Like a lot of others, I may have miscalculated the basketball recruiting prowess of Kansas before it signed 6-foot-7 Huntington (W.Va.) Prep phenom Andrew Wiggins.
Call it ACC bias, but I would have thought Wiggins was more likely to sign with Florida State, where his father played, or with North Carolina. If not one of those ACC schools, I would have thought Kentucky was a good bet.
But, the Jayhawks would go on to win another recruiting battle against ACC opposition when they took a commitment from 6-8, 260-pound Tarik Black, who had spent the previous three seasons at Memphis.
Black graduated this spring, which meant he could play immediately at another Division I school. He picked Kansas over Duke, Georgetown and Oregon.
Black averaged 8.1 points and 4.8 rebounds this past season at Memphis, where he did not start, possibly a reason why he did not want to return as a graduate student.
Head coach Bill Self’s assistants at Kansas are Kurtis Townsend, who has been with him since 2004, and Norm Roberts, a former KU aide who was the head coach at St. John’s from 2004-2010.
Roberts was at Florida for one year as an assistant before returning to Lawrence. A spot opened for him after Danny Manning left to become the head coach at Tulsa.
ANOTHER MEMPHIS PLAYER with transfer plans, point guard Antonio Barton from Baltimore, plans to announce his choice between Maryland and Tennessee on Sunday. Barton, who could graduate and play immediately for the Terps, averaged a career-best 8.2 points as a freshman.
Tennessee has been looking for point-guard help since Trae Golden announced he would be transferring. Jimmy Hyams on “The Sports Animal” radio show in Knoxville, Tenn., reported a connection between Golden and a University of Tennessee employee who had been dismissed.
Hyams reported that director of student judicial affairs Jenny Wright had been terminated as the result of her unwillingness to participate in an investigation.
NORTH CAROLINA took a basketball commitment this week from Theo Pinson, a 6-6 junior at High Point (N.C.) Wesleyan who picked the Tar Heels over Indiana, Louisville and Georgetown.
At one time, Duke and North Carolina State also had been involved with Pinson, who is one of three UNC recruits for 2014-2015 who has been ranked among the top 25 prospects in the country by at least one service.
The others are 6-7 Justin Jackson from Spring, Texas, and 6-foot Joel Berry, a point guard from Lake Highland (Fla.) Prep. Jackson was rated the No. 1 home-schooled player in the country as a freshman in 2011.
He will be the first home-schooled basketball player to sign with the Tar Heels.
ONE-TIME VIRGINIA Tech football recruit Robert Lockhart has been granted a release from his scholarship at Miami.
Lockhart, from Boca Raton, Fla., committed to the Hokies on the eve of signing day in 2011 but required a postgraduate semester, which he spent at Fork Union Military Academy.
Lockhart was slated to enroll at Tech in January of 2012 but ended up at Miami. At the time, Fork Union coach John Shuman said Lockhart was committed at the time he went home for Christmas but never came back north.
MY RECAP OF transferring quarterbacks in Thursday’s print edition of The Roanoke Times failed to include ex-Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who enrolled at North Carolina State in January.
Brissett, who will be a junior for the Wolfpack in 2014, will be one of three transfer quarterbacks in the State program along with Pete Thomas (Colorado State) and Brandon Mitchell (Arkansas). Both Thomas and Mitchell will be eligible this year.
Brissett’s first choice, reportedly, was Miami, which was not in the market for a quarterback. Brissett eventually chose N.C. State over West Virginia, which later added ex-Florida State quarterback Clint Trickett after his graduation.