During the Summer Sessions series, we missed out on a lot of news, especially from those schools we covered early in the process…
- The College of Charleston will be one of eight talented teams with a spot in the 2013 Wooden Legacy. The Cougars will face off with San Diego State, which will provide them with an early chance for an RPI boost. It’s a tough field that should offer opportunities for a marquee victory.
C of C head coach Doug Wojcik promoted two members of his staff. Amir Abdur Rahim served as the Assistant Coach last year, and has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. Ex-Director of Basketball Operations Joe Wallace will now serve as an Assistant Coach.
- In mid-July, Delaware scored what looks to be a big transfer in the form of 6’6″ small forward Davon Usher. Usher will be eligible immediately for the Blue Hens because the school he transferred from, Mississippi Valley State University, is ineligible for postseason play next season (APR). A former JUCO star, Usher led the SWAC in scoring with 18.8 points per game in his junior season. There’s a good chance he’ll be Delaware’s top three-point shooter.
Getting Usher was huge for Monte Ross’s club, because two of his old 2013 commits, Zaccary Douglas and DaVarte Watson, are headed to prep school. At this time, it appears that they’ll both remain committed to Delaware.
Delaware released in nonconference schedule, and for the second straight year, it’s another challenging one. The Blue Hens will play at Ohio State, Notre Dame, and Villanova, among others. Get stoked on that Saddler-Craft showdown.
Lastly, former Blue Hen standout Jamelle Hagins signed a pro contract to play with Chorale de Roanne in France.
- In mid-June, Bruiser Flint and Drexel scored a late 2013 commitment from 6’7″ 240-pound power forward Khris Lane. Interestingly, Lane played against another Drexel player (Rodney Williams) in high school. As always, Josh Verlin fills you in on the details. Lane and Williams arrived on campus in July with fellow freshmen Mohamed Bah and Major Canady.
Flint also scored his first 2014 commitment from Philly combo guard Rashann London. As noted in Verlin’s article, 2014 will be a big recruiting class for Bruiser Flint’s squad. London will take one of five available scholarships for 2014.
- Joe Mihalich and Hofstra snagged another transfer. Guard Brian Bernardi played one season at Southern Methodist, where he averaged 3.5 points in 11.2 minutes per game. Bernardi has a reputation as knockdown shooter (23-of-55 from three), but Mihalich believes he has more versatility than he showcased last season. His redshirt season will provide an opportunity to develop other aspects of his game.
Hofstra released its nonconference basketball slate in early July, and it starts off with a bang. Hofstra will host Monmouth and Farleigh Dickinson on opening weekend before traveling to the KFC Yum! Center for a date with defending national champion Louisville. There are plenty of intriguing matchups on tap.
- Mark Selig tweeted out James Madison’s nonconference schedule, which features just two home games. JMU Sports Blog provides the different perspectives from JMU fans. In other JMU news, former West Virginia player Rob Summers joined the Dukes as the new Director of Basketball Operations. Summers will replace Luscious Jordan, who took a job as an assistant at Siena.
- Northeastern announced its nonconference schedule, which will provide a true test to the Huskies. Last year, they spent Thanksgiving in Alaska, where they faced UC Irvine, Belmont and Charlotte. This year, the Huskies will spend the weekend before Turkey Day in Puerto Rico, where they’ll hook up with the Georgetown Hoyas in the first round of the absolutely loaded Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
In other news Jonathan Lee, the gritty Northeastern point guard who led the Huskies to 14 conference wins and the CAA Finals this past March, will play professionally for the highly successful Gmunden Swans in Austria.
- The UNCW Seahawks announced their nonconference slate, which features plenty of tough competition. They’ll start with six of their first seven games on the road, including games at Iowa and Iowa State. The Seahawks will flip the script around Thanksgiving Break, when they’ll play five of their final six games before Christmas at Trask. UNCW’s nonconference slate concludes with a road game at the UNC Tar Heels.
In related news, UNCW’s Keith Rendleman was drafted into the Korean basketball league.
- The Towson Tigers have had a very busy summer. Third-year head coach Pat Skerry signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him in Baltimore until 2019. The Tigers played four exhibition games in Canada, where they were 2-2. It’s hard to know what to make of the road trip, as Towson played without Jerrelle Benimon and Jerome Hairston. A few of Skerry’s thoughts on the trip are summarized at the bottom.
The SEC-to-CAA transfer barrage continued, although for the first time this offseason it occurred outside of Wilmington. 6’6″ forward A.J. Astroh has enrolled at Towson by way of Vanderbilt. Astroh will sit out the upcoming season, and have three years of eligibility remaining. Astroh played sparsely in his only year as a Commodore, but was a three-star recruit out of high school.
The Tigers also garnered their first 2014 commitment when 6’4″ wing Allen Costley committed to Towson. The Baltimore Sun has quotes from Costley about his commitment. The rising high school senior seems to like the Tigers’ playing style:
“I started thinking about who they play and how they play and how I would fit in there,” Costley said. “I just started looking at games on YouTube. I liked how they play. They play an up-tempo game.”
Costley had offers from Central Connecticut State, Florida Atlantic, Morgan State, Radford and others. 2014 will be a big class for coach Skerry, as he’ll have to replace Benimon, Marcus Damas, Mike Burwell and Rafriel Guthrie.
Most recently, Skerry scored a commitment from 6’5″ wing Mike Morsell. Morsell plays on a talented St. John’ s (D.C.) squad, and after a productive summer in AAU ball, his stock appears to be on the rise.
More professional news: former Towson star Gary Neal signed with the Milwaukee Bucks. Like Northeastern’s Lee, former Towson forward Bilal Dixon signed a professional contract in Austria to play with the UBC Magnofit Gussing Knights.
- William & Mary head coach Tony Shaver is more than halfway to filling the five vacant scholarships for 2014. As we mentioned earlier this summer, Concord, North Carolina guard Connor Burchfield kicked things off to begin the summer.
The second commitment came from 6’7″ small forward Paul Rowley. Those in the know say this was a long time coming. Rowley himself said the Tribe staff recruited him harder than he thought he could be recruited.
Greg Malinowski became the third player to commit to playing for the Tribe. Malinowski is a late-blooming 6’5″ wing who received plenty of late offers. Fortunately, Shaver was in on Malinowski from the get-go. Look for Shaver to use his remaining two scholarships on a post player and a guard.
The Tribe also took an exhibition tour to the Dominican Republic, where the team went 3-1. This was a great experience for the freshmen. With 91.7% of last year’s scoring coming back, in addition to the talented freshmen, the Tribe’s attendance numbers should continue to rise.