Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Illinois coach John Groce had to be happy with the news that Oregon State point guard Ahmad Starks is coming to Illinois. Starks, who is 5-foot-9, averaged 10 points per game last season and showed ability hitting trifectas. Starks, who attended Whitney Young High School in Chicago, wanted to be closer to his ailing grandmother in the Windy City. He will seek a family hardship waiver from the NCAA and could be eligible in the upcoming season.
• It has been a busy offseason for Kansas coach Bill Self. He landed top recruit Andrew Wiggins and transfer Tarik Black. Now he has had changes on his coaching staff. One of his former players at Illinois, Jerrance Howard, has become a Jayhawks assistant, filling the void created when Joe Dooley left to become head coach at Florida Gulf Coast. Kansas also lost its director of basketball operations as Doc Sadler, a former Nebraska head coach, took a position at Iowa State under coach Fred Hoiberg.
• Rutgers has been in the news too often. Now there is good news as J. J. Moore has decided to transfer from Pittsburgh to attend Rutgers. He averaged around 8 points per game last season and is trying to gain immediate eligibility through a waiver.
• After 35 seasons as head coach at Sacred Heart in Connecticut, Dave Bike has decided to retire. He was involved in the growth of the program all the way up to Division I. Assistant Anthony Latina moved into the vacancy, becoming the third man in school history to hold that post.
• I was recently at my niece's wedding in Colorado. It reminded me how good college basketball is out there. Colorado State won 26 games last season, losing in the big dance to eventual champion Louisville. Colorado was fifth in the Big 12, won 21 games and made the NCAA tournament. Air Force was very respectable in the tough Mountain West. Denver tied for the regular-season title in the WAC.
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