Some reaction to recent news in college basketball as the coaching carousel continues to turn and recruiting gets ready to heat up.
Brad Brownell is headed to Clemson: The DePaul coaching search has managed to impact UIC and Loyola as well. Wright State head coach Brad Brownell is going to become the newest head coach of Clemson. This is a big loss for the Horizon League.
The Raiders slipped a bit down the stretch, before recovering and making the conference tournament final from the number two slot, but Wright State was the second best team in the Horizon League all season. The Raiders outscored their conference foes by 0.09 points per trip, second best in the league, during conference play. It was a stifling defense combined with an alright offense that got the job done in Ohio. Clemson should be able to adjust to their new coach quickly.
After Brownell lost out on the Iowa job it looked like he might have to wait another season to get a big time gig, but now his star has shot up to a power conference. While Brad Stevens is obviously the hottest name in the league, the second has to be Cleveland State head coach Gary Waters.
This decision could also impact Chicago State. The Cougars are rumored to be chasing after junior college power forward Chris Ware and Wright State was another team in the mix - along with possible front runner Idaho State. Ware is playing in Lincoln Community College and is ranked 118th in the country amongst juco players by Rivals. (Right in front of UIC recruit Paris Carter.)
Recruit Alec Brown could make up his mind soon: To say Alec Brown, from Winona, Minnesota, was a late bloomer probably doesn't begin to describe things. He's waited things out and now the 7'0" center has a decision to make. Brown is being recruited by Loyola, Northwestern and Washington State and said on Saturday that he'd make a decision soon. Obviously this would be a big - literally - get for the Ramblers. If he went to Northwestern the loss of Kyle Rowley certainly wouldn't be nearly as great.
Wherever Brown goes, it's obvious that he's going to need to put on a lot more muscle in order to be able to play college basketball. As most seven-foot centers his age go he's a stick. It's obvious that he's got some talent. Brown scored 44 points in one game and almost led Winona Senior High to the state championship. (They eventually finished third.) The Winona Daily News story linked above is actually a really nice read for people trying to get an idea about him.
Loyola recruit Flavien Davis honored: The Milwaukee-Journal Sentinel named it's all-area teams and Loyola recruit Flavien Davis was amongst those honored. He was on the second team.
Flavien Davis, 6-5, sr., F, Wisconsin Lutheran: Loyola recruit
raised his game and carried the Vikings to the sectional semifinal.
Averaged 21.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists.
Other players on the all-area team included Wisconsin recruit John Gasser (1st team) and Princeton recruit T.J. Bray (1st team). Players on the second team with Davis included 7'1" a Boise State recruit Ben Mills and Steve McWhorter an Indiana State recruit.