We have some catching up to do… My name is Nick Lorensen, and I’ll be your main blogger on ACC Basketball Report for the 2020-21 basketball season. During the 2019-20 season, I wrote for Mid-Major Madness. I will continue on there this season, along with Horizone Roundtable, being the main Wright State guy.
My mom is a Pitt grad, so naturally I became a Pitt fan. I have lost my ties to that school though and am now a fan of all 15 schools (yeah, even Duke).
Throughout the season, I’ll give you semi-daily updates around the league and write articles on the bigger ideas. Cut me some slack though… I’m an incoming college student, so I’ll have a lot on my plate.
Over the last week there was a ton of news around the ACC… I’ll try my best to recap it here.
- Earlier this week, the NCAA announced that they will allow voluntary athletics programs to return to campus on June 1st. The first school to announce they would allow students back on campus was the University of Louisville. All 15 players on the basketball team will be welcomed back on May 27th and will have to go through an eleven-day quarantine. If that goes without a hitch, they can begin voluntary workouts with coaches on June 8th. Soon after that announcement, Florida State announced that they’ll allow athletes back on campus. The details have yet to be explained, but that’s two ACC schools that are planning to continue with COVID-19 going on.
- On Sunday night it was announced that Boston College Athletic Director, Martin Jarmond was set to take the UCLA job. Boston College is currently looking for a new Athletic Director, but have named JM Caparro as the interim one. Before this job, he was the Senior Associate Athletics Director at BC and President of Ticket Sales and Services for the Brooklyn Nets.
- NC State and Kevin Keatts have hired a new assistant. The replacement for newly named, UNCW Head Coach Takayo Siddle, will be a 1997 graduate of NC State and former basketball manager, Mike Summey. From 1996-1999, he was a student manager under Herb Sendek. From there he would take five assistant coaching jobs, including two in the Carolinas at The Citadel and D2 Queens University. After a strong transition to D1 at the University of North Florida in 2006, he took the head coaching job at D3 Bethany College. He did very well there but decided to go back to the D1 ranks, becoming the DBO at the University of Miami. Thereafter, he went to Bowling Green, leading the Falcons to their best run of seasons, since 1947-49.
- Stony Brook transfer Elijah Olaniyi announced he will play his final season at the University of Miami. He is planning to sit the 2020-21 season and play the 2021-22 season. At SBU, he made the 2019-20 All-America East first team.
- Virginia Tech announced last Friday that Jonathon Kabongo’s basketball career has been cut short due to injuries. He has been medically disqualified but will remain on scholarship. He does not count towards the roster of 13 though. He averaged 1.5 PPG during the 2018-19 season.
- Yesterday, Georgia Tech finalized its non-conference schedule. Per D1Docket, that consists of:
- – vs Mount St.Marys – 11/12
- – vs James Madison – 11/16
- – vs Georgia – 11/19
- – vs Longwood – 11/22
- – vs Kentucky (Atlanta) 11/27
- – ACC/B1G Challenge 11/30-12/3
- – vs Stanford (NYC) – 12/13
- – vs Georgia State – 12/16
- – vs Florida A&M – 12/18
- – vs Delaware State – 12/20
- – at UAB – 12/23
- New Head Coach Steve Forbes offered seven athletes throughout the week. Six from the Class of 2021, and one from the Class of 2022. Three of the six from 2021 are three-stars. The lone 2022 is SG Dariq Whitehead from Montverde Academy.
- On Tuesday, Leonard Hamilton’s staff offered 2021 five-star recruit, Jerdarrian Davison. He is the 19th ranked recruit in his class by 24/7 Sports.
- On Sunday, Roy Williams and his staff offered 2021 G D’Marco Dunn. He is a four-star recruit and has been known as a sharpshooter. Dunn was a “late riser”.
- On Thursday, Jim Boeheim and staff offered 2022 SF, Yann Ferrell. He is a three-star recruit, and already has a slew of offers from Northeast powers. Ferrell is a lengthy forward.