Washington coach Lorenzo Romar said he laments the recent change in college basketball in which the spring begins the start of a new recruiting season. After March Madness, April is a time when many players announce they’re transferring.
Seniors entering their fifth year next season are the most coveted players because they’re usually granted immediate eligibility.
Still teams such as Washington, which has severe needs on the front line, will be in the market for the top transfers even if they have to sit out a season.
This week, St. John’s granted 6-9 sophomore center Chris Obekpa his release. He averaged 3.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks this season. Obekpa is reportedly considering UCLA, Oregon and Baylor.
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Rainier Beach High traveled to New York and lost 67-59 to Findley Prep (Henderson, Nev.) Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Dick’s Sporting Goods High School National Tournament. Senior guard David Crisp, who gave a verbal commitment to Washington but will likely wind up at a prep school, was limited two points, missing all five 3-point attempts. De’Jounte Murray, a junior with interest from top college programs including UW, scored 17 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Dujuan Piper, a 2014 prospect who is interested in UW, had five points and 11 rebounds. Here’s the box score.
— Among the many coaching vacancies, California is one of the most attractive jobs.
— Here’s a partial list of players who are likely to leave school early for the NBA draft.
— UCLA sophomore guard Kyle Anderson hasn’t made an official announcement, but SI.com believes he’s entering the NBA draft.
— Not sure if it’s smart or premature, but Utah chose to reward coach Larry Krystkowiak with a new five-year contract after he compiled a 42-55 record the past three years that hasn’t included a NCAA tournament appearance.
— New Washington State coach Ernie Kent talks to his former colleague Mike Yam at the Pac-12 Networks about taking the Cougars job.
— Former Oregon player Jabari Brown will leave Missouri with a year of eligibility remaining and enter the NBA draft.
— Interesting column from Gary Parrish at CBSsports.com who writes the Final Four teams have destroyed old myths about college basketball.