The Hoyas missed out on Nerlens Noel, but John Thompson III still landed a promising center for his 2012 class.Bradley Hayes, a 6-foot-11, 230 lb senior from Jacksonville signed with Georgetown this week, according to recruiting analyst Adam Zagroia, providing the Hoyas coach with another big man option. Connecticut and Texas A&M were also in pursuit of the raw but promising center.Zagoria, who writes for CSNwashington's sister site in New York, reports Hayes recently visited the Georgetown campus and toured the Verizon Center during the Capitals-Rangers series.Yes,Hayes said by text. I signed with Georgetown Tuesday night and Im really excited about attending one of the best universities in the nation and they have a great basketball program.I really connected with Coach John Thompson III and the entire staff. My teammates made me feel that I was really a part of the Hoya family. And the real work starts now.Growing nine inches in three seasons led to injuries - he was 6-foot-2 as a freshman, 6-foot-6 as a sophomore - andHayes played only one full season at the high school level. That was this past season and hedominated with 13 points and 12 rebounds per game. His lack of experience could limit his playing time next season for the Hoyas, who will need to replace graduating senior's Henry Sims' minutes in the middle. Georgetown is also expected tohave the services ofwide-bodied centers Tyler Adams and Moses Ayegbaafter both sat out the 2011-12 season.Hayes joins wing guard DVauntes Smith-Rivera and power forward Brandon Bolden in Georgetowns 2012 class. The Hoyasalso lost senior guard Jason Clark to graduation and 3-point threat Hollis Thompson declared early for the NBA Draft, but return rising sophomore forwards Otto Porter and Greg Whittington.
According to Don Markus of the Baltimore Sun, Maryland basketball legend Juan Dixon will be named the head coach at Coppin State, his first men's head coaching job.
After his playing career wound down after stints in the NBA and Europe, Dixon joined Mark Turgeon's staff in College Park but was not retained after the 2015-16 season.
For 2016-17, Dixon took over the UDC women's basketball coaching job finishing with a 3-25 record, but only had nine scholarship athletes.
Dixon will take over a struggling Coppin State program that has only won 25 games in the past three seasons and hasn't finished with a winning record in the MEAC since 2011-12.
Coppin State became only the third No. 15 seed to top a No. 2 seed in 1997, but have only made the NCAA tournament one time since then (2008). Dixon will look to return Coppin State to the success it had during the 1990's.
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The face of VCU basketball for the past several seasons, Mo Alie-Cox is heading to the professional ranks.
No, not as a player on the hardwood but rather as one on the gridiron.
On Thursday it was reported by multiple sources that Cox will sign with the Indianapolis Colts. It is expected that Cox will play primarily as a tight end for the Colts, after tailoring his NFL workouts last month to that position.
According to Mike Garafolo, Cox was deemed eligible for the NFL Draft by the league last season due to his previous red-shirted year. A year removed from draft eligibility, he is technically a free-agent.
At 6'7" and 250 pounds, he is a natural fit for the position. In addition he has a 7-1 wingspan and gigantic hands that make a basketball look small.
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Cox joins a long list of converted basketball stars into NFL tight-ends. Most famous is perhaps Jimmy Graham of the Seattle Seahawks who played both basketball and football at the University of Miami. The list also includes Antonio Gates, new Colts teammate Erik Swoope, Martellus Bennett, and Julius Thomas just to name a few.
In his four year career with the Rams, Cox played 142 games and helped the team to NCAA tournament berth every season. In an interview with CSN last November, then-VCU head coach Will Wade said he'd received calls from NFL teams and scouts about Alie-Cox throughout his career.