Assistant Donny Daniels is leaving Gonzaga, but he’s not quite ready to completely call it quits after four decades in the coaching profession. He’s expected to join Utah’s staff as director of basketball operations, which trims his time commitment since he won’t be involved in recruiting or on-court coaching.
And now begins the debate over what Rui Hachimura might become.
Zion Williamson is leaving Duke after one high-flying season to enter the NBA draft. Virginia’s De’Andre Hunter and Ty Jerome also announced their plans to enter the draft.
A look back at some of Rui Hachimura’s finest moments as a Zag. On Monday, Hachimura became the ninth player in Gonzaga history to declare early for the NBA draft.
Gonzaga junior forward Rui Hachimura has declared for the NBA Draft, the school announced. Hachimura made it official Monday, but the announcement isn’t a surprise. The 6-foot-8, 230-pound forward from Japan has been projected as a first-round selection, likely a lottery pick, on most NBA mock drafts.
Gonzaga point guard Josh Perkins will be one of 64 seniors attending the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament this week.
Rui Hachimura added another major honor to his awards collection. Gonzaga’s standout junior forward was named the Julius Erving Award winner as the top small forward in the nation Friday during the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show at the Novo Theater in Los Angeles.
Zion Williamson of Duke and Sabrina Ionescu of Oregon won the John R. Wooden Awards as the nation’s top men’s and women’s players of the year at the College Basketball Awards. They received their trophies during the fifth annual ceremony at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles.
Auburn and basketball coach Bruce Pearl have agreed to a new five-year contract. The deal announced Friday, which is worth about $20 million, runs through the 2023-24 season. Auburn spokesman Kirk Sampson says Pearl will be paid $3.8 million next season with a $125,000 increase in salary annually. The deal includes an $8 million buyout clause that begins next year and decreases by $2 million each year after that.
LSU officials say their first meeting with suspended basketball coach Will Wade has taken place but that there is not yet a resolution regarding Wade’s long-term status. A written statement from the university says “it is unlikely LSU makes any decisions today regarding Coach Wade.” Friday’s meeting included NCAA compliance officials and marked the first face-to-face communication between all parties since LSU suspended Wade for initially refusing to meet with administrators on March 8.
New Nevada coach Steve Alford says he’s hungry for the chance to take the Wolf Pack to the next level. About 300 supporters joined cheerleaders and a pep band at the Lawlor Events Center as Nevada formally introduced Alford as the successor to Eric Musselman, who left for the head coach’s job at Arkansas. Alford got a 10-year deal and he said he intends to finish his career with the Wolf Pack.
Arizona State and basketball coach Bobby Hurley are working on a contract extension to keep him in the desert. Hurley made the announcement on Twitter, thanking school President Michael Crow and athletic director Ray Anderson for entrusting him to lead the program. Hurley has led the Sun Devils to consecutive NCAA Tournaments
Nevada moved quickly to replace one big-name coach with another. Nevada hired former UCLA coach Steve Alford three days after Eric Musselman left for Arkansas. Alford returns to the Mountain West Conference, where he had some of his biggest successes. He spent six seasons in Albuquerque, leading the Lobos to the NCAA Tournament three times, including a trip to the third round in 2012. He was fired by UCLA in December in the middle of his sixth season.
Gonzaga is one of seven programs listed as possible destinations for South Dakota State’s David Jenkins Jr.
Gonzaga’s Zykera Rice has been invited to participate in the Seattle Storm’s May 5 training camp in Seattle, becoming the ninth player in program history to either be drafted or invited to a WNBA training camp.
A Washington State signee who’d previously voiced his commitment to Kyle Smith and the new regime of Cougar basketball has surprisingly requested a release from his letter of intent.
Cam Reddish is the latest Duke freshman to leave school for the NBA draft. Reddish announced his decision on social media Thursday, the day after teammate RJ Barrett said he was entering the draft. School spokesman Mike DeGeorge says Reddish has hired an agent. Reddish averaged 13.5 points and hit 33 percent of his 3-pointers. His decision leaves AP player of the year Zion Williamson as the last Duke freshman starter yet to announce his plans for next season.
The All-Great Northern League post was named to the Associated Press all-state honorable mention team after helping lead the Bantams to an 18-9 record and fourth-place finish at the State 2A tournament in Yakima, where Clarkston went 3-1.
Arizona State freshman guard Luguentz Dort has declared for the NBA draft and will sign with an agent. Dort announced his decision on Twitter. Dort averaged 16.1 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game during his lone season in the desert.
Duke freshman forward RJ Barrett announced his decision in a video posted on social media. He calls playing at Duke a dream and adds that “it’s also a dream of mine to play in the NBA and have great success there.”
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