VCU: Grant Cashes In on Gator Fortunes

by - Published April 19, 2006 in Newswire

Grant Cashes In on Gator Fortunes: Florida assistant coach Anthony Grant has left the defending national champions to accept his first head coaching position at Virginia Commonwealth. VCU targeted Grant from the moment former coach Jeff Capel left the program to lead Oklahoma. Grant has been an assistant to Florida coach Billy Donovan for the past 12 seasons. He will bring Florida’s fast-paced style to VCU, which has a strong foundation after Capel helped rebuild the program in his four years at the school. Grant’s hire completes one revolution of the coaching carousel that involved Indiana, Oklahoma, VCU and now a Florida assistant. [4/19/06]

San Antonio: Thompson Rides Into San Antonio [4/19/06]

by - Published April 19, 2006 in Newswire

Thompson Rides Into San Antonio: Although the city is best known for its defending NBA world champions, San Antonio will become the next home of Arizona State assistant coach Brooks Thompson — a former NBA player himself — who has come to town in search of basketball success outside the Spurs. Texas – San Antonio has hired Thompson to replace Tim Carter, whom the school reassigned in March. Thompson worked for Rob Evans and the Sun Devils for two seasons after leading Yavapai College to a 55-14 record in two seasons. Thompson played at Texas A&M and Oklahoma State before the Orlando Magic drafted him in the first round of the 1994 draft. [4/19/06]

Pepperdine: Walberg Takes JuCo Act to Malibu

by - Published April 19, 2006 in Newswire

Walberg Takes JuCo Act to Malibu: Pepperdine officials have hired Vance Walberg to replace Paul Westphal as the Waves’ head coach. Walberg comes to Pepperdine as one of the most celebrated JuCo coaches in California. He led Fresno City College to an undefeated championship season in 2005. His team finished 33-6 this season, a down year based on Walberg’s standards. In four seasons at the college, Walberg compiled a 133-11 record. [4/19/06]

Gonzaga: Morrison Makes NBA Decision

by - Published April 19, 2006 in Newswire

Morrison Makes NBA Decision: Gonzaga junior forward Adam Morrison will enter the NBA Draft after toying with the idea of returning to school for his senior season to avenge a Sweet 16 loss and lead the Bulldogs to greater prosperity. But the lure of the NBA proved too strong for the NCAA’s leading scorer. Morrison will hire an agent, meaning that he will not be eligible to return to school. That would have been an unlikely proposition, however, even if Morrison opted not to hire an agent. Speculation puts Morrison in the top five of the NBA Draft. He averaged 28.4 points per game last season, edging J.J. Redick of Duke. Check out Hoopville’s list of early entrants. [4/19/06]

Purdue: White Hangs up the Sneakers

by - Published April 19, 2006 in Newswire

White Hangs up the Sneakers: Purdue junior forward Marcus White will not play college basketball again after announcing that he will take a medical hardship during his senior season. A former Connecticut transfer, White has had back problems that plagued him this past season. Despite the pain, he averaged 10.1 points and four rebounds per game for the Boilermakers. He will not risk further injury while continuing to take classes under scholarship. [4/19/06]

LSU: One Tiger Stays, One Tiger Goes

by - Published April 18, 2006 in Newswire

One Tiger Stays, One Tiger Goes: LSU forwards Tyrus Thomas and Glen Davis announced their NBA Draft plans. The freshman, Thomas, will enter the NBA Draft after a sensational NCAA Tournament in which he grabbed the attention of scouts. On the other hand, the sophomore, Davis, will return for another season with the Tigers. Thomas averaged 12.3 points and 9.2 rebounds per game for LSU this past season, while Davis added 18.6 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.

Thomas’ athleticism impressed everyone who watched him during the NCAA Tournament. He has the ability to jump sky-high to block or alter shots. Despite a raw offensive game, he offers the type of athleticism and versatility that NBA teams drool over. Although he might be a Marvin Williams-type project at the next level, some team near the top of the draft will find him impossible to pass over. [4/18/06]

Connecticut: Gay Makes It Official

by - Published April 18, 2006 in Newswire

Gay Makes It Official: Connecticut sophomore forward Rudy Gay announced Monday that he will leave the Huskies to enter the NBA Draft. Gay has been one of the most anticipated early entrants this year as most scouts project him to be a top lottery pick. Entering the season, many experts pegged Gay as the No. 1 overall pick. Despite averaging 15.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, Gay demonstrated a propensity for disappearing for stretches during games, a concern that could cost him a top spot in the draft. Word from Storrs is that junior point guard Marcus Williams will follow Gay into the draft later this week. [4/18/06]

Southeast Missouri State: Edgar Rejoins Coaching Ranks

by - Published April 17, 2006 in Newswire

Edgar Rejoins Coaching Ranks: Tennessee assistant coach Scott Edgar has accepted the Southeast Missouri State job offer to move back into the first chair. An assistant under Volunteers coach Bruce Pearl, Edgar helped guide the Volunteers to an impressive run through the SEC this past season. He has experience leading a team because he coached at Duquesne and Murray State before working as an assistant at Alabama – Birmingham. Edgar replaces Gary Garner, whom the Redhawks dismissed when his contract expired at the end of this past season. [4/17/06]

Hartford: Leibovitz Switches From Owls’ Nest to Hawks’

by - Published April 17, 2006 in Newswire

Leibovitz Switches From Owls’ Nest to Hawks’: Former Temple assistant coach Dan Leibovitz will become Hartford’s next head coach. Leibovitz was in the market for a new job after Temple coach John Chaney retired after last season and the Owls hired Penn coach Fran Dunphy. Leibovitz had been an assistant under Chaney for 10 years. He takes over for Larry Harrison, the recently deposed America East coach of the year. He led the Hawks to a 13-15 record, which wasn’t a big enough improvement to save his job. [4/17/06]

Florida State: Johnson Hopes Breakout Season Worth NBA Value

by - Published April 17, 2006 in Newswire

Johnson Hopes Breakout Season Worth NBA Value: Florida State junior forward Alexander Johnson will enter the NBA Draft, but he will not hire an agent. That means he could return to school if he does not like the look of his draft value. One half of the Seminoles’ talented frontcourt duo, Johnson averaged 13.2 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this past season. Tallahassee has been abuzz about the possibility of junior swingman Al Thornton leaving early to join the NBA. Johnson is a more surprising entrant, but he could rise on a few draft boards in a relatively weak draft. [4/17/06]

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