Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland believes Mario Kegler is a future pro and Kegler likes the school’s proximity to home.
“[Howland] feels he is a pro, one and out,” Omhar Carter, Kegler’s guardian, told SNY.tv following Kegler’s official visit to campus for Maroon Madness. “He thinks that his size and skill would be a matchup nightmare for opponents.”
Kegler is a Mississippi native who transferred to Oak Hill (VA) Academy before his senior season. His former high school teammate at Callaway (MS), Malik Newman, is now a freshman at Mississippi State.
“Seeing everyone happy and all the fans there was cool,” Kegler told the Clarion-Ledger. “The fans went crazy, especially if you’re from Mississippi. [Newman is] from Mississippi, I’m from Mississippi, you know, that could be me.” To read more of this story, click here
Every year Iona College churns out at least one player with NBA potential.
For four years running from 2012-15, the up-tempo Gaels placed a player in the prestigious Portsmouth Invitational: Mike Glover (2012), Lamont “Momo” Jones (2013), Sean Armand (2014) and David Laury (2015). Temple is the only other college team in the nation that can match that four-year run.
None of those players are currently on an NBA roster. Neither is Scott Machado, a former star point guard at Iona who attended the Chicago Pre-Draft Combine but not Portsmouth, and is currently playing in Germany.
Next up for the Gaels is A.J. English, a 6-foot-4 senior point guard who averaged 20.1 points, 5.1 rebounds and 5.1 assists for a team that lost to Manhattan in the MAAC Championship game and then fell to Rhode Island in the first round of the NIT. To read more of this story, click here
Armed with a healthy Isaiah Whitehead, an improving Angelo Delgado and several key new additions like Braeden Anderson and Veer Singh, Seton Hall Kevin Willard says it’s a “realistic goal” for his team to make the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and the ultimate goal is to “do some damage” once there.
“I think it’s very important, I think it’s a realistic goal for this team now,” Willard said Friday on The 4 Quarters Podcast. “Last year, I didn’t think it was a realistic goal just because of how young we were; we were very inexperienced.
“I think even though we’re still kind of young, we have much greater experience this year, so I think this team, it’s goal is not only to get to the [NCAA] Tournament but do some damage in there.” To read more of this story, click here
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A defiant Rick Pitino says resigning as the head basketball coach at Louisville wouldn’t accomplish anything.
“I don’t know what resigning would accomplish,” Pitino told host Terry Meiners on WHAS-840 in Louisville this week. “I think that’s the cowardly way out … What does it do for the program if the head coach just runs away?”
By the end of the interview, Pitino had conceded that he would resign if that’s what Louisville President James Ramsey wanted.
“If I get the feeling that he wants [me to resign], I’d pack my bags and leave,” the Hall of Fame coach said. To read more of this story, click here
By ZACH SMART
In a matter of days, 6-foot-7 combo forward Leroy Butts’ Division-I profile has skyrocketed. Since de-comitting from Rhode Island due to academic issues, the Elev8 Prep post-grad is entertaining interest from Louisville, Memphis, Boston College, Ole Miss, and a bevy of others.
“Louisville, Memphis, I would say those are the main schools I’ve heard the most from right now,” said Elev8 head coach Chad Myers, whose squad features high-end Division-I talent with Cal-signee Tyson Jolly and Ole Miss-bound guard Donte Fitzpatrick.
“I think he definitely is a high-major player,” Myers said. “Being a fifth-year player, he’s a little bit older, so he wants to go to the right fit where he’s got a chance to contribute right away. We’ve had calls from all over. Big East, ACC, all down the board. I think right now it’s just too early to tell.” To read more of this story, click here
De’Aaron Fox, the No. 1 point guard in the Class of 2016, has cancelled his scheduled visit next month to Arizona and is now down to four schools, Cypress Lakes (TX) coach Emmanuel Olatunbosun confirmed to SNY.tv.
Paul Biancardi of ESPN first reported the news.
Fox, who has drawn comparisons to Washington Wizards guard John Wall, has already taken officials to LSU and Louisville and visits Kansas this weekend for Late Night in the Phog and then Kentucky next weekend for Big Blue Madness.
He is expected to decide sometime after those visits.
“That’s the goal, it’s a feel thing for him,” Coach O said. “He’s not going to draw it out if he doesn’t have to.”
Fox indicated during a video interview with Jonathan Givony of DraftExpress.com that he wouldn’t mind playing alongside other elite guards, like Malik Monk, in college to advance their NBA prospects. Fox and Monk will be together on both the Kansas and Kentucky visits.
Fox is the projected No. 6 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, while Monk is projected at No. 7.
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Kevin Marfo, a 6-foot-8, 235-pound power forward from Worcester (Mass.) Academy, committed to George Washington on Friday
A native of Bergenfield, N.J., who is ranked the No. 37 power forward in the Class of 2016, Marfo also considered Boston College and Providence.
“[GW has a] winning culture and mature team,” he said before the announcement. “They are looking to erupt in the Atlantic 10.”
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