tech junior forward Paul Millsap has entered the NBA Draft after leading the NCAA in rebounding all three seasons with the Bulldogs. Millsap averaged 19.6 points, 13.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game this past season for Louisiana Tech. At 6-8, Millsap is a little undersized compared with many NBA forwards. But his rebounding prowess is undeniable, and he should fill a need for some team in the mid to late first round. [4/06/06]

Duke: Boateng Leaves Duke

by - Published April 6, 2006 in Newswire

Boateng Leaves Duke: Freshman center Eric Boateng will leave the Duke Blue Devils to transfer to another program. In 20 games this season, Boateng played a total of 50 minutes, scoring 14 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. With 72 percent of the team’s scoring graduating this May, Duke needs all the help it can get from the rest of its remaining roster next season. [4/06/06]

Ball State: Another Thompson Son Joins the Coaching Ranks

by - Published April 5, 2006 in Newswire

Another Thompson Son Joins the Coaching Ranks: Usually, coaching family trees refer to a famed head coach’s assistants landing jobs at other schools. But former Georgetown coach John Thompson is literally spreading his roots throughout the college game. Arkansas assistant coach Ronny Thompson is the new coach of the Ball State Cardinals. He joins his brother, Georgetown’s John Thompson III, among the head coaching ranks. Ronny moves to the Cardinals after working under Stan Heath for three seasons. [4/05/06]

Montana State: Bobcats Hire Former Assistant

by - Published April 5, 2006 in Newswire

Bobcats Hire Former Assistant: Montana State officials have hired Brad Huse to become the Bobcats’ next coach, replacing Mick Durham, who retired after 16 seasons with the school. Huse has worked for the rival Montana Grizzlies most recently, but he was an assistant to Durham from 1994 to 1996. [4/05/06]

Kentucky: Rondo Starts Draft Process

by - Published April 5, 2006 in Newswire

Rondo Starts Draft Process: Kentucky sophomore point guard Rajon Rondo, one of the most athletic players in college basketball, will take his game to the NBA. Although he has not signed an agent and could feasibly return to school, Rondo said he intends to hire an agent and remain in the draft. He averaged 11.2 points, 6.1 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game for the Wildcats this past season. Rondo often flashed brilliance, but he also lacked consistency at times and will need to prove that he can be a reliable shooter. [4/05/06]

Duquesne: Everhart Hires a Pitino, Fills Duquesne Staff

by - Published April 5, 2006 in Newswire

Everhart Completes Duquesne Staff: New Duquesne coach Ron Everhart has settled on a new staff for the Dukes. Having brought his three assistants with him from Northeastern, he also adds Anthony Serro as the director of basketball operations. Serro served in that capacity the past two seasons for the Huskies. [4/05/06]

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