Between transfers and coaches getting extensions, there’s a lot going on in the college basketball world these days. There’s also the commission that’s going to save the game (yeah, right). Let’s check out the top NCAA basketball stories of the past week.
Merely A Suggestion
Last week, the Commission on College Basketball (creative name, huh?) recommended several changes to the game, with chairman Condoleezza Rice stating “We need to put the college back in college basketball.” Among the changes they suggested include ending the one-and-done rule, changing the way schools and the NCAA do business with apparel companies, and imposing lifetime bans for serious rule breakers. Of course, everything the committee said was only a suggestion, meaning we’re a long way away from actual change. Moreover, the one-and-done rule isn’t exactly the choice of the NCAA; it’ll be up to the NBA to do something about that.
None and Done
Speaking of the one-and-done rule, there are rumblings that the NBA and the Players Association are discussing an amendment to the league’s age restrictions that could allow kids to go pro straight out of high school. However, at this point, there is no guarantee that the rule will change. It also wouldn’t go into effect until the 2020 Draft, so it’ll be at least a couple years that young players will be coerced into heading to college for one year. Among other things, NBA Commissioner said:
“We also share the Commission’s concern with the current state of youth basketball and echo that all stakeholders—including the NBA, NBPA, NCAA, and USA Basketball—have a collective responsibility to help bring about positive change. Regarding the NBA’s draft eligibility rules, the NBA and NBPA will continue to assess them in order to promote the best interests of players and the game.”
Another One Bites the Dust
Something funny is going on at Washington State, as the Cougars have now had four players leave the program since the end of the season. The latest is guard Milan Acquaah, who announced last week that he’ll be transferring. Acquaah joins starting point guard Malachi Flynn, reserve guard Jamar Ergas, and walk-on T.J. Mickelson as players to leave the Cougars. Junior forward Robert Franks is also going pro, so the Cougars are set to incur heavy losses this offseason. Head coach Ernie Kent has brought in a couple junior college players to help offset the expected losses. However, with Franks, Flynn, and Acquaah leaving, the Cougars are set to lose four of their top six scorers from a team that was just 4-14 in the Pac-12 last year.
For schools that thought they would poach Loyola-Chicago head coach Porter Moser after he led the Ramblers to the Final Four, better luck next time. The school has signed Moser to a contract extension that will keep him on the shores of Lake Michigan through the 2025-2026 season. Financial terms weren’t disclosed, but he’s no doubt getting a huge raise, which the school can undoubtedly afford after their Final Four run. For most coaches, taking a school like Loyola to the Final Four would have been nothing more than a springboard to a bigger school. However, as a Chicago native, Moser could be content staying in his hometown and coaching the Ramblers for many years to come.
Despite reaching the Elite Eight this past season, the Florida State Seminoles have now lost their second player to transfer of the offseason. Center Ike Obiagu announced on Sunday that he’ll be leaving the program. The 7-footer from Nigeria saw his playing time dip the second half of the season despite starting 14 games for the Seminoles. Obiagu has not indicated his transfer destination, although wherever he lands he will have to sit out a year after just one season in Tallahassee. In addition to Obiagu, sophomore guard C.J. Walker, the team’s fourth-leading scorer last year, has announced he will transfer out of Florida State.
The Boston College Eagles like the direction Jim Christian is taking them, and have rewarded him with a contract extension. Christian has a 48-83 record in four seasons at Boston College, but he was able to get the Eagles to the NIT this past season while improving the team’s record from 9-23 to 19-16. He’ll continue to face an uphill climb in the ACC, but he’s built a good foundation at Boston College, and the school has given him an extension through the 2021-22 season to see how far he can go.