The Dagger

  • Key recruit could vault Texas into contention in Big 12 next year

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger23 days ago

    Texas' patience has at last been rewarded.

    The Longhorns landed the most coveted remaining prospect in the 2016 recruiting class Friday when Jarrett Allen signed his scholarship papers.The 6-foot-9 forward from the Austin area is Rivals' No. 15 prospect in the class of 2016 and had received interest from Houston, Kansas, Notre Dame Kentucky and many others during different stages of his recruitment. 

    It wasn't a surprise that Allen eventually chose his hometown school, but how long it took for a commitment surely led to some anxiety among Texas fans. Only two other prospects in the Rivals 150 have yet to select a college destination.

    The addition of Allen gives Texas a far better chance of contending in the Big 12 next season despite the loss of four starters from last year's NCAA tournament team. Leading scorer Isaiah Taylor entered the NBA draft despite it being unlikely he'll be selected, while guard Javan Felix, forward Connor Lammert and centers Prince Ibeh and Cameron Ridley all graduated.

    Read More

  • Malik Newman's unusual path: From top 10 recruit to transfer

    Jeff Eisenberg at The Dagger26 days ago

    Until Monday, only one Rivals top 10 prospect in the past decade had transferred from the school with which he originally signed.

    Now former Pittsburgh and UNLV forward Khem Birch has company on that list.

    Mississippi State announced Monday that guard Malik Newman intends to transfer after an inconsistent, injury-plagued freshman season with the Bulldogs. Newman entered the NBA draft without signing with an agent last month before withdrawing last Wednesday.

    "I appreciate all of Malik’s hard work, and I wish him the very best moving forward," Mississippi State coach Ben Howland said in a statement. "I want nothing but the best for Malik and his family."

    Transferring is unusual among top 10 prospects because most expect to reach the NBA within a year or two. A freshman who transfers must sit out a full year before playing his sophomore season, something most top 10 prospects are unwilling to do even if they're unhappy with their playing time or how they're being used.

    That Newman is the rare exception suggests he must have felt returning to Mississippi State was a very unfavorable option. 

    Read More