Monday News and Notes

Highlighting the latest news around college basketball and the NBA draft

• Will Wade has been reinstated as the coach of LSU, however with the Tigers expected to lose a lot of talent this year, he will have a tough rebuild from a team that won the SEC regular season championship.

Mark Madsen has reportedly been hired at Utah Valley State, after being an assistant with the Lakers since 2013. Before this stint with the Lakers, he has been a G League head coach and assistant, as well as one season at Stanford as an assistant.

Cincinnati hired Northern Kentucky coach John Brannen. He has been at Northern Kentucky since 2015, with a record of 82-52. It will be a tough act to follow Mick Cronin, but Brannen has shown he can coach after turning around the Norse from a 9-21 record in his first season to 26-9 this season with a NCAA tournament appearance.

Wofford has promoted their assistant coach Jay McCauley to head coach. Following a school legend is never easy, especially with losing senior Fletcher Magee, so his work will be cut out for him to keep the ball rolling at Wofford.

Jerry Stackhouse was able to convince Dylan Disu to stay with Vandy, which is huge for the new coach considering they are expected to lose both Darius Garland and Simisola Shittu to the draft. Disu is a four star power forward that should come in and get big minutes as as freshman, with the Commodores beginning their rebuild as they enter the Stackhouse era.

• The trial for the “pay for play” college basketball scandal is expected to begin on April 23rd in New York City. As many know, this scandal has impacted many teams, and could continue to do so as more details are sure to come out in the court process.

 

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