Thursday, May 3, 2007

May 2nd/3rd News and Notes

Beginning with the 2008-2009 season, the men’s collegiate three-point line will be moved back. The NCAA men’s basketball rules committee voted to extend the line to 20 feet, 9 inches—one foot further than the current line. Barring any surprises, the rule change will be approved on May 25 by the Playing Rules Oversight Committee.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ended their search for a new coach on Tuesday, hiring former Miami (Fl.) and Tulane head coach Perry Clark to replace Ronnie Arrow. Arrow resigned after this past season to accept the head coaching position at South Alabama. "Perry Clark is a proven winner, on and off the basketball floor, and we are fortunate at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi to have a man of his knowledge, experience and integrity leading our basketball program," athletic director Brian Teter said. Clark was 250-199 in 15 seasons with the Hurricanes and the Green Wave, reaching the NCAA Tournament four times. Prior to that, he was an assistant at Penn State and Georgia Tech. He has been working as a TV analyst for the past three seasons after being fired by Miami (Fl.).

According to Andy Katz of, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior center Chris Daniels will likely pull his name out of the NBA Draft pool. New Islanders coach Perry Clark said, “He told me he's coming back. He told other people he's coming back. He can get better.” Daniels’ name was on the official early-entry list that was released on Thursday. He averaged 15.3 points and 6.7 rebounds per game this past season.

official list of the 2007 NBA Draft early-entries was released on Thursday and it included several surprises. Some of the players that were not expected to be on the list include: Wichita State’s P.J. Couisnard, Dan Coleman and Spencer Tollackson of Minnesota, Manhattan’s Shagari Alleyne, and Tack Minor of LSU. Some of the better small-school players to declare were Wofford’s Drew Gibson and Isaac Wells of Arkansas State. Some non-D-1 players were also on the list. One glaring omission from the list was Oklahoma State’s JamesOn Curry, who announced his intentions last week. When contacted by, OSU was stunned, as was Curry’s family.

Luke Winn of gives his power rankings for the 2007-2008 season, his first since the early-entry deadline passed. North Carolina sits in the top spot, with UCLA, Memphis, Louisville, and Kansas rounding out the top five. In his write-up of Texas A&M (#15), he picks his top post duos for next season. The Aggies, UNC, UCLA, Kansas, North Carolina State, Notre Dame, and Connecticut are all on the list.

With the coaching carousel winding down lately, FOX Sports’ Jeff Goodman takes a look at
who might be in the mix for a new head coaching position after next season. VCU’s Anthony Grant tops the “hot” head coaches list, followed by Tony Bennett of Washington State, Marquette’s Tom Crean, Chris Lowery of Southern Illinois, Nevada’s Mark Fox, and several others. He also discusses ten assistant coaches who could get a head coaching spot next year, led by Derek Kellogg of Memphis. Duke’s Chris Collins and Georgetown’s Robert Burke follow him.

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