American University basketball coach Jeff Jones surely is a happy man today.Stephen Lumpkins, the Eagles leading rebounding during the 2010-11 season, plans on returning to the program this upcoming season after taking a year off to pursue a professional baseball career, the school announced on Tuesday.The 6-foot-8 forward played in 94 games during his three years at American, starting 56. AnAll-Patriot League Second Team performer as a junior, Lumpkins averaged 13.5 points, led the conferencein field goal percentage (59.3 percent) and ranked second in rebounding (8.2 rpg) during the 2010-11 campaign. Being away for a year made me realize how much I miss basketball," said Lumpkins, who was selected as a pitcher by the Kansas City Royals in the 2011 MLB draft." I enjoyed my three years on the AU team very much and I am hopeful I can play again in my final year. Pitching in the Arizona rookie league for theAZL Royals, Lumpkins posted a 19.64 ERA in over 3 2-3 innings in 2012 and was 2-1 with a 7.02 ERA in 10 appearances during the 2011 campaign.Lumpkins remains withing the NCAA five-year eligibility window. Though the California native stillmust receive approval from the Patriot League in order to compete in basketball during the 2012-13 season, Jones is optimistic."NCAA rules permit student-athletes who have participated with a professional team in one sport to remain eligible in a different sport," said Jones, who lost five seniors off last season's 20-win team including leading scorers Charles Hinkle and Troy Brewer.
For almost two decades, Ray Lewis was one of the main attractions when it came to football in Maryland. Now, another Lewis will have the chance to make a name for himself in the Old Line State.
Rayshad Lewis, Ray's son, announced Monday on his Twitter that he'll be transferring to College Park to play for the Terps. He'll be able to debut for DJ Durkin's team in 2018 after sitting out next season.
New chapter... You ain't gotta understand just sit back and watch pic.twitter.com/O7oxLbuvYT— Rayshad Lewis (@ThatOtherLewis) May 8, 2017
As a true freshman at Utah State last year, Lewis had nearly 500 receiving yards on 40 catches. Eight of those grabs went for 20-plus yards, and he found the end zone twice for the Aggies.
RELATED: JUAN DIXON IS NOW A HEAD COACH
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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