Posted On: 07/18/19 6:38 PM
The weekly column is back with a boat load of tidbits from different topics this week. I got into Henry Coleman’s recruitment, how the NCAA will punish NC State and expectations for ODU next year.
“What are the most likely landing spots for Henry Coleman?” –@CommandoRandall
A lot of people thought Virginia was the school to beat for Henry Coleman and they still might have a chance to land him but things certainly have changed in the coming week as Virginia landed Jabri Abdur-Rahim which filled the Cavalier’s final scholarship for the 2020 class. A few days after that, Henry Coleman picked up an offer from Duke. Duke had been keeping close ties with Coleman this spring and summer and then finally pulled the trigger on the forward out of Richmond. NC State has been recruiting Coleman for quite a while so they have a good chance to land him as Coleman has built a strong relationship with the Wolfpack. Another local school to keep an eye on is Virginia Tech. Coleman’s father played football for the Hokies, so going there certainly has some appeal. Look for a list to be cut down soon which will maybe give us some more hints to where this recruitment is going.
“What do you think the NCAA will do with NC State?” –@edwards_wes
Last week NC State acknowledged that they had received allegations from the NCAA involving level one and level two violations for the payments that were made to Dennis Smith Jr. NC State now has 90 days to get an appeal situated before anything else goes forward in this case. It will be interesting to see how the NCAA penalizes NC State due to the fact that the head coach at the time, Mark Gottfried or assistant coach, Orlando Early, who was in charge of the payment, are both not working at the school anymore as well as a new athletic director.
I personally don’t believe NC State should face a postseason probation or anything along those lines due to the fact that it is a whole personnel running the NC State basketball program but with the NCAA you truly never know anything these days which is why we are just going to have to sit back and see how this thing plays out.
“What do you think of ODU this year?” –@CummingsClark
Last year Jeff Jones led ODU back to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 8 years which should give a lot of momentum to the program. A big part of that team’s success was because of the CUSA Player Of The Year, BJ Stith who just graduated and two other seniors in Ahmad Caver and Elbert Robinson III. All three of those guys are gone but the Monarchs due return a good amount of guys that received meaningful minutes last year. The local Williamsburg product, Xavier Green, is coming back after averaging 9.6 points per game and will look to be one of the main scoring options for Jeff Jones this year. Look for sophomore Jason Wade to step up in a big role and also another local product in, Dajour Dickens, to enhance his role in the low post. Coming in are two freshman, Jaylin Hunter and Dimitrios Karaiskos. Karaiskos is a 6’11 post man from Greece who gives the Monarchs depth at that position. Hunter is a guard that should develop nicely with the Monarchs.
I do not think ODU will be a tournament team next year but certainly has a chance in the coming years to get back to the big dance with this core of players,