Jeff Eisenberg

  • Charleston's top two candidates both withdraw from search

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger13 hrs ago

    As its coaching search neared the three-week point Monday afternoon, Charleston appeared to finally be on the verge of naming Doug Wojcik's successor.

    The Cougars reportedly had narrowed their search to two finalists: longtime Wofford coach Mike Young and ex-Charleston star and NBA journeyman Anthony Johnson.

    Then the unthinkable happened two days later. Young removed his name from consideration first, Johnson did the same soon afterward, and suddenly one of the nation's better mid-major programs embarrassingly is starting from scratch in its coaching search even as the calendar nears September.

    Said Young via a statement: "After going through this and being respectful of the process, it became clear that Wofford is where I needed to be at this time. My team came back to campus today and they deserve and always will have my complete energy and attention."

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  • Dunk History: Vince Carter leaps over 7-foot-2 Frederic Weis

    Jeff Eisenberg at Ball Don't Lie21 hrs ago

    As the summer wears on, with training camps and preseason play still off in (what feels like) the distant future, we turn our attention to the past. Join us as we while away a few late-summer moments recalling some of the most scintillating slams of yesteryear, the most thunderous throwdowns ever to sear themselves into our memories. This is Dunk History.

    Today, Jeff Eisenberg of The Dagger recalls Vince Carter's stunning slam over Frederic Weis in the 2000 Olympics and how it became the basketball legacy of the dunk's victim.

    Many of the victims of the best dunks in NBA history have enjoyed such accomplished careers that being emasculated on national TV is a mere footnote in their careers. 

    Not so for the man nicknamed "French Toast."

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  • Drew Eubanks' commitment could be start of a huge class for Oregon State

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger22 hrs ago

    With all five starters from last year's underachieving 16-16 team having left and few promising bench players ready to inherit more playing time, Oregon State appears headed for a poor 2014-15 season

    Rest assured, however, better days may be ahead.

    New coach Wayne Tinkle secured a key commitment Tuesday from 6-foot-10 Drew Eubanks, arguably the top Class of 2015 prospect in the state of Oregon. The addition of the three-star center gives Oregon State a chance to assemble a formidable class given the ties the Beavers have to a pair of other top prospects.

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  • Green Bay lands late commitment from Enes Kanter's brother

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago

    Even though the NCAA deemed Enes Kanter ineligible to play at Kentucky three years ago, it appears another member of his family may yet get to play college basketball. 

    Kerem Kanter, Enes' younger brother, has signed with Green Bay and intends to play as a freshman next season, the school announced Tuesday. The younger Kanter is a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17 points and 9 rebounds last season at IMG Academy in Florida.

    “We are very excited to add Kerem Kanter to our program,” Green Bay coach Brian Wardle said in a school-released statement.

    “Kerem is a skilled forward that brings an ability to score from the inside and out. He has a great bloodline of basketball in his family, and we know he is extremely excited to get to Green Bay to pursue his dream of getting a college education and being a Division I player.”

    Kanter joins a Green Bay team that dominated the Horizon League this past season but missed the NCAA tournament after being upset in the conference tournament semifinals. The Phoenix lost 7-foot center Alec Brown to the NBA, but they return most of the rest of last season's team, including dynamic guard Keifer Sykes.

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  • UTEP's top recruit fails to qualify academically

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger1 day ago

    To find high-level talent willing to come to El Paso, UTEP coach Tim Floyd sometimes must gamble on prospects most high-major programs deem too risky to take.

    Some of those players have overcome their academic or behavioral issues to help UTEP win 18 or more games in three of Floyd's four seasons. Others either didn't last long with the program or never even made it to El Paso at all.

    The latest UTEP signee never to don a Miners jersey will apparently be Chris Sandifer, a 6-foot-6 shooting guard rated No. 102 in the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com. The former star at Taft High School in Los Angeles failed to qualify academically at UTEP and will instead enroll at Chipola Junior College in Florida, CBSSports.com reported Monday night.

    Sandifer joins the growing list of UTEP signees whose academics prevented them from playing for the Miners.

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  • Basketball prospect drowns after his kayak capsizes

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger2 days ago

    Not long after arriving at Mission Bay in San Diego on Saturday, basketball prospect Abdul Shanun sent out a tweet that read, "Thank God for a beautiful day."

    That simple message of hope reads tragically now given what happened next.

    The 17-year-old immigrant from Ghana drowned Saturday afternoon after his kayak capsized in Mission Bay, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported. According to the newspaper, Shanun didn't know how to swim and either didn't wear his life preserver or didn't wear it properly. 

    The death of Shanun hit those in basketball circles hard.

    "Sad to hear of the passing of my bro .. Ima miss you bro. I love you man," tweeted Georgetown commit Jessie Govan, a club teammate of Shanun's with the New York Lightning.

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