Wednesday, September 26, 2012
3-point shot: Memphis sees Big East boost
By Andy Katz
1. The impending move to the Big East apparently wasn't what sold top-30 prospect Kuran Iverson on Memphis, but the Tigers are feeling the positive effects in recruiting, according to those close to the program. Memphis coach Josh Pastner has been told a number of times by AAU coaches, high school coaches and parents that the Tigers’ conference switch is a big deal. The Big East name carries significant weight for the Tigers and allows Pastner to sell to recruits that they will get home to the Northeast. The Big East will open up a new channel of recruiting for the Tigers. The Big East brand is changing, but it’s not losing its influence. The only difference is that new teams will benefit -- instead of some of the traditional programs that are departing.
2. Texas Tech still hasn’t decided on whether or not Chris Walker will be the full-time interim coach in the wake of Billy Gilliispie’s resignation. But a number of coaches who potentially could have been on the Tech short list for a gig are under the impression that Walker is the clear leader, according to multiple sources. Meanwhile, Texas Tech hasn’t changed its plan of naming a coach for this season during the next two weeks. Walker was tabbed as the day-to-day coach by Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt until either he or another coach is named interim coach.
3. Maryland is still a few weeks away from finding out if transfer Dez Wells has a shot at a waiver to play immediately after being expelled from Xavier. The Terps are hoping to find precedent that Wells is eligible but wasn’t allowed to play at Xavier after he was dismissed from Xavier for a violation of the school’s honor code. A grand jury didn’t indict him over a sexual-assault charge.