College Basketball’s Jon Rothstein Posts with My Thoughts
Have I ever told you that one of the best follows in College Basketball is Jon Rothstein? It’s almost mandatory in order to stay up on College Basketball news in the spring and summer. We are less than 21 weeks away from the return of College Basketball. Jon Rothstein is breaking things all day long. However, for you looking for just one update then this is it for you. Here’s what has happened since June 9th.
Jon Rothstein reports from sources: As college recruiting returns this week, many programs — especially ones at the mid-major level — are re-evaluating the importance of being on the road due to the volume available via the transfer portal and the importance of being on campus to mold their newcomers.
We are now seeing situations in college basketball where teams have potentially 4–8 new players each season. This is the sport in 2022. “Programs” are the exception. Not the rule.
Georgia Tech’s Josh Pastner has hired Harvard’s Brian Eskildsen as an assistant coach.
Harvard’s Tommy Amaker will hire Villanova’s Matt Fraschilla as an assistant coach to replace Brian Eskildsen. Coach Amaker is prioritizing former Harvard players as he builds his staff moving forward.
Iowa’s Fran McCaffery has hired former Hawkeye guard Matt Gatens as an assistant coach. Gatens has been on staff at Drake during the past few seasons.
Seattle’s Chris Victor has hired Dartmouth’s Justin Bradley as an assistant. Bradley spent the last few seasons as Dartmouth’s Associate Head Coach.
Texas Southern’s Johnny Jones has hired Brandon Chambers as an assistant coach. Chambers was on staff at LSU last season.
UCLA’s Mick Cronin has hired Loyola Maryland’s Ivo Simovic as an assistant coach. He had deep international ties.
Wisconsin’s Greg Gard has promoted assistant Joe Krabbenhoft to Associate Head Coach.
Minnesota’s Ben Johnson has received a contract extension through 2026–27.
Arizona’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:
Kerr Kriisa, Courtney Ramey, Pelle Larsson, Azuolas Tubelis, and Oumar Ballo.
Duke’s 2022–23 Predicted Starting Five:
Jeremy Roach, Dariq Whitehead, Jacob Grandison, Kyle Fillipowski, and Dereck Lively
2022 Hall of Fame Classic at MassMutual Center on December 17th
UMass vs North Texas
Liberty vs Bryant
2022 Emerald Coast Classic
TCU vs Cal
Iowa vs Clemson
2022 Paradise Jam
Drake vs Buffalo
Wyoming vs Howard
Belmont vs Tarleton State
Boston College vs George Mason
Players Transferring School
Arkansas State transfer Desi Sills has committed to Kansas State.
Campbell transfer Cedric Henderson Jr. has committed to Arizona.
Illinois grad transfer Jacob Grandison has committed to Duke.
San Diego transfer Joey Calcaterra has committed to UConn. He averaged 8.5 points per game last season.
Texas transfer Courtney Ramey has committed to Arizona.
Former Oregon commit Dior Johnson has committed to Pittsburgh. This is a big get for Coach Jeff Capel in the 2022 class.
JUCO Prospect Jaamir Butler has committed to Drexel.
Appalachian State and Louisville
Louisville will host Appalachian State as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule.
Central Florida and Florida State
Central Florida will host Florida State on November 11th in Orlando. This is the return game in multi-year series.
Central Florida and UNC-Asheville
Central Florida will host UNC-Asheville in its season opener on November 7th in Orlando.
Charleston Southern and South Florida
South Florida will host Charleston Southern as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule.
Colorado State and USC
USC and Colorado State will play a neutral site game on December 21st at Footprint Center in Phoenix according to multiple sources.
Drake and Saint Louis
Saint Louis and Drake have agreed to a home and home series starting this season on December 17th at Chaifetz Arena. The return game at Drake will be in 2023–24.
Fairfield and Xavier
Xavier will host Fairfield as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule. The game is scheduled for November 15th at the Cintas Center.
Fordham and Harvard
Fordham will host Harvard as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule. This game will be played on November 27th in the Bronx and will honor former Fordham Athletic Director and Harvard Coach Frank McLaughlin.
Gonzaga and Michigan State
Gonzaga and Michigan State are in advanced discussions to play a neutral site game on an aircraft carrier in San Diego on Veterans Day (November 11th), according to multiple sources.
Gonzaga and North Florida
Gonzaga will open the 2022–23 season on November 7th in Spokane against North Florida.
Houston and North Florida
Houston will host North Florida as part its 2022–23 non-conference schedule. The game is scheduled for December 6th.
Houston and Oregon
Next season’s game between Houston and Oregon will be played on November 20th in Eugene, OR. This is the return game of home and home series.
South Florida and St. Francis (NY)
South Florida will host St. Francis (NY) as part of its 2022–23 non-conference schedule.
Big East Returning Scoring by Percentage in 2022–23:
Villanova: 65.3% with Justin Moore, 47.2% without Justin Moore
St. John’s: 57%
Seton Hall: 32.2%
Big Ten Returning Scoring by Percentage in 2022–23:
Penn State: 55.7%
Michigan State: 52.1%
Minnesota: 17.5 %
Ohio State: 13.9%
Arizona State’s Marcus Bagley (Knee) has been fully cleared for all basketball-related activities, per Coach Bobby Hurley. He is a former top-40 recruit who only appeared in three games last season due to injury.
Saint Louis’ Javonte Perkins (ACL) is doing individual work and should be fully cleared “soon”, per Coach Travis Ford. He averaged 17.1 points per game two seasons ago. He missed all of last year due to injury.
Xavier is projected to start three fifth-year seniors, a fourth-year senior, and a junior.
FIBA Under 18 Americas Championship
Arkansas incoming freshman Anthony Black is averaging 5.2 points per game, 8.2 rebounds per game, and 4.4 assists per game.
Oregon incoming freshmen Ke’lel Ware is averaging 17.5 points per game and 8 rebounds per game for Team USA through two games.
Texas Tech incoming freshmen Elijah Fisher finished for Team Canada averaging 13.3 points per game and 5.5 rebounds per game. He shot 27/61 from the field but was just 1/14 from three-point range.
Villanova freshmen Cam Whitmore for Team USA through the last three games is averaging 21 points per game and 5.7 rebounds per game. He should be the best freshman and potentially one of the best players in the Big East.
Villanova incoming freshmen Mark Armstrong through the last three games is averaging 11 points per game, 4 assists per game, and 3.8 rebounds per game for Team USA.