The Spring of 2012 was another “banner” year for NCAA Division 1 coaching changes. To this point 40 jobs have changed hands with a few more to come as there are still vacancies at Grambling, Southern Miss, Brown and Virginia Tech.
Things only get better for the D1 Nation as many of the new hires are old friends of mine. These are guys we’ve placed kids with in the past at other schools and in many cases had close relationships with young coaches that are now getting their first head coaching gigs.
Old friends includes Dave Pilipovich (Air Force), Doug Wojcik (College of Charleston), Jack Murphy (Northern Arizona), Tony Benford (North Texas), Jay Spoonhour (Eastern Illinois), Johnny Jones (LSU), Jim Christian (Ohio), Trent Johnson (TCU), Tim Miles (Nebraska), and Danny Manning (Tulsa). I’m especially happy for Tony Benford who has paid his dues at Arizona State and Marquette amongst a list of stops and Jack Murphy who I first met when he was wet behind the ears as one of Lute Olson’s grad assistants at Arizona 10 years ago. The relationships continue to build to the benefit of the D1 Nation’s players.
Tulsa has lost it’s starting backcourt as both Texas D1 Ambassadors alums are moving on with the firing of Coach Doug Wojcik. Freshman Eric McClellan has visits to Gonzaga, Vanderbilt and Marquette ( and possibly two others). Meanwhile there’s a fly in the ointment for super soph Jordan Clarkson. He’s been granted his release but Tulsa has refused to allow him to transfer to Vanderbilt, Arizona or Texas. His appeal with the NCAA on this matter is scheduled for tomorrow.
Austin American Statesman’s Kirk Bohl’s touched on this yesterday. It’s one of the travesties that the NCAA must address ASAP. If they really act in the best interests of the kids, then the transfer rule needs to be fair and equitable. Coaches can transfer to another job anytime they like (usually for a considerable raise $$$. Kids already have to serve a one year penalty by being required to sit out. I’m ok with that but to then have the ability to indiscriminately rstrict their transfers or to outright deny them is CRIMINAL. Fortunately, now the media exerts a lot of pressure and guys like Bo Ryan at Wisconsin have been forced to release kids who desire a move because of the pressure of looking so bad in the public’s opinion. Once again, I reiterate to all players. It’s a business! Do what’s best for you because once your eligibility is exhausted you’ll be an afterthought in all but a few cases. That’s my editorial for the day.-Max Ivany
The D1 Nation will be in Denver this weekend at the Gold Crown Fieldhouse (6 courts under one roof). Talent level is high at the 16U and 17 divisions in particular. D1 Nation players who will be in attendance this weekend who are ones to watch to already and/or have offers or a high level of interest. If your name’s not on here I’ll look forward to adding it if your perfomrance proves you belong this weekend.
2015 W 6’5″ C.J. Bobbitt Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2015 G 6’2″ Alex Carrick Oregon D1 Ambassadors LM
2015 W 6′4″ Rashard Odomes Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton HM (Texas Top 10)
2015 F 6’5″ Reece Wible Oregon D1 Ambassadors MM
2014 6’7″ Hayden Cagle Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton MM
2014 5’11″ Chase Carlton Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton LM
2014 6’3″ Cameron Delaney Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton MM
2014 6’4″ Garrett Gray Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton MM
2014 6’6″ Ryan Shearmire Oregon D1 Ambassadors MM
2014 6’7″ Gabe Taylor Oregon D1 Ambassadors HM (#1 in Oregon)
2014 6’7″ Roderick Taylor Texas D1 Ambassadors-Carlton MM
2014 6’3″ Trae Dilworth Texas D1 Ambassadors -Carlton HM (Texas Top 10)
2013 G 5’10″ Johnny Azzinaro Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2013 G 6’4″ Bryce Alford Danny Granger D1 Ambassadors Elite (New Mexico)
2013 G 6’3″ Rasmus Bach Texas D1 Ambassadors-Morse LM
2013 G 6’0″ Darian Bostic Texas D1 Ambassadors-Wingfield LM
2013 F 6’7″ Blake Danielak Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany (Texas Tech)
2013 G 5’11″ John Gramlich Texas D1 Ambassadors-Morse LM
2013 F 6’7″ Pierce Grisebaum Texas D1 Ambassadors-Wingfield LM
2013 F 6’6″ Eli Harrison Oregon D1 Ambassadors MM
2013 G 6’0″ Sam Haywood Danny Granger D1 Ambassadors Elite LM
2013 W 6’7″ Andre Hughes Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2013 G 5’9″ Marcus Keene Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2013 F 6’5″ George King Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2013 W 6’5″ Jacob McGraw Oregon D1 Ambassadors MM
2013 G 6’2″ Will Morse Texas D1 Ambassadors-Morse MM
2013 G 6’4″ Cullen Neal Danny Granger D1 Ambassadors (St. Mary’s CA)
2013 G 6’0″ Napoleon Onyeje Texas D1 Ambassadors-Wingfield MM
2013 G 6’2″ Alex Ortiz Oregon D1 Ambassadors LM
2013 F 6’7″ Zach Overby Texas D1 Ambassadors-Morse MM
2013 F 6’6″ A.J. Pulliam Texas D1 Ambassadors-Wingfield LM
2013 G 6’4″ Stefan Vidovic Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM
2013 G 6’2″ T.J. Williams Texas D1 Ambassadors-Ivany MM/HM (injured thumb)
2012 F 6’10 Jerred Kite Danny Granger D1 Ambassadors Elite LM
2012 G 6’2″ Cole Martinez Texas D1 Ambassadors-Morse MM
College Coaches: Be sure to check the entire D1 Ambassadors rosters on this site. New videos were added today on the player’s pages for Rasmus Bach and Will Morse.