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Posted on: August 17, 2011 11:37 am

Trippin': Duquesne's Everhart relies on perimeter

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By Jeff Goodman

It goes without saying that Ron Everhart’s Duquesne Dukes will be different this year.

Gone are the two mainstays of the program for the last few years – Bill Clark and Damian Saunders.

But Everhart still has one of the best guards in the A-10 and maybe even the nation in sophomore T.J. McConnell – and maintains the Dukes will still run and play fast.

Everhart took his group to Canada – where they played five games in four days - and shared his thoughts:

What Everhart learned: The chemistry of this group seemed really, really good – and we were able to control the game with our guard play.”  

What or who impressed him: McConnell was terrific, his normal consistent self. What really impressed me was (B.J.) Monteiro’s effort. Three guys surprised me and played better than I anticipated: Jerry Jones, Andre Marhold and Sean Johnson. Sean picked up where he left off last season. Jones shot it well and played with a lot of confidence – he’s a completely different player

What concerned him: Our frontcourt is our big question. We know we can run and score and defend on the perimeter.”

- McConnell averaged 10.8 points, 4.4 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game as a freshman last season and Everhart said he sees plenty of similarities between him and Dallas Mavericks guard J.J. Barea – who he coached at Northeastern. ``They do a lot of the same things,” Everhart said. ``Especially with ball screens, their vision and burst. T.J.’s a little longer and just needs to catch up physically and gets the strength that J.J. has. But I think when he does that, I think he has a shot at playing at the next level.”

- The strength of the team will be on the perimeter with guys like McConnell, Monteiro and Johnson.

- Everhart said that two players, Radford 7-foot transfer Martins Abele, and 6-foot-6 freshman Kadeem Pantophlet, didn’t make the trip.

- Freshman Mamadou Datt (6-8, 210) didn’t play due to injury. Datt is a native of Senegal who spent last season at Stoneridge Prep. He tore his meniscus, but Everhart said he expects Datt to be ready for practice in mid-October.

- Senior wing B.J. Monteiro led the team in scoring at 19 points per game. Johnson was second at 13.2 and McConnell averaged 12.6 points on the trip.

- Everhart was excited about the play of Marhold – who averaged eight minutes per game last season. ``He was active and played significantly better than I expected. He surprised me – I thought he’d struggle. The way he played on the trip, I think he’ll make a significant contribution this year.”

- Freshman wing P.J. Torres was solid for the first three games before suffering a sprained ankle that forced him to miss the fourth game. He came back and played the finale in Canada. ``He’s going to be a nice addition to our backcourt,” Everhart said.

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Posted on: August 16, 2011 10:01 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 10:02 am

Source: Ex-DePaul guard Shane Larkin to Miami

By Jeff Goodman

Shane Larkin left DePaul a couple weeks ago, saying he had a “medical condition that required him to be closer to his Orlando home.”

The talented freshman, who had a legitimate shot to crack the starting lineup for Oliver Purnell this season, has decided to transfer to Miami – sources told CBSSports.com.

The 5-foot-11 Larkin is the son of former Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin and could have started alongside Brandon Young in Purnell’s backcourt.

Now he’ll be just a few hours from home and the beneficiary of his mystery medical condition is new Hurricanes coach Jim Larranaga.

Larkin already spent part of the summer in classes at DePaul, so it’s likely he’ll have to sit out this season. However, expect him and Miami to appeal the NCAA in hopes he would be eligible this season.

Sources told CBSSports.com that Larkin participated in the majority of DePaul’s 10 practices that led up to the team’s current trip overseas – and he also passed a physical in mid-June.

Whether he is eligible this season or next, this is a nice addition for Larranaga – who will lose senior guard Malcolm Grant after this season and could wind up losing junior Durand Scott as well.
Posted on: August 16, 2011 8:44 am
Edited on: August 16, 2011 11:41 am

Trippin' : Central Florida's Canadian jaunt

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By Jeff Goodman

Central Florida coach Donnie Jones has six new faces this season.

Jeffrey Jordan (Illinois), Tristan Spurlock (Virginia) and Josh Crittle (Oregon) all sat out last season after transferring into the program.

The Knights added a talented freshman class with Rod Days, Wayne Martin and Kasey Wilson.

Last season was a roller-coaster ride for Jones & Co. as the Knights shocked the nation jumping out to a 14-0 start – one which included upsets over Florida and Miami.

Then came the descent, a second-half collapse that put Central Florida in the bottom half of Conference USA.

But Jones is confident this team is more equipped to handle the highs and lows of the college basketball campaign – especially after a trip north of the border:

What Jones learned: We were able to play guys at multiple positions and we wanted to see how it would all work out. Isaiah Sykes played backup point guard for about 20 minutes and he was terrific. He started at small forward and then we also played him at backup point guard.”

What or who impressed him: ``Our two all-conference players – Keith Clanton and Marcus Jordan – both played well. Clanton scored inside and outside and Marcus had 25 the first night, but they teams keyed on him and he showed his versatility by passing the ball and just taking what he was given.”

What concerned him: ``We’ve got to get better in the halfcourt. We focused on pressing, but we need to do a better job of guarding in the halfcourt. I wanted our guys to press.”

- Jeff Jordan and freshman Wayne Martin didn’t play on the trip. Jordan, who sat out last season following his transfer from Illinois, still needs to get his academics in order before he becomes eligible in the fall. Martin is recovering from an injury suffered his senior year in high school. ``He looks like he’s ready to play,” Jones said. ``But we didn’t want to take a chance. I think he could use another three weeks.”

- Jones said they went into the trip with the mindset that it was a conference tournament – with one game each day.

- Jones went with a different starting lineup each of the three games. He didn’t start Jordan or Clanton in the final contest of the trip.

- Virginia transfer Tristan Spurlock, who sat out last season, injured his ankle in the first game and was held out the remainder of the trip. 

- Late addition C.J. Reed, who transferred to Central Florida following his dad’s firing at Bethune-Cookman, wasn’t able to go on the trip and will sit out this season. Reed averaged 19.1 points per game last season and was the MEAC Player of the Year. He’ll have one season left of eligibility with the Knights.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 3:09 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 4:06 pm

A-10 Offseason Report

By Jeff Goodman

A-10 Offseason Report

Charlotte – The 49ers will play against Miami, at Memphis (12-31) and at Arkansas. Gokhan Sirin left the program and DeMario Mayfield is eligible after sitting out last season following a transfer from Georgia.

Dayton – The Flyers are in the midst of a trip overseas to Amsterdam and France. Archie Miller put together a staff of Kevin Kuwik (Ohio State), Allen Griffin (Hofstra), Tom Ostrom (Arkansas) and Bill Comar as the director of operations. The Flyers will play in the Old Spice Classic and also have non-league games vs. Alabama (11-7), vs. Seton Hall (12-21), vs. Mississippi (12-30) and at Miami. Brandon Spearman (Indian Hills) and Juwan Staten (West Virginia) left the program while Vee Sanford (Georgetown) transferred in. Kevin Dillard (Southern Illinois) is eligible this season after sitting out last year.

Duquesne – Ron Everhart’s team is in the tail end of a trip to Canada. Amadou Koundoul replaces Greg Gary, who left to go to Purdue. The Dukes will play in the Coaches vs. Cancer event and also have non-league games against Pittsburgh (11-30), against Penn State (12-10) and at George Mason (12-21). Joel Wright (Blinn JC) left and Rodrigo Peggau graduated early and enrolled at Seton Hall College.

Fordham – Derrick Phelps left his position as the video coordinator to join King Rice’s staff at Monmouth. The Rams will play at Syracuse (11-12), at St. John’s (12-17) and at Georgia Tech (12-29). Brian Freeman, Rayner Moquete and Fahro Alihodzic all transferred out of the program.

George Washington – New coach Mike Lonergan (above) brought Hajj Turner with him from Vermont – and added Pete Strickland (N.C. State) and Kevin Sutton (Montverde Academy) as well as former Maryland video coordinator Matt Lisiewski as his director of basketball operations. He also added former Vermont guard Maurice Joseph as his assistant DOBO. The Colonials will play in the CBE Classic against Cal and also will face VCU in the BT&T Classic (12-4) at the Verizon Center yet. GW will also play at Kansas State (12-1), at Syracuse (12-10), vs. UAB (12-28) and at Harvard (1-14) in the non-conference. Chris Fitzgerald (Columbia) and Tim Johnson both left the program.

La Salle – John Giannini and the Explorers just returned from a trip to Canada. La Salle will play in the Hoop Group Classic (11-25/26) and also has non-league games at Villanova (11-15) and at Pittsburgh (11-22). Aaric Murray (West Virginia) transferred out while Ramon Galloway (South Carolina) came in and will be eligible to play this season after receiving a waiver from the NBA. Taylor Dunn (Winthrop) is also eligible this season after sitting out last year.

Rhode Island – Larry Harris (N.C. State) replaced Kevin Clark (Towson). The Rams will play in the Legends Classic (at Texas on Nov. 15) and also in the UCF Holiday Classic along with James Madison and Stetson. Non-league games include at BC (1-2), at Nebraska (11-20), vs. Virginia Tech (12-7) and vs. Providence (12-23). Akeem Richmond transferred to East Carolina. Billy Baron (Virginia) and Andre Malone (Auburn) are both eligible after the first semester.

Richmond – The Spiders replaced director of basketball operations Marcus Jenkins, who left for Princeton, with Kim Lewis. Chris Mooney’s team will play in the Cancun Challenge and also has non-conference dates at Wake Forest (12-3), at VCU (12-10), at UCLA (12-23) and at home against Old Dominion (12-20).

Saint Louis – Rick Majerus is expected to go with the team from Aug. 19-29 to Canada. Porter Moser took the head job at Loyola-Chicago and Tony Young was promoted. The Billikens will play in the 76 Classic in Anaheim and also have non-conference games against Washington (11-20) and at New Mexico (11-31). Christian Salecich transferred to Missouri Southern while Jake Barnett (Toledo) is eligible this season and Kwamain Mitchell will return to the court after missing last year.

Saint Joseph’s – Phil Martelli’s team will play in the Charleston Classic and also has non-league contests vs. Villanova (12-17), vs. Penn State (11-26), vs. Creighton (12-10) and at Harvard (12-31). Carl Baptiste (Delaware) and Justin Crosgile (Eastern Washington) left while Todd O’Brien graduated early and has enrolled at UAB. Hanil Kanesevic (Hofstra) is eligible and should be an impact player for the Hawks immediately.

St. Bonaventure – Mark Schmidt’s team will play at Virginia Tech (11-27), at Illinois (12-7) and against N.C. State (12-20) in Rochester. Brett Roseboro transferred to UMBC.

Temple – Matt Langel got the head job at Colgate and was replaced by Dwayne Killings (BU). The Owls will play in the Puerto Rico Tip-Off and also have a non-conference slate that includes games at Penn (11-14), vs. Villanova (12-10), at Texas (12-17), vs. Duke (1-4) and vs. Maryland (1-21) at the Palestra. Dalton Pepper transferred in from West Virginia and will sit out this season.

UMass – Derek Kellogg’s team will play in the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas. The Minutemen will play at BC and against Siena. Chaz Williams is eligible after transferring in from Hofstra a year ago.

Xavier – Chris Mack replaced Pat Kelsey and Brian Thornton with Kareem Richardson (Drake) and Jeremy Growe. The Musketeers will play in the Diamond Head Classic in Hawaii (12-22/25) and also have a non-league slate that includes home games against Georgia (11-25), Purdue (12-3), Cincinnati (12-10) Gonzaga (12-31) and road contests against Vanderbilt (11-28), Butler (12-7) and Memphis (2-4). Jay Canty (Appalachian State) and Jordan Latham (Loyola) transferred out while Isaiah Philmore (Towson) transferred in. Andree Walker (Vandy) also came in and is eligible for his final year this season. Travis Taylor is also eligible after sitting out last season following his transfer from Monmouth. Justin Martin sat out last season due to academics.

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Posted on: August 15, 2011 12:55 pm
Edited on: August 15, 2011 2:01 pm

Trippin' Louisville returns from Bahamas

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By Jeff Goodman

Rick Pitino admits his team overachieved last season.

It’s difficult not to agree.

Louisville wasn’t all that talented, yet managed to win 25 games and get to the Big East championship game.

``For the next two years, we’ll have the type of talent we need,” Pitino said. ``Last year we weren’t confident in any game we went into. We were confident in our preparation and our approach, but we didn’t have the size and ability.”

The Cardinals lost leading scorer Preston Knowles and the enigma that was Terrence Jennings, but added a strong freshman class which includes four Top 100 players.

Pitino will bring in Top 25 players Wayne Blackshear and Chane Behanan as well as big man Zach Price and late signee Kevin Ware.

Blackshear and Behanan should be key contributors immediately, while Price is slated to be the back-up center – and Ware’s role is still unclear.

Pitino and the Cards just returned from a six-day trip to the Bahamas in which the team played four games.

What Pitino learned: Who is fundamentally ready to play – and who isn’t. The competition wasn’t very good, but now I know what to work on once we start individuals. Peyton Siva, Gorgui Dieng and Kyle Kuric are ready to play right away. If we opened up tomorrow, they could play. The rest of the guys could not.”

What or who impressed him: ``By far the best player was Peyton Siva. When he came here, he was a combo guard. Now he’s a true point guard.”

What concerned him: ``I don’t worry about it, but our freshmen don’t know how to play the game. But that’s true for most freshmen. (Jamal) Mashburn was the only freshman since I’ve been coaching who came in and knew how to play.”

- Freshmen Wayne Blackshear and Kevin Ware did not make the tip because they were both taking summer courses. Pitino said both are scheduled to arrive on campus, with the rest of the team, on Sunday, and he doesn’t expect any issues with them getting through the NCAA Clearinghouse.

- Pitino said that freshman Angel Nunez, who has a similar body type to that of former Louisville star Francisco Garcia, is well-behind Garcia on the defensive end. ``Francisco needed work,” Pitino said. ``And he’s light years behind Francisco.”

- Dieng, who Pitino feels will be among the nation’s leaders in block shots, is up to 232 pounds. ``He’s a good player, not a great player,” Pitino said. ``I think he can be a great player his junior and senior years. He needs to get up to 255 pounds.”

- Pitino said that in addition for the trip being beneficial for the players, it was also an advantage for his staff – which completely turned over. Richard Pitino is back after a couple years in Gainesville and Pitino also brought on Kevin Keatts from Hargrave Military Academy and Wyking Jones, who spent last season at New Mexico.

- Pitino also said he had no idea when the game between the Kentucky Legends and the Dominican Republic national team, coached by John Calipari, was slated to be played in Louisville at the Yum! Center. Well, the game is set for tomorrow night. ``I honestly had no idea," Pitino said. 

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Posted on: August 13, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: August 13, 2011 4:58 pm

Dayton adds LSU transfer Matt Derenbecker

By Jeff Goodman

Dayton coach Archie Miller and his staff were making roster moves while overseas.

The Flyers received a commitment from former LSU wing Matt Derenbecker.

``Player development was huge for me," Derenbecker told CBSSports.com on Saturday afternoon. ``And I think I can really improve my game there. I felt comfortable and felt as though it was the best option for me." 

Dayton is currently in Europe and knocked off a team from Belgium on Saturday to go 3-0 on their current trip.

Derenbecker, a 6-foot-7 Louisiana native, averaged 6.5 points as a freshman last season and started 15 of 16 SEC contests. He also considered Tulane. 

Derenbecker will provide Dayton with a legitimate perimeter threat. He will sit out this season and then having three left in the A-10.  

``I think I can have an impact and it's a system that fits me well," Derenbecker said. ``I'm going to come in and work on whatever they see fit for me to work on in order to get better."  

Posted on: August 13, 2011 1:39 pm

US World University team opens with a rout

By Jeff Goodman

The USA World University team opened the event in China with a resounding victory.

Pittsburgh senior guard Ashton Gibbs led the US with 20 points and every player got into the scoring column in a 108-67 rout over Mexico.

Trevor Mbakwe (Minnesota) had 12 points and 10 boards. Marcus Denmon (Missouri) finished with 11, Orlando Johnson (UCSB) and Draymond Green (Michigan State) each had 10.

Matt Painter is the head coach while Brad Stevens and Cuonzo Martin are assistants.

Next up for the United States squad in preliminary round pool play is Hungary. 

Posted on: August 12, 2011 9:07 am
Edited on: August 12, 2011 1:03 pm

Trippin': Young Northern Iowa team post-Brazil

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By Jeff Goodman

Johnny Moran is the lone starter remaining from the Northern Iowa team that shocked the world and knocked off Kansas two years ago in the NCAA tournament.

And he didn’t even play in Brazil.

Moran, according to Panthers coach Ben Jacobson, is still recovering from shoulder surgery and is a couple weeks away from being ready to return to the court.

So Jacobson headed to Brazil with five true freshmen, two redshirt frosh and three sophomores. Moran is the lone senior on the team.

``It may have worked out better for some of the young guys that Johnny didn’t play,” Jacobson said.

What Jacobson learned: ``From a basketball standpoint, we’ve got a little more size and length, and maybe a little more speed and athleticism than we had a year ago. You can see it in practice and in games when we’re able to get to places – whether it’s defensively or rebounding (on both ends) – because of our length.”
What or who impressed him: ``A couple of the freshmen played really well. Redshirt freshman Nate Buss rebounded the ball well, especially on the offensive end. He’s 6-9 and long and I was impressed with how hard he went. Freshman Deon Mitchell played extremely well against one of the pro teams – guys that were much older then him. He was really good in the open floor and does a good job of finding guys and making it easier for them. Deon’s going to be really important for us this year.”

What concerned him: ``We didn’t put in a lot of offensive stuff. Most of what we did was transition. It’s not like we executed a lot of sets. We spent most of the time in practice on the defensive end of the floor. The challenge for us is going to be in September, October and November – because we’ll be relying on a couple of freshmen to make an impact for us.

- Junior big man Jake Koch is coming off ankle surgery in the spring. Koch averaged 9.8 points and 5.0 rebounds last season – second on the team in both categories.

- Jacobson lost Jordan Egleseder, Adam Koch and Ali Farokmanesh after the Sweet 16 run two years ago – and lost point guard and last year’s leading scorer, Kwadzo Ahelegbe, and Lucas O’Rear after this past season. However, Jacobson feels as though the gradual losses have allowed the program to remain competitive towards the top of the Missouri Valley. ``We certainly feel that way – and I know our guys feel that way.”

- Jacobson spoke highly of his quality depth coming off the trip and also was blown away by how hard his kids played. ``We had guys diving for loose balls when we were up big.” Tyler Lange, who played a total of 46 minutes a year ago, was one of those guys – as he dove for a ball up 40 points with less than two minutes remaining.

- Freshman guard Jevon Lyle was the lone player who didn’t make the trip due to a violation of team rules.

- Jacobson, when asked how often he thinks about the fact that he should have Doug McDermott on his team, jokingly blamed Dana Altman. Remember, when Altman left Creighton for Oregon it meant that Greg McDermott went from Iowa State to Creighton and brought his son, Doug, with him. Doug, arguably the top player in the league, was slated to play at Northern Iowa. ``I don’t want to bring Dana into this,” Jacobson joked. ``But why did he have to go take Oregon?”

- Jacobson is unable to talk about it due to NCAA rules, but Northern Iowa has a verbal commitment from the youngest of the three Koch brothers: Bennett. The word on the street is that Bennett Koch is a cross between his two older brothers, Adam, and Jake. He’s got some of Adam’s athleticism and also possesses Jake’s feel for the game. 

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